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Boston Red Sox utility man Enrique Hernandez reached base four times against the New York Yankees Friday, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Hernandez now has a five-game hitting streak to his name, during which time he's had three multi-hit performances and slugged three doubles and a home run. It appears any residual timing issues from his stay on the COVID list have been rectified, and Hernandez is once again an underrated must-roster player down the stretch.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez reached base three times against the New York Yankees Friday, going 1-for-2 with two walks in an 8-3 loss to the division rivals. Martinez is slashing .304/.391/.554 with three homers over his last 15 games, and he's hit safely in seven of his last eight with three multi-hit performances and five extra-base hits in that time. Martinez is finishing strong in a bounce-back season and fantasy managers have enjoyed an .873 OPS with 27 homers, 88 runs, and 95 RBI.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Paolo Espino was solid again Friday, as he allowed three runs on five hits and no walks to the Cincinnati Reds in five innings. He struck out two batters and took a no-decision in the 8-7 extra-inning loss. Espino has now allowed three earned runs or less in 15 of his 18 starts this season, though he has just one quality start to his name. The lack of length makes Espino hard to roster in fantasy, but he's a solid innings-eater, and could be a floor option in 2022.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi simply didn't have it against the New York Yankees Friday, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out no batters and took his ninth loss of the season. This qualifies as the worst outing of the season for Eovaldi, and it's the first time this year he has failed to strike out a batter. It's quite a shock for fantasy managers who have come to rely on the solid right-hander. He still carries a solid 3.88 ERA and 1.20 WHIP for the season, and should be counted on going forward despite this performance.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers provided all the offense in a disappointing 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees Friday, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run. It's Devers' 35th homer of the season, though just his third in September. With an .881 OPS, 95 runs, 108 RBI, and four steals, Devers appears ticketed for selection in the top two rounds of 2022 fantasy drafts, and deservedly so - he's a superstar.
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz continued his offensive emergence Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. It was Ruiz's first home run as a National and his second this season. Ruiz has slashed a robust .500/.516/.667 with eight RBI over his last seven games, and he now has a four-game hitting streak with four three-hit performances in his last seven outings. Ruiz could be worth an addition for the stretch run, especially in two-catcher formats.
Washington Nationals shortstop Alcides Escobar extended his hitting streak to 10 games Friday, as he went 2-for-6 with a home run, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored in an 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Escobar has five multi-hit performances during his streak, with six extra-base hits. He now has three homers and three steals on the season, so he doesn't offer much categorical upside, but he's still worth a look for fantasy managers who need middle-infield help.
Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas had a solid game Friday against the Cincinnati Reds, going 1-for-4 with a double, two walks, a run scored, and a stolen base. He's now successfully stolen six bases and been caught three times. He's slashing .287/.383/.517 in 143 at-bats as a National, and he needs to be in fantasy lineups the rest of the way.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Logan Gilbert gave a gutty performance Friday, managing to throw a career-high 110 pitches over 5 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts, and he took a no-decision in the contest. This outing was somewhat of a disappointment for fantasy managers after Gilbert had put together back-to-back quality starts, but Gilbert still has a 2.93 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 27 2/3 September innings. He's worth a start in the final week of the season.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Paul Sewald was living dangerously Friday, allowing one hit and two walks before finally getting a groundout to first to finish a 6-5 game against the Los Angeles Angels and earn his 11th save of the season. Sewald notably entered after possible co-closer Drew Steckenrider pitched the eighth inning. Both pitchers are worth rostering as the season draws to a finish, but Sewald still appears to have the slight edge for the highest-leverage spots, and therefore is a higher priority for fantasy managers.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Drew Steckenrider recorded a four-out hold against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, his seventh of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out none. Fellow relief pitcher Paul Sewald came on after Steckenrider to close the game and earn the save. Steckenrider has recorded nine saves in his last 30 games, and there's clearly a shared situation at the back of the Seattle bullpen, but Friday's arrangement would suggest that Sewald holds the slight edge. Both are worth rostering the rest of the way as Seattle chases a playoff spot.
Seattle Mariners infielder Ty France led the way for the Mariners Friday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a run scored. He now has 18 homers and 68 RBI for the season. France has been on fire in the second half of the season, slashing .329/.394/.494 in 249 at-bats since the All-Star break. If the power production keeps up, he could vault into the top 150 draft selections come spring 2022.
Los Angeles Angels left-hander Jose Suarez (7-8) struggled through five innings against the Seattle Mariners during Friday's 6-5 loss. He allowed four runs, one home run, one walk and added a strikeout to his line. Other than his complete game in early September, Suarez has pitched less than six innings in every one of his starts thus far. Across his 13 starts, he has a 4.64 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 66 innings, compared to a 1.98 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 27.1 innings out of the pen. He offers fantasy managers little value and should be kept on the waiver wire.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger drove in two runs in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels, going 1-for-3 with a double, a sacrifice fly, and a run scored. Haniger is now up to 87 RBI on the season, and he's slashing .233/.299/.533 with five homers in his last 15 games and 65 plate appearances. Haniger's .251 batting average and .318 on-base percentage are not standout numbers for fantasy managers, but he provides more than enough power and run-scoring to make up for that with 35 and 104, respectively.
Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi had a good game at the plate on Friday, collecting two hits in four at-bats. One of those hits was a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and he ended the day with three RBI. It was Stassi's first long ball since August 19, and he's been slumping for almost two months, slashing .181/.273/.302 with three home runs since the start of August. Those numbers hardly compare to his first 46 games, in which he slashed .305/.382/.536 with nine home runs. Overall this season, he's hitting .251 with a .769 OPS and 12 HRs across 83 games. Fantasy managers should keep benching Stassi until he proves he's closer to the hitter he showed in the first half of his season.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome notched the easiest save of the season in Friday's win over the Blue Jays. Colome needed just five pitches to shut the door on Toronto, firing five strikes and picking up a punchout in the process. His rough start to the season is a distant memory now, as the veteran reliever has been one of the more steady fantasy closing options in the second half. Colome should continue to rack up saves for a Twins team that has sneakily been a better squad since the trade deadline.
New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill went only four innings on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers allowing four earned runs on five hits, including three home runs, and four walks in the Mets 5-1 loss. Megill struck out only two batters en route to his sixth loss of the season, dropping his record to 3-6. After a superb July in which Megill posted a 1.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over five starts and 26 innings pitched, Megill has struggled in August and September, despite sprinkling in a few quality starts over those two months. In September, Megill now owns a 1-3 record, with a bloated 7.20 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts over 20 IP in four starts. Megill's recent struggles could be attributed to fatigue given the fact that he has now thrown 125 IP on the season between the majors and minors. His previous high was 71 2/3 IP in 2019 in the minors. Nonetheless, Megill showed his potential back in July and makes for a solid later-round selection in redraft formats heading in 2022. Fantasy managers in dynasty formats should hang on to Megill given his high strikeout potential (93 strikeouts in 84 2/3 IP this season with the Mets) and his strong, consistent performance earlier this summer.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Lindor, who had been hot earlier in the month, has cooled off a bit to the tune of a .250/.300/.321 slash line over his past seven games with no home runs and just three RBI. Despite the poor recent stretch, Lindor is still in the midst of his most productive month of the season, where he has posted a .269/.370/.551 slash line with six home runs and 17 RBI. While it was certainly a down season for Lindor, he is a potential bounce-back candidate in 2022 given his turn-around in September.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two walks during an 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday. The 2021 All-Star connected for his 30th homer of the season off of Rangers starting pitcher Spencer Howard during the second inning. The 26-year-old also became the first player in Orioles' history to reach the 30-30 club and is the only player in the majors this season to hit that mark. On his breakout season, Mullins has posted 30 HR, 59 RBI, 89 R, and 30 SB with a .300/.370/.536 line across 576 at-bats. While some regression should be expected, Mullins will be a hot commodity next season given his activity on the basepaths.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bailey Ober picked up his third win of the season Friday against the Blue Jays. Ober pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six batters with no walks issued. The lone blemish n an otherwise sparkling outing was a solo homer to Marcus Semien. The 26-year-old mixed his pitches very well, spreading out 11 swinging strikes over his four offerings. Ober has had some rough outings in September- but this was a very encouraging start for the end of this year. Ober has almost certainly earned himself a spot in the Minnesota rotation in 2022.
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