Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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The San Diego Padres have acquired starting pitcher Phil Hughes from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a minor league catcher. Hughes had previously been designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins on May 21. Hughes has struggled for the past couple seasons including this season with his ERA constantly above 5.87 and his WHIP above 1.508. Also, he has failed to pitch for more than 60 innings per season since 2015. Hughes should not be owned in any fantasy formats due to his struggles over the past couple of seasons.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ was originally in Sunday's lineup, but was taken out this morning when he revealed his shoulder was still sore after a diving play from Saturday's game. This injury seems to be minor and sounds like it will not cause a trip to the disabled list. Happ has been heating up lately after a horrid start to the season. He is slashing .294/.556/1.000 in his last seven games with three home runs, a steal, and a great 7:10 K:BB. Happ was taken out of the lineup for Sunday night, but may be available off the bench which shows that this should not be an injury of concern.
Chicago Cubs starter Mike Montgomery is making his first start of the season on Monday in Pittsburgh, filling in for the injured Yu Darvish. Montgomery has had a rough start to 2018, but as a starter in his Cubs career, Montgomery has a 3.94 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 93.2 innings. On one hand, the Pirates have been slumping lately, scoring only 2.67 runs per game over their last 15 contests, and play in a pitcher friendly ballpark. On the other hand, the Cubs have to quickly turnaround from a night game Sunday to a day game Monday and lose an hour to the time-zone change, making Montgomery a risky streaming option.
Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was out for Sunday's game with the Minnesota Twins with a concussion. He was hurt in Saturday's game against the Twins after he was kicked in the head when sliding into second base. Segura is feeling better, but he has not passed all the concussion tests required to play and will be held out of the game tonight. Segura is having a great season up to date hitting posting a .324 BA with 36 R, four HR, and 34 RBI. He should still be owned in all fantasy formats.
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez is hitting second on Sunday night against Giants lefty Ty Blach. Baez has been heating up recently and with the move into the two-hole he should have a great opportunity for both R and RBI. Baez is enjoying his best power hitting season so far, but has seen his place in the lineup moved around quite a bit - he has at least 40 plate appearances in the two, seven, and eight spot this year. Enjoy the value boost whenever Baez does get to hit second.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ben Zobrist is getting a day off on Sunday against the Giants. Zobrist has played in the past two games and will most likely not draw three straight starts often, especially with everyone healthy. Albert Almora Jr. will be taking his place leading off and playing center field while Jason Heyward shifts over to right field. Aside from the elite defense, Almora Jr. has made great strides in his offensive game this season slashing .316/.370/.436 in 147 plate appearances. Almora Jr. and Zobrist are both good plays whenever they lead off.
Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four runs in the Astros 14-inning loss to the Indians 10-9. The big game Sunday capped off a 5-for-13 performance this weekend in the three-game series against the Indians. He also drove in six runs against Cleveland as his playing is slowly beginning to pick up as the weather heats up. Five of his six home runs this season have come in the month of May and the veteran is showing, for now, he may have some juice left. Gattis isn't an everyday player but could see an uptick in at-bats this week. His fantasy value has only short-term appeal right now as his power numbers have improved.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-6 with a double and two runs batted in as the Astros lost a wild one to the Indians 9-8 in 14 innings Sunday. The multi-hit performance continues a torrid weekend for the reigning MVP, who has 10 hits over his last 15 at-bats. The scorching stretch has brought his average up to .330 as he is finishing up a sub-standard month strong. When a hitter as prolific as Altuve slumps, it simply lasts a few games. But the fact that there was almost a half month of sub-par production from Altuve was almost was cause for alarm. But he has busted out in a big way the past few games, raising his batting average 25 points and now appears poised to reel off a hot streak of fantasy production.
Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole allowed three runs through seven innings, striking out eight Sunday against the Indians. Cole's outing got off to a rocky start, allowing a two-run home run in the first inning to Jose Ramirez and then an RBI double to Greg Allen in the second inning. From that point Cole shut down the Indians, allowing only one hit the rest of the way. In a season of elite performances, Cole's performance wasn't his best but still kept his team in the game. His ERA took a bump up to a still-impressive 2.05 and now has struck out at least seven hitters in 10 of his 11 starts this season.
Houston Astros reliever Ken Giles allowed three runs on three hits, recording zero outs Sunday against the Indians. Giles had not allowed a run since May 1st, when he allowed four runs against the Yankees. Giles had recorded six straight saves the past two weeks before Sunday but clearly did not have his best stuff. He allowed a leadoff double to the Indians Jose Ramirez, then back-to-back singles to Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso before getting the hook. The Indians would eventually score five runs in the inning and Giles ERA sky-rocketed up to 5.06. Giles is a quality closer but meltdown performances like this always will leave his status twisting in the wind at times. The team could easily turn to Chris Devenski, Hector Rondon or Brad Peacock to close games if Giles continues to lack consistency moving forward.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (bicep) will come off the disabled list on Thursday and start against the Phillies in L.A. Kershaw has been dealing with bicep tendinitis but has ramped up his throwing program through a series of bullpen sessions lately. In his last two outings before hitting the DL, Kershaw struck out 13 batters but walked seven. Hopefully the time off will reset the ace and deliver what fantasy owners expect.
Boston Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup due to left side tightness. Blake Swihart will take over for Betts in left field and bat seventh. Thankfully, this injury does not seem serious as Betts is being considered day-to-day. Betts has been one of the best players in baseball so far this season. He has compiled 17 HR, 52 R, 37 RBI, 13 SB, and a .359 average in 2018. He is a must-start every night.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Hammel could be in line for a rough start on Sunday. Hammel will take the mound against the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Hammel does not have a good history in Texas. In 22 innings, Hammels has given up 28 hits, 15 earned runs and 11 walks with just 17 strikeouts. While every pitcher has upside against the strikeout friendly Rangers, there is also a lot of risk. The Rangers rank ninth in the majors in home runs, and Hammels has surrendered seven in just 60 innings this season. Hammels is a pitcher I am avoiding in all mixed leagues or DFS formats today.
New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (rest) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. The backstop will receive a day of rest after starting the Mets' last four games, having batted .250 with a double and two RBI in that stretch. Mesoraco should be out of fantasy owners' lineups today but should return to the lineup on Monday, given the pop he has provided the Mets lineup.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy will receive a day off on Sunday. Duffy is hitting .313 with two home runs and two steals in 158 plate appearances this season. However, Duffy has just four hits in his last 21 PAs, so the Rays may be just looking to give him a day off to refresh. Infielder Christian Arroyo will take Duffy's place and will hit eighth. In 153 career major league PAs, Arroyo has hit .207 with three HRs and one steal. Despite hitting .333 in his 18 PAs this season, Arroyo is a hitter I would avoid using for DFS Sunday.
Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jared Hughes pitched an exciting ninth inning to pick up his third save of the season on Saturday in a 6-5 win over the Rockies. Hughes started the game up a run in the bottom of the ninth and proceeded to quickly load the bases with two hits and a walk. He then got a ground ball force out at home followed by a double play to end the game thanks to a stellar defensive play by Scooter Gennett. While this one could have easily been Hughes' first blown save of the season, the righty has now picked up two saves since Raisel Iglesias landed on the DL with a left biceps injury. Hughes appears to be the interim closer in Cincinnati while Iglesias is out, but that role could be brief, as Iglesias is not expected to miss much more time.
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will get a day off on Sunday. Moustakas has been struggling in the last couple of weeks. Since he had a two home run outing on May 8th, he has a .226 batting average with one home run in 73 plate appearances. The Royals will be hoping a day off allows Moustakas to snap the relative cold streak he has been on recently. Neither catcher Drew Butera nor infielder Ramon Torres figure to make much impact for DFS Sunday. Butera, who is hitting ninth, has struggled in his career against left-handed pitching with a .188 batting average. Torres is hitting eighth and has yet to hit a major league home run in 87 PAs.
Oakland Athletics utility man Chad Pinder went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks. The HR was Pinder's fifth of the season. The 26-year-old is now hitting a serviceable .275 on the season with a .333 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging percentage. Pinder is worth a look in deeper daily leagues because of his multi-position eligibility (depending on which website you play on).
Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce got the party started in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks, smacking a leadoff home run to right-center field off Clay Buckholz. Joyce finished the game going 1-for-4 with no walks or strikeouts. The 33-year-old veteran has not been fantasy relevant this season, hitting just .211 with a .331 on-base percentage and a .394 slugging percentage. He should not be rostered in any leagues at this time.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jaime Schultz was called up to the major league roster Sunday. Schultz's call up comes after Anthony Banda was sent down to Triple-A Saturday. Schultz should primarily operate out of the bullpen, having not started a game at Triple-A this season. In 15 1/3 inning, Schultz has struggled with a 9.98 ERA and 16 walks. However, he has been striking people out, and has 29 strikeouts this season. If Schultz can get the walks under control, he could have fantasy relevance due to his ability to strike hitters out. Additionally, if he pitches well he could be an outside shot for the closer role following the departure of Alex Colome.
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