Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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For the third consecutive time, Philadelphia Phillies starter Vince Velasquez lasted less than five innings in his start. Taking on the Washington Nationals just hours after the hosts traded away two of their best players, Velasquez went just four innings, two innings before a 106-minute rain delay and two after. He allowed just one run on three hits, walking one and striking out three. With just 58 pitches under his belt, however, he was removed. While this was his third consecutive time pitching no more than four innings, it was his best start of the three.
Philadelphia Phillies reliever Victor Arano entered Tuesday night's game at Nationals Park with the bases loaded and just one out in the fifth. The 23-year-old managed to escape the jam and would come back out for the sixth. In that frame, however, it all fell apart for the Mexican native. Arano surrendered four runs, including consecutive home runs to end his night in the very same inning. The performance was easily his worst of the season and second consecutive that saw him surrender runs. This comes after he recorded 10 consecutive scoreless outings beginning in the middle of July. Arano took the loss as the Phillies went down to the Nationals, 10-4.
One bright spot for the Philadelphia Phillies in Tuesday night's defeat to the Washington Nationals was outfielder Roman Quinn. The 25-year-old started in right field and batted ninth, picking up two hits including his first career home run in the fifth inning. Quinn has seen action in most of the games the Phillies have played this month and is coming off a solid series against the Mets that saw him pick up five hits in five games. With two more hits on Tuesday, Quinn is hitting .311 for the season, providing a spark as the Phillies prepare for the final month of the season with a pennant race in full effect.
In the 11th inning of Tuesday night's game at Marlins Park, the New York Yankees sent out reliever A.J. Cole. Immediately, the decision appeared to backfire as he walked the opening batter en route to loading the bases with nobody out. The 26-year-old was in desperate need of a positive outing after having surrendered at least one run in each of his last three outings and five of his last six. After loading the bases, however, Cole induced a groundout, struck out a batter and escaped the mega-jam with a popup to third base. It was a monumental escape for Cole in a much-needed positive performance. The game remained tied and the Yankees would win in the following inning, resulting in a victory for Cole.
New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz gave his team a solid outing on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants. Matz tossed five innings, allowing two runs on two hits to go along with five strikeouts. He was forced to settle for a no-decision. However, this was a much better performance than Matz showed his last two times out, in which he allowed 13 runs in less than three total innings. The southpaw will likely toe the rubber next time out against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
In the 12th inning of Tuesday night's game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park, New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. It was the rookie's 25th plate appearance with a man on third base and less than two outs this season. With a sacrifice fly that drove in the winning run, Andujar brought home his 18th runner in such instances this season. That's good for a 72% success rate, whilst the major league average is 50%. This is just one of the numerous instances in which the Dominican native is thriving in his first season, now hitting .297 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made his return to Marlins Park Tuesday night, receiving a warm ovation from the heavily-Yankee crowd. At the plate he was solid, picking up two hits, including a thunderous double to left field in the fifth inning. His biggest moment came with the bases loaded in the 12th inning, however, when he struck out. Regardless, the Yankees prevailed in 12 innings. Stanton, for his part, is heading towards the end of his best offensive month of the season, continuing an upward trend. In August, the 28-year-old is hitting .324 with eight home runs and 16 RBI.
After just one batter and one pitch to the second batter, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman exited Tuesday night's game against the Miami Marlins. With just six pitches under his belt, the fireballer motioned to the dugout for the trainer and he was immediately removed from the game, After the game, which the Yankees won, manager Aaron Boone stated it was a knee issue for Chapman, an ailment that has bothered the 30-year-old in the past. Boone also stated he would "probably" head for an MRI before any possible move to the disabled stint would be made.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco scored the only run against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. He scored by hitting a solo home run. That brings his total to 20 home runs this season. Polanco is underachieving with a .241 average, but he has 67 runs and 69 RBI. Polanco has just 10 hits in his last 54 at-bats. He has been pretty cold of late, but Tuesday night may have been just what he needed to get back into a groove.
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Michael Feliz had a rough night against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. He wasn't able to get any strikeouts, but did get through a full inning of work. His poor performance has raised his ERA to an ugly 6.05. Feliz didn't factor into the decision, and he probably isn't going be factoring into any in the near future.
Nationals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. This was followed by a corresponding move sending starting pitcher Tommy Milone to the DL to make room on the roster for Herrera. With Sean Doolittle still shelved and Koda Glover's struggles recently, Herrera is set to assume the role of Nationals closer for the time being. He might be in to pitch a low leverage inning beforehand but should get a few save opportunities until Doolittle comes back.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (quad) remains out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. He was scratched from Monday's contest and is reportedly still dealing with soreness in his quad. Springer is considered day-to-day and is not expected to land on the disabled list. Tony Kemp will start in center field and bat ninth versus righty Nick Vincent.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) is aiming to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. It appears that Paxton is recovering well and his swelling on his forearm is almost gone. Paxton is on schedule to return for the series against the Oakland Athletics starting August 30.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake (illness) has been scratched from Tuesday's start against the Houston Astros. Righty Nick Vincent will draw the start, but is only expected to go a few innings. This is likely going to be a bullpen day for the Mariners. Leake should be fine and is not expected to land on the disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It appears this is just a routine day off for the righty slugger. Chris Taylor will play second base and bat seventh versus righty Daniel Poncedeleon. Taylor has been average with the bat this season and does not have much upside against Poncedeleon who has been solid. DFS players can avoid Taylor for this contest.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Puig came off the bench and collected a hit in Monday's loss to the Cards. He'll play right field and bat eighth versus righty Daniel Poncedeleon. Puig is crushing right-handed pitching this season, so he should be a solid DFS option on Tuesday.
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It's just a routine day off, so Carpenter should be back in the lineup Wednesday. Jose Martinez will lead off and play first base against lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu. Martinez is in a favorable part of the batting order, but Ryu has been solid this season. Regardless, Martinez is still worth a look in DFS contests.
San Francisco Giants catcher/first baseman Buster Posey (hip) is likely to undergo season-ending hip surgery, according to John Shea. Posey is out of the lineup on Tuesday and may have already played his last game of the season. Posey has been dealing with this hip injuries since May. The Giants are discussing options of possible surgery, according to manager Bruce Bochy. There is a good chance that Posey has played his last game in 2018.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (abdominal) has been scratched from Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins. Abreu is dealing with lower abdominal pain, so he'll sit out this contest. The organization will do more tests, but hopefully this is just a day-to-day issue. Matt Davidson will play first base and bat third against righty Jose Berrios. Davidson is worth considering for DFS contests on Tuesday.
Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jonathan Schoop (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. Orlando Arcia will play shortstop and bat eighth against righty Sal Romano. Arcia has been awful with the bat this season, so DFS players can go ahead and avoid him.
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