Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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San Francisco Giants OF Mike Gerber was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento Saturday, Sept. 14. The team also selected the contract of INF Christhian Adames from Class AAA Sacramento and designated INF Corban Joseph for assignment.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani pitched well in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. DeSclafani gave up one run in seven innings of work while striking out five. He allowed just one hit in the game, a triple to Nick Ahmed. DeSclafani now has a 9-9 record, 3.93 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 155 strikeouts in 155 2/3 innings of work. He has been performing well of late, as he has a 3.23 ERA over his past seven starts. DeSclafani will take on the New York Mets in his next start, which comes on Friday.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 9-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader. Sano's first career slam was a big one as he broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth inning. The veteran power hitter is batting .239 with 28 homers, 65 runs, and 65 RBI in just 93 games. Sano is starting to heat up at the plate, hitting .280 with two homers and seven RBI over his past seven games. Keep him active for the series finale against Cleveland on Sunday.
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout (foot) is hopeful he can return to the lineup Sunday, Sept. 15. He will serve as the designated hitter until his foot is pain-free and he can participate in the necessary fielding work in center field. Trout believes he will not remain at DH the rest of the season.
Detroit Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (knee) left the game early Saturday, Sept. 14, because of right knee soreness.
Atlanta Braves OF Charlie Culberson (face) left the game early Saturday, Sept. 14, after he was hit in the face by a pitch.
Toronto Blue Jays RHP Jordan Romano (ankle) left the game early Saturday, Sept. 14, because of an injured ankle.
Chicago Cubs RP Craig Kimbrel (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, Sept. 15.
Chicago Cubs INF Addison Russell (concussion) is still going through the concussion protocol and does not have a timetable for his return.
Minnesota Twins RP Sam Dyson (biceps) stopped his throwing session early Friday, Sept. 13.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols will start and hit cleanup Saturday against the Rays. The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer has cooled off lately, slugging only .385 over his last seven games. Pujols is clearly in the back-half of his career but has done a decent job as a run producer this season. He heads into Saturday's action with 85 runs batted in and is posting a .919 OPS with runners in scoring position this season. Pujols may have one more hot streak in him this season but fantasy owners will be rolling the dice.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is starting and hitting third as the team takes on the Rays on Saturday. With Mike Trout sidelined, Calhoun has been tasked with driving in runs and has delivered the past few games. Calhoun cranked a home run on Thursday and then backed it up with two more home runs on Friday. This now gives him a total of 31 on the season, by far a new career high. But the veteran slugger has been wildly inconsistent this season and currently is hitting only .147 in the month of September. Calhoun will provide power, and little else, to fantasy rosters moving forward.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin will bat leadoff as the team takes on the Rays on Saturday. Goodwin is scuffling at the plate, going 2-for-27 over his last seven games and is hitting only .193 over his last 15. After slugging .667 in the month of August, Goodwin is limping his way to the finish line. It has been, however, a surprisingly solid year for the journeyman. He may not be able to help fantasy rosters down the stretch but his 16 home runs and 27 doubles certainly should earn him a look in someone's starting lineup next season.
Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will get the night off Saturday against the Royals. With teammate Michael Brantley struggling it looks like the team is trying to keep Brantley in the lineup but keep his legs fresh by playing DH. After a slight lull at the plate, Alvarez has come back with a vengeance, hitting .407 over his last seven games with eight runs batted in. The rookie continues to dazzle at the plate and for the season is slashing .316/.415/.662 with 23 doubles, 24 home runs, 51 runs scored and 72 runs batted in through only 75 games played.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is hitting fifth Saturday against the Royals. Gurriel returned to the lineup on September 12 after missing several games with left hamstring tightness and appears to be almost at full strength. It has been a dynamite year for Gurriel, who has surprised many in the fantasy community. Gurriel enters Saturday's game slashing .302/.347/.541 with 27 home runs, 40 doubles, 78 runs scored and 98 runs batted in.
Houston Astros shortstop Alex Bregman has cooled off a touch over the last seven days, hitting only .222 over his last 18 at-bats heading into Saturday's action. This comes on the heels of an absolutely blistering streak of production on offense and still is slashing .350/.469/.675 in the month of September. It merely has been a quiet series for him against the A's but now can turn that around against the Royals. Bregman is making a late case for MVP and is slashing .294/.416/.573 with 34 doubles, 35 home runs, 103 runs batted in and 111 runs scored through 513 at-bats this season.
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley is going through his worst offensive stretch of the season as the team takes on the Royals on Saturday. On a highly dangerous offensive team, Brantley has been the most consistent force all season. But Brantley is hitting only .169 over his last 53 at-bats and currently is slugging only .333 in the month of September. He has only two extra-base hits over his last 58 at-bats but will have plenty of time to get right before the playoffs.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is slashing .360/.407/.800 over his last seven games heading into Saturday's action against the Royals. Altuve is posting a 1.022 OPS in the month of September as he continues his torrid streak in the second half of the season. Since the All-Star break, Altuve is slashing .344/.395/.651 with 14 doubles, 18 home runs,. 42 runs batted in and 52 runs scored over the span of 58 games. Altuve is back to elite offensive form and will be an excellent pick in DFS tournaments through the final weeks of the season.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer will hit leadoff Saturday against the Royals. The Astros slugger has six home runs over his last eight games and is slugging .768 over his last 56 at-bats. Springer also cranked out his 35th home run of the season on Friday, which is a new career-high. Springer has missed time this season with a variety of small injuries but still is posting big-time power numbers and has an outside chance at 100 runs batted in on the season. When Springer is hot, he is an elite DFS play.
Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts (foot) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday, Sept. 14, because of a sore foot.
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