Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Seattle Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (shoulder) is expected to return to the rotation against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, Aug. 24. Hernandez has been sidelined with shoulder soreness since May 11.
Boston Red Sox LHP David Price (wrist) threw in the bullpen prior to the game Tuesday, Aug. 20, and may be able to return to the roster as early as the weekend, according to manager Alex Cora.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Sonny Gray turned in an excellent start in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Gray spun six innings of one-run ball while striking out 10 and walking three. The veteran hurler saw his impressive 23-inning scoreless streak come to an end in the sixth inning when Josh Naylor hit a solo homer but he still emerged with the win. The outing also marked Gray's second consecutive start with exactly 10 strikeouts. This season, Gray has regained the form he showed as an Oakland Athletic, posting a 9-6 record, 2.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 164 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings of work. Gray will be a no-brainer must-start in fantasy in his next outing, which comes on Monday against the Miami Marlins.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Freddy Galvis went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Galvis has been on an absolute tear since the Reds claimed him off waivers. Over his eight games with Cincinnati, Galvis is hitting .414 with three homers and six RBI. Overall, the 29-year-old is hitting .276 with 21 homers, 61 runs, 60 RBI, and four steals. He is worth an add in all leagues while he is seeing the ball well at the plate. Keep him in mind if you need infield help.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Billy Hamilton will play a bench role and serve as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-runner after he was claimed off waivers from the Royals this week. He was hitting a putrid .211 with no home runs, 12 RBI and 18 stolen bases in his time with Kansas City this year and should continue to go ignored in mixed leagues in his new home. Atlanta really only claimed him because Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte and Austin Riley are all currently on the injured list. Inciarte may miss the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo (oblique) isn't taking part in baseball activities yet and is still feeling discomfort with his right oblique muscle, according to manager Dave Roberts. Verdugo has been out since Aug. 6 and won't return until the start of September at the earliest. It's a shame for the Dodgers and his fantasy owners, as Verdugo was hitting .294/.342/.475 on the season. Among others, utility players Kike Hernandez and Chris Taylor can help fill in for Verdugo in the Dodgers outfield until he returns. Keep Verdugo stashed in hopes that he can help you in the season's final month.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (shoulder) left his start after just one inning on Tuesday against the Nationals with right shoulder discomfort. It's just more bad news for Archer after a disappointing season that has seen him post a career-high 5.19 ERA, and his walk rate is up from 7.7 percent in 2018 to over 10 percent in his first full year in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for more updates on the severity of Archer's shoulder injury, but with just a little over a month left in the season, we might've seen his last start in 2019.
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (knee) was removed from the game early as a precaution on Tuesday with left knee soreness. It's concerning since the 35-year-old missed two months last year while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Catching prospect Alex Jackson, the team's No. 25 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was taken out of Triple-A Gwinnett's game after McCann was injured, so he could be on his way to the majors to back up Tyler Flowers. McCann was hitless in his only plate appearances on Tuesday and is hitting .264/.336/.423 with 10 home runs, 26 runs and 39 RBI in his 274 plate appearances this year.
After the New York Mets took the lead and added a couple of runs Tuesday night at Citi Field against the Cleveland Indians, their offensive star put the game away. Rookie Peter Alonso, fresh off breaking the NL single-season home run record by a rookie, smacked a two-RBI double to cap off a four-run inning for the Mets. While it wasn't a home run, the 24-year-old picked up his 96th and 97th RBI as his historic debut season moves along. The Mets remain right in the hunt for a Wild Card spot with the division-leading Atlanta Braves coming to town at the end of the week.
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto connected on a two-run blast in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians as his team ran away with a win. The 26-year-old broke a 2-2 deadlock after the Mets trailed early on. It was his only hit of the night as he also struck out twice. Conforto's blast set the Mets offense off as they scored five more runs, ultimately coasting to a 9-2 series-opening victory. With 27 home runs on the season, he's poised to break his personal single-season record of 28.
The New York Mets returned to Citi Field Tuesday night with a victory over the Cleveland Indians in an interleague matchup. New York native Steven Matz went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits. Just one of the runs was earned, as he walked two and struck out seven. The 28-year-old tossed 98 pitches in the performance, his eighth victory of the season. This is the first of two scheduled starts this week for Matz, with his second scheduled for Sunday afternoon in a divisional showdown with the Atlanta Braves, once again at Citi Field.
Chicago Cubs OF Mark Zagunis was optioned to Class AAA Iowa on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Miami Marlins RHP Elieser Hernandez (blister) left his start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 20, with a blister on his right middle finger.
Miami Marlins P Elieser Hernandez (finger) left the game Tuesday, Aug. 20, due to a blister on his right middle finger.
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo (oblique) isn't expected to return prior to Sept. 1.
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (knee) left the game Tuesday, Aug. 20, due to left knee soreness.
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Chris Archer (shoulder) was pulled from the game Tuesday, Aug. 20, due to discomfort in his right shoulder.
San Francisco Giants OF Steven Duggar (shoulder) won't require surgery, only rehab for his sprained AC joint. He's 'pretty much done for the year,' according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Chris Archer (undisclosed) was pulled from his start Tuesday, Aug. 20.
New York Mets P Robert Gsellman (back) was diagnosed with a partially torn lat muscle Tuesday, Aug. 20. He may miss the remainder of the season.
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