Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano (leg) may get some at-bats with High-A Stockton prior to being activated from the 10-day injured list. The 25-year-old has been hitting, throwing, and doing running drills in recent days, and says he feels ready to return to action. Laureano recorded 21 home runs, 58 RBI, 67 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and a .284 batting average prior to landing on the IL, and should be owned in all fantasy formats.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (hamstring) will bat fourth against right-hander Ariel Jurado and the Rangers in his return from the 10-day injured list. The 24-year-old has been sidelined since July 30 with a hamstring injury that sent him to the IL. Moncada hit .409 in five games during his rehab assignment and recorded totals of 20 home runs, 59 RBI, 58 runs scored, seven stolen bases, a .301 batting average and .893 OPS through 97 games. Moncada has cut down his strikeout total significantly in 2019, playing a huge factor in his breakout season with career-highs across every statistical category. Moncada should be owned and started in all fantasy formats.
The Pittsburgh Pirates released catcher Francisco Cervelli (concussion) on Wednesday. The 33-year-old was on a minor league rehab assignment but had been out since late May and was hitting just .193/.279/.248 with a homer and five RBI in 109 at-bats this season. Cervelli had a career-high 12 homers -- his first time ever with double-digit dingers -- and 57 RBI in 2018. He's had a long history of head injuries over his career, and it might be a long shot that he resurfaces at the big league level again if another team gives him a shot.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb is available in relief for Thursday's game against the Cubs, but he will make his next start on Sunday against the Athletics if he is not needed on Thursday. The 22-year-old made his MLB debut on August 17 after a successful season in the minors where he posted a 1.85 ERA over 63 1/3 innings. Webb tossed five innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out seven in a win against the Diamondbacks. Webb is a solid streaming option in deep mixed leagues for Sunday's start, but his role for the remainder of the season is unknown at the moment.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (rest) is not in the lineup for Thursday's series opener against the Rockies. The 33-year-old is stuck in a 9-for-46 slump over the past month and is batting just .105 over the past week, so he will sit for the second time in three games. Carpenter's overall numbers in 2019 are not much better with totals of 11 home runs, 33 RBI, and a .212 batting average through 97 games. Carpenter can safely be dropped in standard mixed leagues if he has not been to this point. Tommy Edman will fill in at third base and bat seventh against Rockies right-hander German Marquez.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is not in the starting lineup on Thursday. Tommy Edman is at the hot corner and is batting seventh against Rockies starter German Marquez. Carp has been putrid all year (.212/.321/.363 with 11 homers and 33 RBI) and hasn't shown any signs of pulling out of his season-long slump, which could cause him to lose more playing time down the stretch with the Cardinals fighting for the division. It's probably time to move on in shallow mixed leagues if you have other needs. Edman is hitting .265 with five homers, 20 RBI and eight steals in 185 at-bats this year. He's most attractive for his speed in NL-only leagues but isn't much of a DFS option on Thursday.
Houston Astros RHP Ryan Pressly (knee) will undergo will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, aUG. 23, and will be out 4-6 weeks, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday, Aug. 22.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (back) is expected to return to action and have at least three full weeks of major league games before the postseason begins, according to General manager Jeff Luhnow. The 24-year-old is eligible to return at the end of August but the team does not have a reason to rush him back with a seven game lead for the division. Correa is worth holding in all fantasy formats and has recorded 19 home runs, 56 RBI, 39 runs scored and a .278 batting average in 2019.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Ryan Pressly (knee) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday, according to general manager Jeff Luhnow. Pressly is expected to return in four to six weeks. The 30-year-old has only three saves this year, but he's been relevant in deeper leagues for his ratios, as he's been excellent out of Houston's 'pen with a 2.50 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 65 K's in his 50 1/3 innings in 51 appearances. There's a chance he could be back for a postseason run, but it's no guarantee.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez will be called up in order to start against the Astros on Friday, taking the rotation spot of Griffin Canning (elbow). Suarez, a 21-year-old left-hander, has an ugly 6.75 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 53 strikeouts and 22 walks in 53 1/3 innings over 11 starts and one relief outing for the Halos this year. He's allowed a whopping 16 home runs in his rookie season and shouldn't be touched in any fantasy format in the tough matchup.
New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis, who won the Pacific Coast League batting title by hitting .342 last year, is a student of the game and studies the way opposing pitchers attack him. Davis had a .194 average in 66 games over two years with the Astros before being traded earlier this year. He started using weighted bats in 2017 and has improved his two-strike approach, as his .220 average with two strikes ranks 48th out of almost 330 qualified hitters. Davis also ranks in the 95th percentile in hard-hit rate, the 93rd percentile in average exit velocity and is second behind Cody Bellinger in expected batting average. He's been getting regular playing time in left field due to injuries and is hitting .310/.372/.516 with 15 home runs, 45 runs and 44 RBI in 306 at-bats, putting him on the map in deep mixed leagues.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman allowed one run on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts in a non-save appearance on Wednesday against the Phillies. Workman has been solid in August, allowing just two runs in 9 1/3 innings, while recording two saves and a 13/1 K/BB. He's been Boston's most reliable bullpen arm all season. He sits at 9-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts in 57 innings. He should continue to see whatever save chances are available for Boston, but manager Alex Cora has been known to go with a committee approach at times this season. Nonetheless, Workman is the reliever to own for fantasy in Boston.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello lasted just five innings after allowing three runs on three hits, while walking four and striking out three in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia. The righty needed 100 pitches in the outing that brought his record down to 11-10. August has been one of Porcello's best this year. Through four starts he's 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB over 22 innings. Unfortunately for Boston, he now has to act as the staff ace due to a season-ending injury to Chris Sale. However, you can stay far away from Porcello in his next outing, as the Red Sox travel to Coors Field to take on the Rockies. He's given up 26 homers already this year, and that number will likely rise in his start next Tuesday.
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jairo Diaz was named by manager Bud Black as someone who will get save chances for the rest of this season as the team tries to figure out the debacle that is their bullpen. Diaz has been quite good for the last month or so, carrying a 1.46 ERA with a 17/2 K/BB ratio since July 25. He throws hard, his home/road splits aren't atrocious like some other Colorado pitchers, and he attacks the plate, regularly striking out more than three batters for every walk he issues. This will be his first chance in the big chair, so he shouldn't be heavily invested in just yet, but for those who are desperate to make a late-season push, he could help them out.
San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia cracked a solo homer in four at-bats Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds. The long ball was Mejias eighth of the season as he continues ascending as the Friars everyday backstop. Since his recall on June 18, the 23-year-old has lifted his OPS from .466 to a now-sturdy .776. After some early struggles, Mejia is demonstrating the hit tool that made him one of baseballs top prospects heading into the season. With catcher Austin Hedges playing below replacement level, Mejias stock should be rising within the organization. Hes certainly a palatable fantasy catcher in redraft leagues and a premium one in dynasty.
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Wade Davis was awarded the closing gig once again when Scott Oberg (blood clot) hit the Injured List, but that was short-lived. After blowing two straight games, Davis was officially moved out of the role once again by manager Bud Black. Black told reporters that he's going to give opportunities to young right-handers Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez instead. While Davis' performance with the Rockies has been a bit of a running joke, since he's making $18 million and is one of a host of recent relievers Colorado whiffed on, what's interesting is just how bad Colorado itself has been for him. Davis has a 7.43 ERA this season, but he's got a 2.40 ERA on the road. He's only thrown six more innings at home than away, but his 10.97 ERA with a .954 OPS allowed is the real key to his problems. Maybe next season, he'll just be Colorado's road closer.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia was back at it again on Wednesday as he smacked two more singles, giving him five hits in the three-game Arizona series. Though he's officially the team's fourth outfielder, Tapia has racked up 385 plate appearances this season because if there's an outfield to be stuck behind, Colorado's is one of the best. With David Dahl constantly getting hurt and Ian Desmond continuing to play poorly, for years, Tapia has carved out a niche for himself as the dependable go-to who can play strong defense and make consistent contact at the plate. Hitting .290 with eight home runs and five stolen bases, Tapia isn't going to win any awards, but he's a valuable commodity in deep fantasy leagues.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story continued his drive to another MVP finalist finish as he swiped his 18th base of the season on Wednesday. Story now has 28 home runs, 18 stolen bases, 74 RBI, 93 runs scored, and is hitting .296 on the season, all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the most difficult non-catcher position. Story has been particularly dominant this month, hitting .400 with six home runs and four stolen bases while also knocking seven doubles. Story appears to have turned the corner from potential superstar who had a breakout to full-fledged stud who can be depended on in future years.
In what was a second consecutive loss in Oakland against the Athletics, the New York Yankees had just a few bright spots, one of them being first baseman Mike Ford. Playing as the DH Wednesday night, Ford recorded three hits, including a home run in the seventh to cut his team's deficit to three runs. It was the first three-hit game of his young career, but the Yankees went down, 6-4. Ford's time with the Yankees could be coming to an end soon, as Luke Voit is set to begin rehab games and Edwin Encarnacion on target for a mid-September return.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Tim Melville got the call at 11 o'clock on Tuesday night that informed him that the team needed him in Arizona on Wednesday to start against the Diamondbacks. Melville showed up ready to work. Melville tossed seven innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks to earn his first MLB win. Melville started this season without a baseball job, cooking at a barbecue joint in Phoenix instead. He then pitched in the Independent League, got picked up by the Rockies and pitched acceptably well in Triple-A, and is now a winning MLB pitcher. Melville's stats don't imply that any type of long-term success is in his future, but he'll have a heck of a story.
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|NYY||Tanaka R (9-6)|
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