Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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|Sixes and Sevens||72.0|
|*Gray Gorillas (7)slow(30)[FL]||61.0|
|Jude and Mara team||60.0|
Colorado Rockies rookie infielder Brendan Rodgers has continued to look well-prepared for major league pitching so far. Rodgers knocked a bases loaded single on Thursday to continue the team's comeback rally, and he's now hitting .294 with four RBI after his first four major league games. Rodgers is the team's top prospect and was lighting up Triple-A before his call-up. Now in the bigs for the first time, the 22-year-old is getting some extended play at second base to see if he can be the answer for the failed Ryan McMahon/Garrett Hampson platoon that was tried to start the season. The one lingering concern is that Rodgers can be hampered by swing-and-miss issues, and he's already racked up seven strikeouts so far. He'll need to calm down and keep that under control if he wants to find long-term success.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Dickerson has been out of action since April 4 with a shoulder strain. He's already suffered a setback once, so the Pirates want to make sure he is fully recovered before returning. In just four games, the 30-year-old is slashing .154/.313/.462, with a home run and two runs batted in. Bryan Reynolds and Melky Cabrera have been impressive as replacements. Reynolds, a rookie, is batting .321 with four homers and 12 RBI, while Cabrera has three home runs and 15 RBI, while sporting a healthy .333 average. The Pirates will likely have some decisions to make once Dickerson is healthy, but if he is on your waiver wire, he may be worthy of a stash if you have an open IL spot available.
One day after nearly landing the temporary closing gig for the Colorado Rockies, reliever Carlos Estevez got shellacked in his first opportunity to get back on the mound. Estevez was called in to keep the team within striking distance after a big comeback left Colorado down 8-6. Instead, Estevez got blown up by allowing three home runs in the span of seven batters, putting the game well out of hand. Estevez had been on a run where he hadn't allowed more than one earned run in 15 straight outings, but he ended up getting four hung on him in 2/3 of an inning on Thursday. This is the 26-year-old's first big blow up this season, so it remains to be seen how he'll bounce back.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela was fortunate to escape with a decent line last time, but Pittsburgh took him to the wood shed on Thursday. Senzatela only lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight earned runs in a thrashing by the Pirates. For the second time in a row, Senzatela walked more than he struck out, but he also proved to be quite hittable, allowing nine hits in the short outing. Senzatela is a starting pitcher who struggles to find a regular spot on a poor Rockies pitching staff. He should not be on most fantasy teams. He'll catch a home start against the Diamondbacks next, and he absolutely should not be started for that game.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux continues to rake for Double-A Tulsa and added four more hits in five at-bats on Thursday. Lux has been crushing the ball this season and entered the season as one of the top shortstop prospects in the game. The Dodgers currently have Corey Seager at shortstop, but with the way Lux has developed, the Dodgers are likely to find a way for Lux to be on the big league club sooner than later and likely by next year. Lux is hitting a cool .329 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI and three stolen bases. He is unlikely to have value in redraft leagues this year, but should be rostered in dynasty leagues.
New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard is in a great spot on Friday night as he takes on the Detroit Tigers on the road. Syndergaard will be pitching in a more hitter-friendly park tonight, but he will face a right-handed heavy Detroit lineup that is one of the worst offenses in baseball. The Tigers struggle against right-handed pitching, and Syndergaard has limited hitters to a .261 average from the right side of the plate. As always, start your studs against the Tigers, and Syndergaard certainly qualifies.
San Diego Padres second base prospectLuis Urias continues to smash the ball for Triple-A El Paso and picked up two more hits in four at-bats on Thursday. Urias is now hitting .354 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI. Urias has also only struck out 11 times compared to 18 walks. The second baseman offers plus contact skills and has improved in the power department. With Padres second baseman Ian Kinsler continuing to struggle, it makes sense for owners to stash Urias who can help owners immediately upon his arrival.
Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray will toe the rubber against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Ray struggled in his last outing against the Giants, but will face them at pitcher-friendly Oracle Park tonight. The D-backs lefty has been a great source of strikeouts this season and has done well to keep his ERA at a reasonable spot (3.25). As always with Ray, being efficient with his pitches will likely determine whether he is out there long enough to qualify for a win.
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-3 against the New York Mets on Thursday. Soto was a home run away from the cycle, as he singled, doubled, tripled and walked to complete a perfect day at the plate. The young outfielder isn't having a great season so far in 2019, but he still does sport a .268 average with seven home runs and 30 RBI. He could get hot at any moment, so stick with Soto through the ups and downs.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will get a routine day off on Friday versus the Cincinnati Reds. Replacing Contreras will be Victor Caratini. Caratini will bat sixth and is 2-for-9 since returning from a hand injury that sidelined him. Caratini will face off against Anthony DeScalfani and is a decent cheap option in DFS.
Miami Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper homered once again, drilling a 417-foot grand slam to left off of Detroit Tigers reliever Shane Greene on Thursday. It was another efficient outing for the up-and-comer who just recently hit his first big league home run on Wednesday night. Though he has struggled up until this point, especially at the plate where he has struck out at least once in all but two games this season, he is worth keeping an eye on moving forward if he can sustain this level of productivity. With the Marlins having now won their last six in a row, Cooper and company will look to keep it going on Friday night against Nationals Pitcher Kyle McGowin.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in a 16-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Schoop and his teammates combined for a whopping eight home runs in the blowout victory. The second baseman is now hitting .270 with 10 homers, 25 runs, and 29 RBI on the season, with four of his home runs coming in the past seven games. Schoop will look to keep it going on Friday against Chicago White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.
San Diego Padres OF Alex Dickerson (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, May 23. The team is expected to promote 1B Josh Naylor from Triple-A El Paso to fill the roster spot.
Houston Astros OF George Springer (back) did not play for a fourth consecutive game Thursday, May 23, due to stiffness in his lower back. He'll likely return Friday, May 24, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
Cleveland Indians C Roberto Perez (head) missed his second consecutive game Thursday, May 23, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered on Tuesday, May 21.
Tampa Bay Rays INF Daniel R. Robertson (illness) was removed from the game Thursday, May 23, due to an allergic reaction from something he ate.
Los Angeles Angels SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle) met with a specialist Wednesday, May 22, and he's expected to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks.
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Max Kepler (knee) suffered a bruised knee after crashing into the wall Thursday, May 23, and is considered day to day.
Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (chest) missed his second straight game Thursday, May 23, due to a chest contusion.
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) has been dealing with pain in his right foot recently and will back off running as he makes his way back from plantar fasciitis.
|Fri 2:20pm ET|
|CIN||DeSclafani R (2-2)|
|CHC||Hendricks R (4-4)|
|Fri 7:05pm ET|
|LAD||Buehler R (4-1)|
|PIT||Musgrove R (3-4)|
|Fri 7:05pm ET|
|MIA||Lopez R (3-5)|
|WSH||McGowin R (0-0)|
|Fri 7:07pm ET|
|SD||Lucchesi L (3-3)|
|TOR||Thornton R (1-4)|
|Fri 7:10pm ET|
|TB||Snell L (3-4)|
|CLE||Bieber R (3-2)|
|Fri 7:10pm ET|
|DET||Soto L (0-2)|
|NYM||Syndergaard R (3-4)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|CWS||Lopez R (3-4)|
|MIN||Berrios R (6-2)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|PHI||Eickhoff R (2-2)|
|MIL||Anderson R (2-0)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|BOS||Sale L (1-5)|
|HOU||Miley L (4-2)|
|Fri 8:15pm ET|
|NYY||Green R (0-2)|
|KC||Junis R (3-5)|
|Fri 8:15pm ET|
|ATL||Foltynewicz R (0-3)|
|STL||Mikolas R (4-4)|
|Fri 8:40pm ET|
|BAL||Means L (5-4)|
|COL||Hoffman R (0-1)|
|Fri 10:07pm ET|
|SEA||LeBlanc L (2-1)|
|OAK||Mengden R (1-1)|
|Fri 10:07pm ET|
|TEX||Smyly L (0-3)|
|LAA||Canning R (2-1)|
|Fri 10:15pm ET|
|ARI||Ray L (3-1)|
|SF||Pomeranz L (1-4)|
|Angry Lumberjacks||5/23 10:54 pm ET|
|B-30-1||5/23 6:24 pm ET|
|Pioma||5/22 6:35 pm ET|
|AMED||5/22 5:05 pm ET|
|Duck Soup||5/22 10:17 am ET|
|Sixes and Sevens||5/20 3:04 pm ET|
|Jude and Mara team||5/20 9:17 am ET|
|JustABitOutside||5/20 9:15 am ET|
|Ballers 8||5/20 8:09 am ET|
|Glasspool 4||5/20 6:15 am ET|
|*Gray Gorillas (7)slow(30)[FL]||5/20 12:59 am ET|
|Spring Training||4/29 2:54 pm ET|
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