Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman/outfielder Ketel Marte (groin) is being eased back into action and he has only been cleared to play in the infield so far. Manager Torey Lovullo is not yet positive when Marte will be able to play the more strenuous position of center field. However, with the return of first baseman/third baseman Jake Lamb (oblique), Eduardo Escobar might be shifted to second base to open up third base for Lamb. Second is currently occupied by Marte. Lovullo will have to be awfully creative to get everyone in the mix, but you can expect him to find a spot for Marte somewhere. He is just too valuable.
Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Eduardo Escobar might be shifted over to second base with first baseman/third baseman Jake Lamb (oblique) activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Wednesday's game. Christian Walker has been playing well at first base, and Escobar has been solid at third, so manager Torey Lovullo will have to get creative with his defense/lineup to get everyone in the mix. It's a good problem to have. Escobar is a solid fantasy option in many formats for his eligibility at corner and middle infield, and he is having a strong season for the Snakes.
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated first baseman/third baseman Jake Lamb (quadriceps) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed to hit just .179 across 12 minor-league rehab games. "I feel good," Lamb said. "I was hitting some balls hard and didn't really have anything to show for it. It was more just my mentality at the plate." He returns to Arizona with Christian Walker playing well at first, and Eduardo Escobar humming along at third. Escobar might shift to second base to accommodate Lamb's return. Fantasy owners will want to see Lamb knock off the rust before trusting him in the active lineup again.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen worked around a single while striking out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in Arizona as he secured his 23rd save of the season. He needed 27 pitches to get through the inning, throwing two first-pitch strikes to the four batters he faced. He has logged 56 pitches while appearing in three of the past four games, so it's uncertain if he will be available on Wednesday should a save situation arise. If he doesn't work on Wednesday you'll know it's a workload issue.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese (hamstring) has yet to resume baseball activities, and he is still receiving just treatment for his left hamstring strain. Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he is hopeful Freese will be back after the All-Star break, perhaps sooner. Fantasy owners will want to keep him reserved in all leagues until he can officially return and make his way through a full game or two without any setbacks before plugging him back into the active lineup.
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman/outfielder Kike Hernandez wen 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-2 road win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. His blast was a leadoff homer, the sixth of his career, and it came off of LHP Robbie Ray. The homer was on an 0-2 pitch, and is his fourth homer in 35 at-bats against the Diamondbacks southpaw. DFS owners should jot those type of notes down and file them away for down the road.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits with a walk and four strikeouts over three innings in a no-decision Tuesday in Arizona. He threw 38 of his 60 pitches for strikes, with nine first-pitch strikes to the 14 batters he faced. Manager Dave Roberts said before the outing that he hoped to get four innings or 60 pitches from Stripling in his first start since April 25. For now, he is only worth a look in NL fantasy leagues until he starts to build up his stamina and go deeper into games. His next scheduled start is tentatively set for Sunday in Colorado.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt allowed three earned runs, four hits and four walks with just two strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. He threw just 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes. His ERA jumped from 3.64 to 3.86 as a result of the shaky outing, and he has won just once in five outings in the month of June. Bassitt also went six innings back on June 2, but he has failed to hit the mark in each of his past four. Overall he is 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, but he remains useful only in AL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats at this point. He'll take the ball next on Sunday in another road outing against the Los Angeles Angels.
Oakland Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann (knee) will need to catch consecutive games during his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas before he is activated from the 10-day injured list. He was 2-for-5 in a game Monday for Vegas, posting an RBI single while playing all nine innings behind the plate. He did not play in Tuesday's game. With Nick Hundley (knee) recovering from knee surgery with the big club, Herrmann could return and see occasional starts.
Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Tuesday's 8-3 road victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has hit safely in eight straight games posting a .370 average (10-for-27) with six runs scored, a homer, three RBI and four walks during the impressive span. Narvaez has raised his average from .284 to .294 as a result of the eight-game streak. He is enjoying a breakout campaign, emerging as a decent fantasy backstop in all AL-only leagues and plenty of mixed formats due to his power potential.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales allowed three runs - two earned - and eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts over five innings in an interleague road win against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. He threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes, including first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 24 batters he faced. It's been a roller coaster ride for Gonzo, as he lost six straight decisions after starting out 5-0. Now, he has rattled off four straight victories with a 2.59 ERA dating back to June 2. He'll look to win his fifth consecutive start when he takes the ball next on Sunday in Houston.
St. Louis Cardinals closer Jordan Hicks (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, according to John Mozeliak. Hicks will miss the rest of the season and likely the first half of 2020 as well. The 22-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 14 saves and 31 K's in 28 2/3 frames over 29 outings for the Red Birds in 2019. It's very disappointing for his fantasy owners, and they can now safely drop him in all redraft formats. Carlos Martinez is expected to be the primary ninth-inning guy in St. Louis now, so he should be owned everywhere. John Gant and Andrew Miller will be fallback options should C-Mart struggle or need a day off.
Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence (groin) is unlikely to return from the injured list when he's eligible on Thursday. He ran for the first time on Tuesday at around 60 to 70 percent intensity, according to manager Chris Woodward. Pence has been reborn in Texas in 2019 and was hitting a surprising .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 44 runs, 48 RBI and even three steals before getting injured. He should return to regular playing time when he's ready, which will create even more of a logjam in the outfield and at designated hitter between Delino DeShields, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Shin-Soo Choo and Willie Calhoun. Something will have to give, but Pence has earned regular playing time and a spot on all fantasy rosters.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Sam Tuivailala (Achilles, shoulder) was back on the mound for a minor-league rehab appearance on Sunday for Class A Everett (Wash.), but he was tuned up for five runs - four earned - and five hits while retiring just two batters. He is on the 60-day injured list due to an Achilles' injury, and he was pulled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma due to a shoulder issue. At this point he is only worth monitoring in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain (thumb) was in Los Angeles on Tuesday to undergo the same cryotherapy procedure that has helped Ryan Braun in recent years. The pain in Cain's thumb was had been affecting his play and was too much to bear, according to manager Craig Counsell. It could also help explain why Cain has been disappointing for much of the season, hitting .253/.314/.357 with four home runs, 46 runs, 28 RBI and 10 stolen bases. While this is obviously concerning, it doesn't sound like Cain will need to go on the injured list and he could return later this week. Ben Gamel filled in for Cain on Tuesday and should do so until he returns.
Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo (oblique) finished 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI in his return from the 10-day injured list in Tuesday's 5-3 road win against the Detroit Tigers. He was a bit rusty, too, as he struck out thrice. Gallo made it through the full game without any setbacks, so that's the good news. If you normally rely upon the slugger, it appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all formats. In other Gallo news, he said he has not been extended an invite for the 2019 Home Run Derby in Cleveland, but he expressed an interest in the contest if he is elected to the All-Star roster.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) restarted his minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Inland Empire on Tuesday after he was slowed last week in his recovery from an ankle sprain. Simmons was well ahead of schedule when he started his rehab assignment last week, so the Angels will probably be a bit more careful this time around. But if he avoids setbacks, the Halos could have him back sometime next week. The 29-year-old was hitting .298/.323/.415 with three homers, 22 runs, 21 RBI and five steals before his injury. He won't hit for much power, but Simba makes a lot of contact and can run a little, making him useful in deep mixed leagues as middle infield depth.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jesse Chavez allowed one unearned run, five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a victory on Tuesday in Detroit. He threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 24 batters he faced, throwing 56 of his 79 pitches for strikes. Chavez has appeared in an 'opener' role a handful of times this season, but this was his first traditional start as a member of the rotation, and he passed with flying colors. If you are in need of starting pitching in AL-only fantasy leagues you should roll the dice on the 35-year-old righty.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Caleb Smith (hip) is expected to make at least one more minor league rehab start. The Marlins are just being cautious with the left-hander after he struck out 11 hitters and gave up two solo home runs in 4 1/3 innings for Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. If he gets through his next outing fine, Smith should return to the rotation next week. The 27-year-old was the club's best pitcher before his injury, posting a 3.41 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 66 innings over 12 starts. The Fish may be mindful of his innings as we get into the second half, but he needs to be owned in all formats for his strikeout upside despite pitching for one of the worst teams in baseball.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman said that he'd be interested in playing for a big-market team, although he didn't specifically say he wanted to play for the Yankees. Stroman is almost certainly expected to be traded before the deadline on July 31, and the Yankees are a potential landing spot within the American League East. "Im built for this," said Stroman, who grew up on Long Island and went to Patchogue-Medford High School. "Anybody can say whatever, but Im built for the bright lights. Im not scared of it. Ive never been. I take that ball each and every time with the pressure on. I love it." Stroman is 5-9 with a nice 3.04 ERA and 1.25 WHIP for the Blue Jays. He doesn't strike many out as a ground-ball artist, but he'd certainly have to keep the ball on the ground to thrive in the Bronx if he winds up there. He'd also have a much better offense backing him, which would boost his fantasy appeal for the remainder of the season.
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