Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (illness), who missed his start Saturday, July 20 due to illness, will be plugged back into the rotation to start Monday, July 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
New York Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (shoulder) will not return to the rotation Tuesday, July 23 when he is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list. The club is trying to figure out where to slot him in the rotation, and he might return next weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
After three relatively lackluster starts, Dodger's second-year pitcher Walker Buehler reminded everyone who he is on Sunday, shutting out the Miami Marlins over seven innings. Buehler scattered five hits while striking out 11 and walking none and the third-place finisher in 2018's rookie of the year race is firmly entrenching himself as one of the game's great young pitchers. He now has nine wins on the year, with a 3.44 ERA and a 27.3% K-rate and lines up to make his next start in Washington on Sunday.
Losers of six straight, and eight of their nine games since the All-Star break, the Detroit Tigers got a needed pick-me-up from right-fielder Nick Castellanos, as the 26-year-old ended Sunday's extra-inning affair against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. An impending free agent on a rebuilding team, Sunday night's performance should do nothing to temper the rumors that Castellanos is on his way out from Detroit. With the trade deadline nine days away, look for this to be Castellano's last week in a Tiger uniform.
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (back) might be able to return to pitch Thursday, July 25, as long as his extended bullpen session in Washington on Monday, July 22, goes off without a hitch.
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) will have an MRI on Monday, July 22. However, manager Dave Martinez said Zimmerman's foot issue is a recurrence of plantar fasciitis.
Former Mets prospect and current Tampa backstop Travis D'Arnaud put an exclamation point on his powerful week at the plate, blasting a hanging slider from rookie Dylan Cease into the upper deck, while the bases were fully juiced. The grand slam on Sunday caps off a week that began with D'Arnaud hitting three home runs on Monday against the Yankees. Finishing the week with four home runs and nine runs batted in, D'Arnaud and the Rays hope to keep the momentum going as they start a three-game set against Boston on Monday.
Out since June 10 with plantar fasciitis, Atlanta Braves starter Kevin Gausman was activated off of the 10-day IL on Sunday in time to face the Washington Nationals. Gausman made his return a triumphant one, going seven strong innings before being pulled in the eighth after he allowed the first two men to reach base. One would eventually come around to score after he was pulled so Gausman's final line was seven innings with one earned run and eight strikeouts with no walks allowed. The 28-year-old right-hander is set to make his next start in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini had a big day at the plate in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Red Sox, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a two-run HR, and a strikeout. Both came against his former teammate Andrew Cashner, one in the first inning and the other in the third. Mancini had been slumping but seems to be turning things around and now owns a .289/.350/.539 slash line with 21 HR and 47 RBI on the season. He should be in fantasy owners' lineups at all times.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski turned in a masterpiece of a start in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Red Sox. Wojciechowski pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a single hit with two walks and 10 strikeouts. The 30-year-old now has a 3.91 ERA with 31 strikeouts and seven walks in 23 IP. Wojciechowski put forth a strong showing with the Indians at the Triple-A level this season, so it will be interesting to see what he can do in the O's rotation. His next start will be on the road against the Angels.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski played the hero in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Mets, going 1-for-4 with a walk-off solo home run, a walk, and two strikeouts. Yastrzemski took a Robert Gsellman full-count pitch to the opposite field and just cleared the fence to end the game in the twelfth inning. The 28-year-old is putting together a nice July, batting .294 with four HR and 12 RBI. Both he and the Giants' offense are starting to click, so he is worth a look in deeper leagues or five-outfielder leagues.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Zach Green went 2-for-3 with a single, an RBI double, and a strikeout in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Mets. With Evan Longoria on the IL and Pablo Sandoval a potential trade option, the team may have to rely on the 25-year-old at the hot corner. Green hit for plenty of power at Triple-A Sacramento, batting .302 with 23 home runs and 59 RBI in 264 plate appearances. He also had a 32.6% strikeout rate, which he'll need to cut down on to succeed at the big-league level. There are no fantasy options to take yet until we see a bit more of Green.
In the midst of his healthiest season since 2015, Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was placed on the 10-day IL on Sunday after jamming his thumb on a headfirst slide into first base. The news was actually considered good for Kiermaier, as an MRI revealed that the injury is just a sprain and will not require surgery. The 29-year-old veteran will be given three days of rest and treatment before being re-evaluated and Kiermaier is optimistic that he'll hopefully be back in just a few weeks.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Conner Menez made a good first impression in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Mets. Menez allowed two runs on three hits (including two solo home runs) and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings in his Major-League debut. With the Giants playing well lately and Drew Pomeranz moving to the bullpen, Menez could become fantasy relevant if he can pitch well and keep his roster spot. His next start is scheduled to come on the road in a decent matchup at the Padres.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jean Segura exited Sunday's game against the Pirates, after re-aggravating his bruised left heel. Segura initially hurt his foot on June 15 but only missed two games, returning to pinch-hit on Wednesday and playing through the weekend. The 29-year-old veteran said the heel has been bothering him since the original injury but was hoping to play through it. But then the discomfort became too great in Sunday's game and Segura was forced to depart. It's not yet known whether the injury will force Segura to the injured list but with off days on Monday and Thursday, the Phillies could give him four straight days off if they decide to sit him for their two-game set in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the IL with a shoulder impingement since July 12, Zack Wheeler came out of his bullpen on Sunday feeling good enough that the Mets are now evaluating whether or not to insert him back into the rotation during their upcoming series with San Diego. Manager Mickey Callaway still thinks that Wheeler may need to face hitters in a simulated game before returning but still left open the idea that he could slot in after Jason Vargas on Wednesday or Thursday when the Mets take on the Padres at Citi Field. As he is one of their biggest trade chips, New York would love to for Wheeler to get in multiple auditions before the July 31 deadline.
The San Diego Padres optioned reliever Trey Wingenter to Triple-A on Sunday. Along with outfielder Josh Naylor, Wingenter was demoted to make room for top pitching prospects Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon. With a 12.6 K/9, the 25-year-old Wingenter offered tantalizing strikeout potential but lacked consistent control and was hit hard often. Hell look to make tweaks in the minors before a probable return later this season.
On the IL since June 28th with fluid buildup in his elbow, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson made his first rehab appearance on Saturday, throwing one inning for the Low-A Timber Rattlers. The veteran lefthander struck out one batter, giving up one earned run with no walks. Nelson had only just returned on June 5th after missing all of 2018 and the first two months of 2019 while recovering from shoulder surgery. Before this most recent injury, Nelson had been moved to the bullpen, after his first three starts back did not go smoothly, with a 9.75 ERA and 10 walks in 14 innings. Even though his performance has been poor since his initial return this year, Nelson should get another crack at the starting rotation once he finishes his rehab, with Brandon Woodruff hitting the IL and likely opening a spot up.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Angels placed starter Andrew Heaney on the IL with left shoulder inflammation, with no current timetable for his return. The 28-year old left-hander said he first felt discomfort during his start against Houston on July 6 but hoped to pitch through it, pitching again against Houston last Tuesday, throwing 103 pitches over 4 1/3 innings and giving up two earned runs. But the pain continued and the decision was made to put Heaney on the IL for the second time this season. The good news was that an MRI showed just inflammation with no structural damage and more about Heaney's return should be known in the coming week.
Fantasy owners everywhere held their breath when talented rookie Brandon Woodruff threw just one pitch in the fourth inning of Milwaukee's game in Arizona on Sunday, before calling for the trainer and leaving the game with left side discomfort. Before his exit, Woodruff needed 78 pitches to get through three frames, giving up four earned runs on six hits, including a two-run home run to Alex Avila in the second inning. The Brewers placed Woodruff on the 10-day IL Sunday night and he'll undergo further testing on Monday, after which a clearer timeline for his return should emerge.
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|Surf Anglers||7/21 10:29 pm ET|
|RebeccadeWinter||7/21 9:37 pm ET|
|Nirvana||7/21 8:22 pm ET|
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|King of Degrom||4/18 12:18 pm ET|
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