Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand responded to his manager's vote of confidence by throwing a scoreless ninth inning and earning his 30th save. Hand had been struggling mightily over the last two months, but manager Terry Francona confirmed that the team would not be making a switch in the ninth inning. Hand came in and allowed a hit, but faced just three batters, making quick work of the ninth inning with just 15 pitches.
Cleveland Indians rookie starting pitcher Zach Plesac pitched well on Friday, falling an out shy of a quality start. He still earned the win, bringing his record up to 7-4. He pitched 5 2/3 innings Friday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out five and threw 91 pitches, lowering his ERA to 3.40.
New York Mets C Tomas Nido (head) was removed from the game Friday, Aug. 23, due to a head injury.
Tampa Bay Rays RP Anthony Banda (elbow) was activated from the 60-day IL on Friday, Aug. 23, and assigned to Triple-A Durham.
Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (back) reported no setbacks on Friday, Aug. 23, a day after he returned from the injured list and threw 71 pitches. He's expected to make his next start on Wednesday, Aug. 28, against the Baltimore Orioles.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham (wrist) was taken out of the game early on Friday as a precaution after jamming his right wrist. Pham isn't expected to miss any time and could be right back in the lineup on Saturday, but fantasy owners should check just to make sure. Pham had two hits and a run scored in four plate appearances before exiting the game. He's now hitting .267/.371/.451 with 22 doubles, 19 home runs, 60 runs, 54 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 526 plate appearances. Those type of numbers across the board make Pham a must-own in all leagues.
Detroit Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum (groin) left the game early on Friday due to left groin tightness. Goodrum just returned on Thursday from an absence related to a groin issue, so this isn't good news and could send him to the injured list. The 27-year-old had a walk in two plate appearances before leaving and is hitting a mediocre .248/.322/.421 with 12 home runs, 61 runs, 45 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 472 plate appearances this year. He makes for a decent utility option in deep mixed leagues, mainly for his speed.
Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson (hand) left the game early on Friday after being hit in the hand by a pitch. The good news is that Anderson had a run scored, RBI and a walk in two plate appearances before leaving the contest. Anderson's fantasy owners would hate for him to miss time now, as he's hitting .342 (26-for-76) with four home runs and 13 RBI in 20 games in August. Overall, he's been one of the few bright spots for the Fish, hitting .261/.340/.468 with 20 home runs, 56 runs scored, 65 RBI and five steals on the year. Consider him day-to-day until we find out more about his condition.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (wrist) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday. It was initially believed that Price could return as soon as this weekend against the Padres, but he'll have to wait until next weekend against the Angels now. The veteran left-hander was much better in the first half and owns a 4.36 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 126 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings (21 starts) overall. It's looking like he'll get back just in time to help fantasy owners in the playoffs.
Boston Red Sox LHP David Price (wrist) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie starting pitcher Dustin May will start on Monday against the Padres. The 21-year-old from Texas has made three starts and one relief outing since making his major league debut and has a 4.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 15 K's and three walks in 19 innings for the Blue. It remains to be seen how many more starts May will make the rest of the way, but he should at least be in consideration as a streamer against San Diego in deep mixed leagues because of his upside. Gingergaard faced the Friars in his big league debut on Aug. 2 and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits while walking none and fanning three in 5 2/3 innings. He's gone exactly 5 2/3 frames in each of his three starts so far.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (back, groin) will be temporarily shut down again to wait for his back issues to clear up. It's usually never a good year with you rupture a testicle. Haniger has been out since that happened on June 6, and it's looking like he won't be able to contribute for fantasy owners the rest of the way. His breakout in 2018 led to him being a popular pick in 2019 drafts, but he has disappointed by hitting .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 32 RBI and four steals in his 63 games. Well out of contention and with both Haniger and Domingo Santana injured, the Mariners will get a long look at outfield prospect Jake Fraley the rest of the way.
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (shoulder) participated in all of the baseball activities Friday, Aug. 23, and likely will begin a rehab assignment in the next few days.
Texas Rangers OF Hunter Pence (back) was scratched from the starting lineup Friday, Aug. 23, because of lower back tightness.
New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (hernia) will start his minor league rehab assignment on Friday, and the team is hoping he'll come off the injured list when they return from their road trip in a week. That means that Voit should be returning right before the calendar flips to September. The 28-year-old should return to a regular role when he's healthy, as he was hitting .278/.392/.493 with 19 home runs, 60 runs and 54 RBI in 349 at-bats before going on the shelf. If he was dropped in any leagues, pick him up and stash him until he returns.
Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence (back) was scratched from the starting lineup on Friday with lower back tightness. Nick Solak is serving as the designated hitter and will bat fifth against White Sox starter Dylan Cease. Consider Pence day-to-day for now. Solak, who was acquired from the Rays this summer, has burst onto the scene after being called up recently. The 24-year-old prospect is 5-for-14 (.357) with a homer, four runs and two RBI in his first four major league games. He'll continue to be a popular DFS pick as long as he continues to produce.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Story will get a rare off day in this one, but should be back in the lineup for next game. Garrett Hampson will cover shortstop and bat eighth versus righty Jack Flaherty. Hampson doesn't have any fantasy value going into this one. He might have some NL-only appeal, but he doesn't play enough to warrant ownership in most formats.
Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers. The Twins will give their slugging first baseman a routine day off here. Ehire Adrianza will cover first base and bat seventh versus righty Drew VerHagen. Adrianza has been unstoppable with the bat lately, so he's a sneaky fantasy option right now. He doesn't have much power in his bat, but seems to get on base just about every at-bat.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. The Red Sox are without a designated hitter in this series, so JBJ will take a sit. He'll likely sit out throughout most of the series, so fantasy owners should seek other options for this weekend. J.D. Martinez will play right field and bat cleanup versus righty Chris Paddack. Martinez is always a solid option for DFS contests.
Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz (head) will start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday and will play both Saturday and Sunday. The 29-year-old Cuban should return to the Astros at some point next week, where he'll help fill the void left by Carlos Correa's (back) injury. Diaz has been a decent utility man for the 'Stros this year, hitting .267/.320/.474 with seven long balls and 28 RBI. He's still not very attractive in mixed leagues, though, unless he's guaranteed everyday playing time when he returns, which is unlikely.
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