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If a player in your Week 1 starting lineup plays in the early Japan games of 3/20 and 3/21, their stats count for Week 1. Even if you draft after those games or pick the players up in the Sunday night 3/24 waivers. If players from those two teams are in your starting lineup when the deadline for the first week locks for those teams (4 pm et 3/28 for Oakland, 7 pm et 3/28 for Seattle), you will get the stats for the players for their two games in Japan.
Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (back tightness) said Thursday, March 21, he expects to play a spring training game over the weekend and then remain in Florida for extra at-bats early next week. He then expects to join the Cardinals for their March 28 Opening Day game in Milwaukee.
Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson left the 12-inning loss to the Mariners on Thursday in Japan in the sixth inning with right hand pain, and he will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Oakland. He said that the injury likely occurred when he fouled off a slider in the fifth inning. Olson won his first Gold Glove last year while hitting 29 home runs and ranking among the league leaders in hard-hit rate, per Statcast. The A's don't play their home opener until a week from now, so hopefully Olson can heal by then. His power stroke puts him in play in all fantasy leagues.
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird was scratched from the spring lineup on Thursday due to swelling and stiffness in his right elbow, according to manager Aaron Boone. Bird was hit by a pitch on Wednesday and the team sent him to get X-rays as a precaution. Both Bird and Luke Voit seemed likely to make the Opening Day roster with outfielder Aaron Hicks (back) injured. Boone didn't seem to think Bird's injury was serious, but we'll have to wait and see. His stock is way down after he hit just .199 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI over 82 games for the Yanks in 2018. Bird could rebound with good health, but he's only in play in AL-only leagues for now.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki announced on Thursday that he's retiring from baseball after a 5-4, 12-inning win against the A's in Japan. The 45-year-old went 0-for-4 in his final game and was pulled in the eighth inning to a standing ovation. Suzuki finished with 4,367 hits across Japan's professional league and MLB, and he had the most active hits of any major leaguer with 3,089 in his 19 MLB seasons. The future Hall of Famer should get in on the first ballot. He finishes with 10 All-Star selections and 10 Gold Glove awards. Suzuki also won the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in his first season in 2001 as a 27-year-old.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias will start the season as a long reliever, according to manager Dave Roberts. The young hurler was in consideration to start in the rotation, but is still coming back from shoulder capsule surgery two years ago and was always presumed to have an innings limit this season. He pitched 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday, following Walker Buehlers start, but was tagged for three runs (two earned) after walking a batter, striking out two and giving up a long home run to Anthony Rizzo. Roberts noted that Urias will be used as a multi-inning reliever and not a lefty specialist. Urias was once a top pitching prospect in baseball and is only 22 years old. The move to the pen undoubtedly hurts his value in redraft leagues, but hell help your ratios no matter when he throws. Its also the Dodgers, who dont employ a typical rotation strategy, so its possible well see Urias start at some point this year. Hes a must-own in dynasty leagues and this move might spook his owners. This is the right moment to see if you can get him at a discount.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (elbow, hip) hit a home run off Cubs starter Cole Hamels in his first Cactus League start on Wednesday night. It was Seagers first professional game since two surgeries limited him to 26 games in 2018. Batting third, Seager finished the night going 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, giving him two RBI on the night. Perhaps more important (even for fantasy purposes) was Seagers mobility playing the field. He smoothly turned a double play, saying later, "it was really nice to make that and not have to worry about it. Seager was the Rookie of the Year in 2016 and slashed .303/.370/.496 over his first two full seasons. Hell likely be a top five producer at his position, but is not generating much excitement because of his injuries. Wise fantasy players will remember his most important number: 25, the age he will turn in April. Don't sleep on his potentially epic comeback.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes will begin the 2019 season as a member of the Cardinals bullpen. Manager Mike Shildt made the announcement on Thursday morning, adding that Reyes was "in a good spot." There was uncertainty heading into spring training as to whether Reyes would work as a starter or as a reliever this season, but coming off more than two years of battles with his health, the bullpen is his best landing space for now. In a bullpen with talented arms but no hard-set roles, Reyes could even work his way into the conversation for saves in St. Louis.
Seattle Mariners third baseman Ryon Healy had a nice day at the plate in Thursday's win against the Oakland Athletics. He popped a two-run homer in the second inning and added a double in the seventh, finishing the game going 2-for-5. With the injury to Kyle Seager, Healy has turned into an everyday player for the time being and offers some good power potential in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats. He's hit 24 HR in back-to-back seasons despite playing in 133 games in 2018, and if he can carve out a role when Seager returns in a month or two, he'll have a good chance to eclipse this number.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger took Marco Estrada deep in the third inning of Thursday's game in Tokyo. He also added a double and a walk as he finished the day going 2-for-4. Haniger appears to be picking up where he left off in 2018 after he polished off a breakout year batting .285 with 26 HR. The 28-year-old is a safe bet in all formats to post stellar numbers this season as long as he stays on the field.
Yusei Kikuchi of the Seattle Mariners failed to make it through five innings in Thursday's win over the Oakland Athletics, but the southpaw looked impressive in his debut. He was cruising over the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth as his pitch count eclipsed 90 causing manager Scott Servais to bring the hook. Kikuchi finished his line giving up one earned run on four hits and a walk while racking up three strikeouts over 4.2 IP. Kikuchi is an intriguing player to watch this season and should put up respectable numbers in his first major league season, but his innings will remain limited.
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki informed the team Thursday, March 21, that he will retire following the game against the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in a 6-5 spring training loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. The veteran second baseman is putting together an excellent spring, hitting .306 with two homers and four RBI. Schoop, who signed with the Twins as a free agent in the offseason, is expected to serve as the team's everyday second baseman in 2019. Schoop is coming off a slow year but he has shown excellent power potential over his career, blasting 32 homers back in 2017 and tallying 78 over the past three seasons. Schoop is worth keeping in mind as a solid fantasy second baseman this season as he could wind up as a top-10 fantasy option at the position.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a 6-1 spring training win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Suarez has struggled at the plate this spring, hitting just .167 with five runs and two RBI in 36 at-bats. While his slow spring isn't ideal, fantasy owners shouldn't hesitate to draft Suarez as a starting third baseman in fantasy. He should see plenty of run-producing opportunities hitting in the middle of a revamped Cincinnati lineup this season.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo (shoulder) was a candidate to open the season in the starting rotation, but he will be shut down for the next four-to-six weeks with a rotator cuff strain. If all goes well, he will resume throwing in May. Luzardo is the Athletics' top prospect and was cruising through the spring. He had allowed just one run in 9 2/3 innings of work while striking out 15. The 21-year-old had a fantastic 2018 across three different levels of minor-league ball, posting a 10-5 record to go along with a 2.88 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. Luzardo possesses a nasty arsenal of pitches and remains a valuable fantasy asset in keeper/dynasty formats. Considering how thin the Athletics' rotation currently is, Luzardo will still likely make a fantasy impact in 2019. He is a name to remember in redraft formats as a possible stash once he starts his rehab process.
The Colorado Rockies reassigned C Chris Rabago and RP Chi Chi Rodriguez to their minor-league camp on Wednesday, March 20.
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Corey Seager (elbow, hip) will get five at-bats in a minor-league game Thursday, March 21, but he will not play defense. Then the plan is for Seager to play seven innings in a Cactus League spring game on Friday, March 22.
The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RP J.T. Chargois to their minor-league camp on Wednesday, March 20.
Cleveland Indians SS Eric Stamets (hip) left the Cactus League spring game Wednesday, March 20 due to left hip tightness. Stamets is the backup option at shortstop if SS Francisco Lindor (calf) is not ready to start the regular season.
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (calf) left the Cactus League spring game Wednesday, March 20 against the San Francisco Giants. He was lifted for precautionary reasons after experiencing tightness in his right calf.
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Taijuan Walker (elbow) threw off a mound Wednesday, March 20 for the first time since his Tommy John surgery in mid-April of last season. He threw 20 pitches in the bullpen. 'Really happy for him. Obviously it's been a real long, grinding process,' manager Torey Lovullo said. 'I think it was a good day for Taijuan.'
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