Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez smacked an RBI-double in the Astros 4-3 win over the Tigers on Monday. The rookie phenom has actually cooled off lately, going only 6-for-29 (.206) over his last eight games. But of course, one of those games featured a two-home run performance so Alvarez still is making a huge impact on the game. Not much seems to be slowing down the rookie anytime soon and is still slashing .348/.416/.742 in the month of August with five doubles, seven home runs and 20 runs batted in. Alvarez is a must-start in all fantasy formats right now.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Astros 4-3 win over the Tigers on Monday. Gurriel's white-hot second half continues and he now has 88 runs batted in on the season. After slashing only .277/.314/.482 in the first half of the season, the 35-year-old's season has taken off. In 34 games since the All-Star break, Gurriel is slashing an astounding .375/.411/.713 with 11 home runs, 13 doubles, 22 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. He is destroying the baseball at home this season, posting a .605 slugging percentage with 32 extra-base hits through 52 games at Minute Maid Park. Gurriel has ascended from fringe bench player to fantasy stud in a matter of months.
Houston Astros closer Roberto Osuna struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his 28th save of the season against the Tigers on Monday. Osuna allowed one hit but was able to convert on his fourth save of the month. Osuna has recently hit his first rough patch of the season, posting a 5.06 ERA over his last 15 appearances with two blown saves in that span. Osuna is still having an elite season and will take a 2.86 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and a .200 opponents batting average into his next appearance.
Houston Astros starter Wade Miley allowed three runs while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings as the Astros edged the Tigers 4-3. Miley (12-4) allowed 10 hits but wiggled out of a few jams to earn his fifth straight win over his last seven starts. The left-handed starter has taken his veteran moxie to Houston and is benefiting greatly playing for a powerhouse like the Astros. Miley is now 5-0 with a 2.96 ERA since the All-Star break despite a slight uptick in his WHIP over that span. Miley doesn't have eye-popping stuff but is an excellent candidate to pick up a few more wins before the season is through.
Los Angeles Angels infielder/outfielder David Fletcher is 12-for-29 (.444) over his last seven games heading into Tuesday's action. Fletcher hit .295 in the first half of the season but is hitting only .267, with a slugging percentage of only .373, since the All-Star break. But Fletcher is showing signs of life, collecting hits in six of his last seven starts. Fletcher has surprised some by carving out a role for himself in the Angels offensive lineup this season but lacks the power to move the needle from a fantasy perspective. Fletcher currently is not fantasy viable.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout went 2-for-6 with one run scored in the Angels 8-7 loss in 11 innings to the Rangers. Trout is putting together another MVP-campaign and is already only one home run shy of his career-best of 41. Trout is currently slashing .321/.472/.696 in the month of August and has been lethal with runners in scoring position this season. In 83 at-bats, Trout is slashing .301/.488/.711 with eight home runs, 10 doubles and 54 runs batted in with RISP. Trout is the best offensive player in the American League right now and an elite fantasy option for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun went 1-for-5 with one RBI in the Angels loss to the Rangers in extra innings Monday. Calhoun is coming off the heels of hitting his career-high 27th home run of the season but, once again, the veteran has backed up a strong month with a dud. After slashing .272/.343/.576 in July, Calhoun is slashing only .220/.339/.440 over his last 50 at-bats. By season's end, Calhoun baseball card will show career-bests in almost all of his power categories. But fantasy owners will remember his inconsistency more than his slugging prowess.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in as the Angels lost to the Rangers in extra innings on Monday. Upton now has hits in each of his last three games and has two home runs and 10 runs batted in over his last six games. This has been a lost season for a player who typically is a perennial 30-plus home run slugger. Upton is hitting only .223 this season but there still is time to finish up strong. He is slugging .500 in the month of August and, if he can stay hot, could provide value in the upcoming fantasy playoffs.
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored in the Angels 8-7 loss Monday to the Rangers. Ohtani has really turned it on recently, slashing .444/.483/.778 over his last seven games and now is slashing .344/.385/.541 in the month of August. Fantasy owners certainly are sad to not be able to use Ohtani as both hitter and pitcher this season but the 25-year-old has proven to doubters that he can hit at the major league level. He certainly has entertained the home crowd, slashing .305/.372/.563 in 42 home games with 10 home runs. Ohtani can help fantasy rosters down the stretch.
Washington Nationals RHP Joe Ross (leg) was removed from his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates after being hit in the right leg by a line drive Monday, Aug. 19, but X-rays came back negative.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a home run, two walks, and three runs batted in as the Angels dropped an extra-innings battle to the Rangers 8-7. Pujols smacked his 19th home run of the season in the first inning, a three-run bomb that now gives the veteran slugger 73 runs batted in on the season. The 39-year-old continues to hit for power and is one home run short of hitting 20-plus home runs in a season for the 17th time in his career. Pujols is slugging only .377 over his last 15 games but should have a handful more homers to add to his resume by the time the season is over.
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong only got one hit on Monday, but it was a big one, going over the fence for his 22nd home run of the season. DeJong ended up 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. DeJong has been as streaky as ever this season, and it's all turned into a .246/.323/.457 slash line. He's excellent for best ball and DFS when he's hot, but can be a bit of an issue in season long leagues when he gets cold.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Monday. He was removed from the game after 6 2/3 hitless innings, allowing four walks while striking out seven. Hudson didn't get the no-no, but he did earn a win and a quality start, improving his record to 12-6 and his ERA to 3.63. It was an impressive and much needed start for Hudson, who has been struggling of late.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (illness) made a relief outing for Double-A Akron on Monday in his first appearance since he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in June. The 32-year-old had a strikeout and is scheduled to pitch for Akron again on Thursday. The right-hander wants to help the Tribe this year, but it remains to be seen if he'll be cleared to pitch in the big leagues again this season. Before being diagnosed, Carrasco was 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 65 innings over 12 starts. He could be a big boost to Cleveland's rotation if he comes back, but there's a lot of risk given his illness. Stash him in deeper leagues but don't expect much if he comes back.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (back) was still experiencing back soreness on Monday and wasn't with Triple-A Tacoma. Manager Scott Servais said that Haniger's status is like being at the onset of spring training, so it's fair to wonder if Haniger will even play in the big leagues again this year. The 2018 breakout has been out since June 6 after rupturing his testicle. It's been a hugely disappointing season as a result, and he's hit .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs, 46 runs, 32 RBI and four stolen bases in only 63 games. If you can't afford the roster spot any longer, we wouldn't blame you in getting rid of Haniger in shallow mixed leagues.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (back) left the game after one inning on Monday with back discomfort. It's especially concerning since Correa missed six weeks last year with lower back soreness. The young shortstop also missed 50 games in 2019 with a fractured rib. Correa struck out in his only at-bat before departing. Check back for more information on the severity of his injury, but be prepared for another long absence if you own him. The 24-year-old is hitting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs, 39 runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances, so a long absence would be tough for the Astros and fantasy owners. Jack Mayfield could see more time at the 6 if Correa misses time, although Houston could also elect to move Alex Bregman over to shortstop.
Texas Rangers OF Danny Santana (hamstring) left the game early Monday, Aug. 19, because of left hamstring tightness.
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow (forearm) threw 15 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, Aug. 19, and is optimistic about his changes in pitching in September. He will initially be used as a reliever and could also be used as an opener.
Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa (back) left the game early Monday, Aug. 19, because of back discomfort.
Texas Rangers OF Nomar Mazara (oblique) left the game early Monday, Aug. 19, because of left oblique tightness.
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