Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) was held out of the game Monday, June 24 against the Colorado Rockies due to a tight hamstring. His injury is considered to be mild and he is day to day.
Following Saturday's four-RBI performance against the Houston Astros, New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton rested on Sunday. Monday, he was back in the lineup and continued to heat up. While the 29-year-old picked up just one hit, it was a 445-foot blast into left field for a three-run home run. After his lengthy absence, this was Stanton's first home run of the season. Considering he's just getting back, Stanton could be setting up a torrid stretch as his last two games have been quite positive.
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas and manager Mickey Callaway will be fined for their roles in an altercation with a member of the media over the weekend. While the fines are a team-issued $10,000 each, a source confirmed, there will be no suspensions, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who called the situation "disappointing" and "regrettable." Vargas will apparently make his next scheduled start Wednesday in Philadelphia unless Major League Baseball decides to weigh in on the matter.
The New York Yankees trailed by two runs heading into the fifth inning of Monday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. While CC Sabathia was pitching well, the offense was dormant until Aaron Hicks stepped up. With two runners on, the center fielder drilled a three-run home run, his fifth of the season, as the Yankees took the lead for good. The home run couldn't have come at a better time for Hicks, who has seriously struggled at the plate since making his season debut last month. This month, the 29-year-old is batting just .194, although this home run could be what gets him going.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2 with a home run and three walks in Monday's win over the White Sox. Bradley Jr.'s solo shot got Boston on the board in the second inning, and he's now hit safely in 15 of 22 games in June. He's also hitting .274 with a .939 OPS with four homers and 13 runs batted in for the month. All eight of the 29-year-old's homers this year have all come since May 20 and he's burst back into moderate fantasy relevance after a dreadful beginning to the season. He's certainly been valuable in AL-only leagues over the past month, but he's now creeping into mixed league consideration. Bradley's power potential with the chance to swipe a bag or two should continue into the All-Star break.
New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton will not be one of the two starting pitchers during the upcoming international series against the Boston Red Sox in London. He is likely to start the first game of the interleague series on Tuesday, July 2 against the New York Mets instead. The southpaw was tuned up for six earned runs, seven hits and two walks with just one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings in a loss against the Mets on June 11 at Yankee Stadium, so DFS players might want to stay away.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will start the first game in London against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. EDT. They're still figuring out whom the second starting pitcher will be for Sunday's game. Tanaka hasn't faced the Red Sox yet this season, but he is 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts and a .242 opponent batting average over 67 1/3 innings across 11 starts with one complete game against the Red Sox since the start of the 2016 season.
The New York Yankees optioned relief pitcher Jonathan Holder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after his implosion on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. He coughed up five earned runs and five hits, including a grand slam to Freddy Galvis and a solo shot to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and he was unable to retire a single batter. His ERA ballooned from 5.55 to 6.81 as a result. He was tagged for 13 earned runs with six homers allowed over his past 5 1/3 innings over his past six appearances. That's simply not going to cut the mustard. Stephen Tarpley might be summoned to replace him.
Coming off his milestone 250th victory, New York Yankees veteran CC Sabathia put forth a quality start and earned his fifth win of the season. The left-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. He went on to strike out nine, including the final batter he faced, escaping a jam with runners on the corners. Now in his final season, this is the kind of performance the Yankees would be thrilled to get from Sabathia when he pitches. With the Yankees set to have a number of days off later in the week due to their two-game set in London, Sabathia isn't set to pitch again for eight days.
Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts hit his 13th home run in Monday's 6-5 walk off win over the White Sox. Betts' solo shot came in the seventh to put Boston within one at 5-4. The 26-year-old has just four home runs and nine runs batted in during June, while batting .225/.367/.461. Despite his lacking power numbers this month, he has made up for it with 20 walks and 17 runs scored from atop Boston lineup. He might not be clubbing home runs and doubles at the rate he did in 2018, but Betts is still making an impact in fantasy, especially in OBP leagues. You might even be able to "buy-low" from owners who are disappointed or expected more with their top fantasy pick.
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Carson Fulmer will serve as the team's opener on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox. It will be a collective bullpen day for the White Sox against LHP David Price. The former standout at Vanderbilt has struggled, posting a 1-1 record, 6.35 ERA and 1.94 WHIP across 11 1/3 innings with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts allowed across nine relief appearances. It will be his first 'start' of the season, although don't expect it to last long.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings, while surrendering six hits, striking out four, and walking two in Monday's walk off 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. The southpaw served up two home runs, which marks the fifth straight game that he has allowed at least one homer. In June, Rodriguez is 3-1 with a 4.55 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 31/7 K/BB. He's also surrendered eight of his 15 home runs allowed this season in June. The 26-year-old is about as boom or bust as it gets for Boston, which sets him up for a rough next outing on Sunday when the Red Sox host the New York Yankees. Rodriguez should be out of your lineups and garner no DFS consideration against that Yankees lineup.
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier continues to be impeccable at the plate as of late. Monday night, taking on the Philadelphia Phillies, the 33-year-old singled in a run in the first and later drilled a home run to center in the third. It was his ninth of the year as hot stretch continues. Following Monday's defeat, Frazier is batting .308 across his last 30 games with seven home runs and 22 RBI. While he's only a one-position fantasy player, Frazier could be a solid fit as a waiver wire pickup during this particular stretch of the season.
The New York Mets offense showed up Monday night at Citizens Bank Park with outfielder Michael Conforto leading the way. The former All-Star doubled home the first run of the game, giving his team an early lead. In the fifth, with his club trailing, he tied the game with a solo blast to left center. The 26-year-old would also draw a walk and score two runs himself, but the Mets ultimately fell, 13-7. Conforto has picked up the offense as of late, batting .293 across his last 15 games, with four home runs and 11 RBI.
The New York Mets found no relief to their current woes Monday night as they dropped the series opener in Philadelphia. New York native Steven Matz was on the mound and got hit hard from the start. With three runs surrendered in the first, he was well on his way to his sixth defeat of the season. In all, Matz allowed seven runs on 10 hits and three walks. He gave up three home runs and struck out just one batter in his 4 1/3 innings of work. His offense, to their credit, continued to battle, but his performance was simply too much to overcome. Matz's next start is scheduled for Saturday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Steven Duggar (back) was able to take 20 dry swings on Monday, as he slowly progresses in his recovery from tightness in his lower back. It was his first time swinging a back since landing on the 10-day injured list. He was pleased that his back is loosening up, but he is still taking it day by day. Mike Yastrzemski has picked up the pace with solid power numbers with Duggar on the shelf, so it will be interesting to see what the Giants do roster-wise when Duggar is healthy enough to be activated.
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (hamstring) was given the day off on Monday against the Colorado Rockies due to a mild tight hamstring issue. He is reportedly available off of the bench. With Crawford on the mend, Donovan Solano made the start at shortstop. It sounds like Crawford is likely to only need a day of rest, but fantasy in leagues using daily moves and DFS players will want to refrain from using him until he can officially return and prove his health in one full game without any setbacks.
Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Luke Weaver (elbow) recently underwent an MRI for his flexor pronator mass sprain and UCL strain with results indicating both injuries were healing as expected. Manager Torey Lovullo said Weaver won't start throwing for another few weeks.
Los Angeles Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock (elbow) is targeting July 12 for his activation from the injured list. He expects to take live at-bats either Saturday, June 29, or Sunday, June 30.
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Diego Castillo (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and he will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Overall, Castillo has a 1-6 record with a 3.93 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 34 1/3 innings over 33 relief appearances. Something's obviously been amiss lately, as he has coughed up eight earned runs and seven hits with four walks and two homers allowed across 3 2/3 innings in his past four appearances, going 0-2 with a save and one blown chance, and his ERA ballooned from 2.05 to 3.93 just since June 11.
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