Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux continues to rake for Double-A Tulsa and added four more hits in five at-bats on Thursday. Lux has been crushing the ball this season and entered the season as one of the top shortstop prospects in the game. The Dodgers currently have Corey Seager at shortstop, but with the way Lux has developed, the Dodgers are likely to find a way for Lux to be on the big league club sooner than later and likely by next year. Lux is hitting a cool .329 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI and three stolen bases. He is unlikely to have value in redraft leagues this year, but should be rostered in dynasty leagues.
New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard is in a great spot on Friday night as he takes on the Detroit Tigers on the road. Syndergaard will be pitching in a more hitter-friendly park tonight, but he will face a right-handed heavy Detroit lineup that is one of the worst offenses in baseball. The Tigers struggle against right-handed pitching, and Syndergaard has limited hitters to a .261 average from the right side of the plate. As always, start your studs against the Tigers, and Syndergaard certainly qualifies.
San Diego Padres second base prospectLuis Urias continues to smash the ball for Triple-A El Paso and picked up two more hits in four at-bats on Thursday. Urias is now hitting .354 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI. Urias has also only struck out 11 times compared to 18 walks. The second baseman offers plus contact skills and has improved in the power department. With Padres second baseman Ian Kinsler continuing to struggle, it makes sense for owners to stash Urias who can help owners immediately upon his arrival.
Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray will toe the rubber against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. Ray struggled in his last outing against the Giants, but will face them at pitcher-friendly Oracle Park tonight. The D-backs lefty has been a great source of strikeouts this season and has done well to keep his ERA at a reasonable spot (3.25). As always with Ray, being efficient with his pitches will likely determine whether he is out there long enough to qualify for a win.
Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-3 against the New York Mets on Thursday. Soto was a home run away from the cycle, as he singled, doubled, tripled and walked to complete a perfect day at the plate. The young outfielder isn't having a great season so far in 2019, but he still does sport a .268 average with seven home runs and 30 RBI. He could get hot at any moment, so stick with Soto through the ups and downs.
Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will get a routine day off on Friday versus the Cincinnati Reds. Replacing Contreras will be Victor Caratini. Caratini will bat sixth and is 2-for-9 since returning from a hand injury that sidelined him. Caratini will face off against Anthony DeScalfani and is a decent cheap option in DFS.
Miami Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper homered once again, drilling a 417-foot grand slam to left off of Detroit Tigers reliever Shane Greene on Thursday. It was another efficient outing for the up-and-comer who just recently hit his first big league home run on Wednesday night. Though he has struggled up until this point, especially at the plate where he has struck out at least once in all but two games this season, he is worth keeping an eye on moving forward if he can sustain this level of productivity. With the Marlins having now won their last six in a row, Cooper and company will look to keep it going on Friday night against Nationals Pitcher Kyle McGowin.
Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in a 16-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Schoop and his teammates combined for a whopping eight home runs in the blowout victory. The second baseman is now hitting .270 with 10 homers, 25 runs, and 29 RBI on the season, with four of his home runs coming in the past seven games. Schoop will look to keep it going on Friday against Chicago White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez.
San Diego Padres OF Alex Dickerson (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, May 23. The team is expected to promote 1B Josh Naylor from Triple-A El Paso to fill the roster spot.
Houston Astros OF George Springer (back) did not play for a fourth consecutive game Thursday, May 23, due to stiffness in his lower back. He'll likely return Friday, May 24, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
Cleveland Indians C Roberto Perez (head) missed his second consecutive game Thursday, May 23, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered on Tuesday, May 21.
Tampa Bay Rays INF Daniel R. Robertson (illness) was removed from the game Thursday, May 23, due to an allergic reaction from something he ate.
Los Angeles Angels SS Andrelton Simmons (ankle) met with a specialist Wednesday, May 22, and he's expected to remain in a walking boot for at least two weeks.
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins OF Max Kepler (knee) suffered a bruised knee after crashing into the wall Thursday, May 23, and is considered day to day.
Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (chest) missed his second straight game Thursday, May 23, due to a chest contusion.
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) has been dealing with pain in his right foot recently and will back off running as he makes his way back from plantar fasciitis.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier hit a three-run inside-the-park home run on Thursday. It was his fifth of the season and third in his last four games. Kiermaier is feeling it right now, but shouldnt be expected to keep up this power surge. Hes slashing .234/.300/.421 through 43 games with six stolen bases. The good part about Kiermaier is that he isnt at risk to lose the centerfield job. The being said, hes not worth rostering outside of the deepest leagues. The six steals show that he could be on his way to his most in a season since his 21 in 2016 but thats about all he has to offer at this point. He is worth keeping a tab on to see if he can sustain some of the power and maybe pick up the batting average.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (elbow) managed only 4 2/3 innings in his Triple-A rehab start on Thursday. He let up four earned runs on five hits striking out six and walking five. The good news is that all of the runs came in his final inning, which included a two-run home run by one of the Astros top prospects, Kyle Tucker. Nelson hasnt pitched in the majors since 2017 in which he threw 175 1/3 innings with a 3.49 ERA and 27.3 percent strikeout rate. Based on that stellar 2017 season, Nelson should be added in all leagues just on upside alone. However, expectations should be low once he is ready to be called back up to the Brewers. This is possibly his last rehab outing and he could join the big league club for his next start.
Boston Red Sox utility man Steve Pearce finished 3-for-5, with a home run and three runs batted in during an 8-2 win over Toronto Thursday. The long ball was his first of the season and his three RBI give him just eight in 24 games played. Pearce now has a hit in four straight games that he has appeared in. If he can continue to trend upward at the plate, he may see more consistent playing time. However, a .180 expected batting average has some serious work ahead of it before Pearce becomes fantasy relevant. A weekend series with the Astros, including a Sunday matchup with Justin Verlander, doesn't bode well for a player like Pearce who is still trying to find himself at the plate.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Weber threw six innings of one-run ball, scattering just three hits, while striking out four and walking none in an 8-2 victory over Toronto Thursday. The 28-year-old made his first start as a Red Sox after making three relief appearances since being called up May 6. The only bout of trouble the righty endured was in the second when he allowed three straight hits to open the inning, including an RBI-double. However, Weber toughened up and got out of the inning without further damage. He was effective, simply by throwing 60 of 93 pitches for a strike, while he also had solid defense behind him. The Red Sox still await the return of Nathan Eovaldi to the rotation, so it's possible Weber's performance Thursday earned him the right to another start. The earliest that could happen would be Tuesday when the Sox host the Indians.
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|CIN||DeSclafani R (2-2)|
|CHC||Hendricks R (4-4)|
|Fri 7:05pm ET|
|LAD||Buehler R (4-1)|
|PIT||Musgrove R (3-4)|
|Fri 7:05pm ET|
|MIA||Lopez R (3-5)|
|WSH||McGowin R (0-0)|
|Fri 7:07pm ET|
|SD||Lucchesi L (3-3)|
|TOR||Thornton R (1-4)|
|Fri 7:10pm ET|
|TB||Snell L (3-4)|
|CLE||Bieber R (3-2)|
|Fri 7:10pm ET|
|DET||Soto L (0-2)|
|NYM||Syndergaard R (3-4)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|CWS||Lopez R (3-4)|
|MIN||Berrios R (6-2)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|PHI||Eickhoff R (2-2)|
|MIL||Anderson R (2-0)|
|Fri 8:10pm ET|
|BOS||Sale L (1-5)|
|HOU||Miley L (4-2)|
|Fri 8:15pm ET|
|NYY||Green R (0-2)|
|KC||Junis R (3-5)|
|Fri 8:15pm ET|
|ATL||Foltynewicz R (0-3)|
|STL||Mikolas R (4-4)|
|Fri 8:40pm ET|
|BAL||Means L (5-4)|
|COL||Hoffman R (0-1)|
|Fri 10:07pm ET|
|SEA||LeBlanc L (2-1)|
|OAK||Mengden R (1-1)|
|Fri 10:07pm ET|
|TEX||Smyly L (0-3)|
|LAA||Canning R (2-1)|
|Fri 10:15pm ET|
|ARI||Ray L (3-1)|
|SF||Pomeranz L (1-4)|
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|Phenoms||5/23 7:27 pm ET|
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