Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy turned in a respectable start in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Bundy pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits (including a solo home run) and two walks with five strikeouts. The 26-year-old is now 2-5 with a 4.67 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 21 walks, and 12 HR allowed in 52 IP. Bundy has some potential but his propensity for allowing long balls limits his fantasy ceiling. He will next face a favorable Tigers matchup at home and could be a decent streaming option if fantasy players were in a pinch.
Baltimore Orioles closer Mychal Givens fell to 0-2 in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Givens entered the ninth inning with the score tied and proceeded to get two quick strikeouts before things fell apart. Givens allowed a walk, a single, and then two consecutive walks (walking what would be the winning run in) before getting the final out of the inning. The 29-year-old has converted four of six save opportunities and now has a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings pitched. The good news is that Givens' 3.21 SIERA indicates that he has been unlucky to this point and he still has the closer role for now, but fantasy players should try to avoid relying on him in all but the deepest of leagues.
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that outfielder George Springer (back) could return to the starting lineup on Friday. Springer hasn't played since Sunday due to lower back tightness, but he's been taking batting practice and appears close to returning. The 29-year-old ranks eighth in the American League in batting average (.313), second in runs scored (41), fifth in hits (57), first in home runs (17) and first in RBI (42), so his fantasy owners will surely be ecstatic when he comes back. Jake Marisnick will go back to a bench role when Springer returns to the lineup.
Baltimore Orioles third baseman/designated hitter Renato Nunez flexed his muscle again in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees, going 2-for-4 with a single, a three-run home run, and a strikeout. Nunez took Tommy Kahnle deep in the eighth inning for his 10th long ball of the season. The 25-year-old has hit for power but not average this season as his batting average now sits at .223. The low average and high strikeout rate (27.7%) render Nunez unusable in season-long leagues at this time, although he could be a cheap daily fantasy play in favorable matchups
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg (hip) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Thornburg is dealing with a hip impingement, but owns a 7.71 ERA this season. He hasn't pitched well this season, so the Red Sox may take their time with him. Right-handed relief pitcher Travis Lakins has been added to the active roster in a corresponding move.
New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green will draw the start versus the Kansas City Royals on Friday. This marks Green's second start of the year, but he'll likely only go an inning or two. Green has a 12.41 ERA this season, so this is going to be a bullpen day for the Bronx Bombers. It's unclear who is going to come in to relieve Green after the first few innings.
Houston Astros outfielder/infielder Tony Kemp will slide over to second base for Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Aledmys Diaz has been playing second base lately, but he'll bat sixth and cover first base against righty Lucas Giolito. Kemp gets to move from the outfield to second base, but honestly doesn't offer much fantasy value outside of his speed.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber hit his seventh home run of the season on Thursday versus the Phillies. Schwarber finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a walk. Thursday was the eighth straight start for Schwarber in leadoff spot and he now has eight hits in 30 at-bats with a pair of home runs. For the season, Schwarber is hitting .233 with seven home runs and 17 RBI. Hes a good power option in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues and should score more runs if he stays at the top of the order.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester put together his worst performance of the year on Thursday versus the Phillies. Lester only last four innings and allowed seven runs (four earned), seven hits, one walk and struck out five. Even with the rough outing, Lester still owns a cool 2.68 ERA. The lefty will draw a tough matchups versus the Astros on Tuesday.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and 3 RBI on Thursday versus the Phillies. Rizzo has been seeing the ball well of late and is now hitting .274 with 13 home runs and 37 RBI.
Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Chirinos has been surprisingly productive this season, so this appears to be just a routine day off. Max Stassi will cover behind the plate and bat eighth versus righty Lucas Giolito. Stassi won't be a useful option for DFS contests.
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yonder Alonso has been dropped into seventh in the batting order on Thursday. The slugging lefty has been towards the top of the lineup throughout most of the season. However, Alonso is hitting just .178, so the White Sox feel he would do better lower in the order. Alonso is worth looking at in AL-only leagues, but that's about it right now.
Cleveland Indians catcher Eric Haase is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Haase was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday because catcher Roberto Perez (concussion) is sidelined. Haase was swinging the bat well in the minors, so this promotion was earned. He'll bat seventh and draw the start behind the plate versus lefty Ryan Yarbrough. Haase won't be up long enough to warrant adding in fantasy leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis D'Arnaud (rest) is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians. d'Arnaud has done basically nothing at the plate all season, so it's not surprising to see him taking a seat here. Erik Kratz will draw the start behind the plate and bat eighth versus righty Adam Plutko. Neither d'Arnaud nor Kratz need to be owned in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Indians RP Neil Ramirez was sent outright to Class AAA Columbus on Thursday, May 23.
Baltimore Orioles OF Joey Rickard was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk on Thursday, May 23.
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies OL Charlie Blackmon (calf) was taken out of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, May 23, due to a 'slight' issue with his right calf, according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (back) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday. Jake Marisnick is once again in center field and is batting ninth, while Josh Reddick is leading off and playing right field against White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito. Springer hasn't played since Sunday while dealing with lower back stiffness, but he's been working out in recent days and remains day-to-day. Hopefully he'll be back in the lineup on Friday and his fantasy owners can get him back into their lineups. Reddick, who is hitting .331/.384/.461 on the season, is a great DFS choice while he continues to hit leadoff with Springer out.
San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (illness) is expected to be sidelined Thursday, May 23, and Friday, May 24, due to a case of conjunctivitis, according to manager Bruce Bochy.
Although they needed a late rally in which they played a very small role in, the New York Yankees swept the Baltimore Orioles Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards. Arguably their most reliable player, Luke Voit, played a key role in the victory. The 28-year-old recorded two hits, but his biggest was a solo home run in the eighth that stretched his club's lead to four runs. While in the moment the home run simply appeared to be padding a lead, it would loom large, as the Orioles scored four in the same frame to tie the game. The Yankees ultimately prevailed, but the game was further evidence of Voit's worth on this first-place club.
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