Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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New York Mets pitcher Drew Gagnon will be utilized as the opener Monday night against Washington. This will be the first start of the year for Gagnon, who has pitched 11 innings so far in six games this season. Gagnon has been effective lately, as he has not allowed a run in his last five outings covering 5 2/3 innings. Gagnon is not expected to work deep into the game, as he has not gone more than three innings in an outing since April 16. This has the makings of a full-on bullpen game for the struggling Mets.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Eric Sogard(thumb) has been removed from the lineup Monday with a left thumb sprain. Sogard was originally slated to hit leadoff in the Blue Jays' Monday matinee against the Red Sox. Since joining the Blue Jays this season, Sogard has been on a tear, hitting .295 with a .904 OPS in 24 games. The normally light-hitting second baseman is playing well above his usual production, as his career OPS is just .638 over his nine-year MLB career. If you've taken advantage of his hot start, it would be wise to try and sell high, as there are no indications of Sogard's early-season production being sustainable.
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (biceps) has been placed in Tampa on a rehab assignment beginning on Monday. The slugger has not played since March 31 after straining his left biceps muscle. Last season, his first in the Bronx, Stanton clubbed 38 home runs and drove in 100 runs while playing in 158 games. Stanton beginning his rehab stint is a welcome sign for his fantasy owners because it shows he is ready for game action after missing nearly two months already. This progression in his recovery should allow for Stanton to return to the Yankees lineup sometime in the next week.
Kansas City Royals RHP Heath Fillmyer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha Monday, May 20.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D Martinez will get Monday off, against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his place, Steve Pearce will DH and bat seventh against right-hander Edwin Jackson. Pearce simply hasn't been good in 72 plate appearances this year, slashing just .121/.183/.152 with two doubles and four runs batted in, leaving him off any DFS radar. Catcher Sandy Leon will share battery privileges with David Price and bat ninth. The 30-year-old catcher is batting .200 with a home run and five RBI and can safely be left in DFS player pools.
New York Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Tampa Monday, May 20.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Monday and will start against the Toronto Blue Jays, announces the team. Price has been out since May 2 with left elbow tendinitis but did not make any rehab appearances. Manager Alex Cora has hinted that Price could be limited in the outing, thus acting as a rehab assignment before being fully prepared for his next start in the coming weekend. The 33-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA and a 42:10 K:BB through six starts, before his injury. His 13.6 SwStr% would be a career-high mark if he continues his early-season pace, but even if that is in-attainable, the lefty should provide plenty of value on a Boston team looking to make a surge.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale lasted just 5 1/3 innings Sunday, allowing three runs, on four hits, while striking out 10, and walking five in a 4-3 win over Houston. The southpaw has now earned double-digit strikeouts in four straight starts, dating back to May 3. However, Sunday also marked a season-high in walks, which is discouraging after he walked just one batter over his previous three starts combined. Regardless, it wasn't a completely dreadful outing for the 30-year-old, he just needs to go back to limiting walks, while keeping those strikeout totals high, and owners should be happy. He gets these same Astros on the road next Friday, where he'll hopefully be able to work past the sixth inning.
Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray failed to make it past the fourth inning on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Ray allowed two runs on three hits and four walks through four innings, but needed 87 pitches to get through the frames. He struck out six. The southpaw was hit with a no-decision and will take a 3.25 ERA into his next start on the road against the same Giants.
New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had some bad luck on Sunday against the Miami Marlins. Syndergaard tossed seven innings of two-run ball, giving up five hits while striking out three in a loss. It was an odd start for the ace, who struggled to accrue many strikeouts, but he was efficient nonetheless. The Mets failed to provide their pitcher with any run support, dropping his record to 3-4 on the season. Syndergaard will take a 4.50 ERA into his next start against the Detroit Tigers at home.
In a late push to save his playing time, Colorado Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon went yard twice against Philly on Sunday. It was McMahon's first start of the series, and he took full advantage as he drilled solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings of the team's fourth-straight loss. McMahon was seemingly handed the heavy end of a second-base platoon out of spring training this year, but both halves of the timeshare struggled, resulting in top prospect Brendan Rodgers being called up. Rodgers has severely cut into McMahon's playing time so far, but if McMahon can start to show some more hitting like this, he might still have a chance to hold on to his position. Any believing owners should hold for the moment.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon got the scoring started as early as possible on Sunday as he hammered a leadoff home run to start the game against the Phillies. The Rockies would eventually fall for the fourth straight time, but Blackmon's certainly been holding up his end of the bargain this season. The jack was Blackmon's 10th of the year, and he's been drilling the ball all over the diamond. Hitting .294 with 17 extra-base hits, Blackmon is one of a handful of Rockies offensive players who are tracking the NL MVP front-runners with aplomb. Expect him to be in the discussion right to the very end.
The Colorado Rockies have tried everything they can think of to help relief pitcher Bryan Shaw find himself again, but none of it's really worked. Shaw came into Sunday's game rocking an impressive 1.93 ERA that was built on a pile of kindling consisting of a 5.46 K/9, 3.86 BB/9, 88% strand rate, and .158 BABIP so far this year. After escaping the fifth inning, Shaw came back out for the sixth, where he burnt the house down. A walk and pinch-hit home run by J.T. Realmuto allowed the Phillies to tie, and another single before letting Mike Dunn finish the meltdown by allowing a homer to Bryce Harper hung the loss on Shaw. If anyone out there still believes in Shaw, they must be related to him.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland lasted just 1 2/3 innings on Sunday as he was sent packing after proving wholly ineffective against the Phillies. There was no mention of injury after the game, just poor play. Freeland struggled with his command as he walked three in the short outing, and he regularly found himself in deep counts, racking up more than 30 pitches in each inning. An assortment of home runs by his teammates are the only thing that saved him from taking the loss, even if the team's bullpen eventually let them down. It's hard to imagine a much nicer opportunity than a game against the Orioles next week, but Freeland's been so bad this season that he almost assuredly shouldn't be started then either.
Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi isn't necessarily hitting a ton of homers, but he's certainly racking up a lot of extra-base hits. Mondesi is tied for the lead in triples, he knocked his 11th double of the season on Sunday, and he's smacked five homers so far for good measure. Tack on his league-leading 17 stolen bases, and Mondesi has been a one-man wrecking crew so far in 2019. At just 23 years of age, the future is bright for Mondesi as long as he can keep focused on making constant contact. Ever since he's lowered his strikeout rate, his value has skyrocketed.
Kansas City Royals utility man Whit Merrifield was held hitless in Sunday's game, but he still walked twice and scored a run. Considering Merrifield is a leadoff hitter known for his on-base skills and tendency to steal, it would make sense that he'd walk regularly, but Merrifield hasn't been doing that much recently. In fact, the two walks were two-thirds of all the walks Merrifield's taken in the last two full weeks. However, even though he hasn't been interested in free passes, Merrifield's still maintained an on-base percentage of .340 over that period of time. The one concern is that he's been caught stealing three times in that same two-week span, but that's likely more a bit of bad luck than anything too worrisome.
In what's likely more of a shot at the Angels pitching staff than a moment of hope for his batting eye, Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler didn't strike out a single time on Sunday. As a testament to his patience, Soler's strikeout-free day allowed Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo to surpass Soler and take over as the new leaders in strikeouts in the league. Soler had recently cut down on his swing-happy ways by going four straight games without striking out, but the series with Texas and LA have included seven strikeouts in a four-game stretch. Soler's whiffs hamper his overall production, but his 10 home runs show he's on pace to clear 30 for the season. It's up to individual owners if they can stomach the approach though.
Kansas City Royals breakout Hunter Dozier is fighting to prove he isn't just a blip. Following a superstar-worthy first month of the season, Dozier has been coming back down to Earth at a rapid pace. Over the last 10 days, Dozier is hitting just .176 and is slugging an amazingly wimpy .206. That said, he provided a small moment of hope on Sunday when he laced a run-scoring double into right-center on a meatball left up in the zone. Ideally, major leaguers knock 91 MPH belt-high fastballs into another county, but given his recent struggles, a double's a blessing. Baseball is a game of constant adjustment, so it remains to be seen if Dozier can adjust back to what was working for him in April. Most owners should hold for now.
It took more than a week, but Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jake Diekman was finally able to nail down his fifth hold of the season with a shutout inning against the Angels on Sunday. The seasoned 32-year-old has been hampered by a combination of poor outings and poor team performance this year, but he's sitting down batters at an impressive rate of 13 K/9. A strong strikeout rate like that is sure to draw some fantasy interest, but owners should beware. Diekman's also walking more than four batters per nine innings, and the unimpressive pitching staff surrounding him will limit his ability to gain holds.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy impressed some Angels hitters with his six inning performance on Sunday. LA outfielder Kole Calhoun told reporters that it was the best he'd ever seen Duffy throw, and Duffy did hold the team to one run en route to the win. Unfortunately, the underlying numbers don't support Calhoun's assertion as Duffy allowed five hits and walked three during the outing. He was fortunate more of those baserunners didn't come around to score, but sometimes fortune wins a week in fantasy baseball. Duffy will likely take a turn against the first-place Yankees next, and it would be recommended that fantasy owners not bet on continued good fortune.
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|BOS||Price L (1-2)|
|TOR||Jackson R (0-0)|
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|OAK||Anderson L (4-3)|
|CLE||Carrasco R (4-3)|
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|NYY||Happ L (3-3)|
|BAL||Cashner R (4-2)|
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|WSH||Corbin L (4-1)|
|NYM||Font R (1-1)|
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|PHI||Arrieta R (4-4)|
|CHC||Darvish R (2-3)|
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|SEA||Leake R (3-4)|
|TEX||Minor L (4-3)|
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|CWS||Banuelos L (2-3)|
|HOU||Peacock R (4-2)|
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|ATL||Soroka R (4-1)|
|SF||Suarez L (0-0)|
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|MIN||Odorizzi R (6-2)|
|LAA||Cole R (0-0)|
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|ARI||Weaver R (3-2)|
|SD||Paddack R (3-2)|
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|McGoosh||5/20 11:23 am ET|
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|Roseland to bonton||5/20 8:59 am ET|
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|ZOMBIE FART1||5/19 1:41 pm ET|
|Rounding Third||5/14 11:25 pm ET|
|20TP - Cy Young||5/12 11:18 pm ET|
|San Juan Shoguns||4/29 11:47 am ET|
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