Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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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.
Tampa Bay Rays left-handed pitching prospect Brendan McKay will be pulled up to Triple-A Durham to start on Tuesday. The 2017 MLB first round draft pick has thrown 41 2/3 innings at Double-A with a stellar 1.30 ERA, 39.7 percent strikeout rate, and 5.8% walk rate. He has moved quickly through the Rays system and could be a candidate to be called up to the Majors at some point this year. With Tyler Glasnow (forearm) on the shelf and only two true starters, the Rays could use the help. Pitching prospect Brent Honeywell (elbow) also has not been able to begin throwing yet. MLB.com ranks Honeywell the second and McKay the third top prospects in their system behind shortstop Wander Franco. Keep an eye on this as the Rays are known for developing excellent starting pitching.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday versus the Houston Astros. Sanchez had a double and two singles on the evening and is now hitting .235 for the season and doesnt offer much potential in all formats. Sanchez can remain on waivers.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson picked up a pair of hits in four at-bats versus the Astros. Anderson is beginning to heat up again and is now hitting .326 with eight home runs, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. Anderson should remain a starter in all formats as a duel threat offering power and speed.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito pitched a complete-game shutout versus a tough Astros lineup on Thursday. Giolito allowed only four hits, one walk and struck out nine batters on the evening. The right-hander is trending up and now owns 2.77 ERA. Giolito is worth rostering in all formats.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen had a big afternoon Thursday going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. McCutchen now has nine hits and seven RBI in his past five games. The 32-year-old outfielder may not be what he once was in his prime, but he's still a must-start fantasy option. McCutchen is walking at a 16.6 percent rate which is sixth in the Majors. His .383 on-base percentage is higher than it's been since 2015 when he was with Pittsburgh, so give him even more of a boost in leagues that reward walks or use OBP as a category. As long as McCutchen is getting on base at this rate, expect plenty of run-scoring opportunities batting leadoff in a very good Phillies lineup. Expect this hot streak to carry into a weekend series in hitter-friendly Miller Park in what could be a very high-scoring series with the Brewers.
The Colorado Rockies will monitor outfielder Charlie Blackmon's (calf) injury after he was forced to leave the blowout loss early on Thursday after initially fouling a ball off his leg. (The trainers) said this isnt the kind of thing you want to take lightly, Blackmon said afterward. You want to make sure you are good to go. He also said it's too early to tell if he'll miss any games this weekend. If he's forced to miss additional time, Ian Desmond will fill in in the outfield. Blackmon is on a hot streak and has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games and has reached base safely in 18 straight games, so this injury comes at a bad time. Overall, he's hitting .300 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
According to sources, The Athletics Dennis Lin reports the San Diego Padres will call up outfielder Josh Naylor for the weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Naylor, a native Canadian and the Friars No. 9 prospect, will crack the majors for the first time and could see opportunities as the designated hitter. The former first round pick possesses strong hitting acumen but is raw defensively. He had smacked 10 homers with a .916 OPS in 209 Triple-A plate appearances this season. Still just 21 years old, Naylors debut could be short-lived, but an interleague series may be ideal to showcase his offensive potential. Due to his uncertain role, Naylors only fantasy relevance is as a deep DFS option.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Rockies. Polanco hit the first of four home runs on the afternoon for Pittsburgh. Polanco has been hitting the ball well after starting the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury, carrying a career-high .278 batting average through 90 at-bats. He is no longer a 20-steal threat but can still play at a 20-10 pace over a full season.
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