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Update June 25th:
Notes on the exceptional 2020 MLB Season
MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to play a 66-day and 60-game season in 2020. This 66-day season runs from July 24th thru September 27th. This is a season of 9 weeks and 3 days.
Here are the impacts on our fantasy baseball leagues:
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is nine straight wins from breaking Carl Hubbells record for consecutive regular-season wins without a loss. Wins arent the gold standard of pitching metrics, but Cole owns an impressive 35-10 record over the past two years and hasnt lost a regular-season game since May 22 of last season. Cole hasnt exactly fallen into wins either, as his 185 ERA+ from last season led the league and his 34% K-BB was the best mark of the past decade at least. Fantasy owners should expect Cole to dominate once again this season, and he should be an easy top 10 pick in drafts.
San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has a knack for quick starts. Over the past five seasons, the nine-year veteran holds a .833 OPS through the first 60 games, incidentally the length of 2020. After spiraling to end last year, Hosmer finished with a subpar 91 wRC+ and 22 long balls in his second consecutive disappointing campaign in San Diego. Lacking the prototypical first baseman power profile, Hosmer justifiably falls outside the top-20 at his position with a 226 ADP. But with decent supporting weapons, Hosmer should have ample run-producing opportunities to merit a bench spot in deeper leagues if he and the Friars play to expectations.
When asked about the team's closer role on Tuesday, St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak's first response was relief pitcher Ryan Helsley. Giovanny Gallegos was also mentioned, but he is not yet in summer camp. Carlos Martinez is another candidate if he's not stretched out enough to be a starter. Jordan Hicks (elbow) will miss the start of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to eventually enter the mix and could be the favorite for the ninth inning. Helsley finished the year off strong in 2019 and finished with a 2.95 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 32:12 K:BB over 36 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is an intriguing dark-horse candidate in the later innings this year, but this will likely be a committee approach to open the season. Gallegos and C-Mart are better fliers for owners speculating on saves early on.
If he makes the rotation, San Diego Padres starter Joey Lucchesi will benefit from a larger bullpen this season. The third-year pitcher has demonstrated stark splits, possessing a sturdy .685 OPS against the first two times through the order compared to a bloated .943 afterwards. Assuming he bests teammate Cal Quantrill, the Friars will likely tailor Lucchesis starts to his advantage. The 27-year-old has been decent through his first two campaigns, owning a 4.14 ERA (4.24 FIP), 1.25 WHIP and 9.3 K/9 in 56 career starts. If his splits hold, Joey Fuego has a shot to post his best season. At a 232 ADP, Lucchesis stock holds modest value, but his workhorse resume should bolster any fantasy roster looking for an innings-eater in the later rounds.
The Los Angeles Angels placed starting pitchers Julio Teheran, Jose Suarez and Dillon Peters (oblique) and infielder Luis Rengifo on the 10-day injured list on Monday. Other than Peters, who is dealing with an oblique injury, the Angels didn't give reasons why they placed them on the injured list. It raises speculation that they could be dealing with a COVID-19-related issue and might not be ready for the start of the season. Teheran is the closest to fantasy relevance of the group, but he was mainly signed as a free agent in the offseason as rotation depth after posting a 3.81 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.3 K/9 in 33 starts in his final season in Atlanta. If healthy, he's nothing more than depth in AL-only leagues and a low-priced DFS option if he's making starts for the Halos in 2020.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (elbow) pitched in a game-like atmosphere for the first time in two years on Tuesday at Angel Stadium. He struggled with his control, though, walking eight batters on roughly 50 pitches. However, both he and manager Joe Maddon aren't overly concerned as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani said he threw all his pitches, which was a positive. It's a reminder that the Japanese two-way star isn't a sure thing in his return from surgery, but the 2018 Rookie of the Year is expected to be in the team's rotation when the regular season starts. The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 63 K's and 22 walks in 10 starts (51 2/3 innings) in 2018. He's more of a SP3 for fantasy owners this year, but Ohtani has upside for more as he continues to develop.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (back) didn't take part in Tuesday night's intrasquad game because of tightness in his lower back. Rizzo's back has been a problem before for short periods of time at this time of the year, but the Cubs are just being cautious here with their All-Star first baseman. Consider him day-to-day for now. Rizzo does a lot of things really well as a first baseman and contributes across the board for fantasy owners, but he has never hit 40 home runs in a single season and hasn't hit the 30-homer mark since 2017. The three-time All-Star remains a safe selection as a top-10 first baseman, but he just doesn't have that power upside that many were chasing in years past.
Chicago Cubs manager David Ross has raved about catcher Victor Caratini since spring training because of his ability to hit from both sides of the plate. With a universal designated hitter in play in 2020, it's another avenue for Caratini to get more at-bats. "He's always been a very calm, controlled hitter," Ross said. "You can really rely on a quality AB when he gets in the box. So that's great to have as a manager. As far as the DH is concerned, we have a ton of options and we're going to continue to see how that develops and what that looks like. I definitely think you'll see Vic in some capacity." Unless Caratini is Chicago's regular DH, which is unlikely, he'll mainly just be Willson Contreras' backup, which limits his fantasy value to deep two-catcher leagues and NL-only formats.
Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel went unsigned as a free agent until June 7 last year and didn't make his debut until June 27. The hard-throwing reliever had a 1.91 ERA over 542 games in his nine seasons, but he put up a 6.53 ERA in a 23-game showing that also featured injuries. Kimbrel allowed a career-high nine home runs in just 20 2/3 frames and also gave up a career-high 9.1 hits per nine innings. Manager David Ross reported that Kimbrel "looked really good" in his bullpen session on Sunday. Kimbrel allowed a leadoff single and a two-run homer in an intrasquad Tuesday night. The once-dominant closer will now face a shortened season for the second straight year, and it's fair to wonder if he's still a high-end ninth-inning arm. Take him as a low-end No. 1 closer and hope for a rebound.
The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday that starting pitcher Brad Keller and first baseman Ryan O'Hearn tested positive for COVID-19. Keller said he has experienced mild symptoms, while O'Hearn is asymptomatic. Both players will need to return two negative tests within 24 hours in order to join the team's summer camp. Keller will now be a question mark near the top of KC's starting rotation to begin the season. The 24-year-old right-hander already wasn't very attractive due to a low strikeout rate in standard-sized fantasy leagues. O'Hearn was set to compete for the job at first base with Ryan McBroom, but he might not be ready for the start of the season. After posting a .195/.281/.369 slash line in 370 plate appearances in 2019, the 26-year-old is off the mixed league radar.
Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday via a nasal swab at a private lab in Dallas. Gallo must test negative again within 24 hours in order to be cleared to return to the field. The left-handed slugger has had two negatives on nasal swabs, but he also had a positive saliva test by MLB in between. It sounds like Gallos is getting close to returning to summer camp, but stay tuned. If he's back soon, the 26-year-old will be an even more popular pick to lead baseball in home runs during the 60-game season. He possesses elite power from the left side but probably won't be a huge asset in batting average. Gallo is a top-25 outfielder with an ADP of 72.0 right now.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Lance Lynn allowed two hits and no walks while striking out eight in six scoreless innings in an intrasquad game on Tuesday. Lynn threw 83 pitches in the outing and should be ready to go as the team's Opening Day starter at home against the Rockies on July 24. The 33-year-old right-hander had a career year in 2019 in his first year in Texas, striking out 246 hitters in 208 1/3 innings. We don't think he'll ever be as good as his All-Star season in 2012 with the Cardinals, but Lynn is a solid innings-eater as your No. 3 fantasy starter. He struck out 10.6 hitters per nine innings last year (a career high) and also had 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 54 1/3 innings with the Yankees in 2018.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman/outfielder Seth Beer, the team's No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline, tested positive for COVID-19 after intake testing was completed. Beer is unlikely to be a realistic option for the D-Backs in 2020, but he was a beast of a hitter at Clemson and became a first-round pick of the Astros in 2018. He was sent to Arizona in the Zack Greinke trade last year. The left-handed slugger hit a combined .289/.388/.516 with 26 home runs and 103 RBI between High-A Fayetteville, Double-A Jackson and Double-A Corpus Christi in 122 minor league games last year. Power is Beer's biggest tool, but there is some swing and miss to his game. He's one to monitor in dynasty/keeper leagues, but he can be avoided in redraft leagues in 2020.
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa is no longer experiencing coronavirus symptoms after testing positive on Saturday. Cessa has been self-isolating and will likely be ready for the start of the season given that hes now symptom-free. Cessa is likely to be used mostly as a long reliever this year after not starting any games last season, and the 23-year-old will likely post an ERA of around 4.70 with pedestrian strikeout numbers.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (head) is reportedly progressing well as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered on Saturday. Manager Aaron Boone characterized Tanakas chances of being ready for the start of the season as uncertain, but it seems as though Tanaka is unlikely to miss multiple starts due to his concussion. Fantasy owners should be cautiously optimistic about Tanakas health and expect the 31-year-old to be ready within the first week of the season.
New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (neck) was scratched from Tuesdays intrasquad game with neck soreness. The Yankees are likely just being cautious with Higashioka, and the extent of his neck issues should be clarified in the coming days. Higashioka is expected to back up Gary Sanchez this season, giving him the possibility of semi-consistent playing time considering that Sanchez has played in a combined 195 games over the past two seasons. Even so, Higashioka is unlikely to be fantasy relevant in most leagues as hes never been a particularly productive hitter. If Higashioka is forced to miss time, then Chris Iannetta is likely to act as Sanchezs primary backup.
New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (foot) has been dealing with a foot issue over the past few months, according to manager Aaron Boone. Frazier has reportedly been able to run and play defense despite the issue, so it seems unlikely that his foot will keep him from playing time this season. The odd man out in a crowded Yankee outfield, Frazier will have to battle Mike Tauchman, Brett Gardner, and Miguel Andujar for playing time (along with Giancarlo Stanton when hes not DHing), making him unlikely to produce much fantasy value. That being said, Frazier has the chance to be a solid fantasy option with an OPS around .800 if hes traded, so he should remain on the radar of fantasy owners.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants to kick off the 2020 season. It will be Kershaw's ninth Opening Day start in the past 10 years. The veteran left-hander is already close to being fully stretched out, meaning he will be able to go deeper into games when the real season begins. Kershaw looks like a top-15 pitching option in 2020 with several other elite arms dealing with injuries.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy did not take part in Monday's intrasquad game after getting hit on his finger on Sunday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects Muncy to be fine going forward. That is welcomed news for fantasy owners, as Muncy has turned into one of the league's most consistent hitters. He slashed .251/.374/.515 with 35 home runs, 98 RBI, and 101 runs scored in 2019. Expect the 29-year-old slugger to thrive again batting in the heart of the Dodgers order in 2020.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. can potentially join the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Mike Trout, and Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in MLB history to hit 80 home runs and steal 70 bases by the age of 22. Even in the shortened 2020 campaign, Acuna only needs 13 HRs and 17 SB to reach the hallowed mark. The Venezuelan phenom is one of the brightest young talents in all of baseball and remains one of the top fantasy assets for the 2020 season.
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