OK, so we’re pulling in a little late to the station today. What can you do? Father’s Day weekend had a few more festivities than I expected and like a good dad I was sound asleep on the couch by 8:30 pm on Sunday. So again, rather than just stick to the top and bottom performances from Sunday, we’re going to splash in a few random fantasy baseball thoughts and some news for today that might be integral to setting your lineups for the week. Remember, the games don’t start until 7:00pm (ET) today so there’s plenty of time. And away we go…
So would the biggest story for this week be the arrival of Wil Myers? I’d say so. Now that Super-2 status is no longer an issue, the Rays have decided to bring up the guy considered the top hitting prospect in all of baseball after having hit .286 (.356 OBP) with 14 home runs, 12 doubles, 57 RBI, and seven stolen bases. Word is that the team will have Myers in the outfield while Matt Joyce moves to full-time DH duties and Luke Scott heads to the bench. He’ll be a left-handed bat off the bench and an occasional spot starter in the field. Should Myers start out hot, be wary of the Myers for Ryan Braun trade offers you’ll be seeing.
Sticking with the Rays, the team officially placed Alex Cobb on the 7-day concussion DL on Monday after getting hit in the head with a line drive the day before. He had passed his concussion tests and was released from the hospital but, obviously, it’s in the best interest of both Cobb and the club to hold him out just to be on the safe side.
And how about an oldie but goodie making his 2013 debut this week as Roy Oswalt will supposedly be taking the hill for the Rockies this Thursday when they take on the Nationals. He’s posted a 2.16 ERA with a 25:7 K:BB over 33.1 innings for Double-A Tulsa since inking a minor league deal with them and given some of the struggles in their rotation, they may as well roll the dice. I’m curious as to why they opted to skip Triple-A in Colorado Springs, as the environment – the thin air and the hitter-friendly PCL – should be a little more representative of what he’ll face with the Rockies, but maybe they just wanted him to ease into things given his usual back problems. He could have some value in deeper mixed leagues, but I’d be wary of him.
Be careful with Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez right now as he was pulled from his start Sunday after just 3.2 innings and 72 pitches. Apparently he was still feeling tightness in his shoulder – the injury that caused him to be skipped last week – and manager Jim Leyland expressed some concern during the post-game interview. A DL stint seems likely.
Trade rumors swirling around a few relievers, most notably Jonatahn Papelbon, Bobby Parnell and again, Rafael Betancourt. Start scouting bullpens now to make sure you know what to do immediately should something go down.
And congrats to Torii Hunter for belting his 300th career home run on Sunday. He is the 136th player to reach that milestone.
Now let’s check the highlights…
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Corey Kluber, CLE||8.0||1||7||0||0||0||8||0.00||0.88|
Given the look of his peripherals, maybe it’s about time we started to recognize the talents of Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. After throwing his fifth quality start in his last six outings (not counting the rain-shortened outing at the end of May), Kluber has an ERA of 3.58 with a 3.15 FIP (2.94 xFIP) and a 3.01 SIERA. He hardly throws his slider anymore and has been doing it this year predominately with his fastball and cutter with a splash of his changeup and curve. If he’s available in your league, you might want to try him out this week against Minnesota.
|Josh Reddick, OF OAK||4-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 2 RBI|
|Austin Jackson, OF DET||2-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB|
|Adam Lind, 1B TOR||3-5, R, HR, 3 RBI|
|Doug Fister, SP DET||W, 2.35 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, 7 K|
|Jhoulys Chacin, SP COL||W, 2.08 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 3 K|
It looks like Josh Reddick is finally starting to get his swing back after missing a chunk of time with a wrist injury. He’s not hit safely in four straight, five of his last six, and fell a double short of the cycle Sunday. With a big series in Arlington this week, a chance for the A’s to really step on the throats of the Rangers in the standings, you’ll want to make sure Reddick is active.
Austin Jackson hit his first home run since April 28, but in fairness, he missed most of May and June with injuries, so it was actually his first in 13 games. It’s taken him a little while to get his stroke back, but with back-to-back multi-hit games, a few walks and a stolen base here, it looks like he’s ready to start producing again.
It looks like Adam Lind is determined to shake the Rodney Dangerfield lack of respect image as he’s homered in his last two games, has three straight multi-hit performances and four multi-hit games in his last five. What should be interesting is to see down the road is how things play out once Brett Lawrie comes back, Edwin Encarnacion heads back over to first and the Jays have to sort out their DH situation again.
Doug Fister continues to look sharp here in the first half and is taking advantage of a killer 56.6-percent ground ball rate. His K-rate might be down a bit, but he’s seen a slight improvement on his swinging strike percentage which means he’s missing a lot of bats still. Couple that with a 4.8-percent HR/FB and solid peripherals and Fister is looking better than ever.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin hit a bit of a rough patch to open June, which actually pushed his ERA and WHIP to a level more realistic with what to expect this year, but has bounced back with a pair of wins lately to keep luring those suckers in. He may not be walking many guys, but his K-rate is still way down and it’s just a matter of time before his 2.8-percent HR/FB starts creeping up towards his career average of 9.6-percent.
|Gregor Blanco, OF SF||0-4, 3 K|
|Carlos Corporan, C HOU||0-4, 3 K|
|Chris Parmelee, 1B MIN||0-3, 3 K|
|Tyler Lyons, SP STL||L, 10.13 ERA, 2.06 WHIP, 6 K|
|Zack Greinke, SP LAD||L, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 3 K|
Your typical fare here in the bottom-feeder section, but I do want to mention the struggles of Zack Greinke. He tossed a pair of quality starts in his last two outings, but with this one here Sunday, he’s now failed to make it through six innings in five of his last seven starts. Perhaps his collarbone injury is still lingering or he’s mentally flustered by the brawls in which he’s been involved recently, but this is not the Greinke anyone expected when he signed with the Dodgers this year. Hopefully his next start in San Diego will help build him back up.
Jason Hammel, SP BAL – illness (day to day)
Clay Buchholz, SP BOS – neck (doubtful for Tuesday start)
Mike Napoli, C/1B BOS – illness (day to day)
Mike Carp, OF BOS – hamstring (day to day)
Nick Swisher, 1B/OF CLE – shoulder (day to day)
Anibal Sanchez, SP DET – shoulder (day to day)
Alex Avila, C DET – forearm (day to day)
Juan Uribe, 3B LAD – back (day to day)
Logan Morrison, 1B MIA – back (day to day)
Josh Willingham, OF MIN – knee (day to day)
Mark Teixeira, 1B NYY – wrist (day to day)
Everth Cabrera, SS SD – hamstring (day to day)
Carlos Quentin, OF SD – shoulder (day to day)
Marco Scutaro, 2B SF – finger (day to day)
Alex Cobb, SP TB – concussion (7-day DL)
Jeff Baker, OF TEX – thumb (day to day)
Josh Johnson, SP TOR – finger (day to day)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. You can find his personal musings on RotobuzzGuy.com and for questions, thoughts or comments, you can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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