Fantasy Baseball recap: Robbie Ray Injured

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Sunday baseball is seemingly always packed with action. It is one day of the week where all 15 teams usually suit up and often we see some good pitching match-ups. This Sunday was maybe a little quieter than usual with less stellar names taking the mound. However, after the razzmatazz of the NFL draft it felt nice to get back to baseball Sunday.

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Robbie Ray suffers oblique injury

Robbie Ray left Sunday’s start with an oblique injury. The extent of the injury is not yet known and we will have to wait for further examination Monday. These sorts of injuries can linger and cause Ray to miss a lot of time this season. It is frustrating for Ray and his owners who would have been hoping he could turn his season around in the coming weeks.

Kingham flirts with perfection

In his MLB debut Nick Kingham did not mess around. He struck out nine Cardinals in seven shutout innings. Kingham did not surrender a hit until Paul DeJong’s single in the top of the seventh. This is a promising sign for Kingham who has immediately put himself of the fringes of must-add in most leagues. He might be worth adding just to see if this was something more than just a very good debut.

Luke Weaver gets crushed again

Three bad starts in a row for Weaver and suddenly I am starting to fear for him. After surrendering jut four runs in his first three outings he has now given up 14 earned in his last 14 innings. It was nice to see him just walk two having put six men on base last time out against the Mets. I am not saying he is suddenly bad but something does not seem to be clicking. I still have him inside my top 50 pitchers and I would be looking to put buy-low offers in this week.

Bad outing for Berrios

Outings like this is the reason Jose Berrios makes you want to tear out your hair. This season has three shut-out performances spanning 23 innings, including a shut out, and three outings where he has given up 14 earned in 11 2/3 innings. Zero strikeouts and three walks are a concern but this inconsistency is what we have come to expect from him. Upside keeps him inside the top 40 and above Weaver but I do not think you will enjoy owning him much.

Other notes:

  • Caleb Smith silenced the Rockies with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Smith has been up and down this season but has 19 strikeouts with just two earned runs surrendered in his last 13 innings (two starts). There is definitely a case to add him in all 14-team and some 12-team leagues just simply for this upside.
  • Zack Wheeler was lights out against the Padres with nine strikeouts in five innings. Expectations should be tempered by the fact it is the Padres and he only went five innings but it all good signs if you have bought in on Wheeler.
  • Tyler Chatwood survived a three walk outing to pitch a seven innings shutout against the Brewers. I still cannot help but feel these walks are going to catch-up to him in a big way at some point. Chatwood is a huge sell-high candidate right now.

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