Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Manny Machado Suspended 4 Games

You know it’s a bad night when you have to headline with off field action even if the news is about a top five player such as Manny Machado. In fact the 6/9 slate was so boring for fantasy analysis that there is more off field news than there is on field news. That’s not to say there were not good games last night but it was a night of middling pitchers and where there were offensive explosions they were shared between teams rather than one stand out player.

The intention of this article is to sum up the real key fantasy standouts from each day in a bite size chunk for you to read on your commute or over your coffee. However, fantasy isn’t all that will feature here as any crazy plays or fantastic punches will also get there mention here. There won’t be any significant detail here but be sure to contact the team on @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players.

I am also adding a transaction report when a relevant set of transactions occur. We are in the period where we could see a lot of prospects get the call and my aim is to keep you all updated on the major ones and give an estimation of how long-term the promotion is.

Transaction Report:

Jameson Taillon sent down. This was an expected move as it was always scheduled to be a one start call up. Taillon is droppable in redraft leagues but still a quality prospect for keeper and dynasty purposes.

Chris Coughlan to the Cubs. The Cubs sent Arismendy Alcantara the other way and he was immediately optioned to AAA by the Athletics. This move suggest the Cubs are all in on this year as Alcantara has the talent to be a decent piece moving forward whereas Coughlan is more of a short term option. No realy fantasy impact here unless Alcantara gets called up soon.

Manny Machado has been suspended four games after his fight with Yordano Ventura. I cannot see Machado appealing this and he will likely start his suspension tonight. Bad luck for weekly owners or owners with no SS cover but this could have been a lot worse.

Ventura suspended for nine games. I think this means he misses his next two starts but he may find a way to appeal just long enough that he can make the times work so he only misses one start. Either way this is small fry news compared to Machado

Joe Camporeale - USA TODAY Sports Images

Joe Camporeale – USA TODAY Sports Images

1. Tough night for McHugh

These are becoming so common they aren’t really news anymore. Collin McHugh is droppable in most shallow formats after this 3.2 innings, four earned run outing.

2. Wainwright K’s Reds

You know a stud has slipped a long way when you are celebrating a two earned run outing against a team as poor as the Reds are at times. Adam Wainwright has been rotten this year so I struggle to read two much into this start even if there were nine strikeouts in six innings. Combine it with his previous start and he has given up four runs in 13 innings but really Wainwright is only an ownable option in the deepest of leagues.

5. Matt Carpenter left Thursday’s game due to injury

There was a lot of talk about how the Cardinals may tweak their infield with the return of Jhonny Peralta including moving Matt Carpenter to second base. However they may need to shake up their lineup once again after Carpenter left the game on Thursday with a jammed finger. Its likely nothing serious but he may sit for a couple of days. Look for Jedd Gyorko to get a start or two if Carpenter misses any time.

4. Cano’s Two Homer night

Robinson Cano went deep twice against the Indians providing two third of the Seattle offense. He has cemented his place as the second best second baseman in the absence of Dee Gordon. I don’t think there is much to say here because he is doing exactly what I think he is capable of doing rest of season. This is not a sell high for me unless you can get Altuve.

5. Adrian Beltre has strained hamstring

An MRI showed the Texas Rangers third baseman has a strained left hamstring. Word is Beltre will avoid the DL with this injury but it is definitely worth monitoring. Jurickson Profar got the start with Beltre out on Thursday, which is great for Profar owners. If the injury does linger a call up for Joey Gallo could be in the cards especially with Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland struggling.

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