I promise you I never saw myself writing that headline when doing this article! Jered Weaver produced a performance from his history to put together a complete game shutout last night. There was also a complete game shutout for Julio Teheran but unfortunately for him the sheer disbelief of what Weaver did earned him the headline. There was a rough outing for a young prospect on Sunday night baseball and a decent outing from a post-hype guy but other than that Sunday’s baseball did nothing to help it stand out from the big night of basketball that last night was.
As a Golden State fan I want to say a big congratulations to Cleveland and hope their fans enjoy a much deserved moment.
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.
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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.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are activating Yasiel Puig off of the DL ahead of Tuesdays match up against the Washington Nationals. Puig has struggled of late but is worth keeping an eye on. This will also shake up the Dodgers outfield situation and is worth monitoring.
The New York Mets get some much needed lineup help with Travis d’Arnaud coming off the DL. He should be back behind the plate this week. He is available in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and should be targeted if you need catching help.
The St. Louis Cardinals are moving more players between AAA and the big club. Randall Grichuk was sent down to AAA Memphis. Both Tommy Pham and Kolten Wong are back up with the big league club. Wong is getting work in center field and could be interesting if his bat comes back to life. He still has middle infield eligibility on every site.
Headed to the DL
– Dexter Fowler | OF | Chicago Cubs
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– David Peralta | OF | Arizona Diamondbacks
– Matt Duffy | 3B | San Francisco Giants
1. Stephen Strasburg Skipped
In news that was suprising to many, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start Monday night due toa back issue. The assumption as of now is he will make his next start but its absoplutely worth monitoring for a pitcher that has dealt with health issues in the past. He was 10-0 to this point of the season with a 2.90 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. Yusmero Petit would likely get the start again if Strasburg misses another outing.
2. Shelby Miller Stands Out
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated Shelby Miller to get the start Monday. He showed flashes of the pitcher he was during the first half of last season. He had five strikeouts and only one walk. He only allowed one earned over his 6.2 innings. Miller is available in over 60% of Yahoo leagues and is worth a look if you need pitching help.
3. Teheran Blanks Mets
In a match that had all the makings of an amazing duel it was Julio Teheran that came out on top over Jacob deGrom. The Braves tagged deGrom for three earned runs in six innings whilst Teheran had a complete game shutout striking out seven and giving up just one hit! Teheran is having a really decent despite only winning three games as he 2.66 ERA across 98 innings and is fast putting himself back in that top 25 discussion for next season.
4. Slugging in Baltimore
There was plenty of big hitting in Baltimore yesterday as the Blue Jays and Orioles combined for 17 runs. There were home runs for Troy Tulowitzki, on his second game back from a DL stint, Matt Wieters, Devon Travis and Jonathan Schoop. Tulo is the guy I am intrigued about because his season has been really tough for fantasy owners but hopefully he can get on a good run and reward owners for their patience.
5. David Price has a good home start!
Ok, so his last start at home was OK but still gave up three earned runs in the eight innings he pitched against Baltimore. However, this time against the Mariners he gave up just one earned run and struck out seven on eight hits. Price has been a rough player to own this year but he does seem to be pulling it together a little bit lately as his ERA has dropped from over five to 4.24 in the last five outings.
As for his opponent yesterday, Taijuan Walker, he only managed five innings but didn’t give up a run before leaving the game after just 89 pitches with a foot injury. This is obviously something to monitor but the initial signs are more of caution than worry from the Mariners.
6. Bradley’s solid outing
Following two rough outings at home Archie Bradley went on the road and did what he should against the Phillies. He went six innings with three hits, two walks, five strikeouts and zero earned runs before handing it over to the bullpen to close out. Bradley has yet to live up to his prospect hype but right now his talent makes him an interesting spot start.
7. Fiers and Devenski combine for a shut out
It’s always interesting when you see that only two pitchers were required but the first one only went 5.2 innings. Fiers started the game and had five strikeouts, 4 hits and a solitary walk in his 5.2 innings before he handed over to the long man Chris Devenski. Devenski went 3.1 innings with two strikeouts and just one hit to close out the shutout Fiers started. Whilst this is a cool game to report its fantasy value is fairly null with Devenski having little value as a long reliever and Fiers being too inconsistent to be much more than a streaming option.
8. Jered Weaver’s Shutout!
No I am not kidding you Jered Weaver rolled back the years to shut out the Oakland A’s! He gave up three hits and one walk whilst striking out just one. Unfortunately no one in fantasy likely benefited from this as Weaver has been so terrible this year but if you did follow my advice and use him in his two start week you don’t hate me quite so much now! Sadly this doesn’t present me with a ton of optimism for Weaver going forward as he is so inconsistent and there was a lot of luck involved in getting 27 outs with just one strikeout.
9. Hendricks strikeouts 12 as Taillon struggles
Sunday night baseball against the Cubs was never going to be fun for Jameson Taillon and I hope you stayed away if you do own him. Taillon will be useful going forward for fantasy but any Cubs match-ups need avoiding.
As for Hendricks he continued a decent season with a 12 strikeout performance in six innings whilst giving up just one earned run. His ERA now sits at 2.94 and Hendricks has plumped himself safely in the must own category.