Fantasy Baseball Today: waiver wire pitchers; Chris Sale is due to start this week; shallow league hitter adds
Happy Monday everyone. I’m back (Frank Stampfl)! Do you know who else looked like they were coming back on Sunday? Blake Snell. What a service. He pitched seven white innings against the Diamondbacks, striking out 13 catches! The most notable part of this release was that he changed his pitch mix. He threw his slider at 49%, which was by far a season high (previous high was 35%). Snell basically used the fastball slider in this one and it worked.
Normally we wouldn’t advocate for starting pitchers to only use two slots, but that might be what Snell needs to get back on track. We know that when he’s active he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. We saw last year in the playoffs. The problem is, Snell has rarely played this season. If you’re kicking yourself because you put Snell on the bench or, worse yet, let him down, you shouldn’t. We have yet to see more before we can trust Snell again. That being said, he will face the Diamondbacks again this week. It’s about as strong a game as a pitcher can have right now.
Disclaimer thread to SP to prioritize
- SP Rockies Austin gomber against the Marlins had six clean innings allowing for five hits, zero walks and nine strikeouts with 17 induced swipes on just 92 shots. He’s on 73% and has delivered quality starts in three of his last four outings. Gomber is drawing the Giants this week.
- Scott White’s OMGG player and first choice on waivers * Nationals SP Josias Gray, who showed serious potential in Atlanta against the Braves. On his first start with Washington, Gray pitched solid but didn’t hit many backwards batting. Turns out he just needed an exit to get started. He played five innings against the Braves and allowed just one run on four hits and two walks. Gray struck out 10 strikes with 20 swings on just 82 throws. – 5 IP 4 H 2 R (1 ER) 2 BB 10 K, 20 SS on 82 throws. Now in his first 18 innings Gray has an impressive 18.8% SwStr (swing strike) rate, but also has a 60% FB rate. It is registered at 64%. This must change now. Gray has now shown missing bat potential in three of his four starts. Scott refers to it as quite obvious that it needs to be added in all leagues. He looks really good and offers tremendous potential for your fantasy teams with his ability to miss bats. He gets the Braves again and I agree with Scott – he’s a go-to player.
- My OMGG player and first choice on waivers, Giants SP Logan Webb, begins to cook. Against the Brewers, he made six innings and allowed just three hits and one earned run while walking just one. Webb struck out nine with 13 shots on 91 shots. Scott goes with Gray as the priority SP override pickup, but he has Webb right behind him. In his last six starts (which includes three consecutive quality starts), Webb has accumulated an ERA rate of 2.10, WHIP of 0.97, 3.06 xFIP and 63% GB with a SwStr rate of 9.9 %. He’s a dominant field pitcher who’s getting more strikeouts than he expected. That’s what makes him so exciting as a announcer – he’s not your typical Groundball pitcher. It is registered at 58%.
- Diamondbacks SP Madison Bumgarner keeps doing it, and we don’t know how it does it. Against one of the best teams in baseball (Padres), Bumgarner scored seven runs in his last outing and allowed just two runs earned on six hits and two walks. Bumgarner struck out five but only had six hits on 80 shots. He now has a quality start in four of his last five starts since returning from IL, including three consecutive quality starts in seven innings. It doesn’t induce swing strikes and its spin rates are very low, but it finds a way to do it. He’s listed at 58% and Scott would rank him as the last priority among all the pitchers listed in this section.
- SP twins Michael pineda was on some of my deep sleeper lists during preseason and it’s starting to heat up a bit. He’s gone six times against the Astros and allowed just two wins on seven hits and zero walks. This is the good news. Pineda hasn’t really missed a lot of sticks with just eight induced strikes from 102 shots (and three strikeouts in total), but he gets the job done. In his last four starts, Pineda has a 3.00 ERA, 4.22 xFIP, but also just 15 strikeouts in 21 innings. It could be fool’s gold as Pineda is also giving up a lot of hard contacts. It is registered at 65%.
- SP athletics James kaprielian came back and delivered against the Rangers. He allowed just two wins in six innings and just three hits and two walks. It was a great outing outside of the strikeout department. His four strikeouts in six innings weren’t terrible, but he caused just seven swings. He is 75% in the lineup and recovers the Rangers this week.
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More news and notes
- Red Sox SP Chris Sale will make his season debut on Saturday against the Orioles. Scott considers him a go-to SP in everything but the shallower leagues where your staff is stacked. Even with only playing five innings, it could be a very dominant five against an Orioles team that sway and misses a lot.
- Athletics DE Ramon laureano was suspended 80 games on Friday after testing positive for performance-enhancing substance nandrolone.
- Red Sox DE Kyle schwarber recently suffered from tightness in his left groin and will see his rehabilitation work reduced.
- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Friday that SP Clayton kershaw still suffers from pain in the forearm. Although there is no timetable, they are still optimistic that it will be ready in September.
- P rays Nick anderson will resume rehabilitation on Monday. He had him arrested due to a COVID situation.
- SS Andres Giménez was called up by Cleveland on Saturday and deserves to be targeted in leagues where you need speed in the middle of the infield.
- Justin steele will join the Cubs rotation starting Tuesday. He’s got a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 Mining IP this season and was awesome as a reliever earlier with the Cubs – he’s registered at 2%.
- The following players went to IL this weekend:
- Yankees RP Aroldis Chapman with inflammation of the left elbow.
- Yankees 1B Antoine Rizzo for COVID – Luke Voit began on Sunday.
- Orioles DE Ryan mountcastle with a concussion.
- White Sox DE Louis robert will join the White Sox on Monday (we haven’t seen him since May 2 with that hip injury).
- Nationals OF Juan soto missed three games in a row with a knee injury, despite being pinched on Sunday.
- Blue Jays SS Bo Bichette was out of line on Sunday due to shin bruises.
- SP Cardinals Jack Flaherty is confident he will be able to join the starting rotation in the next series in Pittsburgh.
- Dodgers 3B Justin turner left Sunday’s game with a discomfort in his left groin.
- SS dishes Javier Baez is day to day with tightness in the left hip.
- M AstrosIchael Brantley suffered an apparent injury after a collision on Sunday.
- Raimel Tapia was pulled Sunday due to a sprained big toe.
- The Angels hope 1B Jared walsh will be activated on Tuesday (right intercostal strain).
- Gleyber Torres suffered a thumb injury while slipping into second base – he hit 0.310 in his last 15 games, but without power.
- SS Rockies Brendan Rodgers suffered a contusion to his right hand on Saturday (did not play on Sunday).
- Yankees 3B Gio Urshela is expected wednesday
Shallow league hitters to add
- Reds 2B Mike Moustakas managed three doubles in his first game on Friday. It is registered at 73%.
- Cardinals OF Tyler o’neill went 4 for 4 with its 18th homer Friday. It is registered at 75%.
- White Sox DE Andrew Vaughn finally came back and went 2 for 3 with his 13th home run. In 31 games since early July, here are Vaughn’s numbers: Average of 0.318 with six home runs and a 90 MPH EV. It is registered at 71%.
- Braves DE Jorge soler in eight games with the Braves: nine hits, three homers and he’s registered at 74%.