Fantasy Baseball Today: Shane Baz call, Eddie Rosario cycle, Jared Kelenic hot streak
It’s time for the crisis! It’s the penultimate week in the Roto leagues and either the semi-finals or the finals in a head-to-head format. Every start / sit decision is put under the microscope and rightly so. We discussed a bunch of polarizing starting pitchers on the podcast today, but maybe no more than Yu Darvish. Someone tweeted Scott White and I over the weekend asking if they should stream Darvish on his Cardinals debut on Saturday. I replied that I wouldn’t, which means he’ll be throwing seven white innings … and that’s exactly what he did. Whether it’s due to foreign substances or multiple hits on the casualty list, Darvish has been downright bad since early June. He’s planning for a home game against the Braves this week and I have him on my bench right now in favor of Logan Gilbert who threw two quality starts in a row and faces the Angels offense on Friday.
Kudos to the St. Louis Cardinals who are on an eight-game winning streak and especially Tyler O’Neill who is red. In the September 18 games, O’Neill hit .333 with seven homers and three interceptions. He’s been pretty dazzling this year, which makes sense given his high strikeout rate. He’s currently registered at 79% and could be available in shallower leagues, so be sure to check him out. You probably don’t need me to tell you that, but if you have O’Neill on your squad, make sure you have him in the lineup regardless of the format.
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Baz gets call after dominant minors stretch
SP spokes Shane Baz was one of the elite starters in minors this season and he finally got the call from Tampa with just two weeks to play. In 17 departures between Double-A and Triple-A, this is what its dominant stretch looks like: 2.06 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 113 K over 78.2 IP. He’s only 26% in the lineup at the moment with departures likely against Toronto and Miami. Baz has the makings of a fantasy ace at one point, but is it now too soon?
Scott White has dived deeper into Baz’s profile for the moment after deciding to respond if the addition and start is worth it at this point.
âThere’s no exaggeration about the caliber of prospects he is. You see the numbers he’s posted this year, taking control of his already electric stuff to make him arguably the best prospect in the world. baseball pitcher. I might wink at Grayson of the Orioles Rodriguez instead, but that’s not about him. The point is, it’s close.
âThe problem with Baz’s recovery is not a question of ability but rather of timing. He arrives for his first stint in the majors in the penultimate week of the seasonâ¦ at the position with the most risk of damage … for the best-known team for handling promising pitchers with children’s gloves.
âThere’s a small chance he could pitch a seven-innings gem (even though he’s only lasted once, even six innings in the minors this year), but the more realistic possibility is that they cut it to 4-5 innings – and that’s if it throws well.
“Of course there is nothing to predict if he is up to the task given he has yet to be tested at the top level. This is especially true as he will face the Blue Jays in his first outing, which you might know is pretty stacked offensively. If he sails well enough in their lineup, he’ll face the Astros next time around, which will present an even more difficult clash. how could you have the confidence to start Baz, whether it’s this week or next?
“Okay, it’s not even that simple. If the Rays decide to take someone off the rotation with the arrival of Baz – which I don’t count on, but it is possible – then he will line up for two starts this week, with the second against the Marlins. And in that scenario, he would face the Yankees next week rather than the Astros. That would make the risk more rewarding, but of course you can’t count. on him having that second start this week.
“In the end, it’s too big a bet to take with so much on the line. If Baz had arrived a month ago, that would be a different story.”
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Kelenic is starting to show serious signs
It hasn’t been a storybook first season for Mariners OF Jared Kelenic, but it’s starting to catch fire at the perfect time for Fantasy managers who have been patient. In his last four games, Kelenic has seven hits, three homers, one steal and six runs scored with seven RBIs. More importantly, he’s lowered his strikeout rate with just three strikeouts in that four-game streak.
He’s 63% signed up and here’s what Scott White had to say about the talented young OF in his latest column on quitting:
âAnother top-tier Mariners rookie finally unleashing his full potential, Jarred Kelenic still only hits .178 for the year, but you see what he did in September. He puts the ball in the air a ton and doesn’t get beaten by strikeouts so much, although it would still be an exaggeration to say that discipline at the plate is his strong suit. “
Rosario strikes for the cycle
Braves OF Eddie Rosario has regained regular playing time and is starting to crush baseball again. He hit for the cycle on Sunday. Rosario has now started in five of the last six games and has three home runs in that span. He’s 62% of the roster with seven games next week and it looks like there’s only one left-handed starting pitcher scheduled to face him. If you’re looking for OF help in the deeper leagues that start at five, Rosario is a good scoop for that final stretch run.
News and Notes
- Shane Bieber made another rehab start at Double-A on Sunday, allowing three runs (two homers) in 3.1 innings. He got his pitch count up to 57.
- Cody bellinger missed Saturday and Sunday with an undisplaced rib fracture. He shouldn’t be on your team anyway.
- According to Ken Rosenthal, the A’s are aiming Thursday for Chris Bassitt’s to recover. Bassitt is on 74% and that game would come against the Mariners.
- The Padres do not expect Blake snell to throw again until the playoffsâ¦ if they make it.
- Manager Bud Black said on Friday he was unsure whether Connor joe may return this season. He’s on IL with a hamstring injury.
- Jameson taillon could begin rehab in the minor leagues in the coming week. He’s on IL with an ankle injury.
- Framber Valdez is confirmed to start on Monday and will make two departures this week.
- Joe ryan was pushed back from Sunday to start Wednesday this week against the Cubs.
- Same with Carlos hernandez which was pushed back to Wednesday.
- Singer Brady will be activated to start the first match of their doubles schedule on Monday.
- Nico Hoerner was activated on Sunday and beat fifth in their roster.
- Tanner Houck was transferred to the Red Sox pen.
- Luis Gil was reinstated with Triple-A after Saturday’s start where he allowed three runs in 4.1 innings.
- Chris Paddack played a catch at 75 feet on Saturday, but isn’t expected to pitch again this season.
- Yankees could activate Luis Severino Monday, but remember he’s going to come out of the bullpen.
- Miguel Andujar reported to Triple-A on Sunday to begin a rehab mission. He has been on IL since July with a wrist injury.
- At IL this weekend:
- Jesse winker re-injured his intercostal tension.
- Hyun jin ryu with a strain on the neck.
- Jake McGee with a right oblique deformation.
- Gregory Soto with a fractured finger.
- Seth beer finally went on the IL with that dislocated shoulder.
- Tyler naquin with bruised ribs.
- Bryse wilson with strain on the left hamstrings.
- Daulton Jefferies with ulnar neuritis of the right elbow.
- Kevin Kiermaier to COVID IL.
Lower list shortstops to consider
- SS Rockies Brendan Rodgers had six hits with two home runs this weekend. This Scott White favorite is only listed at 57%.
- SS Rangers Isiah Kiner-Falefa three consecutive games with several strokes, including two interceptions on Sunday. He’s listed 67% with seven road games at NYY, BAL this week and still has C eligibility on Yahoo.
- Royal SS / 2B Nicky lopez had a big batting .342 in September with a homer and two steals. He’s registered at 52% with seven road games this week.
- SS / 2B Dodgers Gavin Lux went 3-for-4 with a Sunday circuit. He has started eight of their last nine games and is registered at 35%.