Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Marcus Siemian (OAK)
- The Oakland A’s are on fire as they are gearing up for a possible playoff run and most of, if not all of, their lineup’s bats are red hot. Siemian is leading the charge in the leadoff spot as he matched the great Rickey Henderson in leadoff home runs by an Oakland Athletic. The shortstop is batting .367 with four HR and seven RBI to go along with one stolen base. The A’s are firing on all cylinders right now and with an easy schedule to finish the regular season, Siemian should continue to swing the hot bat.
Jorge Soler (KC)
- While it is a lost season for the Kansas City Royals, the emergence of power-hitting Soler has been a welcome surprise for Royal fans and fantasy owners alike. Currently in the race to lead the AL in home runs after the injury to Trout, Soler has a solid shot of hitting fifty HR. This past week he is batting .400 with four HR and seven RBI. It will be interesting to see if Soler can repeat this season in 2020.
Cavan Biggio (TOR)
- While it was against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, Cavan Biggio hit for the third cycle in Blue Jays history and became the second father and son duo ever to hit a cycle. With that monster game, Biggio is batting .550 with one HR and six RBI to go along with three stolen bases. Biggio seems to have found his stride in September and fans should be excited for the future with him, Vladdy Jr. and Bichette.
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Marcus Stroman (NYM)
- Stroman has been relatively consistent all season but has really turned it on for the Mets recently as they are in the hunt for the NL Wild Card position. The ex-Blue Jay pitched 13 and ⅔ innings and got the win in both of his starts and stuck out thirteen batters as well as crafting a 0.68 ERA. If the Mets are going to make the Wild card game, they are going to have to be anchored by their pitching, which I have explained further in my recent article:
Yu Darvish (CHC)
- Darvish put together one of the best stretches in Cubs’ history by striking out eight consecutive batters in a row. Darvish tossed thirteen innings for the Cubs and got the win in one of his starts. Darvish struck out an insane twenty-seven batters over that stretch and crafted an ERA of 2.77. Darvish is also peaking at the right time for the Cubs who are trying to lock down the NL Central crown.
Chris Paddock (SD)
- After a long injury layoff during the middle of the season, Paddock has returned to his dominant ways for the Padres. Paddock pitched eleven innings and got the win in one of his starts as well as striking out sixteen batters and crafting a 0.82 ERA. It will be exciting to see if Paddock can play an entire season what his numbers could be as he looks like a future Cy Young winner.
Players to Watch This Week
Keone Kela (PIT)
The Pirates are looking for a closer for the rest of the season after the disturbing actions by Feliphe Vasquez; Kela looks like the man to close games the rest of the season. Kela carries a 2.85 ERA in just over twenty-five innings of work.
Fantasy Advice: Kela has put up some solid numbers in limited action for the Pirates this season and could be a nice option with Vasquez done and Kimbrel on the IL. Kela is only owned in 14% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Sean Murphy (OAK)
The Oakland A’s catcher has gotten off to a torrid start since being recalled by the big club. In eleven games, Murphy is batting .400 with four HR and eight RBI.
Fantasy Advice: The A’s have an easy schedule for the rest of the season and Murphy can continue to smack the ball around the field against these teams. Murphy is owned in 31% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Austin Nola (SEA)
While Nola doesn’t have eye-popping numbers in his sixty-eight game season, he is batting .280 with ten HR and twenty-seven RBI for a terrible Mariners squad.
Fantasy Advice: If fantasy owners are looking for someone to replace one of the laundry list of players who are currently injured, you can do a lot worse that Austin Nola. Nola is only owned in 6% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Mike Trout (LAA)||Nerve Issue in Right Foot||Out for the season|
|Justin Upton (LAA)||Right Patellar Tendinitis||Out for the season|
|Tim Myaza (TOR)||Torn UCL in Elbow||TBD|
|Christian Yelich (MIL)||Fractured Knee Cap||Out for the season|
|Craig Kimbrel (ChC)||Right Elbow Inflammation||Possibly week of Sept. 16|
|Anthony Rizzo (ChC)||Right Ankle Sprain||Possibly September|
|Rich Hill (LAD)||MCL Sprain in Right Knee||Possibly September|
|Corey Dickerson (PHI)||Fractured Left Foot||Out for the Season|
|Josh Bell (PIT)||Groin Tightness||Possibly September|
|Starling Marte (PIT)||Left Wrist Sprain||Possibly September|
|Mookie Betts (BOS)||Left Foot Inflammation||Possibly September|
|J.D. Martinez (BOS)||Left Groin Tightness||TBD|
|Nick Senzel (CIN)||Partial Tear in Right Shoulder||Out for the Season|
|Dellin Betances (NYY)||Partially torn Achilles Tendon||2020|