How my fantasy teams look right now:
The baseball strikes back. pic.twitter.com/0Yq4cKReQU
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 10, 2018
On the Agenda:
2. No Longer Just for Farmers Only
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers
Greg Hollandaise on Your Alex Cobb
Greg Holland was recalled by the Cardinals and made his first appearance of the season. He walked four straight batters (including an intentional walk) allowing one run in a third of an inning. It was pretty surprising that Holland was even thrown straight into the fire in his first outing of the year for the Cardinals, but Mike Matheny doesn’t care about anything. Holland will likely get the majority of the saves for the Cardinals this year, but he may get a lower leverage situation next time out.
Alex Cobb is scheduled to make his debut on Saturday for the Orioles. He will face the Red Sox in Boston. Cobb was one of the last major free agents to sign and landed a huge deal with the Orioles. He is coming off of a career high 179.1 innings in which he had a 3.66 ERA. That is almost sure to balloon in Baltimore considering the home park and last year’s xFIP of 4.24. Cobb is probably best left on your bench for this first start.
No Longer Just for Farmers Only
Hunter Harvey has been recalled by the Baltimore Orioles. Harvey is a former top prospect for the Orioles, but has struggled with staying healthy since 2014. He will likely provide bullpen depth in the short-term, but has long term fantasy appeal in deeper dynasty formats if he can prove health at some point.
Giants top pitching prospect Tyler Beede will make his Major League debut on Tuesday. There was talk that he would be called up to start on Wednesday, but that timetable was pushed up a day following the Giants game Monday night. He has four average to above average pitches that should play better in AT&T Park. He doesn’t have the upside that many thought he would when he was first drafted, but Beede is an interesting high floor play in deeper leagues.
Various News and Notes
Scott Schebler was placed on the DL retroactive to April 6th. Schebler has had residual effects since being hit on the elbow with a pitch. There is no current timetable for his return, but this will likely open up playing time for Phillip Ervin.
Xander Bogaerts was placed on the 10-Day DL with a fracture in his ankle. The fracture is small and shouldn’t keep him out much past the minimum 10 days for a DL stint.
Kendrys Morales left Monday’s game with a hamstring injury. It does not appear to be very serious, but this is frustrating for fantasy owners that may have placed him in their weekly lineup in Tout Wars in place of Eugenio Suarez and now are taking a zero in that slot. That may have been oddly specific…
Victor Robles was removed from the game in AAA after awkwardly landing during an attempt at a diving catch:
VIDEO: Washington #Nationals top prospect, Victor Robles (ranked No. 6 in MLB), injures his left elbow/wrist after diving for a ball awkwardly in the second inning Monday night in Rochester @MLBPipeline @News_8 pic.twitter.com/uoSCBDK6ya
— Dan Fetes (@danfetes) April 9, 2018
X-rays after the game were negative which is promising, but he will undergo further testing on Tuesday.
Jose Martinez and Lorenzo Cain collided at first base as Cain legged out a play at first base. Both would leave the game, but it appears both also avoided any major injury. Consider both day-to-day at this time.
Rougned Odor was removed from Monday’s game after injuring his hamstring. He is likely headed for a DL stint, but will have an MRI on Tuesday to reveal the full extent of the injury. Jurickson Profar will likely fill in for him, but Willie Calhoun could be an option if the Rangers are willing to allow Calhoun to move back to second base where he initially played as a Dodgers prospect.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Matthew Boyd at CLE
There is some risk here due to the matchup, but Boyd looked good in his first start of the year and I am intrigued.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Zack Wheeler at MIA
Wheeler has never lived up to the hype as a prospect, but he looked good in spring training and gets to go up against an awful Marlins lineup in a huge stadium.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.