Today’s comes to you at the speed of Usain Bolt:
— Steve Stevens (@VIPSportsLV) August 15, 2016
On the Agenda:
- Stanton, Brantley Done for the Year
- Various News and Notes
- Streaming Pitcher Options
Stanton, Brantley Done for the Year
On Sunday the Marlins announced that Giancarlo Stanton would miss the rest of the 2016 season with the injury to his groin. This is the second consecutive season in which He has not reached 400 at bats or 30 home runs. While he will always offer power upside, Stanton no longer offers a good average or stolen bases which will limit his worth going into next year. The Marlins are reportedly flirting with the possibility of bringing in recently released players like Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Gomez in Stanton’s departure.
Michael Brantley will undergo season ending surgery on Monday for his ailing shoulder. His season never got off the ground this season and will most likely be a bargain on draft day next season. The Indians will continue to roll out Rajai Davis in left, but don’t be surprised if top outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer makes an appearance here soon as long as the finger injury he suffered isn’t too serious.
Various News and Notes
Miguel Sano will undergo a MRI on his right elbow on Monday. While Sano said that the injury is not serious, he did have Tommy John surgery on that elbow in 2014. He has hit nine home runs and slashed .270/.342/.533 since returning from the DL from a hamstring injury on July 1st. While the MRI is considered precautionary at this point, it is definitely something to monitor.
Bryce Harper was a surprise addition to the Nationals’ lineup on Sunday. He was expected to miss his sixth straight game, but was added late. This is good news for Harper owners because reports were that the Nationals were willing to use him off the bench and not put him on the disabled list before rosters expand in September.
Brett Anderson was activated Sunday for his start and then promptly hurt himself while giving up five runs in the first inning. Shocking, isn’t it?
Hanley Ramirez was placed on the bereavement list and should be out for a few days.
Steven Wright was placed on the DL with a shoulder strain, retroactive to August 8th, that he got while pinch running for some reason.
Streaming Pitcher Options
Reader Beware: I don’t love any of the cheap or under owned options today, but Norris looked pretty good in his last start vs. Seattle. If you’re looking for a contrarian play in DFS, I can assure you that few people will be playing Norris.
Since the All-Star Break, Rodriguez has pitched very well. He has not allowed more than three earned runs or one home run in any start and has had at least five strikeouts in his last five starts. Baltimore is 26th in wOBA when facing a left hander.
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.