Which Wednesday walk-off was better?
— MLB (@MLB) August 17, 2017
— MLB (@MLB) August 17, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Closer By Calamity?
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options
Closer By Calamity?
Things have not gone well in the Cardinals bullpen this year and Wednesday night was no different as Trevor Rosenthal was pulled after giving up a homer and then walking the next batter in the ninth inning. Rosenthal has been very good since reassuming the closer’s role, but his velocity was down during the outing and the Cardinals are in a dogfight in the NL Central and could have a quick trigger. Not to mention Mike Matheny should be trusted as far as you can throw him… about four feet.
Various News and Notes
According to manager Dusty Baker, Ryan Madson is dealing with an injury to a finger on his throwing hand. What was once thought to be a blister issue appears to be more of a structural issue to the finger itself. While Baker said that they are “analyzing” it, Madson will likely head to the DL.
Andrew Heaney will make his season debut for the Angels on Friday. Heaney, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has pitched well during his rehab and will slot into the Angels rotation as they make a playoff push. He is a former top prospect and could be an interesting sleeper headed into next season.
Brian Goodwin was placed on the DL and replaced on the roster by Alejandro De Aza. Goodwin was getting regular starts in the outfield with Bryce Harper on the DL. De Aza has little to no fantasy value moving forward, but this move may prompt the Nationals to make a waiver trade to add depth to their shaky outfield situation.
According to Braves manager Brian Snitker, once Matt Kemp returns from the DL, he will be the everyday starter in left field. This ostensibly ends the Matt Adams experiment in Atlanta as he will likely move back to a bench role unless there is an injury or the Braves reverse course and move Freddie Freeman back to third base. Adams has struggled since the All-Star break hitting .203/.233/.319 with only two home runs.
Matt Harvey pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab start in low-A. Harvey has been on the DL most of the season, but figures to be on his way back to at least get some MLB innings prior to the end of the season.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: NONE
I was tempted to take Edwin Jackson at home, but I can’t pull the trigger.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Andrew Cashner vs CHW
Cashner has been good as of late and if you are chasing wins or quality starts, he is worth running out against a bad White Sox team.
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.