I wish these two would get their own reality show:
Classic misdirection. pic.twitter.com/v40yudocYS
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 24, 2017
I would watch it over Hard Knocks any day!
On the Agenda:
1. Closer By Calamity
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitcher Options
Closer By Calamity
Trevor Rosenthal is headed for Tommy John Surgery the Cardinals announced on Wednesday. Rosenthal hit the DL after experiencing trouble with his pitching elbow. Right now Seung Hwan Oh appears to be first in line to claim the closer’s role with Rosenthal’s season ending, but he has not been the same dominant pitcher he was last year and Tyler Lyons has been pretty good out of the bullpen and has pitched 14.2 straight scoreless innings.
Zach Britton undergo an MRI on Thursday to reexamine his knee after blowing his first save in almost two years against the Athletics. He was pulled from the outing after issuing a sacrifice fly that tied the game to end the record streak for Britton. The MRI is considered precautionary at this time, but is concerning considering how much time Britton has missed this season.
Ken Giles was unavailable to to pitch according to manager AJ Hinch on Wednesday. Hinch stated that Giles woke up with a stiff neck and he expect him to be available to pitch on Thursday. Consider him day-today for now.
The Red Sox acquire veteran outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland A’s for prospect Rafael Rincones. The Red Sox need a bit of added depth with Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting the DL with a thumb injury and Davis provides that depth with the added speed dimension not currently present on the roster as currently constructed.
Greg Holland blew another save on Wednesday and following the game manager Bud Black was very noncommittal in his role moving forward. Holland has allowed 12 earned runs over five innings during his last six outings. It is hard to imagine that Holland can keep the role with how he has been pitching. Pat Neshek would most likely be next in line, but this would likely be a closer by committee situation if Holland is removed.
Various News and Notes
Max Scherzer told reporters on Wednesday that he will miss his next start on Friday with tightness in his neck. Scherzer, who hasn’t pitched since August 13th because of the neck issue, stated he feels he’s just a couple days behind schedule, but doesn’t believe it will keep him out much longer than this upcoming scheduled start.
Robinson Cano left Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury. Cano will undergo an MRI on Thursday and was noncommittal about his prospects of playing rest of the week. Consider him day-to-day, with the likelihood that he could hit the DL.
Josh Harrison would later end the no-hitter with this walk-off bomb in the 10th inning:
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) August 24, 2017
This really isn’t news, but I’m a Giants fan and with how bad they are and how good the Dodgers have been, it’s been a rough season. Small victories.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: None
A pitcher for tomorrow: Jerad Eickhoff vs. CHC
Since the beginning of July, Eickhoff is 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA and an 8.93 k/9.
While it’s been an even smaller sample, he’s sporting a 1.69 ERA at home during this stretch.
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.