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— Andrew Harts (@AndrewHarts) August 24, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. Quick Hits
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
Various News and Notes
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are getting close to benching Rougned Odor. Odor has struggled at the plate, hitting .195/.271/.402 this year, but has still hit 21 home runs and stolen eight bases. Odor’s contact percentage has gone down 6% this season and it is likely because he is swinging for the fences too much. The promotion of Nick Solak is putting Odor on notice, but there is still a lot of promise in the 25-year-old’s bat.
According to manager Ned Yost, Brad Keller will not go over 100 pitches in any of his remaining starts. The Royals are trying to limit Keller’s workload and have decided that this is the way they will do that. It does preclude them from shutting him down, but this is a vision of things to come for a number of young starters down the stretch.
Jonathan Villar hit his 20th home run of the season on Sunday. Villar has been under the radar playing in Baltimore, but he has way overperformed his draft value at this point with 28 stolen bases on top of the 20 bombs. If the Orioles don’t move him in the offseason, he should be a third-round pick and still possibly a bit underrated.
Franmil Reyes hit two home runs on Sunday. Reyes struggled after being traded to the Indians but has settled into a groove now, hitting five home runs in the last two weeks, including the three in his last two games. Reyes has a ton of power and should benefit from a full-time role in Cleveland, but there are some concerns about him being overexposed.
The Brewers released Jhoulys Chacin.
Jose Ramirez was placed on the 10-Day IL with a hamate bone injury. Ramirez will likely miss the rest of the season. Yu Chang has been recalled to replace Ramirez on the roster.
Pablo Lopez is expected to be activated from the IL on Monday to start against the Reds.
Hanser Alberto was removed from Sunday’s game with neck discomfort. He is considered day-to-day at this time.
Kevin Kiermaier was forced out of Sunday’s game with a rib injury. Kiermaier sustained the injury when he ran into the wall trying to make a play. This is the story of Kiermaier’s career. He is an exciting player, but ends up hurting himself in the field making plays. Consider him day-to-day until we get more information on his status.
Leury Garcia left Sunday’s game with a shin injury. He is expected to return on Tuesday after a day off for the White Sox on Monday.
Reynaldo Lopez was removed from his start on Sunday with flu-like symptoms. He should be fine moving forward.
Renato Nunez was pulled from the game on Sunday with a hamstring issue. It is considered mild, so it appears it was just precautionary.
Mike Yastrzemski was removed from Sunday’s game after being hit on the wrist with a pitch. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Shorter slate with few streaming options.
High Risk Options: Pablo Lopez vs CIN, Homer Bailey at KC
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Adrian Houser vs STL
Some risk with this one, but Houser has been good lately when he isn’t throwing up on the mound.
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.