11 home runs in his first 18 games is amazing, but add in this to the highlight reel for Rhys Hoskins:
Everything’s going @RhysHoskins22’s way right now.
— MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. NL 6-Packs?
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options
According to the Chicago Tribune, Joe Maddon will consider utilizing a six-man rotation rest of the way once Jon Lester returns. Lester is on track to return on Friday and Mike Montgomery is filling his spot in the rotation. The Cubs currently hold a two game lead in the NL Central, so this move could come down to what their lead looks like later on this week. It is hard to imagine spreading out starts for the top of their rotation if their lead remains small. However, this is something to monitor as the Cubs will want to keep a close eye on innings and prevent injuries down the stretch if they can afford to.
According to Rob Biertempfel, general manager Neal Huntington says that the Pirates are considering moving to a six-man rotation in September. The move would be to attempt to get Tyler Glasnow and Steven Brault some starts at the Major League level before the end of the season. Glasnow has been fantastic at AAA since struggling in the Majors earlier this year. It might be time to pick up or buy low on the former top prospect for the stretch run.
According to manager Bruce Bochy, it is unlikely that Chris Stratton loses his rotation spot once Johnny Cueto is ready to return from the DL. Bochy mentioned that in spite of the fact that Cueto could come off of the DL soon, Stratton has pitched well enough to keep his rotation spot. Stratton pitched well in a loss on Sunday against the Diamondbacks, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out ten. Unfortunately the Giants were unable to score any runs on Patrick Corbin and then Matt Cain came in and in the honor of the upcoming football season, he allowed Arizona to score a touchdown with the two-point conversion worth of runs. The Giants may move to a six-man rotation in order to accommodate both Cueto and Stratton moving forward.
Various News and Notes
Manager Ned Yost stated that Danny Duffy’s UCL appears to clean after an MRI. Duffy has been diagnosed with a “low grade pronator strain”. It appears that Duffy and the Royals have avoided any serious issues and Duffy might be able to return after only missing a start or two.
According to manager Bud Black, Greg Holland is working on his slider and the team will “navigate” the closer role for the in the short term. Jake McGee got the save on Sunday and appears the most likely to get opportunities until Holland is ready to reclaim the role.
JaCoby Jones has been recalled by the Tigers to replace Victor Martinez on the roster who was placed on the DL with an irregular heartbeat. Jones has struggled during his brief stints in the Majors this year, but he has an interesting power/speed combination with multi-positional eligibility. Jones might be worth the gamble in deep formats as he could be in line for added at bats rest of the way.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Lucas Sims at PHI
Sims looked pretty good in his last start versus the Mariners and draws the team with the worst record in the Majors.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Jake Junis vs TB
In his last four starts Junis has a 2-0 record and a 3.32 ERA.
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