I. Can’t. Stop. Watching.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 26, 2018
On the Agenda:
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Jose Bautista has been claimed off of waivers by the Phillies. The two teams have until today to work out a trade, which seems likely to be done if the Phillies are really interested and not just blocking him from another team. Since being acquired by the Mets on May 22nd, Bautista has hit .207/.352/.372 with nine home runs and two stolen bases. The Phillies don’t have a huge need for the veteran outfielder, but could use him as a short-side platoon partner for Nick Williams.
Various News and Notes
According to manager Aaron Boone, both Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius are expected back from the disabled list on September 3rd. The Yankees start a long road trip on the third and if they are going to catch Boston in the division, they likely need those bats back healthy. However, just getting them back with enough time to get some reps in before the playoffs is the most important thing for the Bronx Bombers.
Ryan Madson was activated off of the 10-Day DL for the Nationals. Madson will likely become the defacto closer for Washington after Kelvin Herrera was placed on the DL after it was revealed he tore the Lisfranc ligament in his foot over the weekend, which will likely end his season. With Sean Doolittle still out, Madson and Koda Glover appear to be the top options for saves moving forward in the Nation’s Capital.
Shohei Ohtani hit a bomb for the Angels on Monday, but more importantly, he threw a 50-pitch simulated game as well. Manager Mike Scioscia stated that he looked good and that he will move on in the rehab by throwing to live hitters next. Ohtani is attempting to avoid Tommy John Surgery and while his price won’t be as high next season as it could have been, if he can return to the MAjors this season, there won’t be much of a discount at the draft table in 2019.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Jake Junis vs DET
Junis has a 2.65 ERA over his last three starts and has struck out 18 in 17 innings in that stretch as well.
A pitcher for tomorrow: None
Hail Mary Option: Alex Cobb vs TOR
Cobb has been better as of late with his change up having more life on it. It feels a bit like a flash in the pan, but he’s worth riding the hot streak against the Blue Jays if you’re chasing strikeouts. Over the month of August, he has 25 strikeouts to eight walks and a sub-2 ERA.
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.