Me dodging responsibilities at work:
— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. The Return of the Murph-dog!
2. MLB Stay-cation?
3. Various News and Notes
4. Streaming Pitchers
The Return of the Murph-dog!
Daniel Murphy has made his season debut for the Nationals. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while DH-ing versus the Yankees. Murphy has had a long road back from off-season knee surgery, but now appears ready to play second base on a regular basis for Washington.
Chris Davis is receiving multiple days off according to Dan Connolly. Buck Showalter is giving the struggling slugger some time off to “try and get him right.” Davis has been bad:
There are 161 players across baseball with 200+ PA this season. Here’s where Chris Davis ranks in some important categories.
2018 salary: 8th
— Ryan (@ryguyblake) June 12, 2018
Like epically bad:
It’s pretty frightening to be on an “on-pace-for” the worst season of all-time by a large margin when you’re nearing mid-June. Chris Davis’s on-pace-for in fWAR would rank him 81892 out of 81892 player-seasons since 1901. By NEARLY A FULL WIN.
— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) June 7, 2018
Davis is unownable in every format at this point.
Gary Sanchez is getting a couple of days off too. He will be given three days off as well. Manager Aaron Boone stated that he believes Sanchez is “banged up” from catching and needs the rest. Sanchez was seemingly miffed by the benching, stating that he is healthy and “the reason I’m not hitting is because I’m missing pitches” not that he is hurting.
Various News and Notes
Matt Belisle has been signed by the Minnesota Twins. Seriously, it is that kind of news day. Belisle was with the Twins last year and threw 60.1 innings with a 4.03 ERA and just over eight strikeouts per nine innings. He has been in AAA with the Indians, but was released after just 21.1 innings between the Majors and the minors. He should figure into middle relief for the Twins.
Walker Buehler was placed on the 10-day DL with a rib injury. The injury does not appear to be very serious as he suffered it a couple of weeks ago and was able to pitch through it before finally being forced out of a start because of it. He should be back in a few starts.
Miguel Cabrera was removed from yesterday’s game and will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a tendon in his left bicep. This is awful news for fantasy owners as he was having a nice year hitting over .300 in spite of not hitting for power.
Mike Foltynewicz was removed from his start on Tuesday after experiencing tightness in his triceps. Braves manager Brian Snitker stated that the injury does not seem to be serious and hopefully will not have to miss a start. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Matthew Boyd vs MIN
Let’s not pretend that Boyd is a great pitcher, but he continues to excel in a putrid division and that should continue versus a poor Minnesota team.
A pitcher for tomorrow: German Marquez at PHI
Marquez has a 2.06 ERA and 1.09 WHIP on the road this season.
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.