How I would look in a Major League at bat:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 19, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. The Sleeper and the Bust DFS contest
2. Various News and Notes
3. Quick Hits
4. Streaming Pitching Options
The Sleeper and the Bust DFS contest
Every week The Sleeper and the Bust podcast puts together a DFS contest on DraftKings. The winner gets a shoutout on the podcast as well as the Roto Riteup and my and Paul’s hard earned cash. This week’s winner was Adam1377!
Congrats to this week’s winner of The Sleeper and the Bust DFS contest! pic.twitter.com/MBHg8iOK0X
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) June 19, 2019
Various News and Notes
Max Scherzer broke his nose while participating in a bunting drill.
Max Scherzer broke his nose after taking a ball off the face during a bunting drill. pic.twitter.com/M9o4hYBj0J
— ESPN (@espn) June 19, 2019
While the obvious answer to this video is to tweet out #NeverBunt, Baseball Twitter was happy to give their suggestions:
The world needs to see this mask on Max Scherzer pic.twitter.com/wR2h5ahiI8
— Paul Mancano (@PaulMancano) June 19, 2019
Max Scherzer, next start. pic.twitter.com/wV0w0U6SrO
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 18, 2019
thoughts on the Max Scherzer news:
1) holy crap, that sucks
2) is he going to pitch with one of these on? pic.twitter.com/PUSEVAyqkb
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) June 19, 2019
— nick (@_N_H_Y_) June 19, 2019
Scherzer is day-to-day right now and it appears he may actually avoid an IL stint.
Max Kepler hit the game tying home run in the 13th inning and the game winning hit in the 17th versus the Red Sox. Kepler is putting together a fantastic season, building on the skill improvements from last season. He has been much more aggressive this season, especially in the zone and it is paying off. His .928 OPS is 18th in Major League Baseball and he is already only two home runs away from tying his career high in long balls.
Willie Calhoun hit a home run on Tuesday. Calhoun was activated from the IL this week and is in line for added playing time with both Joey Gallo and Hunter Pence on the IL, but are expected back in the not too distant future. There is no doubt about Calhoun’s offensive ability, but he struggles defensively. He is worth an add in most formats, but could be ticketed back to the bench once the Rangers gets healthy.
Oscar Mercado stole two bases in the Indians win over the Rangers on Tuesday. Mercado is extremely hot right now, hitting .417/.462/.708 with a home run and four stolen bases over his last five games. He is getting a bulk of the playing time in the depleted Indians outfield and is cementing his role there.
Michael Lorenzen received his second straight save on Tuesday. This is starting to look like a closer controversy and Lorenzen should be snatched up in most formats on the chance he is supplanting closer Rasiel Iglesias.
Mike Moustakas left Tuesday’s game after being hit on the hand with a pitch. X-rays on the hand were negative, but he is expected to miss Wednesday’s game.
Aldaberto Mondesi left Tuesday’s game with a groin injury. The injury is being characterized as tightness and the Royals have said the move was precautionary. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Aaron Judge homered in a rehab game in AAA. He could be back later this week from the IL where he has been recovering from an oblique injury. ]
Mike Clevinger is dealing with an ankle injury after his start on Monday. The Indians are optimistic that he will be able to make his next start, but he could miss a turn in the rotation or head back to the IL. This does shed some light on why he fell apart in the outing.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None
Not many great options in a smaller slate.
High Risk Options: Trevor Richards at STL.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Dylan Bundy at SEA
Bundy has been up and down as of late, but he is facing a struggling Mariners team and is not in his homer happy park.
High Risk Options: Glenn Sparkman vs MIN
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.