This was a pretty cool way to start the weekend:
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 24, 2017
On the Agenda:
1. Closer Chaos
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is dealing with issues around anxiety off of the field according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun. He is currently considered day-to-day at this time as the club helps him through this troubling time for the 22-year-old. In his absence Jason Grilli appears to be the lead man for saves.
Various News and Notes
White Sox manager Rick Renteria stated that Carlos Rodon is nearing a return to the Major League rotation. In spite of glowing reports from the manager, Rodon’s number during his minor league rehab assignment have been less than stellar. He’s posted a 9.22 ERA with 7.24 k/9 and a 4.61 BB/9 in three AAA starts. Rodon can show elite stuff when healthy, but it might be better for fantasy owners to keep him reserved in his first start or two back in the Majors.
Aaron Sanchez is scheduled to make a rehab appearance in high-A on Tuesday. Sanchez has struggled this season with blisters and a fingernail issue that has limited him to only 24.1 innings pitched in five games for the Blue Jays. All things considered, he has pitched well with these ailments. If these issues are a thing of the past, he should be back at about 10 days.
The Giants called up Ryder Jones from AAA Sacramento. He will assume the duties at third base for the time being. Jones isn’t considered a top prospect within the Giants system, which is poor to say the least. Let’s put it like this, I am a Giants fan and didn’t know his name before about three weeks ago. He’s not worth anything outside of the deepest of leagues.
Kenta Maeda will start Tuesday against the Angels. Maeda has been frustrating for fantasy owners to roster over the last few weeks as he has been mostly spot starting and ion long relief. He draws the Angels and is worth a streaming spot this week.
Brandon Finnegan is scheduled to rejoin the Reds rotation on Monday when they travel to St. Louis to play the Cardinals. Finnegan has been on the DL with a trapezius injury. He was fantastic in his first start of the season, but then was unable to make it out of the third inning in his second start and was forced to leave his third start with the injury. Finnegan is worth a gamble in 15-team league or larger moving forward if he can stay healthy.
Streaming Pitcher Options
A pitcher for today: Mike Montgomery @ MIA
Montgomery has been great this year and is coming off his longest start of the year, so he should be stretched out enough to qualify for a win or quality start.
A pitcher for tomorrow: German Marquez @ SF
Marquez’s start was pushed back to Monday where he draws the struggling Giants in San Francisco. His ERA is marketably better on the road, away from the thin Rocky Mountain air and the Giants are playing like one of the worst teams in the Majors.
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.