When you invite the fam over, but forgot to pay the power bill this month:
Bruce Springsteen concert or baseball game?
The lights went out at the Trop so the fans tried to help out.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 12, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitching Options
Various News and Notes
Nelson Cruz left Sunday’s game with a wrist injury. He is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday, so there isn’t very much information available at the time of writing. However, it appears this could end him up on the Injured List or make him miss a few days at least.
Corbin Martin made his Major League debut on Sunday throwing 5.1 innings allowing two runs, but striking out nine. The surface numbers look great, but he only induced only ten swinging strikes in the outing and the showing was plagued by poor at bats by the Rangers. Martin has been good in the minors, but after this outing people will be going crazy to pick him up and I am not ready to jump on that bandwagon.
Martin Perez was removed from his start on Sunday after being hit in the foot with a comebacker. Perez had allowed three runs, struck out seven in five innings. Perez has been fantastic this season, sporting a 3.11 ERA with a strikeout an inning in 46.1 innings this season. His velocity is up this season and he has an increased swinging strike rate and he is getting more swings outside the zone.
Harrison Bader is struggling with some neck stiffness and did not play on Sunday. Bader has struggled with his play this year as well, hitting .200/.349/.357 with three home runs and no stolen bases. If he continues to miss time, the Cardinals may look to promote Tyler O’Neil back to the Majors. O’Neil is hitting .303/.361/.667 with four homers and a stolen base in AAA.
Mallex Smith is expected to be recalled from the minor leagues this week according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. Smith has been outstanding at AAA since being sent down and the Mariners are dealing with a number of injuries right now. If he was dropped in your league, now is the time to pick up Mallex.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None
High Risk Options: Reynaldo Lopez at CLE
Lopez has been up and down this season, but he turned in a quality start in his last outing which was against this Cleveland squad.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
High Risk Options: Trent Thornton at SF
Thornton has been hit or miss all season long, but he has been plagued by the long ball and pitching in SF should help limit that damage.
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.