Bryce Harper is hoping to be the next two-way player.
— MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2018
…but he’s no Kyle Gibson.
On the Agenda:
1. Closer Chaos
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers
According to manager Torey Lovullo, the Diamondbacks will play matchups “rather than have a designated closer.” Brad Boxberger was shelled in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game and he is sporting an atrocious 7.90 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP in the second half. Expect increased opportunities for Archie Bradley and Yoshihira Hirano.
Various News and Notes
Julio Urias has been recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Urias is a former top prospect for the Dodgers, but he tore his anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder and has been working his way back. Urias has struggled with his velocity, but has stayed relatively healthy during his rehab. He will likely be a middle of the bullpen piece down the stretch, but he could be a post hype sleeper in keeper and dynasty formats. However, there is a ton of risk considering his health history.
Ross Stripling is expected to start Wednesday for the Dodgers in Cincinnati. This will be his first start since returning from the disabled list and he is only expected to pitch three innings or 45 total pitches.
Albert Pujols will have season ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. This is mostly a formality of an announcement as he hasn’t played since late August due to injury. Pujols will finish the season with less than 20 home runs for only the second time in his career and an OBP under .300 for the second straight season.
Jon Lester was removed from Monday’s start versus the Brewers with back tightness. Lester said after the game that he didn’t know how he injured himself, but didn’t sound overly concerned that this would force him to miss his next start. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: Andrew Suarez vs ATL
Suarez continues to impress and while it isn’t a great matchup, he is at home.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Jason Vargas vs MIA
Vargas has been pitching well, but there is a fair amount of risk to him.
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