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Sun Sep 2613:25Elias Diaz Collects A Pair Of Hits In Loss To San FranciscoElias DíazC/PHPiratesBallbusters
Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout in a 7-2 loss to the Giants on Saturday. Diaz was one of three Rockies' to pick up multiple hits in the lopsided loss. He hit his 18th double of the season and picked up a single as well. The 30-year-old backstop is 15-for-50 (.300/.352/.580) over his last 15 games and swatted three home runs over that span. Overall, he's got a decent .239/.306/.466 batting line with 18 home runs and 42 RBI over 326 at-bats. He's been a decent power source out of the catcher position this season but his rate stats leave a lot to be desired.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2613:15Ryan McMahon Doubles In A Run On SaturdayRyan McMahon1B/3B/PHRockiesBuchanalia
Colorado Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. McMahon added to Colorado's early lead with an RBI double off Anthony DeSclafani in the bottom of the first inning. It was the infielder's only hit of the ball game and the Rockies would be shut out the rest of the way. McMahon has been in a massive power drought over the last few months. He swatted 16 home runs from April-June but has just six over the last three months. Overall, he's batting .255 with a .782 OPS, 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and five stolen bases over 499 at-bats.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2612:57Jon Gray Coughs Up Four Runs In LossJon GraySPRockiesBallbusters
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray took the loss on Saturday when he allowed four runs on five hits with five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Brandon Belt was the bane of Gray's existence on Saturday as the veteran first baseman swatted two home runs off him. The first one was a solo shot in the first inning but the second blast was a three-run tater to put San Francisco up 4-2 in the fifth inning. The Giants would add to that margin and saddle Gray with his 12th loss of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander has now gone eight straight games without notching a quality start, which is a troubling trend. He'll carry a 4.28 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 150:58 K/BB ratio over 145 innings (28 starts) into his final start of the season against Arizona on the road.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2612:49Buster Posey On The Bench Sunday Against RockiesBuster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will not start Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies, instead taking a seat on the bench. Curt Casali will step in behind the plate, batting eighth. Posey has had a resurgent season as a hitter, slashing .301/.386/.500 with 18 homers in 376 at-bats, but he's slowed somewhat in the second half with a .269/.345/.446 line since the All-Star break. Fantasy managers should expect Posey to have plenty of rest down the stretch as the Giants endeavor to have his bat ready for a postseason run.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2612:42Yadier Molina Resting SundayYadier MolinaCCardinalsBuchanalia
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is getting a day off Sunday as the team chases their 16th consecutive win against the Chicago Cubs. Andrew Knizner will step in as the battery-mate of starting pitcher Jake Woodford. Molina has not had the strongest season at the plate, slashing .254/.299/.374 with 11 homers and three steals in 433 at-bats. He likely isn't rostered in many one-catcher leagues, but fantasy managers will have to look to other options Sunday.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2612:25Keibert Ruiz Resting SundayKeibert RuizCDodgersFree Agent
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz is resting Sunday, giving way to fellow backstop Riley Adams behind the plate. Ruiz has been on fire at the plate, homering in back-to-back games and slashing .433/.469/.700 in his last seven. He's looking like a good streaming option for the final week of the season, as well as a potential top-10 catcher in 2022. Still, fantasy managers should remove him from their lineups for Sunday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2611:55Anthony Desclafani Lasts Four Innings SaturdayAnthony DeSclafaniSPRedsDoppelganger
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani lasted four innings against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three batters and did not factor into the decision in a 7-2 victory. Desclafani has now gone eight straight starts without giving up more than three earned runs, and he has only given up more than three earned runs three times in 30 starts this season. Desclafani is eminently reliable, and fantasy managers should feel safe using him in his final turn through the rotation.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2611:50Brandon Belt Homers Twice SaturdayBrandon Belt1BGiantsDoppelganger
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt continued his scorched-earth power surge Saturday, homering twice and adding a single in five at-bats against the Colorado Rockies. He drove in four runs, leading the Giants to a 7-2 victory. Belt now has 29 home runs for the season in just 322 at-bats, and he's slashing .390/.486/.847 with eight dingers in his last 15 games. Belt should be a lineup lock the rest of the way, and maybe finally will get his due as a fantasy superstar, especially in OBP leagues.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2611:45Jordan Lyles Posts Quality Start On SaturdayJordan LylesRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Lyles has been more reliable on the mound during the second half of the season. On Saturday, Lyles went 6 2/3 innings, seven hits allowed, three earned runs, one walk, and four strikeouts in the 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran right-hander will carry a 5.31 ERA and 1.43 WHIP into his final start of the season against the Cleveland Indians. There isn't much DFS value from Lyles, so he's probably an avoidable option during his last regular season start.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2611:37Huascar Ynoa Allows Seven Runs Against PadresHuascar YnoaSPBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa allowed three home runs in what ended up being an ugly outing for him. He went 4 2/3 innings, seven hits allowed, seven earned runs, six strikeouts in the 10-8 win over the San Diego Padres. The Braves offense came around and gave Ynoa a ton of run support. This was one of the worst outings for Ynoa in his big league career. Although, he should bounce back in his final start of the regular season against the New York Mets.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2600:55Tyler Anderson Thrashed SaturdayTyler AndersonSPRockiesTeam Erik
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Tyler Anderson had his worst outing of the season Saturday, and it could not have come at a worse time for the team. Anderson allowed nine runs on nine hits and one walk in two innings against the Los Angeles Angels, failing to strike out a single batter. The loss dropped his record to 7-10, and his ERA ballooned to 4.46. Anderson is normally a safe fantasy option, but he lacks the upside to be a difference-maker. He should be left on the sidelines in all but the most desperate of situations.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2600:51Nick Pivetta Solid Into Sixth SaturdayNick PivettaSPPhilliesBuchanalia
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta was at the top of his game against the New York Yankees Saturday as he gave up one run on three hits and no walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven batters and took a no-decision in the 5-3 loss. Pivetta does not have a quality start since August 13, and has been an inconsistent fantasy option all year. This outing reflects the upside Pivetta offers, but with a 4.52 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 166 strikeouts in 149 1/3 innings, that upside isn't worth the risk.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2600:44Kevin Plawecki Homers, Reaches Four TimesKevin PlaweckiCMetsTeam Mike
Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (foot) got the start behind the plate against the New York Yankees Saturday in place of Christian Vazquez and was one of the only bright spots for Boston, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. He was lifted for a pinch-runner after being plunked by Aroldis Chapman. Plawecki has posted a .748 OPS in 152 at-bats, gradually earning a larger share of the playing time behind the plate, but it's not enough to make him a consideration for fantasy rosters.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 2600:02Josh Harrison Collects RBI Single In Win Versus HoustonJosh Harrison2BPiratesBallbusters
Oakland Athletics second baseman Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in a win over the Astros on Saturday. Harrison has been ice cold lately, but he came up big in this one with a game-tying single in the seventh inning. Despite the big hit, Harrison still has just three hits in his last 25 at-bats as he's been scuffling atop the A's lineup. If he's not getting on base then Harrison has little use in fantasy as he's slugging just .367 on the season with eight homers. The A's are one of few teams with seven games next week, but Harrison should still be avoided in starting lineups if possible.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2523:51Andrew Chafin Earns Relief Win Saturday Versus 'StrosAndrew ChafinRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Andrew Chafin made quick work of the Houston Astros in the top of the ninth, then earned his second win of the season when the A's walked off in the bottom half of the frame. Chafin worked through the meat of the Houston lineup; he struck out Yordan Alvarez before retiring Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker on a groundout and flyout, respectively. With a 1.76 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP, Chafin is the most-trusted reliever in the Oakland bullpen and should be rostered in any fantasy league where saves are rewarded.
Source: ESPN.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2523:46Erick Fedde Allows Five Runs SaturdayErick FeddeSPNationalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde was fortunate to take a no-decision in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds after he allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out one batter. Fedde has not recorded a quality start since August 24, and with a 5.26 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 126 strikeouts in 131 2/2 innings this year, has no reason to be on fantasy rosters.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2523:43Lane Thomas Adds Solo Shot SaturdayLane ThomasCFCardinalsFree Agent
Washington Nationals outfielder Lane Thomas hit his seventh home run of the season Saturday, a solo shot off of Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tony Santillan to lead off the fourth inning of a 7-6 loss. He went 2-for-5 for the game and now has a modest four-game hit streak. He's also produced 10 multi-hit efforts in September alone, continuing to contribute at an alarming rate. He should be in fantasy lineups for the final week of the season.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2523:39Keibert Ruiz Homers Again SaturdaayKeibert RuizCDodgersFree Agent
Washington Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz went deep again Saturday, making it back-to-back days with home runs for the young catcher. Ruiz went 1-for-4 in the game, with the solo home run, a walk, and two runs scored. He now has three long balls for the season, and is slashing .340/.397/.509 with 12 RBI in his last 15 games. Ruiz is a must-add in two catcher redraft leagues, as well as in all dynasty and keeper formats.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2522:09Bryce Harper Blasts 34th Homer In Win Over PiratesBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsTeam Lorin
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The homer was Harper's 34th of the season as he's now hit at least 34 bombs in the last three full MLB seasons (he hit 13 in the 60-game 2020 season). The homer was also Harper's 46th extra-base hit since the All-Star break, a Phillies franchise record for extra-base hits in the second half of the season. No matter how you slice it, Harper has been incredible for the Phillies and fantasy managers alike. Keep him locked into starting lineups for one more versus the Bucs before a huge three-game set in Atlanta.
Source: John Clark - NBS Sports PhiladelphiaRotoBaller.com
Sat Sep 2521:39Ranger Suarez Twirls Complete Game Shutout Versus BucsRanger SuárezRP/SPPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez turned in his best effort of the season on Saturday as he threw a complete-game shutout versus the Pirates. Suarez scattered just four singles and didn't walk a batter while picking up seven strikeouts, needing only 97 pitches to go the distance. The 25-year-old lefty has been excellent in every role for the Phillies this season; he started the season in long relief before climbing the bullpen ranks and even picked up four saves as the closer. The Phillies moved him to the starting rotation and he's been superb as he became a must-start SP for fantasy. Suarez will carry a sparkling 1.45 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a 98:32 K:BB into a huge game versus the Braves.
Source: ESPN.comRotoBaller.com
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