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Sun Sep 1912:30Bryan Reynolds Gets The Day Off SundayBryan ReynoldsCF/LFPiratesFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds will get the day off Sunday as the Pirates face starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins. The Pirates will instead deploy Anthony Alford, Ben Gamel, and Cole Tucker across the outfield. Reynolds has been outstanding this season, slashing .297/.385/.511 with 23 homers and five steals in 519 at-bats. He is a contributor across all fantasy categories, and managers can expect him to be back in the lineup on Monday against Cincinnati.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1912:23Joey Votto Won't Start SundayJoey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Cincinnatti Reds first baseman Joey Votto is not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tyler Stephenson will step in at first base, batting cleanup against left-handed starter Clayton Kershaw. While Votto has put together a resurgent campaign with a .914 OPS, he's slashed a slightly more pedestrian .217/.373/.435 over his last 30 games and 92 at-bats. He has not homered since September 10. The on-base skills will always be there for Votto, but fantasy managers have come to expect more with batting average and home runs.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1912:19Max Muncy On The Bench Against Reds SundayMax Muncy1B/2BDodgersFree Agent
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy will be on the bench for Sunday's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds. Albert Pujols will step in at first base. Muncy has put together an MVP-type campaign this season, but he's slowed over the last month, slashing .187/.261/.495 over his last 30 games. He does have nine homers in that span, but he also notably has 35 strikeouts in 107 at-bats, including six in his last seven at-bats over the last two games. Fantasy managers have relied on Muncy all year, so hopefully this rest will get him back on track.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1912:12Gary Sanchez Rests SundayGary SánchezCYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will get a rest for Sunday's matinee against Cleveland. Backup backstop Kyle Higashioka will take his place in the starting lineup, batting ninth. Sanchez has struggled of late, slashing .186/.259/.333 with four homers over his last 30 games and 102 at-bats. He has just four hits in his last nine games, so fantasy managers should not bemoan his absence too much.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1912:09Joey Gallo Remains On Bench SundayJoey GalloLF/RFYankeesFree Agent
New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo (neck) will not start Sunday's game against Cleveland. Gallo was removed from Saturday's game in the fifth inning with neck tightness, and Tyler Wade took his spot in the outfield. The Yankees will deploy an outfield of Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton across the grass with Luke Voit at designated hitter. Gallo has been on fire with six homers in his last seven games, so his absence is a big blow to fantasy managers, especially those who have playoff matchups coming down to the wire. His return is expected early in the week.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1912:03Kyle Seager Gets A Breather SundayKyle Seager3BMarinersFree Agent
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will take a seat on the bench for Sunday's matchup against the Kansas City Royals. Dylan Moore will get the start at the hot corner in his stead, and Abraham Toro moves up to the third spot in the lineup. Seager has hit nine homers over his last 30 games, but he's struggled to a .120/.241/.160 slash line with no homers over his last seven games. Fantasy managers will hope the day off does him good and gets him back to his slugging ways.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1911:11Bobby Dalbec Reaches Three Times, Drives In Two SaturdayBobby Dalbec1B/3BRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox first baseman Bobby Dalbec reached base three more times Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Dalbec is in the middle of an unreal stretch at the plate, slashing .337/.427/.842 with 12 homers over his past 30 games. He's been fortunate to face plenty of lefties in the past several weeks, leading to some bloated numbers, but the biggest factor could be that he has only struck out in 26 of his 108 plate appearances in that time. As long as he continues to make contact, he'll keep helping fantasy managers.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1911:07Enrique Hernandez Scores Two Runs SaturdayKiké Hernández2B/3B/CFRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox utility man Enrique Hernandez has struggled since returning from a COVID diagnosis, slashing .146/.178/.220 with no homers in 10 September games. He started to turn it around against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Hernandez is firmly entrenched atop the lineup, giving him plenty of fantasy value if he can resume his summer form. His season OPS has slumped to .776, but with favorable matchups in the coming scoring period, he's a solid fantasy play.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1911:04Rafael Devers Scores Three Runs SaturdayRafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers scored three runs in Saturday's 9-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. This is Devers' second time scoring three runs in a game this season, and it's also his first multi-hit game since September 6. Devers has just four extra-base hits in 59 September at-bats, but with 34 homers, 36 doubles and one triple on the year, he should be back to his slugging ways soon, and fantasy managers can proceed with confidence.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1911:00Xander Bogaerts Homers, Drives In Four SaturdayXander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts drove in four runs Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. It's Bogaerts' 22nd long ball of the season. Since being activated off the COVID list, Bogaerts is slashing .367/.441/.667 in 34 plate appearances across eight games. He's peaking at the right time to help advance fantasy managers through the playoffs.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:56Tanner Houck Earns First Win Out Of PenTanner HouckSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck entered out of the bullpen Saturday, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball on one hit and no walks. He struck out three batters and earned his first win of the season. With the playoffs on the line, the Red Sox have chosen to maximize Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi's starts, making Houck more useful out of the pen. He's an excellent multi-inning weapon, but he doesn't hold very much fantasy value as a result.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:52Nick Pivetta Lasts Into Fourth Inning SaturdayNick PivettaSPRed SoxFree Agent
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta lasted only 3 2/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday before being pulled, having allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three batters. Pivetta has been uneven all year, and he should have a short leash the rest of the way, limiting his ability to earn wins and quality starts. He isn't a strong streaming option at this point.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:49Andrew Chafin Hangs On For Save Versus AngelsAndrew ChafinRPAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Andrew Chafin tossed a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday to earn his fifth save of the season. Chafin didn't make things easy as he allowed a leadoff single to Shohei Ohtani and wound up loading the bases before inducing a game-ending lineout. Despite the stress in the ninth, Chafin nailed down the save as the A's bullpen seems to have fallen into a full-blown committee in the ninth inning. Sergio Romo earned the save on Friday and Lou Trivino is also in the mix late in games. Chafin has the best numbers of any A's reliever and seems to be the top option for manager Bob Melvin, making him the de facto choice to roster in fantasy for those chasing saves.
Source: ESPN.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:36James Kaprielian Fires Six Scoreless Innings In Surprise StartJames KaprielianRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian earned his eighth win of the season on Saturday night with six shutout innings versus the Angels. Where did that come from? Kaprielian had struggled mightily prior to this start as he had an ERA of 6.51 since July 27 and it was announced he would transition to a bullpen role. Daulton Jefferies was slated to make this start, but he was scratched with an elbow injury earlier in the day. Perhaps Kaprielian didn't overthink this start as it came as a surprise, perhaps he just dominated a weak Angels lineup, but either way, it was an encouraging outing from the 27-year-old rookie. Despite one good start, Kaprielian remains a high-risk fantasy option moving forward. He's scheduled to face the Mariners on Thursday.
Source: ESPN.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:26Daulton Jefferies Heading To Injured List With Elbow InjuryDaulton JefferiesSPAthleticsFree Agent
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies (elbow) was scratched from his start on Saturday versus the Angels with an injury to his pitching elbow. Jefferies will be placed on the injured list with right elbow ulnar neuritis, according to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. The news comes as a bummer for Jefferies who was slated to make his second start of the season on Saturday with James Kaprielian transitioning to a bullpen role. Kaprielian wound up pitching well on Saturday, but remains a high-risk fantasy option as he was struggling mightily before the move to the bullpen. Jefferies won't pitch again this season and could be affected heading into 2022 as elbow injuries can be tricky on pitchers.
Source: Matt Kawahara - SF ChronicleRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:16Reid Detmers Throws Sim Game SaturdayReid DetmersSPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers (COVID-19) threw a simulated game on Saturday, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Detmers has been on the injured list since August 25 after testing positive for COVID-19. Before landing on the IL, he posted a 7.11 ERA with 17 strikeouts over four starts and 19 innings. The simulated game keeps him on track to return to the team on September 25, which is when manager Joe Maddon expects him back. He'll most likely need to be stretched out before returning to the rotation, so it's unclear if he'll start again this season. Even if he does, he can be ignored in most leagues, but as the 24th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, he can continue to be stashed in dynasty leagues.
Source: Rhett BollingerRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:13Aaron Nola Picks Up Nine K's In Win Over MetsAaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings to earn his eighth victory Saturday at the Mets. Nola had his good stuff in this one as he picked up nine strikeouts against just one walk. It hasn't always been pretty, but Nola has had another strong season despite his 4.48 ERA. The right-hander has one of the biggest gaps between his actual ERA and his skill-based ERA indicators since his SIERA (3.20), xERA (3.41), and xFIP (3.29) all imply his ERA should be at least a run lower. Nola's 1.11 WHIP is well above average and he's striking batters out at a healthy 30 percent clip. He'll will be a popular bounce-back candidate in 2022 drafts, but for now, fantasy managers should keep starting Nola and hope for another positive result Thursday versus the Pirates.
Source: ESPN.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1910:02Jose Suarez Loses For The Eighth Time This SeasonJosé SuarezSPAngelsFree Agent
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Suarez (7-8) was hit with the loss in Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics, in which they lost 3-1. Suarez threw 5.2 innings, giving up three runs, six hits, two walks, and he struck out three. All of the damage came in the first inning when he surrendered a home run and two doubles. Suarez now has a 3.67 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and 21.2 K% over 88.1 innings. Across 12 starts, however, his ERA is an elevated 4.43. Suarez is nothing but a streaming option in deeper leagues, allowing too many runs for his lack of strikeouts.
Source: MLB.comRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1908:40Michael A. Taylor Goes Yard In Saturday's WinMichael A. TaylorCFRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael A. Taylor had a strong game in the team's 8-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBI. The home run was his 12th of the year and his first since August 29. Taylor is slashing .246/.300/.361 over 133 games on the year with 12 stolen bases to go along with his 12 home runs. The 30-year-old has been buried in the Royals' lineup most of the year and just hasn't had the consistency needed to warrant fantasy intrigue.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
Sun Sep 1908:32Adalberto Mondesi Tallies Two Hits, Swipes A BagAdalberto MondesiSSRoyalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals shortstop/third baseman Adalberto Mondesi helped the team defeat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Saturday. He went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored. It was his second consecutive two-hit game. Mondesi had appeared in just 10 games this year before returning from the injured list at the start of September. He's provided solid fantasy value for any fantasy manager who waited on him or wisely swiped him off waivers. He's stolen nine bases over 13 games this month while also adding two home runs, seven RBI and eight runs.
Source: ESPNRotoBaller.com
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