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Fantasy Baseball: Week 9 Weekend Observations

Catch up on the latest Fantasy Baseball happenings from this past weekend so you build the foresight necessary to DOMINATE the upcoming week ahead!

  • In a season filled with injuries, Mike Trout had one scare so far with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss a few games. Fantasy owners need to hope his thumb injury is a short-term injury, too. Trout sprained his thumb diving headfirst into second base on a stolen base Sunday. X-Rays were negative, and he will have an MRI Monday.
  • Speaking of injuries, it's ironic that with almost everyone landing on the DL, Giancarlo Stanton has stayed healthy. Stanton went 3-for-5 with a homer Sunday, his second in three games, and has 13 home runs and 34 RBIs.
  • Corey Kluber will return from the DL and start on Thursday. Surprisingly, Danny Salazar will move to the bullpen, and Mike Clevinger and Josh Tomlin will remain in the starting rotation. Salazar will be available out of the bullpen Wednesday or Thursday, although manager Terry Francona left it open that Salazar could start at some point during the Indians' road trip that starts Friday. Salazar went 5.1 innings and allowed six hits, five walks, three earned runs and struck out four. He has walked 28 in 52.1 innings with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.
  • Josh Tomlin made Francona look smart with a complete-game win over the Royals. He allowed six hits, one run, no walks and struck out three. He has a 5.79 ERA and has been prone to home runs.
  • Jason Kipnis is starting to hit. He went 4-for-4 with a walk, home run and two RBIs Sunday.
  • The Rays won a wild game Sunday in 15 innings over the Twins. Evan Longoria hit the go-ahead homer in the 15th. Logan Morrison followed with a home run in the 8-6 win. Erasmo Ramirez picked up the save and will still make his start Monday.
  • Elvis Andrus is quietly having a good season. He went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and a stolen base Sunday. He is batting .278 with 27 runs, six home runs, 22 RBIs and ten stolen bases.
  • The Astros placed Charlie Morton on the DL with a strained right lat. He will be shut down for a week. Brad Peacock was already replacing Mike Fiers in the rotation and Fiers should be back in with Morton sidelined.
  • Dallas Keuchel returned from the DL Saturday and went six innings and allowed one run, four hits, two walks and struck out eight. He threw 86 pitches and is 8-0 with a 1.81 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
  • George Springer homered in the last two games giving him 11 home runs. Before that, he had three home runs in 31 games. He's batting .243 with no stolen bases.

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  • Adam Duvall had two home runs and five RBIs Sunday. He is batting .274 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs.
  • Stephen Strasburg set a career-high with 15 strikeouts against the Padres Saturday, going seven scoreless innings with three hits and one walk. He is 6-1 with a 2.94 ERA.
  • Koda Glover, finally anointed the closer, picked up another save Saturday with a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. It's his fifth save, and he has a 2.35 ERA with a 13:2 K:BB ratio in 15.1 innings.
  • Cody Bellinger has cooled off recently, but he hit his 10th home run Sunday.
  • Anthony Rizzo is on a power surge. He homered off Clayton Kershaw and has five home runs in his last eight games. He's batting .239 with 12 home runs and 30 RBIs.
  • Kershaw didn't last five innings against the Cubs in a rare bad start. He went 4.2 innings and allowed 11 hits, two walks, four runs and struck out six. He allowed two home runs and has a 2.37 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.
  • Johnny Cueto, pitching with two blisters, went six innings and allowed six hits, one walk, one run and struck out eight in a win over the Braves.
  • Gregory Polanco returned from the DL on Friday and homered twice in three games, going 5-for-13.
  • Lucas Duda homered for the third time in four games. He is batting .264 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 28 games. He's a worthy pickup.
  • Adrian Beltre could return to the Rangers' lineup Monday. He played in three extended spring training games and will be evaluated Monday.
  • Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and is hitting .321 with 16 home runs and 34 RBIs.
  • Michael Pineda is showing consistency for the first time in a while. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs, three hits, three walks and struck out five. He is 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 66:12 K:BB ratio in 59.2 innings.
  • Matt Harvey had one of his better starts of the season Sunday night against the Pirates. He went six innings for the first time in a month and allowed one run on six hits, walked two and struck out six.
  • Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning Sunday and allowed a leadoff single to Alex Avila. He went 7.2 innings and allowed three runs and six hits, one walk and struck out six. He has a 4.43 ERA and 1.40 WHIP.
  • Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and allowed a leadoff single before leaving the game. He went seven innings, allowed one hit, walked three and struck out 11. He is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
  • Daniel Murphy missed the weekend series against the Padres due to a stomach illness. He pinch-hit on Sunday.

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  • Adam Jones didn't play Saturday and Sunday due to an ankle and hip injury. He's hoping to play Monday.
  • Miguel Sano has been in a slump was given the weekend off. He came in as a pinch-hitter and went 1-for-2 with a strikeout in a 15-inning loss Sunday.
  • Yonder Alonso returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out since Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch on his wrist. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Ty Blach hasn't been getting strikeouts but is pitching well. He went 7.2 innings on Saturday, allowing six hits, three walks, two earned runs and struck out five. Blach is 3-2 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a 19:13 K:BB ratio in 49.1 innings.
  • Adam Wainwright has turned it around with three straight excellent outings. He pitched seven scoreless innings at Coors Field Saturday, allowing three hits, and walk with six strikeouts. Over his last three starts, he is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA, allowing 12 hits with a 15:8 K:BB ratio in 20.1 innings.
  • Gerrit Cole was on a roll before struggling in his second straight start against the Mets. He went five innings and allowed ten hits, one walk, and four earned runs in a no-decision. He has allowed five home runs over his last 9.2 innings.
  • Zack Wheeler left Saturday's game with a blister. He went six innings and was at 94 pitches, so he wasn't going to work much longer. Wheeler allowed seven hits, two walks, three runs and struck out five and was in line for a win before Addison Reed blew the save in the ninth.
  • Cameron Maybin missed a game last week with a knee injury but returned on Friday and went 2-for-4 with three runs and two steals Saturday. He has 12 stolen bases and has been hitting leadoff.
  • Will Harris picked up a save for the Astros Saturday, but don't worry Ken Giles is the closer. Giles had pitched two straight days and was getting the night off.
  • The power surge continues for Mike Moustakas as he hit home run No. 13 on Saturday.  Francisco Lindor is also showing more power, hitting his 11th.
  • Buck Farmer made a spot start for the Tigers in their doubleheader Saturday and was excellent. He struck out 11 in 6.1 scoreless innings and allowed three hits and two walks in a win.
  • J.C. Ramirez had another good start for the Angels. He pitched seven innings and allowed an unearned run, seven hits, one walk and struck out three. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
  • The save opportunities weren't there much in April for Kelvin Herrera, but that's why you need to be patient with closers as Herrera has eight of his 11 saves in May. He picked up saves Friday and Saturday.
  • One of the bigger surprises at closer is Brandon Kintzler. He picked up save No. 13 Saturday and has a 2.05 ERA, but just 16 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. He blew a save Sunday, allowing three hits, two runs, and a walk. It was his second blown save of the season.
  • Adam Warren got a four-out save Sunday as Dellin Betances wasn't available after getting a five-out save Saturday for the Yankees.
  • Jharel Cotton was called up from the minors on Saturday and was solid against the Yankees. He went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs, three walks, two hits and struck out five.
  • Asher Wojciechowski will start in place of the injured Amir Garrett on Tuesday.
  • Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's start with right knee tendonitis and will have an MRI. McCarthy pitched six scoreless innings and allowed two hits, one walk and struck out six in a win over the Cubs. He is expected to make his next start.


  • Lance McCullers allowed two earned runs, five hits, walked two and struck out eight in a win and has a 2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a 73:19 K:BB ratio in 65.1 innings.
  • Brian Johnson made a spot start for the Red Sox and dominated. He threw a five-hitter, walked none and struck out eight. He was sent to the minors after the game.
  • Mark Trumbo hit his seventh homer Sunday. He hit 47 last season and had only two in April.
  • Yoenis Cespedes didn't play in a rehab game Saturday due to right quad soreness. Cespedes has been out with a hamstring injury and will take batting practice on Tuesday.
  • Jameson Taillon started a rehab assignment Sunday. He underwent surgery for testicular cancer on May 8. He had a 3.31 ERA in six starts. He pitched three innings, walked one and struck out six.
  • Hunter Pence will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday.
  • James Paxton will return from the DL and start Wednesday at home against the Rockies.
  • The Padres placed Manuel Margot on the 10-day DL with a strained right calf.
  • Tyson Ross will make another rehab start Monday, and if that goes well, he will return to the Rangers.
  • Ian Kinsler was placed on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury.
  • Kolten Wong was put on the 10-day DL with a left elbow strain.
  • The A's placed Kendall Graveman on the DL with a shoulder injury. He was on the DL last month with shoulder issues. Daniel Mengden will take his place and start Monday.
  • Jesse Hahn landed on the DL with a right triceps strain.
  • Madison Bumgarner could start a throwing program Friday.
  • Howie Kendrick is expected to be activated from the DL Monday.
  • Jon Gray threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. He should begin a rehab assignment soon and is expected to need three rehab starts.
  • Steven Matz threw five perfect innings Sunday in a rehab start, striking out eight. He threw 73 pitches and could return to the Mets this weekend.
  • The Twins sent Kennys Vargas to Triple-A.

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