Fantasy Baseball 2013
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Ramirez, Fielder and more
August 5, 2013
It’s Monday, which is always an important day around the MLB. The early-week series are getting started today, and as a result it’s a pretty busy time in fantasy baseball. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names out there making headlines this morning. Here’s the latest.
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington Nationals: Werth didn’t have the best weekend when it came to injuries, but it hasn’t cost him any time on the field yet. He sustained a groin injury on Saturday but was able to play against the Brewers yesterday. Werth was then promptly hit by a pitch twice in the game (once in the ribs and once on the hand) and finished 2-for-3 with a run.
X-rays taken on his injured hand after the game were negative, and as of right now he’ll be playing in today’s game against Atlanta. It’s probably worth it to double-check the lineup cards, though.
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Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Things just keep getting worse for Kemp, and his fantasy owners as well. He’s expected to get back to workouts this week, but is wearing a boot on his injured ankle due to lingering pain. It’ll be a while before he’s back in the lineup; the general consensus is that he’ll be out until sometime next month.
That doesn’t leave Kemp long to get back into fantasy owners’ good graces, and it’s looking like this will become a lost season all together. Chalk it up to bad luck and move on.
Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Jansen has been absolutely on fire recently, and he continued that trend yesterday against the Cubs. He entered the ninth with a slim 1-0 lead and promptly struck out the side to earn his 17th save of the year. Jansen was excellent in the Cubs series, earning saves in three games and tallying eight Ks in that span. He hasn’t even allowed a hit since July 23.
The competition gets a little stiffer today as the Dodgers open up a series against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: After Friday’s opener against the White Sox, things were looking up for Fielder. He had a three-game hit streak to his credit, which included four runs and an RBI. His luck has taken a downturn since then, however, as he’s now 0-for-7 in his two games since. That mark includes an ugly 0-for-5 outing yesterday.
Fielder has shown flashes of his vast potential this season, but hasn’t been able to get it going for a sustained stretch just yet. He’ll probably still break the 100-RBI mark, but it won’t be by much.
Hanley Ramirez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: Let’s head back to L.A. for a moment and check in on Ramirez, who was injured in the series finale against the Cubs. He sustained a jammed shoulder while chasing down a fly ball that made its way into the stands and finished 0-for-2 in the game.
The initial indications for Ramirez were positive--he didn’t feel any uncomfortable pop in his shoulder--but was still sporting a sling after the game. He’ll be reevaluated today, so fantasy owners will want to keep a close eye on any news out of Los Angeles.
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