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Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/18

Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Kemp, Strasburg and more

August 18, 2013

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Sunday is always a good day in the MLB. We’re seeing the climaxes of the big weekend series around the MLB, and there’s plenty of fantasy activity to go around. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the news-making players out there and see what everyone’s up to this morning. Here’s the latest.

Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Strasburg had one of his oddest outings of the year yesterday against the Braves, lasting just one inning before getting ejected. He was tossed for throwing behind Andrelton Simmons (twice), which occurred after he hit Justin Upton with a pitch. He finished with two hits and two earned allowed for an inflated ERA
Fantasy owners are paying the price for the head games here, as Strasburg may even be facing a suspension. He also could have his next start moved up, so we’ll keep an eye on things.

Fantasy Baseball 2013: Player News and Updates for 8/18

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Addison Reed, SP, Chicago White Sox: Reed posted another solid outing yesterday against the Twins. He retired the side in order (on just seven pitches) to claim his 30th save of the year. On the year, he’s now 30 of 35 in that category, which goes along with a 3.36 ERA and 56 strikeouts. Reed and the White Sox will finish up with Minnesota today, then it’s off to Kansas City to finish their road trip.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: We’ll stick with the pitching theme today and take a look at Kershaw. He’s been electric lately, most recently evidenced by his eight-inning, three-hit performance yesterday against the Phillies. Kershaw didn’t allow a run and struck out eight to run his record to 12-7 on the year. His next start should make fantasy owners salivate. It’s a promising matchup against the Marlins on Thursday.

Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs: Castro’s mental errors are starting to affect his opportunities at the plate. He was pulled out of yesterday’s 0-4 loss to the Cardinals for looking away after making a shallow outfield catch in a bases-loaded situation. The hesitation allowed a runner to score and Castro was benched as a result. Worse yet, he hasn’t registered a hit since August 11, dragging his BA down to .244. Owners will have to check the lineups to see if he even starts today.

Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers: You weren’t counting on getting Kemp back any time soon, were you? Good, because he’s not expected to be back in the Dodgers’ lineup until next month. He’s making progress on his injured ankle and is reportedly around 75 percent healthy. Kemp will have to undergo a rehab assignment before we can be sure about a comeback, and that scenario hasn’t even been discussed by the Dodgers yet. Don’t hold your breath.

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