Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 8/31/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Cano, Strasburg and more
August 31, 2013
The weekend series are in full swing around the MLB, which makes it a great time to be a fantasy owner. We’ll be finishing off August today and heading into the stretch run of September, so if you’re going to make a move in your league, time’s running out. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the noteworthy names out there and see what we can be expecting in the coming days.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: It looks like Strasburg owners will have to wait an extra day to get another start out of their ace. There were some rumblings around the league that the Nats were considering starting him tomorrow, considering the fact that he only threw 20-some-odd pitches in his last rain-shortened appearance. They’ll be sticking with routine, however, and Strasburg will get the nod on his regularly scheduled day Monday. Still, it’s not too bad of a matchup: he’ll be in Philly.
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David Wright, 3B, New York Mets: There’s Wright, hanging in limbo in the DL spot on your roster (or if you’re unlucky, a regular bench spot). Should you drop him? The short answer is no, but a comeback isn’t looking too good either. With some luck, Wright may be able to make a rehab appearance on Monday, but that would be the last chance he’d have at getting into a minor league game. He’ll have to play simulated contests while he works his hamstring back into form, which we suppose is better than him sitting on the bench. Hang on to him for now; we’ll try to get some solid answers on his comeback next week.
David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays: After a pair of winning starts, Price dropped one yesterday against the Athletics. He looked good for most of the game, but faltered later in the seven-inning, three-earned appearance. That’s his first loss since July 12, so we can’t really complain too much. Price currently sits at 8-6 on the season, and he’ll take his 3.30 ERA and 116 strikeouts into Los Angeles on Wednesday to face Jered Weaver and the Angels.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners: Since Walker is the hottest SP prospect around right now, we’d be remiss if we didn’t check in on his performance yesterday in his first MLB start. He managed to bag himself a win, throwing five innings of no-earned ball and surrendering just two hits against Houston. Playing against the Astros was definitely a great way to start things out for the young Walker, and he’ll get another relatively soft landing in his next outing Wednesday in Kansas City. He’s creeping closer to his innings limit, but he’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees: Cano missed one game this week due to a hand injury, but he was back in action yesterday against Baltimore. He played well, too, posting two RBI and two runs in an overall 2-for-3 line. That’s good news for Cano owners, as he had hit in just two of his previous six games. On the season, he’s right on track in most categories, posting a .307 average, 24 homers, 87 RBI and 71 runs. After finishing up with Baltimore tomorrow, the Yankees will host the White Sox for a three-game set early next week.
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