Fantasy Baseball News: Player News and Updates for 9/3/13
Fantasy Baseball Daily: Checking in on Strasburg, Duffy and more
September 3, 2013
It was a very busy holiday weekend around the MLB, and as a result there were plenty of fantasy developments to keep up on. We’re amid the back stretch of the season, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names around the league and see what fantasy owners can be expecting this week. Here’s the latest.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Zobrist, so let’s see how he’s doing. Last night was a good one for him, as he finished 2-for-4 against the Angels, a line which included his 11th home run of the season. That breaks an 0-for-8 skid over the previous two games. On the year, Zobrist is hitting .275 with 65 RBI and 65 runs. He’s tracking a little bit lower than most people expected, but on the whole hasn’t been a bad producer at a thin fantasy position.
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Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals: Not to be outdone, Zimmerman also posted a homer during yesterday’s game. He slapped his 16th of the year in the first inning against the Phillies, bringing his RBI total to 63 and his run total to 64 on the year. It’s been a reasonably productive stretch for Zimmerman: he’s hit in eight of the last nine, with eight runs in that span. He’s only got two RBI for his trouble, however. Two more games in Philly, then it’s on to Miami.
Stephen Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals: Let’s stick with the Nats for a moment and check out Strasburg, who just can’t get a win to save his life. He had to settle for yet another no-decision, even though he went six innings with no earned, 10 strikeouts and just two hits. Strasburg’s 6-9 season record is pretty ugly, but fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that he’s sporting a nice 2.85 ERA and 1.04 WHIP on the season. Better yet, he’ll get another crack at the Marlins in his next start.
Kenley Jansen, RP, Los Angeles Dodgers: We’ve been talking up Jansen lately, and he must have heard us. He allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning of yesterday’s win over the Rockies, but the good news is that he still managed to bag the save. That run was the first Jansen has given up since August 13. He’s been pretty stellar recently, and has saves in eight of his last 10 appearances. He’s also struck out the side three times in that span. Pretty impressive.
Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals: If you gave Duffy a shot in your starting rotation yesterday, you’re probably regretting that decision today. He was only able to last 3 2/3 innings yesterday against the Mariners, which resulted in one run, five hits and four walks on 91 pitches. The worse news here is that Duffy’s next scheduled start will be against Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Saturday. Expect a lot of fantasy owners to eject him before then.
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