2013-09-04 11:00:00 EDT
Today will be a relatively slow day around the MLB, as some teams switch locations for their big weekend series. There are still plenty of fantasy topics to cover this morning, however, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the newsworthy names around the league and see what’s in store for their futures on the field. Here’s the latest.
Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners: Walker didn’t look as good yesterday as he did in his debut outing. He posted five innings against the Royals, with four earned on four hits. The good news is that he managed a no-decision. That’s a sharp contrast to his no-earned, two hit performance in his last game. Walker will likely make a very appealing start on Tuesday against the Astros, but he’ll probably get pulled after 70 or 80 pitches. Plan for a shutdown at some point as well.
Allen Craig, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Owners will have to keep a close watch over Craig in the next couple of days. He’s dealing with a sprained foot, suffered while base-running yesterday against the Reds. He won’t be playing in today’s season finale, so adjust your lineup accordingly. Craig will receive an MRI today to assess the extent of the damage, so cross your fingers that there’s no significant damage. He was X-rayed after the game, but those tests were inconclusive. Craig is hitting .315 with 97 RBI this year.
Prince Fielder, 1B, Detroit Tigers: The Tigers lost to the Red Sox yesterday, but Fielder ended up with a nice fantasy line. He managed a single and a homer in a 2-for-3 effort, posting a pair of RBI. The long-ball was Fielder’s 22nd of the season, which is a bit off his expected pace. He’s picked up his BA a little bit recently, so that’s a good sign, but frankly we expected more out of him this year. Fielder is hitting .271 with 95 RBI thus far. He’ll be in KC starting tomorrow.
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Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers: We’ve been following Andrus’ injury all week now, and it’s been lingering but improving. He’s been dealing with a back issue, which has caused him to miss the last four games. Andrus was available off the bench last night, so that’s a solid sign that he may be able to return after today’s off day for the series opener against the Angels. He’s hitting .263 with 75 runs and 35 steals on the year, making him a nice finesse player at a thin fantasy position.
David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox: Ortiz has had his share of ups and downs recently, and yesterday was certainly an up. He posted a pair of home run blasts–his 25th and 26th on the year–in an overall 3-for-5 performance against Detroit. He finished the game with four RBI and three runs. Overall, Ortiz has maintained form this season and provided fantasy owners with everything they could have expected from him. He’s hitting .313 with 89 RBI and 64 runs (and a career-high four steals) through 441 at-bats thus far. The Red Sox play the Yankees this weekend.
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