Today marks a great day for sports fans. In addition to the NFL openers (for the majority of teams), we’ve also got some intriguing MLB action happening in the coming hours as the weekend series draw to a close. The activity on the diamond will have a big impact on fantasy baseball rosters everywhere, so with that in mind let’s check in on some of the newsmakers out there and see what everyone’s up to. Here’s the latest.
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Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins: Stanton has been saddled with a nagging injury in his ankle and foot recently, and it finally became too much yesterday. He came out of the Nationals game due to soreness and didn’t return. Stanton may end up sitting out today; we’ll have to see how he feels. He’s still got some work to do on his .249 BA, but he has shown some signs of life here and there. “Underwhelming” is a good word for his season thus far: 19 homers, 46 RBI, 52 runs.
Adam Lind, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays: After a string of one-hit performances in his most recent starts, Lind outdid himself yesterday. He slapped a pair of home runs against the Twins, finishing 2-for-5 with the two runs and six RBI. That brings his season average to .282 with 19 home runs, 54 RBI and 58 runs. Lind has been a nice fill-in player this season and should finish reasonably close to his expected totals for the year. That’s all we can ask as fantasy owners.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Philadelphia Phillies: Papelbon didn’t look very Papelbonian yesterday against the Braves, but still made the most of a bad situation. He allowed a pair of earned runs on two hits, blowing his seventh save of the season. The Phills were able to overcome that, however, and he managed to get the victory. Papelbon hasn’t been able to accumulate as many saves as we thought he’d have at this point (25), but is tracking pretty well otherwise. He’s got a 2.59 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP thus far.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: After a pair of ugly-looking defeats, Wainwright was back to his old self yesterday against the Pirates. He went seven innings, allowing just two hits and no runs. The victory brings him to 16-9 on the season. In his prior two starts, he’d given up 15 earned over eight frames, so this solid outing is definitely welcome by owners and fans alike. Wainwright will take the hill once again on Friday when Seattle comes to town.
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