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As if the Mets haven’t had enough injuries to deal with already during the 2021 season, things got much worse for them on Sunday. Star right-hander Jacob deGrom was placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right forearm.
The 33-year-old hurler — and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner — experienced the tightness while throwing his regular side session on Friday.
It’s the second time this season that deGrom has landed on the injured list and he has also battled other nagging injuries that have forced him to miss starts. All of his previous injuries however — back stiffness, right lat tightness, side tightness, right shoulder soreness and right flexor tendonitis — deGrom attributed to swinging the bat. What’s different this time around, is that the forearm tightness was a result of pitching.
The good news is that an MRI exam didn’t reveal any structural damage. As of now, it doesn’t sound like the Mets are overly concerned and expect deGrom to return to the rotation after a minimum stint on the injured list. That would obviously be a best case scenario both for them and for fantasy managers.
Not only has deGrom been the best pitcher in all of baseball this season, he’s also the current odds-on favorite to win the National League MVP Award. He owns a jaw-dropping 1.08 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 146/11 K/BB ratio over 92 innings in his 15 starts. His ERA, WHIP, ERA+, FIP and K/BB rate are all the best in baseball, while his 146 strikeouts trail only Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler.
Starting Pitchers with an EDGE
Hyun-Jin Ryu – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 24% CSW, 11 swinging strikes
The Blue Jays ace left-hander fired a complete game shutout in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Rangers, scattering just three hits along the way. Ryu generated 11 whiffs in the ballgame — seven of those on his changeup. He owns a terrific 3.32 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 85/24 K/BB ratio across 105 2/3 innings through his first 18 starts on the year.
Wily Peralta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 24% CSW, 6 swinging strikes
I know that many fantasy managers probably aren’t paying much attention to the Tigers these days, but A.J. Hinch has had his squad playing very competitive baseball for nearly three months now. Peralta has been an outstanding addition to the rotation, registering a 1.64 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 20/11 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He’s maintaining an unsustainable BABIP and doesn’t offer much strikeout upside, but he’s also generating plenty of ground balls and looks like he may be a viable mixed league option.
Carlos Rodon – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 10 K, 35% CSW, 16 swinging strikes
Just another ridiculously good start for White Sox All-Star southpaw Carlos Rodon. He generated 16 swinging strikes in the contest — 12 on his fastball and four on his slider. The only baserunner he allowed was a one-out single to Abraham Toro in the third inning. He needed just 98 pitches (68 strikes) to complete seven frames. Rodon now boasts a tremendous 2.14 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 140/26 K/BB ratio over 96 2/3 innings. He has been a league winner this season.
Corbin Burnes – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 40% CSW, 19 swinging strikes
Burnes made a bid for a complete game shutout in this one, but a couple of softly hit singles and a fielder’s choice on a double play ball that Rowdy Tellez was unable to turn resulted in him coming two outs short. Burnes got 19 whiffs in this one — including nine on his cutter and five on his curve. He’s having an unbelievable season, posting a 2.16 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 140/16 K/BB ratio over 96 1/3 innings through 16 starts.
Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 30% CSW, 8 swinging strikes
On a day when most daily fantasy players stacked Royals hitters against him, Matt Harvey turned back the clock and fired six shutout innings in a victory against Kansas City. Five of the eight whiffs that he generated in the contest came on his slider. Harvey still owns a brutal 7.13 ERA and 1.68 WHIP on the season, so he’s not gaining mixed league relevancy any time soon, but for at least one day we got to see a glimpse of his former self — albeit without the strikeouts.
Hitters with an EDGE
Juan Soto – 3-for-4, HR (14), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Perhaps Soto’s proclamation that the Home Run Derby would actually help his swing and correct what had ailed him in the first half was actually correct. Soto’s two-run blast off of Emilio Pagan gave the Nats the lead in the eighth inning on Sunday and was his third home run of the weekend series. He’s now slashing .293/.414/.481 with 14 long balls, 48 RBI and five stolen bases over 82 games on the season.
Willy Adames – 2-for-2, HR (16), 2 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB
Adames reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances — including a two-run blast off of Tony Santillan. What an unbelievable in-season acquisition Adames has turned out to be for the Brewers. He has been an absolute monster since putting on a Brewers jersey, hitting .314 with 11 homers, 37 RBI and two stolen bases in 51 games.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-3, HR (31), RBI, R
Guerrero Jr. continued his bid for the Triple Crown on Sunday, obliterating a 399-foot blast off of Mike Foltynewicz as the Blue Jays swept and shut out the Rangers in a doubleheader. The 22-year-old is slashing a ridiculous .332/.430/.677 with 31 homers and 78 RBI on the season.
Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-3, HR (34), 2 RBI, R, 2 BB
Guerrero’s primary competition for the Triple Crown looks to be Ohtani who continues to best him in the power department. Ohtani launched a two-run homer off of Paul Sewald in the ninth inning on Sunday for his league-leading 34th long ball of the season. He also beat out an infield single to the first baseman during this game with a sprint speed of 30 ft/sec. He’s hitting .277/.363/.688 with 34 homers, 74 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
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EDGE Priority Pickup
Kwang-Hyun Kim, SP, St. Louis Cardinals — Available in 52% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Kwang-Hyun started his second half of the season the same way that he finished the first half — with another outstanding outing. The Cardinals southpaw fired six shutout innings in a victory over the National League West Division leading Giants.
The 32-year-old southpaw isn’t going to be a major asset in the strikeout department. That’s fair. But he holds a 2.87 ERA, 1.226 WHIP and 60/27 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings in 16 starts on the season. He has been especially good as of late, with a minuscule 1.64 ERA over 38 1/3 innings in his last seven starts. He has also won each of his last four outings.
For a pitcher that’s still available in more than half of all Yahoo leagues, there’s plenty of profit to be made here.
Alex Reyes vs. Giants – 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K (22nd save)
Hats off to Alex Reyes. While it isn’t always the smoothest of rides, the right-hander always finds a way to get the job done. On Sunday, he set a new major league record for most consecutive saves (24) to begin a career before blowing a single opportunity. On the season, he has converted each of his 22 chances while posting a 1.45 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 43 1/3 innings.
Hector Neris vs. Marlins – 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (12th save)
With Ranger Suarez unavailable after working the previous two days — and Jose Alvarado having worked earlier in the day in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game — Phillies manager Joe Girardi was forced to turn back to Neris to close this one out. He retired the side in order — needing only 14 pitches (11 strikes) to preserve a three-run lead. Ranger Suarez is still the most likely candidate to receive the next save chance, but Girardi seems to love himself some Hector Neris, so don’t be surprised if the right-hander eventually gets another chance in the closer’s role.
Richard Rodriguez vs. Mets – IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K (3rd blown save)
In what turned out to be a brutal loss for the Pirates after they took a 6-0 lead in the first inning, Rodriguez served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Michael Conforto before he recorded an out in the ninth. He has still made good on 13 of 16 save chances on the season with a 2.65 ERA and 0.80 WHIP, so there’s no danger of losing his job. He’s still likely to be traded before the deadline though, with David Bednar emerging as the favorite to take over the role.
Monday’s Matchup of the Day
As is typically the case with Ohtani on the mound, all eyes will be on the two-way sensation in Oakland on Monday night.
While his hitting exploits have been getting all the publicity — and rightfully so — Ohtani has been no slouch on the mound this season either. He enters Monday’s game with a 4-1 record, 3.49 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 87/35 K/BB ratio across 67 innings.
What’s really interesting to note here for Ohtani, is that he’s tentatively lined up to make two starts this week — also doing battle against Bailey Ober and the Twins on Sunday. Now things could change — he could obviously get pushed back a day, or there could be a postponement that could alter the Angels pitching plans — but fantasy managers in leagues with weekly lineups may have a decision on their hands. It’s conceivable that they’d want to use Ohtani as a pitcher rather than in their utility slot for the week.
On the other side of the hill, it’ll be left-hander Cole Irvin getting the ball for the Athletics. The 27-year-old hurler has been an important cog in the Athletics rotation this season, going 6-8 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 78/19 K/BB ratio over 106 innings in 18 starts. He has been especially good as of late, with a 2.95 ERA over 42 2/3 innings in his last seven starts.
American League Quick Hits: Christian Arroyo suffered a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Yankees and is expected to wind up on the injured list. … Danny Santana is set to return from the injured list on Monday. … The Royals promoted top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. to Triple-A Omaha. … Trey Amburgey left Sunday’s game with cramping in his right hamstring. He’s considered day-to-day. … Christian Vazquez is not expected to play on Monday after taking a foul tip off of his knee during Sunday’s loss to the Yankees. … Jonathan Schoop belted his 17th home run of the season as the Tigers completed their sweep of the Twins. … Wander Franco launched his third career home run as the Rays defeated the Braves. … Hunter Dozier went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles in a losing effort against the Orioles. … Mike Foltynewicz was crushed for 10 runs on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings in a horrific loss to the Blue Jays. … Steven Matz fired five shutout innings on the other side of that one. … Lourdes Gurriel blasted a grand slam to pace the Jays in that lopsided victory. … Zach Plesac hurled six innings of two-run baseball in a victory over the Athletics. … Bradley Zimmer homered and swiped a base to lead the Indians attack in that one. … Ty France homered and drove in three runs as the Mariners topped the Angels. … Jameson Taillon pitched 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox on Sunday night. … Gleyber Torres homered for the second consecutive game in that one.
National League Quick Hits: The Pirates signed first overall selection Henry Davis to a $6.5 million contract — which is nearly two million under the slot value for the top overall pick. … The Marlins are no longer discussing a contract extension with Starling Marte and are expected to trade him before the trade deadline. … Buster Posey (thumb) is expected to be activated from the injured list on Monday. … Kevin Gausman will return to start for the Giants on Monday night against the Dodgers. … Former Phillies prospect Scott Kingery underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. … Jazz Chisholm was removed from Sunday’s game after suffering a left shoulder contusion. He’ll undergo additional testing on Monday. … Garrett Cooper also left Sunday’s game with a left elbow injury, he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. … Michael Lorenzen will land on the injured list on Monday due to a right hamstring strain. … Jerad Eickhoff will start for the Mets on Monday against the Reds. … Gavin Lux was pulled from Sunday’s game in the ninth inning with an apparent hamstring injury. … J.T. Realmuto belted a walk-off two-run homer to beat the Marlins in the continuation of Saturday’s suspended game. … Stephen Vogt went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in his Braves debut. … Taijuan Walker was brutalized for six runs (five earned) while recording only one out in a no-decision against the Pirates. … Travis Blankenhorn smacked a three-run homer in a wild comeback victory over the Pirates. … Adam Duvall socked his 20th dinger of the season as the Marlins fell to the Phillies on Sunday. … David Price struck out four over four innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Rockies. … Charlie Blackmon blasted a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to beat the Dodgers and also stole a base in the contest.