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Fantasy Baseball Today: Shohei Ohtani saves the Angels, opposing returns from Stephen Strasburg, Max Muncy & more

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Happy friday to everyone! We had plenty of action Thursday despite a short slate of games, but we’ll lead today with a team that needed something good to happen to them more than any other team: the Los Angeles Angels. shōhei ohtani played hero ball Thursday to help the Angels end a 14-game losing streak that included the decision, late in the game, to fire manager Joe Maddon. Ohtani pitched seven one-run innings and struck out six along the way, but also hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Ohtani was electric with the bat and with his arm, at one point hitting 101 MPH on the gun. Los Angeles took this 5-2 against the Red Sox.

We’ll dive into all of Thursday’s action below, including another commanding performance from a pitcher who is steadily and safely entering the SP1 discussion, a season debut Stephen Strasburg would like to forget, a return to action that Surely Max Muncy is excited. and more. But first, make sure you stay on top of everything that’s happening with the Fantasy Baseball Today team at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White delivered a new edition of his prospect report focusing on the players who could get the call very soon and you may find that here. You may also find a few more names you’ll want to consider getting from your waiver cable here. Lastly, Chris Towers’ Business Value column discusses Joey Votto’s resurgence and more with tips for Roto and H2H formats – you may find that here.

And of course, as always, you can follow along to make sure you get the latest episodes of Fantasy Baseball Today right when they’re released on Apple and Spotify.

Strasbourg’s debut to forget

Stephen Strasbourg it finally made its debut in 2022, but it didn’t exactly go as planned. It was Strasburg’s first start since June 1 of the 2021 season and he lasted just 4 2/3 innings despite facing the Marlins. Miami marked him with eight hits, seven earned runs and two walks. He struck out five, but only induced six swinging strikes. The most worrying number from his debut was the 90.3 mph he hit on his fastball. There’s just no way he can live in that number. That doesn’t mean he can’t get back up to speed from him (he averaged nearly 94 mph in 2019), but it’s an obvious red flag. Strasburg is currently in line to start against the Braves and Phillies. It’s best to leave it on the bench for him for now.

muncy mash in return

On the other side of Strasburg, Max Muncy enjoyed a very good night on his return to action. Muncy collected two hits, including a double, a home run, and five RBIs. If he hasn’t already, it’s time to safely put him back in his starting lineups.

Shane-O continues to deliver

At what point did we begin to consider Shane McClanahan as one of the best pitchers in Fantasy Baseball? He is surely in the SP1 conversation and continued his dominance of the 2022 season on Thursday night. McClanahan delivered his sixth straight quality start and this time went eight innings, allowing only one unearned run. He also allowed just two hits, one walk and struck out nine on 20 induced swing hits. Once again, he had everything working. McClanahan now has seven or more strikeouts in 11 of his last 12 starts and leads the MLB with 98 strikeouts. His ERA is down to 1.87 and his ground ball rate is up to 49%. This is what one of the best pitchers in baseball looks like.

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programming notes

  • A team with five games: Dodgers
  • 17 teams with six games
  • Nine teams with seven games
  • Three teams with only eight games: Phillies, Nationals, Mariners

Two-start pitchers to pass on

sleeper kickers

Best Hitting Matchups

1. Parents: @CHC4, @COL3

2. Sailors: MIN3, LAA5

3. Phillies: MIA3, @WAS5

4. Tiles: BAL4, NYY3

5. Tigers: CHW3, TEX4

Worst batting matchups

1. Dodgers: LAA2, CLE3

2. Mets: MIL3, MIA3

3. Orioles: @TOR4, TB3

4. Angels: @LAD2, @SEA5

5. Yankees: TB3, @TOR3

News and lineup notes

Every night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into everything from MLB happenings, from top players to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must listen for any die-hard, if I do say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT team expand on the news and notes below.

  • mike trout He has now missed two straight games with a strained left groin, but is not expected to require a trip to the disabled list.
  • White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that Eloy Jimenez had his rehab assignment paused due to “normal leg pain.” She will start a new rehab assignment next week.
  • Tyler Stephenson he left Thursday’s game after a foul ball came off his bare right hand, and then we find out he’ll miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right thumb.
  • brandon woodruff he continued to throw from a mound Thursday. He is currently on the disabled list with an ankle injury.
  • Dave Roberts said Thursday that Clayton Kershaw could start Saturday against the Giants.
  • Andrew Kittredge he was placed on the IL and needs surgery to remove a loose body in his elbow and is expected to miss at least a month.
  • tylor meguill will be activated to start Friday against the Angels.
  • christian walker was diagnosed with a facial contusion after being hit in the head by a pitch Thursday.
  • Aroldis Chapman he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He’s in IL with Achilles tendinitis.
  • Andrew Heaney he allowed two hits and struck out five in 4 1/3 scoreless innings at Triple-A on Thursday.
  • Noah Syndergaard he will not start this weekend against the Mets, opting to give him an extra rest. This is a real problem for Angels starters who rarely see two-start weeks in Fantasy.
  • sonny gray will throw an extended bullpen session on Friday. He’s in IL with a right pectoral strain.
  • eduardo rodriguez He pitched four scoreless innings in a rehab start at Triple-A on Thursday.

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