Fantasy Baseball Today: Walker Buehler fallout, Jake Burger continues to smash and more of the weekend’s action

Happy monday to everyone! We close out Sunday’s action with the Mets getting back on track for what made the makings of their first series quiet in the West, the Yankees scoring another 18 runs in a single game and the red-hot Braves winning their 11th straight game. We’re starting to see the first signs that some fun division races are shaping up. The Braves are now just 5.5 games behind the Mets, the NL West is stuck with a bunch of wins up, and the Dodgers, Padres and Giants are within 3.5 games of each other, in that order, and the Guardians are holding the pace, but still three games behind the Twins. Two divisions have a first and second place team separated by exactly 8.5 games each, can you guess them?

We’ll dive into all of the weekend’s action, including a hot hitter who’s probably on most of your waiver wires, at least until you read his name here. 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 explained why Bryson Stott and Oscar Gonzalez are two of his sleeper hitters from Week 11 that you can find here. He can also find Scott’s sleeper pitchers, including names that might scare him: Alex Wood and Alex Faedo. Scott explains why they’re good plays for the week here. Lastly, Scott’s two-start pitching ratings give you a great resource for any tie-breaking starting lineup decisions. can you find that here.

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The big news of the weekend centers on one of the first starting pitchers to come out of the draft last spring and he will likely be the player you ranked as your SP1 if you selected him this season. Dodgers SP Walker Buehler is dealing with a right elbow flexor strain and won’t be able to pick up a baseball for at least six weeks. These 6-8 week schedules tend to push to the longer side and even after that it will take time for Buehler to build back up. Realistically, the Dodgers probably hope to get him back for a couple of starts in September before the postseason begins.

It’s entirely possible this injury has been hampering Buehler this season. He just hasn’t looked good lately and enters this IL season with a 4.02 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and just 58 strikeouts in 65 innings. It’s a tough opportunity for the managers who recruited Buehler, especially those who opted for a hero-SP approach. It’s never easy to find a replacement, there is no replacement, but here are some pitchers who could still be in line for exemption from him depending on how shallow or deep his league is. These launchers could help provide at least a Band-Aid.

jon gray: The veteran brought some excitement to the season after finally breaking free of Coors Field. He didn’t get off to a good start at Texas before getting hurt, but he just delivered his best start of the season. He struck out 10 in six innings and allowed just three hits and one run. His called strike rate is excellent, and he’s only 55% on the roster with a start against the Tigers this week. Gray has a 4.85 ERA on the season after a rocky start, but keep in mind that he also has a 3.64 FIP.

Taijuan Walker: The Mets starter wore the role in his best start of the season against the Angels on Sunday. Walker racked up 10 strikeouts in six innings while allowing only one run on six hits and one walk. He drew 18 missed shots and worked his slider more in his shooting mix. Right now, the splitter is what it does for Walker, and he delivered a 53% sniff rate on this one. He has just 54% of the roster and draws the Marlins this week.

Ross Stripling: Stripling has long been touted as a sleeper at the end of his draft since his days with the Dodgers, but he has never lived up to the hype. There’s certainly a lot of skepticism about whether Stripling can sustain this streak, and I’m included in that, but the guy has pitched 11 scoreless innings in his last two starts and hasn’t allowed a walk. Two hits in 11 innings was all he allowed. Stripling isn’t the sexiest pickup, but he’s only 24% on the list and he’s hot.

Burger with another multiburger

White Sox 3B jake burger mehe’s red hot with the bat right now and probably still on at least three out of four waiver wires right now. Will you continue with this? Who knows, but it’s probably wise to hit while the iron is hot, and Burger’s last seven games have been exactly that. Burger is hitting .414 in that seven-game span with three home runs. Right now, he’s only listed in the top 20% of CBS sports leagues, and he’s started each of the last seven games. Raise it up.

Regression alert?

Martin Perez he finally got banged up, and he was badly battered against the White Sox on Saturday when he allowed six earned on 12 hits in five innings. Even after this outing, his ERA remains a brilliant 2.18.

eric lauer he gave up three home runs in just five innings along with a total of eight earned runs against the Nationals this weekend. He’s been active for most of the season, and absolutely dominant when he has been, but now his ERA is 3.36 with a 5.85 ERA in his last four starts.

mackenzie gore he had been on a streak leading up to his weekend start against the Rangers and then was rocked by six earned runs on four walks in just 2 1/3 innings. This raised Gore’s ERA to 2.50 for the season. He draws the Rockies again this week, but this time at Coors Field.

News and lineup notes

Every night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into all the 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.

  • Max Scherzer is scheduled to launch a live bullpen in the near future.
  • jacob degrom he threw a third session out of the bullpen on Saturday.
  • brandon woodruff he is experiencing numbness in the three middle fingers of his right hand and does not have a deadline for his return.
  • Tim Anderson he will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Tuesday. He is on the disabled list with a groin injury.
  • seiya suzuki does not advance with crooked finger and runs out of schedule.
  • Jack Flaherty he will make a third rehab start on Wednesday. She has only allowed one run in her first two rehab starts.
  • chris sale will pitch to live batters for the first time on Monday.
  • Francis Reyes he will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A. He has been out since May 25 with a strained right hamstring.
  • royce lewis transferred to 60-day IL with a partially torn ACL.
  • Jo Adell he put together back-to-back multi-hit games and then was optioned back to Triple-A this weekend as the Angels opted to play Juan Lagares in the outfield.
  • Orioles outfielder prospect kyle stowers He has joined their taxi squad and will likely make his Toronto debut.
  • corey knebel he’s dealing with a tight shoulder and expects to miss just a day or two.
  • Casey Mize will undergo Tommy John surgery.
  • Andrew Heaney He is expected to pitch at least five innings in his Double-A rehab start Tuesday.
  • Anthony DeSclafani He went three shutout innings in a Triple-A rehab start on Saturday. He is on the disabled list with an ankle injury.
  • Result Andrew Kittredge he needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of this season.
  • It’s no surprise, but Sixto Sanchez it is not expected to launch this year. He is still trying to recover from a major shoulder injury.
  • Kyle Hendricks he has been resting due to shoulder fatigue, but is ready to start Tuesday against the Padres.
  • Nathan Eovaldi went to the IL with lower back swelling
  • Kolten Wong went on the disabled list with a right calf strain
  • marcus stroman went to the IL with inflammation of the right shoulder
  • Garrett Whitlock went to IL with right hip swelling
  • jakob junis was diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain and went to the IL.
  • mike zunino went on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury
  • wade miley went on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain
  • Ramon Urias went to IL with left oblique strain
  • Mitch Garver, Glenn Otto, Garrett Cooper and Mike Clevinger it was in the COVID IL.

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