Fantasy Baseball Today: Yu Darvish locks in, Lance Lynn shone in season debut and more from Monday’s action

Happy Tuesday everyone! It was a bittersweet night of action for the Atlanta Braves fans as on the one hand they got the win, their 12th straight win, but on the other lost one of their best hitters to a bad luck injury. So let’s start right there with the Ozzie Albyes injury. Albies appears to have suffered a broken foot according to early reports after fouling a baseball. The collective expectation so far is that Albies will be out for at least eight weeks, and that could be on the rosy side of things. The reality is that we may not see Albies until closer to September.

So what do you do now if you include Albies and you don’t have any viable replacement on your bench? You may want to consider a low buy trade proposition targeting a player like Jonathan India. While India is coming back from a back injury, his price might not be lower than it is now; Of course, any player plagued by injuries carries a risk. Brendan Rodgers could be an interesting option as a high-buy candidate: His hot streak is starting to look more like he’s here to stay.

Here are some other targets ranked from shallower to deeper leagues in terms of roster percentage: Santiago Espinal (63% on roster), Byrston Stott (52%), Luis Garcia (26%) and Ezequiel Duran (24%). ). All in all, it’s not the worst time to need help in the middle of the draw. The talent is deeper than ever, and I can see even Garcia or Duran being championed as worthy replacements.

We’ll dive into all of Monday’s action below, but first make sure you stay on top of everything from the Fantasy Baseball Today team at Scott White wrote more about Stott (Albies managers take note) and other players worth noting in his waiver wire column you can find here. Chris Towers has broken down recent injuries at the pitching position and ranked his best IL stashes – you’ll find hprior to.

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Yuuu crank that Darvish

Very few pitchers are as close as Padres SP Yu Darvish It’s been these last seven starts and they continued into Monday night. Darvish shut down the Cubs in eight innings on one-run ball. He allowed only five hits total and did not walk a single batter. When Darvish has been his most dominant self in recent years it has been because he is in charge, very few free passes. That version of Darvish seems to be back. He also struck out seven and delivered 17 missed hits.

If you take away the one start in which Darvish gave up nine earned runs, he has a 2.34 ERA in his other 11 starts and his walks are well down from last season. Darvish has now thrown at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts.

Lynn turns on… turns on that is

Apparently saying something is on is a good thing these days, which just goes to show how old I am, and how I feel, but the version of on that lance lynn received on Monday night was certainly not a good thing. After a tough set of three rehab starts where Lynn compiled a 9.00 ERA, he struggled hard in his 2022 MLB debut. Lynn lasted just 4 1/3 innings despite having a comfortable first start against the Tigers. Detroit marked him with 10 hits and three earned runs.

On the plus side of things, Lynn did not walk and struck out four. On the downside of things, she saw her four-seam fastball speed drop 1.4 MPH from last season. And on the surprising side of things, Lynn fired her slider eight times: The last time she used that shot with any kind of consistency was the 2015 season.

Merge into this lane as soon as possible

It is time to take serious note of thomas lane while continuing to red hot with the bat. Thomas went 2-for-4 on Monday night and recorded his seventh home run of the season. After a slow start, Thomas has been one of the best hitters in baseball thus far in June. He put up a .395 batting average, three doubles and four hours, an amazing 1.202 OPS. He, too, has made great strides and is now striking out much less and throwing more balls with hard shots. Thomas is only 23% on the roster right now and he’s worth taking out.

League offense ramps up in June

Warmer weather continues to bring hotter bats. In June, the league’s batting average, OPS and HR/FB ratios are higher than any month this season. What does this mean for your Fantasy Baseball team? You’re going to need more hitting and more offense in general to stay afloat in the top leagues. It also means he could start to see some regression from his red-hot pitching staff, especially from those fly ball shooters and others who throw to make contact. Those are the types of pitchers you might want to look to sell high or try to trade no matter what their current value is.

Hitters Coming in June

  • nelson cross it’s finally starting to show a bit of vintage cross. As of June, he’s hitting .405 with three home runs and three doubles.
  • Bryan Reynolds He’s been a huge disappointment this season, but in June he’s hitting .395 with three home runs and a stolen base.
  • kyle schwarber he’s sweeping June so far with a .318 batting average, five home runs and four doubles.

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.

  • Juan Soto he was taken out in the ninth inning as a precaution after hitting his knee on the bench.
  • liam hendricks he played catch before Monday’s game while working on a stiff arm. It seems that he was not available due to injury.
  • jonathan indian he was activated Monday, although he was not in the Reds’ lineup.
  • wander frank started agility work on Monday. He is on the disabled list with a quad injury.
  • matt chapman he participated in batting practice Monday and is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.
  • josiah gray was removed from its start on Monday due to an extended rain delay. The team started Erasmo Ramírez in his place.
  • michael kopech he feels much better after the fluid behind his knee was drained. She suffered no structural damage, although we still don’t know if she’ll make her next start this weekend.
  • jorge polanco he was out of the lineup Monday while dealing with back pain.
  • jake burger he was removed Monday after being hit by a pitch to his right hand.
  • joe ryan he will return and start Tuesday against the Mariners.
  • Yasmani Grandal was placed in the IL with lumbar spasms.
  • Jesus Luzardo he threw a long pitch from flat ground Monday, the first time he’s thrown a ball since landing on the IL on May 15.
  • Stephen Strasbourg he was placed back on the IL after experiencing discomfort following a bullpen session.
  • josh donaldson The suspension appeal was denied and he will serve a one-game suspension Tuesday against the Rays.
  • Avisail Garcia The MRI of his left hand did not reveal any structural damage. She scratched herself on Sunday due to minor swelling.
  • jakob junis He is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks due to a Grade 2 left hamstring strain.
  • Leody Taveras was remembered by the Rangers. He was hitting .294 with seven home runs and seven steals in 49 Triple-A games this year. Any interest in deeper category leagues?

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