It seems like every day is a crazy day in the baseball world, but Tuesday took it to another level. On top of Mike the trout damage and still another no-hitter (this time off Spencer turnbull), we had a three-homer game and some nice bounce-back performances.
We know what Miguel Sano is able to when he is on. He is one of perhaps a handful of players who can have the raw power to hit 50 home runs if he has ever stayed healthy. Well, he put together a three-homer game and is still available in almost 50% of the CBS leagues if you need power.
On the bounce back, no one needed it more than Luis Castillo. And the funny thing is, his last line was not even that good. He allowed three runs over five innings, but did so with seasonal 11 strikes and 21 swinging strikes. The speed ball was up and the change was almost back to normal. We needed something positive from Castillo on Tuesday and this was it.
Bad news for trout
Last night we discussed Angels DH / SP Shohei Ohtani as Fantasy and real life MVP and grew worried about OF Mike the trout potentially needed for an IL period, but we did not know the extent of the damage at the time. Now we know it’s worse than expected. The trout is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a class 2 calf strain, and it should take us through the All-Star break. You can not cut the trout from the list, no matter how shallow the league or how short the bench seats are because he will still probably give you 2.5 months of elite production down the stretch, but his extended absence will have a ripple effect.
Before the injury, the trout beat 0333 with eight home runs, 18 RBIs, two stolen bases and 23 runs scored through 36 games despite declining slightly in May after a violent start in April.
The Angels have two OF potentials in Jo adell and Brandon marsh on Triple-A, but none of them seem clear – Adell has a 40% K-rate, while Marsh has just returned from an injury and has eight strikes in five games. If I had to pick one, I actually think Marsh would call first, but both Scott and I do not produce from either of them, even if they are called.
If you need a trout replacement in OF, these are the three players we seem to catch from your dropout line now, who are listed in less than 70% of the leagues.:
- Texans OF Willie Calhoun: Calhoun strikes. 287 with five homers.
- Tigers OF Robbie grossman: Grossman hits just .245, but with a .382 OBP, four homers and seven steals.
- Red OF Tyler naquin: Naquin has been a nice surprise, batting. 265 with nine homers and 27 RBI.
In deeper leagues (listed in less than 30% of leagues):
Turnbull turns in a no-hitter
Tigers SP Spencer turnbull was not seen as much more than a borderline streaming option on Tuesday, so imagine he was SP for throwing a no-hitter. Turnbull was brilliant; in the no-no process, he collected nine strikes and allowed only two rounds, including one in the ninth round. Turnbull’s no-hitter came after he went 6 1/3 and allowed only one earned race in his previous start.
Chris Towers had the perfect Tweet to summarize the changes we’ve seen as we witness another non-hitter and the league-wide drought: “If you count Bumgarner, and you should, there have been as many non-hitters this season as five “hit-hits of a hitter. Between 2016 and 2020 there were 113 five-hit games of hitters and 11 no-hitters.”
More news and notes
- Breweries OF Christian Yelich came back on Tuesday and beat third as the designated hitter.
- Food SP Jacob deGrom felt good after a bullpen session on Tuesday, but the Mets would not commit to activating him outside IL once it qualified on Friday.
- Dodgers OF Cody bellinger is scheduled to join Triple-A Oklahoma City for a rehabilitation mission this weekend.
- Padres SS Fernando Tatis could return from COVID IL on Wednesday.
- Diamondbacks SP Luke weaves was placed on IL with discomfort in the shoulder. Corbin Martin was recalled and started Tuesday against the Dodgers. Martin was the main character in Zack Greinke switch back in 2019.
- Cardinals OF Tyler o’neill was placed on IL with a broken left middle finger.
- Yankees SS Gleyber Torres joins the Yankees and can start Wednesday.
- Cleveland SS Andres Gimenez was demoted to Triple-A. Amed Rosario has started six of the last seven games for Cleveland.
- Marlins SP Sixto Sanchez increased the throw to 120 meters from flat ground. He stays away for at least a month.
- Marlins OF Stare marte continued to turn off a pitching machine. In mid-June, it seems like a realistic schedule.
- Marlins SP Elieser Hernandez started a rehabilitation mission on Tuesday. He is 40% listed.
- Mets OF The Kevin Pillar landed on IL with several facial fractures after being hit by a face height on Monday. Cameron Maybin was acquired by the Mets.
- kids 1B Anthony Rizzo left on Tuesday with a tight lower back.
- Yankees C Gary Sanchez again with an apparent calf injury.
- SP dishes Taijuan Walker’s MRI came back clean after he left Monday’s start with tightness on the left side.
- Phillies SS Didi Gregorius was placed on IL with a right elbow obstruction.
- twins SP Michael pineda was scratched from the start Tuesday when he had a procedure to remove an abscess from the thigh. He could continue to throw on Thursday.
- SP cardinals Carlos martinez could return to the Cardinals this weekend or early next week.
- Red OF Nick senzel was absent from Tuesday’s line-up with a sore knee.
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Ratings are rising
- Marlins 2B Jazz Chisholm went 2 for 5 with his fifth homer in his long-awaited return from IL. Greetings from MLB.com’s Andrew Simon, there have been two home races on courses of at least 100 km / h this season, and Chisholm has both. Scott already had Chisholm as a bona fide top-10 2B forward and I could not agree more. He will continue to steal bases at high speed, and in Roto leagues it is invaluable.
- Phillies SP Zack Wheeler in its last start vs. MIA: 7 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 10 K, 0 BB, 17 swinging strikes in 92 places. He now has a 2.52 ERA and 0.99 WHIP and has gone six plus laps in seven of his nine starts. I’m moving him up on the rankings as mentioned in the headline above, but you could argue for moving him up to SP15.
- Cardinal 3B Nolan Arenado has hampered in four straight games and is now up in 10 homers while hitting .307 with a .944 OPS. I guess everyone overreacted to him moving out of Coors Field.
- Blue jays SP Hyun jin ryu in its last start vs. BOS: 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 10 swinging strike in 100 places. His ERA is now down to 2.51 with a 0.99 WHIP and 3.04 xFIP.
- Unger INF Nico hoerner went 3 for 4 with three singles and two points scored and is still only 50% listed. We both think he needs to be promoted in many more leagues. Scott can see him as a better version of Tommy edman.
- Fighting SP Anthony DeSclafani had a nice revenge match on CIN: 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 12 swinging strike in 107 places. He has allowed one race or less in six of nine starts and his ERA down to 2.03, plus his WHIP is 0.92. Under the hood, the stats are just as good. DeScalfani had a 54% GB rate with an 11% fluctuating strike rate that went into this start – both are career highs. Scott sees him as a solid alternative in the midfield the rest of the way.