Here's a link to my post from yesterday about the Matt Garza trade. My colleague Ryan Fowler covered the fantasy impact of Ryan Braun's suspension, and I'd like to add three comments on it:
- Major League Baseball is apparently preparing to suspend other players from Team Biogenesis, whose members reportedly include Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Bartolo Colon, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera and others. We're in uncharted waters here, as we don't know which players will get suspended, when the suspensions will happen, and who will have grounds for appeal. My advice: Hold on all counts (except for maybe the doomed A-Rod), and scout your free-agent replacements now so you're ready to make a move at a moment's notice. Sorry for that mostly unhelpful advice, but you're probably stuck with these guys.
- Plan to stream starters against the Brewers when you can. Their Braun-less lineup is terrible.
- Don't hesitate to draft Braun early next season. Odds are that he'll be his old, excellent self.
First pitch: Both leagues get underway at 7:05 p.m. ET. Also, the Reds and Giants have a doubleheader scheduled.
Interleague DH issues: The Dodgers started Skip Schumaker in right field and Andre Ethier at DH last night, and plan to have Ethier back in the outfield tonight while someone else (Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez) gets a "DH break," according to Don Mattingly.
Streaming starters: Tyler Skaggs was good enough to raise our record to 62-35. Today's selection is Tony Cingrani (owned in 18.1 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Giants, while Wednesday's pick is San Francisco's streaking Chad Gaudin (13.8 percent owned) versus the Reds. Gaudin has allowed a total of two runs in his last three starts, with 22 strikeouts against five walks in 19 innings.
On to the news:
- Pirates closer Jason Grilli left Monday's game with "forearm discomfort," which is often code for "I'm going to have Tommy John surgery soon." The Pirates' website reported that the "mood in the visitors' clubhouse definitely was closer to wake than to celebration," so Grilli's owners should prepare for the worst. Anyone needing saves should try to scoop up Mark Melancon (5.5 percent owned) ASAP.
- Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera left Monday's game with a sore left hip flexor, and is day-to-day.
- It sounds like Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (ankle) is on his way back to the DL. This is quite the lost season that Kemp is putting together.
- Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie played his fifth game of the season at second base last night. In some leagues, that's cause for celebration.
- Rays OF Wil Myers missed another game last night due to a sore left wrist. He should be back in action tonight.
- Word from the A's website is that OF Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) will probably return to the lineup on Wednesday or Thursday, though tonight is still a slim possibility.
- Within this article about the Yankees' apparent pursuit of Alfonso Soriano, the New York Post mentions that Curtis Granderson (broken pinkie) is targeting an early August return. So, the Yankees want to roster both Soriano and Vernon Wells next season, huh? What the ...
- Zach McAllister returns to the mound tonight for the Indians. He's been out since June 2 due to a finger injury. I kind of like McAllister in AL-only leagues.
- With Jonathan Villar installed as the Astros' new shortstop (and leadoff hitter), Jake Elmore will get some time in the outfield. AL-only owners scrambling for speed could consider Elmore, even if he won't play every day.
- The Rockies have sent Josh Rutledge to Triple A again. Speedy DJ LeMahieu gets to keep playing second base in Colorado.
- Rookie OF Junior Lake had four hits - including a home run - out of the leadoff spot last night for the Cubs. Check Lake's minor-league stats when you get a chance, NL-only owners. He's speedy, and not a bad hitter.
- Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz has been cleared to pitch, but his timetable is still very TBD.
- Braves SP Paul Maholm is on the DL with a bruised left wrist. Alex Wood will start in Maholm's place on Thursday, but Brandon Beachy could return as soon as next Monday. When both Maholm and Beachy are healthy, Kris Medlen might be headed to the bullpen.
See you back here tomorrow morning.