Bad news for Andrew Cashner
Man. *heavy sigh* Readers of RotoGraphs should know the depth of my man-crush on Cashner so to see him — yet another young pitcher — get placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness is saddening. Health was always the primary question with Cashner, however it was usually his shoulder. This is the first time his elbow has given him issues and he is set for an MRI sometime tomorrow. Cashner told reporters it is just inflammation right now, but of course the MRI should reveal if there is any more problems. He did go on to mention he was not having any issues throwing his fastball, though he did not mention his breaking ball. Let us hope 15-days of rest is enough for Cashner to come back and continue his strong season.
A big night from Chris Owings
Yesterday Owings was a single away from hitting for the cycle. He finished 3-for-6 on the night with a walk and four runs scored. Owings is now hitting a solid .277/.324/.423 on the season, good for a 104 wRC+. A few more walks and a little more pop would be nice, but right now Owings should be started in 14-team leagues and deeper 12-team leagues. His value in on-base percentage leagues takes a hit as his 6.4% walk rate is uninspiring, however he has a shot at double digit home runs and should steal 15+ bags from the shortstop position. I can live with those numbers from my middle infielder/backup SS. His position in the lineup is a big question, as yesterday he hit from the the two hole but he has mostly hit in the bottom third of the order. Ownings is can be picked up in over 90% of both ESPN and Yahoo! leagues and 70% of CBS formats.
Kolten Wong is back, hitting
If Owings doesn’t do much for you, perhaps the return of Kolten Wong is something your MI spot can take advantage of. Though it has been just two games since his return from Triple-A, Wong has four hits in six plate appearances with both of yesterday’s hits coming via bunt. He grabbed his fifth stolen base of the year yesterday as well and is yet to be caught. Wong was recalled after hitting a blistering.344/.382/.484 for the Memphis Redbirds in 68 PA’s. Wong doesn’t offer a ton of power but his speed makes him a potential fantasy asset. On top of his two bunt singles Wong came around to score a run on a short (very short) sac fly by Yadier Molina. If Wong gets the green light to run, he could outpace his projected stolen base totals. With strong contact skills and a career ground ball rate north of 63%, Wong should continue to find holes in the defense and take advantage of his foot speed. Wong is owned in almost 40% of CBS leagues though his ownership in Yahoo! and ESPN leagues is below 10%.
Jaime Garcia to start today
Sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals for a moment longer, Jaime Garcia is expected to make his first start in almost exactly one year. Garcia last stepped into a major league game on May 17 of last year. Since then he has undergone season ending shoulder surgery but now looks ready to get back on track. Garcia will be taking on the Braves, the best team in baseball when facing a left-handed pitcher. The Braves have hit for a combined 128 wRC+ as a team against southpaws this year. I wouldn’t judge Garcia on this start alone and I think he is worth a speculative add. Garcia is owned in just 12% of Yahoo! leagues, 5% of ESPN formats and 27% of CBS leagues.
The Daily Five
Starting pitcher: Marco Estrada — $9,800
Estrada squares off against the Chicago Cubs and their 28th ranked 74 wRC+ against righties.
Starting pitcher: Jordan Zimmermann — $9,600
Jay-Z and New York? It’s a perfect match! Okay, wrong Jay-Z, but Zimmermann should cruise against the Mets and their collective 78 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers.
Infielder: Nolan Arenado — $4,900
I’m going all-in with the Colorado Rockies today. The San Diego Padres are trotting out Donn Roach in place of the injured Cashner. Roach hasn’t thrown a single pitch in Triple-A yet and is making his first start of the year. He’s been active out of the bullpen for the Friars, however he owns a 5.57 K/9 and 3.43 BB/9. He is an extreme ground ball pitcher which should help in Coors Field, but I think the Rockies will tee off on him.
Outfielder: Carlos Gonzalez — $5,400
CarGo even has the platoon advantage over Roach.
Other hitter: Justin Morneau — $4,900
Another Rockies hitter with the platoon advantage today. Of course with my luck, expect Roach to throw a perfect game or something.
Remaining budget: $15,400
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