However he discovered himself in an unfamiliar spot Thursday: choosing up a bat and striding to the batter’s field. It was there — or extra precisely, on his way to first base — that he strained hamstring, an injury that might sideline him for a couple weeks.
So the place do the Cubs flip subsequent? Bat-misser extraordinaire Carl Edwards? Former Marlins nearer Steve Cishek? What about Justin Wilson, who did a bang-up job closing for the Tigers earlier than the midseason commerce that introduced him to Chicago final season?
It could possibly be any considered one of them, actually, however it will not be for lengthy. What Strop’s injury really did was clear up some confusion, paving way for what could possibly be one of the best resolution of all.
Going proper again the place they began.
Brandon Morrow, who was after all a dominant nearer for three half months earlier than happening with biceps irritation, has seemed good in current bullpen periods and hopes to be again by the top of subsequent week, in accordance with MLB.com. So chances are high it will be solely a week when the Cubs are counting on a committee to shut video games. With Strop out of the way, Morrow ought to reclaim the ninth-inning function in brief order. In fact, he would possibly get just one week to ship in it earlier than the season ends, however the backside line is you are losing your time investing within the others.
When Mallex Smith was hospitalized on the finish of August, in the end touchdown on the DL, there was some concern it might sluggish the momentum that had earned him the leadoff spot within the Rays batting order and not less than put him on the radar in Fantasy. However no, he has stolen six bases in 9 video games since returning, making him the 20th-best outfielder in factors leagues (arguably his lesser format) because the All-Star break, even with the time he missed.
However, uh … Michael Conforto is the No. 10 outfielder throughout that very same stretch. He is additionally much less accessible than Smith and actually on the verge of crossing the 80 % possession threshold that will render him ineligible for this checklist, and it is effectively deserved. He had a massive day in a doubleheader Thursday, persevering with the development of second-half ISO correction that makes excellent sense provided that he was making his way again from shoulder surgical procedure within the first half. The BABIP is due for extra correction, too.
Seems Ramon Laureano is extra than simply a massive arm. The numbers above are from the purpose when he turned the Athletics‘ main heart fielder and look an terrible lot like what he did at Triple-A, hitting .297 with 14 homers and a .905 OPS in 64 video games.
Aaron Sanchez is not my favourite two-start sleeper for Week 26 (Sept. 17-23) — there’s one other place you could find that data — however simply to diversify, I would wish to level out after his two sturdy outings in opposition to unfavorable opponents that he’ll face the Orioles subsequent outing, kicking off a two-start week. Not a dangerous time to make a play for the one-time Fantasy standout who has been beset by accidents over the previous couple years.
Although it hadn’t translated to massive Fantasy manufacturing till this week, David Dahl is doing most of the identical issues that attracted a lot consideration throughout his abbreviated rookie season in 2016. His strikeout and stroll charges are just about similar. His line-drive price and ISO are literally larger. So is not nonetheless making an attempt to rediscover his kind after a lengthy injury layoff — he is discovered it. He has to play extra usually to matter outdoors of five-outfielder leagues, however Thursday three-hit time out of the leadoff spot may assist with that.