Fantasy Baseball Weekly Digest: Wily Peralta emerging, Mark Trumbo hurting, more

by Tim Heaney on April 25, 2014 @ 09:40:34 PDT

 

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Your prep for the coming fantasy baseball week.

SP Wily Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers
Peralta taking the next step

Trending

Rising

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Falling

Sleepers of the week

1B James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees (May 2-4)

The typically power-deficient first-sacker has rekindled his stick work after starting the year 6-for-34. A recent six-game hit streak saw him bat .462 with nine RBI. His career output at Yankee Stadium should help him keep things going: Though he's only cleared the fences twice in the new lefty-hitter haven, Loney boasts a .429 average there with a .472 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage.

2B Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (May 5-7)

With his high-BA game and destruction of right-handed pitching, the keystoner has left Rickie Weeks in the dust. He'll get to his at his advantageous home park in this trio while also lining up against three righty members of Arizona's woeful rotation: Mike Bolsinger, Josh Collmenter and Bronson Arroyo.

Busts of the week

OF Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates (May 2-4)

Cabrera has been off to a torrid start, so it's hard to say he's going to do nothing. But he's slated to face a trio of tough arms in Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano and (surprisingly) Edinson Volquez, and he has shown far less power on the road than he has at Rogers Centre. PNC Park is no picnic for hitters.

SP Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants (May 2-4)

Betting against any Bravos hurler seems like a bad idea; Wood has blended in with the league's best rotation so far. But he could stumble against San Fran, who ranks among the best against southpaws, thanks in large part to Michael Morse, as well as on the road. Hey, Wood's statistical correction has to start sometime, right?

Trainer's table

OF Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Trumb-oh no

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Diamondbacks | Mark Trumbo to DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks officially placed OF Mark Trumbo (foot) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, April 24, and recalled OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.

Fantasy Tip: Kieschnick will provide the Snakes with outfield insurance. He can be ignored in most formats. Be prepared for a long absence for Trumbo. More here.

Padres | Chase Headley expected to miss 2-3 weeks

Updating a previous report, San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley (calf) is expected to miss two to three weeks. It's not the same calf he injured in spring training, and Headley said this injury isn't as bad, but he'll still need to go on the disabled list. The team is expected to disable him Friday, April 25, and call up INF Jace Peterson from Double-A San Antonio.

Fantasy Tip: Not good news for Headley owners. Alexi Amarista would likely take over the majority of the starting duties at the hot corner. The tiny utility infielder makes plenty of contact, but doesn't offer much else. He's a warm body as middle infield depth in NL-only leagues with consistent PT.

Rangers | Shin-Soo Choo improving

Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is reporting improvement in his sprained left ankle, and the team is hoping he'll avoid the disabled list.

Fantasy Tip: Choo remains day-to-day and could play Friday, but if he's unable to play by this weekend, expect the Rangers to seriously consider putting him on the DL. Keep Choo on your bench until further notice.

Athletics | Yoenis Cespedes expected to miss some games

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) suffered a left hamstring injury during the game Thursday, April 24, and likely will miss a few games.

Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor the situation in case Cespedes needs to go on the disabled list because of the injury. OF Craig Gentry could see more playing time if Cespedes misses an extended period of time and could be a short-term option in AL-only and deeper leagues.

Pitcher Planner

SP Drew Hutchison, Toronto Blue Jays
Get to know Hutch

Streamers

Probable pitchers with attractive matchups next week, in descending order
(Owned in less than 50 percent of leagues polled)

Pitcher
Tm
Opp
Date
Drew Hutchison
TOR
@KC
5/1
Paul Maholm
LAD
@MIA
5/2
Bud Norris
BAL
PIT
4/30
Franklin Morales
COL
NYM
5/3
Brandon Maurer
SEA
@HOU
5/2
Tyler Lyons
STL
@CHC
5/3
Tanner Roark
WSH
@PHI
5/3

Two-Start Pitchers

Subject to change based on injury, weather, managerial decisions and other conditions

Strong

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Jose Fernandez
MIA
ATL
LAD
Madison Bumgarner
SF
SD
@ATL
Yu Darvish
TEX
OAK
@LAA
Zack Greinke
LAD
@MIN
@MIA
Michael Wacha
STL
MIL
@CHC
Alex Wood
ATL
@MIA
SF
John Lackey
BOS
TB
OAK
Tyson Ross
SD
@SF
ARI
CC Sabathia
NYY
SEA
TB
Tony Cingrani
CIN
CHC
MIL

Moderate

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Kyle Lohse
MIL
@STL
@CIN
Jeff Samardzija
CHC
@CIN
STL
Sonny Gray
OAK
@TEX
@BOS
Yovani Gallardo
MIL
@STL
@CIN
Alfredo Simon
CIN
CHC
MIL
Franklin Morales
COL
@ARI
NYM
Justin Masterson
CLE
@LAA
CWS
Jason Vargas
KC
TOR
DET
Tyler Chatwood
COL
@ARI
NYM
Dustin McGowan
TOR
@KC
@PIT
Wade Miley
ARI
COL
@SD
Tyler Skaggs
LAA
CLE
TEX
Jon Niese
NYM
@PHI
@COL
Chris Young
SEA
@NYY
@HOU
Jose Quintana
CWS
DET
@CLE

Weak

Pitcher
Tm
Opp 1
Opp 2
Andre Rienzo
CWS
TB
@CLE
Mike Pelfrey
MIN
LAD
BAL
Erik Bedard
TB
@BOS
@NYY
Charlie Morton
PIT
@BAL
TOR
Jake Odorizzi
TB
@CWS
@NYY
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