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Tampa Bay might limit the innings of Matt Moore and looks like they'll shut down Alex Cobb. Archer would be a prime candidate to assume the leftover frames. His 139 K's in 128 frames for Triple-A Durham shows what he can offer at a time when fantasy baseballers are scraping together whatever pitching help they can.
Archer's two June starts with the big club were promising, and he continued his momentum when he returned to the International League with a 1.93 ERA in 51 1/3 innings after June ended. Walks will remain a sore point, so those in tight ERA and WHIP races might be less inclined to take the chance on him, but adding a few extra whiffs per week, even if the promising righty is in a relief role, might be helpful in some situations.
10-tm mixed: Pass
Though a hamstring injury might keep him on the pine for a bit, Lough had been getting a shot to man center field in the last few days, with Jeff Francoeur taking the occasional day off. A .275-10-69 line with 26 swipes for Triple-A Omaha said he was ready for a call-up after a few years of being blocked. Lough stands at 5-for-17 with an RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base.
Lough (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), he's clubbed at least nine homers and hit double-digit triples in his three Omaha trips. It probably stems at least partially from it being the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, and his advanced age. There's a hint of late-bloomer promise, though, at least for him to serve as a fourth outfielder in real life. In fact, Lough has improved his outfield defense, per Monarchs outfield coach Rusty Kuntz.
At the very least, KC might provide yet another outfielder for single-universe owners to pop in for the hope of netting a pair of steals each week. The chances of Wil Myers coming up, if not already zero, are dwindling, which means Lough might have a decent path for the rest of September.
10-tm mixed: Pass
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