Minnesota Twins news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 25 May 2016 08:54:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mauer hasn't done much with a .213-2-6 line this month, but the same can be said for the entire offense. He has a so-so matchup against Dillon Gee, but the three-hole gives him some upside today. Nunez has surprised with a .303-3-17 line this year, and he's a solid play in the low end today.
Wed, 25 May 2016 08:54:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dozier is struggling with a .211-1-4 line this month. Dillon Gee has a decent 2.90 ERA, but he doesn't strike much fear in the matchup. However, Dozier's struggles put him in a wait-and-see approach in DFS.
Tue, 24 May 2016 16:32:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kepler had a brief call-up to the Twins last month but was hitting .275 with one home run and 17 RBI for Rochester. He's the Twins' second ranked prospect this year and could be back up later when rosters expand. He has a keen eye at the plate and should develop more power, but right now he's strictly a guy to monitor in keeper leagues.
Tue, 24 May 2016 15:23:27 -0700
Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier hasn't hit a home run at home this year and hasn't done so since Aug. 15 of last year, a span of 149 at-bats. He's hitting .188 with a .262 on-base percentage in 37 games at Target Field in that span. The Twins are trying to fix Dozier, and despite the fact he has two minor league options left, Minnesota doesn't seem interested in sending him down. Dozier hit several balls hard over the weekend but wasn't rewarded, and his batting average on balls in play dropped to a career-worst .218. His strikeout rate is 16.5%, which is well below his career mark of 19%, and he's swinging at 29.3% of pitches outside the zone. Dozier and the Twins insist his right hamstring isn't the cause of his problems.
Fantasy Tip: Dozier's low BABIP suggests he's in line for positive regression, and home runs are surely to follow. This would be a good time to approach a Dozier owner about buying low, as this could be rock bottom for him in 2016. It's not out of the question to drop him in shallow leagues if he continues to lose playing time to Eduardo Nunez. Everywhere else you should stay patient and bench him for better options.
Tue, 24 May 2016 15:11:50 -0700
Fantasy Tip: May was lights out in April and was gaining steam for a shot at saves with Glen Perkins on the DL and Kevin Jepsen shaky in the ninth. However, an absolutely brutal stretch from May 13 up until last night has changed things. May has allowed 10 earned runs and 14 hits in just 3 1/3 innings in that span. Now he'll pitch in less stressful situations. With Perkins nearing a return, it looks like May's window is closing in order to make an impression for long-term closing duties. If you have more pressing needs in deeper leagues, don't be afraid to cut May loose for now.
Tue, 24 May 2016 14:58:27 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Byung Ho Park is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, May 24. OF Miguel Sano is serving as the designated hitter, while OF Oswaldo Arcia draws into the lineup in right field and is hitting sixth against Kansas City Royals SP Edinson Volquez.
Fantasy Tip: Sano has elite power but is a boom-or-bust daily pick. Arcia is of a similar nature to Sano with big power and a big swing but with with plenty of strikeouts to boot. He's hitting only .217 this year but has four home runs in 83 at-bats. Arcia qualifies as more of a sleeper selection in DFS.
Tue, 24 May 2016 14:52:58 -0700
Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier is not in the starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday, May 24. SS Eduardo Nunez is starting at second base again and batting leadoff against Kansas City Royals SP Edinson Volquez.
Fantasy Tip: Dozier has shown no signs of life for the first two months other than four home runs and 14 RBI. His slash line of .199/.284/.318 has earned him a seat on the bench the last two nights in favor of the productive Nunez. It's not out of the question to dump Dozier in shallow leagues, but you'll need to keep him benched for other options everywhere else until he can figure something out. Nunez, meanwhile, continues to hit and can provide decent stolen bases numbers for those searching for depth in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:38:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Escobar's return hurts the fantasy value of Eduardo Nunez, who has been one of Minnesota's more consistent hitters. Nunez should remain more attractive for his speed than Escobar, though, in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. Escobar had no home runs and a .237 average before he was injured.
Mon, 23 May 2016 13:36:14 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Dozier (.199-4-14) could certainly use a break to clear his head. He's hitting .211 with nine strikeouts this month and hasn't homered since May 4. If you have better options at second base, you should consider benching him in mixed leagues until he shows life. Nunez continues to hit and is now batting .320 with eight stolen bases in 34 games. He'll lose some playing time with Eduardo Escobar back from the DL, but Nunez remains attractive in deep mixed and AL-only leagues for his high average and speed.
Mon, 23 May 2016 07:16:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Escobar has some AL-only value, but he's not much of an option in mixed leagues. He's hitting .237 with six RBI.
Sun, 22 May 2016 10:50:53 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Miguel Sano is not in the starting lineup against Toronto Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman Sunday, May 22. OF Oswaldo Arcia will start at right field, while OF Robbie Grossman will start in left field and is batting sixth.
Fantasy Tip: Grossman has gone 4-for-7 with one home run and three RBI over the last two games and is a decent option in some daily fantasy leagues.
Sun, 22 May 2016 08:43:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Perkins will return to the ninth-inning role as soon as he is activated from the disabled list, so he should remain stashed in all fantasy formats. Kevin Jepsen will continue serving as Minnesota's interim closer, although he has been somewhat shaky recently, so Trevor May could see some save opportunities as well.
Sat, 21 May 2016 14:09:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: If only Brian Dozier wasn't hitting .204, Minnesota might be fielding a much better offense right now. Not much has gone right for the 11-win Twins, but Nunez is batting .331 and roughly on pace to produce 12 homers, 68 RBI and 32 steals at a weak fantasy position. Until Nunez starts showing signs of slowing down, he needs to be in fantasy lineups just about every day.
Sat, 21 May 2016 08:55:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Grossman went 3-for-4 in his first game since being recalled and is back in the starting lineup. Grossman can be an option for desperate owners in daily fantasy leagues, but owners in most leagues should be able to find better players to use.
Sat, 21 May 2016 08:54:57 -0700
Minnesota Twins OF Miguel Sano will serve as the designated hitter against Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ Saturday, May 21. OF Darin Mastroianni will start in right field and is batting seventh in the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Sano has been inconsistent at the plate this month but has recorded four home runs and eight RBI during that span. He can be a decent starting option in most leagues. Mastroianni has gone hitless in his eight plate appearances this season and should be avoided in all leagues.
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