Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: April 11
Justin Mason goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines the current storylines from the league and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
It is going to be a sad day in baseball history when Bartolo Colón finally calls it quits:
Things That Make You Go “Hmmmm…”
Aaron Nola was fantastic against the Reds and more importantly, manager Gabe Kapler actually let him pitch eight innings! After being pulled in his first two start after 68 and 87 pitches respectively, Nola was allowed to go over 100 and carved up the Reds in the process
According to Alex Pavlovic, there is no current timetable for Mark Melancon to return. He went even further to say that there is not even a timetable for Melancon to resume playing catch. This is really bad news for fantasy owners, who are looking at very long absence at this point.
Jacob Barnes blew the save for the Brewers on Tuesday. It was a mess of a game for the bullpen as J.J. Hoover blew another save opportunity in extras as well. This adds to the mess of a week for Milwaukee’s pen as Albers blew a save earlier this week. This whole situation isn’t stable at all. Albers or Barnes should get the next shot, but I wouldn’t trust anyone.
Aarón Sánchez was fantastic in seven no-hit innings versus the the Orioles. He would eventually give up a hit in the eighth and allowed a run later in the inning before being pulled. Sanchez was an underrated commodity this draft season, but this outing is sure to open people’s eyes on him. His season was derailed last year with blister issues, but that appears to be behind him now. Aarón Sánchez is a sneaky guy to re-emerge as a top 20 starter.
Yadier Molina will receive a one-game suspension for attempting to go all WWE on Diamondback’s manager Torey Lovullo. Lovullo incited the incident by calling him a [expletive] twice in a row. Molina will likely appeal the suspension, so he will continue to play until it's decided on.
Tyler Beede made his Major League debut and after a tough first inning, he was pretty good against a tough Diamondbacks lineup. Beede doesn’t have the upside many once thought, but he has a pretty safe floor and the Giants currently have Bumgarner, Samardzija, and now Johnny Cueto on the DL, so it looks like Beede has a real shot to stick in the rotation for a bit.
According to Chelsea James of the Washington Post, Victor Robles has a hyperextension of his elbow after an awful looking dive on Monday. He will be reevaluated though as the elbow was too swollen for them to see everything. Everyone hold their breath, but this could be very bad news or maybe we dodged a bullet.
What We’ll Be Watching Today
– Zack Wheeler will start today for the Mets at Miami. Wheeler has never lived up to the hype as a prospect, but he looked good in spring training (even if the results weren’t there) and gets to go up against an awful Marlins lineup in a huge stadium.
– Will Margot hit the DL? Manny Margot left Tuesday’s game after getting hit in the ribs by a 95 mph pitch. He will likely be out for a few days at a minimum and longer if he has some broken ribs. Keep an eye on this if you are a Margot owner.
– Shohei Ohtani is set to DH on Wednesday. He had a hot week at the plate last week, can he do it again?
– Can Luis Castillo rebound? He has started off rough and gets a hot Phillies offense.
– Can Kevin Gausman stop killing my fantasy teams? Serious dude. Stop it!
– Baseball. Lots of baseball.