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Jarred Cosart only getting better
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6:31 pm ET) In general baseball terms, Jarred Cosart has been nothing short of terrific since coming over to the Marlins from the Astros at the July 31 trade deadline, compiling a 2.05 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in eight starts.

Of course, some Fantasy owners, myself among them, are skeptical of any sort of breakout that comes without even a respectable strikeout rate. And for the majority of that stretch, Cosart's was lacking.

But in his last four starts -- granted, two against the free-swinging Braves -- he has averaged 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. That's respectable.

It doesn't count for much on its own -- four starts is a small sample no matter how you look at it -- but it at least shows that those two- and three-strikeout efforts we saw from Cosart in his first three starts with the Marlins aren't the new norm for him. What is the norm is an improved walk rate. He has yet to issue more than two walks in eight starts since the trade, averaging 2.1 walks per nine innings.

He's one of several players I discuss in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so for more, give it a look.


Angel Pagan out Tuesday with back injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:30 pm ET) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan is not in the starting lineup Tuesday as he recovers from a back injury.

He was a late scratch Monday due to back issues and wasn't able to make it back into the lineup one day later. Pagan has hit .302/.342/.391 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 381 at-bats.


Jordy Mercer scratched with back tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness, the team announced. Clint Barmes will replace Mercer at the position and bat eighth.

Evan Gattis sidelined indefinitely with illness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) Braves catcher Evan Gattis has missed the last eight days due to strep throat, and the team is unsure of when he'll be able to return, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"I really don’t know," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. "We will let the doctors and people who are looking at him decide when, where. But hopefully (it’s) soon."

Gattis started to feel sick on Sept. 7, and although the team reported last Wednesday that he was feeling better, he hasn't seen any action since the first day of his sickness. Gattis has hit .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats.


John Lackey throws bullpen Tuesday, in line for Friday start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher John Lackey threw a bullpen session Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, putting him in line to start Friday against the Reds.

Lackey's last scheduled start was skipped due to a case of dead arm. He owns a 3.97 ERA and 151:43 K:BB ratio in 183 2/3 innings but has struggled since joining the Cardinals.


Rafael Soriano helps Drew Storen's chances
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:54 pm ET) Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who recently took some time off to work on his mechanics, didn't help his chances of reclaiming the closer role in his second game back Monday at Atlanta.

While he entered in the ninth inning with the Nationals up by four -- sort of the closest thing to a save situation without being a save situation -- he needed Drew Storen, his replacement at closer, to bail him out with two outs and the tying run on base. In all, Soriano allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Manager Matt Williams recently said that having Soriano reclaim the closer role would be his best-case scenario, but as I wrote in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, that scenario seems less likely now.

Frankly, I'd have no reservations about starting Storen in Fantasy, as good as he's been in the role.


Adeiny Hechavarria out of lineup Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:54 pm ET) Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is not in the lineup Tuesday due to arm soreness, MLB.com reports. He has hit .281/.312/.366 with seven stolen bases in 495 at-bats. The shortstop is day-to-day.

Diamondbacks tab Andrew Chafin for Wednesday start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:49 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Andrew Chafin will start Wednesday's series finale against the Giants, the team announced Tuesday.

Chafin, who was called up Monday, has made one start for the Diamondbacks, tossing five scoreelss innings against the Indians on Aug. 13.


White Sox announce weekend rotation plans
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) The White Sox announced the teams' weekend rotation plans Tuesday, with Jose Quintana scheduled to get the ball Friday to start the team's series against the Rays. Hector Noesi will follow Quintana Saturday, while John Danks is scheduled to pitch Sunday.

Digging a little deeper on Jacob deGrom
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:46 pm ET) While some baseball fans probably hadn't heard of Jacob deGrom prior to his record-tying performance against the Marlins on Monday, most Fantasy owners were plenty familiar with his work already. That's what happens when a midseason waiver claim goes 8-2 with a 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings during a 14-start stretch.

But is he really that good? Understand I'm not being literal here. Only a handful of pitchers in baseball history have been that good over a full season. But is deGrom really a strikeout-per-inning, top-30 type with the potential, maybe, to pitch like an ace? I'm starting to believe he is.

I won't spoil it here, but when I took a deeper look at deGrom's last 14 starts -- or really, his season as a whole -- in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, I liked what I saw. In terms of swinging strike percentage, he's in elite company, and his velocity speaks for itself.

Plus, he throws strikes, keeps the ball in the yard, basically does everything that makes for a successful pitcher even apart from the strikeout rate. I don't think it's a stretch to say he could be next year's Corey Kluber.


 
 
 
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