Plug and Play: Jose Reyes NYM
With the injury to Carlos Correa, the already thin shortstop position just lost its top dog. Whether you’re looking to replace Correa or are just strapped at the position in general, Reyes can be a quick fix. He’s not an overly exciting name at this point in this career, but he has been hitting the cover off the ball recently. He’s hitting .337 with 15 extra-base hits and 6 home runs over his past 27 games. His putrid start to the season made him an afterthought, but it’s time to start paying attention. Reyes can be a helpful asset at the shortstop position.
Wait and See: Carlos Correa HOU
Speaking of Carlos Correa, what should you do with the injured superstar? He underwent surgery on his thumb and is a High Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries. He’s expected
to miss about two months, which has him coming back late in the fantasy playoffs. In a normal re-draft league, this can make things tricky. Depending on format and where you are currently in your league, you could do a few different things. At the moment, however, the wisest thing would be to wait until the first round of reports that come out to see if he’s ahead of schedule, like Mike Trout was. It’s possible that he could return closer to six weeks down the line.
Sean Doolittle RP – WAS
Doolittle was sent to the Nationals along with fellow reliever Ryan Madson in an effort by Washington to improve their bullpen. Many believed that Madson would get the first crack as the new Nats’ closer, but instead it was Doolittle who picked up a save on Tuesday night in Anaheim. He was a bit shaky, but he got the job done, which is more than you can say about anyone else in the Nationals bullpen before the trade. Doolittle has dominant numbers this season, putting up a 2.75 xFIP and 12.49 K/9 and his stuff should certainly play in the ninth. He has battled shoulder issues the past couple years, but he is a Low Injury Risk with a Peak Health Performance Factor coming off his latest rotator cuff sprain earlier this season. It’s a tad unclear whether or not he will be the closer long term for the Nationals, but he is still a must-add given the upside the closing role in D.C. provides, especially to a pitcher of Doolittle’s caliber.
Tyler Clippard RP – CWS
It was a bit of a surprise that the White Sox named Clippard the closer following the blockbuster trade they made with the Yankees, sending David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to New York. He has struggled mightily this season, but he has been a solid late-inning reliever for a long time, and it wouldn’t be a shock to anyone if he was able to turn it around for this season’s stretch run. He’s not a glamorous choice, but if you’re in a deeper league and need saves, he’s certainly worth a look.
Gerardo Parra OF – COL
Parra has been tearing it up since returning from the DL. He’s healthy (Above Average HPF) and has bumped his average up to .364. His BABIP is high at .388 and is likely due for a dip, but it’s not as ridiculously high as you’d expect for someone with such a high batting average. He has been playing ahead of Carlos Gonzalez, who is struggling mightily and dealing with injury issues, and anyone who is producing and playing every day in Coors Field is a great fantasy option. Even with the depth in outfielders this season, Parra’s 124 wRC+ makes him worthy of an immediate pickup in all formats.
Alex Meyer SP – ANA
Alex Meyer always had tantalizing stuff, but he has disappointed so far in his young career. We may be witnessing a turning of the corner for the young right hander, who has pitched to a 2.66 ERA in his last 8 starts and is coming off a dominant outing Wednesday against the Nationals. He’s always had great stuff and is striking out over 10 batters per 9 innings this season, but the walks continue to be an issue. Recently, however, his control has improved. If Meyer can continue to throw strikes, his stuff, which features a 96 MPH sinker, is right there with anyone in the league. With how little reliable starting pitching there is out there at the moment, taking a chance on Meyer’s upside for the remainder of the season is worth it.
R.A. Dickey SP – ATL
Dickey, the 42-year old knuckle-baller, is just about the exact opposite of Meyer, except for the fact that he has pitched well over his last 8 starts. He has posted a 2.94 ERA over that span while posting a 46/10 K/BB ratio in 52 innings. Dickey’s overall numbers on the season are still rather poor and there isn’t some sort of breakout upside like there is with Meyer, but his recent numbers are worth taking notice of. If may not be an exciting pickup, but Dickey deserves a look at in deeper leagues based off his recent form.
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