Winners of a significant league-leading seven in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals have created some area between themselves and the remainder of the Nationwide League Central, their lead extending to a season-high 5 video games after Saturday’s win.
Fattening up towards lighter competitors — the Cardinals are 15-5 towards sub-.500 groups because the starting of July — has performed an element, however that isn’t meant to take something away from the group’s current run, particularly contemplating the Cardinals’ schedule is chock filled with equally gentle competitors going ahead. Actually, 18 of the group’s subsequent 21 video games come towards groups which might be at the very least 16 video games beneath .500.
As talked about within the Week 19 Forecaster, Cardinals gamers are excellent pickups for the week forward, however it’s very true for one in all their lesser-known stars, a participant who has been grabbing a superb share of leadoff begins in addition to on a regular basis at-bats of late. He leads this week’s listing of beneficial pickups:
Lars Nootbaar, OF, Cardinals (93.4% obtainable in ESPN leagues): He received a well-deserved point out in stated Forecaster, however fantasy managers won’t acknowledge simply how a lot he has improved his inventory in current weeks. Nootbaar has began every of the group’s previous 24 video games, in addition to 26-of-27, and has batted .310/.458/.563 with three residence runs, 13 RBIs, two stolen bases and 19 runs scored through the former time span. That has earned him a leadoff-against-righties, No. 9 hitter-against-lefties, on a regular basis function, and keep in mind that 72% of the Cardinals opponents’ rotations over their subsequent six sequence are right-handed. Nootbaar’s contact-quality has spiked throughout that 24-game current span, as he has 50% hard-contact and 15% Statcast Barrel charges in that point, each top-25 certified numbers throughout that point span. Plus, with Juan Yepez’s demotion to Triple-A Memphis following his restoration from a forearm harm, proper discipline is absolutely Nootbaar’s for as long as he continues to hit.
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Detroit Tigers (33.8% obtainable): August has been a usually good month for pitchers rejoining their respective big-league rotations — Jacob deGrom, Lance McCullers Jr., Jesus Luzardo and Dustin May representing 4 different such examples — however Rodriguez’s return is among the most actionable for fantasy. His roster proportion in ESPN leagues had dipped beneath 60% as just lately as every week in the past, and he is some of the seemingly of the bunch to soak up an every-fifth-day, full-time starter’s workload the remainder of the 12 months. Since getting back from the restricted listing as a result of private causes, Rodriguez dominated throughout his most up-to-date minor league rehabilitation stint, posting a 1.29 ERA and 34.4% strikeout price in three begins, whereas pushing his pitch depend to 72 in the latest outing. He then made fast work of the Los Angeles Angels in his return to the Tigers’ rotation on Sunday, delivering 5 shutout innings and 18 fantasy factors on 78 pitches. Little has modified in Rodriguez’s talent set because the preseason, a time when he had proven year-over-year enchancment in Ok-to-walk ratio with strong 2021 superior metrics, and there may be each motive to consider he might contend for top-30 starter standing from this level ahead. In any case, this may properly be his remaining schedule: at Texas, residence towards Seattle, on the Angels, at Kansas Metropolis, residence towards the White Sox, at Baltimore, residence towards Kansas Metropolis and Minnesota..
Jake Fraley, OF, Cincinnati Reds (92.7%): Do not sleep on the Reds just because they traded away most of their big-name gamers and have already lengthy since turned the web page to 2023 (and arguably past that). Fraley has benefited in an enormous manner from the trades of Tyler Naquin and Tommy Pham and the season-ending harm to Joey Votto (team-wide first base/DH shuffling), beginning eight video games in a row whereas batting .355/.460/.807 with 4 residence runs and 12 runs scored. Fraley has batted .237/.352/.456 towards righties and .231/.350/.408 within the Reds’ hitting-friendly residence ballpark this season, the optimum video games wherein to make use of him. He has taken over because the group’s leadoff man towards righties and No. 2 hitter towards lefties, a Nootbaar-like expanded function, and Fraley’s Reds play 5-of-7 video games towards righties throughout Week 19, with video games towards the weak pitching staffs of the Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates of their subsequent seven sequence.
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Might’s return to the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation was extra spectacular than Rodriguez’s, however the right-hander’s workload is more likely of the 2 to be monitored over the rest of the 12 months, contemplating he is youthful, with much less of a historical past of dealing with hefty workloads and is coming off Tommy John surgical procedure. Nonetheless, Might’s 9 strikeouts and 13 swings and misses, every the second-most in his 20-start profession (the swings and misses tied for second), bode extraordinarily properly for his rest-of-season outlook, and he will get the Miami Marlins once more of their pitching-friendly venue in his second begin again.
The Philadelphia Phillies positioned Seranthony Dominguez (triceps) on the 15-day injured listing on Sunday, once more thrusting their nearer function considerably into query. David Robertson, who notched a team-best 14 saves for the Cubs earlier than being traded, dealt with the ninth inning in every of the Phillies’ Saturday and Sunday video games, efficiently changing the previous however blowing the latter. His look was a bit puzzling on Sunday, contemplating he had thrown 36 pitches the day earlier than, and maybe the Phillies will react accordingly and proceed to roll him on the market as their full-time nearer for now. Contemplating how favorable the group’s Week 19 schedule, Robertson ought to be universally began.