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This week I moved to South Dakota, and I learned that there is a division in the state between "east river" and "west river." A quick primer: The state is basically bisected by the Missouri River, and the river's path is roughly aligned with the extent of a glaciation from eons ago. That glacier flattened everything in its path, so everything east of the river is rolling farmland but out west is mountainous and rugged, basically like the west.
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A look at three more pitchers returning from major arm injuries in 2015.
A couple of months ago, we went under the microscope with a trio of pitchers who were coming back from major elbow injuries, as Jose Fernandez, Matt Cain, and Matt Moore each made his 2015 debut (on the same day, no less). Today we take a similar approach but open up the scope beyond elbows to see how some pitchers have fared in their own comebacks from injury, specifically focusing on pitchers for contending clubs who will be counted on to maintain effectiveness as their teams make the push for the postseason. Not every pitcher comes back to the mound in the same condition that he left it, and a pitcher's mechanics can offer a glimpse into his progress in getting back to 100 percent, while helping us to understand some of the details of his prognosis over the next couple of months.
Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.
Well, the bad news if you’re an AL-only manager is that you’ve only got 13 two-start options on the board. The good news is that five of them are auto-start aces, with only two in the mix that I wouldn’t consider in any format. NL-only players have significantly more depth on their bench, but they’ll have to spend more time wading through some of the lower-end options. The sit list is long, and there are some tough choices to be made in the consider pile.
Cleveland is currently penciling in the return of Carlos Carrasco from the disabled list next weekend, so if all goes according to the apparent plan, they will not have a two-start option. Houston will also be working off a six-man, while the Rockies will play eight games in seven days but have just one two-start option confirmed. Any additional options would be staring down multiple Coors starts and are very unlikely to crack the boundaries for consideration.
If these players are available, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.
As the season winds down, the free-agent pool is not exactly full of contributors. We discussed viable options like Gregor Blanco and Derek Dietrichlast week, and they remain solid options for 12-team-mixed-leaguers if they are available. Franklin Gutierrez and Eugenio Suarez were discussed last week for deeper leagues and they both continue to produce as the season winds down, moving themselves into the picture in 12-team mixed leagues as well. These four players are all recommended if you need to fill holes over the rest of the regular fantasy season.
After a week away, the Outcomes return to answer a host of listener questions as the Scoresheet playoffs approach.
Fear not, loyal listeners, for we have returned. We took a week off to take care of some important things in life, like buying a house and going on a road trip. We’re back and this week is chock full of content around some listener questions. In fact, if you wanted to make a drinking game out of this episode, be forewarned that the word “questions” is uttered rather frequently.
'Cause even the stars they burn / Some even fall to the earth / We've got a lot to learn
Prospects, man. Prospects. Sometimes they can be loads of fun to follow, and other times they can be infuriating, causing you to question everything you believe in and wondering if maybe you should see if Best Buy is hiring.
One of the more frustrating things about following/scouting prospects is the volatility, as players you feel should be successful have bumps in the road, and sometimes these bumps in the road last a full season or more. Too often, though, those prospects get written off, and as we have seen many times, a poor minor-league season may diminish a prospect’s value, but it’s far from a death sentence.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Pirates righty Yeudy Garcia.
Hitter of the Day:Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres (El Paso, AAA): 3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, K
A hot summer salvaged a horrible start to the season for Renfroe, who took some time to make the adjustments so many struggle with at the Double-A level. His swing mechanics, namely a lot of movement and a large weight transfer, hinder his overall hit tool and his ability to stay back on breaking balls, but he hits a fastball as well, and as far, as any prospect in the minors. He should do plenty of damage on those alone to warrant everyday playing time in the majors pretty soon, while also having the chance for more production should he continue to adjust to professional pitching.