DFS MLB Playbook September 23 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook September 23
James Grande
Josh Reddick (L) Headshot

Reddick (back) will not play Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This should have been expected given that Reddick exited Friday's game with what manager A.J. Hinch described as "a little bit of back pain." Hinch indicated Reddick was going to have a scheduled day off Saturday and downplayed the injury. The Astros will evaluate him Saturday to determine the next step
6:31 am (EST)
Bruce Maxwell (L) Headshot

Maxwell (head) is unlikely to catch through the weekend, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Maxwell exited Wednesday's win over the Tigers in the ninth inning after taking a foul ball off the center of his mask. While he reported feeling better Friday, he apparently continues to feel some of after-effects. Josh Phegley filled in behind the dish against the Rangers on Friday and veteran Dustin Garneau is also available.
3:15 am (EST)
James Paxton (L) Headshot

Paxton, who threw 73 pitches in Thursday's start against the Rangers, saw his fastball reach as high as 98.4 mph during the outing, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. "It just felt like when I needed something, I could go get it, velocity-wise," Paxton said. "The velocity was better, and I was executing pitches in better locations as a whole."

The figure is impressive in and of itself, but also represents a very encouraging improvement over what Paxton was able to muster in his first start back from a disabled list stint due to a pectoral injury. The southpaw had only hit the low 90s with his fastball in that appearance, but he managed to average 94.7 mph Thursday. He's poised to potentially make two more starts before season's end, with the first slated to come against the Athletics next Tuesday.
3:06 am (EST)
Scooter Gennett (L) Headshot

Gennett went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk Friday against the Red Sox.

Gennett left the yard for the 27th time this season to give the Reds a first-inning lead in a game they'd go on to lose. He continues to reward fantasy owners for spending a late draft pick on him this season, as he has a .297 batting average to go along with a .548 slugging percentage.
12:50 am (EST)
Sal Romano (R) Headshot

Romano (5-7) allowed five runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Friday against the Red Sox.

Romano was provided a 4-1 lead in the first inning before giving up four runs in the fourth inning, which resulted in him dropping his seventh decision of the season. This was the first time he's allowed more than three earned runs in a start since August 13, and aside from his outing, he's been a solid fantasy option over the last full month. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.
12:49 am (EST)
Rafael Devers (L) Headshot

Devers went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer Friday against the Reds.

Devers smashed his ninth homer of the season as part of a four-run fourth inning that helped deliver the Red Sox a come-from-behind victory. After raking throughout the months of July and August, he's hit just a single homer this month although he's still batting over .300 in September.
12:48 am (EST)
Craig Kimbrel (R) Headshot

Kimbrel pitched a scoreless inning on one hit to earn his 34th save of the season Friday against the Reds.

Kimbrel was protecting a one-run lead, and despite giving up a hit, was able to close out the contest on just eight pitches. With a microscopic 1.36 ERA on the season, he continues to be one of the elite closers in the majors.
12:47 am (EST)
Rick Porcello (R) Headshot

Porcello (10-17) allowed four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three across four innings, but received no decision Friday against the Reds.

Porcello gave up a grand slam to Scooter Gennett in the first inning, but the offense came back to score enough runs to take him off the hook for a potential loss. He had just pieced together a pair of decent starts, but just as it's been for most of the season, he's struggled to have sustained success, which has made him an erratic fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
12:45 am (EST)
Brian Dozier (R) Headshot

Dozier went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Tigers.

Dozier launched his 32nd homer of the season to give the Twins an insurance run in the ninth inning of a road victory. After a red-hot month of August, he's cooled off significantly during this final month of the season, though he's still launched five homers in September while maintaining a strong slugging percentage.
12:31 am (EST)
Brandon Woodruff (R) Headshot

Woodruff allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Friday against the Cubs.

Woodruff has been serving a fill-in role for the Brewers and has done an excellent job of keeping the club in the game. He has lasted at least five innings now in seven of his eight appearances. Woodruff's control lapses cost him on Friday, as he managed to hold the scary Cubs lineup to just one extra-base hit, but the free baserunners he allowed came back to hurt him. His ERA sits at 3.76 and Woodruff has earned his spot in the rotation down the stretch.
12:31 am (EST)
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