Coming into Saturday, the 14-year vet had a forgettable last outing against Cincinnati that included six earned runs, and three home runs in five innings. On the year, Peavy owns a 5.47 ERA, and a 1.40 WHIP in 21 starts. If you started Peavy Saturday, you have to like the strikeout total, but there is not much else to like overall. He is not an option in most formats at this point.
On the season Rendon owns a .261/.344/.432 line, with 13 home runs and 41 RBI. At his current base, the youngster is on pace for 20 homers and 19 steals, which would be a nice season for his owners. Saturday’s home makes 5 in July, and gives him a .270 average for the month. On Sunday, he will face Matt Cain, whom he is 0 for 2 against in his career.
Saturday’s start was the second of the youngster’s career, and the numbers from his debut are a bit misleading. While he only lasted 4.2 innings and gave up six runs, he did strike out nine and walk just one batter. According to manager Dusty Baker, Lopez left too many fastballs for “fat strikes”. The 22- year-old has huge upside and is ranked currently as the fourth best prospect in the Nationals’ system according to MLB.com. He will need to pitch deeper into games, as Saturday’s start only lasted four innings and required 92 pitches.
The freshly caught fish had been really dealing against the Cardinals, giving up only one hit in three and one-thirds innings with no walks and four strikeouts, needing only 44 pitches to get to that point. He had been far less exciting over the course of the rest of the season, coming into the game with a 4.98 ERA and paltry 7.2% K-BB%. We'll update his status as soon as more information is known about his injury.
Oh boy. Only a few weeks after Davis returned from the DL with a forearm strain, it sounds like he might be headed back to the dreaded disabled list. There have been suggestions that he's been pitching through an injury most of the season as his numbers have taken a dive; he's dropped from a 10.43 K/9 to an 8.55 rate this year while his walks have spiked from 2.67 BB/9 to 4.01 this season. He's still managed an elite 1.60 ERA in 33.2 innings despite the lowered K:BB ratio as well as a slight velocity drop of a mile per hour from last year. Kelvin Herrera makes for an elite closer option if Davis is put on the shelf again, with an outside (and less exciting) chance that Ned Yost keeps Herrera in the 8th inning and puts Joakim Soria in the closer role.
Crawford is currently day-to-day with a bruised hand and Span is also day-to-day with a bruised quad. Newly minted Giant Eduardo Nunez took Crawford's place in Saturday's game and is worthy of DFS consideration if he's in the lineup again on Sunday. Gregor Blanco, who took Span's place and hit eighth in Saturday's contest, carries considerably less intrigue with the potential absence of Span.
Maker's contract will reportedly be a four-year deal, while Brogdon will stick around on a three-year deal. Maker was the 10th pick in the NBA draft this year, and will look to work his way into decent playing time throughout the season, but won't crack the starting lineup immediately.
Peterson is a veteran who you won't see much work from in the preseason. The Vikings know he'll be ready to roll once the season starts, so they'll largely limit his workload until then. He carried the ball 327 times for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, tacking on 30 receptions for 222 yards. It's justifiable to take him as high as the first overall pick in standard leagues this season as one of the few true workhorse backs remaining in the NFL.