DFS MLB Playbook September 23 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook September 23
James Grande
Nelson Cruz (R) Headshot

Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and a game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday's 3-1 win over Cleveland.

His blast to right-center off Cody Allen was Cruz's 36th homer of the season, and third in as many games. The veteran slugger has already set a new career high with 114 RBI, but with only eight games left on the Mariners' schedule he'll need to stay red hot to have a shot at his fourth consecutive 40-HR campaign.
8:47 am (EST)
Erasmo Ramírez (R) Headshot

Ramirez gave up only one run on three hits over eight innings Friday while striking out a season-high 10 but had to settle for a no-decision in a 3-1 win over Cleveland.

A Nelson Cruz walk-off shot ended up settling the contest, but it came too late to give Ramirez a much-deserved win. He'll take a 4.35 ERA into his final start of the season Wednesday in Oakland.
8:43 am (EST)
Trevor Bauer (R) Headshot

Bauer gave up only one run on five hits and three walks over seven innings Friday while striking out six but didn't factor into the decision in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners.

It's the righty's fourth quality start in his last five outings, with the only miss being the loss that ended Cleveland's historic 22-game win streak. Bauer now has a 3.13 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB in 77.2 second-half innings, and he'll get one more chance to improve those numbers Thursday at home against the Twins.
8:40 am (EST)
Blake Treinen (R) Headshot

Treinen gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to collect his 13th save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Rangers.

He's put his early September struggles behind him, converting three straight save chances and lowering his ERA on the month to 3.60. Treinen's strikeout rate and BABIP have both improved since coming over to Oakland, and he'll head into the offseason as the favorite to open 2018 as the A's closer.
8:35 am (EST)
Kendall Graveman (R) Headshot

Graveman (6-4) picked up the win over the Rangers on Friday, allowing only one run on six hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out four.

The righty's now put together a tidy 2.70 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 20 innings this month despite a lackluster 10:8 K:BB. Graveman will take a 4.17 ERA into his final start of the season Wednesday at home against the Mariners.
8:31 am (EST)
Nick Martínez (R) Headshot

Martinez (3-7) took the loss against the A's on Friday, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over six innings.

He eked out his first quality start in September and his seventh of the season. Martinez's 5.42 ERA and 5.5 K/9 have made him a liability in most fantasy formats, but he'll still take the mound one more time this season at home against the Astros on Wednesday.
8:26 am (EST)
J.D. Martínez (R) Headshot

Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 13-11 win over the Marlins.

He's been almost unstoppable in September, slashing .400/.439/1.000 in 18 games with 13 homers and 27 RBI. Despite missing a significant amount of time with the Tigers earlier in the year due to a foot injury suffered late in spring training, Martinez has still set a new career high with 42 home runs and is only five RBI shy of hitting the century mark for the second time.
8:13 am (EST)
Chris Iannetta (R) Headshot

Iannetta went 3-for-4 with a walk, two home runs and eight RBI in Friday's 13-11 win over the Marlins.

The eight RBI were a career high for the catcher. Iannetta's enjoying a big September, slashing .333/.448/.583 in 15 games with three homers and 10 RBI, and he should continue seeing the bulk of the work behind the plate for Arizona over the final days of the season.
8:08 am (EST)
Hanley Ramírez (R) Headshot

Ramirez entered Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds as a pinch hitter and flied out deep to left field in his lone at-bat.

Manager John Farrell's intention is not to use Ramirez in the field while the Red Sox play in a National League city without the benefit of a designated hitter this weekend, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. With Cincinnati throwing right-handed starters in all three games, Mitch Moreland will be the likely starter at first base through Sunday.
8:08 am (EST)
Fernando Rodney (R) Headshot

Rodney allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to notch his 39th save of the season in a 13-11 win over the Marlins.

He's now on the brink of his third career 40-save campaign, which would put him in elite company as Mariano Rivera is the only reliever in history to ring up 40 saves in a season after their 40th birthday. Rodney's 2.82 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 27:8 K:BB in 22.1 second-half innings have surprisingly made him one of baseball's most reliable closers down the stretch.
8:04 am (EST)
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