Sampson injured his arm during warm ups before his start on Thursday and now we know the unfortunately severity of the injury. This surgery will end Sampson's season after just one big league start in which he was hammered for four runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings.
The D-Backs closer has been solid so far this season, but considering his low strikeout rate, his slightly elevated 2.43 ERA is unacceptable. He'll get the job done in most leagues, but certainly you can do better than him in almost every format. Continue to start him going forward, but if a different non-committee closer comes along, don't hesitate to make a move.
He’s flashed some really nice pop so far this season, but with a strikeout rate that would make Adam Dunn blush, it’s tough to rely upon him to make contact during weekly matchups. Hopefully this season of adequate average, plus power, and solid glovework take his mind off of the swinging and missing, but in reality things won’t change too much. Consider him an own only in deeper formats and in NL Only leagues going forward.
The former top prospect is finally flashing his potential, as his last two starts have been worthy of his previously lofty billing. Sure he was a bit inaccurate on Friday night, but the fact that he still managed to keep the runs to a minimum and struck out five batters in the process shows the type of mettle that he’s working with on the mound. Still a bit too inconsistent to own, Hopefully Bradley is in the beginning of an upward rise.
Anderson pitched great into the sixth inning on Friday night against the D-Backs including only two runs allowed and eight strikeouts. If his first three starts of the year are any indication of his season still to come, Anderson may be a waiver pickup on the rise. Monitor through his next start to see if he can keep the momentum and for those playing DFS, definitely consider him next week as a low own rate flier.
Craig Kimbrel was unavailable because he pitched two innings last night. Uehara got the save opportunity in his place despite his season long troubles and he took advantage of it. Moving forward, Uehara will likely post a solid WHIP, produce excellent strikeout numbers, and convert plenty of holds. That makes him fairly valuable in the proper league format.
Nunez continues to be one of the few bright spots on the Twins, and continues to produce for fantasy owners. His slash reads .315/.346/.470 on the season with nine homers, 28 RBI and 17 steals. Nunez has at least one hit in eight of his last ten games, and is hitting .318 over the last week. Saturday the Twins will face righty Michael Pineda, who has been bad this season to say the least. Pineda sports a 6.20 home ERA. Nunez has only faced Pineda three times, collecting one hit. Nunez is hitting .311 against right handers with 4 home runs.
Price couldn’t escape the third inning of tonight’s game, though there is not much risk that this was anything other than a poor outing. In each of his previous three outings, Price had managed to go eight innings without surrendering more than three earned runs. Entering the night, he had just a 2.32 ERA in the month of June. That said, expect a rebound in his next start which is scheduled to come on Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
In his appearances so far, five being starts the veteran has a 5.33 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and a .296 BAA. Milone has been unable to make it more than 4.2 innings in each of his five starts. It is not clear when he will start again, but on normal rest, it would figure to come against the White Sox at US Cellular Field. In his career at the Cell in three starts Milone has pitched well going 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. At US Cellular Milone sports a 8.3 K/9, up from 6.5 for his career