Miguel Cabrera was the DH in this one, which allowed Navarro to snag a start at first base. The 31-year-old journeyman is simply a depth option at this point, but he could garner a few more starts the rest of the way as the Tigers have nothing to play for.
Puma threw out a guess of a $6 million arbitration figure in Harvey's final year of that system. That may seem like a lot, considering he holds a 13.19 ERA in the four starts since returning from the disabled list, but the Mets seem more willing to spend one more year trying to fix him instead of seeing him flee and thriving with another organization. The former ace's tumultuous season, in which he's dealt with recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and a stress injury in his scapula, positions him as one of the most volatile fantasy players heading into next year, considering his offseason and spring news may swing his draft-day price wildly for either better or worse than the risk-reward cost in 2017.
Jay batted ninth in this one, but he's batted leadoff for the Cubs often this season. With a .286 average and .372 on-base percentage, the 32-year-old outfielder has been a good tablesetter for the Cubs when he's been atop the lineup.
Maples had allowed six earned runs in his first 2.1 innings of work, but he flashed his potential in this one. The 25-year-old posted a 2.27 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 63.1 innings across three minor-league levels this year, so the strikeout stuff appears to be there. Maples could push for a bigger role with the Cubs in 2018.
Souza did some damage with the bat and on the base paths against Jon Lester, and the outfielder is now up to an impressive 30 homers and 16 stolen bases. His .238/.345/.465 slash line is a little discouraging, but Souza has suited up for a career-high 141 games and moved the fantasy needle with his counting statistics.
Though he was later removed for a pinch-hitter when the game was already in hand, Gardner was able to stay in the game after the hit by pitch and is hoping Thursday's off day will be all the rest he'll need. Manager Joe Girardi sounded a bit more concerned though, and indicated he may sit his starting left fielder for Friday's series opener against Toronto. For now, Gardner seems to be day-to-day, though the situation should become more clear prior to Friday's tilt.
DeJong also homered in Tuesday's win over the Reds and is now up to 24 homers, 60 RBI, 50 runs and a .283/.320/.535 slash line for the campaign. He's provided a huge power boost for fantasy owners, as shortstop and second base are typically tougher positions to acquire pop from.
He now has 34 homers on the year, and it'll take a monstrous finish for Cruz to reach the 40-HR plateau for the fourth straight campaign. The veteran slugger now has a .277/.390/.446 slash line in September with three homers and eight RBI in 18 games.
Encouragingly, he was perfect through the first three innings, but the wheels came off in the fourth as the first five Rangers reached base and Hernandez exited with the bases loaded, only to watch Andrew Albers serve up a grand slam to Rougned Odor in his place. King Felix will take a 4.57 ERA into his next start Monday in Oakland.
Though he's not typically deployed in a long man role, manager Joe Girardi had to get creative after getting just three innings out of starter Luis Severino. Shreve was extremely efficient, needing just 33 pitches for the three frames to grab his first win since July. The southpaw will likely continue to be called upon to get lefties out, but he also proved to be capable of being able to provide length Wednesday.
Injuries have taken a toll on Fowler this season, but when in the lineup, he's provided a nice numbers for the Cards and fantasy owners. He's now homered in three consecutive games to give him a career-high 18 bombs and 59 RBI for the campaign. Additionally, his .862 OPS is just a single point below his previous personal-best mark from the 2012 season when he called Coors Field home.
Pham is currently in the midst of a mini heater with three doubles, two homers, five RBI, two stolen bases and six runs through his past six games. He's posted breakout numbers for the Cards this season and boasts an impressive .309/.408/.523 slash line for the season with 21 homers and 21 stolen bases.
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