Justin Verlander struggled again on Sunday as he allowed nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits and three walks with just one strikeout over 5.1 innings in the loss to the Rangers.
Sunday marked the third consecutive start that JV has allowed at least five runs. Verlander, who has been one of the more dominating strikeout pitchers in the games over at least the last six years, has seen his strikeout rate plummet over his last three games where he has totaled just seven punch outs to nine walks in 17.1 innings pitched. The Tigers may want to consider skipping Verlander's next start as he is arguably the most overworked pitcher in all of baseball over the last six-plus seasons, which is scheduled for Friday in Seattle. As reasonable as that may sound it is highly unlikely to happen and since it is the lowly Mariners you may want to give JV one more shot to start for your fantasy team.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Carlos Gonzalez (knee) was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons.
To borrow one from Adam Carolla: Sssssssssssssssssssssshocking. Gonzalez has managed just 717 plate appearances combined in the last two years, and fantasy owners are all too familiar with his health woes. When healthy in the last two seasons, he's struck out a fair bit more than he ever has before, so we can longer treat CarGo as a top option when healthy. There's definitely upside, but it's hard to imagine him reaching it. Analysis: Brett Talley
Delino DeShields is nearing a spot on the Rangers Opening Day roster.
DeShields was a Rule 5 pick, so it appears the Rangers will hold on to him rather than send him back down I-45 to Houston. DeShields will likely serve as a fifth outfielder and a late game situational player where Texas can utilize his speed. Unless the Rangers have another rash of injuries this year, DeSheilds isn't going to get enough work to be fantasy relevant. Analysis: Brett Talley