DFS MLB Playbook September 23 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook September 23
James Grande
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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)
Eduardo Núñez (R) Headshot

Nunez (knee) participated in workouts including running prior to Friday's game against the Reds, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports.

Nunez is making progress in his return from a sprained knee, but has not yet run the basepaths. Manager John Farrell indicated Nunez would need to run the bases before risking him in game action.
7:59 am (EST)
Zack Greinke (R) Headshot

Greinke got tagged for eight runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over four innings Friday while striking out three, but he didn't factor into the decision in a 13-11 win over the Marlins.

It was Greinke's worst outing of the year, snapping a streak of five straight quality starts for the veteran righty. He'll try to shake it off and build some momentum for the playoffs in his final start of the regular season Wednesday at home against the Giants, who he's dominated in 2017 with a 1.83 ERA and 16:3 K:BB over three starts and 19.2 innings.
7:55 am (EST)
David Price (L) Headshot

Price (6-3) three hits and a walk while striking out our over 2.2 scoreless innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

Price entered the game after manager John Farrell pulled starter Rick Porcello after four innings with Boston leading, gifting a win opportunity to the left-handed starter-turned-reliever. It felt like Farrell was experimenting with Price, giving us a glimpse at how he might be able to change the math of an individual game in the postseason. Price's ability to go long gives Farrell another tool and lessens the burden on back-end starters as well as the back-end relievers, like Addison Redd or Criag Kimbrel, who will not have to enter games earlier than normal.
7:50 am (EST)
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