Week 20 of the major league baseball season is now a wrap but before closing the door on the week we need to first take a look back at the top fantasy baseball news and headlines from Sunday’s major league baseball games. Yesterday’s action saw a rejuvenated Angels team complete a sweep in Canada, an injury scare to future Hall of famer Justin Verlander, and the Brewers winning and keeping themselves close in the Wild card hunt. Do not forget to check out our updated August fantasy baseball player rankings before setting your lineups this week plus the latest MLB injury report, fantasy baseball player spotlight series, and players trending up and down in the fantasy baseball stock watch. So, before you start another fantasy baseball week let’s go back and look at yesterday’s top performances plus a couple of my favorite props for tonight.



Angels Complete Sweep North of the Border

Better late than never – the Halos finally look like a team. The dynamic duo of Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout each homered yesterday in the Angels 8-3 win over the Blue Jays to complete a three-game sweep in Toronto. The Angels slugged their way to 22 runs over three games in Rogers Center as it was a reminder to the rest of the American League that this can still be a good team. 

Justin Verlander Set for MRI

Astros starter and Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander exited yesterday’s game against the Orioles early with right calf discomfort. The Astros, one of those teams that are not very forthcoming on injury news, have yet to release any more information on the injury besides that an MRI is scheduled. Verlander has had an incredible season going 16-3 so far with a 1.84 ERA/0.86 WHIP. He is one of the front runners for the American Cy Young award and on a positive note it wasn't his arm that led to him leaving early as he is in the middle of a return from Tommy John surgery.

Brewers Still in Playoff Hunt

The Brew Crew received bombs from both Christian Yelich and Kolten Wong for the second straight game and rookie Garrett Mitchell’s first major league hit was a key 2-run single as Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7 to climb to 1.5 games from a Wild card spot. Before his call up to the big leagues on Saturday Mitchell had been raking since his promotion to Triple-A Nashville at the beginning of the month. He was batting .343/.435/.466 in 20 games, with 1 home run, 9 RBI and 9 stolen bases. While in Double-A Biloxi, he was slashing  .277/.353/.428 with 4 home runs, 25 RBI, and 7 stolen bases. Mitchell is currently ranked #5 on the Brewers top 30 prospects list on MLB Pipeline.

Corbin Carroll To Make Debut

Corbin Carroll will make his long-awaited debut on Monday against the Phillies as the Diamondbacks return from a successful road trip. The top MLB prospect has done nothing but hit in the minors and there is no place left for him to go but to The Show. In 142 games across 3 seasons in the minors Carroll has a combined slash of .310/.426/.588 and was at the top of many mid-season prospect rankings. He was an under-sized outfielder coming out of high school in Seattle, and due to that supposed lack of size fell right into the laps of the D-backs as they selected him 16th overall in the 2019 draft.  

Twins Making Their Move

The Twins playoff hopes are alive and well after a big three game sweep of the Giants over the weekend. Two blowouts and an extra inning come from behind thriller capped their second sweep in August and put the Twins three games behind the Blue Jays for the last wild card spot. Jake Cave led the way with a career high four RBIs in yesterday’s finale 

Nationals SPs Get first Win in 43 games!

Patrick Corbin may lead the majors in losses with 17 but he did something good yesterday- he ended the Nationals 43-game drought without a starting pitcher earning a victory. Corbin (5-17) only allowed one earned run and four hits over six innings with five strikeouts. Josiah Gray was the last Nationals starter to earn a victory – way back on July 6th as they broke the previous MLB of 35 games set by the 1949 Washington Senators.


Corbin Burnes OVER 7.5 Strikeouts

Burnes is an elite matchup against the Pirates tonight. His recent form has been mediocre but his last two starts have also been against the best team in baseball- the Dodgers. He gets a much softer matchup tonight at home against the Pirates who are striking out at the seventh-highest rate (24.3%) in the MLB over the last 14 days. Earlier this season Burnes struck out this same offense 10 times at home and he has posted an 11.2 K/9 through 25 starts. He also owns 31.4% strikeout, 15.4% swinging strike and 32.4% CSW rates in 2022.

Carlos Rodón OVER 6.5 Strikeouts

Anytime that a pitcher with a 35% strikeout rate takes the mound you start to lean towards the over. Rodon has a 35.2% rate over his last five starts (11.8 K/9) and in that same span has a 1.44 ERA/0.70 WHIP. He faced this same Padres offense in early July and mowed them down- 12 strikeouts and only three hits and one earned run allowed over nine innings. The Padres have been tough to strikeout as of late but this is not a normal pitcher they are facing – this is a high strikeout ace that is near matchup proof. 


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