2020 MLB OFFSEASON COVERAGE | FANTASY ALARM
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J. Teheran - SP
Julio Teheran allowed three runs on two hits in his lone inning of work on Saturday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
Teheran drew the short-lived starting assignment after Angels ace Dylan Bundy was scratched from his scheduled start due to a cut on his finger. The 29-year-old free agent import has endured a disastrous 2020 campaign, posting a bloated 10.05 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 20/16 K/BB ratio across 31 1/3 innings (10 appearances, nine starts). He’s slated to hit free agency again this offseason.
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Tony Gonsolin yielded four runs over six innings on Saturday in a win over the Angels.
Gonsolin recorded six strikeouts and didn’t hand out a free pass in this one. He gave up seven hits, including an RBI single to Jahmai Jones, and a two-run triple to Jared Walsh in the third inning. The 26-year-old rookie sensation closes out the shortened 2020 campaign with a sparkling 2.31 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 46/7 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings (nine appearances, eight starts). It’s unclear how the Dodgers will utilize Gonsolin in the postseason, but his flexibility to oscillate between the starting rotation and bullpen make him an invaluable component of their pitching staff.
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A. Kolarek - RP
Adam Kolarek recorded a two-out save against the Angels on Saturday, preserving a one-run lead to collect his first save of the season.
Kolarek gave up an infield single to Jared Walsh, but got Albert Pujols to line-out to right field, and coaxed a game-ending comebacker from Shohei Ohtani to end the contest. The 31-year-old lefty specialist owns a microscopic 0.95 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 13/4 K/BB ratio across 19 innings this season.
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E. Soto - SS
Elliot Soto recorded his first major-league hit on Saturday in the Angels’ loss to the Dodgers.
Soto lined a base-hit to right field in the third inning to collect his first big-league hit. He also walloped a ground-rule double to right field off Dodgers reliever Alex Wood, and eventually came around to score on David Fletcher’s two-run double later in the frame. The 31-year-old infielder spent a decade in the minor leagues, split between three different organizations, before finally making his big-league debut in this one. How can you not be romantic about baseball?
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J. Jones - 2B
Jahmai Jones went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored on Saturday in the Angels' loss to the Dodgers.
Jones wasted no time in his first major-league plate appearance, smacking an RBI single to center field off Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin in the third inning, to pick up his first big-league hit. The 23-year-old rookie outfielder is one of the more intriguing toolsy prospects in the game, and is worth monitoring in deeper mixed leagues next spring.
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Will Smith went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI on Saturday in the Dodgers’ win over the Angels.
Smith smacked an RBI single to right field off Angels starter Julio Teheran in the opening frame, and also clobbered a solo shot to left field off reliever Luke Bard in the eighth inning. It was his eighth round-tripper of the season. He also drew a walk in this one. The 25-year-old backstop has blossomed into an excellent all-around offensive threat, hitting .300/.414/.600 with 23 runs scored, eight home runs and 25 RBI across 133 plate appearances. He’s making a serious case to be among the top handful of catchers selected in fantasy drafts next spring.
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Jared Walsh went 2-for-5 with a two-run triple on Saturday in the Angels’ loss to the Dodgers.
Walsh continues to tear the cover off the ball. He lifted a two-run triple off the left-field wall against Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin in the third inning, and also reached on an infield single against lefty-vaporizer Adam Kolarek in the ninth inning. The 27-year-old first baseman has been sizzling at the dish over the last few weeks, hitting .349 (29-for-83) with nine home runs and 26 RBI over 21 games this month. He'll be an extremely popular late-round sleeper candidate in fantasy drafts next spring.
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J. Pederson - LF
Joc Pederson tattooed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning Saturday, powering the Dodgers to a 7-6 victory over the Angels.
Pederson plated a run in the opening frame with a fielder’s choice and put the Dodgers ahead for good with a two-run shot -- his seventh long ball of the season -- off Hansel Robles in the sixth inning. The 28-year-old righty masher has endured a miserable offensive campaign, but will likely play a role in the Dodgers postseason run as a power bat off the bench.
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