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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette had a bit of a rough time at the plate against the Minnesota Twins this past weekend before breaking through on Sunday. He went just 2-for-13 with no extra-base hits and six strikeouts over the first three games of the series. However, on Sunday, he put together a 2-for-4 outing with a double and a run scored, helping the team secure a 5-2 victory. Bichette has had a strong month of September overall, slashing .313/.340/.495 with five home runs, three stolen bases, 17 RBI and 18 runs. He's notched his first career 20-20 season with 26 home runs and 23 stolen bases. Expect for him to be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts come next spring.
The New York Yankees activated starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (ankle) from the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Fellow pitcher Albert Abreu was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Taillon is set to start Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 29-year-old right-hander has been out since September 6 after partially tearing a tendon in his right ankle. He's had a bit of a rough first season with the Yankees. Over 27 starts, he's gone 8-6 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He's a risky start in DFS or for championship week in season-long formats against a tough Blue Jays offense.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez has been hot at the right time for fantasy managers. He's had one of his best months of the year in September. Over 25 games this month, he's slashing .316/.433/.544 with five home runs, seven stolen bases, 15 RBI and 20 runs. He's struck out just 13 times this month while walking 17 times. The 29-year-old veteran has 36 home runs, 26 stolen bases, 99 RBI and 107 runs over 145 games on the year. His 15.3% whiff rate ranks in the 94th percentile of the league and his .502 xSLG ranks in the 85th percentile.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josh Rogers was off to another outstanding start Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, putting up four scoreless innings, but he melted down in the fifth and finished his day with three runs allowed on seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters and gave up two home runs in his first loss of the year. Rogers has been a revelation down the stretch, and while fantasy managers in playoff situations will be loathe to trust him, he may have played himself into streaming consideration for 2022.
The Cincinnati Reds placed starting pitcher Luis Castillo on the bereavement list ahead of Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team has called up Reiver Sanmartin to start Monday's game in his place. The Reds announced that Castillo will now make his next start on Friday, when the team will be playing the Pirates once again. Castillo has been solid on the mound this month, pitching to a 2.49 ERA over four starts, three of which have gone for quality starts. He has a 4.05 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 32 starts on the year.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was at the top of his game for the first four innings against the New York Yankees Sunday night, but he faltered in the fifth inning, allowing two runs to cross. All told it was a solid performance, as he gave up two runs on six hits and one walk in five innings with eight strikeouts. He took a no-decision in the 6-3 loss. Rodriguez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his five September starts, with two quality starts in that time. His 4.93 ERA looks worse than it should, but Rodriguez stands to be a solid fantasy option in 2022 once again.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Jake Fraley came close to hitting a dramatic grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, but he instead settled for a bases-clearing double off the top of the wall. He was 1-for-4 in the game with three RBI, and he also added his 10th stolen base of the season. Fraley has only collected 205 at-bats this season, but with nine homers and 10 steals, he's shown off plenty of fantasy potential should he manage more full-time playing time in 2022, however unlikely that scenario is. He should be left on the waiver wire for the remainder of this season.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales reached double-digit wins Sunday, recording his 10th of the year in a 5-1 victory over Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels. Gonzales matched Ohtani pitch for pitch, finishing with one run allowed on three hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out five batters. Gonzales now has four consecutive quality starts, and has recovered well from a disastrous start to the season. He'll enter 2022 as a solid floor option for fantasy managers once again.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers had two hits in Sunday night's game against the New York Yankees, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base. Devers now has five steals on the season, a number which doesn't seem impressive at first, but does a lot to separate him from other bat-first players in roto and head-to-head formats. Devers is slashing .393/.414/.571 in his last seven games, and appears set to finish a very strong fantasy campaign on a high note.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is absent from the starting lineup for Monday's game against Matt Manning and the Detroit Tigers. Leury Garcia is getting the start at shortstop for the game while Luis Robert is bumping up to the leadoff spot. Anderson has been seeing a few days off per week since returning from the injured list in mid-September. He missed about two weeks due to a hamstring injury to kick off the month. The team wants to manage his workload while looking ahead to the postseason. Anderson's power numbers have been down a bit this year, but he's been great otherwise. Over 118 games, he's slashing .302/.331/.460 with 16 home runs, 18 stolen bases, 58 RBI and 91 runs.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (knee) is back in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Connor Overton and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Votto missed the team's previous two games while dealing with knee soreness. The 38-year-old veteran has a 1.051 OPS so far in September. He has 33 home runs on the year, just four shy of his career-high of 37, which he set back in 2010. It's been a fantastic revival campaign for the Red star who is slashing .268/.379/.557 over 124 games on the season. His .936 OPS on the year is his highest since 2017, up from .800 last year.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Nick Anderson allowed one earned run on one hit over a one inning during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins. He didn't strike anyone out and surrendered a solo blast to Lewis Diaz in the bottom of the ninth inning but still earned the save over the Marlins. The 31-year-old has now allowed an earned run over his last three appearances. Anderson will continue to split closing duties with Pete Fairbanks while incumbent closer Andrew Kittredge (shoulder) is sidelined. The Rays right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA with a 1:2 K: BB through six innings and can be rostered by fantasy managers searching for saves.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins. He extended his on-base streak to 41 games and continues his impressive rookie campaign. The 20-year-old returned to the lineup Friday after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury. Franco is slashing .287/.350/.476 with seven home runs, 36 RBI, 51 runs scored, and two stolen bases over 280 plate appearances in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to start Franco as he emerges as one of the top players in the game.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Shane Baz (2-0) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out nine batters over 5 2/3 scoreless innings during Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. He picked up his second win of the season. The 22-year-old threw 82 pitches, firing 52 for strikes. He cruised through 5 2/3 innings and didn't let the Marlins get into scoring position until the sixth frame. Baz owns a terrific 1.69 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, and a 14:1 K: BB over his first two MLB appearances. Fantasy managers can start Baz in his final start against the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. Buxton sent a ball 393 feet into the outfield at 100.8 MPH for his 16th long ball of the season. The speedy outfielder isn't hitting for average much, but owns a .511 slugging percentage with 17 runs scored, six homers, nine RBI, and two stolen bases in September. Buxton should be a mainstay in lineups while he's hitting this well.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (9-2) pitched a brilliant game against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, throwing seven innings with one run, no walks, and 10 strikeouts. He had little run support, however, and the Angels ended up losing 5-1. It's his second start in a row with 10 strikeouts and fourth overall on the year. Over 23 starts, the AL-MVP favorite has a 3.18 ERA, 29.3 K%, 8.3 BB%, and 1.09 WHIP across 130.1 IP. There's no word on if Ohtani will start again this season. He'll still help fantasy managers with his bat the rest of the way and has a .258/.371/.595 slash line with 45 HRs and 24 SBs.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (shoulder) landed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with right shoulder impingement. His start on Saturday was cut short after just two innings, initially feeling arm fatigue. With six games left on the campaign, Barria will be out for the remainder of the season. He was having a tough season on the bump for the Halos, posting a 4.61 ERA, 35 strikeouts, and 19 walks over 56.2 innings. According to manager Joe Maddon, rookie Reid Detmers could start in Barria's place on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners. Detmers made four starts before landing on the injured list and being optioned to Triple-A on September 23. The top prospect has a 7.11 ERA with 17 strikeouts across 19 innings in the majors this year and should be left on the waiver wire in most leagues.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman notched his 30th save of the season in Sunday's win over the Red Sox. Chapman had to work a bit, as he needed 20 pitches to navigate the ninth inning, though he got a five-pitch strikeout to end the game. The hard-throwing lefty became just the ninth reliever in baseball to reach the 30-save mark this season. Chapman has posted a 2.70 ERA with a 38.4 percent strikeout rate since the start of August. The veteran closer remains a strong relief option as fantasy managers head into their final matchups.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery delivered a solid effort despite the no-decision Sunday against the Red Sox. Montgomery pitched five innings, allowing one run on seven hits with zero walks issued. The lefty struck out four batters while generating nine whiffs. Montgomery has been brilliant over his last three starts, as he has allowed just three runs while posting a 22:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He'll be a solid streaming option in his final scheduled start against the Rays. Montgomery owns a 3-1 record and a 3.18 ERA in 28 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay this year.
Kansas City Royals closer Scott Barlow made things interesting in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers, but he was able to get the job done in the end. Barlow entered the game as the Royals had a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning. He went on to give up two hits, two walks and one earned run before putting things away. Each of the three outs in the inning came through a strikeout. Barlow now has 16 saves on the year, six of which have come this month. He's converted each of his last eight saves opportunities dating back to late August.
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