Fantasy Baseball Today: Get Jeffrey Springs from Disclaimers, Jonathan Hernandez’s Dominance and More – CBS Sports | Mega Mediakw

Happy Friday everyone! It was an especially lucky Thursday night for New York Mets fans as they embarked on what is arguably the most important series of the season – against the Braves. And if you’re a Mets fan, you’ve got to love the decision to turn to Edwin Diaz for a SIX-out save. Two innings of brilliant work from one of baseball’s best closers got the job done.

The Angels did something special Thursday night when they set an MLB record by hitting all seven of their runs on solo homers — Shohei Ohtani blasted two of them. Oh, and AL Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander spun another jewel on Thursday, and this one put some extra loose change in his pocket in the form of a guarantee. Verlander’s outing Thursday netted a $25 million player option for the 2023 season — not like the Astros wouldn’t pick them up anyway if they got the chance.

Below we’ll break down some other key takeaways from Thursday’s action.

Is Springs back for the stretch run?

Jeffrey Springs made his first quality start since June 24 with six strong innings. Springs allowed just four hits, missed no batter, hit out six and also allowed just two unearned runs. After that start, Springs dropped his season-wide ERA to 2.50 with 83 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. He’s also thrown just 16 walks in 14 starts this season with a swinging strike rate of 13.3%.

The biggest question for Springs right now might just be his innings – he only pitched 44 2/3 last year and is already close to 80 this year. His career high came back in 2017 when he pitched 112 1/3 innings.

who is hot

Alec Bohm has been cooking up lately and Thursday was no different. He hit a three-run homer — his eighth of the season. That brings his last 40 game total to four homers, nine doubles, 23 carries, 24 RBI and a .363 batting average. He has been Roto’s 8th best third baseman and 16th best in H2H points leagues in his last 28 games. Despite all of this, Bohm remains on the roster in just 67% of the CBS leagues and has six games scheduled for next week.

who does not

Joe Musgrove looked like a Cy Young candidate for most of the first half of the season, but on Thursday night he didn’t look like that pitcher at all. Musgrove was hit hard again Thursday when he conceded six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Rockies. He also allowed eight hits, a walk and knocked out six batters. Musgrove has now admitted a 7.29 ERA over hisplast four starts.

Hernandez looks pretty good in this role

Jonathan Hernandez has looked strong in his new audition to be closer to Rangers and that continued Thursday night. Hernandez made his second save to a 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, looking absolutely dominant. He threw all three of his sinkers, slider and changeup – and he averaged 98.8 mph on the sinker. He’s only 12% on the roster, but that’s going up.

Fantasy News, Injuries and Notes

For a full recap of all injuries, updates and more, make sure you’re on the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast, where Frank, Scott and Chris dive deep into each player’s note. For the CliffsNotes release, here we summarize the main news and notes you need to know:

  • Bryce Harper is targeting a return in September after his fractured left thumb injury.
  • Mike Trout began rotation work Wednesday with the goal of building him up enough to swing a racquet. That doesn’t sound great.
  • Clayton Kershaw left his start on Thursday after his lower back blocked him. He will undergo a medical test on Friday.
  • Julio Rodriguez is on track to return from IL when he qualifies for the first time next Wednesday. Teammate Mitch Haniger has a similar schedule.
  • In case you need more confirmation, there’s a report that Spencer Strider has no innings cap this season and that the Braves have no immediate plans to move him back to the bullpen, even with the addition of Jake Odorizzi.
  • Whit Merrifield is vaccinated and allowed to play in Toronto. In his Blue Jays debut on Thursday, he batted as an eighth and played in midfield. He went 2-5 with one run and RBI.
  • Ozzie Albies played Catch Wednesday and should be able to return in late August.
  • Jean Segura was reinstated from the IL on Thursday, batting seventh in the Phillies’ lineup.
  • Dustin May will need at least two more rehab starts, leading him to return in maybe two weeks. During his third rehabilitation trip on Wednesday, he built up to 62 parking spaces.
  • Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said Jack Flaherty will host a bullpen session this weekend and could be cleared to start a rehab assignment as early as next week.
  • Edward Cabrera has been activated and will likely start against the Cubs on Friday. He’s 48% in the squad, how aggressive do you want to add him?
  • Chris Taylor could return sometime this weekend. That could make the season even more difficult for Miguel Vargas.
  • Lance McCullers will make his fourth rehab start at Triple-A on Sunday. During his last assignment he built up to 76 pitches.
  • Rangers third base prospect Josh Jung will play at third base in the Arizona Complex League for the next 6-10 days before moving to a minor league affiliate. Do you think we’ll see him at Rangers this season? He’s 16% on the roster.
  • Jordan Montgomery will make his Cardinals debut against…the Yankees on Saturday!
  • Luke Voit batted for third place in his Nationals debut.
  • Didi Gregorius was released by the Phillies with Bryson Stott taking over as the primary shortstop.
  • Eric Hosmer batted sixth in his Red Sox debut. He went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Brayan Bello was placed on the IL with a groin strain.
  • Aaron Civale will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Friday.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez will have a rehab start on Single-A Saturday. He hasn’t started since May.
  • Mike Soroka is expected to join simulated games soon and could be back in September.
  • Kole Calhoun was placed on the IL retroactive to August 3 with irritation of the right heel.

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