Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Injuries, Suspension and Fantasy Baseball

The push is on in Major League Baseball for the playoffs and the same can be said for fantasy baseball as well. While MLB teams are lining up to add players or sell players at the July 31st trading deadline fantasy owners are on the edge of their seats waiting to see what is going to happen and how it is going to affect their fantasy teams, for better or worse. One thing I found interesting is the slew of either injured or suspended players that are set to come off the disabled and suspension lists in the coming weeks that could alter the way your league unfolds.

Jose Fernandez is set to make his 2015 season debut tomorrow for the Miami Marlins when the team faces off with the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins had a budding ace on their hands before the surgery but have not seen encouraging results from him in his rehab assignment. The last thing to come back is command and we saw Ivan Nova struggle with his command in his final tune-up before dominating the Phillies in his season debut so you never really know what to expect. Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays is also set to come off the disabled list after missing most of the 2014 season with Tommy John surgery and will also make his season debut tomorrow against the Cleveland Indians. Moore is another ace that has struggled a bit with his command in his rehab and is another question mark moving forward. Frankly if I had to choose between the two I would go with Fernandez because it seems like the Rays are rushing Moore back for a potential division race and pennant chase.

Ervin Santana was suspended for the first 80 games of the MLB season after failing a steroid test with the Minnesota Twins. Santana’s suspension ends this Sunday but the team has not announced when and where his season debut will happen but for a team that is struggling and chasing a division title it will come sooner rather than later. The same can be said for Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia who will also have his suspension lifted after 80 games. Mejia will return to a struggling Mets team that needs all the pitching help they can get. If I had to choose one or the other I would go with Santana who has had great results in his career and is a potential ace in Minnesota while Mejia isn’t likely to exceed 30 or 40 IP for the remainder of the season.

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