This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Hopefully, you're heading into the fantasy season's final month with your sights set on a league title. This is a tricky time because some teams will back off on the innings pitched for key arms they want fresh for the playoffs, while other teams, especially those out of the playoff picture will want to see what they have coming into next season. These guys are a mix of arms who could help now, or they might be deserving of your attention next spring. Let's briefly see who might be worth a look during the season's final month:
Shohei Ohtani (Angels) – He hasn't really been missing. He has served regularly as the Angels' designated hitter since being shut down from mound work in June, but pitching junkies want to know when he'll be back in the Angels' rotation. I'm going to spend a little extra time on this one, because he's a potential impact pitcher, even over the relatively short time remaining this season.
Ohtani is a top tier pitcher when healthy, and as much as the team likes his production capabilities in the batting order, they want him on the mound. The big question will be whether they want to risk any further damage to his elbow with nothing to play for this season. He's throwing off a mound, and things are reportedly going well, but it will take time to build his arm strength up to allow him to pitch deep into games. If that happens, he could