Oh, dubbed “The Final Boss” for his late-game dominance in Korea and Japan, might be the new final boss for St. Louis. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny informed Trevor Rosenthal on Saturday that he will no longer be the team’s closer, and Oh is the logical choice to step into the role. Oh’s numbers have been off the charts in his first season in the United States. He’s posted a 1.66 ERA and 0.79 WHIP to go along with a 51:8 K:BB ratio across 38 innings, and has allowed just one home run.
Once a stud prospect, Moore is still finding himself following Tommy John surgery two years ago. Moore broke onto the scene in 2011 when, after getting a September call-up, he tossed seven scoreless innings in Game 1 of the ALDS. A year later, he tossed 177.1 innings, racking up 175 strikeouts and posting a respectable 3.81 ERA. In 2013, he lowered the ERA to 3.29 and won 17 games.
Looking to build on the promising start to his career in 2014, Moore instead only made it through two games before suffering a torn UCL. Moore returned to the mound in July 2015 but struggled initially, prompting a demotion to Triple-A, though he did return to make six September starts in which he posted a 2.97 ERA. That good finish to 2015 didn’t carry over to the beginning of 2016, as Moore posted a 5.56 ERA through his first 12 starts of the season.
It’s been a different story the last two starts, however. In those starts, Moore threw a total of 13 innings and allowed just two earned runs. He also struck out 15 batters. So is Moore now all the way “back?” That might be reading too much into just two starts. But Moore is talented, and his performance the last two games should make prospective fantasy owners take notice. Plus, there are signs that point to continued success: Moore’s BB/9 this season would be a new career low and his average fastball velocity (92.7 MPH) is up from last year (92.0 MPH). It might be worth it to take a flier on Moore now with the hope that he truly is getting back to form.
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A hot player in a hot lineup is a good combination for fantasy owners. Enter Chris Young. Expected to serve primarily as a platoon player to be used against left-handed pitching, Young now finds himself in an expanded role due to injuries to Brock Holt and Blake Swihart. And the 32-year-old is thriving, hitting .290/.365/.570 this season. He’s been especially good lately, with five home runs in just 28 at-bats this month.
As long as Holt and Swihart are out, Young should continue to get regular playing time in left field. With Boston leading MLB in team batting average, on-base percentage and runs scored, a regular lineup spot means plenty of opportunities for counting stats. Young might still endure some struggles against righties (he hit just .182 against them last year), but pretty much any Boston offensive regular is worth a look these days.
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Evan Gattis quickly became a fan favorite when he broke onto the scene with the Braves in 2013. Affectionately dubbed El Oso Blanco, or The White Bear, Gattis hit six home runs that April and finished with 21 in his rookie season. He clubbed 22 home runs in 2014 and 27 last year, his first season with the Astros.
Despite the power production, Gattis slipped through the cracks a bit early in 2016. Due to offseason surgery to repair a hernia, Gattis didn’t make his debut until April 12, and he scuffled a bit out of the gate, not hitting his first home run until April 29. And with the switch to the AL, Gattis had essentially stopped catching and switched to DH full time, which limited his value.
But now Gattis is hitting—and catching—again. He’s homered in three straight games and has eight since May 17, when he returned from a brief stint in the minors. That trip to the minors was for Gattis to shake the rust off behind the plate. Since his return from the minors, Gattis has caught eight times, and he figures to continue to see regular playing time there going forward. For those in shallower season-long leagues, Gattis is worth grabbing if he’s available, especially if he becomes eligible at catcher, given the thin nature of the position. And Gattis also makes for a strong DFS tournament play at the moment due to his power surge. El Oso Blanco is back.
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Fulmer got the call to the big leagues on April 29, and he didn’t exactly fly out of the gates. Over his first four starts, the 23-year-old righty failed to make it past the fifth inning, and he compiled a 6.52 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. But over his past two starts, it’s been a different story for Fulmer. He’s pitched 14.2 innings while giving up just one earned run and striking out 14. Fulmer also picked up wins in both games, against Tampa Bay and Oakland.
The rookie has a good chance at continuing the success in his next scheduled start, Wednesday on the road against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been middle-of-the-road scoring runs this year, and their team .384 slugging percentage is second-worst in the American League.
Fulmer entered the year as one of Detroit’s top prospects, with a strong fastball-slider combo that had scouts pegging him as a future No. 2 starter. Like many young pitchers, he experienced some early struggles, but he may be turning the corner. Fulmer should be considered a solid option on Wednesday and beyond.