Cincinnati Reds Roster
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Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle pitched well in a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. Mahle allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking two. The start was especially impressive considering it came against a White Sox lineup that has been one of the most dangerous in baseball this season. Mahle has been a solid starter for Cincy this year, posting a 2-2 record, 3.97 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 56 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings of work. His next start of the season comes against the Milwaukee Brewers, a spot where fantasy gamers can consider keeping him active.
Cincinnati Reds DH Jesse Winker went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. Winker took Chicago right-hander Jonathan Stiever deep in the third inning as part of a five-run barrage. The young hitter has enjoyed a mini breakout this season, slashing .263/.381/.556 with 11 homers, 23 runs, 22 RBI, and a steal. He has become a solid fantasy bat who is worth starting on most days in deeper leagues. Winker will take on Chicago lefty Dallas Keuchel on Saturday in what could be a tough matchup.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen will start Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Lorenzen allowed one run across five innings of work during a spot start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. The 28-year-old owns a 4.56 ERA and 23/14 K/BB rate across 25 2/3 innings in 2020. Even though the White Sox have clinched a playoff spot, they still possess one of the top offensive units in baseball. Lorenzen is a risky fantasy play on Sunday.
Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray (back) is hoping to return to the team's rotation for their series against the Milwaukee Brewers at the start of next week. Gray was placed on the injured list following a rough start on Sept. 10 against the Chicago Cubs. If the 30-year-old can return on Monday or Tuesday, he may be able to fit in a second start before the end of the regular season. Either way, Gray will make at least one more appearance for his fantasy managers, assuming there are no setbacks.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez was activated off of the paternity list on Friday morning. He is starting at the hot corner and batting fourth against the Chicago White Sox. Suarez is carrying a lowly .206 average through 165 at-bats in 2020 but has redeemed himself with 13 homers and 30 RBI. He is a mid-tier option for Friday's DFS slate and should be put back into all season-long fantasy lineups.