Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against Rangers left-hander Mike Minor. Mike Trout is serving as the DH for this one, while Brian Goodwin draws into center field and will hit sixth. Goodwin is also a left-handed swinger and is batting .258/.310/.485 with only three home runs and 10 RBI against southpaws this year in 72 plate appearances. There are better low-priced DFS plays than Goodwin in this lefty-lefty matchup.
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Ryan McMahon is starting at the hot corner and is hitting cleanup against Diamondbacks starter Mike Leake. McMahon becomes a fine DFS play on Wednesday against a pitcher that is known to give up long balls frequently. McMahon is also hitting .333 (9-for-27) with five home runs and eight RBI in eight games since Aug. 12. It's a normal day of rest for Arenado.
Baltimore Orioles infield/outfield prospect Ryan Mountcastle continues to hit for Triple-A Norfolk. Mountcastle went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI on Tuesday and also hit his 24th home run on the season. Mountcastle is also hitting .314 and has 77 RBI. Mountcastle has shown how good he can be offensively, but the Orioles have been hesitant to promote him due to defense. Mountcastle has been playing outfield lately and has also played first base this year. Originally a shortstop, Mountcastle should eventually get a shot either this year or in 2020 at the latest and should be owned in dynasty leagues.
Atlanta Braves catching prospect Alex Jackson received a clean bill of health after being removed from the game at Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, so he'll likely be called up when Brian McCann (knee) is placed on the injured list. McCann injured his left knee on Tuesday night and is expected to land on the shelf, so Jackson will split playing time with Tyler Flowers for the Braves. The 23-year-old is the team's No. 25 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and is hitting .224/.311/.510 with 25 home runs and 57 RBI in 81 games for Gwinnett. He's intriguing from a fantasy perspective because of his power, but there's also too much swing and miss in his game. There's no guarantee he'll be relevant in mixed leagues in the short term as he shares time with Flowers.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (foot) will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a left foot fracture. Gray is leaning toward having surgery on his foot, but he's expected to be fine for the start of next season. He has been placed on the 60-day injured list, and pitcher Tim Melville has been called up from Triple-A to make the start against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. It ends a good season for the right-hander (3.84 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 11 wins), especially after he went eight scoreless innings against the Marlins last week. Melville hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017 and had a 5.42 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 8.8 K/9 in 17 starts and one relief outing in the minors. It's likely just a spot start for him and he should be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray (foot) has been placed on the 60-Day Injured List after suffering a left foot fracture. He will miss the rest of the 2019 season. Gray ends the season with an 11-8 record, 3.84 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He can be dropped in all season-long leagues. All in all, this year was an improvement over 2018 for Gray and he should be an interesting target in the early double digit rounds of fantasy drafts once again next year.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Avisail Garcia (oblique) will play in a rehab game with Single-A Charlotte on Thursday, and he's on track to be activated from the injured list when he's eligible to return on Saturday. Garcia will return to a .278/.335/.459 slash line, 17 home runs, 49 runs, 57 RBI and nine stolen bases and is worth owning in most mixed leagues on a strong Rays team. His fantasy owners should be thankful, as most players miss much more time with oblique injuries.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland (groin) suffered a left groin strain during his start against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. He'll be evaluated over the next few days, but he said the pain level is similar to when he missed 10 days for the same injury in 2017. The left-hander allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out two in 5 1/3 innings before exiting. He drops to 3-11 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 78 K's in 99 1/3 innings over his 20 starts this year. It's been a nightmare season for Freeland, and he should remain on waiver wires in all mixed leagues. Don't be surprised if he's placed on the injured list on Wednesday.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (back, groin) resumed his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday and went 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and three strikeouts as the designated hitter. Haniger is back on track and should be able to join the Mariners later this month or early in September. It's been a rough year for the 28-year-old who broke out in 2018, as he's hitting .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs, 32 RBI and four steals in 246 at-bats. There's a lot of swing and miss to his game, but Haniger's power potential when healthy makes him worth the stash for the final month of the season.
It seems that the cycle of streaky Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is ebbing again after another 0-for-4 performance against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, as the Blue Jays were smacked around Tuesday night in a 16-3 loss. After hitting home runs in three out of four games, as well as five in his last nine, Grichuk is now one for his last 11 with no walks or extra-base hits. While it is encouraging that he hasn't struck out in his last four games, Grichuk is safe to bench until he heats up again.
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