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New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will try and stay hot in a must-win game for the Yankees in Game 4 against the Astros. Tanaka has been awesome through two postseason starts this season, allowing only one run on four hits in 11 innings pitched while striking out 11. The veteran pitcher continues his run of excellent performance in the playoffs and heads into Game 4 with a 5-2 record, a 1.32 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 41 career postseason innings. Tanaka was strong pitching at home this season as well, going 8-3 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 16 starts this season at Yankee Stadium.
Oakland Athletics starting pitchers Jesus Luzardo and Mike Fiers haven't attended the team's summer-camp workouts yet, but general manager David Forst said he can't say if any players were not cleared to practice on Monday night. Luzardo and Fiers worked out together during the COVID-19 shutdown, but it's unclear if either pitcher has been cleared. It's possible that the results of their tests have been delayed. Luzardo, a 22-year-old left-hander, is the team's top prospect and has tantalizing upside for his ability to miss bats. He shouldn't have any restrictions on his workload in the shortened season, giving him massive upside at his 113 ADP. Fiers, a 35-year-old righty, had a career-high 15 wins in 2019 and an ERA under 4.00, but his FIP of 4.97 and weak 6.1 K/9 in 184 2/3 innings are more indicative of his low fantasy ceiling.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun has tested positive for COVID-19, according to manager Torey Lovullo. Calhoun is asymptomatic and is feeling great, however. The 32-year-old must return two negative tests in order to join the team's workouts at Chase Field. He had a career-high 33 home runs and 74 RBI in his final season with the Angels in 2019, but Calhoun also hit just .232/.325/.467. There's a chance he might not be ready for the start of the regular season. If that were to happen, Tim Locastro and Josh Rojas could platoon in right field. Calhoun is strictly a power option late in mixed league drafts, and he also struggles against left-handed pitchers.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (rib) declared himself game-ready on Monday. Judge suffered a stress fracture in his rib late last season that forced him to take time away from swinging, but the delayed season has provided Judge enough time to heal. Rib stress fractures are uncommon in baseball, so its hard to estimate the chances of the injury nagging Judge this season, but it seems unlikely that hell miss time because of his rib this year. Fantasy owners should expect Judge to be a dominant power hitter again this season after the 28-year-old posted a .973 OPS over the past three seasons.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert, MLB Pipeline's No. 3 overall prospect this year, is one of the favorites for the American League Rookie of the Year in 2020. The 22-year-old has five-tool talent and is projected by some pundits to be one of the game's next superstars. Robert has the ability to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a full season, and he could also be a .300 hitter while providing sound defense in center field. The youngster hit .328 with a 1.001 OPS, 36 steals, 32 home runs, 108 runs and 92 RBI in stops with High-A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte last year. There's no denying the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder's lofty upside, which makes him a fringe top-30 fantasy outfielder, but make sure to bake in some ups and downs with Robert's 2020 projection in this shortened season.
Tampa Bay Rays outfieldersAustin Meadows, Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena and pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Yonny Chirinos were not present at the workouts on Monday. Meadows attended Friday's workout, but he hasn't been on the field since. The others have yet to take the field during summer camp. Pitcher Chaz Roe took the field for the first time on Monday. It's unknown if any of these players have tested positive for COVID-19 or if they are just affected by MLB's testing delays from over the holiday weekend. It's something to keep an eye on, especially with Meadows and Glasnow. Meadows broke out in 2019 and has more upside remaining as a top-15 fantasy outfielder. Glasnow was lights-out before he was injured and has top-five potential as a starter, but injuries and a potential limited workload in 2020 make him more of an SP2 this year.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder/first baseman Yoshitomo Tsutsugo appears to be more comfortable as he adjusts to life in the major leagues after 205 career home runs and five All-Star nods in Japan. "His swing is what it is, and its really good," manager Kevin Cash said. "He has special power; hes got special line-drive ability. I think right now hes finding his comfort zone with what he likes to do, and we are, for the most part, just going to get out of the way." His time in his native Japan during the shutdown allowed him to focus on what he need to improve on when he returned to the States. The 28-year-old should see at-bats in the outfield, at first base and designated hitter, and he can provide some left-handed thump in deeper leagues. He's ranked just outside the top-100 fantasy outfielders.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada has not participated in any workouts, which began on Friday of last week, according to a source. The team announced on Sunday that two players tested positive for COVID-19, but they didn't release names. Both players are asymptomatic, however. The White Sox won't say if Moncada was one of those two players. He was the only regular position player not on the field on Monday. If he does have the virus, he'll have to test negative twice in order to join the workouts. The 25-year-old switch-hitter is a rising player who is expected to play a key role at the top of an improved White Sox batting order. Moncada's average should come down a bit, but his drop in strikeouts in 2019 was an encouraging sign for his development. He'll provide modest power and speed at the keystone as solid middle infield option in the middle rounds of drafts.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta has been cleared to participate in the team's summer camp on Monday after missing the first weekend of workouts for unknown reasons. Peralta admitted that he was feeling sick a week ago, but he tested negative for COVID-19 and should be ready to go for the regular season. The 32-year-old left-hander broke out with 30 home runs and 87 RBI in 2018, but he fell back to Earth with 12 long balls and 57 RBI while being limited to 99 games last season. Peralta had surgery on his shoulder towards the end of the year, but he should be fully healthy with the season being delayed. His underlying metrics showed that his 2018 numbers were more of an outlier, so don't pay for a return to those heights.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May (side), the team's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, said he threw three innings on Sunday and expects to be stretched out to five innings when the regular season starts. May had some soreness in his side in spring training earlier this year, but it looks like he'll be ready to go later this month. The 22-year-old right-hander could be more appealing as a late-round flier now that David Price and Jimmy Nelson won't play at all this year, but Ross Stripling is likely ahead of May when it comes to the Dodgers rotation options. May should already be owned in all dynasty/keeper formats and is certainly worth stashing in NL-only leagues because of his upside.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (back) will have surgery on his lower back on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2020 season. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the lumbar procedure. Nelson signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, and the team will hold a 2021 option on the right-hander. The 31-year-old had a great season with Milwaukee in 2017, but he's pretty much been injured since. He was 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings in 2019 with the Brew Crew. With David Price opting out this year and now Nelson out for the season, Ross Stripling will have much more value to the Dodgers and fantasy owners in a swing role.
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