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New York Yankees pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga would have been the teams primary fifth starter had the season begun on time, according to pitching coach Matt Blake. Injuries and a Domingo German suspension left the Yankees with holes in their starting rotation, and a strong spring from Loaisiga had him in line to win a job in the rotation. A delayed season has allowed James Paxton(back) to get healthy and bump Loaisiga out of the rotation, though, so Loaisiga is now likely to be the next man up should the Yankees need another starting pitcher midseason. Loaisiga owns an unimpressive career 4.79 ERA, but a high 28.3% strikeout rate and strong spring training command (one walk over 10 innings) give the 25-year-old some upside and make him a potential DFS play if he starts.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with a triple and his third stolen base of the season on Tuesday. Hicks filled up the box score with three RBI and a pair of runs to add on to his production, and Tuesdays performance brought his OPS up to .795 for the season. Hicks has been heating up lately with a .829 OPS in seven games leading up to Tuesday, and fantasy managers should expect the 31-year-old to continue posting an OPS around .800 with another stolen base or two through the end of the season.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole ended his regular season on a high note with a seven-inning, one-run, seven-strikeout performance against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Coles victory on Tuesday was his third in as many starts and his ninth consecutive start with at least seven strikeouts. Tuesday was also Coles 10th start (12 total starts) with at least one home run allowed this season, but thats been the only major blemish on an otherwise fantastic campaign from Cole. Tuesdays start brought Coles ERA down to 2.84 for the season, and his 26.5% K-BB% was elite once again. Fantasy managers should expect Cole to continue being an ace over the rest of the season and into the playoffs, even if his home run woes persist.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went yard for his 10th home run of the season on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rizzo has heated up lately and finished the game 2-for-3. The first baseman is getting hot at the right time for both the Cubs and fantasy managers and he is now hitting .220 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI. Managers should feel good about Rizzo as the season winds down.
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Travis Shaw was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms. In his absence, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. filled in at first base while Randal Grichuk served as the designated hitter. Shaw is being treated as day-to-day, but he is not a sizable loss for fantasy managers either way. He owns a .233/.307/.397 slash line with five homers and 14 RBI across 146 at-bats in 2020. Leave Shaw on the waiver wire for the remainder of the season.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez put together another good outing on Tuesday versus the Indians. Lopez has really responded since being recalled from the teams alternative site, after a rough start to his season. Lopez managed to allow just three hits, one run, two walks and struck out three over five innings. Lopez is lined up to close the regular season out with a start against the Cubs on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Oneil Cruz may be facing a lengthy jail sentence following a tragic car crash in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The 21-year-old was reportedly driving a vehicle that struck and killed three civilians on a motorcycle. Initial reports suggested he was sober at the time of the incident, but it now appears as though he may have been under the influence of alcohol. If the top-100 prospect is convicted, his MLB career is likely over. It is a terrible and mournful situation on all fronts.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Josh Rojas was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with back inflammation. The 26-year-old slashed .180/.257/.180 across 61 at-bats in 2020. He never looked comfortable at the plate this season and will now have the entire offseason to better himself. A full-time role in 2021 is not guaranteed at this point as the Diamondbacks have younger options vying for playing time.
San Francisco Giants catcher Chadwick Tromp (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday afternoon. The 25-year-old missed Monday's game for undisclosed reasons, but it appears he suffered a strained right shoulder on Sunday. In his absence, Joey Bart will continue to see the majority of playing time behind the plate. Bart only has fantasy value in NL-only leagues or two-catcher formats.
Miami Marlins infielder Sean Rodriguez has passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment on Sunday. The 35-year-old posted a .154 average across 13 at-bats in 2020 with six strikeouts. There was simply no use for him on the Marlins, and his MLB career may be coming to an end. Rodriguez has no fantasy value until further notice, as Brian Anderson will remain the everyday third baseman for the team.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is reportedly dealing with hamstring discomfort, according to manager Dave Roberts. Turner was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup. It is a problematic ailment, as it was the same hamstring that caused Turner to miss a handful of games in early September. It would not be surprising to see the Dodgers rest the veteran infielder until the postseason. Expect Edwin Rios to fill in at the hot corner for most of the final week.