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Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks picked up his 27th save of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Astros. Hendriks came in to pitch the ninth inning up by a run to face the top of the order and turned in a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. Hendriks had some bumpy patches towards the beginning of the season but has settled down into the top fantasy closer managers expected, converting all but three save opportunities with a 2.95 ERA and a 12.87 K/9 rate. He remains one of fantasy's most-trusted closers for the rest of the season.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani flirted with a no-hitter in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Athletics as a two-out single in the eighth ended his bid at history. He would allow a second hit to the next batter, but he finished the inning unscathed and ended his night with 10 strikeouts and one walk allowed. Ohtani also helped his cause by going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of singles and one RBI to take his slash line to a crisp .275/.358/.529. The 28-year-old will have one more shot to build upon another MVP-caliber season as he'll take a 2.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in a rematch with the Athletics.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon took his record to 14-8 on Thursday as his club defeated the Rockies 6-4. The left-hander was dominant by striking out 10 over six-shutout frames while walking no one and allowing just two hits in his 95-pitch effort. Rockies leadoff man Yonathan Daza was the only batter to record a hit off Rodon as he would retire 15 batters in a row at one point in the game. Rodon has put up a terrific encore season by pitching to a 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 178 IP in his Giants debut as he'll look to end his season on another high note versus the Padres next week.
Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Cal Quantrill had a nice outing on Thursday, tossing six innings of one-run ball in his club's 2-1 win over the Rays. He allowed just three hits on the night while striking out four and walking no one in his 89-pitch effort, but still had to settle for a no-decision. The only run he allowed came in the first frame when David Peralta cashed in with an RBI single, but he was locked in the rest of the way and finished the game by retiring the last 10 batters he faced. The 27-year-old will carry a 3.42 ERA and 1.22 WHIP through 188 1/3 IP into his final regular season start versus the Royals next week.
Miami Marlins outfielder Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning on Thursday to propel his team to a 4-2 win over the Brewers. His two-out shot off Freddy Peralta just cleared the right-center field fence for his only hit of the ball game as he finished the game going 1-for-4. The 31-year-old didn't live up to expectations in 2022 by hitting .230 with eight homers, 30 runs, 35 RBI, and four steals through 94 games as he's dealt with injuries nearly all season. At least he can finish out his season on a high note after his late-game heroics, but his stock is trending down heading into the offseason.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Eric Lauer performed well on Thursday as he fired five-shutout frames in the team's 4-2 loss to the Marlins. The lefty struck out nine batters on the night, including four straight to begin the game, without walking a batter and allowing just one single in his 71-pitch effort. He was in line for the win until the bullpen blew it in the late innings, but it was good to see him dominate after struggling in his first game back off the IL last week. Lauer will take a 3.83 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into his final start of the season in a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
The New York Mets are calling up top catching prospect Francisco Alvarez ahead of their weekend series versus the Braves, which starts Friday. The report is that he would receive at-bats as the designated hitter against left-handers as a tune-up before the team enters the postseason. The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball, and he slashed .260/.374/.511 with 27 homers in 112 games split between Double-A and Triple-A this season. It will be intriguing to see if Alvarez will get the nod Friday night with lefty Max Fried on the bump in a pivotal series in Atlanta, but it's too late for him to make any sort of impact in redraft leagues.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber was 0-for-2 in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs but did walk twice. He's been struggling to hit recently, batting .185 in his last 15 games, but still has five home runs in that span. Overall, it's been a productive season for Schwarber, who's slugged 42 HRs and has slashed .212/.315/.483 with 95 runs, 87 RBI, and nine stolen bases over 149 games. The lefty is a must-start in every league unless fantasy managers are going all in for batting average.
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs tossed six quality innings on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, allowing three hits, striking out five, and walking no one. He didn't get the win, though, as the Rays ended up losing 2-1. Springs is in the midst of his best season, as he owns a 2.45 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with nine wins and 141 strikeouts across 132.1 innings (24 starts). Despite playing for the Rays, the 30-year-old has thrown at least five innings in 11 of his last 12 starts. Springs has been a great fantasy asset for most of the season, and that shouldn't change the rest of the way.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson (personal) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the division-rival San Diego Padres due to a personal issue. Manager Dave Roberts said Thompson will be away from the team for a day, so he could return on Friday. With Thompson out, Miguel Vargas will get the start in left field and will bat seventh in the lineup against Padres right-handed opener Steven Wilson. Vargas will be a low-upside DFS play on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Cuban rookie will be playing in just his 13th major-league game. In his 39 at-bats so far, he has just seven hits (a homer) and five RBI.
The Miami Marlins activated outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring), infielder Joey Wendle (hamstring) and pitcher Tommy Nance (groin) from the injured list on Thursday. The Marlins also placed infielder/outfielder Garrett Cooper (pinkie) on the 10-day injured list with a pinkie fracture and Steven Okert (triceps) on the 15-day injured list with left triceps tightness. Jesus Sanchez was recalled and Jerar Encarnacion and Luke Williams were optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville. Garcia is starting in right field and batting cleanup on Thursday, while Wendle is at the 6 and hitting seventh against Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Eric Lauer. With less than a week left in the regular season, Cooper's 2022 campaign will come to an end.