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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Jose Urquidy and the Houston Astros. Juan Lagares is getting the start in center field for the game while David Fletcher is leading off. Marsh has struggled so far in September, slashing .213/.250/.328 with one home run, two doubles and just three runs scored despite leading off lately. The Angels offense is a shell of what it could have been right now due to all of the injuries. Even if Marsh remains in the leadoff spot, it might not amount to much fantasy value.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (2-4) pitched well for 5 1/3 innings on Monday night in the 10-0 loss to the Houston Astros. He worked around 10 hits, giving up two runs and no walks while striking out five. In the end, he was the losing pitcher after the bullpen surrendered eight runs. Barria hasn't been good over 12 appearances this season, posting a 4.77 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and a poor 14.4 strikeout percentage while going at least five innings in just five of his 10 starts. He offers no value and should be left on the waiver wire in every format.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton (back) is unlikely to return before the end of the season, according to Angels manager Joe Maddon. The 34-year-old veteran has been out since September 1 due to a right lumbar strain. Maddon told reporters that Upton's back has been bothering him for most of the second half of the year. Maddon has certainly been the bearer of bad news lately. Last week, he told reporters that he didn't expect to see Mike Trout (calf) or Jo Adell (abdomen) back this year. Upton had an uneven 2021 season. Over 89 games, he slashed .211/.296/.409 with 17 home runs, 41 RBI and 47 runs.
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani is expected to start one more game this season, according to manager Joe Maddon. Ohtani, who pitched Sunday, is currently penciled in to start Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners. He's been masterful on the mound this season, posting a 9-2 record, 3.28 ERA, and 28.9 K% in 123.1 innings. He's also been very productive at the plate with a .952 OPS and 44 HRs. If Ohtani does pitch, fantasy managers will want to start him against the Mariners bottom-of-the-league offense.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh went 1-for-4 on Sunday with a run scored against the Oakland Athletics. The single helped the Angels score two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before ultimately losing in extras 3-2. After going cold in the middle of the year, he's looking to end strong and has posted a .951 OPS and .313 batting average with five home runs since August 22. Overall in 131 games this season, he owns a .271/.335/.504 slash line with 27 HRs, 85 RBI, and 62 runs. He has value in every format and fantasy managers should start him in every league during his hot streak.