10 Important Stories From 09/26/17 Box Scores: Montgomery’s Strong Start, Harper’s Return & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a busy Tuesday across baseball as the 2017 winds down. Whether you are making that final push towards a championship, getting ready for next season, or getting those last few days of DFS in, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from last night:

1) Hernandez Shows off the Power…

September is all about young players taking advantage of their chance. The trade from Houston gave Teoscar Hernandez that chance, and he is working towards a 2018 role with the Blue Jays. Batting lead-off, Hernandez went deep twice. His first home run was a solo shot off Chris Sale, and then followed it up with a three run blast. The problem though, is that in his other three at bats, Hernandez struck out. In 73 at bats with Toronto this season, Hernandez has seven home runs and 18 RBI while batting .274. His BABIP is .317, and it is very possible he holds onto his role for next season.

2) Cutch Has a Game…

We are past the point now of wondering if Andrew McCutchen is truly done or not, but last night ensured he is ending the season strong. Not only did the outfielder go 4 for 4 on Tuesday, but he went deep twice. His two home runs, a grand slam and a three run shot, gave him 28 on the season, and all together, the outfielder picked up 8 RBI on the night. That leaves McCutchen with 87 RBI on the season along with a .278 batting average. Sure there will lots of younger, more exciting and potential filled options on draft day, and you have to keep McCutchen’s early season struggles in mind, but he still has something to offer.

3) Montgomery Has a Strong Outing…

If your streaming carousel brought you to Jordan Montgomery last night, then you should be pleased. The rookie picked up his ninth victory of the season at home against Tampa Bay with six strong innings. Montgomery held the Rays to just one run in six innings of work on six hits and a walk. He struck out five while bringing his ERA down to 3.96 for the season. The Yankees’ plan for Montgomery next season will likely depend on how their off-season goes, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in their rotation on a full time basis. He could prove to be a valuable mid, or back end of the rotation option if that is the case.

4) Rosario Continues to Slug…

Everyone is going to talk about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano (before he got hurt), but there are more young players on the Twins who do require your attention. One of those players, is Eddie Rosario. The outfielder has been having a solid year, but when Sano went down, Rosario truly has stepped up. He went deep in the first inning last night, and followed that up with three more hits. After picking up 27th home run of the season, Rosario doubled twice (33 overall) and drove in two more runs. That brought his RBI total up to 78 to go along with his .292 batting average.

5) What Will Happen With Hader Next Year…

We know that Josh Hader was, maybe even still is, a top pitching prospect. The Brewers have given him a chance to start at the Triple-A level, but for multiple reasons, the southpaw has struggled and produced ERA’s north of five. Part of that reason, is that Milwaukee’s Triple-A team is in Colorado Springs so elevation is certainly an issue. However, the Brewers brought Hader to the major leagues this season to work out of the bullpen, and all he has done in his 34 outings is dominate. Last night, Hader picked up his second victory of the season with 2.2 innings of two run ball. In fact, all things considered this was one of his worst outings since he gave up two runs, but he did strikeout six as he saw his ERA jump to 1.93. Hader clearly can pitch at the big league level and get batters out, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see Milwaukee try him as a starter this spring. If not, we know he has value out of the bullpen.

6) Maybin Drives in Three…

The Astros didn’t get Cameron Maybin to sit on the bench, and while hitting for average has been a struggle this season, he is still a productive option. After his two hit night on Tuesday, Maybin is hitting just .225 on the season, but his .270 BABIP (career mark of .316) says this is on the lower scale of what we can expect from him. Maybin’s pop was on display last night, as he hit a traditional home run, a three run shot, and also as he he a triple to dead center field and scored on an error. In 386 at bats this season, Maybin has 10 home runs 34 RBI, and 33 stolen bases. In other words, he gives you just enough to keep you hooked from a fantasy perspective on his tools.

7) Harper Returns…

As far as fantasy owners are considered, this is too little, too late. Bryce Harper isn’t back to give their fantasy teams a push in the final week of the season. Instead, Harper is back to get a few games and at bats in before the playoffs. The good thing though, is that we are going to get proof that Harper is healthy and recovered from his injury prior to next season. In reality, Harper’s injury looked worse than it was, but it was still a good thing to see the outfielder back on the field. In three at bats prior to being replaced, Harper went 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. Check the lineup each day before starting him, as Washington will be careful.

8) Anderson Shuts Out Miami…

After struggling and missing a chunk of the season, Tyler Anderson is back, and last night showed why there was some buzz surrounding the southpaw this season. Now that outlook is always going to be clouded by the fact that Anderson does pitch at Coors Field, but early in his career, he has shown some potential. Last night, Anderson shut the Marlins out over seven innings of work while allowing just four hits and striking out five. On the season, Anderson’s ERA is 4.81 in 17 games (15 starts). Anderson made his fourth start since returning for the disabled list on Tuesday, and in that stretch, he has a 1.19 ERA along with a 0.79 WHIP. In two starts in Coors Field since his return, Anderson has thrown 13 shutout innings, and he is worth a look.

9) Another One for JD…

This is getting to be insane. Originally acquired to protect Paul Goldschmidt in the batting order, J.D. Martinez is taking control of things for Arizona’s offense. All Martinez did last night, was pick up three hits in four at bats.  He was a triple short of the cycle, and Martinez’s night included his 44th home run of the season, which happened to be a grand slam. Martinez drove in six runs on the night which brought his total for the season to 103 as he raised his batting average to .304. Arizona certainly has agreed with Martinez, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up this off-season.

10) Seager Drives in Four…

It hasn’t been an easy September for the Dodgers as they came crashing back to earth. Corey Seager has battled an elbow injury, but it didn’t appear to impact him at the plate on Tuesday. The shortstop went deep for the 21st time this season, a three run shot, and he later added an RBI single (75 for the season). While Seager is having a solid season, some would consider his overall numbers a disappointment; although he is batting .295. It was a good sign to see Seager’s success last night, as he is hitting just .195 in 68 at bats so far in September. It is possible, that Seager might be a “value” pick for 2018 since he didn’t take as big a step forward as other young players; such as Francisco Lindor.

2 comments

  1. foolintherain says:

    RP: Again, thank you very much for all of the great advice this year. I’m in the finals of my head to head categories league and as per usual, your guide and in-season help were a big part of it.

    I’m trying to line up 36 innings of decent pitching this week and it’s getting tricky. So, it comes down to a few things:

    1. Do you trust Tanaka vs TB at Yankee Stadium?
    2. There’s no way Sale makes his scheduled start on Sunday. Do you think Cueto will pitch?
    3. Are there other streaming matchup-type SPs you’d recommend for the rest of the week?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      1) I have a tough time trusting Tanaka, but there aren’t many great options

      2) I’d guess yes, but it’s just a guess

      3) This time of year stinks to try and predict what teams will do…

      Thanks for the support and good luck!!!

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