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Fantasy Baseball: Jacob deGrom is nearly back, and more for the week ahead

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As we shift the calendar to August, the teams are making final pushes as the trade deadline is just a few days away. A few playoff contenders are bound to improve, but perhaps there won’t be a more significant “add-on” than the return of the ace Mets. Jacob de Grom.

The fantasy managers who patiently waited for deGrome’s return will finally be rewarded with the flamethrower returning to the Metz on Tuesday. His rehab appointment included four launches spanning nearly a full month due to a minor setback in his shoulder. DeGrom sprawled out over four innings, with his last start at Syracuse on Wednesday.

As for the results during his rehab tour, they were mixed. DeGrom posted a brilliant 21/4 K/BB in 12.2 innings against minor league hitters, but his last outing was shaky, allowing four runs and three walks in four innings.

Jacob de Thunder #48 of the New York Mets is a fantasy star.
The return of Jacob deGrom could give a huge boost to his imaginary managers. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Of course, deGrome’s clean lineup and health seem more important than results as the Mets finally think like a team to play in October. As a result, innings and pitches are likely to be limited as New York tries to keep him out of the injured list. Clearly, there is little the team can do for a pitcher who has suffered multiple hand injuries over the past two years and last hit 200 innings in 2019.

As for the likely investment in the March and early April drafts, de Grohm will almost certainly end 2022 with a disappointment for fantasy managers. However, he has a chance to catch up and the fantasy vaults are combined in the standings with the hope that there will be about 10 starts before the end of the regular season.

DeGrom is the most important pitcher coming back from injury next week, but he’s certainly not the only one. Fantasy managers prowling the wires of failure may find potential in such Rich Hill, Matt Manningas well as Jesus Luzardo returning from injury Dustin May right behind them in mid-August. Like deGrom, we have to temper the expectations of starting pitchers who are still ramping up their workloads and trying to finish the year healthy, but these pitchers are viable options in a year when starting pitches seem as weak as ever.

-What an interesting trip it was for Brady Singer in 2022. For some reason, he started the regular season in the Royals’ bullpen and then was even demoted to Triple-A. Singer’s demotion tested the fantasy managers’ patience, but it really paid off. The former college star has a 3.31 ERA after seven scoreless innings at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. He looked like the true ace many had imagined in his last two games, with 22/3 K/BB in 13 innings, perhaps showing some extra rest after the All-Star break. He has a pretty tough two-start roster against the White Sox and Boston, but he quickly became a must-have.

– If you’re looking to catch up on innings, you’ll have two starts next week as more than half of the league is scheduled to play seven-plus games. Keep in mind that many two-start schedules will be shattered by Tuesday’s trade deadline and the start rotation changes that come with it, but for the most part, you should have plenty of options to help catch up on inning categories.

I go twice…

Note: Probable pitchers are as of Friday, July 29 and are subject to change.

American League

Strong plays

Kevin Gausman: @TB, @MIN

Underwater thrust: @MY, TB

John Gray: BAL, CV

Worthy plays

Triston Mackenzie: ARI, HOW

Drew Rasmussen: THURSDAY, @DET

Luis Garcia: BOS, @CLE

Michael Kopech: QC, @TEX

Brady Singer: @CHW, BOS

Nathan Eovaldi: @HOU, @KC

Noah Sindergaard: OAK, @SEA

Lucas Giolito: KC, @TEX

Marco Gonzalez: @NYY, LAA

Cal Quantrill: ARI, HOW

At one’s own risk

Brad Keller: @CHW, BOS

Domingo German: SEA, @STL

Chris Archer: THAT, THU

Devin Smeltzer: THAT, THU

Rich Hill: @HOU, @KC

Spencer Howard: BAL, CV

Matt Manning: @MY, TB

Kyle Bradish: @TEX, PIT

National League

Strong plays

Corbin Burns: @PIT, KIN

Max Scherzer: @WAS, ATL

Yu Darvish: COL, @LAD

Spencer Strider: PHI, @NYM

Logan Webb: GUY, @ OAK

Andrew Heaney: @SF, SD

Tyler Anderson: @SF, SD

Worthy plays

Jacob de Grom: @WAS, ATL

Mike Clevinger: COL, @LAD

Adam Wainwright: CHC, NYY

Keegan Thompson: @STL, MIA

Braxton Garrett: CIN, @CHC

Josiah Gray: New York, @PHI

At one’s own risk

Kyle Gibson: @ATL, WAS

Antonio Senzatela: @SD, @ARI

Joseph Urena: @SD, @ARI

Tyler Gilbert: @CLE, COL

Bryce Wilson: MIL, @BAL

Patrick Corbin: New York, @PHI

Streamer City

The following pitchers are typically available in over 50 percent of the fantasy leagues and have favorable matchups this week:

American League

Wednesday, August 3: Lance Lynn against the cop

Lynn has hurt a lot of ERA on his return with a knee injury, but he’s coming out of a dominant start against Cleveland and has a weak Royals lineup ahead of him. cop already moved Andrew Benintendiand maybe other hitters will follow and have .678 OPS compared to right-handers.

Wednesday, August 3: Yusei Kikuchi @ TB

Kikuchi appeared to be back on the track after spending time in IL with a neck injury, only allowing one run in five innings against Detroit on Thursday. The Reis’ improved line-up could help him gain more momentum, with him hitting .703 pps against left-handers this season.

Thursday, August 4: Janson Junk compared to oak

Another lost season gives young angels like Junk a chance. He went up against the Royals in his first start and showed exemplary control in Triple-A (11 walks in 48.2 innings). Oakland’s lineup is an easier task, with a .609 OPS against right pitching.

National League

Thursday, August 4: Kyle Freeland @ SD

Freeland has, oddly enough, not been able to get away from Coors Field this season, but he may have had his best game of the season when he hit seven-nil points at Milwaukee. The visit to San Diego is almost as favorable as the Padres have a .702 OPS against left-handers.

Friday, August 5: Drew Smiley against the Interior Ministry

In 2022, it will be a good help for beginners to find southpaws fighting the Marlins. Miami has a miserable .599 against lefties, and Smiley was good when he was healthy. He comes off back to back with decent picnics.

Friday, August 5: Mitch Keller @ BAL

Keller built a hype in spring training, and he’s finally starting to do so with a 2.88 ERA and 25/3 K/BB in 25 innings over his last four starts. Recent trends show the pitcher is using more off-speed stuff and hopefully the success will continue against the O lineup with a .693 OPS against right-handers.

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Total Games

American League

5: OAK



National League





Here are some standout injuries from the past week, as well as other players to keep an eye on next week. You can get a full list of injured players on the NBCSports Edge website. Injury Page.

CJ Abrams: Day to day (biceps)

I am Adell: day by day (hand)

brJan Anderson: Installed on IL (shoulder)

Daniel Casteno: Out indefinitely (head)

Diego Castillo: transferred to IL (shoulder)

Garret Cooper: Placed on IL (wrist)

Adam Duvall: Out of season (wrist)

Roni Garcia: Installed on IL (shoulder)

Luis Gonzalez: Day by day (back)

Mackenzie Gore: Mounted on IL (elbow)

Joe Kelly: Indefinitely (biceps)

Max Kepler: Day by day (ft)

Stephen Matz: Placed on IL (knee)

Francisco Mejia: Installed on IL (shoulder)

Max Meyer: Out of season (elbow)

Jake Odorizzi: Put on IL (blister)

Jace Peterson: Mounted on IL (elbow)

Jorge Soler: Placed on the IL (rear)

Giancarlo Stanton: Placed on IL (Achilles)

Tyler Wells: Placed on IL (oblique)

Matt Whisler: Mounted on IL (neck)

Bobby Witt Jr.: day to day (hamstring)

Angel Zerpa: Placed on IL (knee)


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