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Fantasy Baseball Today: Max Scherzer injury fallout, Nolan Gorman call up, Trevor Story surges and more

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Happy Friday everyone! Some teams did better than others on Thursday, but no team did worse than the Mets. It turns out that reading the lips of a dugout pitching coach saying everything is fine isn’t a good reason to hope an injury isn’t serious. Mets SP Max Scherzer has been diagnosed with a moderate to severe oblique deformity and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks. Given the history of baseball players taking longer to recover from oblique injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if this timeline is overly optimistic. It’s a hard blow for the Mets, who soon after found a way to rally in extra innings to take the win over the Cardinals and improve to seven games over the NL East second-place Phillies.

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But we’re going to delve into the aftermath of Scherzer’s injury. If you sign it up, we’ll discuss what are the best options for you right now by unpacking Scott White’s article he gets to grips with. We’ll also talk about a promising call-up from the NL team, a power forward finding his surge, and more from Thursday’s game. Make sure you’re all up to date with everything from the Fantasy Baseball Today team at

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And of course, as always, you can keep an eye on the latest Fantasy Baseball Today as they come out. Apple and Spotify.

Gorman on his way up

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Inbox: Another promising player making his way to the big players. One of the best power forwards called all season is joining the Cardinals, 2B. nolan Gorman. The first thing you should do is open a new tab and go through league after league and make sure it’s not available anywhere. Gorman should be included in all leagues immediately based on his potential and he is worth investing as much of your FAAB as you did for a player like Alec Thomas (about 13-15%) If you are desperate for help in the middle section, it makes sense to use about 20% of your budget.

Despite a recent struggle of top prospects called to the MLB level, Gorman has huge upside potential based on how he hit Triple-A in 2022. Gorman hit a brilliant .308 batting average with 15 homers. He’s not without his warts and has over 34% strikeouts from Triple-A. There is a floor here. It is obvious. This strike rate might be non-negotiable at the MLB level, but if it isn’t and that strength comes early, it can help you now.

What to do if you are a Scherzer roster

Scott White did a great job with what options you have if you just lost to Scherzer in your league. here. The best option may not be to give up the rights, but to exchange for a pitcher. One pitcher Scott and I love to trade for is Charlie Morton. Morton’s extended profile doesn’t say much that he’s not going to put it together or that he’s fallen off. Scott also makes the case for Robbie Ray and several other trading targets.

History starts to pay off

In the first month of the season, it looked like the Red Sox SS. Trevor’s story was not going to restore his career form. Given the difficulty of switching leagues, Story is now on the right track, as highlighted by Thursday’s dominant stats sheet. The story hit three homers on Thursday and added a stolen base just in case. He also compiled seven RBIs, five runs and four hits on the night. Over the past nine games, Storey is hitting .333 with five homers and four bags. The window to buy at a low price may be closed.

Valdes does it again

Of course, there was skepticism around the Astros SP. Framber Valdes profile ahead of the 2022 season, but once again it looks like betting on the Houston organization to get the most out of a pitcher is going to pay off. Valdez produced another stellar outing on Thursday, racking up seven strikeouts in seven one-run innings (for a total of eight hits/walks allowed). The speed of his sinker increased, and the speed of the fastball reached 97 miles per hour. With excellent ball skills (only two walks or fewer out of five starts in a row), Valdez is an attractive trade candidate. Find someone who doesn’t completely buy into the breakout and trade for Valdez at that price.

Can’t get into Gallen

When Diamondbacks SP Zach Gallen is on the hill, at least not yet this season, he just doesn’t turn down a lot of hits or runs. On Thursday, Gallen threw five more innings with a one-shot. In five innings, Gallen allowed only two hits, one of which was an RBI double. He has a 1.14 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 39 innings this season. After a friendly against the Cubs, Gallen paints another similar matchup against the Royals in his next start.

News and roster notes

Every night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into everything that’s going on around MLB, from top players to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must-listen for any diehard, if I say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT team detail the news and notes below.

  • Joseph Ramirez will receive an MRI after he fouled on a right shin ball on Thursday.
  • Starling Marte will be activated from the list of mourners on Friday.
  • Yoan Moncada felt discomfort in his leg during the game on Thursday, but survived it.
  • Tylor Megill scheduled to play on Friday. He is on IL with biceps tendinitis but said his arm feels better.
  • Mitch Garver was reinstated from IL on Thursday and Nick Lefty Triple-A was chosen.
  • Ryan Mountcastle is on track to return from IL on Saturday when he first gets eligible.
  • Joe Barlow was unavailable Wednesday due to a “hot spot” on his right index finger.
  • Dodgers pitches prospect Ryan Pepiot was selected back to Triple-A. He was low in his first two major league starts.
  • Chad Green was ruled out of Thursday’s game due to discomfort in his right forearm.
  • Michael Wacha was cleared to return and start Friday against the Mariners.
  • Tigers starter Matt Manning checked out of rehab on Thursday due to dizziness.
  • Michael Taylor was placed on COVID IL.:
  • Shane Baz allowed one run, winning five over 2.1 innings in his first rehab outing in Triple-A.
  • Max Meyer was placed in minor league IL with ulnar nerve irritation. I know he was also rocked in his last start, so that might have contributed to that.


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