Ezequiel Carrera- OF- TOR- Idea- Carrera has only gotten occasional starts lately but today seems like it would be a good occasion for one. He owns a .320/.381/.485 slash line against RH pitcher. The specific RH pitcher the Blue Jays are facing in this instance is Bartolo Colon. He seemed to have a brief revival when he joined the Twins but hasn't done much lately. Colon's .300/.355/.542 slash line this year against LH hitting is good news for Carrera. If he's in the lineup, he could be a real bargain. Value play- Draft Kings salary $2600
Gary Sanchez- C- NYY- Caution- Sanchez wasn't ejected from yesterday's baseball game that masqueraded as a hockey game, but he could be facing discipline after the fact. Sanchez was seen (but evidently not by the umpires) throwing punches in some of the scrums that developed over the course of the day. Upon further review, Sanchez's actions may not escape the view of the MLB office, as it did the on ice, I mean on field, officials.
Jakob Junis- P- KC- Hot- Junis didn't factor in the decision, but only allowed 1 run in 5.1 IP on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out 7, Junis only threw 79 pitches, with 55 of them strikes. There was no indication of an injury, so it may have just been a matter of Junis having started 10 days ago with a relief appearance in the interim. It is the third consecutive start where Junis hasn't allowed more than 2 runs. This would seem to earn him more regular turns in the rotation.
Alex Cobb- P- TB- Stats- After a stretch of 8 starts where Cobb lasted at least 6.1 IP, he hasn't made it that far in any of his last 3 outings. Yesterday his results were solid, as he threw 4.1 IP of shutout ball, allowing 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Cobb was extremely inefficient, throwing 94 pitches, of which only 53 were strikes. He has thrown 151.1 IP, the second highest total of his career. This is his first full season after Tommy John surgery, so he may be feeling some fatigue.
Derek Holland- P- CHW- Hot- Holland tossed a quality start, after getting clobbered in his last two starts and a relief appearance. He allowed only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5 in 6 IP. Holland's 4 walks allowed, though, put a damper on the excitement and hopes that he has truly turned a corner. Only 56 of his 101 pitches were strikes so control issues are still there.
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