Lorenzo Cain- OF- KC- Idea- Cain has rapped out 3 hits three times so far this month. If there was a prime opportunity to do it again, facing Dylan Covey is it. Covey's slash line against RH hitters is .380/.470/.758 with 10 homers allowed in 22.1 IP. Cain's slash line against RH pitchers is .312/.371/.440. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3900
David Robertson- RP- NYA- Hot- Robertson has been scored on twice in his last 20 appearances, covering 24.2 IP. In that span of time he has allowed 3 runs on 13 hits and 8 walks while striking out 33 batters. Robertson isn't in the mix for saves with the Yankees, but has won 4 games and earned 4 holds. His record this season is now 8-2 after getting credited with last night's win. He is providing value, especially in leagues that count holds. If there is a competition for the closer role for the Yankees next spring, Robertson will be in it.
Ryan Goins- 2B- TOR- FYI- Goins finished up August with a 10-game hitting streak but cooled off again as soon as the calendar changed. He hit his first homer of September last night, but that still left him 8-for-36 for the month. Goins has struck out 9 times this month, not seeming to get a handle on a big issue for him. He can play 2B or SS and has done both in September but doesn't compare well at either position to the bulk of players. His Batting EYE has dropped to 0.36 from the 0.47 he posted in 2015, the last season where he got a large amount of playing time. His prospects for 2018 are not looking sharp.
Alex Claudio- RP- TEX- Hot- The Rangers' bullpen performed as hoped for, finished off by Claudio earning his 8th save with a perfect 9th inning. It was Claudio's first save since August 21. Since then he was called on to go more than 1 IP several times and those instances often did not go well, resulting in a couple of blown saves. If the rest of the bullpen can be effective and deliver Claudio a lead to start the 9th, it looks like his performance will be better.
Jason Hammel- P- KC- Cold- For the 4th time in his last 6 starts Hammel allowed 4 or more runs. Last night he did it quickly, giving up 5 runs in 3.1 IP on 10 hits and 2 walks. Although his FIP of 4.40 is actually slightly lower than his mark of 4.48 in 2016, he has been less consistent and the difference between being part of the 2016 Cubs and 2017 Royals shows in his 10-5 and 8-11 records respectively.
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