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Daily Dose: Formidable Phillie

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


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Remember when Odubel Herrera didn’t start on Opening Day?

 

First-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler’s decision to sit the 26-year-old seemed curious at the time and looks downright silly now given what Herrera has done since then.

 

Herrera belted a three-run home run and a two-run shot in Philadelphia’s 11-0 blowout win over San Francisco on Monday. He reached base three times and scored three of those 11 tallies.

 

With his mammoth longball in the first inning, Herrera extended his on-base streak to 36 games. His dinger in the sixth inning gave him two two-homer games in his last 10 contests.

 

With his big five-RBI night Monday, Herrera is now sporting a robust .341/.401/.537 batting line with five home runs and 20 RBI. This is after he recovered from a rough first two months last season to bat .318/.361/.526 from June on.

 

The only disappointment with Herrera from a fantasy perspective in 2018 has been him stealing just one base on three attempts. That’s a concern after he swiped only eight bags on 13 attempts last season. Herrera stole a combined 41 bases from 2015-16, so we know it’s in him. However, he hasn’t always been a very efficient base stealer and it’s possible he’s either decided not to run as much or has been told so (or both).

 

Coming into Monday, Herrera was the No. 21 ranked outfielder in fantasy according to the Rotoworld Season Pass Player Rater. He’s comfortably in the top-20 now after his exploits against the Giants.

 

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Cueto Out 6-8 Weeks; Could Harvey Replace Him?

 

It’s not often that a projected timetable of 6-8 weeks feels like good news, but that was the case when news came down about Johnny Cueto’s right elbow diagnosis Monday.

 

Cueto was placed on the disabled list last week with what was called right elbow inflammation at the time, but he still needed to get multiple opinions before we had a real idea how long he’d be out. One of those opinions came Monday from Dr. James Andrews, who recommended that Cueto rest rather than undergo surgery on his sprained elbow.

 

A sprained elbow by definition means there’s some structural damage. However, the tear is evidently small enough that Cueto has a shot to rehab the injury and return as soon as late June.

 

"We got the better of the news," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday, adding that Cueto was “ecstatic” about the diagnosis.

 

Cueto is far from out of the woods. He’s got a pretty lengthy rehab ahead of him and there’s always the possibility that the tear becomes worse. However, he now still has a shot to contribute to the Giants and to his fantasy owners in a significant way. That’s huge for a guy who looked to be in line for a big bounce-back season before the injury, as he had a 0.84 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 26/6 K/BB ratio over 32 innings across five outings. Cueto’s fantasy owners should obviously do what they can to keep him stashed in one of their DL spots.

 

So who is going to be Cueto’s replacement in the rotation? Well, right now it’s Andrew Suarez, who has certainly made a case to remain among the starting five with a 3.06 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 18/2 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings in his three major league starts. If the Giants do want to stick with Suarez, they could still use a replacement for Derek Holland, who holds a 5.70 ERA this season and a 6.11 ERA since the beginning of 2017.

 

Could that replacement be Matt Harvey?

 

Andy Martino of SNY TV reported Monday that the Giants have “very strong” interest in trading for Harvey, who was designated for assignment by the Mets last Friday. The report came after ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal also connected the Giants to Harvey. Rosenthal added that the Mets are “confident” they’ll be able to trade Harvey rather than just release him and are willing to eat the “vast majority” of the roughly $4.5 million remaining on the righty’s contract.

 

Going to San Francisco would be one of the better possible landing spots for Harvey, who would get to pitch his home games at the most pitcher-friendly park in baseball. The Giants also have been playing some pretty decent ball in spite of their injury issues with a 19-16 record.

 

Ultimately, though, it’s just hard to see Harvey producing any fantasy value no matter where he winds up. The 29-year-old has posted a 6.77 ERA over 119 2/3 innings since the beginning of last season and his velocity and stuff continues to look diminished since thoracic outlet surgery. Perhaps Harvey will be rejuvenated in a new setting and anxious to prove everyone wrong, but the odds would be long.

 

Martino has reported that the Reds are also interested in Harvey and he’s been connected to the Mariners, too. Harvey is set to hit free agency next offseason.

 

 

American League Quick Hits: George Springer went 6-for-6 with a three-run home run and four runs scored in Monday’s blowout win over the Athletics … Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview on 105.3 The FAN on Monday that he expects Adrian Beltre (hamstring) to be activated on Tuesday or Wednesday … Byron Buxton (toe) is expected to fly with the Twins to Anaheim for their series against the Angels later this week and be activated without going on a rehab assignment … Fernando Romero struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings Monday in the Twins' defeat of the Cardinals … Rougned Odor (hamstring) will continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday and is expected to be activated later this week … Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a home run and five RBI against the A’s on Monday … Twins manager Paul Molitor said Monday that it's "pretty unlikely" Miguel Sano (hamstring) will rejoin the team later this week in Anaheim … Miguel Cabrera (hamstring) went through an early workout prior to the Tigers' game Monday … Nomar Mazara went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two runs scored as the Rangers topped the Tigers on Monday … The Tigers placed Jordan Zimmermann on the disabled list Monday with a right shoulder impingement … Greg Bird (ankle) played in an extended spring training game Monday …

 

National League Quick Hits: Matt Adams homered twice and plated five runs Monday in San Diego … Ian Happ clubbed a three-run home run and a two-run shot in Monday’s victory over the Marlins … Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Monday as the Mets edged the Reds on Monday … The Cubs placed Yu Darvish on the disabled list with a parainfluenza virus … Zach Eflin struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a shutout of the Giants on Monday … Kyle Hendricks scattered two runs on six hits over eight innings Monday in a win over the Marlins … Ryan Zimmerman (side) remained out of the Nationals' lineup Monday but is expected back in there Tuesday … Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two walks against the Reds on Monday … Kris Bryant finished 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, and three runs scored in the Cubs' rout of the Marlins on Monday … Carlos Santana knocked in four runs with a homer and a groundout Monday against the Giants … Javier Baez hit a three-run home run but later left Monday's game against the Marlins due to right groin tightness … Tommy Pham (groin) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday but could be back in there Tuesday … The Pirates optioned Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday … Yoenis Cespedes (quad) was back in the Mets’ lineup Monday and went 2-for-4 with an RBI … Hunter Pence has been pulled off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento due to recurring soreness in his right thumb … Mac Williamson has traveled to Pittsburgh to visit with a concussion specialist and isn’t expected to return anytime soon … David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the Braves are expected to recall Luiz Gohara sometime during their road trip to use him as a reliever … Dansby Swanson (wrist) might not be ready to return from the disabled list when he's first eligible …



Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.
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