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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Monday

DRAFT MLB Strategy: Monday
Brad Johnson provides strategy insight to DRAFT MLB while finding overrated and underrated players for MLB DFS on Monday, October 8.
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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Chris Sale (illness) is healthy again and will start in World Series Game 1 against either the Dodgers or Brewers on Tuesday.

Sale was hospitalized with a stomach ailment last weekend but has since recovered enough that his status is no longer questionable. Cora said: "He's ready to go." He last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros and exhibited reduced velocity and poor command. A healthy and effective Chris Sale greatly improves the Red Sox' odds of winning the championship. He went 12-4 with a sparkling 2.11 ERA in 27 starts in the regular season. He is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance in the playoffs.
Oct 20 - 3:18 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports the Marlins have scheduled a news conference for Monday and speculates they might announce the signings of international prospects Victor Victor Mesa and/or Victor Mesa Jr.

Marlins top executives Derek Jeter and Michael Hill will attend the news conference. The Marlins have not said what news they have to announce but the speculation is they have agreed to terms with the Mesa brothers, who are two of the top prospects available on the international market this year. The Cuban outfielders worked out for the Marlins two weeks ago. Victor Mesa Jr. posted a photograph of himself with former Marlins great Mike Lowell on Friday. Victor Victor Mesa was rumored to be close to a deal with the Orioles over the summer. Signing one or both of the brothers would provide a big boost to the Marlins' minor league system.
Oct 20 - 2:02 PM

Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reported that Jose Altuve recently had surgery on his right knee.

The expectation is that he will be fully healthy in time for spring training. Astros manager A.J. Hinch commented during the playoffs that "He's hurt, if it was any other time of year he wouldn't be playing. His teammates revere him." Altuve originally hurt the knee way back in July during a game against the Rockies. The second baseman won the American League MVP Award in 2017 and then his performance fell off somewhat in 2018, perhaps in large part due to the injury. He registered an .865 OPS in the first half of the season and a .751 OPS after the break. The most obvious sign that his leg was bothering him was a dropoff in stolen bases -- after stealing 30+ bases every year in the previous six seasons he swiped only 17 this year.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 20 - 1:14 PM

Phil Miller of the StarTribune reports the Twins have whittled down their list of potential managers to between three and five candidates.

They are finished with their first round of interviews and are calling in the surviving candidates for a second round of talks. Miller speculates that Derek Shelton, who served as the Twins' bench coach this year, could be the favorite to land the job. Other known candidates are Twins' hitting coach James Rowson, Cubs' bench coach Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli of the Rays, Giants' bench coach Hensley Meulens and Astros' bench coach Joe Espada. Jon Heyman of Fancred says Meulens and Espada are out of the running. LaVelle Neal of the StarTribune says former catcher David Ross is also in the mix. Miller made the interesting observation that none of the candidates have ever managed in the majors before and the last time the Twins hired a new manager with previous managing experience was in 1976 (Gene Mauch).
Source: StarTribune
Oct 20 - 10:38 AM

Jhoulys Chacin will start for the Brewers against Walker Buehler of the Dodgers in Saturday's decisive Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.

It is a repeat of the Game 3 matchup won 4-0 by the Brewers. Chacin was the ace of the Brewers' staff throughout the regular season and has yet to allow a run in the postseason. He went 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts during the regular season. He started the Game 163 NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs and allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings to lead the Brewers to a division title. In the playoffs he pitched five shutout innings to beat the Rockies in Game 2 of the NLDS and then rattled off 5 1/3 shutout frames to beat the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS. Chacin can't match Buehler's raw stuff or velocity but he trumps the rookie by a wide margin in terms of experience and veteran savvy.
Oct 20 - 10:01 AM

Walker Buehler will start Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday.

The rookie right-hander will square off against the Brewers' Jhoulys Chacin as the two teams battle for a World Series berth. Buehler went 8-5 with a superb 2.62 ERA in 23 starts and one relief appearance during the regular season, which includes a spectacular performance in the Game 163 tie-breaker against the Rockies. He led the Dodgers to a division championship that day by shutting out the Rockies for 6 2/3 innings while allowing just one hit. He's made two starts in the post-season and they weren't great. He gave up five runs in five innings against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS, with four of them coming on a grand slam off the bat of Ronald Acuna. He allowed only two hits and three walks in that game despite the five runs. In Game 3 of the NLCS he yielded four runs in seven innings against the Brewers.
Oct 20 - 9:23 AM
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