If you didn't read my diary entry on Julio Teheran and our Days of our Lives-like saga, you missed out big. But no matter, he was back to his old tricks on Sunday Night Baseball last night, going 6 shutout innings, striking out 8, allowing 7 Hits and 1 Walk in the 3 - 0 victory over the punchless Gigantes. Next up on his docket he's got the Brew Crew on Friday. Expect more filth from the first young Braves SP to amount to anything in the last half-decade.
.: COREY KLUBER :.
The real news here, though, is COREY KLUBER. Who is Corey Kluber? Why he's a 27 year-old right-hander for the Tribe, that's who. That's not all, though. He's a guy owned in just 5.8% of ESPN Leagues who possesses a 3.58 ERA and 1.18 WHIP after pitching 8 shutout innings against the Natinals yesterday, which served as dessert for the 8 innings of 1-run ball he tossed in Arlington earlier in the week. People may finally start paying some attention to Kluber now, after his last two outings have dropped his ERA from above 4 down to mid-3. FanGraphs has been slobbing Kluber's proverbial knob for weeks and weeks, though, as he is the owner of a 2.94 xFIP and 3.01 SIERA, depending on which metric you prefer. He's also got a 8.95 K/9 and just a 1.65 BB/9. This is a guy I want (and have) on my fantasy team, and so should you. He's owned in a great many of our leagues (I tried getting him via trade in the league I don't own him in last week and was de-nied), but if he's available, I don't care what size or format your league is, you need to own him. Cleveland is Top 10 in the MLB in both Runs Scored and Team OPS, so he's got some punch behind him, as well. Right now all arrows point to Kluber being full steam ahead and continuing to pitch at a very high level, and you should be trotting him out there until he gives you reason not to. His next start comes against the Twins, and I'm salivating to get him out there against them.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that the club plans to make Jurickson Profar a "functional left fielder." While the Rangers were initially expected to send Profar down the minors upon Ian Kinsler's return, they now think they can manage to get him enough at-bats by adding the outfield to his resume. For what it's worth, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest speculates that he could be game-ready for left field within 7-10 days.
Anibal Sanchez to the DL.
Tigers placed RHP Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with a right shoulder strain. After being scratched from a start last week due to shoulder stiffness, Sanchez lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his return on Saturday. Given his history, the smart play would have been to place him on the disabled list at the first sign of symptoms, but the Tigers aren't going to take any chances now. Jose Alvarez will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to start in his place Thursday against the Red Sox.
Jose Alvarez to fill in for Sanchez.
The Tigers will call up left-hander Jose Alvarez to start Thursday against the Red Sox. Alvarez will fill in for Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) in the starting rotation. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball against the Indians on June 9 and should carry some value in AL-only leagues for now.
from ^his last appearance.
Jose Alvarez tossed six innings of one-run ball in his major league debut Sunday, picking up the win in a 4-1 victory over the Indians. Alvarez had a no-hitter going until Ryan Raburn took him deep with two outs in the fifth. He then pitched out of a two-out jam in the sixth before the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame. Alvarez struck out seven on the day while allowing just three hits and one walk. Anibal Sanchez is expected to be ready for his next start, but the Tigers won't be worried about calling on Alvarez if need after this performance.
question. better keeper for 2013/2014 plus? Billy Butler or Adrian Gonzalez?