Monday, August 21, 2017

Mitch Haniger back in action

Mitch Haniger was activated from the disabled list on Saturday, and played the final two games of Seattle's series with the Rays in Tampa Bay. Haniger had been out of action recovering from a severe facial laceration he suffered after being hit by a Jacob deGrom wayward pitch.

Fantasy Implications: In the pair of games he played on Saturday and Sunday, Haniger went 2-6 with one home run, four RBIs and one run scored. This was Haniger's second stint on the disabled list, the first caused by an oblique injury that caused him to miss six weeks. Since then, the rookie had been scuffling, slashing a meager .203/.303/.316 in the 37 games he played leading up to his latest injury. For the year, Haniger sports a .257 batting average with eight homers, 28 RBIs, and 37 runs scored.  He has stolen a trio of bases.

Guillermo Heredia not in lineup

Guillermo Heredia is not in the lineup Monday for Seattle's game against the Braves.

Fantasy Implications: Heredia was hitless (0-6) in his last two games in Tampa Bay, striking out three times. Yet prior to that, the 26-year-old outfielder had a modest six-game hitting streak including three multi-hit affairs. He is hitting .280/.343/.389 with six home runs, 22 RBIs and 39 runs scored this season. Leonys Martin will take his place in center field, and bat from the eight spot. 

Nelson Cruz not in lineup

Nelson Cruz is not in the starting lineup Monday for Seattle's contest against the Braves.

Fantasy Implications: Monday's game will be the start of a three-game series in Atlanta at SunTrust Park, and thus Seattle will not have the recourse of using a designated hitter. Cruz will be available to come off the bench as a pinch hitter. The veteran slugger has been lobbying to play the field, but manager Scott Servais indicated that Cruz is doubtful to start in right field in any of the trio of games.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Nelson Cruz smacks another base hit

Nelson Cruz singled off of Blake Snell, one of only three Seattle hits on the day, as the Mariners were blanked by the Rays 3-0 on Sunday.

Fantasy Implications: The single extended Cruz' hitting streak to 12 games. He has now hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games. The veteran designated hitter is now hitting .294/.376/.568 with 31homers and 100 RBIs. Fantasy managers should have him indelibly inserted into their lineups, then sit back and enjoy.

Yovani Gallardo charged with loss

Yovani Gallardo (5-9) was charged with the loss Sunday as the Rays blanked Seattle 3-0. He pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six.

Fantasy Implications: Gallardo was vanquished by the long ball, surrendering a leadoff homer to Kevin Kiermaier, and a two-run shot in the seventh inning to light-hitting Adeiny Hechavarria. The veteran right-hander from Michoacan, Mexico now sports an ugly 5.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.  Fantasy owners should tread lightly before inserting him into their lineups. Gallardo is next scheduled to start on Saturday against New York in Yankee Stadium.

Casey Lawrence called up from Triple-A

Casey Lawrence was called up from Triple-A Tacoma Saturday.

Fantasy Implications: Casey Lawrence was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. The 29-year-old right hander has been a frequent commuter on the shuttle between Tacoma and Seattle. He was last optioned to Tacoma after pitching four innings of relief against Baltimore. Since coming to the Mariners after he was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on May 11, he is 1-0 with a 5.64 ERA and 1.48 WHIP.  Lawrence has been used almost exclusively in low-leverage situations, and is of little value in fantasy lineups. In a corresponding move, the Mariners activated outfielder Mitch Haniger from the disabled list.

Mike Zunino not in lineup

Mike Zunino is not in the lineup Sunday for Seattle's game against Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Implications: Zunino will take a deserved rest after catching five straight games. Carlos Ruiz will take his place behind the plate, and bat at the bottom of the order.  Zunino's bat may be starting to wake up. In the aforementioned five games, the 26-year-old went 6-15 with one home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.