Random Notes from Monday’s Games (8/26)

MLB: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox

Hey everyone,

While the big news of the day came out of Queens, with Matt Harvey being diagnosed with a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, an injury that could very well require Tommy John surgery, which would keep Harvey out of action through the end of the 2014 season, let’s take a fantasy angled look at some of the other happenings around the league from Monday’s game action.

-After belting five home runs on Monday night (Jason Castro, Matt Dominguez, Brett Wallace, Chris Carter twice), the Astros rank 3rd in the Majors in homers in the month of August. The ultra-streaky Dominguez is batting a measly .236 for the season and his overall walk rate is horribly low, but he does have five homers in his last ten games to go along with a .342 average. He could make for a decent short-term add in deeper mixed leagues. From a counting stats perspective, he’s on pace to finish the season with 24 homers and 80 RBIs. That’s pretty good from a guy who went undrafted in the vast majority of mixed leagues. Castro (.280 AVG, 18 HR, 52 RBI) has turned out to be a major draft day steal, and with a .968 OPS since the All-Star break, he’s only gotten better. Congrats to those of you who drafted him as your second catcher in an AL-only league (yes, that is very possible). As for Carter, he looks like a 26-year-old version of Adam Dunn sans the OBP skills. If you like that type of player, go ahead and draft him again next year, but I’m passing.

-Both Juan Nicasio (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K vs. SF) and Brandon McCarthy (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K vs. SD) delivered strong performances last night. For McCarthy, it was his first victory since May 24th, a start that oddly enough came at home against these same Padres. He’s back on the PoD radar for his next two starts (vs. SF, @SF) depending of course on your risk tolerance. As for Nicasio, he’s actually pitched much better at home this year (4-1, 3.56 ERA) than on the road (4-5, 5.43 ERA). Considering that his home is Coors Field, this is rather strange. I like him for Pitch or Ditch purposes though, and so far my decision to pick him up for the two-start week in my NL-only league is looking good…so far.

-Zach

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