I’m going to offer my early take on a cash game lineup, but of course you should always check out our Sportsline projections for lineup changes right up to lock. Also, check out our podcast on iTunes for extended thoughts on each slate from Chris Towers, Mike McClure and myself.
Cons: The job could go back to Perkins once he is healthy enough to be activated, and that could happen as soon as early June.
2. Sam Dyson, Rangers (11 percent owned)
Sam Dyson RP / Texas Rangers (2016 STATS)
IP: 17 ERA: 2.12 K: 13 BB: 6
Pros: With Keone Kela recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, Dyson is clearly the next in line to close games if Shawn Tolleson loses the role. In fact, Dyson closed out the Rangers’ win against the White Sox on Wednesday when Tolleson was unavailable. Also, Tolleson hasn’t been nearly as effective as he was last season, while Dyson continues to do an excellent job on inducing grounders.
You still may want to steer clear of your fringy Twins, though, like Byung Ho Park, Trevor Plouffe, Joe Mauer and maybe even a slumping Miguel Sano in shallower leagues. You know how it is.
No games in Colorado this week, so nothing to worry about there. The Mariners and Angels will each go without their DH spot for a couple games, but Seth Smith and C.J. Cron are more likely to lose out there than Nelson Cruz and Albert Pujols.
And with that, on to the matchups …
Best hitter matchups for Week 7
On Friday afternoon, the Padres placed Andrew Cashner on the disabled list due to a lingering hamstring injury.
Cashner had disappointed in his first seven starts by averaging fewer than five innings per outing while yielding more than a hit per frame. Between his injury, poor introduction to the season, and impending free agency, it’s safe to classify the Padres’ decision to not trade him during the winter as a mistake.
Factor in how Tyson Ross’ year is going just as poorly — he’s been on the disabled list since the first week — and you have to wonder: just how badly did the Padres err by holding onto all their starters?
MLB on Friday announced that Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended through May 31 under the league’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to Feb. 23, when Reyes was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of MLB’s investigation. Given that retroactive component, this is tantamount to a 51-game suspension.
The suspension stems from an incident in Maui hotel room between Reyes and his wife that occurred on Halloween night of last year. Katherine Reyes originally told police that an argument in the couple’s hotel room at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea turned violent on Halloween night of last year and that she sustained injuries to her thigh, neck, and wrist. Reyes was arrested and released after posting $1,000 bail. He later pleaded not guilty to the charges. Reyes was not prosecuted because his wife declined to cooperate with the investigation.