With the baseball season winding down, fantasy baseball leagues are hitting their home stretch. As fantasy league titles remain up in the air, Fantasy Baseball Sportal will continue to provide you with the latest player and team news and information on all things baseball.
Nick Swisher, OF, New York Yankees
Swisher left Thursday’s game against Oakland with stiffness in his left knee. Hopefully for fantasy owners this is a minor injury and doesn’t keep him out long as Swisher has had a very productive year hitting in the middle of the Yankees lineup and remains a solid OF #2 for fantasy owners. If this injury keeps Swisher out for more than a couple of days, however, Austin Kearns and Marcus Thames will platoon in right field giving neither one of them much fantasy appeal.
Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Jones is out of the starting lineup for Thursday’s game against the Red Sox due to upper back soreness. Jones has been a decent OF #3 for fantasy owners this year providing 17 home runs and 55 RBI’s. His situation is worth monitoring and is clearly a must bench in all daily fantasy leagues.
Tim Lincecum, SP, San Francisco Giants
In a battle of National League West aces last night, Lincecum outpitched Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez last night by allowing one run over eight innings in San Francisco’s 2-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night. Lincecum struck out nine in his first quality start since August 5th and snapped his career worst five game personal losing streak. Last year’s NL CY Young award winner, Lincecum showed fantasy owners why he is a top 5 SP last night and must be considered so going forward.
Francisco Liriano, SP, Minnesota Twins
Liriano, the Twins ace, shut out the Tigers for 7 innings last night in Minnesota’s 2-1 extra inning win over Detroit Wednesday night. Liriano ended with a no-decision but looked very sharp throwing 104 pitches and put to rest any effects of his tired arm. Liriano remains a high-end fantasy SP for a team in the thick of a pennant race. His ability to rack up large K totals is an added bonus.
Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers
On the hill opposite Liriano last night was Scherzer and the young SP from Detroit looked terrific going nine innings and only allowing one run. Like Liriano, Scherzer also ended with a no-decision but in five August starts Scherzer went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA and nine K’s. Despite Detroit’s struggles, Scherzer has now put himself as a top-tier fantasy SP with the ability to rack up huge strike out totals.