Fantasy Baseball Today: Spencer Strider sets Braves record; add Joey Meneses to your waiver feed

Happy Friday everyone! We just got off the Thursday slate which is still the shortest after Monday, but there was still some good action to dive into. Starting next week, we will move this newsletter to three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For now, we’re moving forward and we’ll start today’s newsletter by discussing Spencer Strider’s record-breaking Thursday for the Braves!

Strider set the Braves record for most strikeouts in a single game with 16! He pitched eight shutout innings against the Rockies and, in addition to racking up 16 punches, he allowed just two hits and didn’t walk a batter. He was in control in this one. He induced 22 swing strikes on 106 pitches – 15 on the slider and seven on the fastball. Just nonsense stuff.

It was the fifth double-digit batting performance of the season for Strider who now moves to a 2.67 ERA this season with 174 strikeouts in just 114 2/3 innings pitched. The question in my mind is no longer if Strider is an SP2 before the 2023 season – I think if he is an SP1 (top 12). With his strikeout, a strong case can be presented. Strider has struck out 13 Phillies, 12 Cardinals and nine Astros in recent starts. He lights up the whole league. And it’s incredibly fun to watch.

We started the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast with Strider before covering many topics, including our Week 23 preview.

We’ll dive into more action from Thursday below, but first make sure you’re all up to speed with everything Scott White is doing at Scott’s recent waiver thread featured some of the hottest names on the minds of Fantasy Baseball managers right now, and you can see thathere.

Scott on Gunnar Henderson: “It was a stellar start Wednesday for the prospect that most publications consider the best in all of baseball. He connected on a 429-foot homer, going 2-for-4 overall, and had three batted balls from 97 mph or He also started at third base and thinks he can become eligible for this particularly rare position in a short time There is power There is speed There is ability The addition of Henderson is a must in rotisserie leagues, with plenty of roster spots to fill, and of course that kind of advantage is worth pursuing in any format. possibility of him sitting against same-handed pitchers, however, could cause even the slightest hesitation in the shallower leagues.

Scott on Trevor Rogers: “Rogers came back from IL on Wednesday with his best start of the year, giving up a run in six innings with five strikeouts, which tells you a bit about how his year has gone. It was only his second quality start in 20 chances But coming on the heels of an absolutely dominant rehab start in which he failed to hit a Triple-A formation in six innings, striking out 12 on 24 swinging shots, it’s possible he righted the ship in the same breath as Shane McClanahan and Alek Manoah on draft day, let’s not forget He said the start of rehab was the best he had has felt all year and confirmed on Wednesday that he used the downtime to fix his mechanics. It’s a gamble, but the upside is there.”

Mashed meneses

If you’re looking for late-season help on the waiver wire, Joey Meneses might be that guy. He went 4 for 6 on Thursday and cracked the bat on his seventh homer – a three-run shot. He had five hard-hit balls in a single game and is now batting .354 with a 1.011 OPS. He is listed at just 31% despite seven games next week. Is it sustainable? Maybe, maybe not. But he’s hot right now and why not try riding that hot hand while it lasts?

Kershaw’s return to the mound

Clayton Kershaw made his long-awaited return to the mound on Thursday. At first, it looked like it was going to be a nightmarish start for the veteran ace. His first run was tough, then he calmed down. Kershaw ended up pitching five innings and allowed just one earned run, one hit and three walks with six strikeouts. The mix of pitch and velocity was good in this one. He now has a 2.59 ERA on the season in just 16 starts.

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Kyle Bradish just delivered his second straight scoreless start and he’s starting to show a bit of what made him such an exciting prospect. Thursday, he posted seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out five. He has racked up 15 consecutive scoreless innings. He’s moving away from his fastball and more into his slider and change – and that’s a very good thing.

Fantastic news, injuries and ratings

For a full recap of every injury, update and more, be sure you’re locked in to the Fantasy Baseball Today podcast where Frank, Scott and Chris dive deep into every player rating. For the CliffsNotes release, we’ll recap the major news and notes you need to know here:

  • Tony Gonsolin’s forearm strain isn’t progressing as quickly as the Dodgers hoped. He will have an MRI on Friday.
  • Christian Yelich left Thursday’s game with neck pain.
  • Anthony Rizzo could miss the entire weekend series with the Rays with this back injury.
  • Luis Robert left the White Sox and returned home to attend the birth of his child. He missed the previous five games with left wrist pain.
  • Eloy Jimenez left Thursday’s game with right leg pain. This is the third time in seven days that he has had a leg problem.
  • Carlos Carrasco will be back on Sunday to start against the Nationals. At least David Peterson can start on Friday.
  • Nathan Eovaldi has started recently but isn’t progressing as quickly as the team had hoped.
  • Tanner Houck was barred from starting on Thursday and manager Alex Cora is unsure if Houck (back) will return by the end of the season.
  • The Mets have announced that receiver prospect Francisco Alvarez has been diagnosed with a loose body in his right ankle, but will not need surgery to fix it.

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