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While the Orioles postseason hopes were effectively dashed Monday by the Rays at Tropicana Field, they lost one of their best players in the process. In one of the scariest moments of the season, young phenom Manny Machado was carted off the field after he suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his left knee.
Machado was running out a ground ball when he stepped on the side of the first base bag and had his knee buckle in a very awkward fashion. He was in obvious pain right away and remained on the ground for several moments before being carted off the field. We should know more about his status after he undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, but it's safe to say that this is the last we'll see of him this year. At this point, the hope is that the injury will not impact him in 2014.
Machado, 21, is batting .282/.313/.431 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI this season while providing top-notch defense at third base. While he has tapered off a bit offensively since the All-Star break, he has quickly established himself as one of the game's most exciting young players. Here's hoping he gets well soon.
Sabathia's Season Over
CC Sabathia's season ended with a whimper Monday, as the Yankees announced that he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring during his most recent start. The injury will require eight weeks of healing time, so he'll now turn the focus to getting healthy for 2014.
It's a fitting end to a deeply disappointing season for Sabathia, as he'll finish with a 4.78 ERA and 175/65 K/BB ratio over 211 innings. His velocity was down coming back from offseason elbow surgery and while it recovered a bit as the year moved along, FanGraphs notes that he averaged 91.1 mph on his fastball for the season. That's down from 92.3 mph in 2012 and 93.8 mph in 2011. Meanwhile, his swinging strike rate was below 10 percent for just the second time in his career. Not promising trends for someone who is still owed at least $76 million through 2016.
There has been a lot of talk about Sabathia's weight loss being a factor in his decline, but his age and previous workload are already obvious reasons for concern. The ERA should come down a bit if he has better luck with the home run ball in 2014, but it will take a leap of faith to suggest that he'll return to being a fantasy ace.
It's that time of year. With the final week of the regular season upon us, many are looking for last-minute streaming options in order to win their league. Here are a couple of matchups I like over the next few days featuring some widely-available names.
Randall Delgado SP, Diamondbacks (Yahoo: 7 percent owned) - Wednesday @ San Diego
Delgado hasn't been great on the road this season, posting a 3.32 ERA in 10 starts at Chase Field compared to a 4.86 ERA in nine starts elsewhere, but PETCO Park is a fine place to make an exception. It helps that the Padres have scored fewer runs this month than any team in the majors.
Corey Kluber SP, Indians (Yahoo: 31 percent owned) - Saturday @ Minnesota
Kluber hasn't pitched deep into games since returning from his finger injury, but he has won three out of his four starts while posting a 4.05 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. Maybe that isn't on par with what he did prior to going on the disabled list, but a matchup against the Twins in Minnesota is plenty enticing.
Oh, and one more thing. Be sure to keep an eye out for teams clinching playoff spots and resting regulars, as there's opportunity to be found with "hangover lineups." Don't get caught off guard this week.
NL Quick Hits: Matt Holliday was scratched from Monday's lineup for the second straight day due to back stiffness … Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is hopeful that Matt Harvey (elbow) will pitch in the Arizona Fall League, though it's not clear whether he's eligible … Joey Votto drew five walks Monday against the Mets … Mat Latos revealed Monday that he has been pitching through an abdominal strain since June 30 … Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that Jason Grilli will continue to serve as closer … Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) went 3-for-6 with a walk-off single, two RBI, and two stolen bases in his return to action Monday … Will Venable is dealing with an abdominal injury and could miss the rest of the season … Roy Halladay left Monday's start against the Marlins after just three batters due to right arm fatigue and will not pitch again this year … Trevor Rosenthal notched his first career save Monday against the Nationals … Allen Craig (foot) is likely to undergo X-rays when he is re-evaluated Thursday … Marco Estrada allowed just two hits over seven scoreless frames in Monday's win over the Braves … Russell Martin (knee) was back in the lineup Monday and went 1-for-3 with a walk against the Cubs … Charlie Morton delivered another solid start Monday, tossing seven scoreless innings … Welington Castillo underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday … Nathan Eovaldi fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Phillies on Monday …
AL Quick Hits: Miguel Cabrera (groin) went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk, and a run scored in his return to the lineup Monday against the Twins … Chris Davis launched his 52nd home run Monday against the Rays … Joe Mauer (concussion) has been shut down for the rest of the season and is expected to serve as catcher next season … Alex Rios hit for the cycle in Monday's win over the Astros … Evan Longoria (flu) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his return to action Monday against the Orioles … Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) missed his second straight game Monday … Desmond Jennings (hamstring) hopes to return at some point this week … Justin Verlander struck out 12 batters over six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Twins ... Derek Holland struck out nine in a shutout of the Astros on Monday … James Loney smacked a pinch-hit walk-off home run Monday against the Orioles … Oswaldo Arcia was scratched from Monday's lineup with a bruised right knee … Brad Miller (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup Monday ... Jake Odorizzi could start Friday against the Blue Jays … Alexi Casilla (head) will undergo a CT scan to determine whether he's dealing with a concussion … Marcus Semien blazed his first career home run Monday against the Blue Jays …