Fri, Sep 30th 4:16am EDT
By Diego Sandoval
Shohei Ohtani picked up the win after allowing two hits and one walk while striking out 10 in eight scoreless innings of Thursday's 4-2 win over the A's.
Fantasy Impact: Ohtani was absolutely dominant on Thursday, carrying a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings of the matchup. This was the two-way star's 10th outing with double-digit strikeouts on the season and his third going eight innings. He will carry his stellar 2.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into the last game of the season on Wednesday against the A's, where he will look to put a stamp on another historic year.
Ryan Feltner picked up the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five in six innings of Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Giants.
Fantasy Impact: All five of Feltner's earned runs came in the second inning, but he was relatively solid besides that. However, this is just the latest of his struggles, as the righthander has a 6.66 ERA in September to go with a record of 1-3 and a WHIP of 1.48. He will look to end the season on a high note against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Fri, Sep 30th 4:10am EDT
By Diego Sandoval
Carlos Rodon picked up the win after allowing two hits while striking out 10 in six scoreless innings of Thursday's 6-4 win over the Rockies.
Fantasy Impact: Rodon was magnificent on Thursday, tallying his third double-digit strikeout performance of September. The veteran has been one of the best pitchers in baseball all season, boasting a 2.88 ERA and a WHIP of 1.03 to go with his whopping 237 strikeouts in 178 innings pitched. He will look to finish his season on a high note against the Padres on Tuesday.
Fri, Sep 30th 3:59am EDT
By Owen Klukas
Mike Baumann (1-3) allowed two earned runs on six hits over four innings, resulting in a no-decision in the 5-3 defeat. The right-hander struck out two and yielded zero walks in the 74-pitch outing.
Fantasy Impact: Baumann produced five whiffs and generated an average pitch velocity of 91.6 mph and a max pitch velocity of 96.7 mph. In 29 innings pitched this season, the righty owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and a 19/8 K/BB ratio. If the Mahtomedi native stays in the starting rotation, he's in line to start versus the Blue Jays in Baltimore on October 4th.
Kyle Stowers went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a single, and two runs in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Fantasy Impact: Stowers' third homer on the year was the hardest and farthest hit ball in Thursday's loss at 105.5 mph and 399 feet. The 24-year-old has recorded 11 runs, three homers, and 10 RBI in 78 at-bats this season. Unfortunately, the left fielder is not consistently in the starting lineup to be relevant in fantasy.
Fri, Sep 30th 2:05am EDT
By Ari Koslow
Dylan Moore went 2-for-5 with one run and two strikeouts Thursday against the Rangers.
Fantasy Impact: Moore opened the 11th inning with a single that moved the automatic runner in Jarred Kelenic to third base. Luis Torrens drove in Kelenic to tie the game. With the infield in, Moore took advantage and stole third base which was his 20th stolen base on the season. Soon after that, J.P. Crawford laced a line drive off the glove of Josh Jung that allowed Moore to score the winning run. The Mariners magic number is down to one to end the longest active playoff drought in all of professional sports.
Jarred Kelenic went 2-for-5 with three RBIs, three runs and two strikeouts Thursday against the Rangers.
Fantasy Impact: Kelenic was huge for the Mariners in September last year and he is doing it again this year as well. He broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run home run in the fourth inning off Jon Gray before later extending the Mariners lead to 7-4 to open the bottom of the sixth inning. Kelenic has filled in nicely in centerfield and in the lineup while Julio Rodriguez has been sidelined, who is expected to return on Monday.
Mitch Haniger went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, two runs and three strikeouts Thursday against the Rangers.
Fantasy Impact: Haniger opened the scoring early with a two-run home run in the first inning off Jon Gray. He did it again in his second at-bat of the night off Gray again. Haniger has now picked up multiple hits in three of his last four games as he continues to heat up down the final stretch of the regular season.
Paul Sewald allowed two runs on two hits across one inning Thursday against the Rangers to go along with one strikeout and one walk.
Fantasy Impact: Sewald entered the seventh inning with the Mariners leading 7-4. That lead was cut to one run after Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe launched back-to-back home runs. The Rangers ended up tying the game in the eighth inning off Andres Munoz, but the Mariners were able to earn the win in extra innings.
Marco Gonzales took the no-decision Thursday against the Rangers, allowing four runs on six hits across five innings to go along with four strikeouts and one walk.
Fantasy Impact: Gonzales allowed all four runs in the third inning off three home runs hit by Sam Huff, Marcus Semien and Adolis Garcia. Outside of that frame, he allowed two hits across four other shutout innings. Gonzales is scheduled to face the Tigers in his last start of the regular season.
Adolis Garcia went 1-for-5 with one RBI, two runs and two strikeouts Thursday against the Mariners.
Fantasy Impact: Garcia hit the third home run of the 3rd inning for the Rangers as part of a four-run frame off Marco Gonzales. It was his 26th long ball of the year.
Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, two runs and two strikeouts Thursday against the Mariners.
Fantasy Impact: Semien hit a two-run home run off Seattle starter Marco Gonzales as part of a four run frame in the third inning with three home runs launched by Rangers hitters. He later hit a solo home run in the seventh inning off Paul Sewald, which was followed by a Nathaniel Lowe home run. Despite not hitting his first long ball of the season till May 28, Semien has still crushed 26 home runs in his first season with the Rangers.
Jose Leclerc blew a save chance Thursday against the Mariners, allowing one (unearned) run on one hit across one inning with one strikeout and one walk.
Fantasy Impact: It was in the 10th inning with Sam Haggerty pinch-running as the automatic runner on second base, which is why it was an unearned run that Leclerc allowed. Cal Raleigh hit a sacrifice fly on a great diving catch by Kole Calhoun that tied the game.
Jon Gray took the no-decision Thursday against the Mariners, allowing six runs on eight hits across five innings to go along with five strikeouts and three walks.
Fantasy Impact: After three straight solid outings coming off the injured list, Gray allowed a trio of two-run home runs, two to Mitch Haniger and one to Jarred Kelenic. He is scheduled to face the Yankees next in his final start of the season.
Fri, Sep 30th 12:01am EDT
By Luke Monaldo
Jonathan Heasley pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out one in Kansas City's 10-3 loss in Detroit on Thursday.
Fantasy Impact: Heasley finishes September with a 2-2 record and a 4.45 ERA across five starts with the two losses marking the only times he failed to complete six innings. Heasley falls to 4-9 overall with a 5.00 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 66 strikeouts in 99 innings across 20 starts. Heasley will make his next and final start of 2022 on Wednesday against the Guardians in Cleveland.
Trevor Stephan threw a scoreless ninth inning to save a 2-1 win over the Rays on Thursday. Stephan struck out two and walked three in the frame.
Fantasy Impact: Stephan made things interesting by walking the bases loaded but was able to preserve the win with a strikeout and a pop out to end the Rays’ threat. He got the save chance with normal closer Emmanuel Clase unavailable after pitching in the previous two days. Stephan now has a 6-5 record, three saves, 2.74 ERA, and 1.20 WHIP on the season.
Cal Quantrill allowed one run on three hits over six innings in a 2-1 win over the Rays on Thursday. Quantrill settled for a no-decision while striking out four and walking none in the start.
Fantasy Impact: Quantrill gave up an RBI single to David Peralta in the first inning but that was the extent of the scoring for Tampa Bay. Quantrill notched just six swinging strikes on 86 pitches but he was effective in limiting the Rays. His final start of the regular season will be on Tuesday against the Royals.
Liam Hendriks pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one walk, and tallying two strikeouts to earn his 34th save in a win over the Twins.
Fantasy Impact: Hendriks continues to be one of the premier closers in the league. The 33-year-old has a 2.96 ERA, .211 BAA, and a 12.84 K/9 ratio in 55 games this season. Continue to start Hendriks with confidence.
Reynaldo Lopez pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit, and tallying one strikeout to earn the win over the Twins.
Fantasy Impact: Lopez has performed well this season in a relief role. The 28-year-old has a 2.80 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, .214 BAA, and a 8.67 K/9 ratio. Despite pitching well this season, Lopez does not earn holds very often and should remain on the waiver wire.
Lucas Giolito pitched five innings, allowing four hits, three walks, and two earned runs Thursday. He struck out six Twins’ batters and tallied a no-decision.
Fantasy Impact: Giolito has not had the season the veteran was hoping for. The 28-year-old has a 5.00 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, .278 BAA, and a 10.07 K/9 ratio in 29 games this season. Fantasy managers should likely avoid starting him for the remainder of the season.