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DRAFT MLB Strategy: Thursday

DRAFT MLB Strategy: Thursday
Brad Johnson provides strategy insight to DRAFT MLB while finding overrated and underrated players for MLB DFS on Thursday, September 20.
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Marcus Semien went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI as the A's crushed the Angels 22-3 on Thursday.

Everyone in Oakland's starting lineup had at least one hit, one run and one RBI. In all, the team had 22 hits and seven walks on the day, even without the benefit of a ninth inning while playing at home. Semien got his five RBI without collecting an extra-base hit. Mostly hitting lower in the lineup now, he's driven in 12 runs in 17 games this month, even though he hasn't been particularly hot. Still, he's enjoying a fine second half; he's hitting .267 with 18 extra-base hits, 34 runs scored, 28 RBI and a 41/28 K/BB ratio in 240 plate appearances.
Sep 20 - 7:31 PM

Eduardo Nunez is dealing with a hamstring injury and won't play in this weekend's series against the Indians.

It was originally believed to be a knee issue that forced him from Wednesday's game, but further investigation revealed it was a hamstring injury. The fact that he's already been ruled out for the entire weekend isn't promising, but with the Sox holding such a big lead in the AL East -- they could clinch as early as tonight -- they may just be exercising caution, running the marathon and not the sprint. Either way, it's bad news for fantasy owners, who should seek out other options for the home stretch if they're relying on Nunez in any capacity.
Sep 20 - 7:27 PM

Edwin Jackson yielded two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Angels.

Jackson was given 12 runs to work with in the third and fourth innings today, so it was just a matter of how long he would go in a sure victory. He wasn't particularly efficient, though, and he was removed after giving up a homer to Mike Trout and walking Shohei Ohtani in the sixth. Jackson improved to 6-3 with a 3.27 ERA. The last time he won as many as six games was when he finished 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA for the 2014 Cubs.
Sep 20 - 7:25 PM

Matt Shoemaker lasted just 2 2/3 innings and gave up five runs Thursday in a loss to the A's.

Shoemaker pitched a perfect first, walked two in a scoreless second and then gave up four straight hits to start the third. It looked like he might get out of it having allowed two runs after he struck out Khris Davis and Matt Olson, but Stephen Piscotty followed with a three-run homer to knock him out of the game. The Angels have employed very quick hooks with Shoemaker since he returned from a five-month DL stay Sept. 3; he's yet to throw more than 77 pitches in an outing. One wonders if they might just shut him down after this.
Sep 20 - 7:22 PM

Wilmer Flores has arthritis in both his knees and is done for the season.

The good news is, he's expected to be ready for spring training. Flores was sent back to New York on Wednesday to have his ailing knees checked, and the check showed early onset arthritis in both knees. His year ends with a relatively disappointing 11 homers and 51 RBI, hitting .267/.319/.417 in 126 games.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Sep 20 - 7:20 PM

Nick Martini went 3-for-6 and hit his first major league homer Thursday against the Angels.

The homer came off catcher Francisco Arcia in an 18-2 game in the seventh, so that wasn't very dramatic. Martini, though, is performing well since being recalled Sept. 9; he's 12-for-28 with nine runs scored in nine appearances. As the Athletics' leadoff man against righties, he could be worth a very late pickup. It's just too bad he's not a basestealer at all; he hasn't even attempted a steal in 39 games as a major leaguer.
Sep 20 - 7:19 PM
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