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20 things to watch in week 9 (fantasy baseball)

Welcome fantasy friends and foes into Week 9 of the 2022 fantasy baseball season.

As Week 9 approaches, teams have played over 50 games, which is a good yardstick for judging the season’s remaining predictions. In addition, this is also an excellent opportunity for Fantasy managers to gauge where their team is in comparison to the league standings. Analyze your weaknesses and address them immediately. The directors of Fantasia cannot stand still as the season drags on.

Fantasy managers can start their team’s recovery by finding 20 things to watch in Week 9 (Fantasy Baseball).

1. Two teams play only five matches in the ninth week

Two teams will play just five games next week, including the Chicago Cubs, who will visit the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees next week. The Detroit Tigers will also have five games next week when they see the Pittsburgh Pirates in two games, then travel to the Rogers Center to play three games against the Toronto Blue Jays.

2. Table of highlights for week 9

There will be 20 teams playing six games in Week 9. Only the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants enjoy home cooking all week. Half of the teams playing seven games next week won’t have to pack their bags for the week, including the Cleveland Guardians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres.

3. Velez moved from Joe Girardi

The Philadelphia Phillies are currently ranked 22-29 and have lost seven of their last nine games. The Phillies decided to fire manager Joe Girardi on Friday before facing the Los Angeles Angels. Girardi was 132-141 in three seasons as the Phillies manager and had never worked with Girardi as a manager. Phillies coach Rob Thompson has been named to the bench as interim manager for the remainder of the season. Gerardi was brought to Philadelphia for a winning position and is the team’s fifth coach in eight years.

However, the Phillies have one of the worst Bulls positions in the league and poor defense which is not a winning formula. The Phyllis have spent a lot of money this season, but they are frustrated with a flawed team. Gerardi lost the club, and a change was required. Usually, when coaches give up work during the season, the team gets a spark and starts playing the ball better at first. The Phillies started their series against the Angels with a 10-0 victory. The Phillies will try to continue that momentum in Week 8 when they visit Milwaukee in a three-game series against the Brewers and then welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games. Fantasy directors should focus on Velez and ride the wave.

4. Dodgers will welcome reinforcements

It’s not as if the Los Angeles Dodgers are struggling without their veteran mainstay, but the Dodgers may welcome the return of bowler Clayton Kershaw and player Max Muncie. The Dodgers sit atop the division at 34-17, and it looks likely we’ll see Kershaw back in Week 9. Kershaw, who last made May 7, went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 32 strike against three walks just across five starts this season. Rehabilitation is set to begin on Sunday with low-profile Rancho Cucamonga. If all goes well, the South will return to the Dodgers’ rotation. Max Muncie is expected to go on a rehab mission and could be back in the ninth week. He’s been struggling in the play, hitting just 0.150/.327/.263 in 41 games. Hopefully the rest will wake up on his racket.

5. Brendan Rodgers is on fire

Brendan Rodgers, the Colorado Rockies’ second baseman, had a poor start to the season. Rodgers hit a heartbreaking 0.078/.172/.098 in his first 58 games. However, along with the weather, Rogers’ racket warmed up in May, coming in at .347/.380/.484 with a pair of Reptiles, .18 RBI, and .864 OPS. Rodgers is coming off a three-way game against the Miami Marlins and is looking to continue his burning racket with seven games at Coors Stadium in Week 9.

6. The Yankees found another ace

The New York Yankees were looking for another dominant player to create a powerful 1-2 in the rotation with Gerrit Cole. Nestor Curtis threw his hat into the ring with a 5-1 record with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. southpaw has a 68/14 K/BB ratio, resulting in a .178/.231/.280 slash and .239 BABIP. His Statcast numbers also depict a glossy picture with .198 xBA, .310 xSLG and 2.14 xERA. The fantasy directors who molded Curtis in hopes that he would capitalize on his strong end in 2021 are reaping the rewards. Curtis is a double-starter pitcher when he faces the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs next week.

7. Oh No, Not Grayson Rodriguez!

After the Baltimore Orioles promoted super catch detective Adley Rutschman, many fantasy directors were asking the Orioles to do the same with Grayson Rodriguez, the number 1 baseball player. Rodriguez was producing video game numbers for Triple A Norfolk. The right hand produced a 2.09 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 80 strokes in 56 rounds. He hits 37.4 percent for an amazing 6.5 percent walking rate. He has allowed fewer than three earned runs per nine innings at every stop in his career. Unfortunately, Rodriguez was diagnosed with a strained groin muscle. The 22-year-old is expected to waste at least a significant amount of time. The hype was that Rodriguez will be in the big slams early next week, but now we won’t see Rodriguez until after the All-Star break.

8-11. Start recommendations

Carlos Carrasco (SP – NYM)

In his last five starts, the Mets right-arm was 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He also has a 23/7 K/BB ratio across those starts, which led Carlos Carrasco to a 6-1 overall record with a 3.63 ERA. Carrasco has a mixed bag of clashing games next week with the San Diego Padres that he should be able to handle, but the Los Angeles Angels are ranked in the top 10. However, as a deep-flowing option, Carrasso should be a productive start for fantasy directors in Week 9.

John Gray (SP – TEX)

This season, John Gray has had an inconsistent start to the Texas Rangers, but he shone in his last start. Gray went for seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays, only had three hits left and one had a run while hitting 12 hitters. It’s just better to be on top to ride with Gray this week and start week. Gray handles two middle-class offenses in the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox. So ride the wave and start your ninth week gray.

Dakota Hudson (SP – STL)

Dakota Hudson doesn’t overwhelm the hitters, as evidenced by its 4.9k/9 average, but it doesn’t cut the run, which is the name of the game. Hudson is currently 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. His base stats are alarming, but his week nine games are not with dates with first-class offenses with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cincinnati Reds. Usually, it’s not a recommended start but this week, fantasy directors should make an exception.

Kyle Wright (SP – ATL)

Kyle Wright has an excellent start to the 2022 season with a 5-3 record and 2.41 ERA. It also produces a 1.07 WHIP and 2.94 FIP while hitting a hitter at 10.0K/9. Additionally, Wright produces a .193/.285/.274 and 1.3% heart rate. Wright starts off mindlessly each week, but faces exciting contradictions the next week. The right-hander takes two of the last five offenses in the Oakland A and Pittsburgh Pirates which is a must in Week 9.

12-14. Bullpen . Notes

12. Boston Red Sox

With Matt Barnes and Hansel Robles on the injured list, there’s a revolving door in the Boston Red Sox Bullpen. There are no set roles on the back of their sparrows, and not every loyalist has produced consistently. The pen has given up 25 times, the fourth-highest total in the league. The Red Sox also have the most tackles saved (12) so far this season. The culprits are Tanner Hawk, who appeared with the Red Sox but has a 3.82 ERA and a 7.9 K/9 average. Fellow right-hander John Schreiber is also part of the Closer panel, but he didn’t take on the closest role even though he produced a 1.26 ERA and possessed a 9.4 K/9 average. Two Southern Paws complete the panel with Jake Diekman, who has the team lead in booking but has produced a 3.50 ERA and a 12.5K/9 average. Southpaw is more suited to a complementing role. Finally, Matt Straham is a left-handed standoff who has one saves, one and four reservations but isn’t considered a closer option. It would be very frustrating to list any of these painkillers as the Red Sox, intimidated by the committee, is contradicted to the extreme.

13. St. Louis Cardinals

Ryan Hillsley has emerged as the preferred closing option for the St. Louis Cardinals. Giovanni Gallegos won the job after spring training, but his struggles, combined with Helsley’s spotlight performance, led to a change of guard. Helsley has a 0.48 ERA and 0.48 WHIP to 28/5 K/BB ratio. The right-hander has yet to run a home run across 18.2 innings, and has scored three saves this season. Gallegos heads down with three blow-ups with 3.48 erra and eight saved. However, his grip on the role has slipped closer to his hands on Ryan Hillsley’s brilliant start to the season.

14. Tampa Bay Rays

Injuries to famous sleeper nominee Andrew Kittridge and GB Verizin have the Tampa Bay team rushing to fix a tie ball with the most saves of the season with ten. Rais are generally considered one of the brightest minds in the major leagues, but even their minds are baffled. Why not do the same for fantasy managers? Hodge’s lineup of names, including Colin Butch and Jason Adam, is now leading the way in the Rays Bullpen. I’m not sure how we can trust anyone at the Rays Bullpen, especially with the Rays’ penchant for doing unconventional things. There is a tendency to do anything, and that kind of uncertainty makes me avoid this at all costs.

15-20. hot or not


Austin Riley (3B – ATL)

The Atlanta Braves’ third baseman hit three hurdles and three doubles out of 11 goals last week. He cut .379/.438/.739, came out in eight runs, and scored seven. His stock continues to rise, and now he stands behind Mane Machado as the third best baseman in the Eredivisie.

Sandy Alcantara (SP – MIA)

Sandy Alcantara has been impressive in his last two games with the Miami Marlins. The right-handed waived one round gained across 15 rounds in two starts. He scored wins in both games while scoring 22 wins and only traveled twice.

Tony Ginsulin (SP – LAD)

Tony Gonsulin climbed up to the Los Angeles Dodgers with two impressive performances. In 12 rounds, Gonsulin hit 12 while walking with only one hit. He gave up only six hits and two earned kicks en route to the two wins.


Alex Bergman (3B – HOU)

Alex Bregman has only two hitters in his last 16 bats, dropping his season to a batting average of 0.221.

Brandon Crawford (SS – SF)

Fortunately, one of Brandon Crawford’s two hits last week was a Grand Slam. Otherwise, no fictional production will be made. Crawford went 2 for 20 this past week and was out in five runs. It’s only 0.215 this season, so the percentage for their roster should continue to drop.

Miles Micholas (SP – STL)

The St. Louis Cardinals right-hand side did not do well in their start last week. Miles Mikola gave 17 hits and 10 earned runs across 11.2 innings. Add four walks and three zingers, and you’ll be thankful he took a win on one of those starts.

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2022-06-05 12:42:26

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