With only four weeks left until the fantasy postseason, now is the most important part of the fantasy baseball season.
Three Things To Pay Attention to in the Upcoming Weeks
1. Be sure you are aware of your trade deadline in your leagues, so you can wheel and deal if you need an addition to make a playoff run.
2. Double, triple, and quadruple check your players status’ so that you are not left out on an injury or late scratch in the most crucial part of the season.
3. Keep an eye on the teams that are not in contention to make the playoffs, as they start to bring up prospects that may be able to help you get into the post season.
Players To Pick-up for Week 19
Chris Coghlan, 2B, OF (FLA): After a rough start to his rookie season, Coghlan has really stepped his game up in the month of August. He has recorded a multi-hit game in eight straight games, while batting .517. Get him now while he is hot, especially if you are in a keeper league and need a rookie to keep.
Will Venable, OF (SD): After the Padres traded Scott Hairston, Venable became an everyday outfielder for the ball club. He is having a great August, recording two home runs with a .381 batting average over that span. Venable seems to be finding his groove now that he has a full time role and should be considered in most mixed leagues.
Mat Latos, SP (SD): Since being call up on July 18, Latos has a record of 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He has given up only eight runs in 29-and-two-thirds innings, with the only downfall that he has given up six home runs. It looks like Latos is going to be in the rotation for a long time, so pick him up in all league formats.
American League Injury Updates
The Angels said on Monday that Torii Hunter will play in several minor league games before making his return to the Angels' lineup.
The Angels have placed pitcher Joe Saunders on the disabled list with stiffness in his left shoulder.
Dallas Braden has been placed on the disabled list by the Athletics and will likely throw a bullpen session on Monday or Tuesday.
Rookie pitcher Brett Cecil is listed as day-to-day with a left knee injury, but is expected to miss only one start for the Blue Jays.
The Mariners have listed closer David Aardsma at day-to-day as the team doctor tries to determine his workload.
Mariners' pitcher Erik Bedard will consult with Dr. Lewis Yocum on Wednesday, after his Aug. 7 MRI revealed slight fraying in his shoulder.
The Orioles have placed pitcher Brad Bergesen on the disabled list with a shin contusion.
After missing his sixth start in a row, the Rangers are still listing Nelson Cruz as day-to-day with a target return date of Aug. 11.
The Rangers have said that Ian Kinsler may return to the team Aug. 13, but he may also need to do a rehab assignment.
Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to throw a side session on Aug. 11, with the hopes of returning to the Red Sox rotation in early September.
The Red Sox hope to get Tim Wakefield back sometime in August, after he was able to throw a side session on Aug. 6 with no reported problems.
Gil Meche is hoping to return to the Royals rotation Aug. 13, after pitching five innings in an Aug. 8 rehab start.
The White Sox have set Aug. 28 as the return date of pitcher Jake Peavy, and is slated for another bullpen session Aug. 11.
National League Injury Updates
The Astros are hoping to have Lance Berkman back sometime this week, after needing more time to recover from his left calf strain.
Roy Oswalt is expected to pitch for the Astros Aug. 11 against the Marlins, after improvement in his throwing Aug. 5.
Chipper Jones is listed as day-to-day after missing his third straight game Aug. 9, and is questionable for Aug. 11-12 series with a strained left oblique.
The Cubs hope to get pitcher Ted Lilly back sometime next week after he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session on Aug. 7.
Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the disabled list with muscle spasms in his back, and hopes to return to the Cubs rotation in mid-to late August.
The Diamondbacks have placed outfielder Justin Upton on the disabled list with an oblique strain and should return by early September.
After a short comeback, the Dodger have placed pitcher Jason Schmidt on the disabled list with a right shoulder issue.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes may miss the rest of the season after an MRI dealt a severe blow to his comeback this season.
Gary Sheffield should return to the Mets' lineup on Monday after being held from the lineup Aug. 8-9.
The results of Jordan Zimmermann’s latest MRI have been sent to Dr. Andrews as the Nationals are concerned about his discomfort in his right elbow.
Newly acquired Phillies pitcher Pedro Martinez struck out 11 batters in a Double-A rehab start Aug. 5, and could join the club this week.
The Reds have listed Scott Rolen as day-to-day after experiencing concussion-like symptoms and should miss most of this week’s action.
Aaron Cook will miss his scheduled start of Tuesday due to a toe injury, but should be able to pitch for the Rockies at the end of the week.
Edwin Jackson (DET): @BOS, KC
J.A. Happ (PHI): @CHC, @ATL
Rich Harden (CHC): PHI, PIT
Joba Chamberlain (NYY): TOR, @SEA
Gavin Floyd (CWS): @SEA, @OAK
Matt Garza (TB): @LAA, TOR
Jonathan Sanchez (SF): LAD, @NYM
Chris Volstad (FLA): HOU, COL
Kyle Lohse (STL): CIN, SD
Jorge De La Rosa (COL): CHC, @FLA
John Lannan (WAS): @ATL, @CIN
Mike Hampton (HOU): @FLA, @MIL
Nick Blackburn (MIN): KC, CLE
John Danks (CWS): @SEA, @OAK
Ricky Porcello (DET): @BOS, KC
Doug Davis (ARI): NYM, LAD
Francisco Liriano (MIN): KC, CLE
Jeremy Guthrie (BAL): OAK, LAA
Justin Lehr (CIN): @STL, WAS
Tom Gorzelanny (CHC): @COL, PIT
Johnny Cueto (CIN): @STL, WAS
Braden Looper (MIL): SD, HOU
Rick Vanden Hurk (FLA): HOU, COL
Other Notable Options
Brad Penny (BOS), Aaron Laffey (CLE), Kyle Davies (KC), Brian Moehler (HOU), Sean O’Sullivan (LAA), Sergio Mitre (NYY), Ross Ohlendorf (PIT), Luke French (SEA), Vicente Padilla (TEX), Marc Rzepczynski (TOR), and Jason Vargas (SEA).
Good luck to all this week, and check back next week for the weekly rundown!
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