What's on second? Mets lose Murphy to DL
Mets 2B Daniel Murphy is probably underrated - he's been fantasy's seventh-best second baseman this season, according to FOXSports.com scoring. Murphy's owners know how good he is, and they'll miss him while he's on the DL with a calf strain. Murphy has been day to day since Monday, and the results of a Thursday MRI caused the team's DL decision.
The Mets have called up 20-year-old Dilson Herrera to take Murphy's roster spot, and Herrera's minor-league numbers (.319 BA, 12 HR, 24 SB between A ball and Double A) should make him interesting to NL-only owners, I don't think I'd grab the extremely young Herrera in any mixed leagues, though.
Thursday's studs & duds
News & notes
Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, who has missed two straight games with back tightness, hopes to play tonight.
Tony Sipp got Thursday's save for the Astros. What should we make of that, since Chad Qualls has struggled lately? The Houston Chronicle reports that Sipp "handled the ninth for the save on a night Qualls was given off to rest."
Collin' McHugh's solid Thursday outing raised our record to 82-53 for the season. The weekend picks are Jacob deGrom (owned in 29.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) tonight against the Phillies; D-backs lefty Vidal Nuno (0.7 percent owned) versus the Rockies on Saturday; and Royals' lefty Danny Duffy (38.3 percent owned) against the Indians on Sunday. Duffy's control has improved lately - he's allowed just seven walks in 30 2/3 innings over his last five starts.
See you back here tomorrow morning.