Joining the crew: Brewers’ Gomez appears ready to return

Gomez has combined for 45 home runs and 69 stolen bases over the last two seasons.

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Brewers OF Carlos Gomez, who has been out of the lineup since August 31 due to a sprained left wrist, had an RBI single in a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday. After the game, Gomez said, "I’m in there" in reference to his chances of playing Monday night against the Marlins. Manager Ron Roenicke added that while he’s worried about the impact of a swing-and-miss on Gomez’s wrist, he’ll probably put Gomez back in the leadoff spot tonight. If you own Gomez in a weekly league, you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting to see if he’s ready to play well in a full-time role. Start him if you have him.

Sunday’s studs & duds

Stud: Orioles DH Nelson Cruz had two home runs and all seven of his team’s RBI against the Rays.

Stud: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez wasn’t far behind, hitting two homers and knocking in six of his team’s seven runs versus the Diamondbacks.

Stud: What the heck has gotten into Carlos Carrasco? The perennial fantasy tease came within one out of a complete-game shutout against the White Sox. Over his last six starts, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts against four walks in 38 2/3 innings.

Dud: If you give up seven earned runs and 10 baserunners in one-and-two-thirds innings, you’re a dud. Thanks for nothing, Travis Wood.

News & notes

The Nationals have moved to a closer-by-committee, with Drew Storen getting the save on Sunday. I’d like to steer you in the right direction for saves here, and while Storen would be the best guess, the Nats would like to get Rafael Soriano straightened out before the postseason. There’s no clear choice.


Edward Mujica is in as the Red Sox closer, and got a save on Saturday. Sorry, Koji Uehara owners.

Interim A’s closer Eric O’Flaherty missed the weekend due to a lower back issue, and probably won’t be ready by tonight. Ryan Cook got the save chance on Sunday, but walked three batters. If an opportunity arises tonight … maybe Luke Gregerson?

Twins closer Glen Perkins wasn’t available over the weekend due to a stiff neck, but hopes to return by midweek.

Rangers’ ace Yu Darvish is officially done for the season. Fortunately for the Rangers, Derek Holland pitched like an ace again on Sunday. Holland is owned in just 12.2 percent of leagues, and can help you down the stretch.

The Cardinals rested OF Matt Holliday on Sunday due to back tightness, an issue that manager Mike Matheny said "comes and goes." 

Josh Fields got a one-out save on Sunday for the Astros, after lefty Tony Sipp got the first two outs of the inning. Chad Qualls apparently didn’t pitch because of what the team’s website called his "struggles" against the A’s. Hmm … 

With Melky Cabrera done for the season due to a broken pinkie, the Blue Jays plan to use both Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose as regulars in the outfield. Gose can help you in stolen bases – he has 15 steals over 75 games in part-time duty with the Jays this season, and has had seasons of 76 and 69 steals in the minors. Pillar swiped 27 bases at Triple A this season.

Rays OF Desmond Jennings (knee) probably won’t play again this season, and the team will decide early this week whether to give Drew Smyly one more start or shut him down for the season.

Royals Danny Duffy left his Saturday start after one pitch due to a shoulder issue, and we’ll probably hear about his MRI results today.

Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer is scheduled to come off the DL today.

Streaming starters

Vidal Nuno pitched well in a loss on Friday, Brandon McCarthy got it done on Saturday, and the aforementioned Derek Holland was a stud on Sunday, so we’re up to 91-54 for the season. Today’s pick is Marcus Stroman (owned in 25.2 percent of leagues) versus the Cubs, while Tuesday’s selection is underrated Met Jacob DeGrom (38.1 percent owned) against the Rockies. Stroman’s inclusion is mainly due to opponent, as the Cubs lead the majors in strikeouts.

See you back here tomorrow morning.