Even when you’re a fan of one specific major league baseball team, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the news that surrounds your favorite club on a daily basis.
However, when you’re a fantasy baseball owner and you now have to multiply that effort by 30 in order to be as up to date as possible with each and every club? It’s a fool’s errand that borders on the impossible.
Fear not! We’ll be here each and every Monday to give you a snapshot of what’s going on in the world of baseball, with one fantasy takeaway from each of the league’s 30 teams. Think of it as your one-stop shop for the week ahead.
Here are the takeaways as we head into Week 15 of the 2017 season:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray will certainly be well-rested when he takes the mound on Tuesday to face the Reds, having not pitched in a game since July 6 due to the timing of the All-Star break and manager Torey Lovullo’s desire to give the 25-year-old a few extra days off. Ray has only thrown fewer than 100 pitches in 4-of-17 starts this season, and in three of those he was only 1-2 pitches shy of triple-digits, and he ranks seventh in the league in pitches per start. He may be a bit rusty, but he definitely needed the time off.
Atlanta Braves: Don’t look now, but the Braves are suddenly a .500 team and could be getting a key piece to their bullpen back from injury in the next few days. Arodys Vizcaino has not pitched since July 2 due to a strained right index finger, but after a pair of bullpen sessions this weekend, manager Brian Snitker appears close to activating his primary setup man. Vizcaino has 15 holds and two saves this season to go along with a 2.38 ERA.