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August 3, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Change of scenery could be good for Kennedy

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Zach Wheeler has been flashing the promise that has the Mets feeling like they have two future aces.

Wheeler carried a no-hitter into the seventh against the Marlins this week, winding up with a no-decision after giving up two runs on three hits with 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. For the most part, Wheeler has been fairly good for a rookie thus far. The main concern has been his control, with the former first round pick giving up two or more walks in all eight of his starts this season. But, for the most part he has been limiting the damage, giving up three runs or fewer in six of his eight starts this season. And he has given up two or fewer in four of his last five starts. Overall, he is 4-1 with 36 strikeouts, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Wheeler is owned in just 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so I think he makes for an excellent spot starter. His control issues makes it hard to recommend him to be owned in 10-team mixed leagues, but if he can begin to tone down the wildness he could move into that discussion very quickly (at least until the Mets begin to restrain him to keep his innings count down).

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It was feared that Angels first baseman Albert Pujols would need season-ending surgery due to a partial tear of his left plantar fascia. But, Pujols said on Thursday night that doesn’t think he’ll need surgery and that he’ll be in a walking boot for the next three weeks and then hopes to begin to work his way back into the Angels lineup.

Pujols has no doubt been a bust this season, but even with that as a given Pujols still has 17 home runs and 64 RBI albeit with a very unAlbert-like .258 average. Given that even with his declining skills Pujols was, on average, a top 10 fantasy pick and the first first baseman off the board, fantasy owners need him to get back on the field. So, despite his struggles and the fact he is most definitely on the downslide this is definitely good news for Pujols owners.

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