Angels starting pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani will not pitch Sunday against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka as originally expected.
Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that the Angels will push back Ohtani’s next start, sighting workload management. There is no word on when Ohtani will next pitch, but he will remain available to hit.
As a pitcher, Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season. He has struck out at least six batters in six of his seven starts.
Strickland made headlines last season when he hit Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper on the hip with a 98 mph fastball, which sparked a benches-clearing incident. It was the first time Strickland had faced Harper since Harper hit two home runs off of him in the 2014 National League Division Series.
Strickland was ultimately suspended six games by Major League Baseball for his role in the brawl, which ended with him being dragged to the Giants’ dugout by several of his teammates.
Bochy said Strickland had shown maturity and made progress by keeping his emotions in check since last year’s fight with Harper.
I think he [punched the door] when he came out of the game, but we didn’t know about it, Bochy said. I didn’t know about it until I got home.
Miller’s pitch count did reach 78 in his most recent turn (June 16, in high-A), and the Miami Marlins’ worst-in-baseball 3.55 runs-per-game average and pitching-friendly home ballpark make him an appealing option in deep-mixed (think at least 12 teams) and NL-only leagues. He’s not as appealing as two other two-start pitchers who have made recent returns from the disabled list, Michael Soroka (CIN, @STL) and Joey Lucchesi (@TEX, PIT), but he’s also available in a much larger percentage of ESPN leagues, roughly 95 percent to Soroka’s 65 percent and Lucchesi’s 80 percent.
Clayton Kershaw (DL: back) is on track to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation on Saturday, and therefore, pitch Thursday at home against the Chicago Cubs, assuming all goes well on June 23. While his name value will propel him into the vast majority of fantasy lineups, these are among the worst circumstances for him for our purposes. Besides it being a one-start week, the Cubs represent one of the 10 toughest matchups for an opposing pitcher — productivity, patience and above-average contact — and Kershaw’s pitch count seems likely to be limited after being scheduled for only 60 in his rehab start.