Here’s ‘The Starting 9’ for today’s show …
1. Has Zach Wheeler been better than deGrom this year?
2. Player Profile – Walker Buehler
3. Chris Sale is scheduled to debut on Saturday … what to expect down the stretch?
4. MLB News/Notes – L. Robert (hip) rejoins CWS today/Flaherty (oblique) expected back mid-week Soto (knee) still a question mark going into week/Rizzo on COVID list/G. Torres (thumb) to get an MRI/Schwarber suffers set-back and is now dealing with groin and hamstring tightness/Rutschman promoted to AAA
5. Unheralded 2nd half fantasy saviors … St. Marte and J. Harrison, K. Farmer and India, J. Polanco, Candelario
6. Waiver Wire Wins (SXM Host League) – J. Harrison ($21), T. Houck ($6), Toro ($12), L. Patino ($6), Profar ($11), R. Ortega ($3), C. Green ($3), Clippard, Colome, Floro (all for $9), and J. Fleming ($11)
7. Rob Povia’s Weekly Planner Highlights – HOU the only team with 5 games this week … but 2 vs. COL/Field of Dreams game between CWS-NYY/MIL goes to Wrigley and PIT/SF facing the awful bullpens of COL, ARZ/Streaming options of Brault, Patino, and J. Ross
8. ‘Random Reference’ – Tim Scott
9. ‘Stamp of Approval’ – Silence and airport webcams.