New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom had to leave his start on June 16 due to shoulder soreness. This is now the third start deGrom has had to leave because of an issue with his arm. The Mets are once again saying this is not a long-term issue and the best pitcher in baseball may not even miss a start. Fantasy owners need to start preparing for the right-hander to be shut down at some point, as there is something clearly wrong.

Waiver-Wire Targets:

San Francisco Giants Outfielder Steven Duggar — The outfielder is red hot, as he has collected seven hits since June 14 and is now batting .324 for the season. Duggar has three stolen bases this month, and three of his six home runs have come this month. I wish the outfielder hit higher in the lineup, but he’s been toward the bottom throughout the hot streak. However, to get a player hitting as well as Duggar is something fantasy owners should target.

Cleveland Indians Shortstop Amed Rosario — Another player enjoying a strong June is Rosario and as a result is right at the 50 percent ownership threshold. Rosario has a batting average of .375 in June, raising his season average to .284. The home runs haven’t been there — Rosario has only one this month — but by hitting near the top of the Indians’ lineup, he has provided enough runs for fantasy owners. Rosario has scored 14 runs this month and has chipped in with three steals as well. Adding an infielder that can help in four categories is definitely a strong way to go.

Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Tarik Skubal — The left-hander could be a target if deGrom lands on the injured list or if fantasy owners are hoping to add another starting pitcher. Skubal has not allowed more than three earned runs in his last six starts and has struck out at least five hitters in every start since the beginning of May. The recent success has given the 24-year-old a 4.36 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Those aren’t eye-popping numbers, but the lefty had a bad April that he’s still trying to recover from. The issue with Skubal is he does allow home runs and he doesn’t pitch deep into games. However, the strikeouts and the recent success do put him on the fantasy radar.

Phil Backert

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