We have a 15-game slate in the majors on Friday, beginning at 2:20 p.m. ET. There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will not only have betting but also fantasy implications. Over the course of the day, we will be keeping up to date with the latest injury and lineup news before first pitch between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
One of the series that will be worth paying attention to is the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays. The last time these two teams played each other in Buffalo, the Rays were in bad shape and lost 10-straight road games. But they’ve turned things around and have won four straight games heading into tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays. Alek Manoah (2-0, 2.70) will get the start for Toronto, while the Rays will put Shane McClanahan on the mound (3-3, 4.18). Manoah struck out 10 batters and allowed 3 hits in 7.0 IP in his last outing, which came against Tampa Bay.
MLB lineup and injury news — Friday, July 9th
Snell still out, Knehr gets start vs. Rockies
RHP Reiss Knehr has been called up from Double-A to start tonight for the Padres.— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) July 9, 2021
The San Diego Padres will not have Blake Snell for their game tonight against the Colorado Rockies. The veteran pitcher is still recovering from food poisoning that sent him to the IL late last month. That being said, the Padres will give the ball to 24-year-old pitcher Reiss Khner, who was called up from Double-A today.
Carlos Correa to miss series opener vs. Yankees
Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa will miss tonight’s game agains the Yankees with an illness. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Correa was not at the ballpark and manager Dusty Baker was unsure if he would play. Houston will start Robel Garcia at shortstop, who will be hitting ninth in the batting order. He’s hitting .171 with 1 HR and 8 RBI and is valued at $2,700 in DFS.
Zach Thompson scratched against Braves
The 27-year-old starting pitcher will miss tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves due to an illness, according to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com. She adds that the Marlins will have Anthony Bass open up the game. This season, Thompson has pitched well with a 2-2 record and 2.25 ERA in five starts. Meanwhile, Bass has an ERA of 4.33 in 38 games for the Marlins.
Javier Baez starting vs. Cardinals
The Cubs will have star shortstop Javier Baez back in the starting lineup for today’s series opener against the Cardinals. Baez tested his hand/thumb in the batting cage during pre-game, per Jordan Bastian. The 28-year-old did not play in Chicago’s final two games against the Phillies.