In a season in which they've already lost one key member of the best rotation in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks suffered another setback on Monday. Robbie Ray, who exited his start on Sunday in the second inning with an oblique injury. Tests on Monday revealed he suffered a grade two strain and will likely miss at least a month of action.
For however long Ray is gone, fantasy owners and the Diamondbacks will miss his tremendous strikeout ability. Across 27 2/3 innings this season, the 26-year-old southpaw struck out 36.3 percent of the batters he faced and generated a 13.3 swinging-strike rate on the year. Command remained a major issue for the lefty with a career-worst 5.53 BB/9, more than a walk higher than his average BB/9 last season, but he did well missing bats.
While Ray's ERA (4.88) and HR/9 (1.63) were high this season and some signs of his struggles out of the gate, his 19.2 percent home run/fly ball rate was likely to come down as the year went on and his 3.36 Skills Independent Earned Run Average was actually better than his 3.53 SIERA from last season.
In Ray's absence, it's likely that Arizona turns to Braden Shipley to step in. Shipley, a former top prospect, carries a career 5.40 ERA and 5.33 SIERA in 95 innings at the MLB level. Given those numbers and his 61/43 K/BB ratio over that span, he is someone to avoid in all fantasy leagues and in DFS regardless of the matchup.
For fantasy owners in season-long leagues with Ray, he is worth stashing on your disabled list.