Fields struck out a batter over a clean inning to earn the save in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Rockies. The Dodgers rested their key arms in preparation for the playoffs, affording Fields the opportunity to pick up his second save of the year. The 31-year-old turned in his finest season to date, posting a 2.84 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 57 appearances.
Fields (back) was activated from the disabled list ahead of Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. As expected, Fields is set to rejoin the Dodgers after a minimal 10-day stay on the shelf. Now that he's back with the big club, expect Fields to return to his role as one of the top setup men behind closer Kenley Jansen. He owns a 2.68 ERA and 49:14 K:BB through 47 innings out of the big-league bullpen this season.
The Dodgers placed Fields on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a back strain, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Fields' injury is considered minor, with manager Dave Roberts telling J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News that he expects the reliever to come off the DL when first eligible Sept. 3. Since returning from Triple-A Oklahoma City in early July, Fields has emerged as one of the top setup men to closer Kenley Jansen, registering a 2.25 ERA and nine holds over his last 20 appearances.
Fields tossed two scoreless innings while striking out one and converting his eighth hold in Wednesday's victory over Arizona. The 31-year-old continues to roll since returning to the majors at the beginning of July, posting a 1.88 ERA and 8.2 K/9 in 13 appearances. He has also tallied two wins and five of his eight holds during that stretch, putting him back in the conversation in leagues that value holds. While the numbers that count look nice on paper, we would be doing a disservice by not pointing out Fields' 4.17 FIP, which is well over a run higher than his current 2.61 ERA, hinting at a likely regression at some point down the stretch.
Fields fired a perfect inning while striking out two in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. A rough stretch in June led to a demotion to the minors for the veteran reliever, but he has looked better since rejoining the bigs, giving up just one run while striking out seven over 5.2 innings. The Dodgers have plenty of right-handed options in the bullpen and don't involve themselves in too many tight games, which limits Fields' fantasy value in holds leagues.
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