This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Are you heading into the fantasy season's final month with your sights set on a league title? This is a tricky time because some teams will back off on the innings pitched for key arms they want fresh for the playoffs, while other teams, especially those out of the playoff picture, will want to see what they have coming into next season. These guys are a mix of arms that could help now, or they might be deserving of your attention next spring. Some are expected to return from the injured list (there may also be a few young arms). Let's briefly see who might be worth a look during the season's final month:
Noah Syndergaard (Mets) – Like all of the veteran pitchers featured below, Thor is expected to return from an extended absence (albeit in a different role) before the end of the season. Time is short, so making a fantasy impact is iffy at best, but I really want a look. Syndergaard has had to overcome multiple obstacles on his way back from Tommy John surgery. He started a rehab assignment in May, was shut down and just resumed a couple weeks ago. And, of note, the team reportedly told him no sliders the rest of this year. That's important if it lasts into 2022. No sliders would mean a whole new pitcher, and he may not be as effective. He will be a free agent this offseason, adding to the intrigue, and I own him in