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3 days agoKansas City Royals infielder Hunter Dozier got back into the swing of things on Sunday as he drilled his 12th home run of the season. Dozier, who is looking to help bolster his run for the All-Star team, hammered a Michael Pineda offering in the bottom of the third inning over the bullpen in left to drive in three runs. Dozier is playing catch-up after missing some time due to a thorax injury, but it looks like he's fully healthy once again and ready to rock. Dozier's breakout campaign has been a surprise to most, as he's struggled mightily in the majors prior to this season, but it looks like he'll end up being one of the top-scoring third baseman in the American League if he can stay healthy.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  @ TOR    (Marcus Stroman - RHP)   |  7:07 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoColorado Rockies relief pitcher Scott Oberg was supposed to be the key to ending the historic run of walk-off home runs by Dodgers rookies, but instead, he simply added his name to the record books. After two straight nights of walk-offs when other relievers were in, the solution was obvious. Send out Oberg, the team's best reliever. It wasn't meant to be though. Oberg pitched the ninth inning on Sunday in a tied game, and he too fell victim to a Dodgers rookie. This time, rookie catcher Will Smith lofted a drive out past the right-center wall with two runners on to finish off Colorado. Oberg has been the team's most effective reliever all season, so this is likely just a hiccough, but it's an infamous one now since no team had ever allowed walk-off home runs to rookies in back-to-back games before this weekend. Three in a row will certainly be hard to beat.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoColorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela tossed another good game on the road on Sunday, but he was left without the decision after late-game shenanigans. Senzatela went 6 1/3 innings before exiting the game with runners on the corners. His replacement promptly gave up a pinch-hit three-run home run to the first batter he faced, saddling Senzatela with the two runs. Senzatela also struck out five in the outing while only walking one, his best K/BB ratio this season. Senzatela's lack of consistent strikeouts combined with what is usually a sky-high walk rate make him nearly untouchable in most leagues, but truly desperate owners can use him once in a while as a streamer away from home (6.21 home ERA, 3.92 away ERA). His next start is against the Dodgers in Coors, so that one is not recommended.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoColorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters continued his surprising offensive performance by gathering up a pair of hits on Sunday against the Dodgers. Wolters doubled in a run in the eighth inning to tie up the game, raising his batting average to .308 on the season. Wolters is one of just two regular catchers hitting over .300 this season, and while his swing is basically devoid of power, a high batting average can provide some real value at a position that is usually a wasteland. Wonters' defensive prowess keeps him in the lineup regularly, and his newfound swing actually gives him a little fantasy value.--Billy Stonick - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  vs. LAD    (Walker Buehler - RHP)   |  8:40 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,300
3 days agoBoston Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt was forced to leave in the fourth inning of Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. He’s been listed as day-to-day by manager Alex Cora. "It just had a little tightness. It wasn't anything where I was worried about it," said Holt post-game. Last season, Holt found himself on the injured list with a hamstring strain but it appears this occurrence isn't as severe. The veteran has been a big part of Boston's lineup in June, slashing .390/.441/.508 with a homer, 12 runs batted in, 11 runs scored, and six walks. With Rafael Devers (hamstring) missing a few games over the weekend, the Sox will have to be creative with their lineup if both players continue to miss time. Expect Eduardo Nunez and Marco Hernandez to see increased playing time in the infield, with only Nunez holding value in AL-only formats.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: Julian Benbow - The Boston Globe
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  vs. NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoBoston Red Sox utility infielder Eduardo Nunez doubled and scored Boston's only run in Sunday's 6-1 loss to Toronto. The veteran entered the game in the fourth inning after Brock Holt (hamstring) was removed from the game. Nunez led off the ninth with a double before scoring later on a fielding error. In June, he's slashing .289/.319/.422 with a home run and four runs batted in. The 32-year-old can play just about anywhere in the infield, but offers little power with the bat. If Holt is forced to miss any extended time, Nunez should continue to see an increase in playing time around the infield. He has some value in AL-only formats, but his mixed league value is non-existent due to the low-power upside.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/29  |  vs. NYY    (Masahiro Tanaka - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoBoston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello surrendered five runs over six innings, while striking out two and walking four in Sunday's 6-1 loss to Toronto. The 30-year-old walked more than one batter for the first time in four starts, and his two punchouts tied a season-low. Porcello had been riding the heat from his previous two starts, where he allowed just two runs over 13 2/3 innings with a 14/1 K/BB, so Sunday's outing was a turn in the wrong direction. On the positive side, the righty hasn't allowed a home run in three straight starts, marking his longest consecutive string of games without a homer allowed this season. On the year, he is 5-7 with a 4.52 ERA and a 76/29 K/BB. Things don't get any easier for his next outing, when he'll face off with the Yankees in Fenway, making him a "sit" on your roster.--Steve Janik - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoBaltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Mariners. Mancini took Yusei Kikuchi deep in the first inning for his 17th long ball of the season. Mancini has been the O's top offensive performer, posting a .305/.364/.564 slash line with 36 RBI. He should be in fantasy owners' lineups at all times.--Connelly Doan - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. CLE    (Mike Clevinger - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoBaltimore Orioles second/third baseman Hanser Alberto continued his strong June in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Mariners, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. The 26-year-old has been one of the O's most consistent hitters and now has a .338 batting average with three extra-base hits and seven RBI in June. Alberto doesn't provide much in terms of power, but has consistently gotten on base all season. He is worth a look in deep roto leagues at this time.--Connelly Doan - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. CLE    (Mike Clevinger - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoSt. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant had a rough time on Sunday night, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while only recording one out. It was by far Gant's worst appearance of the season and despite the four runs scoring with only one out being recorded, his ERA only went up to 2.40.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: mlb.com
3 days agoSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas pitched fairly well on Sunday but took a loss. He pitched five innings, allowing just one run but seven hits and two walks. He struck out four and tossed 90 pitches in the outing. He allowed plenty of base runners, but he was mostly able to pitch around the trouble, but he still ended up taking the loss to drop his record to 5-8.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: mlb.com
3 days agoTexas Rangers infielder/outfielder Danny Santana went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Sunday's 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox. He was able to extend his hitting streak to eight games, going 12-for-29 (.414) with four homers, seven RBI and seven runs scored during the run, improving his average from .289 to .309 just since June 13. He remains useful to those in AL-only fantasy leagues as well as those in deeper mixed formats. He'll look to make in nine straight with a hit on Tuesday against RHP Jordan Zimmermann in Detroit.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/26  |  @ DET    (Matthew Boyd - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,400
3 days agoTexas Rangers closer allowed just one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in Sunday's 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox, nailing down his 10th save of the season. It was also his first four-out save since June 29, 2016 in a game against the New York Mets when he was a member of the Washington Nationals. He has converted 10 of his 13 save chances since taking over as the closer in late April after Jose Leclerc was removed from the role. He has seen his ERA balloon from 1.59 to 2.89 just since May 24, but he remains a solid fantasy closer in most formats.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 days agoCincinnati Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani had an up-and-down day in a 7-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. DeSclafani coughed up six runs over 4 1/3 innings of work but was able to strike out an impressive nine batters to salvage some fantasy value. The veteran right-hander has been inconsistent this season, posting a 4-4 record, 4.70 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 77 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings of work. He is worth streaming if you are in need of strikeouts but don't expect much else. He will face the Chicago Cubs in his next start.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
3 days agoTexas Rangers starting pitcher Adrian Sampson allowed just one earned run while scattering seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts over seven innings in a win Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. He threw 61 of his 91 pitches for strikes in the quality start, including 13 first-pitch strikes against the 26 batters he faced, lowering his ERA from 4.40 to 4.14. In five June starts he has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.48 ERA and three quality starts with 31 strikeouts over 31 innings. He has re-emerged as a decent AL-only fantasy league option, and he is worth using in some deeper mixed play and DFS when the matchup is favorable.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 days agoCincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in a 7-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Votto was the only Red who was able to get to Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff, who was dealing on Sunday. The veteran first baseman has seen his power disappear this season, posting a .260 average, seven homers, 37 runs, 19 RBI, and a steal. He is no longer a must-own in mixed leagues and isn't even a must-start in NL-only formats.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. CHC    (Cole Hamels - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoChicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Covey (shoulder) threw a side session on Sunday and he reported feeling good. He has been on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his shoulder. He wasn't happy with his location, but he was able to throw approximately 30 to 35 pitches. The next step is a possible minor-league rehab assignment, according to manager Rick Renteria. "We'll see how he feels and we'll make a determination when we get to Boston," the skipper said.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Sun-Times - Daryl Van Schouwen
3 days agoChicago White Sox catcher James McCann (rest) returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Texas Rangers. He finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout, and he has now reached base safely in 11 consecutive outings. McCann is slashing .324/.387/.508, emerging as a must-start fantasy option across the board thanks to his 13 doubles, seven homers and 22 RBI, as well as his occasional stolen bases.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/28  |  vs. MIN    (Jose Berrios - RHP)   |  8:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoMinnesota Twins right-hander Michael Pineda struggled in a 6-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Pineda allowed five runs over five innings while striking out five batters. He wound up taking the loss, dropping his record to 4-4 on the season, to go along with a 5.02 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings of work. Pineda's results have been rather inconsistent this season, making him tough to trust in fantasy formats. He will hope for a better outcome when he takes on the Chicago White Sox in his next start. He will be a low-end streaming option for that outing.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
3 days agoMinnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Rosario's fourth-inning blast was the lone bright spot for a Minnesota lineup that has cooled off over the past week. The veteran outfielder is putting together a magnificent season, hitting .269 with an .818 OPS, 20 homers, 49 runs, 57 RBI, and three steals. He has started to heat back up at the plate, hitting .324 over his past seven games. The Twins are off Monday before they open a home series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource: www.MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  vs. TB    (Ryne Stanek - RHP)   |  1:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,200
3 days agoTexas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields finished 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox. He is now hitting .355 (22-for-62) with three doubles, four RBI and four stolen bases across 20 games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville in early June. He has re-emerged as a useful fantasy option in AL-only formats since he has been seeing the ball well since his earlier banishment. He has the average up from .182 to .253 as a result of the hot run.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/26  |  @ DET    (Matthew Boyd - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,500
3 days agoNew York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso went deep yet again Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. Alonso's home run was part of a 1-for-2 day with two walks. It was his eye-popping 27th round-tripper of the season with the calendar still reading June. At this point, the Mets slugger is one of the most feared power hitters in all of baseball. Fantasy owners who were fortunate enough to draft the rookie should continue to reap the rewards throughout the rest of the season.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ PHI    (Aaron Nola - RHP)   |  1:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $7,000
3 days agoTexas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman (heel) returned to the lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. He went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a strikeout. Guzman left Saturday's game in the eighth inning with heel soreness. It appears safe to plug him back into the starting lineup in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues if you normally rely upon him. He is slashing .213/.299/.426 with six homers and 22 RBI through 50 games.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
Next Matchup:   6/26  |  @ DET    (Matthew Boyd - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,200
3 days agoNew York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom threw another quality start on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. DeGrom went six innings, allowing just two runs on eight hits to go along with nine strikeouts. The ace was lifted after just 97 pitches but left the game with a lead. Unfortunately, the bullpen coughed up the lead late and cost deGrom a chance at a win. The righty will take a 3.25 ERA into his next start against the Atlanta Braves over the weekend.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoArizona Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly was solid on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Kelly went six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits to go along with nine strikeouts. The rookie righty has been in great form lately, and only a lack of run support kept him from earning his eighth win of the season. Kelly will take a solid 3.93 ERA into his next start against the same Giants on the road Friday.--Adam Young - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoSeattle Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi earned his fifth win of the year Sunday in a 13-3 rout versus the Baltimore Orioles. In a juicy matchup, the rookie couldn't quite take full advantage giving up three runs on five hits over six frames while striking out a trio of batters. Kikuchi's main area of concern came with the five free passes he issued, but he managed to escape trouble for the most part. He gave up another home run this outing, which has plagued him all year, as his HR/9 sits as the fifth-worst mark in the majors at 1.88. Overall, Kikuchi's season hasn't been outstanding with a 5.11 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 17 starts, but he has shown the odd flash of excellence. He can be stayed away from in shallow mixed-leagues especially for his next start against the Astros.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
3 days agoSeattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford had a terrific afternoon at the dish on Sunday going 4-for-4 including bashing his second home run of the year. His other three hits went for singles as he drove in four runs and scored a pair in the team's 13-3 win over the Orioles. The 24-year-old has been moved up to the two-spot in the M's lineup since his return from the IL and has thrived hitting .333 in this span. Crawford sits at an even .300 average on the season with 14 runs and 16 RBI in 27 games this season after a couple of disappointing years in the Phillies organization. As long as he stays at the top of the lineup, he is on the mixed-league radar and is worthy of a roster spot in AL-only formats.--Riley Mrack - RotoBallerSource: MLB.com
Next Matchup:   6/27  |  @ MIL    (Chase Anderson - RHP)   |  2:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,800
3 days agoTexas Rangers prized pitching prospect Hans Crouse (elbow) twirled three hitless innings Sunday in his return to action with Class A Hickory (N.C.) against Charleston. He allowed two walks in the first inning, but retired the final eight batters he faced. The Rangers have been managing his workload this season, and this was his first action since May 26 when he was shut down due to bone spurs in his throwing elbow. Crouse is a top prospect in the Texas system and a nice long-term fantasy keeper option.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: MiLB.com - Joe Bloss
Next Matchup:   6/26  |  @ DET    (Matthew Boyd - LHP)   |  7:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
3 days agoThe Texas Rangers optioned relief pitcher Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville after Sunday's game. The corresponding move is expected to be the activation of third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo (oblique) from the 10-day injured list. That move is likely coming on Tuesday. Bird did not have a decision while nailing down one save over 6 2/3 innings with 10 walks and five strikeouts in his six relief appearances with the big club, posting a rather poor 6.75 ERA and 2.10 WHIP. Bird, a left-handed reliever, needs a little more seasoning in the minors before he'll be useful from a fantasy perspective.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: Texas Rangers Communications - John Blake
3 days agoHendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott managed to run just 60 of 90 laps in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, finishing 37th. He led three laps during the race, firing out of the chute early, but he told his team via radio communication that he had no oil pressure and he thought his engine was blowing up. It was a disappointing situation, as Elliott really appeared to have a strong machine. He'll try to bounce back at Chicagoland where he has finishes of second, third and 19th in three career Cup starts.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Jordan Bianchi
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