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3 years agoThe Milwaukee Brewers have placed third baseman Hernan Perez on paternity leave list. He will be activated between 24-and-72 hours. Yadiel Rivera was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will take his place on the Brewers bench until his return. Perez has appeared in 38 games for the Brew Crew this season, slashing .288/.312/.423 with three HRs and eight stolen bases. Rivera began the season with Milwaukee, hitting just .196 over 17 games. He has hit .246 in 31 games with Colorado Springs.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoPittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole has been making minor strides as he attempts to recover in time to return once his disabled list stint ends. After going on the DL with a triceps strain last week, the 25-year-old played catch the past two days, testing out his arm. Cole has a 5-4 record on the season with a 2.77 ERA through 12 starts. His teammate Chris Stewart, meanwhile, will be taking a major step today. The 34-year-old has missed time with knee soreness and discomfort but will test it out today. With Francisco Cervelli dealing with a broken hand, the Pirates are short in the catcher department. Once Stewart returns, there’ll be a greater sense of normalcy on the club.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoIan Desmond hit his 11th homer of the season Tuesday against the Orioles, and is now on pace to reach 25 long balls and 30 steals by the end of 2016. Desmond has more than rewarded those who stuck with him through his rough month of April, as he is now boasting a career-high hard contact rate, and his best isolated power figure since 2012 (.194). The 30-year-old should be kept active in all formats going forward.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoSam Dyson has been a fantasy owner's dream of late, notching four saves in the last six days to give him 14 on the season. Dyson's strikeout rate has actually gone down a bit in June, but a closer is only as valuable as his opportunities, and the 28-year-old is getting them in spades with the first-place Rangers. Dyson should continue to use his heavy ground ball rate and excellent command to be a nice option going forward.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoDerek Holland took it on the chin once again Tuesday, as he allowed three runs in just 4.1 innings against the Orioles. Holland seems to be losing utility with each passing start, as blowup outings have seen his ERA jump from 2.48 to 5.20 in less than a month. While his hard contact rate still stands at a manageable 29 percent, his mediocre walk, strikeout and HR/9 rates make him susceptible to shorter outings. He should be avoided when he takes the hill against the Red Sox on Sunday.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoWith the Nationals Big Three prospects (Lucas Giolito, Trea Turner, Victor Robles) making headlines recently, Reynaldo Lopez (Double-A) has cruised quietly under the radar of dynasty owners. Lopez struck out 13 batters for the second time in three starts, giving him a whopping 46 strikeouts in has last 25.2 IP. The ERA and WHIP remain higher than you would like to see but have been trending downwards over the past few weeks. Lopez is not a must-add at the moment for dynasty formats, but the strikeout potential alone proves that he should stay on your radar.--Robert Quast - RotoBaller
3 years agoStephen Strasburg owners may be able to breathe a small sigh of relief. The word on Tuesday is that the injury happened during a weight lifting session and that the pain was "totally different" than the back pain from last year. Strasburg is planning to make his next start on Sunday, giving him six days of rest. Let us hope that this decision was just the Nationals playing it safe with their star pitcher and not a symptom of a lingering problem.--Robert Quast - RotoBaller
3 years agoMariners left-hander James Paxton, despite a solid start to his season, is a risky start tonight as he is set to face the Tigers in Detroit. On the surface, Paxton's numbers look excellent- a 2-2 record and 2.86 ERA, as well as just six walks and 29 strikeouts in 22 innings. However, Paxton has been much less effective when he is on the road, rather than in pitching-friendly Safeco Field. While acknowledging the small sample sizes (just two starts each), Paxton has a 5.59 ERA on the road this season, versus an 0.71 ERA at home. This disparity is easily explained by Seattle's large home ballpark. Another note: Paxton is allowing a .300 average and .791 OPS to right-handed hitters this season. Considering that Detroit's lineup is filled with the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton, and Ian Kinsler, the safe bet is to sit Paxton for tonight's start.--Nick Schumacher - RotoBaller
3 years agoPhillies right-hander Aaron Nola is taking the mound tonight, as he is set to face the Minnesota Twins in an interleague matchup in Minnesota. This is an excellent matchup for the 23-year-old despite two poor starts in a row. Nola has allowed ten earned runs in just 6.2 innings over his last two starts, but still possesses excellent peripheral numbers. He has struck out 9.9 per nine innings, while walking just 19 batters in 14 starts. He has also allowed just nine home runs on the season, despite pitching half his games in Philadelphia's bandbox of a home ballpark. He also gets to face a weak Twins offense that is last in the American League in runs scored, and tenth out of 15 teams in home runs, so look for Nola to post a solid start tonight.--Nick Schumacher - RotoBaller
3 years agoMariners right-hander Nathan Karns made another short start on Sunday, but was not involved in the decision as Seattle lost by a score of 8-7 in 12 innings. Karns pitched just five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out six. It was the fourth straight outing in which Karns has pitched five innings or less, and the sixth out of his last seven. Karns' record stands at 5-2, but he now owns a mediocre 4.38 ERA. The most intriguing part of Karns' game is his strikeout potential, as he has struck out 9.6 per nine innings, but his other peripheral numbers suggest that he is a league-average starter at best. Fantasy owners should use him as a streaming option against weak opponents. Karns' next start is scheduled for Saturday against Mike Leake and the St. Louis Cardinals, an interleague affair at home in Seattle. The Cardinals are second in the NL in runs scored and home runs, so the wise course of action would be to sit Karns for that start.--Nick Schumacher - RotoBaller
3 years agoPaul Clemens made his first start of the year on Monday in a 5-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Clemens was called up from Triple-A to start for the struggling Justin Nicolino, who was sent back down to the minors. The former Philadelphia Philly earned a no-decision in the loss, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in five innings. He’s no more than a spot starter at this point as Miami looks to find a fifth starter.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoClay Buchholz makes his return to the rotation tonight against the White Sox. The White Sox are a good matchup for Buchholz; earlier in the year he went seven strong against them, allowing two earned while striking out six. He has been able to shut down some of the White Sox bigger bats in his career, including Brett Lawrie (33 plate appearances, .103 avg.), Adam Eaton (10 plate appearances, .000 avg.), and Melky Cabrera(37 plate appearances, .206 avg.). He could make for a good deep league pickup if he can figure himself out; last year he held a 3.26 ERA across 18 starts, so the talent is certainly there. Take a wait-and-see approach with Buchholz.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoJose Fernandez will get the nod against the Braves today after an extra three days of rest. Fernandez was scheduled to start Friday against the Rockies, but skipper Don Mattingly pushed his start back a few days due to Fernandez’s 180-inning limit this season. The Marlins’ ace has been phenomenal this year, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.57 ERA. Fernandez suffered just his third loss of the season against Arizona on June 11, but he’s been nearly unhittable while pitching at Marlins Park. He has a 2.06 ERA at home, and opposing batters are hitting him for just a .193 average.--Steven Slivka - RotoBaller
3 years agoYou may not have heard about it because it hasn’t happened in forever, but Giancarlo Stanton hit a home run on Monday. Yes, you read that correctly. For the first time since May 24, Stanton put a ball over the wall. Though it’s only one home run, Stanton has looked much better over the last seven days, and that means huge things for fantasy owners who’ve continued to be patient with him. Stanton is 9-for-20 with one homer and three RBI over that span and has seen his average jump his average .22 points. He’s now batting .216 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI.--Steven Slivka - RotoBaller
3 years agoMariners shortstop Ketel Marte tagged four hits, including a pair of doubles, in a Monday night loss by Seattle at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, by a score of 8-7. Marte's first double in the second inning scored catcher Chris Iannetta for the Mariners' second run of the game, and Marte came around to score the third run on a subsequent single by Seth Smith. Marte scored another run in the game on an eighth-inning single by Leonys Martin, a run which tied the score at 7. Marte is now hitting .275 on the season, with a home run and 15 RBI, and has scored 29 runs while stealing eight bases. Marte will likely bat lower in the order over at least the next two games, as Seattle is scheduled to face two right-handed starters, meaning Leonys Martin and Seth Smith will hit atop the Mariners lineup.--Nick Schumacher - RotoBaller

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