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4 years agoBatting leadoff, Saunders hit two singles in this one, raising his AVG to .325 to go along with a .392 OBP and .547 SLG. While Saunders has been consistent all year, he’s looked particularly locked in over the last week or so on his current seven-game hitting streak. This includes multi-hit efforts in each of his last four games. Saunders’ BABIP remains astronomically high, but in deeper leagues he should at least be owned during this streak. Saunders has been splitting leadoff duties with Kevin Pillar thus far, but with Pillar’s ineptitude to this point it’s hard to see how Saunders doesn’t get more time atop the Jays’ potent lineup.--John Smith
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4 years agoTyler Duffey will start for the Twins in their series finale on Sunday in Cleveland. Duffey was handed losses in his last two starts, but was impressive in both. In 17.1 innings so far across three starts, Duffey has a 2.60 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 17 strikeouts and four walks. His 43.1 GB% and 8.83 K%, if sustainable, would definitely be an asset to owners in standard mixed leagues. Fantasy owners should consider Duffey as a strong streaming option as he goes for his third consecutive quality start.--Michael VanHoose - RotoBaller
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4 years agoZack Cozart will not start for the Cincinnati Reds tonight, as he is receiving a day of rest after playing in multiple games straight. Ivan DeJesus will start at shortstop, and he makes for a decent option in daily leagues due to his power. Tyler Holt will move up to the leadoff position, and he makes for a great option in both season-long and daily leagues. Cozart will return to the lineup next game.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTiger 3B Nick Castellanos surprised everyone out of the gate by posting numbers far beyond what he had ever shown before. He owns a .347 AVG with 7 HR and 28 RBI on the year. But Castellanos has just one hit over his last three games, and could be on the front end of a slump. In this game of averages, some regression is bound to happen at some point. Castellanos has been too hot to bench right now, but if this continues for another game or two you may consider taking him out of the lineup until the slump subsides.--Tyler Germain - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJose Iglesias is taking a rest day today for the Detroit Tigers. Sunday is a popular day to rest starters, and that is exactly what the Tigers are doing with Iglesias. Mike Aviles will start at shortstop, and he has some power, so using him in daily leagues is worthwhile in deeper tournaments. As far as season-long leagues go, he can remain on the wavier wire.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoYan Gomes will not be starting for the Cleveland Indians tonight. He has homered in two straight games now, but he will find his way to the bench for a breather. Chris Gimenez will catch, and he can be avoided in both season-long and daily leagues. Lonnie Chisenhall is also going to get a day off, as Michael Martinez is starting in right field. He is worth a flier in daily leagues due to his low price tag across the industry.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAfter a slow start in all departments, Miguel Cabrera had been starting to put it together as of late in terms of getting base hits and raising his average, but his power had still been notably absent. He is hitting .304 in the month of May after posting just a .270 AVG in April. And last night, Miggy showed that he still has some muscle, blasting a pitch well over the wall in left-center for HR number five on the year. Things are trending upward for Cabrera, which is a good sign for fantasy owners. Keep the faith in the big man and he will not disappoint over the long term.--Tyler Germain - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThe Tampa Bay Rays are going to be without Desmond Jennings today. He is struggling heavily right now, so sending him to the bench regardless of his availability for the Rays is probably a good idea. Corey Dickerson will start in left field today, while Brandon Guyer starts at right field, and Steven Souza takes over as the designated hitter. Souza has great upside due to his power, so using him in daily leagues is a solid idea.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAdam Duvall continued to produce runs on Saturday night, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. The 27-year-old keeps taking advantage of his first full-time opportunity in the majors. He now has six home runs and 13 RBI in 31 games. The right-handed hitter should be considered for daily leagues today as he has a favorable matchup against southpaw Adam Morgan. Morgan, in his career, has allowed a .202 ISO to right-handed bats.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThe Chicago White Sox will give Jimmy Rollins another day of rest today. Rollins sits more often than any starting shortstop in the league because he is aging, and the White Sox want to keep him healthy. Fantasy owners should be aware of this by now. Tyler Saladino will start at shortstop as usual. He is a decent daily option, but nothing more.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoDavid Ortiz is having one of his best season to date, which is fantastic news for fantasy owners, as most people thought his career has about to go down hill quick. He will get a day off today, as he is probably tired from running around the bases so much yesterday. Hanley Ramirez will move to designated hitter, Travis Shaw will move to first base, and Josh Rutledge will start at third base. Ramirez and Shaw are every day starters in season-long leagues, and Rutledge is worth a flier in daily leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThe New York Yankees finally got their star outfielder back, as Jacoby Ellsbury has been dealing with a hip injury for the last few starts. He is not hitting as well as he should be at .260 so far this season, but he is definitely worth owning in all season-long leagues. He has nine stolen bases, which is an added bonus in daily leagues, so he is worth a play there too. Ronald Torreyes will start at third base, as Chase Headley is getting a day off. He is also worth a flier in daily leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTanner Roark is 2-3 on the season, and all three of his losses have now come against the Marlins. Miami, who clearly appear to have his number, tagged him for seven runs on eight hits across five innings last night, as the Nationals fell, 7-1. In three starts this year against the Marlins, Roark has conceded 16 runs in 15 innings. He’s delivered a quality start in every other outing of the year. Whatever it is that the Marlins know about Roark, it’s clearly enough to make him someone to sit every time he’s scheduled to face them. After three starts and three losses, that’s become quite clear.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJosh Reddick will not play tonight for the Oakland Athletics, as he is getting the day off with the Tampa Bay Rays throwing left-hander Matt Moore. Billy Burns will start out in right field, which moves Coco Crisp over to center field. Chris Coghlan will not start tonight for the injured Jed Lowrie. Instead, Tyler Ladendorf, who was recently called up, will start at second base.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTim Adleman has been better than expected over his first three big league starts. On Saturday night, he allowed three runs to the Phillies over five innings while striking out three. The rookie is now 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. That being said, his FIP of 4.58 suggests that he's performing a little over his head. Keep him on waivers as he can't be trusted in fantasy.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThat’s three dingers in the last four games, and eight on the year. What might be even more encouraging here, however, was his second double in his last four outings. Prior to that, he only had one all season. While his line drive rate hasn’t increased during this hot streak, his contact stats have. Tulo has nearly turned all of his medium contact into hard contact, decreasing the former by 7.1% and increasing the latter by 7% during this resurgence. It’s still tough to envision him getting back to the player he was in Colorado, but if he’s hitting the ball hard and the extra base hit power is back to a degree, who cares?--John Smith
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4 years agoWhile Jonathan Papelbon was able to record his 11th save of the season for the Nationals yesterday, it wasn't all positive. The bad news was that he once again failed to make it an uneventful appearance. The 35-year-old walked two batters, getting into a jam before securing the 6-4 victory over the Marlins. Papelbon is carrying a 3.45 ERA on the year and is constantly dealing with runners on base during his save situations. While this builds confidence in overcoming mistakes, this is not how a team would want a closer to perform. Regardless, Papelbon is tied for the fourth most saves in the majors.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoSonny Gray has been hit hard over his last three starts, allowing 18 runs over 12.2 innings of work. He has a favorable matchup on tap today against a Rays team that has struggled against right-handed pitching, but should be left on benches nonetheless. He could be considered as a tournament play in daily leagues, but stay far away in cash games.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoKendall Graveman turned in another below average start on Saturday, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out one and walked three. The young sinker-baller flashed some promise earlier in the season, but has now given up 20 runs and eight home runs in his last four starts. He should remain on waivers and isn't even on the streaming radar at this point.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAfter infamously cursing out an umpire as his team celebrated a walkoff victory, Bryce Harper had appealed a one-game suspension handed out to him. Yesterday, he finally accepted the punishment, sitting out the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Marlins. In the first game of the day, the reigning MVP went hitless, drawing three more walks, as his team won. The Nationals would lose the game he missed. At 40 walks, Harper now leads all the majors in the category.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoEver since returning from injury last Friday, Ben Revere has taken part in eight games for the Nationals and hasn’t exactly been sizzling at the plate. In 37 at-bats, the speedy outfielder has only mustered up four hits and one RBI. He’s walked just twice, but perhaps more importantly, he’s only struck out twice. While he certainly hasn’t been effective, he doesn’t appear to be slower at the plate, as his lack of strikeouts can atest to. Revere’s owners should simply maintain patience as he returns to form. Michael Taylor was relatively ineffective as leadoff man in his absence, so Revere has no worries over losing his spot as he finds his way at the plate.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoEstrada took a no decision by lasting six innings, surrendering four earned runs with five strikeouts against four walks. In seven starts this year, it was the third time Estrada failed to notch a quality start (and only his first failure to do so in the past four games). Although Estrada has pitched to a great ERA (2.89) and K/9 (8.45) thus far in 2016, he’s a tough player to trust going forward. With his high walk rate (3.71/9) and 4.34 xFIP, it would seem like its only a matter of time before that ERA jumps. Still, Estrada’s strikeouts are a nice increase over previous years and is worth a look if your team is in need.--John Smith
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4 years agoLocke only allowed six hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, but the left-hander surrendered six earned runs. He struck out three and allowed two home runs. Sporting a 5.45 ERA, Locke is struggling in 2016 despite boasting the highest fastball velocity of his career. With the Pirates contending for a playoff spot, the left-hander could lose his spot in the rotation if he doesn’t turn it around soon. His next start is scheduled for Thursday at home against the inept Braves.--Jason Vigotsky - RotoBaller
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4 years agoStarting pitcher Carlos Martinez struggled with his command for the second start in a row as he took the loss Saturday. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out only two. He has had more walks than strikeouts in two straight starts now. After Martinez left his last start early due to fatigue and sickness, there were no reports of that lingering over today's start nor were their murmurs of injury concerns. So unless something changes, fantasy owners should consider this a just road bump.--Tony
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4 years agoFirst baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers as May continues to drag his stat line down into the dumps. He is now hitting .222 with two home runs and five RBI on the month after a much more successful April. If he makes the start tomorrow, Moss will face left-hander Alex Wood for the first time in his career. He is hitting unusually well (for him, at least) against left-handed starters this year, slashing .318/.375/.500 in 22 at-bats.--Tony
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4 years agoRelief pitcher Seth Maness has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after the Cardinals announced he was being demoted to Triple-A. The team said their medical staff detected inflammation in his pitching elbow, necessitating the move. After finding success in the Majors from 2013-14, Maness has found less in the years since and maybe this injury explains it. Either way, this shop is closed to fantasy value indefinitely. Good day.--Tony
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4 years agoJonathan Lucroy hit his fourth home run of the season and also chipped in three runs scored on Saturday night. The solo home run came in the bottom half of the 12th- but it wasn't enough- as the Padres had scored twice in the top-half of the inning. Lucroy is easily the second best option at catcher in all of baseball, and will continue to be just that all season long.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJonathan Villar continues to produce. Milwaukee's new permanent (so it seems) leadoff man had three hits and two walks on Saturday night. Villar is on fire right now. He's reached base 14 straight games and has a hit in 13 of them. His current six-game hitting-streak has seen him compile 11 hits in 24 at-bats, with four walks, three RBI and three stolen bases. Villar is definitely worth a roster spot. His current .296 batting average is a surprise, but he carries significant stolen base potential (he currently leads the NL with 11 steals). Villar was thought to be holding the shortstop position warm for Orlando Arcia, but the Brewers would be much obliged to find another position for him (second base or third base) if he continues to hit.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
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4 years agoKirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits (two doubles), three RBI and a stolen base on Saturday night. He's now hitting .288/.397/.439 with a home run and three steals in 66 at-bats. The 28-year-old is hitting just .237 in his career, and the Brewers' outfield situation appears to be a bit crowded at the moment. Despite the fine start to the season, Nieuwenhuis is not worth a roster spot in fantasy baseball.--Gurminder Singh - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJose Fernandez will take the mound on Sunday as he looks for his fifth win in the last six starts. Fernandez was simply remarkable in his last start by allowing just four hits in seven innings while striking out 11 Milwaukee Brewers. Miami’s ace has also won his last three decisions and has struck out 26 batters in that span. On the season, Fernandez has a 3.54 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP to go along with an astonishing 58 strikeouts.--Steven Slivka - RotoBaller

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