Around the league:
Tigers @ Yankees: Justin Verlander (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) is now probably #3 or #4 on his own team in the rotation now. He is no longer a must start but in a good matchup go for it. Chase Headley (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR) launched his second homer for the Yankees has hits in four of the last 5 games so maybe he is getting more comfortable in his new home. Ian Kinsler (0-4) is mired in a slump and is 2-16 over the last four games.
Giants @ Brewers: Ryan Vogelsong (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) backed up his complete game with another solid outing. Matchup play. Carlos Gomez (2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR, SB) continues to turn it on after the break. Hits in five of six with two homers and three SB’s.. Enjoy the ride. Pablo Sandoval (3-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) with homers in back to back games.
Reds @ Indians: Danny Salazar (4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was immediately sent back down to the minors after this outing. I thought that was a bit unfair. He had been pitching well and his big issue (walks) had been improving as he didn’t walk anyone in two of the last three games. He should be back up soon. Kris Negron (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, double, HR) is 5-9 with 4 RBI’s and 4 Runs over the last two games. I don’t expect it to last but if you are desperate ride a streak. Mat Latos (7.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) seems to be healthy for the moment. Enjoy while it lasts.
Mets @ Nationals: Adam LaRoche (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR) continues his solid season. As a late round pick or waiver wire add he is the kind of guy that helps you to the title in your depth plays. Ian Desmond (1-4, 1 R, SB) has been slumping and was 0-11 over the last three games. Power and speed are still there but you have taken a dive on the average. Daniel Murphy (2-4, 1 RBI, K) with another couple hits. Keep him going.
Rangers @ White Sox: Chris Sale (6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) took just his second loss on the season but still put up a quality start and more than a strikeout an inning. Dayan Viciedo (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, K, HR) extended his hit streak to 5 games and has 2 homers, 3 RBI’s, and 3 Runs over that time. Adam Rosales (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, K, 2 HR) with a second straight game with two hits and is sitting with a .324 average at the moment. Don’t expect it to continue. Neftali Feliz picked up his 4th save. Nick Tepesch (5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) picked up the win but couldn’t get through six innings.
Rays @ A’s: Ben Zobrist (3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, BB, 2 doubles) was right back at it after two off games. He had been on a tremendous stretch up to that point and looks to continue it. Josh Reddick (1-4, 2 RBI, double) with another hit and stays off the K’s. His hit streak is up to six games and I think the power will pick up with his confidence. Kevin Kiermaier (1-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, HR) has some intrigue but hasn’t been consistent enough to count on.
Angels @ Dodgers: Dan Haren (7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was great for the first time in a while. I wouldn’t trust this outing moving forward and would be leery about using him. Matt Shoemaker (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) took the loss but pitched well. He has K potential so in the right matchup go ahead and use him and his next outing is the Phillies so green light that. Carl Crawford (2-4, 1 R, SB) stole his 14th. Matt Kemp (1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, K, HR) continues his post break streak with another homer and has six since July 29th.
Astros @ Phillies: Jose Altuve (2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, SB) seems to be heating up again. Steals in two straight. Ben Revere (4-5, 2 R, triple, SB) has had a crazy productive year and is up to 31 steals. He is hitting .309/.328/.370. Chase Utley (2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR) reaches double digits homers for the 11th straight year. He has been scuffling recently so maybe this starts a hot streak. David Buchanan (6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) with his third straight quality start and second straight win. I wouldn’t trust it though.
Marlins @ Pirates: Tom Koehler (6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) took another loss and his hot start to the season is way behind him. Use him at your own risk. Josh Harrison (3-4, 2 R, double, SB) is filling in for Pedro Alvarez (Bereavement leave) and has had a solid season. Christian Yelich (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, HR) is nearing double digits for homers although this was his first homer in almost a month. I like him as a dynasty target moving forward.
Orioles @ Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison (8.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) is Jekyll and Hyde. He goes from lasting 3 IP and giving up 4 ER to a one hit dominating effort. The frustrating part was the bad outing was against the lowly Astros where this dominating effort was against a decent Orioles team. Just go with your gut moving forward. Chris Davis (1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, K, HR) with homers in back to back games. Is a HR splurge coming? Jose Bautista (3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR) extends his hit streak to six games and launches his first homer in the last five games. He will only benefit with Edwin Encanacion returning sometime soon.
Padres @ Twins: Seth Smith (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, double, HR) with hits in 6 of 7 games and ended up hitting the game winning homer in the 10th inning. Glen Perkins blew his 4th save of the year but have no fear. He is the guy in Minnesota. Trevor Plouffe (2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR) sometimes seems like he is worth owning but he really isn’t. He has been hot the last five games but don’t count on it continuing. Joaquin Benoit picked up his 4th save since Huston Street was shipped out of town.
Red Sox @ Cardinals: Shelby Miller (7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) and Joe Kelly (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K) decided to just go blow for blow in this one. Both pitched well and Kelly gave the Sox fans something to hope for. Trevor Rosenthal took his sixth loss as he entered a tied game. Matt Adams (2-4, 1 RBI) continues his high average but his power has still not shown itself as expected. Mike Napoli (2-4, K, 2 doubles) is continuing to hit well enough to keep his average up to .271.
Cubs @ Rockies: Javier Baez (0-4) is now 1-6 in his short stint. I am sure some are jumping off the bandwagon, but don’t be so quick. If you took the chance on him give him a couple weeks and see what happens. Justin Morneau (3-4, 2 RBI, triple) has well outperformed his draft spot this year so congrats to those that took the chance. Jake Arrieta (5 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) blew up at Coors field. Not a huge surprise. This is just a blip in the season. Have no worries about his next start. Carlos Gonzalez (3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, double, HR) had his best game since his return. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and that his health is getting better.
Royals @ Diamondbacks: Yordano Ventura (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) has struggled since he had some arm issues in July and has put together 3 straight quality starts. Mike Moustakas (2-4, 1 R, 4 RBI, HR) drove in all the Royals runs in this one. He is still hitting below .200 but does have 14 homers now. He has some value. Aaron Hill (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, BB, 2 K) needs to pick it up with Goldschmidt out. I don’t think he can do it.
Braves @ Mariners: Freddie Freeman (3-4, 2 RBI, K, double) is 7-18 over the last four games but hasn’t hit a homer since July 29th. A solid season but you were probably hoping for a bit more. Logan Morrison (1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, K, HR) has exactly one hit in eight of the last ten games. Austin Jackson (1-5, K) cooled off after the trade. He has gone 4-20 since the trade which is a far cry from his insane end to the month of July.
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