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Around the league:
Yankees @ Indians: Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched a nice game and is moving into a startable conversation. Pick the right matchups and get him in the lineup. Jason Kipnis (2-4, 1 R, 2 SB) now has hits in four of the last five games and the two steals are a nice sign. Like I said last week, try and buy low if his owner is frustrated. Jacoby Ellsbury (1-4, 1 R, 2 SB) only got on base once but managed two steals. A nice bonus. Michael Brantley (3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, HR) is still beasting. Those that stole him off the waiver or late in drafts should be in good shape, as he has exceeded expectations. Cody Allen picked up his 10th save and had a couple K’s.
Orioles @ Nationals: Postponed due to rain.
White Sox @ Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia (2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI) keeps improving a bit, and hopefully for his owners this is a precursor to a nice second half. Connor Gillaspie (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double, HR) might be worth a look at some deeper leagues, as he is playing well. Alejandro De Aza (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, triple, CS) hasn’t really produced this year and seems to be heading to a platoon situation. He can steal a base but the average is a killer.
Dodgers @ Tigers: Justin Verlander (6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) wasn’t sharp but got the win thanks to the Tiger bats. He had been pitching better of late but this has to be somewhat worrying. He gets the Royals next time out so that should be a decent matchup. Nick Castellanos (3-5, 3 R, 1 RBI, double) and Torii Hunter (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, double, SB) were two of the hitting stars for the Tigers. It was nice to see Castellanos break out a bit since he was 0-9 coming into this game. Hunter, on the other hand, has been hitting well and now has a six game hitting streak (three straight multi-hit games) going. The veteran just keeps getting it done. Matt Kemp (3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, K) followed up his four hit game with this three hit game. Time to sell as fast as you can.
Cubs @ Reds: Johnny Cueto (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) hasn’t been as dominate lately but still is putting up quality start after quality start. He has six in a row and has gone 4-1 over that span. Travis Wood (5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) with another disappointing start. That’s two straight poor outings. Next up is the Braves at home. I would give him one more chance. Jay Bruce (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) launched a homer for the third straight game. Get him in your lineup if he isn’t already.
Game #2: Mike Olt (1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K, HR) blasted his 12th homer but has struggled mightily everywhere else with a slash of .150/.235/.382. If you are completely desperate for power, you might think about picking him up. That average is dreadful, though. Anthony Rizzo (3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, double, HR) is making it awful hard to leave him off the All-Start team. He has had phenomenal first half and it should continue. Jay Bruce (1-4, 2 RBI, double) broke his HR streak but did pick up a couple RBI’s. Tsuyoshi Wada (5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) made his MLB debut and put in a solid effort. The Cubs now have a couple openings in their rotation, so Wada may get a shot at some point in the second half. He was optioned today but did well enough to get another start at some point.
Braves @ Mets: Lucas Duda (3-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 doubles) was on base 5 times and has been really good against right handers. If you can work the platoon in your fake league do it with Duda. Julio Teheran (3.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) with a killer outing. It killed his fake owners for the week. The worst part is it was against a favorable matchup against the Mets. He had four straight quality starts going into this one, and I would have bet almost anything he would get his 5th. He gets the Cubs next, so start him and he should get back on track.
Royals @ Rays: Jeremy Hellickson (4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) got the job mostly done in his return to the rotation. He might be a nice stash if he is available for once he gets stretched out a bit. Jake McGee picked up his 6th save but gave up 2 runs in the process. This may lead to some others in the committee getting some opportunities. Lorenzo Cain (4-4, 2 R, BB, triple, SB) continues to show his value from the leadoff spot. Hitting streak of 5 games and steals in the last two and three of four. At only around 40% ownership in most leagues I would say go get him. Evan Longoria (1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI) has been ok all year. This kind of is a nice example of his season. Some decent counting numbers but nothing too great. Plug and play and he won’t hurt you.
Astros @ Rangers: Chris Carter (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, K, 2 HR) is a source for homers. He is only hitting a slash of .194/.274/.446 so everything else is going to suffer. But he will get close to 35 homers. Jose Altuve (2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, BB, 2 SB) continues his elite status as a base stealer. If you have him and are running away (pun intended) with the steals category you may look to move him in about a month to help elsewhere as you will probably have steals wrapped up by then. Leonys Martin (2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, K, HR) is on a power surge with homers in two of the last three games. A few steals would be nice to mix in but I am sure you will take this game anyway.
Phillies @ Brewers: Wily Peralta (see above) was so bad that Kyle Kendrick (5.2 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) was able to pick up a win with that horrible line score. Let’s move on to the hitters since this game was like batting practice. The pitching was so bad in this one that even Dominic Brown (2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, HR) had a good game and homered for the first time in 23 games. Scooter Gennett (3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR) also got into the HR action and hit his 7th. He should be owned in almost every league but his ownership is down around 50%. Go get him.
Pirates @ Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) didn’t factor in the decision but was able to get through the 6th inning for the first time since he joined the rotation. That is a good sign for moving forward. Ernest Frieri continues to struggle, as he gave up the winning run and took the loss. I think Melancon’s job is safe for the time being. Kolten Wong (2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, double, HR) with another homer. That is second in three games since coming back from the DL. If he was dropped go pick him up. Gregory Polanco (3-5, 1 R, K, SB) is not slowing down anytime soon. He is the real thing.
Padres @ Rockies: Tyson Ross (6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) bucked the trend and had a nice road outing (in Coors no less). He may be ready to start warranting must start status. Watch his next away game. Charlie Blackmon (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, double, HR) might be heading to another nice stretch. LaTroy Hawkins picked up his 16th save and is firmly entrenched in the closer role. Franklin Morales (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) pitched well enough to get his 5th win but really nothing to get excited about.
Marlins @ Diamondbacks: Addison Reed (1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BS, L) is in a bit of trouble right now. He got the dreaded vote of confidence from his manager but he is giving up way too many homers – including the game winner by Marcel Ozuna (2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, HR) on Tuesday night. He already has given up 9 homers and is on the brink of losing his job. Pick up Brad Ziegler if you want to take a chance on a replacement. Brad Hand (6.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) had a nice outing but isn’t someone to trust.
Blue Jays @ Angels: The good R.A. Dickey (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) showed up on Tuesday. By now you know what he is. Tyler Skaggs (6.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) scattered a bunch of hits and picked up a quality start. That’s the second straight for Skaggs. Jose Reyes (4-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR) was the offensive star of this game. He continues to stay healthy and put up good numbers for his owners. Eric Aybar (2-4) was the only multi-hit guy for the Angels.
Giants @ A’s: Madison Bumgarner (7 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) had a bad third inning which makes this look like a much worse outing than it was. However, he has been bad his last three outings now giving up 4, 5, and 6 runs over that span. The All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time for him. He gets the D-backs for his last start, so hopefully he can turn things around heading to the break. Jed Lowrie (2-4, 1 R) continues his two hit magic for the fourth straight game. I think he likes hitting down in the lineup. He is heating up and should be picked up in leagues where he was dropped. A nice second half is on the way. Tyler Colvin (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR) with a nice day – he was the Giants’ offense.
Twins @ Mariners: Phil Hughes (7.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) got back on track after two really bad outings. It helps it was the Mariners but I am sure he’ll take it. Hughes has been solid thus far and should be a solid option moving into the second half. Chris Young (7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) was the tough luck loser while picking up a quality start. He has been fantastic his last five outings, but it makes you wonder when it will all coming crashing down. I would still use him as a streaming option but wouldn’t fully trust him. Sam Fuld (3-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR, 2 SB) was the star of this game. I still think if he gets the playing time he is worth an add in the deep leagues for his speed.
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