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Neil Walker, 2B, PITHot7/22/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker homered for the fourth time in his last 10 games Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Walker is now one home run away from tying his career high of 16. He's batting .286 with 48 RBI, 46 runs and an .831 OPS in 325 at-bats this season. Among second basemen, only Brian Dozier has more home runs.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez hadn't homered since July 1 and has hit just three in his last 53 games, but he still has 15 homers, 65 RBI, 49 runs and a .763 OPS on the year.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit five home runs in four games since the All-Star break.
Insight: Rizzo has gone off for eight homers in July and leads the NL with 25 on the year. He's rebounded from a .233 average, 23 home runs and a .742 OPS last year to hit .283 with a .924 OPS this season. His 67 runs rank second among first basemen.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara wnt 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Darwin Barney was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so Alcantara have a starting spot for the remainder of 2014. He batted .307 with 46 extra-base hits (10 HR) and 21 steals in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa before his call-up and has hit .282 with two home runs, seven RBI and three steals in 39 at-bats so far.
Manny Machado, 3B, BALHot7/22/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with lower back tightness, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Machado has batted .333 with seven doubles, six homers, 12 RBI, 11 runs and a .931 OPS over his last 29 games after hitting .218 with a .595 OPS in his first 37. He has 10 homers in 258 at-bats after hitting just 14 in 667 at-bats last season. Consider him day-to-day.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS7/22/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went deep for the second straight game Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Drew has gone 8-for-21 (.381) over his last six games after starting out the season 11-for-86 (.128).
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot7/22/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and a steal Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Reyes has batted .346 with seven doubles, a triple, three homers, 12 RBI, 15 runs and four steals over his last 23 games.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett exited Tuesday's game due to tightness in his right quadriceps, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Gennett sat out Sunday's game for the same reason, though he was able to pinch hit. He's batting .305 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs, six steals and an .824 OPS this season.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/22/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez exited Tuesday's game with discomfort in his left knee, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Alvarez has gone 12-for-53 (.226) with two home runs in July and is batting .239 with 27 extra-base hits in 383 plate appearances (.070 XBH%) this season. He had a .098 XBH% last season.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/22/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. SOURCE: Patrick Saunders, Denver Post
Insight: The Rockies have been calling Tulowitzki's injury a quad cramp since he suffered it on Saturday while trying to beat out a hit. Injuries have been the main issue for Tulowitzki in his career -- he averaged just 110 games over the previous four seasons. Josh Rutledge will see regular playing time until Tulo returns.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/22/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara has hit .286 with four doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI, three steals and seven runs in eight games since his promotion.
Insight: Darwin Barney was designated for assignment on Tuesday, so Alcantara will be Chicago's starting second baseman for the remainder of 2014. He batted .307 with 46 extra-base hits (10 HR) and 21 steals in 335 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa before his call-up.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/22/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms. Mike Aviles is starting in his place Tuesday against the Twins.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/22/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Aybar (.282, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the last three games. He's nine RBI away from tying his career high of 59.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/22/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game and he will miss his third straight game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners, especially for games at Coors Field. Replacement Josh Rutledge has gone 3-for-8 with a homer and two RBI in the past two games.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/22/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is out of the lineup Tuesday due to back stiffness, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: The injury is considered minor. Abreu is available to pinch-hit Tuesday and is expected back Wednesday. The first baseman has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games.
Chase Headley, 3B, NYY7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Chase Headley has been traded to the New York Yankees.
Insight: Headley hasn't ever reached the levels he posted in 2012, but he'll be an upgrade at 3B for the Yankees. The change in venue from Petco Park to Yankees Stadium will should help Headley's numbers. He's not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (hand) is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: X-rays were negative, but Ramirez is still feeling the pain of a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA7/22/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Mike Minor and the Braves.
Insight: That's his reward for producing the game-winning two-run single Monday night, he doesn't have to face a left-hander. He's batting .164 against southpaws this season.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDP7/22/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: Third baseman Yangervis Solarte has been traded to the San Diego Padres.
Insight: Solarte went 40-for-119 (.336) with 10 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI, 17 runs and a 16/17 K/BB in his first 34 games this season, but he went 23-for-123 (.187) with two homers and seven RBI since then. In pitcher-friendly Petco Park, Solarte will have no fantasy value.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/22/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Houston second baseman Jose Altuve is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) versus Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: The 5-foot-5 Altuve leads the AL in hits (135), stolen bases (41) and batting average (.336).
James Loney, 1B, TAM7/22/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney is one of the rare hitters with a history of success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Loney is a career .462 hitter (12-for-26) with a 1.154 OPS against Wainwright. He's a non-power hitting first baseman, who can hit for a decent average and knock in runs when needed, but isn't an everyday fantasy option.
Darwin Barney, 2B, CHC7/22/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Cubs backup second baseman Darwin Barney isn't getting regular playing time these days, but could get a rare start Tuesday in a favorable matchup.
Insight: Arismendy Alcantara has been starting most of the time at second base. Barney is a career 6-for-12 with five extra-base hits versus Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold7/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is just 6-for-36 with a lone double over his last nine games and hitless in the past three contests.
Insight: The "Laser Show" hasn't done much over the first half of the season and fantasy owners are likely growing concerned. Contrary to his career numbers, Pedroia has been better on the road than in Fenway this season.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/22/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is just 1-for-9 this season after missing the first three months due to back problems, but has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Scutaro is a career .483 hitter (14-for-29) against the Phillies right-hander.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a second X-ray on his left hand and passed the test.
Insight: We'd like to see him back on the field Tuesday, but the oft-injured shortstop might miss a little more time.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/21/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks and one RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gonzalez is still driving in runs, but he's homered twice in his last 52 games and is batting .256 with a .754 OPS on the year.
Stephen Drew, SS, BOS7/21/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Monday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Drew has picked up seven hits in his last 17 at-bats to lift his batting average to .175 on the season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSHot7/21/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli has gone 7-for-12 with two homers in his last three games.
Insight: He's raised his average from. 266 to .280 in that span. He was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs Monday against the Blue Jays.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/21/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Monday's game with back spasms, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Cabrera went 0-for-1 before leaving the game and is batting .247 with nine home runs, 39 RBI and seven steals this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/21/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN7/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still roughly five weeks away from returning. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN and SiriusXM
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list and batted .250 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 23 games after returning before going back on it on July 8.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN7/21/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been scratched from Monday's lineup.
Insight: Hosmer is dealing with a hand contusion, according to Andy McCullough of the KC Star. The first baseman has hit safely in 16 straight games (.413, 6 2B, 2 HR).
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (hamstring) is back in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Cano sat out Sunday due to hamstring tightness. He's batted .414 in July and .335 this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck strain, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) hasn't played since July 13 due to the All-Star break, so he's eligible to return on July 29.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and will miss his third straight game Monday. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is not in the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game and will miss his second straight game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners, especially for games at Coors Field.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR7/21/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) is expected to take batting and fielding practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto.
Insight: great news for fantasy owners. The original timetable was 2-4 weeks and he's right at the two week mark today. The Blue Jays slugger has 26 homers and 70 RBI.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/21/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is expected to miss 3-4 days with a lower lat strain.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) went hitless in the three-game series with Cincinnati and this could be the reason why he struggled.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup. He was hit twice in Sunday night's game, the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball, and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but knowing his past injury history he'll likely miss a few days.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/21/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez will sit Monday night against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: Very understandable as Alvarez is batting just .186 against left-=handers this season. Josh Harrisonn will get the start at the hot corner.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS7/21/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts against Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Gordon leads the league with 44 steals and is batting .296 with 53 runs scored, but this matchup should probably be avoided.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/21/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 2-for-15 with four strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Sandoval has been smoking hot for the past two weeks, batting .405 in the past nine games, but doesn't have a favorable matchup.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/21/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness, but is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: The second baseman has batted .414 in July. Cano has batted .335 average with 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned by the leg injury except that he may not steal bases for a while.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/21/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) was out of the lineup Sunday and is questionable for Monday's game against Baltimore.
Insight: Aybar (.283, 6 HR, 50 RBI) strained his groin Friday night and missed the next two. He's played very well this season and should set a career RBI mark early next month.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/21/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is expected to be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) was hit in the face during batting practice and left Saturday night's game due to dizziness and didn't play Sunday.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/21/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is probable for Monday's game against Cincinnati due to tightness in his quadriceps.
Insight: Gennett pinch hit Sunday afternoon, so fantasy owners should expect his return. He's been a huge surprise, batting .308 with eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs and an .834 OPS in 87 games.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/21/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) was out of the lineup Sunday and is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game. Any day without the best hitter in the NL (.340, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 runs, 1.035 OPS) is a disaster for fantasy owners.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL7/21/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is doubtful for Monday's game against Washington due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Morneau (.312, 13 HR, 60 RBI, .846 OPS) has missed three consecutive games to date. Charlie Culberson got another start at first base Sunday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/21/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit twice in Sunday night's game the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but he'll likely have another one done and could miss a day.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot7/20/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has hit .311 with eight doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI and 25 runs over his last 43 games.
Insight: Mercer went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk Sunday against Colorado. He started off batting .190 with one home run and six RBI in his first 47 games, but he's turned into a competent fantasy shortstop option.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/20/2014 7:40:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo has hit three home runs since the All-Star break and is tied with Giancarlo Stanton for first in the NL with 23 homers.
Insight: Rizzo had just 23 homers in 606 at-bats last season. He's taken 356 at-bats to reach the mark in 2014 and has hit .281 with 53 RBI, 65 runs and a .907 OPS.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATLHot7/20/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run in the past five games Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit just three home runs in his first 90 games this season after putting 12 on the board in 142 games last year.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot7/20/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Power is just about the only thing the 5-foot-5 Altuve hasn't provided this season. He's batted .336 with an MLB-leading 135 hits, 30 doubles, two triples, 51 runs and 41 steals, but has just three home runs.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU7/20/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and four RBI Sunday at Chicago.
Insight: Dominguez has been very good against lefties this season (.303, 7 2B, 5 HR) and is now 5-for-8 with three home runs against John Danks.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STLHot7/20/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong has batted .361 with five home runs and three steals in July (10 games), but he's out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Wong is getting a day off, though he hardly needs it. The rookie went 4-for-45 (.089) in the 15 games prior to July.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/20/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has raised his average from .233 to .287 since June 30 by batting .418 over his last 15 games.
Insight: Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a homer, his second in the past four games, and two RBI Sunday against Milwaukee. He's driven in 14 runs in his last 11 games.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold7/20/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira has gone 0-for-12 in his first three games after the All-Star break and 3-for-24 (.125) since his two-homer game on July 9.
Insight: Teixeira (.231, 17 HR) has been unable to overcome the rise of shifts around the league and is hitting a paltry .083 on ground balls this season. He also has just seven doubles and a career-high 19.5 percent K rate, so he's really become a home-run-or-bust player.
Casey McGehee, 3B, MIAHot7/20/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against the Giants.
Insight: McGehee has managed to drive in 56 runs despite hitting just two home runs all season. He's batting .322 with a .786 OPS.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT7/20/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had his second straight three-hit game and hit his 14th homer of the year Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: Walker is just two homers away from tying his career high. He's batting .283 with 14 homers, 45 RBI, 43 runs and an .814 OPS, very good numbers for a second baseman.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL7/20/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Starting at shortstop for the Rockies in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Rutledge went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Tulowitzki left Saturday's game with a left quad cramp. He's not expected to need a disabled list stint.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot7/20/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is out of Sunday's lineup with hamstring tightness.
Insight: Cano has made up for his lack of power (7 HR) with a .335 average, 57 RBI, 49 runs and seven steals this season. He's dealt with the hamstring injury sporadically this season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned. The second baseman has batted .414 in July.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA7/20/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (groin) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Aybar strained his groin Friday night. He's day-to-day for now.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/20/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is in the midst of a 5-for-47 (.106) skid that has cut his average down by 34 points.
Insight: LaRoche has great numbers against Sunday's starter Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers -- 9-for-28, three doubles, two homers -- but fantasy owners should avoid him until he shows signs of coming out of his slump.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL 7/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has gone 0-for-12 in his last three games, but he's smashed Kyle Kendrick in the past.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a homer and four walks against the Phillies starter.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TAM7/20/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar owns a .583 average against Minnesota's Kevin Correia.
Insight: Escobar is hitting just .249 with four homers and a .657 OPS in 281 at-bats this season so he won't cost you much Sunday, but he could be a good option against Correia. He's gone 7-for-12 with two doubles against the right-hander.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU 7/20/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez could be a good low-cost fantasy option Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Dominguez has a .295 average and an .800 OPS against lefties this season, compared to a .209 average and a .580 OPS against righties. He's also gone 3-for-5 with two homers against White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX7/20/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has hit .105 in his career against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Andrus has gone 2-for-19 against Buehrle. The veteran lefty is on the mound Sunday, so steer clear of the Rangers shortstop.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/20/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: A cramp in Tulowitzki's left quad forced him out of Saturday's game. Josh Rutledge is starting Sunday.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/19/2014 11:35:00 PM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is off to a quick start in the second half with his second home run in as many nights.
Insight: Goldy is having another fine season batting .314 with 18 HR, 65 RBI though he's normally a better first-half hitter (.943 OPS vs. .857 OPS).
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 11:20:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution after apparently he was hit in the face during batting practice.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG7/19/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt left Saturday night's game due to dizziness, according to Giants beat reporter Andrew Baggarly.
Insight: Belt (.238, 10 HR, 22 RBI) hasn't played a lot breaking his thumb in early May and now this. He's likely to take Sunday off as well as a precaution.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/19/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was forced from Saturday's game after pulling up while running out a ground ball.
Insight: Tulowitzki had 21 bombs, 52 RBI and 71 runs to go with a .342 average and a 1.041 OPS heading into the game. Hopefully the injury-prone star won't be out of action for long. Stay tuned for an update.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC7/19/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs Friday night, but doesn't have a favorable matchup on Saturday.
Insight: Rizzo is just 1-for-10 against left-hander Wade Miley and a career .219 against southpaws although he's turned that statistic around this season (.308, 7 HR, 17 RBI in 91 ABs).
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM7/19/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is hitless in 16 at-bats against Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .267 and his OPS from .726 to .766 since July 1 , but this unfavorable matchup should be avoided.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLECold7/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana is likely to sit the second game of the doubleheader with Detroit as he's just 3-for-34 (.088) against Game 2 pitcher Max Scherzer.
Insight: Santana hasn't hit right-handers all season (.184) so there is no reason to think he'll start in this unfavorable matchup.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/19/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is just 1-for-10 versus Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: This is certainly an unfavorable matchup which you should probably avoid despite his great season to date. Tulowitzki has 21 bombs, 52 RBI and 71 runs to go with a .342 average and a 1.041 OPS this season. Hopefully his appearance in the Home Run Derby Monday night won't change his swing.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has faced Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza just six times, but has rapped out four hits including two home runs.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .100 over the past two weeks (3-for-30). He started the second half with another 0-for-4.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS7/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-7 with a couple of extra-base hits against youngster Joe Kelly.
Insight: Gonzalez is still knocking in runs, but his .251 batting average is 40 points below his career average. Hopefully the four-day break did him good.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETCold7/19/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is just 1-for-9 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Kinsler has two five-game hitting streaks this month, but is hitless in the last two games and doesn't have a good matchup here.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/19/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 12-for-24 with three homers and a 1.455 OPS versus Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Cabrera is hitting .308 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .899 OPS this season, but has struggled of late batting just .267 with an .817 OPS over the past four weeks. We expect more for him. We could get it on Saturday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY7/19/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman MarkTeixeira is 6-for-11 (.545) against Reds All-Star Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Teixeira has put up 17 homers and 48 RBI this season, but you will have to live with his low batting average (.239).
Xander Bogaerts, 3B, BOS 7/18/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Royals.
Insight: In his last 29 games of the first half, Bogaerts batted .103 (11-for-107) with one extra-base hit, five RBI and seven runs. Before that stretch he had a .299 average, five home runs and an .840 OPS on the season.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE7/18/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first home run since June 20 Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cabrera hasn't come close to matching his 25-homer, 17-steal 2011 season. He's on pace for 15 home runs and 12 steals this year.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE7/18/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis smashed two home runs and drove in four runs Friday at Detroit.
Insight: Kipnis hadn't hit one out of the park since April 21. He has five home runs in 300 plate appearances this year after blasting 17 in 658 a year ago.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFGHot7/18/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has gone 11-for-25 with two home runs and seven RBI over his last six games.
Insight: Sandoval batted .173 with two home runs and six RBI over his first 35 games this season, but he's put up a .335 average, 10 home runs and 37 RBI over his last 58.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL7/18/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett hit his eighth homer of the season Friday at Washington.
Insight: Gennett batted .397 with 15 extra-base hits (4 HR) in June and he's gone 13-for-44 (.295) with five extra-base hits (2 HR) in July. Overall, he's hitting .309 with 34 RBI, 42 runs and five steals.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEXHot7/18/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Beltre has batted .362 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs, 47 RBI and 43 runs over his last 66 games. He leads the AL with a .337 average.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP7/18/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) has begun his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Plantar fasciitis has kept Gyorko out since June 4. The 25-year-old will return to a .162 average, five homers, 24 RBI and a .483 OPS after hittting .249 with 23 homers in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/18/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is day-to-day with a stiff neck, according to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Scutaro sat out the entire season until July 12 due to a chronic back injury. The stiff neck could be related to his back ailment.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA7/18/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 2-for-19 (.105) against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in 24 June games. He has hit four in the first two weeks of July and has 20 homers for the season.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC7/18/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Castro (.276, 11 HR, 52 RBI) has bounced back from last season and is putting together another solid season. Just don't use him Friday in an unfavorable matchup.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL7/17/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has returned to the team after flying home to be with his family following the tragic death of his nine-month-old son. SOURCE: Greg Matzek, 620 WTMJ
Insight: Segura will travel with the Brewers on their three-game trip to Washington this weekend but may not play every day yet. Segura was an All-Star in 2013, but he declined in the second half last year and has batted .232 with four homers, 23 RBI and 15 steals in 2014.
Adam Duvall, 3B, SFGHot7/15/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Giants minor league 1B/3B Adam Duvall leads the PCL in home runs (26) among his 44 extra base hits and 1.012 OPS.
Insight: The 25-yesr-old Duvall won't find a full-time spot with the big club unless Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval are injured, traded or leave via free agency.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/13/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Over his last 58 games, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has batted .333 with 10 doubles, a triple, nine homers and 34 RBI.
Insight: Sandoval hit just .173 with two home runs, six RBI and a .526 OPS over his first 35 games, so his numbers on the year are still on the low end.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEXHot7/13/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will go into the All-Star break as the AL leader in batting average.
Insight: On May 11, Beltre was hitting .233. Since then, he's gone 83-for-219 (.379) with 14 doubles, 11 homers, 41 RBI and 35 runs in 57 games. He's batting .337 on the year.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN 7/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 3-for-6 with a double, two homers and four RBI Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Dozier didn't make the All-Star team because the American League second-base field is so deep, but he has a strong case. He's hit just .242 but has 18 homers, 45 RBI, 69 runs and 16 steals. AL captain Jose Bautista picked Dozier to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK7/13/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Moss is tied for fifth in baseball with 21 home runs and he also has 66 RBI.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/13/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara has batted .391 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and five RBI in his first 23 at-bats.
Insight: Alcantara wasn't expected to stay with the Cubs for long, but the prospect could begin the second half as the team's full-time starter ahead of Darwin Barney.
Tommy LaStella, 2B, ATL 7/13/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella had three hits and three RBI Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: La Stella has batted .292 in his first 154 major league at-bats, but he has zero home runs and just two steals. While he's a huge upgrade over Dan Uggla and Tyler Pastornicky, he's not a good fantasy option.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATLHot7/13/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against Chicago.
Insight: Johnson has hit three home runs in the past two games after hitting three all of last season before that.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT7/13/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hit his 13th home run of the season Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: Walker's career high in home runs is 16, which he set last year. Six of those came in his last 34 at-bats last season, so he's blasted 19 home runs in his last 340 at-bats.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINHot7/13/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 1-for-5 Sunday, but his lone hit was a home run.
Insight: Frazier has a big chance to introduce himself to casual baseball fans during the All-Star break, as he'll participate in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. Fantasy owners are already very familiar with him, as he's batted .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI, 57 runs, 14 steals and an .852 OPS this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DETCold7/13/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: For the third time since June 27, Miguel Cabrera has gone three straight games without getting a hit.
Insight: Prior to June 27, he hadn't gone more than two games all season without getting a hit all season. In fact, he only went more than two games without getting a hit one time all of last season, and one of those games he exited with an injury before getting an at-bat. Despite the cold streak to end the first half, Cabrera is hitting .306 with 34 doubles, 14 homers, 75 RBI and an .898 OPS this season.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL 7/13/2014 5:13:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two RBI Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Gennett has picked up three hits in three of the past six games but was hitless in the other three during that span. He's batted .309 with 22 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 33 RBI, 40 runs and five steals this season after taking the starting job from Rickie Weeks.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/13/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run since June 24 Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Zimmerman (.273, .783 OPS) has gone 14-for-39 (.359) with 10 RBI in July. He has just four homers this season, but he does have 18 doubles in 176 at-bats.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WASHot7/13/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon had three hits, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Rendon has scored 67 runs, tied for second in baseball, and he's also driven in 53 while racking up 42 extra-base hits and eight steals.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/13/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will go into the All-Star break with 29 homers, 73 RBI and a .292 batting average.
Insight: Abreu has raised his average 37 points by hitting .349 with 12 homers and 26 RBI over his last 32 games.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM7/13/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Murphy made the All-Star team this year by batting .294 with seven homers, 37 RBI, 56 runs and 11 steals.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWSCold7/13/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez (back) is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Ramirez left Saturday's game with back stiffness. He made the All-Star team because his first two months were very strong, but he's batted .212 with one homer and a .534 OPS over his last 38 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASCold7/13/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is limping into the All-Star break.
Insight: LaRoche carried a .300 average for nearly the entire first half, but he's hit .139 in July and is down to .284 for the season. He's gone just 6-for-35 (.171) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, so he shouldn't be used Sunday.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS7/13/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: In 37 career at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .405 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Insight: Desmond is also 11-for-35 (.314) with two doubles and two homers in July. He's a viable shortstop option Sunday.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT7/13/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is hitting .171 against Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Walker has collected just six hits in 35 at-bats against Cueto, who will start Sunday against the Pirates.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/13/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 5-for-28 lifetime against Reds starter Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Alvarez is hitting just .238 with 15 home runs, 47 RBI and a .741 OPS. At the All-Star break last year, he was hitting .250 with an .827 OPS and already had 24 homers and 62 RBI. He'll face Cueto Sunday in Pittsburgh's last game before the break.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN7/13/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has gone 5-for-14 (.357) with a double, two homers and three walks against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Frazier has been the Reds' best hitter this season, batting .291 with 18 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs, 14 steals and an .850 OPS. He'll put his power on display Tuesday in the Home Run Derby, but not before getting a crack at Liriano Sunday.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN7/13/2014 12:30:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier continues to pound the baseball with a pair of hits and his 18th home run of the season Saturday night.
Insight: Frazier leads the Reds in hom,e run and RBI (51) and without him Cincinnati wouldn't be in the pennant race.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL7/12/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has been a disappointment for most of the season, but not Saturday.
Insight: Johnson blasted two home runs and knocked in four. Unfortunately, he's still batting just .272, a far cry from last season when he posted a .321 batting average.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/12/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is the MLB leader with 29 home runs and knocked in his 73 rd Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Abreu is going to put up numbers in his first year that few fantasy experts predicted. He's on pace for 50 HR and 125 RBI.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS7/12/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez left Saturday's game for a pinch runner in the fourth inning.
Insight: It appears to be a back issue. His hot April (.351) and May (.305) is a thing of the past as he hit just .230 in 24 June and .178 in 11 July games.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL7/12/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has been placed on bereavement leave after the death of his nine-month-old son and has returned to the Dominican Republic.
Insight: Segura has yet to reach the hieghts we saw back at the start of the 2013 season, but he's still a low-end fantasy option at .232 with 4 HR, 23 RBI, 41 runs, 15 SB.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN7/12/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, on a modest six-game hitting streak, is 5-for-12 (.417) with one home run among four extra-base hits against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .289 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .839 OPS.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN7/12/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has put together a solid season for fantasy owners, but should be avoided Saturday afternoon, as he's 1-for-23 (.043) versus Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Escobar has already matched his 2013 stolen base total (22) and is batting .283 with 41 runs scored and 28 RBI. His .709 OPS won't kill you either.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL7/12/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has a favorable matchup with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Wainwright is one of the top-two pitchers in the National League, but Ramirez is a career .404 hitter (19-for-47) with a pair of home runs in their matchups. Despite a trip to the injured list, Ramirez is putting together another solid season batting .285 with 11 HR and 42 RBI in 68 games.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI7/12/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is a career 11-for-22 (.500) against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Hill failed to take advantage of his favorable matchup with Tim Lincecum Friday night so fantasy owners should be wary of him being able to jump on the matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot7/12/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 (.583) with two home runs and a 1.643 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The two-time All-Star has been hot of late, batting .356 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .300. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 52 runs.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLEHot7/11/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher hit his third homer in the past five games Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: He's put together a modest seven-game hitting streak to raise his average from .194 to .207.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT7/11/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI Friday at Cincinnati.
Insight: At the All-Star break last season, Alvarez was hitting .250 with 24 homers and 62 RBI. With just two games to go before the break this year, he's batting .241 with 15 HR and 47 RBI.
David Wright, 3B, NYM7/11/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Wright has gone 10-for-18 with two doubles and two homers over his last five games to raise his OPS from .721 to .760.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI 7/11/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins smacked a pair of home runs Friday against the Nationals.
Insight: Rollins had three RBI in the victory. He's followed up a 7-for-41 (.171) stretch by going 5-for-12 with three homers and seven RBI in his last three games.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SFG7/11/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (back) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Scutaro hasn't played since spring training and he underwent a non-surgical procedure similar to a PRP therapy in May designed to "speed up the process" of his return from a back injury. He's not in Friday's lineup but should start Saturday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS7/11/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) is not expected to start again until after the All-Star break, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez has been dealing with right shoulder soreness on and off all season and he had a flare-up on Thursday.
Dan Johnson, 1B, TOR7/11/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Just called up first baseman Dan Johnson is in the Blue Jays starting lineup Friday night.
Insight: Johnson will be the DH with Jose Bautista playing at first base. He was batting .248 with 17 homers at Triple-A Buffalo before getting the call.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS7/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch Thursday night and is not in the starting lineup for Friday.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI7/11/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is a career 11-for-19 (.579) against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Combine Hill and Paul Goldschmidt's numbers against the San Francisco right-hander and we know why he's got a losing record against Arizona (8-10).
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot7/11/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt loves facing Giants starter Tim Lincecum and so do his fantasy owners.
Insight: He's a career .577 hitter with seven homers and 17 RBI in just 26 at-bats. Goldy is having another fine season batting .312 with 16 HR, 61 RBI and a league-leading 193 total bases. He's always a must start when facing Lincecum.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS7/11/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is a career .414 hitter (12-for-29) with two home runs versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Like most of the Red Sox lineup, Napoli isn't hitting at the moment batting .220 over the past 12 games. He's hitting .265 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and an .822 OPS this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN7/11/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 5-for-12 (.417) with one home run against Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .289 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .842 OPS. Cincinnati will need him to carry them a bit further with all the injuries they have suffered recently (Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton).
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS7/11/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is 11-for-28 (.393) with six extra-base hits against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: LaRoche has been rock solid this season, batting .289 with 12 HR and 47 RBI. This may be his last season in Washington as he's only signed through 2014 and the Nationals need to find a spot for Ryan Zimmerman other than third base.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWSCold7/11/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Beckham put together a good May (.306, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .810 OPS), but has since fallen off the map batting just .194 in 36 games from June 1 to July 10.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX7/11/2014 12:44:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left Thursday's game with a bruised left ankle.
Insight: Andrus is producing about as expected, batting .268 with 49 runs, 19 steals and a .659 OPS. He's a low-end fantasy shortstop who will help in runs and stolen bases.
Tommy Medica, 1B, SDP7/11/2014 12:35:00 AM
Description: Padres 1B Tommy Medica left Thursday's game with a groin injury.
Insight: It certainly won't chnage any fantasy lineups, what with his .231 batting average, four homers and 13 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS7/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch and left the game.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK7/10/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson slammed his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Donaldson has struggled after a good start, but the home runs have never slowed. He'll easily top last year's total of 24, but he'll be hard-pressed to match last season's .301 batting average or .883 OPS.
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHCHot7/10/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara posted four hits on Thursday, scoring twice, knocking in three runs and missing the home run for a cycle.
Insight: Alcantara is a much lower-rated prospect than fellow Cubs middle infielder Javier Baez, but he's still a top-100 overall prospect and could provide fantasy teams with speed (21 steals at Iowa).
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/10/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips diagnosis has been changed to a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. He was batting .272 with seven homers, 40 RBI, 33 runs and a .701 OPS.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL7/10/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Segura was just 2-for-12 in the first three games of the series and will give way to Jeff Bianchi (.169, 0 HR, 6 RBI) for the series finale.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN7/10/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is questionable for Thursday's game against Detroit due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Moustakas is still batting below the Mendoza Line (.193) and fantasy owners have likely already given up on him, but he did hit home run No. 10 this week.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/10/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb and will miss Thursday's game.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. His X-rays came back negative so he doesn't have a fracture, but he may have an MRI to check if he has any structural damage. He could easily sit until after the All-Star game.
David Wright, 3B, NYM7/10/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .423 hitter (11-for-26) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright had a bruised rotator cuff and missed seven consecutive games. He's been a solid RBI guy this season (43), but seven home runs and four steals are below expectations for the Mets star third baseman. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Paul Konerko, 1B, CWS7/10/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: White Sox DH/1B Paul Konerko is a career 10-for-28 (.357) with three home runs and a 1.223 OPS versus Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Konerko doesn't get many opportunities to start, but this could be one of them. He's batting just .228 with five homers and 19 RBI in 123 at-bats.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/10/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in 10 tries against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The best we can say about this matchup is that he's walked twice. Howard started the season decently, but his July has been a disaster, going 3-for-30 with no extra base hits and a .350 OPS. Keep looking.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/10/2014 9:27:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a career .375 hitter against Reds starter Homer Bailey (6-for-16).
Insight: Rizzo is tied for second in the NL with 20 homers after he went deep for the third time in his last four games Wednesday at Cincinnati. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHICold7/9/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Rollins was in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump and 7-for-39 (.179) in his career against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, so he wasn't likely used in many fantasy leagues on Wednesday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI 7/9/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley entered Wednesday's game with a 4-for-27 career history against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, but he homered off the right-hander.
Insight: Utley has hit a homer in two of the past three games and picked up six hits, six RBI, three runs and a steal in that span.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWSHot7/9/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo homer Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Gillaspie has finally started to hit for some pop after failing to hit one out of the park in his first 59 games. He's hit three in his last six games and is now batting .320 with 21 doubles, three triples, 33 RBI, 32 runs and an .835 OPS in 247 at-bats.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS7/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
Manny Machado, 3B, BALHot7/9/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado banged out three hits, including a solo homer Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Tuesday's rainout did nothing to cool off Machado's scorching bat. He's gone 12-for-21 (.571) with two doubles and two homers in his last four games and 22-for-51 with three doubles and five home runs in his last 12.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot7/9/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered for the third time in his last four games Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Rizzo is tied for second in the NL with 20 homers. He's making a good impression on fans who are participating in the Final Vote for the All-Star game.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/9/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. His X-rays came back negative so he doesn't have a fracture, but he may have an MRI to check if he has any structural damage.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN7/9/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Wednesday's game after appearing to hurt his left wrist, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips' glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. Joey Votto was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, so the Reds can't afford losing Phillips.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot7/9/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has gone 12-for-25 (.480) with three homers and 10 RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Pujols has rediscovered his home run stroke after hitting just two round-trippers in June. He's fifth in the AL with 20 homers and tied for eighth with 60 RBI.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL7/9/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with two solo homers Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Tulowitzki has 20 bombs, 49 RBI and 70 runs to go with a .350 average and a 1.057 OPS this season. He'll captain the NL in the Home Run Derby on Monday night.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHICold7/9/2014 1:22:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-15 in his last five games and he won't get any relief Wednesday against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Rollins is 7-for-39 (.179) in his career against the Milwaukee veteran right-hander. He's also in a 7-for-41 (.171) slump, so avoid him Wednesday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHICold7/9/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley hasn't had success against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Utley is 4-for-27 (.148) lifetime against the right-hander. He was voted to start the All-Star game, but he's batted just .236 with three homers in his last 39 games.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHICold7/9/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has hammered Brewers starter Kyle Lohse for 11 hits, including two doubles and two homers, in 25 career at-bats (.440).
Insight: Howard is in the midst of a 4-for-40 (.100) slump but he may be worth using with Lohse pitching Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU7/9/2014 1:14:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve leads the majors with 126 hits and the AL with a .341 average, but he's a career .118 hitter against Rangers starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Altuve has gone 2-for-17 with five Ks against Darvish, who will oppose the Astros on Wednesday night.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE7/9/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has homered in two straight games and he has two homers in 11 career at-bats against Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: McCarthy will make his Yankees debut Wednesday after coming over from the Diamondbacks in a trade over the weekend. Swisher is still hitting just .198 this season, but he could be a decent option Wednesday.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WASHot7/9/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF Ryan Zimmerman is 4-for-11 with two home runs against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Zimmerman's arm cost the Nationals a key double play Monday night, but he's still hitting the ball through his fielding problems. He's batting .326 over his last 12 games.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL7/9/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has only been in the majors since 2013, but he's already racked up six hits in 13 at-bats against Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: Arenado has gone 3-for-22 (.136) since he returned from a broken finger, but he could have a big day against Stults at Coors Field.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR7/9/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been playing through a right shoulder injury, according to sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes has hit .344 with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 10 runs in his last 14 games, so the injury isn't affecting him at the plate. However, it has caused his throwing errors to spike. He's made 12 errors already this season, eight throwing. He's never made more than nine throwing errors in a season. While the shoulder soreness bothers him occasionally on swings, he insists it won't keep him out of the lineup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET7/9/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera is getting the day off Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Cabrera has gone three games in a row without getting a hit twice since June 27 after not going more than two without one at any point this season, but he went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs Tuesday to snap a 0-for-9 stretch.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS7/8/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: Gillaspie has homered twice in his past six games after failing to go deep in the first three months of the season. He's hitting .317 with an .816 OPS in 243 at-bats.
Miguel Sano, 3B, MIN7/8/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) will not play in the Arizona Fall League but could get some action in winter ball, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Sano underwent Tommy John surgery in March. The 21-year-old third baseman already has 90 home runs in 1,375 minor league at-bats. Baseball America ranked Sano as the No. 6 prospect in baseball prior to this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG7/8/2014 7:15:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) is in the lineup Tuesday, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Sandoval took a pitch off the elbow Saturday missed the last two games. The third baseman has hit .322 with eight homers, 30 RBI, 26 runs and an .873 OPS over his last 51 games.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN7/8/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: The Reds Joey Votto has been placed on the disabled list due to a quad injury.
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) had zero homers since he returned from the same injury on June 10 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list and he clearly needs more time off. He'll get it. Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena will all likely see time at 1B.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX7/8/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a career .100 hitter with five strikeout in 10 at-bats versus Houston starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Andrus is hitting well this week (.346), but doesn't appear to see the ball well against Peacock and shouldn't be in fantasy lineups Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAMHot7/8/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has gone 11-for-26 (.423) with four doubles and a home run against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: Zobrist has raised his average from .247 to .268 and his OPS from .726 to .760 since July 1 with five multi-hit games.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC7/8/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo is 1-for-12 (.083) against Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Rizzo (.274) is tied for second in the NL with 18 homers. He's one of five players eligible for the Final Vote for the NL All-Star team. This matchup probably won't help.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINHot7/8/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .293 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .859 OPS. He has four multi-hit games in the last five contests.


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