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Dilson Herrera, 2B, NYM8/29/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 in his major league debut.
Insight: Herrera had a rough first game in the big leagues. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out in his second at-bat. Herrera did manage to line out in his final at-bat, but then the rookie committed an error in the ninth. He should remain in the starting lineup though with manager Terry Collins annoucing that All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy could miss the rest of the season.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI8/29/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley had two singles in a losing effort on Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Utley went 2-for-4 for the second straight night. He has, however, struggled overall in August, hitting .244 with just two home runs and 13 RBI in the month.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/29/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-3 with a grand slam on Friday. He also scored twice and walked.
Insight: Davis has struggled, to say the least, as he is hitting just .189 in 407 at-bats, but he can still produce massive home runs on occasion. The long ball was his 24th of the season and he has 67 RBI as well.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MINCold8/29/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer returned to the Twins lineup on Friday and went 0-for-3.
Insight: Mauer pinched hit on Thursday, which was a routine day of rest. The first baseman has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PITHot8/29/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison hit a game-tying triple in the bottom of the eighth and eventually scored the winning run in the next at-bat against the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Harrison played out of his mind on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and run. He also showcased the leather bailing the Pirates out of a few jams in the field. In the last four games, Harrison is hitting .412 with two doubles, a triple and home run. The new everyday Pirate third baseman is batting .308 with 49 extra-base hits, 45 RBI, 62 runs, and 17 steals this year.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS8/29/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: An MRI exam this week showed Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring is continuing to progress well according to Dan Kolko of MASN.
Insight: Zimmerman still has yet to swing a bat or begin running, so it is still unclear whether he will be back before the end of the regular season. Zimmerman is hitting .282 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 195 at-bats this year.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LOS8/29/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and is still expected to return the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Running the bases was the last hurdle Uribe had to overcome before returning. The third baseman has been taking batting practice all week with no issues. Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK8/29/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie (fractured finger) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.
Insight: Lowrie is expected to play in Triple-A over the weekend and if all goes well, rejoin the big league club on Tuesday when rosters expand. In 110 games, Lowrie is hitting .238 with five home runs and 42 RBI.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN8/29/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side" while fielding ground balls on Wednesday.
Insight: Cincinnati does not look ready to shut Votto down completely, but with the Reds playoffs chances dwindling, it looks less likely that he will make a comeback this season. Do not count on him for your fantasy playoff run.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/29/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will not be back in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Rizzo was reportedly removed from Tuesday's game as a precaution due to lower back tightness, but this is his third straight game he is missing. Chris Valaika is covering first base Friday.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT8/29/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is again not in the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Alvarez left Tuesday's game with a sprain between two toes in his left foot and has not returned to the field since then. Alvarez is still day-to-day, but Ike Davis has been swinging a hot bat, so manager Clint Hurdle might ride out Davis' hot streak at first base anyway.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS8/29/2014 10:44:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is just 1-for-14 (.071) versus Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Ramirez (.270, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) is well off last year's pace, but still provides solid shortstop production. Probably not Friday, however.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK8/29/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11 against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson homered and doubled in the series opener with the Angels Thursday night. His batting average is down almost 50 points from last season, but he's providing power (26 HR) for the A's and fantasy owners.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX8/29/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is a career .000 hitter in nine at-bats against Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer.
Insight: Andrus helps fantasy owners by scoring runs and stealing bases and getting on base is the first requirement for both. Since he can't find his way to first base, avoid him Friday.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS8/29/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has homered two times and is 4-for-9 against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Abreu is putting together a MVP-type season with 33 HR, 97 RBI a .312 batting average and a league-leading .969 OPS. Verlander is heading in the opposite direction having given up four earned runs in each of his last two games and is 11-11 on the season with a 4.82 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold8/29/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli should not be in fantasy lineups Friday versus the Rays and Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is just 1-for-10 with six strikeouts in their matchups. The 1B has been swinging a cold bat, hitting just .152 over the past two weeks (eight games). Keep looking.
James Loney, 1B, TAM8/28/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI on Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Loney is 4-for-11 (.364) in his last three games and is hitting .299 with 11 RBI in August. Just don't expect much power from this first baseman as he has seven diggers on the year.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL8/28/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy went 2-for-4 with the go-ahead single in seventh as the Orioles held on to beat the Rays, 5-4.
Insight: Hardy was slumping a bit coming into the game, hitting .211 in the last week. This game should get the shortstop back on track. He is batting .282 with 36 extra-base hits and 45 RBI this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL8/28/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was 2-for-4 on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a nice game for the third baseman but still no runs or RBI. Johnson has not driven in a run or scored in his last five games.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his hurt right calf.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has not returned to the lineup since then. At this point, it looks likely he will end up on the disabled list, but the MRI will confirm whether that's necessary. Wilmer Flores is playing second base for the Mets in Murphy's absence.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/28/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Insight: The plan was for Wright to return Thursday, so this isn't a surprise. The third baseman has been sidelined since Sunday with neck spasms and has been dealing with a shoulder injury most of the season. He is hoping to finish the season even though he is less than 100 percent.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/28/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is not in the Twins lineup on Thursday against Kansas City.
Insight: It's just a normal day of rest for Mauer. Too bad because he has a career 1.204 OPS against Jeremy Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN8/28/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier stole two bases to go along with two more hits and a couple of RBI.
Insight: Frazier's sore back must be feeling a lot better. He's about to become a member of the 20-20 club. He's already hit a career high 22 home runs and is one stolen base short of 20 with today's two swipes.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG8/28/2014 2:37:00 PM
Description: Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Crawford has batted just .197 in August after posting a .173 batting average in July, meanwhile he's already set a personal mark for strikeouts (112). I'd be avoiding him even if he were in the lineup.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA8/28/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols left Wednesday's game after fouling a ball of his calf, but is probable for Thursday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Pujols went 4-for-11 in the three-game series with Miami, but without an extra-base hit. Both the Angels and fantasy owners need him to provide more power.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN8/28/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante was out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday due to a sore shoulder and is doubtful for Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Infante is hitting just .255 with six homers, 59 RBI, 44 runs, six steals and a .645 OPS, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (sore right calf) was not in the lineup Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup since then. Despite the missed time, Murphy still leads the NL in hits (159).
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/28/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .360 hitter versus Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Nothing unusual there, Mauer is a .319 hitter against everyone. What is unusual is that he's hit three homers and has a 1.204 OPS against Guthrie in 25 at-bats.
James Loney, 1B, TAMHot8/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has batted .500 for his career against Baltimore right-hander Bud Norris.
Insight: Loney doesn't peovide much power, but he's always hit for a decent average and can pick it around the first base bag. He's batting .299 in 24 August games.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/28/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis is a career .407 hitter with two home runs versus Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Davis is proving he was a bad bet to repeat last season's fantasy 53-HR, 138-RBI production. He can't get his batting average over .200 and he's hit just 23 long balls this season, so he may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/28/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs versus Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: The two-time MVP has a seven-game hitting streak despite nursing a sore ankle. He's batting .307 with 17 home runs, 90 RBI and an .872 OPS this season. Good for most players, but a bit of a disappointment for Cabrera owners. He's got a nice matchup Thursday.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/28/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will continue to miss time due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game, didn't play Wednesday and isn't in Thursday's starting lineup.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI8/27/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has gone 10-for-29 with two homers, three RBI, six runs and three steals in his last eight games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two walks Wednesday against Washington. He has 17 homers in 500 at-bats this season after hitting just six in 600 at-bats a year ago.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLEHot8/27/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena has hit three home runs in his last seven games.
Insight: Valbuena, eligible at both 2B and 3B, has blasted 13 homers in 381 at-bats this year and is hitting .241 with 43 RBI, 48 runs and a .750 OPS.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/27/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo homer Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Davis was pretty bad in the first half, batting .199 with 15 homers, 48 RBI and a .700 OPS, and he's been worse since the All-Star break. In 120 at-bats, he has 20 hits (.167), eight homers and 14 RBI.
Rougned Odor, 2B, TEX8/27/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Wednesday at Seattle.
Insight: The 20-year-old Odor was called up from Double-A out of necessity due to the failure of Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy to fill in after Jurickson Profar's injury and he probably wasn't ready for the big leagues. Odor has batted .248 with six homers, 32 RBI, 26 runs and two steals in 290 at-bats.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/27/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona. Justin Turner is starting at first base and Miguel Rojas is at third. UPDATE: Gonzalez is dealing with back stiffness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS in August, but he's hitting just .185 with a .512 OPS against lefties this season and is 4-for-18 (.222) against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/27/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the lineup Saturday, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM8/27/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base again.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup the last two games.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/27/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright remains out of the Mets lineup with neck spasms.
Insight: Wright is listed as day-to-day but remember that even when he returns, he will not be completely healthy. The third baseman is having a very disappointing season at .266/.324/.368.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS8/27/2014 4:41:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Phillies.
Insight: LaRoche is, however, a lifetime .158 hitter against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick. LaRoche sat out Tuesday's game due to back soreness.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/27/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is still out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Reds due to lower back tightness.
Insight: Manager Rick Renteria downplayed the injury after Tuesday's game. Chris Valaika replaced Rizzo on Tuesday and will start at first base on Wednesday. Rizzo hit his 30th home run of the season against the Reds before leaving Tuesday's game.
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT8/27/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Ike Davis hit a massive home run to right-center field for the second day in a row.
Insight: With Pedro Alvarez banged up, Davis got the start at first base and hit a towering home run off a speaker in right-center field at PNC Park. Davis finished the day 1-for-3. The sudden burst of power is very encouraging for the 27-year-old that has been struggling this year. Perhaps, he will have a big September though now manager Clint Hurdle has the difficulty of find both the streaking Alvarez and Davis at-bats (when both are healthy).
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/27/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a mammoth three-run homer Tuesday against the Blue Jays after going 1-for-20 in his previous five.
Insight: Despite hitting .206 with 25 strikeouts in 68 at-bats this month, Napoli has also blasted four homers, driven in 14 runs and recorded a .779 OPS. He's been dealing with back spasms lately but has been in the lineup for five straight games, including Wednesday's.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS8/27/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Ramirez is hitting .303 with nine doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in August and he has a .286 average, 13 home runs, 63 RBI, 67 runs and 18 steals on the year.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL8/27/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 2-for-17 (.118) career hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Overall, Johnson has had a disappointing season after hitting .321/.358/.457 last year. The third baseman is hitting .271 with nine home runs this year. He also has just one hit in his last 10 at-bats.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold8/27/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a lifetime .204 hitter (11-for-54) against Tigers pitcher David Price. He does, however, hit for some power against Price, as Teixeira has three home runs and seven RBI.
Insight: Teixeira returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-4. He has 20 home runs in 347 at-bats, but is hitting .233.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Insight: Seager is hitting .357 with four runs and two RBI in his last four games. He also has a steal. This year, Seager is hitting .275 with 19 home runs and 80 RBI, which is second among third baseman in the league.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA8/27/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager reached 20 homers for the third straight season Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Seager is hitting just .247 with five extra-base hits in August, but he's also hit four homers, driven in 14 runs and scored 16 in that span.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/27/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .222 hitter (4-for-18) against Arizona starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Gonzalez continued his hot August with a single, RBI and two runs on Tuesday. This month, he is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS. He is also 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the last three games. With those numbers, it might be hard to sit him, but be aware of his lack of success against Miley.
Eric Sogard, SS, OAK8/27/2014 12:08:00 PM
Description: Oakland second baseman Eric Sogard is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) with three extra-base hits against Houston starter Brad Peacock.
Insight: Sogard doesn't provide much offense to the A's lineup, so it probably isn't worth rolling the dice with his guy on Wednesday. He is hitting .218 with one home run and 17 RBI this year in 90 games. If you need a spot start from a free agent second baseman, Sogard is your guy for Wednesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL8/27/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run and five RBI against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has struggled the last week, batting .190 with just one extra-base hit. He did however, belt a double on Tuesday, so perhaps Freeman will come out of the mini slump versus Wheeler. Freeman is hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI this year.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT8/27/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's afternoon game against the Cardinals.
Insight: Alvarez sprained his left foot in Tuesday's game and was seen wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse Wednesday morning. He is listed as day-to-day. Alvarez has hit three home runs in the last four games, but Ike Davis, who slugged the game-winning home run on Tuesday, will take over in the meantime.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/27/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with two home runs and eight RBI against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in his career.
Insight: This might just be what the doctor ordered since Desmond is hitting .182 in the last week. The shortstop does seem like he is climbing out of the little slump as he has hits in his last three games, including one home run. His 21 home runs and 79 RBI lead all shortstops in the MLB this year.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/27/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright did not deny on Tuesday that his shoulder is hurting him, but Wright also did not blame his shoulder for his below average season.
Insight: Wright has denied in the past that he is still battling a shoulder injury, but after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview on Tuesday that the third baseman was struggling with his shoulder, Wright did nothing to deny it. He did, however, refuse to blame the shoulder for his well below average numbers this year. Wright is batting just .244 with two home runs in his last 44 games since the injury. He is now out with a minor neck issue. Seeing as he won't be healthy until next year, don't count on those numbers going up in September.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/27/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the extra innings victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Insight: The second baseman surprised everyone with a home run off Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning. Pedroia came into the matchup hitting .143 against Dickey's knuckleball. Pedroia has had a down season to his standards (.281/.341/.382) but is 3-for-10 with two home runs and six RBI in his last two games.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/26/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday at Cincinnati, but he left with lower back tightness.
Insight: It was a precautionary move, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Rizzo became the sixth player in baseball to reach 30 homers this season.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PITHot8/26/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Harrison has collected 23 extra-base hits (7 HR), scored 27 runs and stolen eight bases in 152 at-bats since the All-Star break. He had 24 extra-base hits (5 HR), 34 runs and nine steals in 249 at-bats before the break.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT8/26/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez left Tuesday's game due to left foot discomfort, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: He went 0-for-3 before being replaced by Gaby Sanchez. Alvarez was 4-for-10 with three homers and five RBI in his previous three games.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM8/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has started as the DH the past two games due to a sore forearm, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Longoria says he played through the injury for five days and hopes to be back at third base Wednesday. He said it doesn't bother him when he hits.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/26/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) is expected to rejoin the team this weekend against the Rays, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Aug. 22. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, WAS8/26/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Cabrera sat out with an oblique injury Monday but had a pinch-hit single. He's batted .273 with five doubles, a triple, three homers, 11 RBI, 12 walks and 12 runs since he was traded from Cleveland to Washington.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN8/26/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante is out of the lineup Tuesday due to a sore shoulder, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Infante is hitting just .255 with six homers, 59 RBI, 44 runs, six steals and a .645 OPS, so he isn't a fantasy option.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS8/26/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to back soreness, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: Manager Matt Williams expects to have him back Wednesday. LaRoche has cooled off lately, going 4-for-24 (.167) in his last seven games.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM 8/26/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and he's scheduled to see a doctor at the stadium Tuesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base. The Mets are playing without Murphy and David Wright so Atlanta starter Alex Wood (3.05 ERA) could have a pretty easy time.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold8/26/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Teixeira sat out Monday due to hamstring tightness. He has 20 home runs in 343 at-bats this season but has just nine doubles and is batting .233.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/26/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is not in Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/26/2014 4:19:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is back on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: The two-time MVP has a modest five game hitting streak. He's batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI8/26/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI8/26/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals.
Insight: Utley is just 3-for-17 (.176) versus the Nats tough left-hander and 3-for-21 over the past five games, so this is certainly understandable.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, WAS8/26/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in Monday's lineup due to a sore right oblique, but was healthy enough to pinch hit later in the game.
Insight: This explains why Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a favorable matchup against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett. Update: Cabrera will make the start at 2B Tuesday.
Clint Barmes, SS, PIT8/26/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes will get his first start since returning from the disabled list.
Insight: Jordy Mercer will take a seat. Barmes missed almost two months with a groin strain. He was batting .239 with 14 runs scored and four RBI in 42 games. That isn't fantasy worthy.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COL8/26/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge is 8-for-17 (.471) with three extra-base hits against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Rutledge hasn't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball, batting .242 over the past two weeks, but he likes facing Bumgarner and the wind is blowing out to dead center today.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/26/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .458 hitter against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, including a pair of long balls and seven RBI.
Insight: Gonzalez is putting together his best month since April, batting .325 with an .897 OPS. For the season he's hitting .275 with 18 homers, 89 RBI and a .795 OPS. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN8/26/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is 7-for-14 (.500) with three extra-basae hits versus Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar is hitting .274 with 43 RBI, 58 runs and 24 steals on the year and could be a viable fantasy option.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/26/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is having a great season, but his Tuesday matchup with Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto should be avoided.
Insight: Rizzo has a career-high 29 home runs and 70 RBI, but he's 1-for-15 (.067) against Cueto.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/26/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .143 hitter (3-for-21) against R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: We expect more from Pedroia than the .280 batting average with six homers, 47 RBI, 68 runs scored and five steals. He will probably never again reach the level we remember from 2011 (.307, 21 HR, 91 RBI, 102 runs, 26 SB). Avoid this matchup.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT8/26/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is a career .308 hitter (8-for-26) with two home runs among five extra-base hits versus Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: Walker has already set a career mark for home runs with 17 and his OPS (.805) is the highest it's been in four seasons.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI8/26/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard should be avoided Tuesday in an ugly matchup.
Insight: Howard simply has no clue against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez. He's hitless in 11 at-bats with six strikeouts. Howard has somehow managed to continue to knock in runs this season (80), despite a .222 batting average and .688 OPS.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/26/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (right ankle) was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but is probable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: We'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season, but most mortals would love to be able to produce at this level.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, WAS8/26/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera wasn't in Monday's lineup due to a sore right oblique, but was healthy enough to pinch hit later in the game.
Insight: This explains why Cabrera wasn't in the starting lineup for a favorable matchup against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett. With a quality backup like Danny Espinosa, the Nats probably won't rush Cabrera back to the lineup until he's fully healthy.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/26/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYMHot8/26/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, has a modest five-game hitting streak (8-for-21) and a favorable matchup with Braves starter Alex Wood (5-for-11), so is a viable fantasy option if in the lineup.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP8/26/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) was not in the starting lineup Monday against the Brewers, but did pinch hit.
Insight: Gyorko tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday in Los Angeles and had been out of the lineup the past three games. He's obviously close to returning.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/25/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Pedroia's home run total has decreased in two straight seasons and likely will again in 2014 unless he hits three over his last 31 games. He has six in 127 games this season.
Martin Prado, 2B, NYYHot8/25/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run Monday at Kansas City.
Insight: Prado went 7-for-43 (.163) in his first 13 games with New York, but he's picked up 15 hits in his last 36 at-bats (.417) with six doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in that span.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT8/25/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez has gone 4-for-10 with three homers, five RBI and two steals in his last three games.
Insight: Perhaps now that he's at first base he'll be able to focus entirely on hitting rather than worrying about making throws across the diamond. Alvarez made 24 throwing errors at third base this season.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WASHot8/25/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon hit his 17th homer of the season Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Rendon now has three career home runs against A.J. Burnett. The 24-year-old leads the majors with 93 runs and he's driven in 69 runs, stolen 13 bags and batted .276 with a .797 OPS on the year. With Ryan Zimmerman out for most of the season and Bryce Harper stuck in a season-long slump, Rendon has become a very important player for Washington.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/25/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has gone 19-for-114 (.167) with seven homers, 13 RBI and 49 strikeouts in 33 games since the All-Star break.
Insight: Davis was four for his last 37 (.108) before going 1-for-3 with a solo homer Monday. He's hitting .190 with 22 homers, 61 RBI, 52 runs and a .683 OPS on the year and at this point fantasy owners need to consider dropping him.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BALHot8/25/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a solo homer Monday against the Rays.
Insight: Hardy admitted last week that he was still dealing with a thumb injury, but he's managed to hit .333 with four doubles, a homer, 12 RBI and 13 runs in August.
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY8/25/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew is 6-for-11 versus Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Drew didn't hit in Boston and hasn't hit for the Yankees, so there is no reason to believe he'll take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN8/25/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (hand) has been cleared to swing a bat, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Hosmer, who is out with a fractured hand, hopes to begin a rehab assignment in a week. The 24-year-old is hitting .267 with just six homers, 46 RBI, 45 runs and a .689 OPS in 409 at-bats this season, not good enough for a fantasy first baseman.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA8/25/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is in the lineup Monday against Texas.
Insight: Cano left Sunday's game with dizziness and said he feels like he has the flu. However, he's ready to go and he has a favorable matchup against right-hander Miles Mikolas (7.48 ERA in 49 1/3 IP).
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP8/25/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) is out of the lineup Monday against the Brewers, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Gyorko tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday in Los Angeles and has been out of the lineup the past three games.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL8/25/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Insight: The Brewers have avoided starting Gennett against lefties for most of the season. He's just 4-for-37 (.108) against them. Rickie Weeks will start against Eric Stults.
Yunel Escobar, SS, TAM8/25/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar won't be traded to the Athletics, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: The A's claimed Escobar off revocable waivers, but the Rays have pulled him back. Escobar's offense has been in decline for years and he also has a negative UZR at shortstop for the first time in his career. As a result, he's been worse than replacement level this season (-0.1 WAR).
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold8/25/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals.
Insight: He admitted his left hamstring has been a little tight, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network. His .125 (6-for-48) career average against Royals starter James Shields also could have something to do with his absence.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK8/25/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is back in the lineup for Monday after missing Sunday due to a sore knee.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup Sunday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but had to wait another day. He's already set a career high in home runs and needs nine more RBI to set another career mark.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, WAS8/25/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in Monday's lineup. Danny Espinosa will start at second base.
Insight: Cabrera was 3-for-8 with a double, homer and three walks in the just-completed three-game series with San Francisco and is a career .353 hitter against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, so this might be a bit of a surprise.
Clint Barmes, SS, PIT8/25/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes returns from the disabled list, but Jordy Mercer will continue to get the starts.
Insight: Barmes missed almost two months with a groin strain. He was batting .239 with 14 runs scored and four RBI in 42 games and should sit while Mercer (.259, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 47 runs) gets the at-bats.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC8/25/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been activated from the bereavement list and will be available for Tuesday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Castro has rebounded with a solid season, batting .284 with 13 HR, 64 RBI and 53 runs. Javier Baez started at shortstop while Castro was out but will now go back to second.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC8/25/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cubs 2B Javier Baez will return to second base after Starlin Castro is activated from bereavement leave.
Insight: Hopefully the six games he played at shortstop will make him eligible in your league. He is still hitting just .207, but with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 82 at-bats he's shown he'll one day be one of the best power-hitting middle infielders in the league.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC8/25/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to be activated from the bereavement list for Tuesday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Castro has rebounded with a solid season, batting .284 with 13 HR, 64 RBI and 53 runs. Javier Baez started at shortstop while Castro was out but will now go back to second.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA8/25/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness, but is expected to play Monday, according to the team's site.
Insight: Cano apparently has the flu. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .326 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 67 runs scored.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU8/25/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve leads the majors in base hits, but he's struggled against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Altuve is just 4-for-18 (.222) versus the hard-throwing right-hander and has just one multi-hit game in the last six contests. It's one of those rare days to avoid using Altuve.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/25/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 2-for-15 (.133) versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: With 21 homers, Desmond leads the Nats and is tied with Troy Tulowitzki for first among shortstops. He also has 79 RBI, fifth in the NL and 16 steals. That makes him a fantasy stud, but Monday isn't a good matchup.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WASHot8/25/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is a career 5-for-12 with a pair of homers against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Rendon has become an integral part of the Nationals offense. He's also been a solid fantasy option all season batting .277 with 16 HR, 68 RBI, 92 runs and 13 steals. Start him Monday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM8/25/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .433 hitter with five home runs against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: That's the most home runs by any hitter off Tillman. Longoria continues to produce below expectations and its time to admit he's not going to reach last year's totals and will probably never reach the levels we expected when he exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2008.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYYCold8/25/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a career 6-for-48 (.125) against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Teixeira was just 1-for-9 in the three game series with the White Sox so it's probably best just to avoid him.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COLHot8/24/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado's onslaught continued Sunday.
Insight: Arenado went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. The 23-year-old has hit .414 with six doubles, a triple, five homers, 12 RBI and eight walks over his last 18 games.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot8/24/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has gone 43-for-125 (.344) with 14 doubles, four homers and 29 RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Gonzalez, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles Sunday against the Mets, is now hitting .275 with 18 homers, 89 RBI and a .795 OPS on the year. He was batting .250 with a .741 OPS at the break.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK 8/24/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday night against the Angels.
Insight: He lobbied to get into the lineup, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but he'll have a precautionary MRI on his sore knee.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM 8/24/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, went 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs Sunday against the Dodgers before exiting.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET8/24/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a walk, one RBI and three runs Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Kinsler has gone 9-for-32 (.281) in his last seven games, but he's hitting just .233 with nine extra-base hits since the All-Star break.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/24/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/24/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Bogaerts was hit in the helmet by a pitch on Friday and hasn't passed a concussion test yet. The shortstop is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot8/24/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez has batted .416 with 10 RBI in August and he's now hitting .303 on the year.
Insight: Ramirez went 3-for-4 with one RBI Sunday against Pittsburgh. The 36-year-old has a career .880 OPS after the All-Star break, compared to .812 before it.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/24/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against San Francisco.
Insight: With 21 homers, Desmond leads the Nats and is tied with Troy Tulowitzki for first among shortstops. He also has 79 RBI, fifth in the NL.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS8/24/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Sunday at New York.
Insight: Ramirez struggled in June and early July, but he's batted .293 with 12 doubles, four homers, 19 RBI, 20 runs and three steals since the All-Star break.
Jose Ramirez, SS, CLE8/24/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Cleveland shortstop Jose Ramirez had his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday against Houston.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a double and has gone 9-for-18 during the last four games to raise his average from .205 to .255.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN 8/24/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Braves.
Insight: Frazier has been playing through a sore back for the past two weeks and he's hit .248 with three homers and 15 RBI since the All-Star break.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, STLHot8/24/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has batted .325 with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in August.
Insight: Peralta's 18 homers this season are his most since he had 21 in 2011 and his 33 doubles are his most since he had 35 in 2009.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI8/24/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: It was Rollins' first homer since July 30. While the veteran shortstop is hitting .238 with a .703 OPS, he also has 16 homers, 52 RBI, 70 runs and 26 steals.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA8/24/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game due to dizziness according to Greg Johnson of mlb.com
Insight: Cano will be evaluated by a doctor and we should know more after the game. Despite a low home run total, Cano has been a solid contributor with a .328 batting average, 11 HR, 70 RBI and 66 runs scored.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS8/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been activated from the disabled list (oblique strain) and is back in the starting lineup, batting fifth.
Insight: This was the first day Ramirez (.277, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) was eligible to be activated.The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this was his first trip to the DL.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP8/24/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks due to a hamstring injury and will miss Sunday as well.
Insight: Gyorko tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday in Los Angeles. He played through the injury Friday, but a second day on the bench is concerning.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/24/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day off after he went 0-for-6 Saturday night. He's batting .314 with 14 HR and 67 RBI.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/24/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Sunday's starting lineup
Insight: he's been dealing with a sore ankle and Saturday's doubleheader may have been too much. We'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .308 with 17 home runs, 88 RBI and an .876 OPS this season.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL8/24/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is not in Sunday's starting lineup, Elian Herrera gets the nod.
Insight: The shortstop has hit .233 with four home runs, 16 steals and a .588 OPS this season after fading badly following his All-Star appearance last year. he is not longer the fantasy star he was at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAKCold8/24/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is just 1-for-11against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Donaldson couldn't have picked a worse time to go cold, batting just .154 (2-for-13) over the past four games as the A's battle the Angels for the division lead. Sit him on Sunday.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/24/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .765 hitter (13-for-17) with three home runs and a 2.235 OPS versus Dodgers starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Wright has been battling a sore shoulder and will not be healthy anytime soon, but this matchup may make him feel better for at least one day. He's batting just .265 this season with eight homers and 56 RBI.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX8/24/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .133 hitter (4-for-30) against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Add in Vargas has been pitching "lights out" and Beltre will have his work cut out for him. Beltre has a .323 average, 17 homers, 65 RBI, 64 runs and an .879 OPS, but he isn't likely to reach the 30-HR plateau that we have come to expect.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MINCold8/24/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 with seven strikeouts against Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer. The only good news is the one hit was a home run.
Insight: Dozier has struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .202 with two homers in 142 plate appearances. He did most of his damage from April to June (15 of his 20 HR) and should not be started Sunday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot8/24/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 6-for-10 versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Reyes was hitting .247 on June 23 and now is hitting .293. He's had four mulkti-hit games in the last six contests and produced the game-winning hit Saturday. Start him.
Didi Gregorius, SS, ARI8/23/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks utility infielder Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run in the eighth to lift Arizona to victory, 5-2, over San Diego.
Insight: Gregorius's only hit was the home run. He is hitting .213 with six home runs and 20 RBI this season.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL8/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second on his way to a 2-for-5 night against the Pirates on Saturday.
Insight: The Brewers started Saturday's game the same as Friday's, with a home run to get an early lead and then were blown out. The home run was Gennett's ninth of the season. He is also hitting .308 with 44 RBI.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT8/23/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Pedro Alvarez belted two opposite field home runs against the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Alvarez proved to everyone on Saturday why the Pirates will try and get him at-bats at third base. He hit a three-run bomb in the fourth inning to put Pittsburgh ahead for good and added insurance with a solo shot the next inning. It's a great sign for Alvarez, but seeing as he had the same amount of home runs in this game as in July, we are going to hold back our excitement for now. If Saturday says anything though, it says this guy can erupt at any time.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT8/23/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs against the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: In the biggest series of the year so far for the Pirates, Walker is 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI. Walker and Pittsburgh go for the sweep of first place Milwaukee on Sunday.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC8/23/2014 9:12:00 PM
Description: Cubs 2B/SS Javier Baez hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season, to help the Cubs defeat the Orioles, 7-2, on Saturday.
Insight: This is Baez's second home run since he took over the shortstop position in Starlin Castro's absence and his fourth since August 16. He is still hitting just .218 with seven home runs and 11 RBI in 78 at-bats this year.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP8/23/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko is out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Gyorko tweaked his left hamstring on Thursday in Los Angeles. He played through the injury on Friday, so he is taking the night off. He plans to return on Sunday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot8/23/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run Saturday against the Rays.
Insight: Reyes was hitting .247 on June 23, but he's gone 77-for-221 (.348) with 13 doubles, a triple, three homers, 20 RBI, 37 runs and eight steals since then. He's now hitting .294.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MINHot8/23/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two walks and two runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit.
Insight: Mauer has gone 15-for-42 (.357) with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI and 10 walks since he returned from an oblique strain on Aug. 11. His average is up to .281, the highest it's been since May 27.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN8/23/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has reached base eight times in the past two games.
Insight: Dozier went 1-for-2 with a double, one RBI, three walks and three runs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He's struggled since the All-Star break, hitting .207 with two homers in 121 at-bats.
Martin Prado, 2B, NYYHot8/23/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Prado got off to a slow start with his new team, but he has gone 12-for-27 (.444) with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI over his last seven games.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL8/23/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he opted to have season-ending knee surgery because there were no signs his knee was improving according to Rich Dubroff of Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic.
Insight: Machado has plenty of history with knee injuries and he will miss the end of the season for a second straight year. The third baseman sprained a ligament in his right knee on Aug. 11. He underwent surgery on his other knee last October and missed all of April this season.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/23/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch and he isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: The Red Sox are waiting for his concussion test results. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then. Brock Holt is starting at shortstop Saturday.
Logan Forsythe, 2B, TAM 8/23/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay 2B Logan Forsythe is in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He's hitting .245 with a .658 OPS, five homers and 20 RBI in 241 at-bats this season, but he has a .773 OPS against lefties and is 5-for-7 (.714) with two doubles and a walk against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. Ben Zobrist, the usual starting second baseman, is in right field, Brandon Guyer is in left and Sean Rodriguez is at first base while Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier and James Loney are out of the lineup.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MINHot8/23/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer has batted .333 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, eight walks and five runs in 11 games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Mauer has his average up to .278 and his OPS to .732. He hit .300 or better seven times in the previous 10 seasons and has never batted below .287, but he'll need to bat nearly .360 in the final 35 games to hit .300 this season. He's 23-for-62 (.371) with four doubles, three homers and 12 walks in his career against Tigers starter Justin Verlander, so he could be a solid first base option Saturday.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/23/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 10-for-14 (.714) with two doubles and two homers against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Desmond isn't a high average hitter, but he has 20 homers, 77 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals. He's one of fantasy's top shortstop options.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM8/23/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist has hit a bit of a rough patch -- 8-for-42 (.190) in his last 10 games -- but he's hitting .359 with a .920 OPS against lefties this season and .381 in his career against Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Despite the poor average in the last two weeks, Zobrist is still batting .343 in his last 26 games.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS8/23/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has gone 8-for-21 (.381) with a double, a triple and two homers in his career against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Ramirez is having a nice month, hitting .307 with eight doubles, one homer, seven RBI and 10 runs. He's a good shortstop option Saturday.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA8/23/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones is 9-for-16 (.563) with two doubles and two homers in his career against Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Those numbers are too good to ignore even though Jones has struggled since the All-Star break. He has a .770 OPS against right-handers this season.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS 8/23/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon broke out of a 2-for-18 mini-slump with three hits Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Gordon has put his speed to great use this season. He leads baseball with 57 steals, 11 triples and 50 infield hits. No other player has more than 33 infield hits.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/23/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Due to teammate Troy Tulowitzki's season-ending hip injury, Morneau is now in the lead for the NL batting title with a .319 average. If he wins, it will give Colorado back-to-back batting champions (Michael Cuddyer won it last year).
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COLHot8/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had his second four-hit game in the past five games Friday night.
Insight: Arenado has batted .358 with 10 doubles, a triple, seven homers, 19 RBI, 22 runs, 14 walks and a 1.104 OPS in his last 28 games. The 23-year-old is now hitting .306 with 30 doubles, two triples, 13 homers, 50 RBI, 52 runs and an .862 OPS in 350 at-bats this season and is turning into one of the league's brightest young stars.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN8/23/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, three RBI and four runs Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Plouffe has driven in a career-high 63 runs in 420 at-bats this season and he's tied for second in the AL with 34 doubles, but he's only hitting .245 with 10 homers and a .719 OPS.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PITHot8/23/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and five RBI Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Harrison has been unbelievably good since the All-Star break, batting .328 with 12 doubles, two triples, six homers, 15 RBI, 25 runs, eight steals and a .946 OPS.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot8/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has homered in two of the last three games.
Insight: Abreu hit a three-run shot Friday against the Yankees. He's hit just four homers in the second half after blasting 29 in the first, but the four home runs have come with a .339 batting average.
Martin Prado, 2B, NYYHot8/22/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Yankees 2B/OF Martin Prado went had a two-run homer and a walk-off RBI single Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Prado has gone 9-for-23 with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and five runs in his last six games.
Joe Panik, 2B, SFGHot8/22/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik has gone 27-for-59 (.458) with two doubles, a homer, eight RBI and nine runs since Aug. 4.
Insight: He went 4-for-5 with his first career homer, three RBI and two runs Friday at Washington and is 15 for his last 27 (.556). The Giants have been looking for a starting second baseman all season, even going as far as giving Dan Uggla a brief chance, and they may have found one in the 23-year-old Panik, a 2011 first-round pick who hit .321 with five homers and an .829 OPS in Triple-A this year.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, HOU8/22/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Astros first baseman Jon Singleton went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday at Cleveland.
Insight: Singleton has hit 12 homers and driven in 246 a-bats, but the good power numbers have come with a .187 average, a .664 OPS and 99 Ks.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL 8/22/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his first home run since July 19. Adams has walked just 16 times all season, but seven have come in August. He's managed to bat .309 with 13 homers, 56 RBI and an .825 OPS in 421 at-bats.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM8/22/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three RBI Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Longoria has just 38 extra-base hits (16 HR) in 560 plate appearances this season, an extra-base hit rate of 6.8 percent. In his first six seasons, Longoria had an extra-base hit in 10.9 percent of his plate appearances. He's hitting .254 with a .725 OPS.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOSCold8/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Friday's game after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch, according to Ian Browne of mlb.com.
Insight: Bogaerts is being evaluated for a concussion. Bogaerts is 7-for-66 (.106) in August and 97-for-435 (.223) on the season. Believe it or not, he was actually hitting .299 with an .839 OPS on June 7, but he's gone a pitiful 31-for-214 (.145) since then.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC8/22/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Cubs 2B/SS Javier Baez hit his sixth homer of the season Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Baez has performed exactly as advertised. He's hitting .216 with six homers and 31 Ks in 74 at-bats. That's a pace of 40 homers and 209 strikeouts per 500 at-bats.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL8/22/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: According to Yahoo's Tim Brown, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is expected to undergo surgery on his knee within a week.
Insight: Machado sprained a ligament in his right knee on Aug. 11. He underwent surgery on his other knee last October and missed all of April this season.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MILCold8/22/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is not in Friday's starting lineup versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gennett has been solid this season, batting .307 with eight homers and 43 RBI, but his OPS is down almost 100 points since the All-Star break. Rickie Weeks will get the start.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold8/22/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Pedro Alvarez is a career 2-for-29 (.069) hitter with a double against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Alvarez made his debut at first base on Monday and MLB.com reported he would not play third base again this season unless it was an emergency. He is now stuck in a timeshare at first base with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez, so there is a good chance even without the history Alvarez has against Gallardo that Alvarez will not be in the lineup on Friday. Either way, it would be wise not to put him in your lineup. Update: Alvarez is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but is back at shortstop for Friday's series opener with San Francisco.
Insight: With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
Carlos Sanchez, 2B, CWS8/22/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Just brought up Carlos Sanchez will get the start at second base after the White Sox traded Gordon Beckham to the Angels Thursday night.
Insight: Sanchez batted .293 with seven homers, 57 RBI, 60 runs and 16 steals at Triple-A Charlotte. Fantasy owners should take a wait and see attitude.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL8/22/2014 2:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday there is no timetable for when third baseman Manny Machado will return to baseball action according to MLB.com Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli.
Insight: Showalter added he should know more about Machado's return on Saturday, but all signs point to the third baseman being out past August 27, which is his first day he could return from the DL. Machado has been out since August 12 with a sprained right knee.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLEHot8/22/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is 6-for-11 over the past three games and will bat cleanup with Starlin Castro still unavailable.
Insight: Valbuena, eligible at both 2B and 3B, had been a decent fill-in option in May, but his numbers have fallen to below-fantasy level production as he's hit .195 in July and .206 in August.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, ANACold8/22/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Former White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham was traded to the Angels Thursday night.
Insight: Beckham will back up Howie Kendrick at second and David Freese at third so has little to no fantasy value. Not that he did even when starting every day in Chicago batting .221 with a .598 OPS.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL8/22/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a career .182 hitter against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Ramirez, however, hits pretty well against his former team with a .290 average, 31 home runs and 113 RBI in his career against the Pirates. He is hitting .297 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL8/22/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 7-for-17 (.412) career hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman also hit over .400 in their careers against Latos, so it could be a high scoring night for Atlanta. Jason Heyward also has a career average of .400 (4-for-10) against Latos. Any of them would be great starts. Johnson is hitting .274 with nine home runs and 53 RBI this season.
David Wright, 3B, NYMCold8/22/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .333 (7-for-21) hitter with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI against Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
Insight: Wright has been battling a sore shoulder and will not be healthy anytime soon. Whether that has had an impact or not on Wright's swing is unclear, but he has one hit in his last five games.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot8/22/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman should continue his hot streak on Friday as he is a career .583 (7-for-12) hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Freeman has been on fire in August, hitting 26-for-69 (.377) with nine extra base hits and nine RBI. The first baseman has a .488 OBP in the month too.
Zack Cozart, SS, CINCold8/22/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is hitting .400 (4-for-10) with two home runs in his career against Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Cozart is hitting .149 in his last five games, so perhaps he comes out of his slump on Friday.
Matt Adams, 1B, STLHot8/22/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career 5-for-11 (.455) hitter against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Adams went through a major cold streak at the beginning of August but has bounced back in a big way. Before his 0-for-3 on Wednesday, he had a seven-game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 (.414) with five RBI during that stretch. There's a good chance he starts another hitting streak on Friday.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY8/22/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is a career 8-for-15 (.533) hitter against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Teixeira had a great series against Tampa Bay last weekend but cooled off in two starts versus Houston. He has been hitting .219 since the All-Star break, which has helped contribute to his worst season batting average of his career. Hopefully, he can get on track against Danks.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS8/21/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Middlebrooks is still being bothered by tightness in his right hamstring. He left Tuesday's game looking uncomfortable after beating out a single. He's considered day-to-day.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/21/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and will take another day off Thursday.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS8/21/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmerman is recovering from a Grade 3 hamstring strain and has been on the disabled list since July 23. Although throwing is a nice step, he is still three to four weeks away from returning to the streaking Nationals.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC8/21/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Cubs second baseman Javier Baez will play shortstop for the Cubs while Starlin Castro is on the bereavement list.
Insight: Baez has been playing mostly second base since his promotion to the Cubs on August 5. Castro lost a cousin and three close friends to a car crash on Wednesday and may be home in the Domincan Republic for an entire week. Baez has scored a run in each of his last three games.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/21/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day off. Intersting the Nationals will start Danny Espinosa and not Asdrubal Cabrera at short. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
Zelous Wheeler, 3B, NYY8/21/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Just recalled Zelous Wheeler will get a start at DH Thursday. He'll bat ninth.
Insight: Beltran's elbow continues to give him problems and will miss another game. Wheeler batted .267 with two home runs in a 30 at-bat "tryout" in July.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS8/21/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is a career 5-for-6 against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Rendon was originally given Wednesday off, but came in to pinch hit and won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a single. He's been a solid fantasy option all season batting .276 with 16 HR, 67 RBI, 88 runs and 12 steals.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MINCold8/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is just 1-for-11 against Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Two players heading in oppositite directions. Dozier is batting .204 since the All-Star break with two home runs and a .647 OPS in 30 games, while Kluber has been one of the best pitchers in the league going 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA and 0.692 WHIP. Avoid this matchup.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS8/21/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is probable for Friday's game against the NY Yankees while dealing with a sore left ankle
Insight: Abreu was the DH on Wednesday with Paul Konerko at first base. You don't need to run much when you hit the ball over the fence and Abreu has 32 homers, 90 RBI, a .303 average and a .956 OPS this season.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli was out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms and is questionable for Thursday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: After a quick start in April (.305, 5 HR, 15 RBI) Napoli has wilted with the summer heat, batting just .257 in July and .231 in August. Without catcher eligibility, his value is minimal.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/21/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: The successful appeal by the San Francisco Giants isn't a bad thing for fantasy owners of players on both squads. It means more at-bats.
Insight: More is better. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo homered in the first five innings and should get two more at-bats. With 29 home runs and 69 RBI, he's on his way to the best season of his career.
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY8/20/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Don't get too excited. Drew has great career numbers against Scott Feldman, Wednesday's starter. Otherwise, he's been even worse with the Yankees than he was with the Red Sox.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHCHot8/20/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro may miss up to a week after the death of a relative and three friends in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, according to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago.
Insight: Castro will likely be placed on the bereavement list. Javier Baez started at shortstop Wednesday and may stay there until Castro returns.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORHot8/20/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has batted .349 with 13 doubles, a triple, three homers, 18 RBI, 36 runs and eight steals in his last 48 games.
Insight: He's raised his average from .247 to .294 in that span. Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double, one RBI, two runs and a steal Wednesday against the Brewers.
Casey McGehee, 3B, MIACold8/20/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee has gone 0-for-16 in his last four games.
Insight: McGehee's average is down to .294, its lowest point since June 4. He's driven in one run over 61 at-bats in August.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG8/20/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (concussion) will not be cleared to do any physical activity for at least another 2-3 weeks.
Insight: Belt missed 12 games after suffering a concussion on July 19 and he began experiencing symptoms again after five games back in the lineup.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOSCold8/20/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Padres after going 0-for-12 in his last three games.
Insight: Darwin Barney, who is 6-for-12 (.500) with four doubles, a homer and two walks against Eric Stults, is starting and leading off.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHCHot8/20/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been scratched from the lineup Wednesday due to a family emergency, according to Patrick Mooney of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Castro has batted .380 with two homers, eight RBI and eight runs in August. Javier Baez, a shortstop by trade, will start in Castro's place while Chris Valaika handles second base.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE8/20/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is done for the season after undergoing surgery on both knees.
Insight: Swisher has been dealing with knee issues all season and hit .208 with eight homers, 42 RBI, 111 Ks and a .609 OPS in 360 at-bats.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/20/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday due to back spasms, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Napoli has never had 500 at-bats in a season and he won't get there this year. He's hitting .266 with 15 homers, 45 RBI and an .831 OPS, numbers that would be much more useful if he was still eligible at catcher.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS8/20/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon is getting the night off Wednesday.
Insight: Rendon has started every game since he sat out three in a row with a hand injury from June 7-9.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL8/20/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, but he's in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for nine games with an ankle injury earlier this month. The defensive ace has batted .252 with very little power and speed.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK 8/20/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: It's his first day out of the lineup since July 3. He's gone 2-for-18 (.111) with nine strikeouts in his last five games, so he could use the rest. The A's want him at full strength for this weekend's crucial series against the Angels.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPHot8/20/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko has batted .312 with five doubles, four homers and 20 RBI in 20 games since he returned from plantar fasciitis.
Insight: He went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday to push his average into the .200s for the first time all season.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BALHot8/20/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy said his thumb injury is "definitely not in the past," according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.
Insight: Hardy sat out three games with the injury and has gone 7-for-20 with a double and a homer in five games since he returned. He's batting .385 with four doubles, three homers, 11 RBI and 11 runs in August. The shortstop admitted he's "about 50 percent."
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a career .533 hitter against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Sandoval is 8-for-15 with two doubles and a homer against Jackson. The switch-hitter is also batting .321 with an .841 OPS against righties this season and just .195 with a .573 OPS against lefties. Make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANACold8/20/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar made his first All-Star team this year, but he's been a disaster in the second half, hitting .208 with two RBI in 106 at-bats.
Insight: Aybar is also 3-for-28 (.107) in his career against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Avoid him Wednesday.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS 8/19/2014 11:17:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his first home run this month Tuesday against Baltimore.
Insight: Abreu hit at least five homers in every month this season, including May when he missed two weeks with an ankle injury. He's going to need to go on quite a tear to hit five in August. He still has 32 homers, 90 RBI, a .303 average and a .956 OPS this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold8/19/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 1-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Seager also struck out three times. He's gone 15-for-61 (.246) with three homers in August.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS8/19/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a steal Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Desmond didn't have any extra-base hits, but he drove home both Anthony Rendon and Jason Werth twice on singles. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond has been one of fantasy's top shortstops for a third straight season.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold8/19/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Pedro Alvarez is not expected to see any more action at third base this season, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Alvarez made his debut at first base Monday and was out of the lineup Tuesday. He can no longer play third base due to frequent defensive lapses and is now in a platoon with Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez. "Everybody is going to have to get some at-bats," manager Clint Hurdle said. "There's a certain method I have in mind. We're not going to quit on anybody. Pedro has shown us a bat that can get white-hot. It hasn't this year." Josh Harrison is the new everyday third baseman.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS8/19/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game with an apparent injury, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. UPDATE: Middlebrooks has right hamstring tightness.
Insight: Middlebrooks looked uncomfortable after beating out a single and exited the game after being checked by the trainer. He's gone 8-for-46 (.174) with two RBI since he returned from the disabled list.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot8/19/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer said his forearm is not 100 percent, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Mercer is going to try to play through his forearm strain. "I don't think it's going to be completely healed," he said. "I know that." Mercer has hit .306 over his last 68 games and .348 in August.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/19/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau returns to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Royals.
Insight: Morneau missed a few games due to a lingering neck injury. Before the injury, Morneau had a 10-game hitting streak, which he will take into Tuesday's game. The first baseman is having a great season, currently leading the National League with a .323 batting average.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC8/19/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Cubs minor league third baseman Kris Bryant doubled and walked in his return to the lineup at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Insight: Bryant only missed a few days due to a left big toe injury. The 22-year-old is having a monster year in Iowa with 40 home runs and 103 RBI in 126 games at Triple-A. It would be a surprise if he is not making his major league debut early next year.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL8/19/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is not in the lineup Tuesday against the J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays
Insight: Gennett has been solid this season, batting .307 with eight homers and 43 RBI, but Rickie Weeks is 8-for-17 against Happ over his career.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold8/19/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: He can't play third base anymore due to defensive lapses which only leaves him a shared situation at first base. Ike Davis gets the start Tuesday.
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA8/19/2014 3:15:00 PM
Description: Marlins minor league first baseman Justin Bour is posting a .318 average with 17 home runs and 64 RBI at Triple-A New Oreleans.
Insight: Bour has spent 21 games with the Marlins, in which he had 27 at-bats. Miami first baseman Garrett Jones has one year left on his contract, so we will have to see what happens if Jones can play at the big league level in 2015. Bour played well at Triple-A New Orleans, batting .330 with nine homers, 36 RBI and a .969 OPS. There is no pressure on the 26-year old who could be the long-term answer at 1B.
Brandon Laird, 3B, HOU8/19/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals minor league third baseman Brandon Laird has been hitting the ball well this year with Triple-A Syracuse. He is batting .310 with 15 home runs and 77 RBI.
Insight: Brother of Gerald Laird, he played 25 games in big leagues this year, but Laird is in the Nationals minor league system. Even with Ryan Zimmerman is out, Anthony Rendon moved to third base, so Laird has yet to play in Washington.
Chris Owings, SS, ARI8/19/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Arizona shortstop Chris Owings (shoulder injury) is expected to being a rehab assignment Sunday, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Insight: The shortstop batted .317 with 11 extra-base hits (3 HR), 12 RBI, nine runs and one steal in June and .277 with a .771 OPS for the season. Didi Gregorius has been struggling of late, batting just .132 over the past 11 games.
Rickie Weeks, 2B, MIL8/19/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is a career 8-for-17 with three doubles, two home runs and three RBI against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: Weeks is batting .231 in August with two home runs. The second baseman is hitting .251 on the season.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL8/19/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds is hitless with eight strikeouts in his career against Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ.
Insight: Reynolds has 21 home runs this season but is batting .204 and is hittless in his last nine at-bats.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET8/19/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is hitting .100 in his career against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: After a poor July, Kinsler is hitting .268 in August but has not homered since July 3 and has stolen just two bases since July 11.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM8/19/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist is a career .111 hitter against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Not many players hit Scherzer very well, but Zobrist is just 2-for-18 against the 2013 AL CY Young Award winner. One of those hits is a home run though. Zobrist had three straight 1-for-4 games against the Yankees over the weekend.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/19/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a .226 career hitter against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Two of his seven career hits against Weaver, however, came when Pedroia went 2-for-3 against the Angels pitcher on August 8. Pedroia has four hits in his last 10 at-bats.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA8/19/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is a career .217 hitter with only one extra-base hit against Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Cano had a four-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 on Monday night. The second baseman is batting .333 with four home runs and nine RBI in August.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, STLHot8/19/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati, 6-5, on Monday. Peralta went 3-for-5 with a double.
Insight: The shortstop has three multi-hit games in the last four days. During that stretch, he also has four RBI, three doubles, two runs and a walk.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT8/18/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday against the Braves.
Insight: Walker had just eight at-bats the first two weeks of August due to a lower back injury, but he's started three of the last four games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASHot8/18/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: LaRoche keeps coming up with big homers. He hit a game-tying two-run shot in the eighth inning two days ago and has five doubles, six homers and a .306 average in August.
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC8/18/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Cubs second baseman Javier Baez hit a two-run homer off Mets closer Jenrry Mejia in the ninth inning Monday afternoon.
Insight: Baez also struck out twice, giving him 11 in the last five games and 24 in 60 at-bats this season. He's hitting .233 with five homers and nine RBI.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold8/18/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez will start Monday night's game at first base.
Insight: After his "throw" to the plate Sunday, he should be banned from playing the hot corner. At least he started to hit over the weekend, going 4-for-11, but he hasn't homered since July 11.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINCold8/18/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back has kept Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup since Thursday, but he'll return for Monday night's game with St. Louis
Insight: He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/18/2014 4:11:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness but is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: His matchup with C.J. Wilson is a favorable one as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI8/18/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Rollins was just 1-for-11 over the weekend. He remains a decentlow-end fantasy shortstop despite batting .236, because he has power (15 HR), can knock in runs (50 RBI), score runs (65) and steal bases (24).
Mookie Betts, 2B, BOS8/18/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Boston has recalled Mookie Betts to replace Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. He'll bat eighth Monday night against C.J. Wilson and the Angels.
Insight: Betts hasn't lit the world on fire, but he's certainly been a better hitter than Bradley Jr. He's batted .244 in 41 big league at bats, but hit .335 at Triple-A Pawtuucket and .355 at Double-A Portland.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/18/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and walk in Chicago's 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday afternoon. Rizzo scored the tying run in the sixth after hitting a double and his home run in the eighth put the Cubs ahead for good.
Insight: Rizzo struggled in the first three games of the series against the Mets going 0-for-10. This season though the first baseman is second in the National League with 28 home runs and 10th in RBI with 67. The Cubs return home for a series against the Giants starting Tuesday.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC8/18/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and walk in Chicago's 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday afternoon. Rizzo scored the tying run in the sixth after hitting a double and his home run in the eighth put the Cubs ahead for good.
Insight: Rizzo struggled in the first three games of the series against the Mets going 0-for-10. This season though the first baseman is second in the National League with 28 home runs and tenth in RBI with 67. The Cubs return home for a series against the Giants starting Tuesday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/18/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau missed both games of Colorado's double header against Cincinnati on Sunday. The Rockies also scratched Morneau from Saturday's lineup due to a sore neck.
Insight: The first baseman went on the 15-day disabled list in July with a neck strain. Morneau could miss more time as the neck injury continues to linger. The 33-year-old is having a bounce back season, hitting .323 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI.
Joe Panik, 2B, SFG8/18/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik is day-to-day after X-rays came back negative on his finger on Sunday.
Insight: Panik left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after suffering a dislocated pinkie finger while sliding into second base. The Giants expect him to return in a day or two.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot8/18/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer pinch ran in the ninth inning and remained in the game for extra innings on Sunday night. He is listed as probable for Monday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Mercer was having a great second half before his forearm injury, batting .319 in July and .348 in 13 games in August. If doesn't suffer a setback, Mercer a can be a viable fantasy option down the stretch.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/18/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will return to the starting lineup on Monday afternoon against Chicago. Wright left Saturday's game after a pitch drilled him in his sore left shoulder. He did not play on Sunday. The third baseman has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness most of the season.
Insight: The sore shoulder has appeared to put a damper on Wright's 2014 campaign as he has posted a career worst .711 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage is over 100 points lower than his career average. Wright will not be healthy at least until the start of the 2015 season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN8/18/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a double in a rehab start for Class-A Dayton on Sunday.
Insight: He is expected to be activated from the disabled list and return to the Reds on Monday against the Cardinals according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 33-year-old has been out of the lineup after tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 11. He is hitting .272 with seven home runs and 40 RBI this year.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MINHot8/18/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) versus Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in five of six games, including a pair of home runs since he returned from the DL to raise his average to .275. He still has more to go if he's to reach his career average of .320, but this favorable matchup could help.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/18/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was not in Sunday's starting lineup due to illness and is questionable for Monday's game against the Angels.
Insight: Fantasy owners hope he makes it back for the matchup with C.J. Wilson as he's a career .429 hitter with a 1.214 OPS versus Wilson. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS8/17/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie has quietly put together a very good season and fantasy ought to be paying more attention to his efforts.
Insight: Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with a grand slam to raise his RBI total to 46. He's batting .311 with 46 runs scored in 97 games.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR8/17/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his first home run since returning from the disabled list.
Insight: Encarnacion (.274, 27 HR, 72 RBI) hits them in bunches so don't be surprised if this is the start of something big. He hit just two homers in April, then blasted 16 in May and seven in June.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/17/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Saturday's game with a sore shoulder, didn't play Sunday and could miss a couple more games, according to Mets manager Terry Collins.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness for most of the season and he was drilled by a pitch in the same exact spot that has been bothering him Saturday.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot8/17/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Houston second baseman Jose Altuve blasted his first career grand slam to blow this game open early.
Insight: Altuve knocked out three more hits besides the long ball and leads the majors with 173 hits and is second with 46 steals this season.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/17/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has a career .625 batting average versus Reds Game 2 pitcher Dylan Axelrod. Update - Morneau will not start in Game 1.
Insight: Morneau has been solid this season, batting .323 with 13 HR and 65 RBI. The return of Michael Cuddyer to the lineup should help both Morneau and Nolan Arenado.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL8/17/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has a career .625 batting average versus Reds Game 2 pitcher Dylan Axelrod.
Insight: Morneau has been solid this season, batting .323 with 13 HR and 65 RBI. The return of Michael Cuddyer to the lineup should help both Morneau and Nolan Arenado.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/17/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis will make another start at third base Sunday, his sixth of the season.
Insight: Davis' average is still below .200 on the year and he has 21 homers and 57 RBI in 366 at-bats, but third base eligibility could be important if he starts hitting down the stretch.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN8/17/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is 5-for-9 (.556) with three extra-base hits and a 1.711 OPS versus Rockies Game 1 starter Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Cozart's production has dropped each season since his debut in 2011, but he's been batting .282 over the past two weeks and may be worth a one-day flier in this favorable matchup.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX8/17/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is a career .400 hitter (4-for-10) with a double and two home runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago.
Insight: Beltre has a .319 average, 17 homers, 64 RBI, 61 runs and an .874 OPS so fantasy owners can hardly complain about his production, but he isn't likely to reach the 30-HR plateau that he's posted over the past three seasons.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/17/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer is a career .333 hitter (8-for-24) with a pair of home runs versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Mauer has hit safely in four of five games since he returned from the DL to raise his average to .273, but he still has more to go if he's to reach his career average of .320.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria is a career .429 hitter (9-for-21) against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Longoria's season as not been up to expectations. He's batting .253 with 15 HR and 64 RBI, but after 74 extra-base hits last season he's managed just 36 in 2014 and we've seen his OPS drop from .842 to a mediocre .716. He is on a six-game winning streak and this is a favorable matchup so could be worth a shot.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS8/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Houston and right-hander Collin McHugh.
Insight: It appears to be a regularly scheduled day off. Napoli has a modest four-game hitting streak to raise his average to .270 with 15 HR and 44 RBI in 99 games.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS8/17/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Pedroia did foul a ball off his foot Friday night, but this appears to be a routine day off. The All-Star second baseman has not been quite as good as fantasy owners would like, batting .284 with five homers, 45 RBI, 65 runs and five steals.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET8/17/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .167 hitter (2-for-12) versus Seattle right-hander Chris Young.
Insight: We only know a few pitchers who can consistently get Cabrera out and Young is one of them. Its hard to imagine, but we'd call this an "off" year for the two-time MVP, batting .311 with 17 home runs, 86 RBI and an .887 OPS this season.
David Wright, 3B, NYM8/16/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Saturday's game with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness for most of the season and he was drilled by a pitch in the same exact spot that has been bothering him Saturday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASHot8/16/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: LaRoche has homered five times this month and driven in six runs in his last three games. After hitting .159 with one homer in July, he's batted .333 this month.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE 8/16/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Indians C/1B/3B Carlos Santana hit his first homer since July 27 Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Santana had gone 5-for-34 (.147) over his previous nine games. He's batting .231 on the year with 18 doubles, 21 homers, 59 RBI, 52 runs and an .802 OPS.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI8/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard entered Saturday's game 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson, and he went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Insight: Howard didn't disappoint fantasy owners who started him against Hudson. The first baseman is hitting .221 with 18 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and a .676 OPS this season, so the only time you can use him is when he has an extremely favorable matchup like the one he had Saturday.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot8/16/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a stiff neck, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: He missed some time last month with the injury. The returning Michael Cuddyer will start at first base in Morneau's place.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOSHot8/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 7-for-13 with five steals and six runs in his last three games.
Insight: Gordon leads the majors with 56 steals and is hitting .293 with 69 runs. He's surprisingly been very consistent, hitting at least .286 in four of the five months this season, hitting above .289 against both lefties and righties and above .287 both home and away.
Juan Uribe, 3B, LOS8/16/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe expects to go on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Justin Turner is starting at third base Saturday night. Los Angeles has lost Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Uribe to the DL in August alone.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINCold8/16/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup for a second straight game Saturday, according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com. Kris Negron is starting at third base and Skip Schumaker is at second against the Rockies.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINCold8/16/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did not play in either game of Cincinnati's double header matchup in Colorado on Sunday due to a sore back. Mark Sheldon of mlb.com reported Sunday that Frazier was hoping to play in one of the games.
Insight: Frazier tweaked his back on Thursday while swinging a bat and has not played since then. The All-Star had a tremendous first half of the season, but since the break, Frazier has just one home run and 11 RBI in 100 at-bats.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot8/16/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (foot) is in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: Cano left Friday's game with a sore foot after fouling a ball off it, but he's fine. He has batted .358 with seven homers, 24 RBI, 22 runs and a 1.029 OPS over his last 39 games.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, WAS8/16/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Cabrera has hit .267 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, four RBI, seven runs and a .780 OPS in 12 games with Washington. Danny Espinosa is getting the start at second Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Tommy La Stella, 2B, ATL8/16/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: La Stella has gone 8-for-44 (.182) in August. He has one homer and two steals to go with a .274 average, 27 RBI, 21 runs and a .700 OPS this season, so he's not a good fantasy option. Phil Gosselin is starting at second base.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SDP8/16/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte (oblique) is in the lineup Saturday, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Solarte suffered an oblique injury on Wednesday and missed the last two games. He has gone 22-for-78 (.282) with three homers and 11 RBI since he was traded from the Yankees to San Diego for Chase Headley.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSHot8/16/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right foot in the third inning, but he's in the lineup Saturday, according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Pedroia stayed in the game until the eighth inning, but manager John Farrell took him out after he showed some discomfort while running to first base. His Fluoroscan came back negative.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT8/16/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (back) isn't in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Walker went 1-for-4 with a double Friday at Washington after a back injury kept him out of the lineup in 11 of the previous 12 games.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COLHot8/16/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has batted .302 with eight doubles, six homers, 16 RBI, 17 runs and 10 walks in his last 23 games.
Insight: Arenado is an all-world defender at the hot corner and his bat has begun to catch up to his glove. He's hitting .288 with 12 homers, 47 RBI, 47 runs and an .814 OPS in 357 plate appearances.
Kristopher Negron, 2B, CIN8/16/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Kris Negron went 4-for-4 with one RBI Friday at Colorado.
Insight: Negron has batted .310 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI, seven runs and two steals in August. He'll continue to start at second base until Brandon Phillips returns later this month.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot8/16/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is a fantastic fantasy option Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Morneau is hitting .327 with eight homers, 40 RBI and an .871 OPS at Coors Field, .351 with 10 homers, 50 RBI and a .940 OPS against righties and .396 in August. Plus, he's gone 5-for-8 with two doubles and a walk against former White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod, who is making his debut with the Reds Saturday.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN8/16/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar has gone 5-for-11 (.455) with a double and a homer against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Escobar went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI Friday afternoon. He's hitting .277 with 40 RBI, 54 runs and 24 steals on the year and shouldn't cost too much on Saturday.
Danny Valencia, 3B, TOR8/16/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Danny Valencia has gone 6-for-20 with two doubles and a homer against Chicago hurler John Danks.
Insight: Valencia is hitting .367 with a .920 OPS against lefties this season and .335 with an .886 OPS against them in his career. He's a nice cheap third-base option Saturday.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI8/16/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has gone 22-for-67 with three doubles, seven homers, 17 RBI and 12 walks against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Howard is no longer a must-start player or even one you can start all the time against righties, but this is a matchup he dominates.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot8/15/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has really swung the bat well recently.
Insight: Freeman went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday against the Athletics and he's gone 20-for-51 (.392) with eight extra-base hits and eight RBI in August.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI8/15/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill went 1-for-4 with his 10th homer of the season and two RBI Friday night.
Insight: Hill has batted .189 in August and .247 on the season. He looks nothing like the player he was in 2012, when he had a .302 average, 26 homers, 85 RBI, 93 runs and an .882 OPS, or even last year (.291, 11 HR in 87 games).
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEAHot8/15/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Friday's game with a right foot injury.
Insight: Cano fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning and felt soreness while running out a ground ball in the seventh. He went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the game and is probably fine.
James Loney, 1B, TAMHot8/15/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney has batted .340 with a homer and 12 RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: That includes seven hits and five RBI in his last 13 at-bats. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Yankees.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PITHot8/15/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer isn't in the lineup Friday night due to a forearm injury, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Mercer has batted .307 with six homers, 35 RBI, 34 runs and an .817 OPS over his last 66 games, but he is only hitting .264 with a .696 OPS on the season because he hit .190 with one homer and a .487 OPS in his first 47 games. Super-utilityman Josh Harrison is starting at shortstop for the first time this year.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLE8/15/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall is out of the lineup Friday night against the Orioles.
Insight: The Indians are facing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, so the lefty-hitting Chisenhall will take a seat even though he's gone 22-for-66 (.333) against southpaws this season. Mike Aviles is at third base.
Juan Francisco, 3B, TOR8/15/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco isn't in the lineup Friday against the White Sox.
Insight: Francisco has two hits in his last 35 at-bats, a .057 average. He's going to play a lot less frequently now that Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion are both healthy.
Josh Rutledge, 2B, COLCold8/15/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge has gone 5-for-51 (.098) with 17 Ks in his last 14 games.
Insight: That includes a 1-for-27 stretch in his last eight games. He's out of the lineup Friday and shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups until he snaps out of his funk.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINCold8/15/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup Friday night.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day and expects to either be back Saturday or Sunday. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR8/15/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game. He'll bat fourth and be the DH.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury and he suffered a minor setback in late July which has kept him out longer than expected. Fantasy owners can begin jumping for joy.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL8/15/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for six straight games them played two Wednesday and Thursday. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .251 with five home runs and a .639 OPS.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT8/15/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (back) is not only back in Friday's starting lineup, he's batting cleanup.
Insight: Walker is batting .277 with 16 HR and 50 RBI, but has just three at-bats since Aug 1. He'll face a hot pitcher in Tanner Roark, who has given up exactly one run in five of his last six starts, and it may be best to avoid this matchup.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL8/15/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy (thumb) is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland and their ace Corey Kluber.
Insight: Hardy has been dealing with a sprained left thumb and hasn't played since last Saturday. He went 11-for-23 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his last six games before the injury.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI8/15/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .143 hitter (2-for-14) versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Rollins has not hit much at AT&T Park, but remains a decent fantasy shortstop despite batting .239, because he has power (15 HR), can knock in runs (50 RBI), score runs (62) and steal bases (24).
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN8/15/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is 6-for-11 (.545) versus Twins starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Escobar has put together a solid season for fantasy owners. He has already exceeded his 2013 stolen base total (24) and is batting .275 with 54 runs scored and 37 RBI.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN8/15/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is an ugly 1-for-12 with five strikeouts against Royals starter Danny Duffy.
Insight: Plouffe has not hit for the power he has in past seasons. He hit 24 in 2012 and fantasy owners were hoping for more than the 14 he blasted last season and the eight he's hit in 100 games this year. Avoid him Friday.


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