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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/26/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two solo homers Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Ellsbury came into the game 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The center fielder has gone 15-for-31 with three homers, seven RBI and six runs in his last eight games.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU8/26/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler has batted .280 with two homers, four RBI, six runs and a steal since he returned from the DL.
Insight: Fowler missed more than six weeks due to an intercostal strain. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against Oakland and is batting .272 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 49 runs, seven steals and a .785 OPS this season.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANHot8/26/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon hit a walk-off two-run homer off Twins closer Glen Perkins Tuesday night.
Insight: The Royals hadn't scored all night until Gordon connected for his 16th homer of the season. He's hit seven balls out of the park in August and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He ranks second in the AL with 5.6 WAR.
Arismendy Alcantara, CF, CHC8/26/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cubs center fielder Arismendy Alcantara has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Alcantara has gone 6-for-11 with three RBI and four runs in his last three games. The rookie has five homers, seven steals and 20 runs in 171 at-bats, but he's also hitting .228 with 51 strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with rib discomfort, but he said he expects to be in the lineup Wednesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com.
Insight: McCutchen missed two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib before returning on Aug. 19. He said he was just "being smart" in leaving Tuesday's game after feeling some soreness.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/26/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Amazingly, the 27-year-old Upton has never had more than 88 RBI in a season. He's up to 87 RBI to go with 25 homers and a .292 average after Tuesday's game.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with rib discomfort, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: McCutchen missed two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib before returning on Aug. 19. He homered in three of the previous four games.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold8/26/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to illness, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Rasmus hit .276 with 22 homers, 66 RBI and an .839 OPS in 118 games last season, but he's batted just .223 with 16 homers, 37 RBI and a .722 OPS in 93 games this year.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL8/26/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun left Monday's game with a bruised quad, but he's in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Braun went 3-for-4 with a solo homer before leaving and has gone 10-for-26 with a double and two homers during a six-game hitting streak.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/26/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get Tuesday off as the Nationals hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Scott Hairston.
Insight: Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games. He'll be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and had hoped to be ready for Tuesday's game. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Scott Hairston, LF, WAS8/26/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander. Update: Hairston is in the starting lineup.
Nolan Reimold, LF, TOR8/26/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays has designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
Insight: We thought Reimold was going to be someone to watch back in 2009 when he hit 15 home runs and posted an .831 OPS in just 358 at-bats, but in the five years since then he's been nothing but a bit player without much fantasy value. This could be the end of the road.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot8/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 7-for-15 (.467) with three extra-base hits against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley received a rountine day off Sunday so should be well rested. He has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/26/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City and has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Ellsbury is 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Porcello. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET8/26/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is 8-for-19 with a 1.187 OPS versus Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Hunter started out ice cold this month, but he's gone 8-for-22 (.364) this week. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is just 4-for-29 (.138) versus Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: McCutchen has been hot with three home runs in his last four games, but this matchup is not a good won for the MVP outfielder.
Scott Hairston, LF, WAS8/26/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .438 hitter versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: The surprising Revere is batting .311 this season and .344 against left-handers. You still won't see much/any power from him, but he's collected 38 steals in 43 attempts.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/26/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a career .211 hitter (4-for-19) without an extra-base hit versus Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Another solid season from Jones - .288, 24 HR, 78 RBI, .796 OPS. He's been hot this week, batting .391 over the past six games, but this isn't a great matchup.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/26/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) was not in the lineup Monday, but hopes to be back Tuesday after missing the past two games.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Shane Robinson, CF, STL8/26/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder.
Insight: Robinson, batting .150 in 60 at-bats, has been buried on the depth chart and isn't getting playing time so this injury shouldn't change any rosters or lineups.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL8/26/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun lashed out three hits including a home run, but left Monday's game with a bruised left quadriceps.
Insight: Braun has a six-game hitting streak (10-for-26) to raise his average to .282 with 17 HR and 74 RBI. Nice totals for most players, but we expect more from the Brewers' slugger.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS8/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a steal Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Betts, Boston's top prospect, has gone 4-for-9 with four walks and three steals in his last three games. He's started eight straight games in center field since he was recalled and he also has shortstop eligibility in Yahoo leagues.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/25/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City.
Insight: Ellsbury scored two runs but has just 60 this season. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot8/25/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen homered for the third time in the last three games Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: McCutchen is officially back after missing two weeks with a fractured rib and going 0-for-8 in his first two games after returning to the lineup.
Nick Markakis, RF, BALCold8/25/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis had his first hit in six games Monday against Tampa Bay and it was a two-run homer.
Insight: Markakis hit .415 with four doubles, three homers, five RBI, 12 runs and 10 walks in his first 16 games of August before hitting a 0-for-20 skid. After going 1-for-5 with a homer Monday, he's hititng .285 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI 64 runs and a .750 OPS.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYYHot8/25/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has gone 12-for-36 (.333) with five doubles, four homers and five RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: From July 20 to Aug. 16, Pearce had just 44 at-bats and hit .114 with zero homers, zero RBI and 17 Ks. With Manny Machado out for the season, he's back to playing every day and is hitting .289 with 15 homers, 36 RBI and an .881 OPS in 273 at-bats this season.
George Springer, RF, HOU8/25/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) could be activated for Houston's series against the Angels on Sept. 2-3, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Springer has already been out more than a month due to a left quad strain. He last played on July 19.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX8/25/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his left elbow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Choo will need surgery for the issue, which he has been dealing with since spring training. In the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract, Choo hit just .242 with 13 homers, 40 RBI, 58 runs, three steals, 131 Ks and a .714 OPS in 123 games.
Jon Jay, CF, STL 8/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Jay has batted .404 with two homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs, eight walks and a 1.057 OPS in August, but the Cardinals will give him a day off Monday. Peter Bourjos is starting.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS8/25/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (oblique) will be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Eaton has been out since Aug. 9 due to a strained oblique. He went 39-for-93 (.419) with seven doubles, a triple, nine RBI, nine walks, 14 runs and four steals over his last 24 games before going on the DL.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/25/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and he hopes to be back Tuesday. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Jose Tabata, RF, PIT8/25/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Jose Tabata was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to take the place of struggling gregory Polanco.
Insight: Tabata doesn't figure to see much action or have any fantasy value with the team using Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Travis Snider as its primary outfielders. Tabata wasn't doing much at Triple-A batting .281 with a 686 OPS.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PITCold8/25/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco was all the rage after he began his major league career with an 11-game hitting streak, but that was June and after a 1-for-30 slide he was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Insight: He'll likely return for September call ups, but the bloom is certainly off the rose.
Allen Craig, RF, BOS8/25/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 6-for-10 with a pair of home runs versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Craig wasn't hitting when he left St, Louis (.237) and hasn't hit in his first four games with Boston (.214), although he did knock out a couple of base hits Sunday in the series finale with Seattle. prehaps with this favorable matchup, it's the start of a turnaround.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/25/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is 2-for-24 (.083) versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Werth had a big series against the Giants, with three consecutive two-hit games. He's batting .289 with 13 HR, 70 RBI and 70 runs, but he's not a great option for Monday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMCold8/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Jennings was supposed to be the next "Carl Crawford" but he's not even at that level. He's a 12 HR, 20 SB guy ... at best, while Crawford was a 13 HR, 50 SB guy for multiple seasons.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot8/25/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run versus Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Another solid season from Jones - .286, 24 HR, 78 RBI, .794 OPS. He's been hot this week, batting .368 over the past five games and should be ready to jump all over this matchup.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot8/24/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has raised his average 22 points since Aug. 10.
Insight: Yelich has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles, six walks, two steals and six runs in his last six games. He went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one run and one walk Sunday at Colorado and is hitting .289 with nine homers, 45 RBI, 74 runs, 16 steals and a .795 OPS this season.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot8/24/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon has gone 15-for-37 (.405) with three doubles, a homer, four RBI, nine runs and two steals over his last nine games.
Insight: The confines of Coors Field have once again helped Blackmon put a stop to his slump. Eight of the nine games during his hot streak came at home. He went 4-for-45 (.089) with one RBI in 11 games from July 31 to Aug. 12, with eight of the 11 coming on the road.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot8/24/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Duda has hit five balls out of the park and driven in 11 runs in his last six games and he's produced 12 homers and 27 RBI in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's still available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot8/24/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Boston.
Insight: Ackley has gone 43-for-135 (.319) with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 25 RBI, 22 runs and five steals in his last 34 games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/24/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes has driven in 18 runs in his last 16 games and he now ranks ninth in baseball with 85 RBI.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET8/24/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has hit .236 in August, but he went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Minnesota.
Insight: Throughout his career, Davis has been a much better hitter against lefties than righties and this year has been no different. He's hitting .343 with 13 doubles, two triples and three homers against southpaws and .245 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI against righties. The Tigers had to make Davis the starting center fielder when they traded Austin Jackson in the David Price deal, and Davis may be getting exposed as an everyday player.
Torii Hunter, RF, DETHot8/24/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-5 with a triple and four RBI Sunday at Minnesota.
Insight: Hunter started out ice cold this month, going 2-for-24 (.083) in his first seven games, but he's gone 18-for-56 (.321) with five doubles, a triple and seven RBI since then.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/24/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: McCutchen has homered twice in the past three games after going 0-for-8 in his first two games back from the disabled list.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/24/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte has gone 26-for-70 (.371) with six doubles, a triple, four homers, 10 RBI and four steals in August.
Insight: Marte went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Milwaukee. He was hitting .255 with a .713 OPS when he went on the DL with a concussion, but he's up to .276 with a .782 OPS after Sunday's game.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/24/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against San Francisco.
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS8/24/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia hit a game-tying solo homer off Yankees closer David Robertson in the ninth inning of Sunday's game.
Insight: Garcia has hit .214 in 28 at-bats since he returned from a torn labrum in his shoulder on Aug. 16, but with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINCold8/24/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, who went 0-for-4 Sunday, has batted .217 since the All-Star break.
Insight: Hamilton hit .285 with five homers, 38 RBI, 47 runs, 38 steals and a .742 OPS prior to the break, but his strikeout, line drive and infield fly-ball rates have all been worse in the second half.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL8/24/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras has gone 12-for-31 (.387) in his last nine games.
Insight: However, he had just two doubles, zero homers, three RBI, three runs and zero steals in that span. He hasn't even come close to living up to his billing as one of the top prospects in baseball, but he's still just 22.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is dealing with a sore ankle, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner's absence Sunday was not just because Chris Sale was on the mound. The left fielder hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/24/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is expected to return Monday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan was out of the lineup two of the past three games with calf tightness, but it isn't considered a major issue for the veteran.
Jose Bautista, RF, TOR8/24/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was ejected from Sunday's game after a called third strike.
Insight: Bautista was already 0-for-3 against Rays starter Chris Archer and given that made him 1-for-15 for his career in their matchups, he might have decided he didn't want to face him again today.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS8/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, but has returned for Sunday's contest.
Insight: Puig is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 70 runs this year. He'll bat second.
Matt McBride, RF, COL8/24/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: With Justin Morneau sitting Sunday and Michael Cuddyer back on the disabled list, Matt McBride gets a start at first base Sunday.
Insight: Mcbride only has five at-bats this season, but he did blast a grand slam Wednesday against the Royals' Danny Duffy. He batted .305 at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/24/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list ... again.
Insight: Cuddyer just can't stay healthy. He already missed more than two months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17. When actually on the field he's batting .331 with a .926 OPS. It's just he's only played 34 of his team's 127 games.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE8/24/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley in not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a rountine day off. Brantley has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS. Update: Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup.
Alejandro De Aza, OF, CWS8/24/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Chicago outfielder Alejandro De Aza (knee) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: De Aza's average has dropped for a third straight season and he's on pace for fewer homers, RBI and runs than he had in 2013. Fantasy owners should be avoiding him.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/24/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has "owned" Brewers starter Mike Fiers.
Insight: McCutchen is 6-for-11 with four home runs, nine RBI and a 2.182 OPS versus the young Fiers. It should be noted, however, Fiers has pitched great since returning to the Brewers rotation in August (3-0, 0.86 ERA, 0.52 WHIP) so it may not be quite so lopsided this time around.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/24/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span hasa a favorable matchup Sunday versus Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Span is 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in their matchups. Span has batted .377 in the 34 games since the All-Star break to raise his average to .299 for the season. He's been particular good at home this season (.341) and that's where Sunday's game will take place.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORCold8/24/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is an ugly 1-for-13 (.077) against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista is hitless in the first two games of the series to lower his average to .286. He's still a home run threat with 24 long balls and 77 RBI, but its probably best to avoid Sunday's matchup.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN8/23/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon's home run came in the first inning and is his 15th of the season. The left fielder is hitting .310 with five home runs in August.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG8/23/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hit a two-run home run against the Nationals on Saturday for his 18th of the season. Pence went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run in the game.
Insight: Pence has a five-game hitting streak and hits in 16 of his last 18 games, but that is a little misleading as Pence is batting just .246 over that stretch.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/23/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span bounced back from his 0-for-4 Friday with two hits in his first two at-bats on Saturday and finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Insight: Span raised his second half batting average to .380 and has scored 21 runs during that time. As far as leadoff hitters go, it is hard to find one hotter than Span right now.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/23/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 with two RBI against the Giants on Saturday night.
Insight: Werth also went 2-for-4 on Friday night. He has three RBI in the series and is 10-for-23 (.435) since returning to the Nationals lineup last Sunday.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS8/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: It is just a normal rest day for Puig. He is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI this year.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA8/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley hit his ninth home run of the season on Saturday against Boston. Ackley also drove in three RBI.
Insight: The left fielder also had a stolen base. He has five RBI in the two games against Boston so far this weekend.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYCold8/23/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs in his return to the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Beltran aggravated his elbow injury earlier this week and missed the last three games. He went 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games before the injury.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is in the lineup Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before leaving Friday's game with calf tightness, but it was a precautionary move. He's leading off and playing center field.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MINHot8/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, but he's expected to play in Game 2, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
Insight: Arcia spent most of the night in the hospital with his sick child. He has six homers, three doubles and 14 RBI over his last 10 games.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYMCold8/23/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has gone 8-for-41 (.195) in his career against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: Granderson is hitting .184 with two homers and six RBI in 125 at-bats since the All-Star break. Avoid him Saturday and until he gets it together at the plate.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK8/23/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .161 with one homer, 11 RBI, 10 runs, zero steals and a .526 OPS since the All-Star break.
Insight: While he's gone 6-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI in his last four games, including 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot Friday night, he's 5-for-34 (.147) against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. That combined with his slump since the All-Star break makes him an undesirable option Saturday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/23/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitting .421 with a double in 19 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Jennings is hitting .264 with five homers and an .861 OPS against lefties this season while batting .234 with five homers and a .646 OPS against righties. His excellent numbers against Buehrle and Buehrle's struggles over the past two months make Jennings a solid option in the outfield on Saturday.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/23/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning Friday against the Reds. He went 3-for-6 on the night and also had a triple.
Insight: Upton has batted .324 with six homers, 23 RBI, 14 runs, 15 walks and a 1.099 OPS in August and he's 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a homer against Reds starter Mike Leake. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA 8/23/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 4-for-9 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and two walks in his last three games.
Insight: Hamilton went 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts from Aug. 5 to Aug. 16 and he was out of the lineup on Aug. 17-18 at his own request to clear his head. He hasn't struck out since then.
Mike Trout, CF, ANACold8/23/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Oakland.
Insight: Trout has hit just .235 with six homers, 17 RBI, 20 runs, 45 Ks and a .753 OPS in 136 at-bats since the All-Star break, but we can't see the superstar struggling for much longer.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIAHot8/23/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton leads the NL with 32 homers and 92 RBI. He's batted .342 with nine homers, 23 RBI and a 1.211 OPS in his last 22 games and .480 with 10 RBI in his last seven.
Insight: Miami had the lowest payroll in baseball on Opening Day and they lost ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery after eight starts, but Stanton's production has helped the Marlins go 64-63. With Jonathan Lucroy's production slipping a bit, the NL MVP race is likely going to come down to Stanton and Clayton Kershaw.
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIAHot8/23/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has homered in three straight games and driven in 10 runs in his last four.
Insight: Ozuna went 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBI and two runs Friday at Colorado. The 23-year-old hit .151 with zero homers and five RBI in his first 16 games this month, but he now has 19 homers and 70 RBI in 453 at-bats this year.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot8/23/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson went 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Dickerson's average dropped from .332 to .309 when he went 4-for-30 (.133) from July 27 to Aug. 5, but he's come back with a 21-for-61 (.344) stretch during which he's hit five doubles, a triple and five homers and driven in 19 runs.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MINHot8/23/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has blasted six homers in his last 10 games.
Insight: Arcia has driven in 14 runs in that span. The 23-year-old suddenly has 14 homers, 40 RBI, 36 runs and a .764 OPS in 265 at-bats this season.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL8/23/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has homered twice and driven in six runs in his last five games.
Insight: Braun is only hitting .221 with five homers, 21 RBI and a .685 OPS since the All-Star break. Besides last season, when he only had 225 at-bats, he's never had less than 25 homers, 97 RBI or 91 runs in a season, but he's on pace for just 20 homers, 92 RBI, and 77 runs. The career .309 hitter is also batting .276, and his .811 OPS is 114 points lower than his career OPS.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/23/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and three runs scored Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Marte has batted .371 with 10 extra-base hits, eight RBI, 17 runs and three steals since he returned from a concussion. He's raised his average from .255 to .274 and his OPS from .713 to .775 in that span.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/23/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: McCutchen went hitless in his first two games after returning from a fractured rib, but the reigning MVP came through to help the Pirates win the first game of what is their biggest series of the season so far.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/22/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan left Friday's game with calf tightness, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before being replaced in center field by Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants were up 10-2 at the time so it was probably a precautionary measure. He's day-to-day.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/22/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere ranks fifth in the NL with 145 hits.
Insight: Revere is second in the league with a .315 average, just five points behind leader Justin Morneau. He's in this position because he's gone 76-for-204 (.373) in his last 49 games, including 3-for-4 Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/22/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes has four home runs since joining Boston, and all either gave the team the lead or tied the game. He's also driven in 16 runs in his 19 games with the team even though he's batted .230 in that span.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALHot8/22/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in the last four games Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz leads the big leagues with 34 bombs, besting his previous career high of 33 which he set in 2009. The slugger has gone just 20-for-117 (.171) since the All-Star break, but he's made his hits count with five doubles and six homers in that span.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/22/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth took Giants starter Tim Hudson deep Friday night.
Insight: He now has four homers against Hudson in his career. He went 2-for-4 on the night and has gone 8-for-19 with two doubles, a homer, four RBI, four walks and five runs in his last six games after sitting out five straight with a shoulder injury. His homer Friday was his first since July 13.
Zach Walters, LF, CLE8/22/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters homered for the third straight game and the fifth time in his last nine Friday against Houston.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, has hit .213 on the season, but he has eight home runs in 75 at-bats. He hit .310 with 17 homers and a .980 OPS in Triple-A this season.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM8/22/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks, two runs and a steal Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Myers missed nearly three months with a fractured wrist before returning on Aug. 20 and he went 0-for-6 with four Ks in his first two games back in the lineup. It's been a rough second year for the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year -- he's hit .222 with six homers, 26 RBI and a .668 OPS in 207 at-bats.
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS8/22/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Castillo's deal is the largest ever given to a Cuban defector, besting Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract. There's a chance the 27-year-old Castillo will get a shot in the majors this season.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/22/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Crawford has batted .338 with six steals and 11 runs in August, but the team will give him a day off with left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for New York. Lefty masher Scott Van Slyke is in the lineup in Crawford's place.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK 8/22/2014 6:57:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: With lefty Hector Santiago starting for Los Angeles, Reddick will take a seat. He's gone 29-for-96 (.302) with eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 13 RBI and just six strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list on July 22.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot8/22/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is not in the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Insight: Left-hander Hector Santiago is starting against them, so the A's have Jonny Gomes, Nate Freiman, Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry starting in place of John Jaso, Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick and Vogt. Vogt has gone 14-for-40 (.350) with a double, three homers and eight RBI over his last 11 games and is hitting .322 with an .852 OPS on the year.
Gregory Polanco, RF, PITCold8/22/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Friday.
Insight: Andrew McCutchen returned from the disabled list on Tuesday and the Pirates opted to keep Travis Snider in the lineup rather than Polanco, who has gone 1-for-27 (.037) with eight Ks over his last seven games. Snider has gone 17-for-37 (.459) with six doubles, three homers, seven RBI and a 1.365 OPS over his last 10 games.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/22/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) is not expected to return to the lineup until Sunday, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post.
Insight: Cuddyer was hoping to return Friday, but the team will give him a few more days. "I'm NOT going on the DL. You can put that in bold letters," he said. Cuddyer missed more than two months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17. He went 5-for-10, hit for the cycle and scored two runs during a doubleheader on that day but hasn't played since due to his hamstring injury.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/22/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus the Angels.
Insight: The Angels are starting a left-hander so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. Just called up Craig Gentry will start in left field with Nate Freiman at 1B.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS8/22/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as early as Tuesday according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Eaton will begin what is supposed to be a short rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The outfielder was batting .435 over his last 22 games before the injury.
Seth Smith, RF, SDPHot8/22/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: San Diego right fielder Seth Smith is a career .357, 5-for-14, hitter against Arizona starting pitcher Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Smith went 0-for-1 in a pinch hit appearance on Thursday, but prior to that, had a six-game hitting streak. Smith is hitting .375 with four extra-base hits in his last 10 games.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/22/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .306 hitter (15-for-49) with seven extra-base hits including three home runs and seven RBI against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. McCutchen also has five stolen bases off Gallardo.
Insight: McCutchen has gone hitless in two games since his return from the rib fracture. This is by far the biggest series of the season for the slipping Pirates. Expect the MVP to show up.
Jon Jay, CF, STLHot8/22/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting .400 (6-for-15) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Wednesday with a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds. During the streak, Jay is batting .514 (18-for-35). It would be wise to ride out his hot streak.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 3-for-14 with an RBI in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 on Thursday and has gone four for his last 11 (.364), but overall has been disappointing this season. He is hitting .266 with six home runs and 23 RBI this year.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/22/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte is a career 3-for-19 (.158) hitter against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Marte had a six-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 on Thursday against the Braves. He is still hitting .393 in his last seven games.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot8/22/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career 5-for-11 (.455) hitter with a double, home run and four RBI against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Gomez has hit very well in his last five games, going 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles, three home runs and four RBI. The all-star center fielder has been a top-10 fantasy asset all season with a statline of .287, 21 home runs, 64 RBI, 82 runs, and 27 steals.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .429 hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Upton continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener against the Reds on Thursday. Upton has now hit safely in 11 straight games and blasted five home runs with 19 RBI in his last 13 games.
Torii Hunter, RF, DET8/22/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter is a career 4-for-10 hitter with a home run against Twins starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Hunter has been struggling in August with just 14 hits in 67 at-bats (.209). Hunter is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI this year. Perhaps the 39-year-old can get on track against the Twins.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career 2-for-21 (.095) hitter with three RBI against Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Those two hits are a double and a home run.
Insight: Holliday has hits and RBI in his last three games. On the season, Holliday is batting .262 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span struggles against Giants starter Tim Hudson, hitting 2-for-17 (.118) against the right-hander in his career.
Insight: Span has, however, been on fire recently. He bounced back from his 0-for-4 on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 on Thursday and scoring the lone run of the game as Washington walked off with a victory for the fifth time in six days. Despite the career troubles Span has against Hudson, it might be tough to sit him. Since June 17, he has gone 78-for-231 (.338) including 65-for-178 (.365) since July 1 and 52-for-134 (.388) since the All-Star break to raise his average to .302.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/22/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is a career 15-for-41 (.366) hitter with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Werth has hits in his last four games and sees the ball very well off of Hudson, the Giants probable Friday starter. The outfielder is batting .302 with nine doubles and 12 RBI since the All-Star break but has been lacking in the long ball department as he hasn't gone deep since July 13.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/22/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a career 6-for-14 (.429) hitter against White Sox pitcher John Danks.
Insight: Ellsbury has a modest three-game hitting streak, but during that stretch, has six singles, two RBI, a run and three stolen bases. In his last two games, Ellsbury is 5-for-9. He has a good chance of keeping it going against Danks on Friday.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/21/2014 11:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after one at-bat due to a family medical emergency.
Insight: He could return as soon as Friday, but we have no accurate information as of yet. The outfielder was 2-for-11 in the four-game set with the Angels and hasn't done much since being traded to the Red Sox.
Mike Trout, CF, ANACold8/21/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has batted just .174 (8-for-46) over the past two weeks (11 games).
Insight: Fantasy owners are probably getting a little frustrated, but looking at the big picture shows he's still a fantasy stud. He's batting .288 with 27 HR, 89 RBI, 84 runs scored, 12 SB and a .930 OPS. Still, for fantasy owners it's what have you done for me lately?
Allen Craig, RF, BOS8/21/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Red Sox activated outfielder Allen Craig from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Craig will serve as the designated hitter in Thursday's series finale against the Angels. David Ortiz will take the day off. Boston will likely work Craig back into the lineup slowly due to his injury setbacks over the last year.
Chris Dickerson, LF, CLE8/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson is in Thursday's starting lineup, batting ninth and playing right field.
Insight: Dickerson could be an interesting option Thursday. Though he's hitting just .228 he's faced Twins starter Phil Hughes two times and hit solo homers in both at-bats.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYCold8/21/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday, missed Wednesday and won't play in Thursday's game against Houston, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Insight: He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games to lower his season batting average to .233 with a .707 OPS and with word of this injury can probably be safely dropped in all leagues.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF, NYM8/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Nieuwenhuis doesn't start and his .233 batting average witth a .748 OPS wouldn't excite fantasy owners even if he did. Nothing to see here.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot8/20/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Jones started off 3-for-28 (.107) in August, but he's gone 17-for-47 (.362) with three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and nine runs in his last 11 games.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/20/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz has homered twice in the last three games and four times in his last 10. He's back in sole possession of first place in the majors with 33 homers.
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS8/20/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has gone 5-for-16 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI in five games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: The 23-year-old missed nearly four months due to a torn labrum after initially being ruled out for the season. Garcia is hitting .283 with three homers, 10 RBI and an .868 OPS in 46 at-bats this season.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/20/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has gone 0-for-8 with two strikeouts in two games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: McCutchen sat out more than two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. The Pirates have off Thursday before beginning a three-game series Friday at Milwaukee.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM8/20/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit his 23rd homer of the season and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Duda has driven in 69 runs and scored 57 this season. His previous highs were 15 home runs, 57 RBI and 43 runs.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot8/20/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Cabrera hit .299 with an .801 OPS before the break and he's been even better after, hitting .360 with 12 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs in 125 at-bats.
Jose Bautista, RF, TORHot8/20/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Bautista hasn't had a great month, but he hasn't been terrible either. He's gone 18-for-66 (.273) with four doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 10 walks in 17 games.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot8/20/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez went deep for the third time in his last four games and sixth time in August.
Insight: Gomez has been a top-10 fantasy asset this season, batting .287 with 21 homers, 64 RBI, 82 runs, 27 steals and an .848 OPS in 474 at-bats.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEXHot8/20/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a steal Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: Martin has gone 15-for-30 (.500) in his last eight games, but with just one extra-base hit, one RBI and three runs during that span.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot8/20/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has gone 19-for-37 (.514) with four doubles, six runs and three steals over his last nine games.
Insight: Yelich was 3-for-4 with a walk Wednesday. He's raised his average 21 points since Aug. 10 and is now hitting .288 with a .792 OPS.
Marcell Ozuna, RF, MIA8/20/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Ozuna has gone 7-for-15 with two doubles, two homers and five RBI in his last four games after coming out of the All-Star break in a 17-for-96 (.177) slump.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/20/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) says he should be able to start Friday, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Insight: Cuddyer missed three months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17, when he went 5-for-10 during a doubleheader and hit for the cycle in the second game. He's out of the starting lineup for a second straight game due to a hamstring injury but says he's available off the bench.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM8/20/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (wrist) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Myers fractured his right wrist on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. Prior to the injury, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year hit .227 with five homers, 25 RBI and 52 Ks in 198 at-bats.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYCold8/20/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran aggravated his right elbow injury on a swing Tuesday and is out of the lineup Wednesday, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Beltran exclusively served as the DH from June 5 to Aug. 15 due to bone spurs in his elbow before returning to right field on Aug. 16. He's gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last eight games and can be dropped in all leagues.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL8/20/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: When the team acquired Gerardo Parra at the trade deadline, it looked like Davis would only be playing against lefties from then on, but he's had a productive month (.271, 5 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .896 OPS) to keep himself in the starting lineup for 10 straight games prior to Wednesday.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (thumb) is in the lineup Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Rios was scratched from the lineup Tuesday to rest a lingering right thumb injury.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA8/20/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup Wednesday due to a sore back, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: After going 29-for-79 (.367) with eight doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs from July 18 to Aug. 7, Ackley has picked up nine hits in his last 42 at-bats (.214).
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/20/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, three runs and a stolen base Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Crawford has stolen a base in five of his last six games and is hitting .344 in August. He's 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a homer against Padres starter Eric Stults, so get him in your lineup Wednesday.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/20/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce hasn't been able to get into any sort of groove this season, but he's homered in two of his last four games and is 9-for-19 (.474) with a double, two triples and two homers against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Bruce is hitting .221 with a .686 OPS, 14 homers, 55 RBI, 61 runs and 11 steals this season. At this point he's strictly a player to use in matchups like the one he has Wednesday.
Jon Jay, CF, STLHot8/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has batted .419 with two homers, 11 RBI, 11 runs and a 1.140 OPS in August, and he's been even better against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Cueto's credentials haven't fazed Jay. He's gone 10-for-21 (.476) with a double and three homers against the right-hander. He's a nice low-cost outfield option Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold8/20/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Tuesday at Boston and he's just 2-for-22 (.091) with six Ks against Wednesday's starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts in his last 11 games and he was out of the lineup Sunday and Monday at his own request in order to clear his head. He's not someone fantasy owners should be using right now even if he has a favorable matchup, which isn't the case Wednesday.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA 8/20/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 6-for-13 with two homers against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Trout has gone 4-for-11 with a double, a triple and two RBI over his last three games after running into a 4-for-37 (.108) slump prior to that. His strikeout rate is up from 19 percent last year to 24.8 percent this season which has contributed to his average dropping from .323 to .291. However, he's put up a much higher extra-base hit rate (12.2 percent in 2014, 10.5 percent in 2013) and is going to drive in more runs than he did in each of his first two seasons. He's a strong choice Wednesday against Buchholz.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATLHot8/19/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 42-for-121 (.347) with six doubles, a triple, two homers, 18 RBI, 20 runs and five steals in his last 32 games.
Insight: He's raised his average from .241 to .269 and his OPS from .696 to .739 in the process. Heyward went 2-for-6 with three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/19/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton stayed red hot Tuesday with a homer and five RBI.
Insight: Upton has hit safely in 10 straight games and blasted five homers with 16 RBI in his last 12 games.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/19/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a bruised right thumb.
Insight: According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the issue has been lingering for Rios. He wasn't able to take batting practice Tuesday.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/19/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is not in the lineup Tuesday due to hamstring soreness.
Insight: Cuddyer missed three months with a fractured shoulder before returning on Aug. 17, when he went 5-for-10 during a doubleheader and hit for the cycle in the second game.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM8/19/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) will not be activated Tuesday, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Myers suffered his wrist injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. He'll play another game or two in the minors before returning.
David Peralta, RF, ARI8/19/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: The 27-year-old Peralta made his MLB debut on June 1 and has produced 25 extra-base hits (7 HR), 32 RBI, 32 runs and six steals to go with a .291 average and .798 OPS in 247 at-bats.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold8/19/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will hit cleanup.
Insight: Hamilton had requested time off because of his struggles at the plate and manager Mike Scioscia gave him the time. The outfielder is hitting .132 in his last ten games and has gone 10-for-59 (.169) since July 31.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) has been activated and is in Tuesday's starting lineup, playing his customary center field and batting third.
Insight: McCutchen has been out since Aug. 3 due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. The Pirates and fantasy owners desperately need his bat back in the lineup (.311, 17 HR, 67 RBI, 64 runs, 17 SB). Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes is presumably getting the day off in order to rest. The outfielder has not played well since being traded to the Red Sox. Cespedes has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Kevin Pillar, CF, TOR8/19/2014 2:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto minor league outfielder Kevin Pillar is hitting .327 in 391 at-bats this season at Triple-A Buffalo. In his last ten games, he is 14-for-39 (.359).
Insight: It seems unlikely that Pillar will be a September call up this year unless Toronto further falls out of playoff contention. Outfielders Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus will both be free agents at season's end, so Pillar will likely get his major league chance next season. It might make sense to let Cabrera leave via free agency since he plays the same position as Pillar, and Rasmus is a center fielder. Cabrera, however, is batting .316 while Rasmus is hitting .223.
Seth Smith, RF, SDPHot8/19/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: San Diego right fielder Seth Smith is a career .350, 7-for-20, hitter against Los Angeles starting pitcher Kevin Correia.
Insight: Smith has been the one bright spot for the Padres this season. He is hitting .296 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI and 48 runs. Smith is fifth in the National League with .901 OPS.
Andre Ethier, OF, LOS8/19/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier is hitting a career .324 against San Diego starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Ehtier has had to battle to get playing time this season, but it would be wise for Don Mattingly to play Ethier tonight.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/19/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is hitting a career 7-for-17 (.412) against Royals pitcher James Shields.
Insight: Cuddyer hit for the cycle on Sunday in his first big league action since suffering a shoulder injury on June 5. There looks to be a good chance he will kepp it up tonight.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/19/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: It is still a small sample size, but Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hitting .556 with two home runs, three RBI and two walks in 11 plate appearances in his career against Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Jones, however, is slumping in August, hitting just .224 with two home runs. This matchup could be just what the doctor ordered to get Jones in the groove again.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot8/18/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun reached base all four times he came to the plate Monday at Boston.
Insight: Calhoun singled, doubled, walked twice and scored two runs. The right fielder and leadoff hitter has gone 17-for-41 (.415) with five doubles, two homers, eight RBI and five runs in his last nine games.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL8/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Heyward came into the game six for his last 35 (.171). He's hit 268 with 32 extra-base hits (10 HR), 47 RBI, 60 runs and 14 steals this season. Heyward's .157 average in 115 at-bats against left-handers is really dragging him down.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/18/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with a double and two solo homers Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Marte has been remarkably hot since he returned from a concussion. going 19-for-51 (.373) with six doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI, 13 runs and two steals in 14 games.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has had multiple hits and a steal in three straight games.
Insight: Revere has gone 72-for-191 (.377) with 16 steals in his last 46 games, raising his average from .270 to .315 in the process.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA 8/18/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Ackley was 5-for-35 (.143) in his previous nine games after going 39-for-111 (.351) with 10 doubles, four homers and 15 RBI from July 1 to Aug. 7.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM8/18/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday afternoon against the Cubs.
Insight: Duda already has a career high 22 homers and 66 RBI, shattering his previous highs of 15 home runs and 57 RBI. His .839 OPS ranks 12th in the NL.
Byron Buxton, CF, MIN8/18/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play again this season.
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, suffered a concussion when he collided with a teammate on Aug. 13. He also dealt with a wrist injury earlier this season and has played just 31 games. He's batted .240 with four homers, 16 RBI and six steals. The earliest we're likely to see the 20-year-old in the majors is late 2015.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLCold8/18/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/18/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is "optimistic" that center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) will return Tuesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com
Insight: McCutchen has been out since Aug. 3 due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. The Pirates and fantasy owners desperately need his bat back in the lineup (.311, 17 HR, 67 RBI, 64 runs, 17 SB).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/18/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's not an injury. Hamilton apparently requested Sunday off because of his struggles at the plate and will get tonight off as well. Brennan Boesch will start in left.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/18/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is in the starting lineup on Monday night versus the Diamondbacks according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Werth did not start on Sunday against the Pirates, but entered in the ninth as a pitch hitter and wound up scoring both the tying run in the ninth and the game-winning run in the 11th. The Nationals have held the outfielder out of the lineup for eight of the last nine games due to right shoulder inflammation. Werth and the Nationals are facing Diamondbacks left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno Monday night.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/18/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) didn't start, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning. He'll return to the lineup Monday night.
Insight: Werth has struggled to match last season's totals and has dealt with injuries in August to further reduce his fantasy value. If healthy he can help over the final six weeks.
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF, BOSCold8/18/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been sent to the minors
Insight: Bradley has the glove to play in the majors, but we have yet to see a major-league or fantasy worthy performance at the plate. He's batting .216 this season with one home run, 22 extra-base hits, eight steals and a .578 OPS. Boston and fantasy owners need more from the outfield position.
Wil Myers, RF, TAM8/18/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Rays right fielder Wil Myers (stress fracture in his right wrist) could return as soon as Tuesday but possibly not until Friday, according to a Tampa Tribune report.
Insight: Myers suffered the injury on May 30 when he collided with Desmond Jennings. The 23-year-old reigning AL Rookie of the Year has already taken 21 at-bats in his rehab assignment includinh a pair of home runs.
Alex Presley, LF, PIT8/18/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback from his oblique injury over the weekend and will not play again for 7-10 days.
Insight: Presley has been out since July 8 with a strained right oblique. He was scratched last week from a rehab game for Class A Tri-City due to discomfort. Presley is batting .252 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 206 at-bats this season.
Matt Szczur, CF, CHC8/18/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cubs outfield prospect Matt Szczur will get his first major league start Monday versus Bartolo Colon and the Mets.
Insight: Szczur got into Sunday's game as a pinch runner and grounded into a fielder's choice to second in the ninth inning. He's better known for his football acumen, helping Villanova win the 2009 FCS championship with 270 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET8/18/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis stole three bases against Seattle on Sunday, but left the game with a bruised thumb.
Insight: Davis is listed as day-to-day. He is seeing a lot more playing time after Detroit traded away Austin Jackson. This month, Davis is hitting .266 with six doubles, five RBI and five steals.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/18/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career 2-for-14 (.143) against Cardinals right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .221 with 13 HR and 51 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Allen Craig, RF, BOS8/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Allen Craig will start his rehab assignment on Monday with Triple-A Pawtucket. The outfielder will likely spend two or three days with the minor league club.
Insight: Craig has been suffering from foot problems since late 2013 and until he proves he is healthy on the field, Craig does not hold much fantasy value. The outfielder is a career .291 hitter but is batting just .237 this season with St. Louis and Boston.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLCold8/18/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/18/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) versus White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Cruz was a major force in the first half, but has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .167 with three homers in 27 games. We're not sure he's ready to take advantage of the matchup.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/18/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) didn't start, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter and scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning.
Insight: Werth has struggled to match last season's totals and has dealt with injuries in August to further reduce his fantasy value. If healthy he can help over the final six weeks.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/18/2014 12:13:00 AM
Description: It didn't take long for Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is find his swing.
Insight: Cuddyer had been out since June 6 due to a fractured shoulder, but hit for the cycle in Sunday's nightcap with a double in the eighth inning. He was 1-for-5 in the first game. He's not flashy, he's just a great hitter.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot8/17/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two knocks including a home run.
Insight: Dickerson has gone 16-for-35 during the streak to raise his batting average to .325. Batting third in the Rockies order, he's a must start in Colorado games where he's batting .370.
Drew Stubbs, CF, COL8/17/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs capped a huge comeback with a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Insight: Stubbs was part of huge day by the Rockies outfield. Between Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson they posted six hits, three home runs, five runs scored and six RBI.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/17/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: After going hitless in the first two games of the series, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce exploded Sunday with three hits, including a home run and three RBI.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 13 HR and 50 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA8/17/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton blasted his 32nd home run of the season and knocked in four to post a career high of 88 RBI.
Insight: He's also set a career mark for walks at 77. Just think of his fantasy value if he had protection in the lineup like a Victor Martinez behind his as Miguel Cabrera does.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET8/17/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis couldn't produce a hit, a run, or an RBI, but still was a valuable fantasy outfielder.
Insight: That's because Davis managed to steal three bases. He's hitting .289 with six homers, 48 runs and 30 steals mostly as a part-time player.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYY8/17/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: After a long dry spell, Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce finally put one over the wall.
Insight: Pearce had gone 19 games without hitting a home run and batting an ugly .155 to boot. A far cry from his .309 May with four homers and .361 June with five homers. It's not yet time to jump back on the bandwagon, but at least we know he's trying.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/17/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Sunday's starting lineup. Collin Cowgill will get the start in right field.
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a routine day off. Cowgill is batting .271 this season with five homers and a .745 OPS in 192 at-bats so has limited fantasy appeal.
Michael Taylor, RF, WAS8/17/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Nationals 23-year-old outfielder Michael Taylor will get at least one more day as a starter with Jayson Werth still sidelined by the shoulder injury.
Insight: Taylor has a home run, but is just 2-for-14 (.143) in his first five games. Washington's top hitting prospect batted .315 with 22 homers, 35 steals and a .948 OPS in the minors this season.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/17/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) was hoping to return Sunday, but he's not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and went through a batting practice session Saturday. Apparently he'll need at least one more day.
Curtis Granderson, RF, NYM8/17/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is 9-for-22 (.409) with three home runs against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Despite the favorable matchup you may still want to stay away as he's just 1-for-25 over the past six games to lower his batting average to .220 and has only one home run in the past 24 games.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot8/16/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 11-for-30 with three homers and eight RBI over his last eight games.
Insight: Vogt was 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's bounced back nicely. He went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday against the Braves and is hitting .323 with eight dingers and 31 RBI in 198 at-bats.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot8/16/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Brantley has gone 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and seven runs in August. He's batted .321 or higher in each of the last four months.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG 8/16/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse had two doubles, a triple and a walk Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Morse has gone 4-for-5 with four extra-base hits (1 HR), two walks and four RBI over the last two games after hitting .263 with 10 doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in his previous 56.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/16/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had his third four-hit game since July 31 Saturday at San Francisco.
Insight: Revere has hit .370 with 14 steals over his last 44 games, but just eight of his 67 hits in that span were extra-base hits.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG8/16/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence's lone hit Saturday against the Phillies was a solo homer.
Insight: Pence had 27 homers, 99 RBI and 22 steals last season, but he's on pace for 21 homers, 70 RBI and 13 steals this year.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/16/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) ran the bases and took batting practice Saturday, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: McCutchen has been out since Aug. 3 due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. He could be back in a week.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/16/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Cuddyer has been out since June 6 due to a fractured shoulder. His return will force Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs to compete for playing time at the other two outfield spots.
Steve Pearce, RF, NYY8/16/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce has been out of the starting lineup in 11 of the team's 14 games this month.
Insight: Pearce has hit .175 with one homer and 21 Ks in his last 80 at-bats and is down to .283 with 11 homers, 31 RBI and an .842 OPS on the year. He can be dropped in all leagues.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/16/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder inflammation) is not in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and he's expected to go through a full workout Saturday, but the Nats will keep him out at least one more game.
Avisail Garcia, RF, CWS8/16/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (torn labrum) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Garcia was ruled out for the season in April when he suffered a torn labrum, but he's recovered from surgery more quickly than expected. Garcia is still just 23 years old and could be a decent AL-only option down the stretch.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYCold8/16/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Carlos Beltran will play the field for the first time since May 10 on Saturday, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
Insight: Beltran has been relegated to a DH role due to an elbow injury, but he's been feeling much better. He's gone 1-for-18 in his last five games, but moving back to right field could help him focus on something other than his hitting struggles. His return to the field will allow manager Joe Girardi to use the DH to get his veterans a half day off down the stretch.
Michael Morse, LF, SFGCold8/16/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse's home run Friday was just his third since June 6.
Insight: Morse hit .286 with 13 homers, 41 RBI and a .916 OPS through the first 59 games this season, but he's batted .265 with 10 doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs in his last 57 games.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS8/16/2014 1:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig has gone 6-for-8 with a double and three RBI the past two games.
Insight: Puig has only hit two homers and driven in 20 runs in his last 65 games, but he's put up 20 doubles, six triples, 38 runs and a .292 average in that span.
Mike Trout, CF, ANACold8/16/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has gone 4-for-32 (.125) with 11 Ks the past three games.
Insight: Two of the hits were home runs and he drove in five runs during that stretch, but daily league players should consider other options Saturday. Trout is always one of the most expensive players and you can't afford to eat up a significant portion of your salary with a player who is on a bad run.
Kole Calhoun, RF, ANAHot8/16/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun should receive strong consideration from fantasy owners Saturday against the Rangers.
Insight: Calhoun went 3-for-4 wih a double, a homer and three RBI Friday and is 13-for-29 (.448) with three doubles, two homers and five RBI his last six games. He's hitting .301 with 12 homers and an .860 OPS against righties this season and is 3-for-3 with a double and a triple against Rangers starter Colby Lewis.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/15/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte hit his first homer since June 13 Friday against the Nationals.
Insight: Marte has gone 13-for-39 (.333) with four doubles, a homer, five RBI, two steals and nine runs since he returned from a concussion on Aug. 5.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL8/15/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is in the lineup Friday after sitting out Thursday.
Insight: Braun sat out due to his recurring thumb injury. His .279 average and .814 OPS are both career lows.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/15/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (hamstring) is in the lineup Friday night.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAKHot8/15/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Friday against the Braves
Insight: The game is in Atlanta so the A's can't use a DH and left-hander Alex Wood is on the mound so Oakland has a righty-heavy lineup. Jonny Gomes is starting in left field and Nate Freiman is at first base. Vogt has gone 10-for-26 with two homers, six RBI and six runs in his last seven games after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6.
Lorenzo Cain, CF, KANHot8/15/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Cain has hit .299 with 17 steals this season, but he's hit just three homers, driven in 39 runs and scored 38.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/15/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday.
Insight: Werth hit off a tee Friday and he'll go through a full workout Saturday in hopes of getting cleared for Saturday's or Sunday's game. He had a cortisone shot earlier this week to help improve his shoulder inflammation.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL8/15/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and will get a second consecutive night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats. Long-term he's the Cardinals right field answer, but with them fighting for the playoff they need to put their best current lineup on the field.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/15/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/15/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/15/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings has been upgraded to active for Friday's game against the NY Yankees, batting leadoff, while dealing with a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Even if he is ready physically, he's a career 1-for-11 (.091) against Friday's starter Brandon McCarthy, so fantasy owners should probably stay away for one more day. Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL8/15/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career 7-for-12 (.583) against Oakland starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Although Heyward is producing well below what fantasy owners (and Braves fans) think he should based on his talent level, he has batted .329 over the past four weeks to raise his average to a respectable .269.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/15/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is questionable for Friday's game against the NY Yankees due to a sore left shoulder.
Insight: Even if he is ready physically, he's a career 1-for-11 (.091) against Friday's starter Brandon McCarthy, so fantasy owners should probably stay away for one more day. Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Allen Craig, RF, BOS8/14/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: Boston 1B/OF Allen Craig is expected to head out on a rehab assignment by the end of the week.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batting .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI this year. Perhaps the change of scenery will help him break out of the slump when he finally returns to the lineup.
Michael Cuddyer, RF, COL8/14/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (non-displaced fracture of the glenoid socket in his left shoulder) will be activated for Saturday's game, according to the team's website.
Insight: The defending NL batting champion was having a solid season before his injury (.317, 5 HR, 16 RBI in 31 games). Be ready to install him back into lineups.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/14/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is starting to heat up at the right time, hitting his second home run in three games.
Insight: Harper was far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He went 4-for-11 in the three game series with the Mets, including the two long balls and five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman out and Jayson Werth hurting it couldn't come at a better time for the Nats.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL8/14/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis cracked his 20th home run of the season off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Davis has been at his best hitting against left-handers with a .316 batting average and a .934 OPS heading into the game, but he took the right-handed Jackson out in the third inning. Davis has been splitting time lately with Gerardo Parra and his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/14/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings missed Wednesday's game against Texas and has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game while dealing with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/14/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (illness) was not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston, but will return for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Oscar Taveras, RF, STL8/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 2-for-21 over the past six games and can probably use the night off. The 22-year-old hit .320 with an .892 OPS in the minors, but is batting .206 with a .530 OPS in his first 141 major league at-bats.
David Peralta, RF, ARICold8/14/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta went 0-for-10 in Wednesday's doubleheader.
Insight: The bloom is off the rose as his batting average has fallen from .321 to .299 in two days. He was a career .347 hitter in six minor league seasons so he could keep it around .300.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/14/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton left Thursday's game for a pinch runner.
Insight: Upton may have injured his hamstring on the slide into third base, but we will know more after the game. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/14/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/14/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston and is questionable for Thursday's game against Colorado due to illness.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/14/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings missed Wednesday's game against Texas and is questionable for Thursday's game while dealing with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday.
Ryan Braun, RF, MIL8/14/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Braun (.279, 14 HR, 67 RBI) went hitless in his last two games and could probably use the day of rest. This is not the Braun fantasy owners were expecting to get. His seven-year average heading into the season was .312 with 30 HR, 97 RBI, 19 SB and a .938 OPS.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET8/14/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is back in the lineup after getting Wednesday off.
Insight: The move from Houston to Detroit has been great for Martinez's career. He's batting .299 with 15 HR, 51 RBI, 35 runs and an .896 OPS.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARIHot8/14/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo admittedly hasn't seem much of Miami starter Brad Penny, but he's been very successful when he has.
Insight: Trumbo has a triple and two home runs in just five at-bats against Penny. The slugger is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, batting .343 over the span.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILCold8/14/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career .067 hitter (1-for-15) against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Despite struggling lately, Gomez will almost certainly post his second consecutive 20 HR, 30 SB season, but he's unlikely to add to those totals Thursday.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK8/14/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is just 3-for-21 (.143) against Royals right-hander James Shields.
Insight: As is frequently the case with Crisp, keeping on the field and healthy is a problem. When playing he's been reasonably productive with a .260 batting average, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals over 89 games. This matchup should be avoided.
Norichika Aoki, RF, KAN8/14/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is 7-for-16 (.438) with three extra-base hits against Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Aoki has multiple-hit games in his last three starts to raise his average to .273 with 1 HR, 26 RBI and 50 runs scored.
Byron Buxton, CF, MIN8/13/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton was carted off the field after colliding with a teammate playing for Double-A New Britain Wednesday. UPDATE: Buxton has a concussion but no broken bones, according to Jeff Passon of Yahoo Sports
Insight: Buxton, ranked as the first overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America, has been limited to 31 games by a wrist injury this season. He's batted .240 with four homers, 16 RBI and six steals. Wednesday was his first game since he was promoted to Double-A.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL 8/13/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort.
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL8/13/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez' patella tendon damage has increased slightly, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com. The team will consult with doctors Thursday to determine the next step.
Insight: Gonzalez was placed on the DL with a sprained right ankle and left knee tendinitis on Aug. 10. CarGo has never played more than 145 games in a season and he's probably done for the rest of 2014.
Travis Snider, LF, PIT8/13/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider went 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two RBI.
Insight: Snider has been getting extra playing time with Andrew McCutchen on the disabled list and he's taken advantage of it. He's gone 6-for-12 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI his last three games.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/13/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night.
Insight: Jones has driven in five runs in the past two games and 75 on the season. He's on pace to hit .287 with 31 homers, 102 RBI, 94 runs, eight steals and an .800 OPS after hitting .285 with 33 homers, 108 RBI, 100 runs, 14 steals and an .811 OPS last season.
Rymer Liriano, CF, SDP8/13/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Padres outfielder Rymer Liriano went 1-for-4 with his first career home run Wednesday against Colorado.
Insight: The 23-year-old Liriano was called up on Aug. 11 after hitting .292 with 31 doubles, 14 homers and 20 steals over 114 games in the minors this season.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/13/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is dealing with a sore shoulder, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Jennings slammed into the wall shoulder-first after making a running catch Tuesday. He's expected to play Thursday.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/13/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Kansas City is starting left-hander Jason Vargas so Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers in 78 at-bats, but manager Bob Melvin is going with Sam Fuld in left field, Nate Freiman at first base and lefty-killer Jonny Gomes at DH.
Seth Smith, RF, SDPHot8/13/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: San Diego RF Seth Smith is not in the lineup for a second straight game Wednesday against Colorado.
Insight: The Padres have faced left-handers in back-to-back games and Smith has just 36 at-bats against them all season. He's hitting .297 with 12 homers, 32 RBI and a .913 OPS against right-handers.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET 8/13/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Davis has been in the starting lineup in 11 of 13 games this month after the team traded starting center fielder Austin Jackson on July 31. He's hitting .251 with a .629 OPS against righties, however, so he'll take a sit against Vance Worley.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAK8/13/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Insight: Left-hander Jason Vargas is throwing for Kansas City, so Vogt will get a night off. He's hitting .316 with eight doubles, seven homers, 29 RBI and an .838 OPS in 190 at-bats this season but just .219 with a homer and a .680 OPS against southpaws.
Alex Rios, RF, TEX8/13/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday, according to Anthony Andro of foxsportssouthwest.com.
Insight: Rios has been out of the starting lineup four of the past five games due to ankle soreness. He's hitting .293 this season but has dropped to four home runs after averaging 18 homers per season the previous nine years.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/13/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) had a cortisone shot in his shoulder and will miss the next couple of games, according to Bill Ladson of mlb.com.
Insight: Werth has been dealing with right shoulder inflammation and he aggravated the injury Sunday. Prospect Michael Taylor, who homered in his MLB debut Tuesday, will continue to start until Werth returns.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE8/13/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring injury) will be activated from the DL Friday, according to Jordan Bastian of mlb.com.
Insight: A strained hamstring has kept Bourn out since July 6. He's hit .267 with three homers, 21 RBI, 37 runs and seven steals this season and his hamstring injury may make him reluctant to run after he returns to the Indians lineup.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/13/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Wednesday's game with a bruised right hand.
Insight: It's unclear when he sustained the injury or how long he'll be out. We should know more later tonight.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANHot8/13/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon has batted .333 with eight extra-base hits (3 HR) over his last 28 games, but his matchup Wednesday isn't favorable.
Insight: Gordon has been good against left-handers over the past two years, but he's 6-for-28 (.214) with a .516 OPS against Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir. Avoid him Wednesday.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOS8/13/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has gone 13-for-30 (.433) in his last nine games, and he's had success against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Crawford is 10-for-32 (.313) with two doubles, two triples and five steals against the Atlanta right-hander. He's a decent option Wednesday.
Jay Bruce, RF, CIN8/13/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston.
Insight: Bruce was scratched with an illness. Skip Schumaker is starting in right field.
Josh Reddick, RF, OAKHot8/12/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has gone 25-for-76 (.329) with seven doubles, four homers, 10 RBI and just four strikeouts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Reddick has rediscovered his stroke from the first half of 2012 after struggling from the 2012 All-Star break right up until this June. Whatever he worked on while he was on the DL with a knee injury has yielded excellent results.
Stephen Vogt, OF, OAK 8/12/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Oakland C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt has gone 7-for-22 with two homers and six RBI in his last six games.
Insight: Vogt watched his average drop from .361 to .315 after going 0-for-21 from July 29 to Aug. 6, but he's turned it around at the plate.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/12/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI Tuesday at Kansas City.
Insight: Moss had been slumping, going 6-for-52 (.115) with 20 Ks in 14 games from July 25 to Aug. 10 before going 5-for-7 with four RBI the last two games. He's still in search of his first homer since July 24.
Michael Taylor, RF, WAS8/12/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in his MLB debut.
Insight: Jayson Werth is dealing with shoulder inflammation and Steven Souza was placed on the disabled list, leading to Taylor's callup. Taylor, Washington's top hitting prospect, has batted .315 with 22 homers, 35 steals and a .948 OPS in the minors this season.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/12/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Harper is far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He's gone 7-for-24 (.292) with two homers over his last six games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/12/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight game Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: And for the second straight game, Cespedes' blast came in the eighth inning and gave the Red Sox the lead. We're excited to see how Cespedes takes to Fenway Park in Boston's 11-game homestand that starts Thursday. He played his first two games with the team there but Boston has been on the road since Aug. 5.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/12/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) will undergo an MRI, but manager Matt Williams thinks he'll avoid the DL. SOURCE: Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
Insight: Werth has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and he aggravated the injury Sunday.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU8/12/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will be activated Wednesday, according to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com.
Insight: Fowler has never played more than 143 games in a season and will barely cross 100 even if he stays healthy for the rest of this season. He's been out since late June due to an intercostal strain. Fowler will return to a .270 average, six homers, 24 RBI, 43 runs, six steals and a .774 OPS.
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN8/12/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia (back) is in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Arcia hurt his back on a swing Friday and missed the last three games. He's hitting .227 with eight homers, 26 RBI and a .702 OPS in 225 at-bats this season.
George Springer, RF, HOU8/12/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) will rest another two weeks, according to Brian McTaggart of mlb.com.
Insight: Springer has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left quad strain and he aggravated the injury last week.
Kevin Kiermaier, CF, TAMCold8/12/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (back) left Monday's game with back tightness, but he's in the lineup. Tuesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Kiermaier has hit .211 with one homer and a .641 OPS in the second half after batting .310 with eight homers and a .925 OPS before the break.
Josh Willingham, LF, KAN8/12/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Just acquired Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham should probably not make his Royals debut against Jon Lester and the A's due to a poor matchup.
Insight: The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon situation with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties, but he's just 2-for-17 (.118) against Lester. Willingham is the DH for Tuesday's game against Oakland, batting sixth.
Michael Taylor, RF, WAS8/12/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals will start 23-year-old Michael Taylor in right field Tuesday night.
Insight: Jayson Werth is hurting and Steven Souza Jr was placed on the disabled list which leaves the team very thin in the outfield. Taylor was brought up Sunday after batting .385 at Triple-A Syracuse and .313 at Double-A Harrisburg.
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS8/12/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a shoulder issue.
Insight: Werth hasn't done much in August after a solid July in which he batted .337 with a 1.132 OPS. He hasn't hit a home run since July 13.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/12/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a double and three homers against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: Williams was bad with Houston and worse with Texas and should be ripe for the picking by Hamilton. The outfielder is just 1-for 20 over the past five games, but might still be worth the gamble.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN8/12/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon is just a .136 hitter (3-for-22) with eight strikeouts against Oakland left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Gordon has been on fire of late, batting .391 with three homers and a 1.019 OPS over the past dozen games, but this matchup should be avoided. Hopefully this one poor matchup won't kill his momentum.
Josh Willingham, LF, KAN8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Just acquired Kansas City left fielder Josh Willingham should probably not make his Royals debut against Jon Lester and the A's due to a poor matchup.
Insight: The 35-year-old will likely enter a DH platoon situation with Raul Ibanez, starting against lefties, but he's just 2-for-17 (.118) against Lester.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY8/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continues into August.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY8/12/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has a favorable matchup in Tuesday's game versus Baltimore.
Insight: Gardner is 5-for-12 with three extra-base hits against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The left-handed Gardner is batting .290 against southpaws (.274 versus right-handers). Gardner's power stroke in July (.932 OPS) has not continued into August.


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