Description: Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a home run against the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: Soler grounded into a fielder's choice in the third to score Jake Arrieta and then hit a solo homer in the seventh for the Cubs' seventh and final run. Soler has a six-game hitting streak and is batting .373 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 51 at-bats.
Description: The Rangers are unsure when outfielder Alex Rios (thumb) will be ready to return to the lineup according to MLB.com
Insight: Rios hasn't played since Sept. 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury. He did travel with the team to Oakland this week, but it is possible he doesn't play again this year. He is hitting .280 with 42 extra-base hits and 54 RBI in 492 at-bats this year.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce hit his 18th home run of the year on Tuesday to help Baltimore clinch its first division title since 1997.
Insight: Pearce has been one of the key role players for Baltimore this season, so it is fitting his play helped them win the final game necessary to capture the team's first AL East title in 17 years. He is hitting .294 with 44 RBI in 320 at-bats along with his 18 homers.
Description: Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Tuesday that the chances of Giancarlo Stanton returning this season are "not looking good" according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
Insight: With less than two weeks left in the season, doctors have advised against a return this year for Stanton. The outfielder suffered multiple facial fractures and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches, as well as losing multiple teeth after taking a pitch in the face against Brewers starter Mike Fiers last Thursday. Miami is supposed to give an official update on Wednesday, but plan for Stanton to not be in your lineup from here on out.
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left ankle.
Insight: Choo will be shut down from running for six to eight weeks. This is on top of the surgery he had in late August for bone spurs in his left elbow. Choo had his worst season as a pro, batting .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases in 123 games. He is still signed for the next six years.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer (quad) is out for the rest of the season according to MLB.com
Insight: Houston does not want to push their 24-year-old outfielder to return for a lost season. In just 78 games in 2014, Springer hit 20 home runs, 51 RBI, stole five bases and posted a .804 OPS. Definitely keep an eye on him for 2015.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is back in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning Monday and it turns out he was weak from the flu.The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez could be in for a long night on Tuesday.
Insight: Gomez is 3-for-17 over his career against Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn, with an ugly 9 strikeouts. If you have a better option for your outfield, it would not be the worst idea to give Gomez the night off.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Gerardo Parra should be in the lineup tonight, as he as great numbers against Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Parra is 7-for-14 over his career against Lynn. To go along with a solid average, he also has five extra-base hits against St. Louis' righty. Parra should definitely be on the radar for a daily fantasy play.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has a favorable matchup tonight against Brewers righty Wily Peralta.
Insight: Holliday hopes to continue his hot play of late (.375 BA over past 14 days), and has the opponent to do just that. He is a .444 hitter (8-for-18) against Peralta, with two homeruns and five RBI during his career. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Description: Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth faces a tough test tonight against the Braves.
Insight: With Atlanta throwing out righty Aaron Harang, Werth could be line for a lousy game. He is a career .120 hitter (3-for-25) against Harang, with 11 strikeouts. However, overall, Werth has excelled this season. He is slashing .284/.383/.447 with 16 homers and 80 RBI.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has a tough matchup tonight against Orioles righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Joey Bats has put up MVP type numbers this season (.285 BA, 32 HR, 97 RBI), but faces a personal nemesis tonight, as he is a career .083 hitter (2-for-24) against Jimenez. Owners need to keep Bautista in their lineups, and just hope he is finally able to figure out Baltimore's right-hander this evening.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus needs to be in the lineup against the Orioles, for Tuesday night's game.
Insight: No doubt Rasmus has struggled this season from an average perspective (.226/.288/.449). However, he should be in the lineup tonight when Toronto takes on Ubaldo Jimenez. Rasmus is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) against him, with seven extra-base hits. If he is active, Rasmus makes for an intriguing daily fantasy play tonight.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones heads into Tuesday's game against Toronto with a tough matchup.
Insight: Baltimore will be going up against Blue Jay's starter Chad Hutchison. Not many Orioles have good numbers against him, and Jones is no different. He has a .167 carrer batting average (3-for-18) against Hutchison, with no extra-base hits. In no way, should owners bench Jones, but it is important to be aware of his less than stellar numbers versus Toronto's hurler.
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had to be taken out of Monday's game with upper back tightness.
Insight: Arcia was 1-for-3, including his 18th homerun of the season, before bing removed. He has struggled from an average standpoint in 2014 (.231/.304/.456), but has shown nice power. Consider Arcia day-to-day going forward.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning by Nate Schierholtz.
Insight: Not sure if this is injury, illness or other. The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Description: Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is not in the starting lineup Monday night versus the Cubs.
Insight: Ludwick's playing time has been sporadic of late, but he has hit well over the past 14 days (7-for-20, with 1 HR and 3 RBI). His inconsisent playing time, makes for a tough start for fantasy owners moving forward. Jason Bourgeois gets the nod in left field tonight.
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce getting the night off on Monday.
Insight: It's just a routine night off against Cubs' lefty Travis Wood. Bruce has been extremely disappointing this season (.215 BA, 16 HR, 61 RBI, .284 OBP), but always has the potential to leave the yard. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Description: Blue Jays' outfielder John Mayberry Jr. gets the start in right field tonight against the Orioles.
Insight: Mayberry only has four AB since being acquired by Toronto, from the Phillies, but has three hits (2 doubles) to show for. He is in the lineup as a result of his numbers against lefties (.276 BA, 5 HR, 14 RBI), and has a chance to produce against Orioles' pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. Consider Mayberry a cheap, interesting daily fantasy play.
Description: Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler (paternity) is back in the lineup Monday night against the Reds.
Insight: He missed Chicago's weekend series against the Pirates for the birth of his child. The Cubs' prized possesion is slashing .356 with 4 HR and 13 RBI in only 12 games. Insert him into your lineup as you normally would.
Description: Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker gets the start in left field Monday night.
Insight: No Mets player has ever faced Marlins starter Jarred Cosart, so Terry Collins has decided to roll the dice and give den Dekker the start tonight. He has produced over the past 14 days with a .318 BA (7-for-22), and could make for an intriguing daily fantasy play.
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. given the night off on Monday.
Insight: Young has been producing from a batting average standpoint over the past 28 days (.303), but only has two extra-base hits and 2 RBI during that span. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow night, as Matt den Dekker gets the nod tonight.
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span could be in line for a strong game tonight against the Braves.
Insight: Combined with the fact that he is hitting .347 during the second half of the season, along with his .394 career BA (13-33) against Braves starter Ervin Santana, Span has the potential to get off to a strong start this week. While he won't give you much power, Span has really picked it up on the base path after the All-Star break, as he has stolen 16 bases in the last 54 games (15 SB through the first 84 games). Make sure Span is locked in and ready to go.
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is just a .182 hitter against Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Trout is still the man, and you aren't going to take him out of your lineup, just don't set your expectations too high for Monday. The center fielder leads the American league with 107 runs and 107 RBI while batting .290. He is fourth in home runs (34) and third with a .945 OPS.
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career .419 hitter (13-for-31) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg with a home run and a 1.099 OPS.
Insight: Heyward is batting .316 for the week and could be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup. On the season, he's hitting .274 with 11 homers, 58 RBI, 70 runs, 19 steals and a .745 OPS.
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run to give Detroit the lead in the top of the ninth on Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Martinez hit a three-run bomb in the ninth off Twins closer Glen Perkins as the Tigers took a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately for Detroit, Joe Nathan blew his seventh save of the season and Minnesota won, 4-3. The home run was Martinez's 23rd of the season, and he also has 75 RBI while batting .313.
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3 with a home run and an RBI-single to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 6-4, on Sunday
Insight: Martinez hit a solo home run in the fourth, which is his 22nd homer of the year. Martinez then hit his RBI-single in the sixth. The outfielder is batting .305/.350/.557 with 71 RBI in 393 at-bats.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the blowout victory over the Giants, 17-0, on Saturday.
Insight: Kemp doubled home Yasiel Puig in the first and then doubled in Adrian Gonzalez and Puig in the second. Kemp drove in another run on an infield single in the third. The outfielder is hitting .284 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI in 490 at-bats this year.
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs and an intentional walk on Saturday as the Angels beat the Astros, 5-2.
Insight: The home runs are his 33rd and 34th of the season. Trout's other hit was a double, his 39th of the year. The center fielder leads the American league with 107 runs and 107 RBI while batting .290. He is third in home runs and third with a .946 OPS.
Description: Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs as the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres, 10-4, on Saturday.
Insight: Trumbo helped Arizona jump out to an early 6-0 lead with a two RBI-single and then scored on a wild pitch in the first and a RBI-ground out in the second. Trumbo also scored in the seventh. He is batting .234 with eight home runs and 43 RBI this year.
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo hit a walkoff two-run home run as the White Sox defeated the Twins, 7-6.
Insight: The victory was Chicago's second of the day with the White Sox and Twins playing a doubleheader. Viciedo went 2-for-4 in the second game, including the walkoff homer. He is batting .233 with 21 homers and 57 RBI this season.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run home run to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against the Tigers on Saturday, but Cleveland could not hold the lead and lost, 5-4.
Insight: Brantley finished the game 2-for-4 and remains one of the hottest hitters around baseball. He is batting .417/.481/.521 in September. That's a 1.002 OPS. He has 20 hits in the month, and 17 of them have been singles. He also has eight RBI, seven runs and three steals.
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a RBI-double and scored twice as the Royals beat the Red Sox, 7-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon broke out of his slump as the left fielder came into the game hitless in his last 20 at-bats. He still was getting on base during that stretch though with six walks. Gordon is batting .269 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI this year.
Description: The Red Sox are expected to call up Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.
Insight: Castillo has played well at three different minor league levels with the Red Sox farm system since signing a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract on Aug. 22. He likely won't get regular starts these last two weeks, but he will certainly be on the fantasy radar next season.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: With Chris Davis and Manny Machado out of the lineup, it is up to Jones to lead the Orioles offense. He had a double and single on Saturday, but did not drive in a run or score. Jones is hitting .285 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI this year.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup again on Saturday.
Insight: Marte has been out with a sore elbow since a pitch hit him in his left elbow on Thursday. X-rays were negative, which is obviously a good thing. Marte could possibly pinch run against the Cubs Saturday.
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and stolen base to help the Mets defeat the Nationals, 4-3, on Friday.
Insight: Lagares had what ended up being the game-winning double in the fifth, scoring Eric Young Jr. on the hit. Lagares is hitting a very respectable .279 with four homers and 47 RBI in 401 at-bats this season.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 but did not drive in a run or score as the Indians lost to the Tigers, 7-2, on Friday.
Insight: Despite the loss, Brantley is still one of the hottest hitters around, going 5-for-10 in his last three games. He is hitting .400 in the first 12 days of September and has raised his season batting average to .318, which is good enough for fifth in the American League. He also has 18 home runs and 91 RBI.
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI against Cleveland on Friday.
Insight: Martinez's home run was his 21st of the season. He has been a pleasant surprise to both the Tigers and fantasy owners, hitting .305 with 69 RBI to go along with his 21 dingers. Martinez also supports a .900 OPS.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the 5-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Cruz snapped his five-game hitting streak in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, but followed that up with a double in the second game. Cruz is hitting .366 in September so far with four home runs and 12 RBI. He has been a tremendous find in fantasy as he leads baseball this season with 39 home runs.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez is 10-for-24 (.417) with two homers and a 1.250 OPS versus Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Gomez has been battling injuries lately, but his season numbers are still very good with a .287 batting average, 21 HR, 68 RBI, 88 runs and an .839 OPS. He's on a five-game hitting streal and should be a must start on Friday.
Description: White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against Twins hurler Phil Hughes.
Insight: Viciedo star has faded a bit from his 25 home run, 78 RBI 2012 season. He still reached the 20 HR mark, but his OPS is down 58 points from 2012 and he's already struck out 113 times. Avoid him Friday.
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is a career .474 hitter (9-for-19) with four extra-base hits and a 1.384 OPS versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: He's also stolen three bases with Holland on the mound. That's the good news. The bad news is Upton is batting .207 this season with 11 homers and 34 RBI and just 1-for-9 in three games this week.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is a career .538 hitter (7-for-13) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season and is one of the few Phillies playing up to expectations this year. He's worth a shot even though only one of the seven hits was for extra bases.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just a .158 hitter (3-for-19) against Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Cruz is on a modest five game hitting streak which included a teo-homer, seven RBI day last Saturday. Considering the modest expectations at the beginning of the season after the suspension, he production has been outstanding (39 HR, 101 RBI, .860 OPS). This matchup, however, is a tough one for the slugger.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) was not in Wednesday or Thursday's lineup.
Insight: Beltran is likely to be shut him down for the season at some point. He's batting just .236 with 15 HR and 49 RBI and hasn't helped fantasy owners since putting together a solid July (.300, 4 HR, 13 RBI).
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in the lineup on Thursday. UPDATE: Hamilton has been ruled out through the weekend.
Insight: Hamilton is missing his sixth straight game. He has been dealing with discomfort around his shoulder and neck since late August. With the healthy division lead, the Angels won't rush him back.
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) against Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Gordon has also taken Buchholz deep once in his career. The left fielder is hitless in his last 13 at-bats so perhaps this matchup will get Gordon going again. He leads Kansas City with 19 home runs and 66 RBI.
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a walk and an inside-the-park home run as the Pirates defeated the Phillies, 6-3, on Wednesday.
Insight: After a brief cold streak after returning from his rib injury, McCutchen is a legitimate contender for the National League batting title again. He is hitting .311, which is only behind Justin Morneau (.317) and teammate Josh Harrison (.318). The home run was the center fielder's 23rd of the season. He also has 77 runs, 75 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was 3-for-3 with an RBI-triple on Wednesday to lead the Mets past the Rockies, 2-0.
Insight: Young hit his triple in the second inning to give the Mets the early lead. New York tacked on a run in the seventh. It was Young's first start since Aug. 26. The 29-year-old is having a rough year overall though, hitting .235/.309/.321 with 29 stolen bases.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three doubles on Wednesday and finished the series against the Padres, 9-for-12.
Insight: Crawford has been hot and cold from series to series. Before his 9-for-12 with four doubles, homer and five RBI series against San Diego, Crawford was 0-for-5 in three games against Arizona. Last weekend, however, he went 6-for-12 in a series against Washington. Crawford is batting .289 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 309 at-bats this season.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Merely a regular off day for the Phillies right fielder. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season. Grady Sizemore will make the start in right, but with his .248 batting average and .691 OPS doesn't have much fantasy value.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 0-for-9 with four strikeouts against Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta.
Insight: Stanton leads the NL in homers (37), RBI (105) slugging (.556) and OPS (.951). It's tough to sit the NL MVP candidate, but owners should be aware that this is not an ideal matchup for Stanton.
Description: Angels starter Matt Shoemaker has pitched well this season, but one guy he hasn't figured how to get out is Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin.
Insight: Martin is 5-for-7 (.714) with a pair of doubles against Shoemaker. Martin should post a second consecutive 30-plus stolen base season and is batting a respectable .279, but until he bats higher in the lineup his runs and RBI totals will fall a bit short.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .6-for-11 (.545) against Braves starter Aaron Harang,
Insight: So much talent, so little production. The left fielder still isn't living up to expectations hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 300 at-bats. Remember a couple of years ago when people were asking which player was better ... Mike Trout or Harper? Seems funny now.
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning as the Twins beat the Indians, 4-3, on Tuesday.
Insight: Arcia's home run capped off a four-run fourth inning for the Twins, who then held on to win. Arcia does not hit for much of an average .220/.293/.439, but he does occasionally hit a long ball. He has 16 homers and 48 RBI on the year.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Granderson is having his troubles in his first season as a Met, but he is on a five-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .421 with two doubles, two home runs and a triple. He also has eight RBI over that stretch. On the season, Granderson is hitting .218 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig hasn't been hitting up to previous standards, batting just .203 over the past month with an ugly .552 OPS. If he keeps this up, he'll be just one of the many outfielders Don Mattingly has to decide to start each day and not a fantasy stud.
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was out of the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Astros and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ackley (.251, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 60 runs) left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not played since then. Given that he's 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against scheduled starter Collin McHugh, I'd expect he'll get another day off.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is hitless in 10 career at-bats against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Bautista is on fire this month, batting .367 with three homers and a 1.106 OPS so it will be interesting to see which factor wins out. For the season Bautista has blasted 32 homer and knocked in 92 runs.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. Gardner is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs , 56 RBI, 81 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his right pinkie finger.
Insight: Cabrera suffered the season-ending injury on Friday when he slid head first back into first base. Cabrera finishes the 2014 campaign with nice numbers: .301/.351/.458, 16 home runs, and 73 RBI. He will be a free agent this offseason.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) is in the Cardinals starting lineup against the Reds on Monday after missing Sunday's game in Milwaukee.
Insight: Holliday is batting third and playing left field. He did not play on Sunday due to minor back tightness. Holliday has cooled off since his hot end of August. He is batting .266 with 16 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen hits just .231 (3-for-13) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: That is basically irrelavant though because McCutchen is 3-for-5 in each of his last two games with two RBI and a home run. He should stay in your lineup, but fantasy owners should be aware that McCutchen has not had much success against Kendrick in the past.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' lineup again Monday versus the Indians.
Insight: Hamilton left Thursday's game due to the injury, which he says he suffered Tuesday. He has been experiencing discomfort around his right shoulder and neck. He received trigger point injections on Sunday to help, but he still isn't quite ready. Collin Cowgill is starting in left field on Monday.
Description: Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler drew a game-winning walk against the Athletics on Sunday as Houston won, 4-3.
Insight: Fowler went 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI. The A's intentionally walked Jose Altuve ahead of Fowler with two runners on base. The center fielder drew a five-pitch walk to bring in the go-ahead run. Fowler has drawn 61 walks in 99 games this season and posts a healthy .378 on-base percentage.
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs in Pittsburgh's victory over the Chicago Cubs, 10-4, on Sunday.
Insight: It was the second straight day McCutchen went 3-for-5 with an RBI. It looked like the center fielder was going to have to play through his rib injury down the stretch, but the way he is swinging now, it appears McCutchen is over the injury. He is hitting .308 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI this season.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (wrist) did not start but did pinch hit against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Insight: There was a chance Gomez would play on Sunday, but manager Ron Roenicke likely held him out for precautionary reasons. With the Brewers continuing their slide, Roenicke might have to go with Gomez no matter what on Monday.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, two runs and an incredible seven RBI as the Orioles defeated the Rays in extra innings, 7-5.
Insight: It cannot be overstated how terrific Cruz has been this season for Baltimore. He has a .262 average, 39 home runs, 101 RBI and a .862 OPS. His 39 home runs is first in the American League and his 101 RBI is second only to Mike Trout's 102 RBI. Cruz is a must-start the rest of the season.
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 on Sunday in a loss against the Nationals.
Insight: Byrd came into the game hitting .167 in his career against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, but got the better of the matchup on Sunday. He also came into the game hitless in his last 15 at-bats, but Byrd snapped that streak. He is hitting .265 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI this season.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak, going 2-for-4 with a run on Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Yelich has scored runs in his last six games and is batting .341 with three extra-base hits and three RBI over his hitting streak. If you need a left fielder to give you a boost these last few weeks, Yelich is a great choice. He hit .339 in August and is batting .381 so far in six games this month.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: We can't say we really expected much from Granderson this season, who is in his first year in the much bigger New York ballpark, but even at. 215, 18 home runs and 55 RBI, he has been disappointing. He does have a three-game hitting streak with two home runs over that span.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a RBI against the White Sox on Sunday to continue his hot streak.
Insight: Brantley extends his hitting streak to 11 games and is now hitting .413 over that stretch. In September, Brantley is batting .462 with a .962 OPS. If he keeps this up, he will put himself in the batting title conversation. Ok, maybe not, but his average is up to .317 for the year.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (wrist) told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel he could play as early as Sunday in the series finale against the Cardinals. UPDATE: Gomez is not in the lineup on Sunday. He could return on Monday. Gerado Parra will start in center field on Sunday.
Insight: Gomez hit batting practice on Saturday and appeared fine. Gomez said that if he feels fine again on Sunday, then he will tell manager Ron Roenicke that he can play. Roenicke indicated, however, he would like to wait until Monday to insert Gomez into the lineup.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 2-for-18 in his lifetime against Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Insight: Both of Staton's hits though are extra-base hits, a double and home run. He also has three RBI and four walks. It's tough to sit the NL MVP candidate, but owners should be aware that this is not an ideal matchup for Stanton.
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a career .364 hitter with four home runs and a 1.050 OPS against Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Insight: Jones hasn't been as good after the All-Star break as before. He's batting .251 with a .724 OPS in the 47 games since the Summer Classic. Still, he's putting together another solid season - .285, 24 home runs, 81 RBI and 80 runs.
Description: The Yankees held left fielder Brett Gardner out of action on Saturday due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. He hopes to return on Sunday and is listed day-to-day. Garnder is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with a RBI against the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: As expected, Brantley had a big day against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. The left fielder came into the game 8-for-17 against Quintana in his career. Brantley is an extremely hot hitter at the moment. He has a 10-game hitting streak and over that span, Brantley is hitting .395 with seven doubles and six RBI. Brantley is now batting .315 with 18 home runs and 88 RBI this year.
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 with three singles, an RBI and run to lead Pittsburgh past the Chicago Cubs, 5-0, on Saturday.
Insight: It was one of McCutchen's best days at the plate since returning from his rib injury. McCutchen has had four other multi-hit games since returning, but the center fielder looked completely comfortable and confident at the plate as he battled in his at-bats even in the ninth inning when the Pirates aleady led by five. McCutchen should start in your lineup every day.
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 in the Oakland come-from-behind victory, 4-3, over the Astros on Saturday.
Insight: Crisp also stole two bases. Crisp is starting to heat up as the lead off hitter for Oakland, which is just what the Athletics need. Crisp is 7-for-21 in his last five games. The center fielder is batting .256 with nine home runs and 45 RBI this year.
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 2-for-4 in the loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: Span continued his hot second half with two more hits. The center fielders has 23 multi-hit games since the All-Star Break. He hit .368 in July, .328 in August and is 8-for-20 so far in September.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is making his third start this week on Saturday.
Insight: The regular Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is dealing with stomach issues and is out of the lineup on Saturday. Pederson has played in place of Puig twice and Kemp once this week. The Dodger outfield is crowded, but Pederson could see some major time down the stretch. He hit .303 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI at Triple-A this year.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup against on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Joc Pederson is starting in center field over Puig. All indications point to Pederson beginning to get regular time in the outfield, so Puig's value is going to take a hit the rest of the month.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was a late addition to the Brewers' starting linup on Saturday.
Insight: Braun's thumb was bothering him prior to Saturday's game, but he made it through the pregame workout with no major issues. The Brewers need him in the next two games against the Cardinals. He is hitting .275 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI on the season.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: The outfielder returned to the lineup Friday after missing a couple of days for the birth of his daughter, but it was surprising not to see him out their in this important series against the division-leading Cardinals. Update: It's a right thumb that is bothering Braun.
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is just a .176 hitter with nine strikeouts in 17 at-bats against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Gomez didn't start Friday night, but did get into the game as a defensive replacement. He's having trouble swinging a bat due to a wrist problem and should be avoided even if he's in Saturday's starting lineup. Update: Gomez is not in the starting lineup.
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is just a .176 hitter with nine strikeouts in 17 at-bats against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Gomez didn't start Friday night, but did get into the game as a defensive replacement. He's having trouble swinging a bat due to a wrist problem and should be avoided even if he's in Saturday's starting lineup.
Description: Milwaukee outfielder Gerardo Parra is one of three Brewers hitters with a career batting average over .450 and at least 10 at-bats against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: Despite just a .265 season batting average and not much power, Parra is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting .476 so its time to jump on Parra for a "Saturday night special."
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley defied a bad matchup Friday night to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (87), and runs (85). He's raised his batting average to .311 during this hot streak. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Description: Don't be surprised if Orioles right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Markakis gets Saturday afternoon off.
Insight: Markakis is hitless in 10 at-bats against Tampa Bay left-hander Drew Smyly. The outfielder has been solid, if unspectacular, for Baltimore batting .279 with 12 HR, 44 RBI, 70 runs scored and four steals. This just isn't a good matchup.
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is out indefinitely due to a bruised knee.
Insight: Jennings has been out with a left knee injury since Aug. 29. Jennings told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that his left knee still doesn't feel any better and there is no timetable for his return.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston defeated Toronto, 9-8.
Insight: Cespedes started the Red Sox scoring in the first inning with a single that scored Brock Holt. The left fielder finished with two RBI and a run. This season with Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .266 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-5 with a double, run and two RBI against the Braves on Friday.
Insight: Stanton snapped his three-game home run streak, but he has two hits in each of his last three games. He also has seven hits, including the three home runs, two doubles and six RBI in his last 17 at-bats. Stanton continues to have big leads in the National League in both home runs (36) and RBI (104) along with hitting .296.
Description: The Indians activated outfielder David Murphy from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Murphy missed the last four weeks with an oblique strain, but he has been cleared to play after a couple rehab games at Triple-A. He will platoon in right field and play against right-handed pitching. Murphy is hitting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBI this year.
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is not in Friday's starting lineup against St. Louis due to a sprained left wrist.
Insight: He was expected to be shut down for a week so this isn't a surprise, but according to manager Ron Roenicke he was "feeling much better." Having fallen four games back of the Cardinals the Brewers could have used his bat, and enthusiasm, in their lineup.
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is questionable for Friday's game against St. Louis due to a sprained left wrist.
Insight: This is actually an upgrade as he was supposed to be will be shut down a week, but according to manager Ron Roenicke he's "feeling much better." Having fallen four games back of the Cardinals the Brewers could use his bat, and enthusiasm, in their lineup.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is expected to return for Friday's contest, according to the team's site
Insight: Braun left the team Wednesday to join his family for the birth of his daughter. The outfielder will return to the lineup on Friday. He returns just in time for a huge four-game series against the division-leading Cardinals.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has returned in time for Friday's contest.
Insight: Braun left the team Wednesday to join his family for the birth of his daughter. He returns just in time for a huge four-game series against the division-leading Cardinals. Braun's numbers are the worst since he came to the major leagues in 2006, except for 2013 when he played only 61 games due to a suspension.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will miss his second straight game due to the birth of his first child according to MLB.com.
Insight: Braun left the team Wednesday to join his family. The outfielder will return to the lineup on Friday. Bad timing for the Brewers as they gear up to play a four-game series against the division leading Cardinals just days after falling out of first place for the first time since April 5.
Description: Orioles 1B/OF Steve Pearce (abdomen) is hoping to return on Saturday.
Insight: Pearce has been out since last Saturday with discomfort in his abdomen. Pearce is scheduled to hit off a tee on Thursday and then take batting practice on Friday. If those workouts go well, he will play on Saturday. Pearce has been a pleasant surprise to fantasy owners, hitting .289/.354/.532 with 16 home runs in 85 games.
Roch Kubatko of MASN speculated that Pearce hurt something while going into the stands to catch a foul ball in the second inning. If that's the case, Pearce should be able to return sometime this weekend.
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds lineup on Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Hamilton went 2-for-4 on Wednesday and broke the rookie stolen base record with his 55th steal of the season. Thursday looks to be just a routine day of rest. In addition to the steals, Hamilton is hitting .269 with 71 runs.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran is likely to undergo elbow surgery in his right arm at the end of the season according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.
Insight: Bone spurs have cause Beltran to hit just .239/.305/.416 in the first year of his three-year, $45 million deal. He isn't getting any younger either as he will be 38 next season. Start him with caution for the rest of 2014.
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is a lifetime .409 (9-for-22) hitter against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Jennings has been out with a left knee injury since Aug. 29, so owners might be reluctant to insert him so quickly back in the lineup on Thursday. That's if he is even in the Tampa Bay lineup. Jennings told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that his left knee still doesn't feel any better. Make sure Jennings is in the lineup if you want to play the percentages against Buehrle.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig is 8-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI in his career against Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano.
Insight: Even with the solid numbers against Capuano, Craig has been in such a slump that it is hard to put him in your lineup at this point. He is 0-for-9 in his last three games and has just three hits in 28 at-bats since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 21.
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 14-for-41 (.341) with nine extra-base hits, nine RBI and three walks in his career against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Brantley also brings a seven-game hitting streak into Thursday's contest, batting .333 over that stretch with four doubles and four RBI. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (85), and runs (83). Brantley is also 3-for-3 stealing bases off of Scherzer in his career.
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson went deep twice against Ryan Vogelson and the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.
Insight: Dickerson is one of this year's best surprises, batting .311 with 22 homers and 68 RBI. His fantasy owners can thank injuries to Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer for opening up playing time in the outfield.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere added three more hits to his total Wednesday afternoon and raised his batting average to .314 .
Insight: The .314 average makes him the NL leader grabbing the top spot from Josh Harrison
(.313) . Revere has stolen 42 bases, but despite the high batting average is a drain on OPS due to just 18 extra-base hits.
Description: St. Louis right fielder Oscar Taveras is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Taveras is just 1-for-12 over the past four games and can probably use the rest. 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 and less than 200 at-bats into his big league career.
Description: Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will miss at least Wednesday's game to be home for the birth of his first child.
Insight: The Brewers start a huge four-game series with division-leading St. Louis and it would be a surprise if he didn't play for at least part of the series. This season, Braun is hitting .275 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is as hot as anyone, but faces a tough matchup Wednesday versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista's consecutive home run streak (five) came to an end Tuesday and tonight he faces Archer who has held him to one hit in 16 at-bats (.063). Buautista is up to 29 home runs and 84 RBI while posting a .285 average this year. It's his best home run and RBI total since 2011, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 17-for-48 (.354) against Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: Brantley has broken out of an August slump with a six-game hitting streak (.384). He has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (85), runs (83) and should end up with a career-best OPS. He's also 4-for-4 in stolen base attemps against Verlander once he gets on base.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with two home runs versus Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Kemp isn't the guy we remember from 2011, but he's produced much better than last season, batting .281 with 17 HR and 66 RBI. Kemp is batting .333 over the past two weeks (11 games) with a .999 OPS.
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with two steals on Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Lagares had a perfect night at the plate, registering four hits, including a double, walk, two RBI, three runs and two steals. Lagares has steals in four of his last five games. Terry Collins said he wants his center fielder to continue to use his speed on the base paths which is great news for fantasy owners.
Description: Home plate umpire Tim Timmons ejected Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner from Tuesday's game against the Red Sox after arguing a called third strike.
Insight: The pitch from Joe Kelly appeared to be outside and Gardner would have walked to force in a run. Upon striking out, Gardner spiked his bat and helmet, which caused Timmons to toss him from the game. The strikeout was the left fielder's third of the game.
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse will miss the rest of the Giants' road trip after being diagnosed with a strained left oblique according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Insight: The Giants originally thought he tweaked his hip during batting practice, but an MRI revealed it was Morse's oblique. He hopes to return at the beginning of next week. Gregor Blanco is getting another start in left field Tuesday.
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez will be shut down a week before resuming baseball drills according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Gomez will likely be out at least two weeks, which hurts any owner that needed him for a postseason run. Oh, the Brewers will certainly miss him too as Tuesday was the first day since April 5 that Milwaukee was not in first place of the NL Central.
Description: The Athletics are hoping center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will return to the lineup by this weekend according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp received more injections into his neck on Tuesday. Fantasy owners might have to look elsewhere for center field production. Even if Crisp is healthy by the weekend, expect the Athletics to bring him back slowly.
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the Yankees lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Ellsbury missed the last two starts with a left ankle injury, though he was used as a pinch hitter and clubbed a double on Sunday. With the off day on Monday, Ellsbury had three straight days to recover. He is hitting .288/.348/.435 with 14 home runs and 37 steals.
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and again not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter with two home runs and a 1.146 OPS versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts when facing R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: Jennings hasn't played since Aug. 28 while dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear when he will return. Fantasy owners, and Rays fans, are still waiting for Jennings to blossom into the "next" Carl Crawford as was advertised when he first came to the big leagues.