Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was dominant for the third straight start Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: Stroman struck out eight and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his seventh game of the year. Since he joined the rotation, the 23-year-old right-hander has gone 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 63/16 K/BB in 68 innings. He's still available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Description: White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom (ankle) may need only two or three minor league rehab appearances before returning so he could be back late next week, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Lindstrom suffered a torn tendon sheath in his ankle on May 19 and had to undergo surgery. Manager Robin Ventura said that Lindstrom probably won't go on a rehab assignment until Friday at the earliest. Ronald Belisario and Zach Putnam followed Lindstrom as Chicago's closer and Jeff Petricka has been getting save chances since Putnam went on the DL.
Description: Padres manager Bud Black said that Jesse Hahn "has somewhere between five and 10 starts left." SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Hahn threw 69 innings last year in the Rays system, and Black said it is unlikely he doubles his innings output this season. He has thrown a combined 87 innings between the minors and majors, so he has approximately 30-40 innings left. Hahn wasn't considered a top-10 prospect for the Padres prior to this season, but he had a 2.01 ERA over 40 1/3 innings in Double-A and he's recorded a 2.12 ERA and 51 Ks in 46 2/3 big-league innings.
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel went the final inning on Monday and struck out all three men he faced.
Insight: It was the ninth time he's struck out the side in 44 appearances. He's also struck out two batters in an inning 17 times. It was Kimbrel's 32nd save of the season, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and WHIP to 0.888.
Description: Cubs young relief pitcher Neil Ramirez was send to Iowa of the PCL.
Insight: A bit confusing since the 25-year-old right-hander was pitching excellent baseball. He has not given up an earned run in his last 12 outings. Ramirez is 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA, 0.929 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 28 IP.
Description: Padres starter Jesse Hahn held the Braves to one run on three hits in six innings Friday night to improve to 6-2.
Insight: Hahn (6-2, 2.12 ERA) wasn't considered a top-10 prospect for the Padres prior to this season, but he had a 2.01 ERA over 40 1/3 innings in Double-A and he's recorded a 2.12 ERA in 46 2/3 big-league innings. Hahn's 23-percent line-drive rate, .246 BABIP and 3.66 BB/9 probably portend a decline, but he's struck out 9.84 batters per nine, kept the ball in the park (0.39 HR/9) and is gaining confidence with each start. Fantasy owners must give him a shot in all leagues.
Description: The Tigers have agreed to trade closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Tigers closer Joe Nathan has a 5.89 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and five blown saves this season. It's unclear if Soria will take the closer job from him, but that would make sense. Soria has a 2.70 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and a 42/4 K/BB in 33 1/3 innings. Thompson and Knebel are both top-five prospects in Detroit's system, so this would be a steep price to give up if the Tigers plan to use Soria in the eighth inning.
Description: The Blue Jays have called up top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez, but he'll pitch out of the bullpen.
Insight: Sanchez has posted a 3.95 ERA in 100 1/3 innings in the minors this season. The right-hander has walked 191 batters in 356 1/3 minor league innings, including 57 this season. He can be ignored in re-draft leagues.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman shut down the Rangers Saturday, yieelding just four hits and no runs in seven innings of work.
Insight: In nine starts since he joined the rotation, Stroman has given up two runs or less seven times. As a starter his ERA is 2.87 with a 1.128 WHIP. He should be on fantasy rosters, but if he's available you should strongly consider making a claim for him.
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Padres are close to finalizing a trade that will send closer Huston Street to the Angels.
Insight: Street has recorded a 1.09 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 24 saves in 25 chances this season. Joe Smith has thrown 10 innings in a row without giving up a hit and 11 1/3 without allowing a run, but he's likely to move back to a set-up role.
Description: Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that the Dodgers are expected to pursue Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Insight: Papelbon has quietly had a terrific season, saving 22 games and recording a 1.21 ERA. a 0.86 WHIP and 33 Ks in 37 1/3 innings. If Los Angeles acquires Papelbon, it could move Kenley Jansen (27 saves, 3.49 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) to the eighth inning. Brian Wilson and Chris Perez have faltered as set-up men this season and Papelbon has more closing experience than Jansen. The Dodgers have also used lesser pitchers like Brandon League and Javy Guerra over Jansen in the closer role in the past even after Jansen had proven his dominance.