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Danny Salazar, SP, CLE8/1/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar had another solid start Friday, throwing six innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits against the Rangers.
Insight: Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he's figured things out. In three starts since he was recalled, he's gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 17 Ks in 18 innings.
Mat Latos, SP, CIN8/1/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos has found success his season despite striking out just 5.68 batters per nine innings.
Insight: Latos, who allowed one run on five hits over seven innings in a win at Miami on Friday, is 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings. However, his ERA could rise as his .211 BABIP does. His stuff hasn't been as sharp, possibly because he had a flexor mass strain in his elbow earlier this season. Batters are offering at and making contact with a higher percentage of his pitches out of the strike zone, which has led to the drop in K rate.
Justin Verlander, SP, DET8/1/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in eight innings Friday night against the Rockies.
Insight: It was Verlander's best start since April and just the second time all season he didn't walk anyone. The right-hander has thrown a quality start in six of his last eight turns and is 10-9 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He's still not striking many batters out, however.
Wei-Yin Chen, SP, BALHot8/1/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen went 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA over four starts in July and he won his fifth straight start Friday against the Mariners.
Insight: Chen (3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) threw 7 1/3 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out eight. He's now tied for second in the majors with 12 wins. The left-hander has allowed more than a hit per inning and 1.30 HR/9 this season, but he's balanced it out with 1.52 BB/9.
Roberto Hernandez, SP, PHIHot8/1/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez held the Nationals to one unearned run on five hits over eight innings Friday night.
Insight: Over his last four starts, the 33-year-old Hernandez has gone 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP despite striking out 2.51 batters per nine innings in that span. He's 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP and a 75/55 K/BB in 121 innings this season.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SFG 8/1/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong threw a complete game two-hitter Friday in a 5-1 win against the Mets.
Insight: It was his second career complete game and first since 2011. Vogelsong had a 7.71 ERA in his first four starts of the season, but he's pitched to a 3.15 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and 95 Ks over his last 111 1/3 innings.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT8/1/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (right lat soreness) has been scratched from his rehab start on Saturday, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Cole was scratched so he could throw another bullpen "to refine some things," but he didn't elaborate on Cole's health, pitching issues or timetable.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MINCold8/1/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will return on Aug. 15 barring a setback, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: That means Nolasco, who has been out with a flexor pronator injury in his elbow since July 7, will make two rehab starts. He has had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. Among pitchers with 100 innings this season, only one player has an ERA higher than Nolasco's.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL8/1/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson's next start has been pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday due to a blister.
Insight: Kyle Lohse will start Saturday and Matt Garza will go Sunday. Nelson, the Brewers' top prospect, is 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 22 Ks in 23 innings so far.
Ricky Nolasco, SP, MINCold8/1/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment next week, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Nolasco has been out with a flexor pronator injury in his elbow since July 7. He's had a miserable season, going 5-7 with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in 103 2/3 innings. Among pitchers with 100 innings this season, only one player has an ERA higher than Nolasco's.
Jesse Chavez, SP, OAKCold8/1/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Athletics have moved Jesse Chavez to the bullpen.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez was chosen to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appeared to be wearing down. He lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LOSHot8/1/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw threw his second straight complete game Thursday against Atlanta and is now 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.
Insight: Kershaw is the frontrunner to win his third NL Cy Young Award. In his last eight starts, Kershaw has gone 7-0 with a 0.68 ERA, a 0.62 WHIP and a 79/7 K/BB in 66 innings.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLECold8/1/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: The Indians have designated right-hander Zach McAllister for assignment. Because McAllister is more than three years removed from his MLB debut, Cleveland needed to secure optional waivers on him before they could send him to Triple-A and in order to do that it had to designate him. The Indians can pull him off waivers if anyone claims him, so McAllister will end up with Triple-A Columbus. SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Insight: McAllister has imploded the past seven starts, going 0-4 with a 9.88 ERA in 27 1/3 innings. The right-hander had a 3.75 ERA in 2013 and his FIP this year is 4.04, so he could turn things around if he gets another shot.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG8/1/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: According to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group, Giants right-hander Matt Cain is expected to undergo season-ending elbow surgery.
Insight: Cain doesn't have ligament damage, but he needs to get bone chips removed from his elbow. He's reportedly been dealing with the condition for the past decade and is finally in enough pain to require surgery. He'll be ready for spring training next year.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold8/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Justin Masterson will make his Cardinals debut on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Masterson was shipped from Cleveland to St. Louis earlier this week. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
John Lackey, SP, STL8/1/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: John Lackey will make his Cardinals debut Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Lackey was acquired from the Red Sox Thursday for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. He has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL8/1/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have sent Carlos Martinez to Triple-A Memphis.
Insight: St. Louis gave the 22-year-old a chance to start in June, but he was limited to fewer than 90 pitches in all seven starts (4.45 ERA). He gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in his return to the bullpen. The Cardinals acquired John Lackey and Justin Masterson the past two days so their five rotation spots are currently filled, but they could be sending Martinez down to get stretched out as insurance in case Michael Wacha doesn't return and someone else gets hurt.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIAHot8/1/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Insight: Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals and ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA. Jacob Turner, who was going to be replaced by Jarred Cosart in the rotation, will take Alvarez' spot.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ANA8/1/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs (forearm) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Skaggs left Thursday's start after 4 2/3 hitless innings with a forearm strain and we're waiting for the MRI results. Hector Santiago is expected to join the rotation in his place.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI8/1/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with a left flexor pronator strain and has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lee missed two months with the same injury before returning on July 21. He's likely done for the season.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL7/31/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Bud Norris threw seven scoreless innings Thursday against the Angels, but he took a no decision.
Insight: Norris has a career-low 3.69 ERA and 1.24 WHIP this season, but his FIP is just 4.35 and he has a 6.57 K/9. He's an AL-only arm at best.
Jason Vargas, SP, KAN7/31/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) will start Saturday against Oakland, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Vargas, who last started on July 8, has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season. He threw 60 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, so he's not likely to throw more than 80-85 pitches Saturday.
Zach McAllister, SP, CLECold7/31/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Indians right-hander Zach McAllister gave up four runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Mariners.
Insight: In his last seven outings, McAllister has thrown a quality start just once and allowed 30 earned runs on 41 hits in 27 1/3 innings (9.88 ERA).
Jarred Cosart, SP, MIA 7/31/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates have been traded from the Astros to the Marlins for Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick.
Insight: The 24-year-old Cosart is the only player in this trade that fantasy owners need to worry about this season, and he's 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 75 Ks in 116 1/3 innings. In other words, he's really not someone fantasy owners need to own.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CINHot7/31/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto threw seven innings, allowed one run and struck out nine in a win over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Cueto (12-6, 2.05 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) has recorded an ERA of 2.58 or lower in every month this season and he struck out 44 batters in 38 1/3 innings in July.
Tom Koehler, SP, MIA 7/31/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler allowed two unearned runs on five hits in seven innings Thursday against the Reds.
Insight: Koehler had a 5.27 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in his previous 12 starts. He's 7-8 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP on the year.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ANA7/31/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs was cruising along through 4 2/3 hitless innings Thursday night, but he left with tightness in his left forearm, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Forearm soreness can sometimes be indicative of a ligament issue. Skaggs has a 3.55 FIP this season, but his ERA is 4.30 because he's stranded just 63.9 percent of baserunners.
Tyler Skaggs, SP, ANA7/31/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs was crusing along through 4 2/3 hitless innings Thursday night, but he suffered an apparent injury, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Skaggs appeared to gesture at his forearm and didn't even throw a warm-up pitch before leaving. The left-hander has a 3.55 FIP this season, but his ERA is 4.30 because he's stranded just 63.9 percent of baserunners.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/31/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with a left flexor pronator strain, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Lee missed two months with the same injury before returning on July 21. He's likely done for the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/31/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will make one more rehab start either Sunday or Monday before returning to the rotation.
Insight: Jimenez is too inconsistent to trust in fantasy leagues. He's 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/31/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee left Thursday's game with an apparent arm injury.
Insight: Lee threw a pitch and immediately reacted as if he knew something was wrong. He waved for the trainer and gestured toward his elbow, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com. Lee missed two months with a strained elbow before returning on July 21 and he likely aggravated the injury. The slim chance the Phillies had of trading Lee before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline probably just went out the window.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/31/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: According to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com, Giants right-hander Matt Cain (elbow) doesn't have ligament damage in his elbow.
Insight: Cain's initial MRI didn't reveal ligament damage and he checked out fine in his meeting with Dr. James Andrews. However, he has "loose bodies" in his elbow and the Giants are discussing a plan of action. He's unlikely to return this season.
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHCHot7/31/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Jake Arrieta gave up three hits and a run over seven innings Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: Arrieta has been downright dominant this season, throwing 98 innings and posting a 2.11 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and a 106/28 K/BB. Since June 8, he's allowed a measly 34 hits, 15 walks and 13 earned runs in 68 innings (1.72 ERA, 0.72 WHIP).
Shelby Miller, SP, STL 7/31/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller has given up four runs on six hits and posted an 8/0 K/BB over 11 2/3 innings since he rejoined the rotation.
Insight: Miller allowed three home runs in that span but the damage was limited because he kept runners off the basepaths. He walked at least one batter in every game this season prior to the past two starts. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 4.14 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and a 81/55 K/BB in 121 2/3 innings.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, SDPCold7/31/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has walked six batters and allowed 11 runs (eight earned) on 15 hits in his last 9 1/3 innings.
Insight: Despaigne defied logic by posting a 1.31 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in his first 34 1/3 innings after recording a 7.61 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for Triple-A El Paso, but the league has caught up to his slow breaking stuff.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/31/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) will return Saturday against the Rays, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts before the injury and has a 4.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP on the season.
Drew Smyly, SP, TAM7/31/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have sent Drew Smyly to the Tampa Bay Rays in the David Price trade.
Insight: Smyly is promising, but he's been inconsistent this season. In 105 1/3 innings, he's gone 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He could be better down the road, but his fantasy fortunes this season won't change much after the trade.
Jesse Chavez, SP, OAKCold7/31/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: The Athletics deadline-day trade for Jon Lester could cost Jesse Chavez his spot in the rotation.
Insight: Jason Hammel is 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he joined the A's in a trade from the Cubs, but Chavez is still expected to move to the bullpen instead. Chavez never threw more than 67 1/3 innings in his career prior to 2014 and he appears to be wearing down. He's lasted less than six innings in five of his last six starts and had a 5.51 ERA in that span.
David Price, SP, DETHot7/31/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: The Rays have traded David Price to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also includes the Mariners. The Mariners will get Austin Jackson and the Rays will receive Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and shortstop prospect Willy Adames.
Insight: Price comes to Detroit red hot, having gone 7-4 with a 2.03 ERA and a 105/15 K/BB over 93 1/3 innings his last 12 starts. He'll have a much better offense behind him in Detroit and will get to pitch in a bunch of favorable parks in the AL Central.
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS7/31/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals have traded Joe Kelly to the Red Sox along with Allen Craig in a deal for John Lackey.
Insight: Kelly has a 4.37 ERA this season and a 3.25 ERA in 266 career innings, but his WHIP is 1.38. He won't have fantasy value in the AL.
John Lackey, SP, STL7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded John Lackey to the Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig.
Insight: Lackey has been in the AL his entire career and should get a boost from joining an NL team. He's 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP this season.
Tommy Milone, SP, MIN7/31/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have traded left-hander Tommy Milone to the Twins for Sam Fuld.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. He was moved further down the starting pitcher hierarchy when Oakland acquired Jon Lester from Boston on Thursday. It's surprising the A's couldn't get more than Sam Fuld, who's a strong defensive outfielder but isn't a good hitter. Oakland waived Fuld in April but needed him back with Coco Crisp (neck) hurting and Yoenis Cespedes moved in the deal for Lester.
Jon Lester, SP, OAKHot7/31/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: In a blockbuster move, the Red Sox have traded left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. He'll join one of the top teams in baseball and get to pitch in one of the best pitcher's parks. He's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox, but they'll have to offer more than the $70 million over four years they proposed during spring training. Either Jason Hammel or Jesse Chavez will lose their spot in Oakland's rotation as a result of the trade.
Max Scherzer, SP, DETHot7/30/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer won his 13th game of the season Wednesday night against the White Sox.
Insight: Scherzer allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. He has gone 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 56 Ks in 47 2/3 innings since he gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings on June 17 against the Royals.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL7/30/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) will have an MRI Wednesday and if it goes well he'll begin a throwing program, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha has been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Mark Buehrle, SP, TOR 7/30/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle picked up his first win since June 1 Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Buehrle allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up 28 earned runs on 64 hits (8 HR) in his previous 47 innings (5.36 ERA). He's still 11-7 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP because he started out 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
Zach Britton, SP, BAL7/30/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 21st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Since the beginning of June, Britton (1.65 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) has had two rough outings, allowing four runs on June 20 and three on July 18, but he wasn't scored on in his other 24 appearances during that stretch. The 26-year-old left-hander was a failed starter, but he's found success as a reliever this year.
Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL7/30/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Kevin Gausman held the Angels to three runs on three hits in seven innings Wednesday night.
Insight: Gausman was perfect through 4 2/3 innings before walking three straight batters and giving up a two-run single and an RBI double, but he struck out Mike Trout and threw two more scoreless frames. The former first-rounder has been solid in his first extended chance at a starting job. He's gone 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA since the start of June.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLEHot7/30/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber tossed the first shutout of his career, a three-hitter against the Mariners, Wednesday night.
Insight: Kluber two-hit the Royals and allowed one unearned run over nine innings his last time out and has posted a 28/1 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings his last three starts. The right-hander has turned into a dominant ace for the Indians this season, going 11-6 with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a 170/33 K/BB in 158 1/3 innings.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP7/30/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and could begin a rehab assignment next week. SOURCE: Will Laws, mlb.com
Insight: He was able to throw sliders without soreness. Cashner (2-6, 2.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in June. He's been on the disabled list twice this season due to arm injuries.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFGCold7/30/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in his last 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: Lincecum went 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 38 innings from June 25 to July 22 to lower his ERA from 4.90 to 3.65, but he's reverted to the inconsistent form of the past three seasons.
Felix Doubront, SP, CHCCold7/30/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Insight: Doubront said earlier this week that he wanted to be traded if Boston didn't plan to give him his starting job back, and he then went out and gave up six runs on six hits over 2/3 of an inning in relief on July 28. It's unclear if Doubront will get a chance to start with Chicago, as Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada ave pitched well lately.
James Paxton, SP, SEA7/30/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (lat, shoulder) is expected to start Saturday at Baltimore, according to mlb.com.
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and he began experiencing shoulder inflammation in May. Paxton went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in his first two starts this season and should be added in all leagues.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) could be back Saturday against the Rays, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain and hip tightness since July 10. He threw a bullpen session Wednesday and said he's ready to start. For the season he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, and he had a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts before the injury.
T.J. House, SP, CLE7/30/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: T.J. House will replace Justin Masterson in Cleveland's rotation, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Insight: Masterson was traded to the Cardinals on Wednesday. House will serve as Cleveland's No. 5 starter behind Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Danny Salazar and Zach McAllister. House isn't a good fantasy option.
Jason Hammel, SP, CHCCold7/30/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Jeff Samardzija has done pretty well in his transition to the AL, but Jason Hammel has been terrible since the two pitchers joined the Athletics in a trade from the Cubs.
Insight: Hammel allowed eight runs on seven hits (2 HR) over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday at Houston. In four starts with Oakland, he has gone 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP in 17 innings. He was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 108 2/3 innings with Chicago.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU7/30/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw a complete game four-hitter in an 8-1 win over the Athletics Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Keuchel could be a trade target for contenders and he showed how valuable he can be by shutting down one of the top offenses in the league. The left-handed ground-ball artist has a 2.97 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 104 Ks in 136 1/3 innings.
Tanner Roark, SP, WASHot7/30/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark threw seven innings and allowed one run for the fourth straight start Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Roark leads the Nationals with 11 wins and he's second among their starters to Doug Fister with a 2.74 ERA. He's recorded an ERA below 3.00 in three of the four months this season.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYMHot7/30/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler has thrown at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last six starts.
Insight: Wheeler held the Phillies to two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his sixth game of the year. He's lowered his ERA from 4.45 to 3.60 since June 25.
Wade Miley, SP, ARI7/30/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley won his seventh game of the season Wednesday at Cincinnati after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Insight: Miley gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out just one, but he worked out of jams in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The 27-year-old lefty has found a way to keep the ball in the park lately, giving up just one homer in his last 44 1/3 innings (0.20 HR/9) after serving up 17 in his first 101 1/3 (1.51 HR/9).
Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL7/30/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed seven hits in his last two starts.
Insight: Gallardo won his sixth game of the year Wednesday at Tampa Bay after allowing three hits in seven innings. He has recorded a 2.63 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in his last 10 starts.
Justin Masterson, SP, STLCold7/30/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Peter Gammons of MLB.com, the Cardinals will acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians for prospect James Ramsey.
Insight: Masterson is on the disabled list with a knee injury, but he is ready to return. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, and St. Louis' defense should help the ground-ball pitcher. Cleveland ranks last in baseball in UZR this season while the Cardinals rank eighth.
Jason Vargas, SP, KAN7/29/2014 11:09:00 PM
Description: Royals starter Jason Vargas (emergency appendectomy) could start Saturday against Oakland, according to mlb.com.
Insight: He threw a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday. Vargas has gone 8-4 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 125 innings this season, but he hasn't started since July 8.
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/29/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has officially been scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Brandon Workman will start in his place.
Insight: Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Lester could be traded as soon as Tuesday night. Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DETCold7/29/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez has allowed 13 earned runs on 23 hits over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
Insight: Sanchez still has a 3.57 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP on the season, but his K/9 has declined from 9.99 in 2013 to 6.91.
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEAHot7/29/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma has thrown at least seven innings in five straight starts.
Insight: Iwakuma (9-5, 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) has gone 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 39 Ks in 42 2/3 innings this month. He's walked just nine batters in 117 2/3 innings this season.
Matt Garza, SP, MILHot7/29/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Matt Garza held the Rays to one run on five hits in seven innings Tuesday.
Insight: Garza (7-7, 3.74 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) allowed five runs in 1/3 innings on July 19, but he gave up four runs in 31 2/3 innings (1.14 ERA) in his other four starts this month. The right-hander has gone 5-3 with a 2.72 ERA since the start of June.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAMHot7/29/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb has recorded a 22/2 K/BB and allowed one run on eight hits over 15 innings in his last two starts.
Insight: Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) allowed one run on three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday in a win over Milwaukee. He's won five straight decisions.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHIHot7/29/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels won his fourth straight decision Tuesday against the Mets with eight scoreless innings.
Insight: Hamels struck out eight, walked none and gave up six hits. Amidst all of Philadelphia's problems, Hamels has returned from a preseason shoulder injury to have a fantastic season. He's 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 133 Ks in 130 1/3 innings. In his last 16 starts, he's posted a 1.90 ERA and 119 Ks in 113 2/3 innings.
Mike Leake, SP, CIN7/29/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake tossed a gem Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, striking out eight and allowing five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
Insight: In his first five starts this month, Leake allowed 48 hits and 17 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings (4.83 ERA, 1.71 WHIP). He'll go into August with a 3.53 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 114/29 K/BB in 147 2/3 innings.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLECold7/29/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) will return from the disabled list Friday against the Rangers, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Masterson went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet. He's set to be a free agent after the season.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIAHot7/29/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez held the Nationals to three hits over seven scoreless innings in a win Tuesday night.
Insight: Alvarez ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA, and he's continued to have success despite striking out very few batters (5.43 K/9).
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/29/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is expected to be scratched from Wednesday's start due to ongoing trade discussions, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
Insight: Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 149 Ks) has picked a great time to have his best season, as the 30-year-old will be a free agent at season's end. Even if he's traded before the deadline he's made it known he's willing to rejoin the Red Sox.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/29/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: According to Andrew Baggarly of csnbayarea.com, Giants right-hander Matt Cain (elbow) will visit Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Cain's initial MRI didn't reveal ligament damage, but he'll get a second opinion from the renowned physician because he hasn't progressed in his rehab from elbow inflammation.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY7/29/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda has been cleared to start a rehab assignment, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Pineda threw a simulated game Tuesday and manager Joe Girardi said the session was "really good." Pineda will throw 60-65 pitches in his first rehab start and likely will need one or two more after that before he's ready to rejoin the Yankees' rotation.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT7/29/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (right lat soreness) threw five scoreless inning in his first rehab start Monday.
Insight: More importantly, he appears to have come out of it healthy. Cole has been on the disabled list twice since June 3, first with shoulder fatigue and lat strain. He should make another start or two in the minors before returning to the bigs.
Michael Pineda, SP, NYY7/29/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: New York starter Michael Pineda is expected to throw about 45 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.
Insight: Fantasy owners should have moved on a long time ago. With all the setbacks he's been having, it's unlikely we'll see Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) on the mound before the third week in August ... at best.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/29/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw 81 pitches at Double-A Arkansas Monday and came away healthy.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10, but should be ready to go by the weekend or early next week. For the season he has a 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, though his ERA was 6.81 over his last eight starts before the injury.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/29/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment Tuesday and should be a couple of starts away from his return to the roster.
Insight: Jimenez wasn't pitching very well before the injury (3-8, 4.52 ERA, 1.535 WHIP), so fantasy owners probably aren't waiting for his return.
Jesse Chavez, SP, OAKCold7/28/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez allowed six earned runs on five hits (3 HR) in 5 1/3 innings Monday at Houston.
Insight: Chavez had allowed just one homer in his previous 46 1/3 innings. He's recorded a 5.51 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in his last six starts.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS7/28/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann gave up four hits and two runs in seven innings Monday at Miami and left with a 6-2 lead, but Washington's bullpen gave up five runs after he exited.
Insight: Zimmermann is just 6-5 even though he has a 3.17 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. The good news is that he appears to be fine after leaving a start on July 11 with a biceps cramp.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOSCold7/28/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Since he struck out 12 in a three-hit shutout on July 13, Boston starter Clay Buchholz has given up 23 hits, eight walks and 15 earned runs in his last 17 innings. The Blue Jays had seven hits, four walks and seven runs against him in five innings Monday night.
Insight: Buchholz posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in his first 29 2/3 innings after returning from the disabled list, but his struggles from earlier this season have returned. He's 5-7 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 96 2/3 innings.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP, MIACold7/28/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi has allowed 18 runs on 21 hits over 16 1/3 innings his last three starts.
Insight: Eovaldi had a 3.05 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in his first 13 starts, but he's been tagged for 64 hits and 38 earned runs over 53 1/3 innings in his last nine (6.41 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). His ERA and WHIP stand at 4.37 and 1.26, respectively, after he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Nationals. Eovaldi throws as hard as anyone in the league, but he doesn't have the secondary stuff to generate strikeouts.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM7/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon gave up 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings Monday against the Phillies, but he limited the damage to one run.
Insight: Colon improved to 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He may have thrown his last pitch for the Mets, as he's expected to be a trade target for contenders.
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TAMHot7/28/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi won his third straight start Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Odorizzi was dominant, walking none, striking out five and allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. The right-hander has been terrific in his last 15 starts, going 6-5 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 102/28 K/BB in 86 innings.
Allen Webster, SP, BOS7/28/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Allen Webster will make another start for the Red Sox Saturday against the Yankees, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Webster allowed two runs on three hits, struck out four and walked five over 5 1/3 innings Sunday at Tampa Bay to win in his first start of the season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 100 Ks in 122 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up and is one of Boston's top pitching prospects.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned an innings cap of roughly 185 for rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom this season which leaves another 60 innings or so, but the team has no plan of skipping him now.
Insight: If deGrom pitched every five games for the rest of the season, he would have 11 starts remaining, but if he made all of them the team would have to limit him to less than six innings per start. He's gone 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA and a 30/5 K/BB in 27 1/3 innings over his last four starts, so the Mets won't skip him now. They'll either let him pitch until he hits the cap and shut him down or find the right time to skip him down the road.
Ervin Santana, SP, ATLHot7/28/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: A stellar performance from Braves starter Ervin Santana, going eight innings, yielding five hits, zero runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts.
Insight: Temper the enthusiasm as it was against the awful San Diego Padres offense, but he has struck out 21 batters in his last two starts and won his third in a row.
James Paxton, SP, SEA7/28/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) made what is expected to be his final rehab start Sunday, going 4 1/3 IP at Tacoma )PCL)
Insight: The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and is expected to return to the mound against Baltimore Saturday. Paxton has a quality fastball topping out at around 95 mph and was 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.667 WHIP when he last pitched. If available you should add him to your roster.
Rick Porcello, SP, DETHot7/27/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run on five hits, struck out six and walked none over seven innings Sunday against the Angels.
Insight: After stranding less than 70 percent of his baserunners every year from 2010-13, Porcello has stranded a career-high 74.7 percent in 2014 and it has resulted in a career-low 3.24 ERA. He's gone 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over his last eight starts and is tied with Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and teammate Max Scherzer for first in the AL with 12 wins.
Roenis Elias, SP, SEA7/27/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias gave up one run and struck out six over five innings Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Elias' first three starts of July were miserable. He allowed 11 earned runs over 8 1/3 innings in the first two and left his last start with a forearm cramp. The Cuban rookie has a 4.31 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 110 Ks in 123 1/3 innings this season.
Mike Minor, SP, ATLCold7/27/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor beat the Padres Sunday, but it wasn't exactly an encouraging start for the left-hander.
Insight: Minor allowed three runs on eight hits (2 HR) in 6 2/3 innings to the light-hitting Padres. The 26-year-old has given up 76 hits (10 HR) and 39 earned runs in his last 49 innings (7.16 ERA, 1.86 WHIP). Minor entered Sunday's start with a 26.5 percent line-drive rate and he now has a 15.2 percent HR/FB. It's safe to cut him in re-draft leagues.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BALHot7/27/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has posted a 1.82 ERA in July.
Insight: Gonzalez allowed one run on eight hits in six innings Sunday at Seattle, but he took a no decision. He's 5-5 with a 3.77 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 75 Ks in 102 2/3 innings.
Doug Fister, SP, WASHot7/27/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Washington right-hander Doug Fister won his fourth straight start and fifth straight decision Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Fister threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He's fanned only 54 batters in 90 1/3 innings, but he's made up for it by going 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE7/27/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has given up four runs on 13 hits and struck out 13 in 12 innings since being recalled on July 22. He held the Royals to three runs, struck out seven and walked none in seven innings Sunday.
Insight: Salazar was demoted after posting a 5.53 ERA in his first eight starts and he got off to a rocky start in the minors, but he figured things out at the end of June. His upside is immense.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL7/27/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six in seven innings Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Nelson is the Brewers' top prospect. He's been very good in three of his four starts this season but got bombed in the other and holds a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 23 innings. Nelson had a 1.46 ERA and 114 Ks over 111 innings in the hitter-friendly PCL, so he's worth a look in most leagues.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/27/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has won four straight starts and allowed two runs in 27 1/3 innings during that span.
Insight: deGrom held the Brewers scoreless on four hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday. The rookie has a 2.79 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 83 Ks in 87 innings this season. He should be added in all leagues.
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU7/27/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Collin McHugh (fingernail) allowed four runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: McHugh hadn't pitched since he left his start on July 6 after one of his fingernails ripped off. The right-hander has struck out 102 batters in 88 2/3 innings this season and has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC7/27/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was strong again Sunday against the Cardinals (6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB) and is 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP after his first three starts in the majors.
Insight: Hendricks had a 3.59 ERA and a 97/23 K/BB over 102 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa this season prior to his call-up earlier this month. He'll likely be in the rotation for the rest of the season.
Adam Wainwright, SP, STL7/27/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright fired seven scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Wainwright gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits and walked four batters in 4 2/3 innings his last start, but he's gone 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in July. He's posted an ERA south of 2.00 in three of the four months this season.
Roberto Hernandez, SP, PHI7/27/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez beat the Diamondbacks Sunday for his fifth win of the season.
Insight: Hernandez has allowed six runs in 20 2/3 innings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 4.48 to 4.14, but he struck out just five batters in that span and 10 in his last five starts.
Ian Kennedy, SP, SDP 7/27/2014 3:06:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Ian Kennedy will miss his start on Monday due to left oblique soreness, but he won't go on the disabled list yet. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: The injury likely assures that Kennedy will still be with the Padres after the trade deadline, which is good news for fantasy owners. He's been very good for San Diego this year, going 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 143 Ks in 135 1/3 innings.
Phil Hughes, SP, MINCold7/27/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes (shin) will not miss a start, according to the Star Tribune.
Insight: Hughes was hit in the shin by a comebacker in his last start. After posting a 6.31 ERA in his last seven starts, Hughes has the second largest disparity in baseball between his FIP (2.71) and his ERA (4.10).
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TAM7/26/2014 11:32:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, just off the disabaled list, pitched well for his first start since July 8.
Insight: Hellickson has missed most of the season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year, but his career ERA is 3.69 and it's 1.00 through his first two starts this season.
Nick Tepesch, SP, TEX7/26/2014 11:27:00 PM
Description: Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch left Saturday night's game in the sixth inning with a sore left knee.
Insight: Tepesch has yet to show he's fantasy worthy. His record dropped to 3-7 with a 4.84 ERA. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters at this time.
Chris Sale, SP, CWSHot7/26/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Chris Sale shut out the Twins for eight innings giving up just five hits and striking out 12.
Insight: He's now 10-1 on the season with a 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 122 strikeouts in 110 innings. That's as good as any pitcher in baseball.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/26/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: One reason the Giants traded for Jake Peavy Saturday is their concern for Matt Cain's elbow.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely and possibly may not return this season. That news probably won't kill fantasy owners who haven't gotten much from Cain in 2014.
Johnny Cueto, SP, CINHot7/26/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto was masterful again Saturday, yielding just four harmless hits over seven innings in a 1-0 Reds win over Washington.
Insight: Cueto's ERA is now 2.08 as he notched his 11th victory of the season. He's certainly among the top-three pitchers in the NL.
Jake Peavy, SP, BOS7/26/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy has reportedly been traded to San Francisco.
Insight: Peavy is just 1-9 this season with a 4.72 ERA and 1.427 WHIP. Perhaps the Giants hope his return to the NL will spark a revival. He has a career record of 14-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 0.962 WHIP versus the division rival Dodgers.
Jenrry Mejia, SP, NYMHot7/25/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: New York closer Jenrry Mejia struck out the side and saved his 14th game of the seson Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Mejia has settled into the Mets closer role after struggling as a starter earlier in the year. In 31 innings out of the bullpen, Mejia has a 2.03 ERA and 33 Ks.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYMHot7/25/2014 11:20:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine batters and allowed two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Wheeler has had an outstanding month, recording a 1.40 ERA and a 26/7 K/BB in 25 2/3 innings. His ERA is down to 3.64, and he's struck out exactly one batter per inning this season (121 Ks in 121 IP).
Yovani Gallardo, SP, MIL 7/25/2014 11:16:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo struck out eight batters, walked none and gave up four hits in 7 2/3 innings Friday against the Mets, but he walked away with nothing to show for it.
Insight: Gallardo is just 5-5 this season even though he has a 3.57 ERA and the Brewers are 58-46. Gallardo is no longer the 200-strikeout guy he was from 2009-12, but he's cut down on his walks this season and has been much better than he was in 2013.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU7/25/2014 11:12:00 PM
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel threw his best start since June 11 Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Keuchel (9-7, 3.11 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) was due for a rough patch after starting out 8-3 with a 2.38 ERA, but it lasted longer than we would have liked. He had a 6.07 ERA over his previous five starts before holding Miami to two unearned runs over seven innings (7/0 K/BB, 9 H).
Tanner Roark, SP, WASHot7/25/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark has thrown seven innings, allowed one run and picked up a win in each of his last three starts.
Insight: Like clockwork. Roark now has 10 wins, a 2.82 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP, leading the Nats' vaunted rotation in all three categories.
David Price, SP, TAMHot7/25/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: In what may have been his final start with the Rays, David Price struck out 10, walked none and allowed three runs over eight innings against the Red Sox.
Insight: Price has won six straight starts and pitched to a 1.88 ERA and a 99/13 K/BB in his last 11. In that span, he's thrown at least seven innings in all 11 starts and averaged nearly eight innings per outing. The Rays have won eight straight and are now 50-53, so they may just decide to keep Price.
Mark Buehrle, SP, TORCold7/25/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle allowed six runs on nine hits (2 HR) in three innings Friday at New York.
Insight: Buehrle is now 1-12 with a 6.15 ERA in his career against the Yankees (108 1/3 IP). He's lost six straight decisions after starting out 10-1 and has recorded a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts.
Chris Capuano, SP, NYY 7/25/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: The Yankees will start Chris Capuano Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to Bryan Hoch.
Insight: He'll replace Chase Whitley in the rotation. New York picked up Capuano from the Rockies for cash on Thursday. He had a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings as a middle reliever for the Red Sox earlier this season and isn't likely to be fantasy-relevant in standard leagues.
Edwin Jackson, SP, CHC7/24/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Edwin Jackson left in the sixth inning of Thursday's game with a cramp in his right hand.
Insight: Jackson wasn't pitching that well anyway, having given up seven hits and five earned runs when the trainer made a visit. He has no fantasy value the way he's throwing this season (5-10, 5.61 ERA, 1.56 WHIP entering today's game).
Phil Hughes, SP, MINCold7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes left Thursday night's game after being hit with a ball off the bat of Adam Dunn.
Insight: Hughes will get an X-ray and then we will know the extent of the injury. The right-hander had given up five earned runs in each of his last two outings heading into tonight and five or more earned runs in five of his last six so likely wasn't in any lineups.
Cole Hamels, SP, PHIHot7/24/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: For the second consecutive outing and third in the last four, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has yielded just one earned run.
Insight: Having thrown 116 pitches and leading 2-1 heading into the ninth inning the Phillies replaced Hamels with Jonathan Papelbon who finished the game 1-2-3. Hamels evened his record at 5-5. Other teams have asked about Hamels availability but he's not likely to be moved.
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY7/24/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: CC Sabathia had knee surgery Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season.
Insight: Sabathia had experienced renewed swelling in his knee when he tried to return earlier this month. The left-hander's first four years with New York were excellent, as he went 74-29 with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and one World Series title. However, he's recorded a 17-17 record, a 4.87 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in the last two seasons.
Alex Cobb, SP, TAM7/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Rays starter Alex Cobb struck out 10 batters and walked none over seven scoreless innings Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Cobb has won his last four decisions, but this was his best start since June 18.
Ervin Santana, SP, ATL7/23/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
Insight: Santana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) has a career-high chase rate and a career-low contact rate, which have resulted in his best K/9 since 2008 (7.81). He's allowed just 0.66 HR/9 after giving up at least 0.93 HR/9 in every season in his career.
Dan Haren, SP, LOSCold7/23/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren's miserable July continued Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Haren gave up five runs in five innings. He's allowed 20 runs on 28 hits (5 HR) in 19 innings this month and now has a 4.49 ERA. He entered the month with a 3.57 ERA.
Francisco Liriano, SP, PIT7/23/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in his last 12 innings to lower his ERA from 4.72 to 4.18.
Insight: Liriano has the lowest contact rate in baseball (minimum 80 innings) this season, but he's struggled with walks (4.79 BB/9).
Anibal Sanchez, SP, DET 7/23/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez beat the Diamondbacks Wednesday, but he wasn't sharp. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Insight: Sanchez has a 3.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this season, but he's fanned just 81 batters in 107 innings. His 6.81 K/9 is down from 9.99 last season and 7.91 for his career.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/23/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just two hits in five innings Wednesday against the Mets, but he walked six batters and hit Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch.
Insight: Walker allowed two runs and struck out five in the loss. The prospect was demoted back to Triple-A after the game. With James Paxton expected back in early August and Erasmo Ramirez coming off a great start, it may be a while until Walker gets another chance with the Mariners. This will likely go down as a lost season for the 21-year-old, who missed the first two and a half months with shoulder inflammation.
Bartolo Colon, SP, NYM 7/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings Wednesday and ended up allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 in a win over the Mariners.
Insight: Colon is 9-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in his first season with the Mets. He may be moved to a contender before the trade deadline.
Jorge De La Rosa, SP, COLHot7/23/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa struck out a season-high 11 batters over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: De La Rosa (11-6, 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings. He's won five straight decisions and has recorded a 1.78 ERA in July after putting up a 7.11 ERA in June.
Jose Quintana, SP, CWSHot7/23/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed one run on seven hits Wednesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Quintana hasn't won since June 29 despite recording a 2.02 ERA in his last four starts. He's 5-7 with a 3.15 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 118 Ks in 131 1/3 innings this season.
James Shields, SP, KANHot7/23/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter James Shields has recorded a 2.02 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and a 28/3 K/BB in 26 2/3 innings over his last four starts.
Insight: Shields lasted seven innings and allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven in a no decision Wednesday at Chicago. He's back on track after getting roughed up in eight starts from May 24 to July 1 (5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP).
Mike Leake, SP, CINCold7/23/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake has given up four runs in each of his last three starts.
Insight: Leake has allowed 48 hits and 17 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings this month. He's 7-9 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL7/23/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Kyle Lohse held the Reds to one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his 11th game of the season.
Insight: Lohse has turned into a very good starter on the back end of his career after recording a 4.79 ERA in his first 10 seasons. In his last four years, the 35-year-old has gone 52-25 with a 3.17 ERA, including 11-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP this year.
Shelby Miller, SP, STLCold7/23/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will start Saturday against the Cubs, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals have decided to move Carlos Martinez back to the bullpen and will replace him with Miller, who was moved to the bullpen for rest on July 18. Miller has gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Erasmo Ramirez, SP, SEA 7/23/2014 12:46:00 PM
Description: Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez made a strong bid to keep the fifth spot in the rotation with 10 Ks over seven innings (5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB) Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ramirez has posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings over his last five starts, but he's walked 18 batters during that span. Taijuan Walker, who will start Wednesday, is also an option for the No. 5 spot. However, James Paxton is expected to return in early August so both Walker and Ramirez could be out of luck.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/23/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over seven innings Tuesday at Seattle.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, striking out 79 batters in 80 2/3 innings and recording a 3.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The rookie is still available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC7/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks blanked the Padres over seven innings Tuesday night to pick up his first career win.
Insight: Hendricks had a 3.59 ERA and a 97/23 K/BB over 102 2/3 innings for Triple-A Iowa this season. He has a shot to remain in the Cubs rotation for the rest of the season.
Mike Minor, SP, ATLCold7/22/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was roughed up again Tuesday against the Marlins. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in three innings.
Insight: Over his last eight starts, Minor has allowed 68 hits (8 HR), 14 walks and 36 earned runs in 42 1/3 innings (7.65 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). The 26-year-old was excellent last season, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but nothing's gone right in 2014. He began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and has gone 3-6 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Roenis Elias, SP, SEA 7/22/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Seattle left-hander Roenis Elias' forearm "checked out fine," according to manager Lloyd McClendon. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Elias (8-8, 4.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) left Monday's start after 90 pitches due to cramping. The 25-year-old rookie is listed as the starter for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/22/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett allowed three homers and four runs in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) was making his first start since July 6. He's attempting to pitch through a torn labrum and two cysts in his left hip.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/22/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: If that goes well, Jimenez will be cleared for a rehab assignment. He rolled his ankle stepping out of a car earlier this month.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/22/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Mariners plan to recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Seattle pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez one day each, so they need a spot starter Wednesday and Walker was on schedule to start Wednesday for Triple-A. If he pitches well, the prospect could remain in the rotation ahead of Erasmo Ramirez, who will start Tuesday in the fifth rotation spot. However, James Paxton (lat) is nearing his return and could take that spot.
Danny Salazar, SP, CLE7/22/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Danny Salazar has been called up to start Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Salazar entered this season with a lot of buzz but posted a 5.53 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP while allowing eight homers in 40 2/3 innings. He's recorded a 4.02 ERA and a 67/28 K/BB in 53 2/3 innings since his demotion to Triple-A, and he's been very good since he returned from a triceps strain on June 15 (3.07 ERA, 52/20 K/BB in 41 IP).
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/22/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL7/21/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out 11 batters and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran has been outstanding all season, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he's struck out 9.06 batters per nine innings over his last 15 starts after fanning 5.44 in April.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/21/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 12 hits and six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Monday in his return from the disabled list.
Insight: It was Lee's first start in more than two months. The results won't do much to help his trade value. Lee will have one more start before the trade deadline.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS7/21/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 with a victory over the Pirates Monday.
Insight: Ryu allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five over seven innings. He's given up seven hits and two runs over 13 innings in two starts since he was bombed for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 on July 8 at Detroit.
John Lackey, SP, BOS7/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Red Sox starter John Lackey (11-6) permitted just two hits and one run over seven innings Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Lackey's ERA climbed from 2.96 to 3.84 after he allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings from June 23 to July 5, but he's lowered it back to 3.66 after two straight quality starts.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/21/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (ankle) threw a bullpen session Monday, according to Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com.
Insight: Wilson has been out with a right ankle sprain since July 10. He had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before going on the DL. Wilson says he'll probably need a rehab assignment, so he likely won't be back before early August.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA7/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to start Thursday against the Astros, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Alvarez took a comebacker off the left shin Saturday and had to exit his start. He's gone 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 75 Ks in 122 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy owners might want to sell high; because his K/9 is just 5.5 and he doesn't get a lot of run support from the Marlins, his value relies heavily on his ERA.
Bud Norris, SP, BAL7/21/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Bud Norris has been recalled from Double-A Bowie.
Insight: Norris (7-6, 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was sent down during the All-Star break so he could get another start after returning from the DL on July 9. He'll start Monday against the Angels.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/21/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have pushed starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day and may recall Taijuan Walker for Wednesday's start. SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Erasmo Ramirez will be recalled to start Tuesday against the Mets. Walker is scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Tacoma, so he would make sense for a call-up.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/21/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: The Giants have placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Insight: Cain's MRI ruled out ligament damage, but he's still out indefinitely. This is his third trip to the DL this season.
Tommy Milone, SP, OAK 7/21/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone has asked the team to trade him, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Milone went 6-0 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over his last 11 starts but was sent down when Oakland traded for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are not eager to move him because he may be needed as a replacement later this season. Milone has an ERA of 2.96 at O.co Coliseum and 4.52 on the road in his career, so a trade could hurt his fantasy value depending on where he lands.
Michael Wacha, SP, STL7/21/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Cardinals starter Michael Wacha (shoulder) could begin a throwing program in two weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: Wacha had an MRI and CT scan Monday and GM John Mozeliak said the results were positive. He's been out since June 17 due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder and the best-case scenario for a return is early September.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/21/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against San Francisco.
Insight: Lee has been out since May 18 due to an elbow strain. He was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP prior to his injury. He's likely to get two starts before the trade deadline and could be pitching for a contender by August 1.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM7/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against Seattle.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation. Seattle has lost three of their last four while the Mets have won eight of 11 so Niese may be a viable option Monday.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/21/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Tuesday's scheduled start against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI7/20/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley struck out 10, walked one and allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings for Double-A Mobile Saturday night.
Insight: It was Bradley's most dominant effort of the year. The right-hander dealt with an elbow injury earlier this season, but he's allowed five runs on 17 hits in 25 1/3 innings since he returned to the Double-A rotation. He could be ready to jump back to Triple-A, where he had a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings before the injury.
Justin Masterson, SP, CLECold7/20/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (knee) allowed two runs on five hits, struck out six and walked two over five innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday.
Insight: Masterson could be ready to rejoin the Indians rotation on Friday at Kansas City. The right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 Ks in 193 innings a year ago, but he's 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP in 98 innings this year. His 4.06 FIP suggests he'll improve, but he hasn't shown any signs of that yet.
Alex Wood, SP, ATLHot7/20/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out eight batters and gave up one run on three hits over six innings Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wood (7-7, 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 27 Ks in 31 1/3 innings since he returned from the minors.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAKHot7/20/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray improved to 4-0 in July Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: Gray (11-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a 0.95 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP this month.
Odrisamer Despaigne, SP, SDPHot7/20/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and ended up allowing one run on two hits in 7 2/3 Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: San Diego is still the only franchise in Major League Baseball without a no-hitter in its history. Despaigne, meanwhile, has defied logic by posting a 1.31 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP in his first 34 1/3 innings after recording a 7.61 ERA in 23 2/3 innings for Triple-A El Paso this year. The league should catch up to the 27-year-old Cuban soon.
Josh Collmenter, SP, ARI7/20/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter allowed one run on four hits in seven innings Sunday to improve to 8-5.
Insight: Collmenter has given up one run in four of his last five starts. The right-hander has a 3.64 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP but just 69 Ks in 111 1/3 innings.
Hiroki Kuroda, SP, NYY7/20/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up one run (zero earned) on three hits and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings Sunday against the Reds, but he took a no decision after Dellin Betances gave up a home run to Todd Frazier.
Insight: Kuroda is the king of tough-luck losses. He's 74-76 in his career even though he has a 3.44 ERA. This season, he's gone 6-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.
Josh Tomlin, SP, CLECold7/20/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Since he threw a one-hit, 11-K shutout on June 28 at Seattle, Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin has given up 13 runs on 24 hits in 17 innings.
Insight: Tomlin also gave up 18 runs (13 earned) on 28 hits in the 15 innings prior to that dominant outing. The 29-year-old can be avoided.
Drew Smyly, SP, DET7/20/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly returned to form Sunday against the Indians after giving up 13 runs on 23 hits in his last 14 1/3 innings.
Insight: Smyly held Cleveland to one run on four hits and fanned six batters in seven innings to win his sixth game of the season. With a 3.80 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 76 Ks in 94 2/3 innings, he's been a low-end fantasy option this year.
Tim Lincecum, SP, SFGHot7/20/2014 5:14:00 PM
Description: San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum continued his resurgence Sunday at Miami.
Insight: Lincecum allowed three runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings. The right-hander has recorded a 0.96 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP in his last five starts to lower his ERA from 4.90 to 3.68.
Yordano Ventura, SP, KAN7/20/2014 5:11:00 PM
Description: Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura had a rough afternoon Sunday at Boston.
Insight: Ventura walked four, didn't strike out a batter and gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander has struck out just 29 batters in 50 1/3 innings (5.19 K/9) since his elbow scare on May 26. He had a 9.26 K/9 in his first 57 1/3 innings this season.
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/20/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester dominated the Royals Sunday for his 10th win of the year.
Insight: Lester struck out eight and gave up four hits over eight scoreless frames. The left-hander has a career-low 2.50 ERA and his 9.33 K/9 is his best since 2010. He's allowed one earned run on 21 hits while recording a 33/4 K/BB in his last 31 innings.
Jeff Locke, SP, PITHot7/20/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke threw his eighth straight quality start Sunday against the Rockies.
Insight: Locke has cut his walks down from 4.55 per nine last season to 1.16 this year. The left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 62 innings.
Henderson Alvarez, SP, MIA7/19/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez took a comebacker off his shin and was forced from Saturday night's game.
Insight: Alvarez is putting together a fine season, going 6-4 with a stunning 2.63 ERA. We think he's likely to be ready to take his next turn in the rotation.
Casey Janssen, SP, TOR7/19/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen wasn't available Saturday due to illness.
Insight: He believes he ate something bad over the All-Star break and has lost as much as seven pounds. Aaron Loup picked up Saturday's save.
Corey Kluber, SP, CLEHot7/19/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber posted another 10 strikeouts Saturday against the Detroit Tigers
Insight: Kluber has arguably been the surprise of the year, delighting fantasy owners with a 2.95 ERA, 152 strikeouts and 33 walks. His 9.7 Ks per nine innings pitched is the best since he became a starter in 2012. He needs one more win to tie last year's career high of 11.
Brandon McCarthy, SP, NYY7/19/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy was dominant Saturday yielding one run on six hits without a walk and nine strikeouts.
Insight: We have always known he could pitch, but with him its a matter of staying healthy. McCarthy has never made more than 25 starts in any season of his career, but has 20 so far this season.
Kyle Lohse, SP, MIL7/18/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Kyle Lohse allowed 10 hits but didn't walk a batter and held the Nationals to one run over seven innings Friday.
Insight: Lohse now has 10 wins, just one less than he had last season. He's not a big strikeout guy but has a 3.16 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP this season.
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX7/18/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Rangers starter Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters over 6 2/3 innings Friday at Toronto.
Insight: Darvish gave up one run on five hits to get his ninth win. The right-hander has a 2.88 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 154 Ks in 122 innings this season, so he's been exactly what fantasy owners expected.
David Phelps, SP, NYYHot7/18/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees starter David Phelps struck out seven batters and allowed three runs (two earned) over 6 1/3 innings to beat the Reds Friday.
Insight: Phelps (4-4, 3.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) has gone 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over his last seven starts.
James Paxton, SP, SEA7/18/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Paxton will make a rehab start Tuesday if he gets through the bullpen without an issue. The young left-hander went on the DL with a strained lat on April 9th and began experiencing shoulder inflammation near the end of May.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN7/18/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey (knee) is expected to start Tuesday against the Brewers, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bailey left his last start on July 10 due to soreness in his right patellar tendon. The right-hander has gone 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 0.54 HR/9 over his last 66 1/3 innings after going 3-3 with a 5.44 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a 1.58 HR/9 in his first 51 1/3.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/18/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.
Insight: If that goes well, Jimenez could throw a rehab start Wednesday. He rolled his ankle while stepping out of his car earlier this month.
Jon Niese, SP, NYM7/18/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and said he's ready to start Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation.
Josh Beckett, SP, LOS7/18/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team is optimistic Josh Beckett could be ready to start Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered a left hip impingement while running the bases on July 6.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/18/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson (sprained ankle) isn't ready to start throwing off a mound yet, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Wilson has been playing catch on flat ground, but his ankle is still sore. The left-hander had a 6.81 ERA in his last eight starts before the injury.
Andrew Cashner, SP, SDP7/18/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) hopes to resume his throwing program on Saturday, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Cashner (2-6, 2.36 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness in June. He's been on the disabled list twice this season due to arm injuries and the Padres are not going to rush his return.
Matt Cain, SP, SFG7/18/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that Matt Cain's elbow "has been cranky." SOURCE: Alex Pavlovic, Bay Area News Group
Insight: The Giants have pushed Cain back to the fifth game of the second half to get him extra rest. Cain has posted a 1.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in his last three starts. He'll be on 12 days of rest when he starts Tuesday against the Phillies.
Shelby Miller, SP, STLCold7/18/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller will move to the bullpen indefinitely for rest purposes, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Insight: The Cardinals can use four starters and still keep everyone on regular rest for the remainder of July. Miller's poor fielding-independent numbers -- he had a 3.42 ERA over his first 14 starts, but his FIP was 4.68 in that span -- have caught up with him. He's gone 0-3 with a 7.30 ERA in his last five starts and sits at 7-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP this season.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS7/18/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann (biceps) says he'll start Tuesday at Colorado, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Insight: Zimmermann left his start on June 11 with a biceps strain, but he didn't have to miss a start due to the All-Star break.


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