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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.
Taijuan Walker, SP, SEA7/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Seattle right-hander Taijuan Walker's next start for Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back from Thursday to Friday, which knocks him off schedule to reclaim the fifth starter spot Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: "Taijuan just needs a little more time," Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said. "He got up here this year, fairly quick (after completing his rehab from a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we'd like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt." This is a frustrating development for fantasy owners who waited patiently for Walker to make his 2014 debut on June 30 after he missed the entire season to that point with shoulder inflammation.
Tyler Chatwood, SP, COL7/17/2014 3:17:00 PM
Description: Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood needs Tommy John surgery, according to the Denver Post.
Insight: Chatwood had a 3.15 ERA and allowed just five home runs in 111 1/3 innings last season despite pitching at Coors Field, but he gave up four homers and had a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings this season before going down with a strained elbow.
Archie Bradley, SP, ARI7/16/2014 4:54:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley has allowed just three runs on 14 hits in 18 1/3 innings since he returned from an elbow strain, but he's also recorded a 9/13 K/BB in that span.
Insight: Bradley was ranked as one of the top-10 prospects in baseball by several reputable publications prior to this season. Overall he's posted a 3.66 ERA and a 38/26 K/BB in 46 2/3 innings and will need to show improvement with his control before the Diamondbacks call him up. It could be another few weeks or more before we see him in the big leagues.
Taylor Hill, SP, WAS7/15/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Nationals pitching prospect Taylor Hill is 9-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.09 WHIP at Triple-A Syracuse (INT).
Insight: We particularly like the 69/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was up for a couple of bullpen appearances in June, but he's a starter. Unfortunately, the Nationals rotation is very strong and doesn't give much hope for him and any fantasy value at this time.
Nick Tropeano, SP, HOUHot7/15/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Houston pitching prospect Nick Tropeano has a stunning 2.38 ERA and 0.954 WHIP pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Insight: In the PCL, numbers like that don't come along very often. He's also striking out almost a batter an inning (81 in 87 IP). I'd expect him up in September and a candidate for the rotation in 2015.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LOS7/13/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings his last time out at Detroit, but he got some relief in the form of the San Diego Padres Sunday.
Insight: Ryu (10-5, 3.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) limited the league's worst offense to two hits over six scoreless innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters.
Tyson Ross, SP, SDPHot7/13/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross struck out nine and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings Sunday at Los Angeles, but he still took his 10th loss of the season.
Insight: Only Clayton Kershaw has a lower contact rate than Ross this season. He's posted a 2.85 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 117 Ks in 122 2/3 innings and is one of two Padres All-Stars along with Huston Street.
Sonny Gray, SP, OAKHot7/13/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray has gone 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in July.
Insight: Gray allowed one unearned run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings Sunday at Seattle to win his 10th game of the season. The right-hander has bounced back nicely from recording a 5.50 ERA over six starts from May 27 to June 28.
Clay Buchholz, SP, BOSHot7/13/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz threw his seventh career complete game and fifth career shutout Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Buchholz (4-5, 5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) struck out 12, walked none and allowed just three hits. He appears to have figured out what was wrong with him earlier this season while he was on the disabled list. The right-hander has posted a 23/1 K/BB, a 2.73 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP in 29 2/3 innings since he returned.
Wily Peralta, SP, MIL7/13/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Brewers starter Wily Peralta held the Cardinals to one unearned run on three hits in seven innings Sunday to win his 10th game of the season.
Insight: Peralta had recorded a 6.38 ERA over his previous eight starts. He has a 3.72 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP but just 89 Ks in 118 2/3 innings.
Tanner Roark, SP, WAS7/13/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Tanner Roark improved to 8-6 on the season with seven strong innings Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Roark (3.01 ERA, 1.13 WHIP) allowed four hits and one run while walking none and striking out six. All five of Washington's starters have an ERA of 3.56 or lower.
Jacob deGrom, SP, NYMHot7/13/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom turned in seven innings of one-run ball and eight strikeouts in his final start before the All-Star break Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: deGrom has struck out 72 batters and posted a 3.18 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in his first 73 2/3 career innings.
John Danks, SP, CWS7/13/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: With seven innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Indians Chicago left-hander John Danks dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since April 26.
Insight: Danks is over the shoulder troubles he dealt with in 2012 and 2013. He's gone 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over his last 67 innings after starting out 3-4 with a 5.64 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP in his first 52 2/3.
Trevor Bauer, SP, CLE7/13/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Indians starter Trevor Bauer struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: Bauer has been inconsistent this season, but he has a ton of upside and he put that on display Sunday with one of the best starts of his career. He'll take a 3.84 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 70 Ks in 72 2/3 innings into the second half.
David Price, SP, TAMHot7/13/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay left-hander David Price tossed eight scoreless innings Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: Price had a 4.42 ERA on May 24, but he's gone 5-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over his last nine starts.
Cliff Lee, SP, PHI7/13/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee (elbow strain) is expected to start on July 21 against the Giants, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
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.
Brett Anderson, SP, COL7/13/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Colorado left-hander Brett Anderson (broken finger) will start Sunday against the Twins.
Insight: Anderson was activated from the disabled list Sunday after missing three months with a broken finger. He's extremely injury-prone and doesn't have as much upside with Colorado as he did in Oakland due to the Coors Field factor.
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, TAM7/13/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been optioned to Double-A to make one start during the All-Star break.
Insight: Hellickson allowed oe run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his season debut on July 8 after missing the entire season due to elbow surgery. He had a 5.17 ERA last year but his career ERA is 3.69.
Drew Pomeranz, SP, OAK7/13/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: The Athletics have activated Drew Pomeranz from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A.
Insight: Pomeranz' temper cost him a spot in the rotation. He broke his right hand when he punched a chair on June 16 after allowing seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, and Oakland acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel while Pomeranz was on the DL. The A's may look to trade him or Tommy Milone for a second baseman.
R.A. Dickey, SP, TOR7/13/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey has baffled most of Tampa Bay's lineup in his career.
Insight: Dickey is a worthwhile fantasy option Sunday. Fantasy owners should avoid Evan Longoria (5-for-22 against Dickey), Ben Zobrist (5-24), Matt Joyce (5-27), James Loney (5-26) and Desmond Jennings (2-18) against the knuckleballer.
Rick Porcello, SP, DET7/13/2014 12:24:00 AM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello was very good again in earning his 12th win of the season.
Insight: Porcello was shelled for seven earned runs in his last outing after going 24 inning without allowing a run from June 20-July 1. It appears he's back on track again.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, BALHot7/11/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez has thrown eight innings in back-to-back starts.
Insight: Gonzalez took no decisions in both, but he allowed three earned runs and struck out 11 in that span to lower his ERA from 4.56 to 4.04. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five Friday against the Yankees.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS7/11/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies due to a cramp in his right biceps, according to Mark Zuckerman of csnwashington.com.
Insight: He'll have an MRI Saturday and won't pitch in the All-Star game. "I don't think it's anything major," Zimmermann said.
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYMHot7/11/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler has allowed three runs on 15 hits over his last 19 1/3 innings. He held Miami to one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings Friday to improve to 5-8.
Insight: Wheeler is inconsistent because he walks a lot of batters (3.82 BB/9), but he has a 3.90 ERA and 105 Ks in 108 1/3 innings. His 3.41 FIP and 3.49 xFIP suggest he'll improve.
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS 7/11/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann left Friday's game against the Phillies, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Insight: He threw a pitch in the fourth inning, shook the fingers on his right hand and motioned for the dugout. The right-hander's second-to-last pitch was recorded as an 88-mph fastball, 5-6 mph below average for him.
Kevin Gausman, SP, BAL 7/11/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have called up Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) to start Saturday or Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: The prospect has been Baltimore's No. 6 starter this season. He'll take Ubaldo Jimenez' spot in the rotation while Jimenez is on the DL with an ankle sprain.
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT7/11/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole (right lat soreness) will not return from the disabled list when he's first eligible on July 20, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Cole has been on the disabled list twice since June 3, first with shoulder fatigue and now with a right lat strain. The team won't rush the recovery process with the former No. 1 overall pick.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, BAL7/11/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: The Orioles have placed Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Jimenez rolled his ankle while stepping out of his car on Wednesday. He's thrown up a 4.52 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 99 2/3 innings this season.
Joe Kelly, SP, STL7/11/2014 4:06:00 PM
Description: Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly (hamstring) has been activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: Kelly, who strained his left hamstring on April 16, will get the start Friday against Milwaukee. He's 1-1 this season with a 0.59 ERA and 1.239 WHIP in three starts.
Aaron Harang, SP, ATL7/10/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he did in the early portion of the season, going seven strong innings yielding just four hits and one run.
Insight: Harang improved to 9-6 with an ERA of 3.53. Fantasy owners and Braves fans need to see more of this version of Harang.
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL7/10/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Top Milwaukee prospect Jimmy Nelson has been recalled and will start on Saturday.
Insight: He's replacing Marco Estrada who has been sent to the bullpen. Nelson has pitched very well for Triple-A Nashville (10-2, 1.459 ERA, .919 WHIP and 114 Ks in 111 IP). Minor league success doesn't always translate to the majors, but he has all the tools.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY7/10/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL.
Insight: He'll try six weeks of rehab and PRP injections, but the odds are not good for his return. Think Dr. James Andrews. It's a disaster for both the Yankees and fantasy owners to lose a hurler like Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA, 1.005 WHIP).
Scott Kazmir, SP, OAKHot7/10/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir continues to dazzle on the mound, throwing a three-hit, no run, seven-inning effort against the Giants Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kazmir raised his reconrd to 11-3 with a stunning 2.38 ERA. He has to be one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the first half of 2014.
C.J. Wilson, SP, ANA7/10/2014 4:44:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles left-hander C.J. Wilson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain.
Insight: Wilson hasn't pitched well since mid-June and it's likely fantasy owners haven't been using him of late anyway. He's 8-6 with a high 4.33 ERA and 1.332 WHIP, but was 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA and 2.375 WHIP in two July starts.
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN7/10/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey left the game in the sixth inning with a right patella tendon injury.
Insight: Bailey (8-5, 4.15 ERA, 1.349 WHIP heading into the game) was coming off two very good starts, yielding just one run over 17 innings. He left Thursday's game after giving up three earned run on three hits and two walks.
Jon Lester, SP, BOSHot7/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester pitched like an ace again Thursday, but didn't get the win because his bullpen let him down.
Insight: Lester went seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits while striking out 12. His ERA as down to 2.65 which should normally amount to a better record than 9-7. I blame the offense more than the bullpen as three of his losses have come when he's yielded two runs or less.


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