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Mike Trout, CF, ANAHot8/1/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Trout struggled a bit near the end of July, but his slumps never last long. He's hitting .302 with 25 home runs, 78 RBI, 75 runs, 10 steals and a .978 OPS on the year.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot8/1/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Brantley hasn't homered since July 12 and he went 15-for-58 (.259) in the 15 games prior to Friday, but there's no reason to think he won't continue to hit like he has all season.
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.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLECold8/1/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall snapped out of a 4-for-38 (.105) slump with two hits and a homer in five at-bats Friday.
Insight: Chisenhall is still hitting .309 with 10 homers and an .854 OPS on the year, but it hasn't been pretty over the past six weeks (.210, 3 HR, 10 RBI in last 39 games).
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/1/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton left Friday's game with a left middle finger contusion after being hit by a pitch.
Insight: Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a solo homer before getting plunked. He stayed in the game initially but then was pulled.
Rajai Davis, LF, DET8/1/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Rajai Davis started in center field, led off and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs Friday against the Rockies.
Insight: Davis should be Detroit's everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter after the team traded Austin Jackson to Seattle on Thursday. He should be added in most leagues.
Carlos Beltran, RF, NYYHot8/1/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and two RBI Friday against Boston.
Insight: Beltran has gone 19-for-51 (.373) with four home runs and 11 RBI since the All-Star break after hitting .216 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 232 at-bats before it.
Anthony Ranaudo, P, BOS8/1/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo won his MLB debut Friday and he did it against the hated Yankees.
Insight: Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, held the Yankees to two runs on four hits, walked four and struck out two in six innings. He went 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He should have a shot to remain in the rotation the rest of the season after Boston dealt four starters in the past week.
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.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIAHot8/1/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton homered again Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Make that three straight games with a homer for Stanton. He hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he's gone 5-for-13 with a double, three homers and five RBI in his last four games.
Joe Nathan, RP, DET8/1/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Tigers closer Joe Nathan allowed a walk and a hit Friday but ultimately closed out the Rockies for a 4-2 win.
Insight: Nathan has saved two games and thrown three straight scoreless innings since the team acquired Joakim Soria.
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF, PHI 8/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Washington.
Insight: Byrd (.271, 21 HR, 63 RBI) was on the trade block before Thursday's deadline, but Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. failed to get a deal done. It would have been good for Byrd's fantasy value if he landed in a better lineup. The veteran has a pitiful 130/26 K/BB in 455 plate appearances (28.6 K%, 5.7 BB%), so fantasy owners should prepare for an extended slump at some point during the final two months.
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.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot8/1/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went yard again Friday against the Giants.
Insight: Duda is locked in at the plate and daily fantasy owners should be taking advantage. He's hit six home runs in his last nine games and is up to 20 homers and 61 RBI on the year.
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL8/1/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left Friday's game after sliding hard into the wall down the right-field line while making a catch.
Insight: Gonzalez has been dealing with soreness in his right ankle and left knee and he appeared to aggravate the ankle injury on the catch, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
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.
Brett Lawrie, 2B, TOR8/1/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie (finger) began his rehab assignment Friday.
Insight: Lawrie fractured his finger on June 22 at Cincinnati. He could be back by next week.
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.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL8/1/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is day-to-day with a left index finger contusion.
Insight: His X-rays were negative. Gennett has provided the Brewers with a massive upgrade over what Rickie Weeks was giving them the past few years. He's hit .302 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, six steals, 42 runs and an .814 OPS. Friday is his seventh absence from the starting lineup in the last nine games.
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.
Jason Heyward, RF, ATL8/1/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and hasn't been able to play since then.
Evan Gattis, C, ATL8/1/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is getting the night off Friday.
Insight: Gattis has gone 8-for-31 (.258) with one homer since he returned from the disabled list.
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.
Matt Kemp, OF, LOSHot8/1/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has gone 17-for-37 (.459) with a double, a triple, three homers and 11 RBI over his last 10 games.
Insight: Kemp has raised his average 21 points and his OPS 64 points in that span. He's now hitting .286 with 11 homers, 46 RBI, 42 runs and an .816 OPS in 385 plate appearances.
Yasiel Puig, RF, LOSHot8/1/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has gone 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles, four triples and a homer in his last six games.
Insight: Puig (.319, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 61 R, .958 OPS) has hit just two homers and driven in 16 runs in his last 51 games, but he's continued to pick up extra-base hits, score runs, and hit for a high average 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.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT8/1/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Alvarez doesn't appear to be starting against any left-handers these days. He's hit .178 with a .510 OPS against them this year.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN8/1/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment next week, according to beat writer Mike Berardino.
Insight: Mauer suffered a right oblique strain July 1. He was just starting to hit, putting up a 12-game hitting streak before the injury.
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.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL8/1/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett was scratched from Friday's lineup with a left finger injury.
Insight: Gennett has provided the Brewers with a massive upgrade over what Rickie Weeks was giving them the past few years. He's hit .302 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, six steals, 42 runs and an .814 OPS. Friday will be his seventh absence from the starting lineup in the last nine games.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN8/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier missed Thursday's game due to swelling in his left thumb, but he's back in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Dozier hit just .230 with four home runs and two steals in July. He'll try to improve upon his .234 average, 19 homers, 48 RBI, 17 steals and 72 runs in the first game of August Friday night.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI8/1/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is a career .500 hitter (7-for-14) versus Edinson Volquez, but is not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Goldschmidt has struggled this past week, batting .125 (.491 OPS) over the past six games. He's a fantasy stud, but may not be swinging well enough to take advantage of this matchup.
Tyler Flowers, C, CWSHot8/1/2014 4:39:00 PM
Description: Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers is batting .438 with a 1.142 OPS over the past nine games.
Insight: Flowers is batting .244 this season with six homers, but could be worth a flier in the short-term.
Matt Duffy, 2B, SFG8/1/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Giants IF Matt Duffy was called up from Double-A Richmond and will start at 2B Friday night.
Insight: Duffy was hitting well, batting .332 with 3 HR, 62 RBI and 20 SB in 97 games for Richmond. He gets a prime spot in the lineup batting second between Hunter Pence and Buster Posey.
Stephen Drew, 2B, NYY8/1/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees will start Stephen Drew at second base on Friday night versus hos old club, Boston.
Insight: He's hit .176 with four home runs and a .583 OPS in 131 at-bats, so fantasy owners may still want to stay away.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS8/1/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder, but Mookie Betts will be playing there Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/1/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes had been one of Oakland's top hitters since he signed in 2012 and has hit .256 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and a .767 OPS this season. Boston fans will have to wait one more day before seeing what he can do in hitter-friendly Fenway Park.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS8/1/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats. He should get his 3B spot back with Xander Bogaerts moving back to shortstop.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL8/1/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis (flu) was not in the starting lineup Thursday, but is back in for Friday's matchup with Seattle, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.
Insight: Davis (.198, 17 HR, 51 RBI) did pinch hit Thursday, so we knew he was close to returning. Now if his 2013 swing will find it's way back home then we'll really be happy.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, WAS8/1/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Former Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will bat seventh and play second base for Washington against the Phillies Friday night.
Insight: Cabrera at second baseman pushes Danny Espinosa to the bench. He's hitting just .246 with nine home runs, 40 RBI, seven steals and a .691 OPS this year. He could be a decent add in NL-only leagues, but you can do better at shortstop in standard formats.
Mike Aviles, SS, CLE8/1/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Indians utility man Mike Aviles will get the start at shortstop with Asdrubal Cabrera having been shipped off to Washington. He'll bat in the same spot as Cabrera - No. 2.
Insight: Aviles is batting .257 without much power and 10 stolen bases in 226 at-bats, so his fantasy value moving forward is minimal.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN8/1/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand and could be sidelined up to six weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report.
Insight: Initial estimates of four weeks were apparently low. Billy Butler and Raul Ibanez should pick up most of the additional work.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARICold8/1/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is just 1-for-14 (.071) versus Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Hill was just 3-for-16 over the past week after a great seven days in which he batted .458 (11-for-24).
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI8/1/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is a career .500 hitter (7-for-14) versus Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Goldschmidt hashas struggled this past week, batting .125 (.491 OPS) over the past six games. He's a fantasy stud, but may not be swinging well enough to take advantage of this matchup.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL8/1/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is one of the few hitters with success versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Ramirez is 19-for-50 (.380) with a pair of home runs and a 1.076 OPS versus the All-Star right-hander. The third baseman hasn't been hitting much of late, batting .253 with a subpar .581 OPS over the past four weeks.
Josh Willingham, LF, MINCold8/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has struck out 12 times in 25 plate appearances against starter Chris Sale.
Insight: Willingham hasn't been a good fantasy option since hitting 35 homers in 2012 and its probably best to avoid him again Friday.
Hunter Pence, RF, SFG8/1/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is just 3-for-29 (.103) versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Pence is doing what he always does - play almost every day and accumulate numbers. He's batting .289 with 13 HR, 42 RBI, 73 runs and 10 steals in 109 games. He leads the NL in at bats (440). This matchup probably isn't going to add much to his totals.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYMHot8/1/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 4-for-8 against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Murphy has gone 18-for-50 (.360) over the past two weeks (12 games). Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Allen Craig, RF, BOS8/1/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Boston's newly-acquired 1B/OF Allen Craig is 7-for-11 (.636) versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Craig hit .307 or higher in each of the last three seasons, but he's batted .237 with seven homers, 44 RBI and a .637 OPS this year. Maybe this good matchup will help him get back to his normal level.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/1/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .389 hitter (7-for-18) against Washington right-hander Doug Fister.
Insight: Revere (.306, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 48 runs, 30 SB has four consecutive multi-hit games, including four Thursday night, to raise his average over the .300 mark. He's still a singles hitter, but right now he's getting a lot of them.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA8/1/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is a career .182 hitter (4-for-22) versus Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Cano does has a home run and a double in those four hits, but a career .310 hitter batting .182 is a significant variation.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA8/1/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is 1-for-14 (.071) against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Seager has had a very good and consistent season, posting an OPS of at least .791 in all four months to date, but he has beem much better at home and this matchup in Baltimore should be avoided.
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.
Jay Bruce, RF, CINCold8/1/2014 3:30:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has returned from the bereavement list and is in the starting lineup batting second and playing right field.
Insight: The streaky Bruce is in one of those ugly down moments, batting just .103 over the past eight games, and should be left on the bench.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLECold7/31/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Indians 3B/DH Lonnie Chisenhall has gone 4-for-38 (.105) in his last 10 games.
Insight: Regression has been harsh to Chisenhall. Over his last 37 games, he's hit .203 with two home runs and nine RBI.
Mike Zunino, C, SEA7/31/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino homered for the third time in his last four games Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Zunino has hit .212 this season, but he's blasted 17 home runs, tied for third among backstops.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLECold7/31/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer Thursday against the Mariners.
Insight: Kipnis showed signs of life by hitting .311 with two home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and five steals in the first 14 games of July, but he went 6-for-44 (.136) in the last 11.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot7/31/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley capped off a terrific month of July with a two-run home run Thursday at Cleveland.
Insight: It was Ackley's first homer since May 11. He batted .365 with nine doubles, nine RBI and nine runs in July, but he's still hitting .253 with a .676 OPS on the year.
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.
Giancarlo Stanton, RF, MIA7/31/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Stanton hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he'll go into August on a high note. He went 4-for-10 with a double and two homers the past three games.
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.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS7/31/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be shut down for two weeks before the team reevaluated his condition, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Zimmerman reportedly has a Grade 3 strain that will keep him out 6-8 weeks, but the Nats have yet to offer an official diagnosis of the severity. If Washington sees improvement in two weeks, Zimmerman could begin strengthening exercises. If not, he'll likely be shut down for the rest of the season. Washington picked up Asdrubal Cabrera from Cleveland Thursday to bolster the infield.
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.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold7/31/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was benched Thursday after arriving late, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Rasmus' tardiness was an issue in New York and he was the last one to arrive Thursday. He's hitting .219 with 14 homers and a .729 OPS.
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.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWSHot7/31/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton went 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs and a steal Thursday at Detroit.
Insight: Eaton has gone 28-for-64 (.438) with five RBI, 10 runs and three steals in his last 15 games.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot7/31/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has hit safely in 38 of the past 39 games and batted .365 with 14 doubles, 12 home runs and 32 RBI in that span.
Insight: Abreu went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two intentional walks Thursday at Detroit to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. In addition to an MLB-leading 31 homers and 83 RBI, Abreu is now hitting .305 with a .992 OPS.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPHot7/31/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko has gone 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, two homers and six RBI in four games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Plantar fasciitis kept Gyorko out from June 4 to July 27 after he hit .162 with five homers, 24 RBI and a .483 OPS in his first 56 games. The 25-year-old batted .249 with 23 home runs in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
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.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS7/31/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) will be back Friday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Boston traded Stephen Drew to the Yankees Thursday, allowing Xander Bogaerts to move from third base to shortstop and opening up a spot for Middlebrooks.
Insight: When Middlebrooks broke his finger on May 16, he was hitting .197 with two homers and nine RBI in 71 at-bats and he's batted .231 with four homers, eight RBI and a 30/6 K/BB in 104 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. There's no reason to add him in fantasy.
Starling Marte, LF, PIT7/31/2014 7:13:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte (concussion) will start a four-game rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Indianapolis, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: Marte was hit in the helmet with a pitch on July 18 and was placed on the DL a few days later due to a concussion. If all goes well, he'll return on Aug. 6 against Miami.
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.
J.D. Martinez, OF, DET 7/31/2014 6:53:00 PM
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: Martinez went 4-for-30 (.133) with 10 Ks in his first nine games after the All-Star break, but he's gone 5-for-10 with a triple, a homer, two walks and three RBI in the last three games.
Torii Hunter, RF, DETHot7/31/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Detroit right fielder Torii Hunter went 2-for-3 with a solo homer Thursday.
Insight: Hunter has gone 32-for-88 (.364) with five doubles, a triple, six home runs and 24 RBI in July and he has excellent numbers against White Sox starter John Danks, so he was a no-brainer option Thursday.
Shane Victorino, RF, BOS7/31/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino is once again dealing with back issues.
Insight: Victorino is expected to miss "some time," according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. The Red Sox acquired Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in trades on Thursday, so Victorino was expected to become the starting center fielder. Now, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Daniel Nava will split time, with Cespedes moving over to center field when Nava starts.
Anthony Ranaudo, P, BOS7/31/2014 6:18:00 PM
Description: Boston prospect Anthony Ranaudo will start Friday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Pete Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: The Red Sox traded each of the pitchers who started their first four games this season -- Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront -- in the past week, so it's time to give some youngsters a shot. Ranaudo, a New Jersey native, is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 99/49 K/BB over 119 1/3 innings with Triple-A Pawtucket this year. He's worth a shot in AL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Kurt Suzuki, C, MIN7/31/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has signed a two-year, $12 million contract extension with a vesting option for 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: Suzuki, who made the All-Star team this year, was reportedly on the trade block, but the Twins have decided to make a commitment to the 30-year-old rather than hand the catcher job to Josmil Pinto.
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.
Joaquin Benoit, RP, SDP7/31/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: The trade deadline has passed and closer Joaquin Benoit is still a member of the San Diego Padres.
Insight: A trade would have landed him in a set-up role, so this is good news for his fantasy value. Benoit has a 1.88 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP this season and he's closed out both save chances since Huston Street was traded.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF, ATL7/31/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: The Cubs have traded utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves along with lefty reliever James Russell.
Insight: Bonifacio has hit .400 with four doubles, a homer and a steal since he came off the disabled list on July 22. He'll likely fill in at second and in the outfield for the Braves but won't play every day.