Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt was 3-for-5, hitting a grand slam in the, 8-7, loss to the Twins on Monday.
Insight: Vogt continues his ridiculous start, getting five RBI on Monday. He drove in the fifth run on a double in the ninth. He represented the tying run at second in the final frame, but he was unable to score. Vogt is hitting .372 with seven home runs and 25 RBI this season.
Description: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer in the, 8-7, victory over the Athletics on Monday.
Insight: Hunter hit his home run in the sixth to give Minnesota a, 8-5, victory. Oakland scored a run in the eighth and ninth, but the Twins held on to win. Hunter was 1-for-5 in the game and he is hitting .253 with three home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could avoid the disabled list according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said after the game Monday night that Ramirez's should injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation. Ramirez ran into the side wall and has a left shoulder sprain. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre scored the winning run in the, 2-1, victory over the Astros on Monday.
Insight: Beltre was 1-for-4 in the game, hitting a double in the ninth and scored the game-winner in the frame. He is hitting .218 with two home runs and just four RBI in 101 at-bats this season. It's been another very disappointing year for Beltre.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings and allowed just one run but received a no-decision on Monday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Texas scored on Astros reliever Chad Qualls in the ninth to win, 2-1. Keuchel, however, has still been unbelievable this season. He is 3-0 with a 0.80 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 45 innings this season.
Description: Rangers starter Ross Detwiler pitched seven strong innings, receiving a no-decision, but the Rangers did beat the Astros, 2-1.
Insight: The victory ended Houston's 10-game winning streak. Detwiler allowed just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in the seven frames. Detwiler, however, is still looking for his first victory of the year. He is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits in a no-decision on Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Kershaw was cruising through five, but he allowed a pinch-hit triple to score a run in the sixth and then a solo home run in the eighth. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took out Kershaw after he yielded a double immediately after the home run, and then relief pitcher Chris Hatcher coughed up the lead, allowing a double and infield single. Kershaw hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been his dominate self this season. He is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He did, however, have eight strikeouts and no walks Monday.
Description: Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was 1-for-4 with an RBI and run in the, 4-3, victory over the Dodgers on Monday.
Insight: Milwaukee rallied from down, 3-0, to give new manager Craig Counsell his first victory as the Brewers skipper. Gomez doubled in the tying run in the eighth and then scored the winning run on Ryan Braun's infield single. Gomez is hitting .261 with one home run in nine RBI.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had another rough start on Monday as Boston continues to have problems with its starting pitching.
Insight: Boston has the second-highest starters ERA in the entire league, and Buchholz is a big part of the reason why. He is 1-4 with a 6.03 ERA this season. He pitched 6 1/3 innings on Monday versus the Rays and allowed five runs on nine hits. Simply put, he needs to get better, but for the Red Sox to be a serious contender, they may have to pull the trigger on the Cole Hamels trade.
Description: Braves outfield Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI in the loss to the Phillies on Monday.
Insight: Markakis reached on an infield single in the ninth to score a run, but Atlanta was able to score any more runs. The Phillies won, 5-2. Markakis is hitting .298 with no home runs and six RBI this season.
Description: Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur was 4-for-5 a double, triple, two RBI and a run in the, 5-2, victory over the Braves on Monday.
Insight: Francoeur had a RBI-double in the first and then a RBI-triple in the ninth. He also had two singles. Fancoeur, however, is not really fantasy relevant as he is hitting just .214 with two home runs and six RBI.
Description: Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one earned run in seven innings against the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: Zimmerman, however, received the no-decision as he left with the game tied at two. The Nationals went on to win, 6-4. Zimmerman allowed six hits and had four strikeouts versus no walks. he is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA this season.
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the, 6-4, victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: Desmond hit his homer in the eighth to tie the game at four. The Nationals then took the lead on Yunel Escobar's two-run single. Desmond was 1-for-4 in the game and has two home runs this season.
Description: Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and an RBI in the loss to the Nationals on Monday.
Insight: Suzuki was 2-for-4 in the game. He reached on an infield single in the eighth, which drove in the Marlins fourth run. Unfortunately, for Miami, they were unable to hold the two-run lead, losing, 6-4. Ichiro is hitting .282 with one home run, 10 runs and six RBI in 71 at-bats this season.
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar went 5-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 6-4, victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: All five of Escobar's hit were singles. Even after four singles, Washington needed the fifth hit to score the winning run in the eighth. The single scored two and gave the Nationals the, 6-4, lead. Escobar is hitting .311 with two home runs and seven RBI this season.
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the, 3-1, victory over the Yankees on Monday.
Insight: Donaldson was the only player in the game with multiple hits. Donaldson scored on Edwin Encarnacion's double in the eighth. Donaldson is hitting .314 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 105 at-bats this season.
Description: Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran has three doubles in his last three games.
Insight: Beltran was 1-for-3 with a double and run scored on Monday versus the Blue Jays. He, however, is still only hitting .203 with no home runs this season, so hopefully not too many fantasy owners are counting on Beltran for major production.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a shoulder sprain according to CSN New England.
Insight: It is not yet known how serious the injury is, but fantasy owners are holding their breathe for the time being. Ramirez is second in the league with 10 home runs and would be a huge loss for any owner. Ramirez hurt his shoulder crashing into the side wall on Monday versus the Rays.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game versus the Rays after running into the side wall at Fenway Park.
Insight: The Boston Globe speculates that Ramirez has a left arm or shoulder injury. This is a huge concern for fantasy owners as Ramirez is off to a great start. He is hitting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs. Check back for updates on Ramirez's status.
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is getting closer to returning according to
Insight: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Doolittle will throw two more bullpen sessions and then face hitters next Monday. Doolittle would be a nice addition to any fantasy team. Stash him on the fantasy DL if possible.
Description: Twins right fielder Oswaldo Arcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Arcia was in the middle of a six-game hitting streak which raised his average to .276, so this comes at a bad time. He quietly hit 20 homers last season and seems to be continuing to improve his offense.
Description: Marlins first baseman Michael Morse will sit on Monday.
Insight: Even more of a reason not to throw Giancarlo Stanton a hittable pitch. Morse hasn't done much this season, batting just .193, but the threat of his power helps Stanton. Justin Bour will get the start at 1B.
Description: Athletics starter Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery last March) pitched 4 1/2 innings Sunday in his third rehab outing.
Insight: The 26-year-old posted a 12-8 record in 2013 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.223 WHIP, but has been throught two TJ surgeries. He should be back later this month, though its still too early to know how much he can help fantasy owners.
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout owns a career .365 batting average versus Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, including three home runs.
Insight: A .365 batting average against "King Felix" is like a .500 batting average against a "normal pitcher." The problem is that if he doesn't hit it out of the park, who will knock him in as the remainder of the roster includes no one batting more than .215 against the ace right-hander.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career .375 hitter with four long balls against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Old Man River just keeps on going, batting .321 with 14 RBI and an .865 OPS through his first 23 games this season. in his 12th season, he's batting above his lifetime .308 average, though he's only hit one home run.
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is just 1-for-14 with five strikeouts against Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Freeman was 2-for-4 on Sunday, getting an RBI-double in the first inning. Freeman is hitting .284 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season, but Harang has pitched well all season and should win this matchup ... again.
Description: Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is just 1-for-13 (.077) versus Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Ortiz is a career .293 hitter versus right-handers versus .266 against left-handers, so this is out of character for Big Papi. Ortiz is on a six-game hitting streak, but faces an unfavorable matchup which should be avoided.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was 2-for-4 in the, 1-0, victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Insight: Ethier and Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt were the other players with mulitple hits in the game. Los Angeles won, 1-0, on a pinch-hit walkoff homer from Yasmani Grandal in the 13th. Ethier is hitting .321 with four home runs and nine RBI.
Description: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had three hits in the, 1-0, loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: Goldschmidt had a double and two singles, but obviously did score or drive in a run since his team didn't score in 13 innings on Sunday. Goldschmidt is hitting .356 with six home runs and 22 RBI this season.
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields was not sharp, but he picked up his third win of the season on Sunday versus the Rockies.
Insight: Shields allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings on Sunday. He tossed up three home runs, two of which to Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado. Shields did strike out seven and walked none, though, so that's good for the K/BB and K/9 categories. Shields is 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA this season.
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had a solo home run in the, 3-2, victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
Insight: Carpenter hit his solo bomb in the first, and it appeared that would be all the Cardinals would need until the Pirates tied the game at one in the top of the ninth. Each team scored in the 12th, and then St. Louis won in the 14th. Carpenter is hitting .365 with four home runs and 16 RBI this season.
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez was 1-for-2 with four walks in the extra-inning lost to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Insight: Sound familar? Pittsburgh lost all three games this weekend in extra innings to the Cardinals. It appeared that Alvarez was going to give the Pirates a, 2-1, victory when he hit a solo bomb in the top of the 12th, but the Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the inning. St. Louis won on a walkoff home run in the 14th. Alvarez is hitting .227 and sadly, has a higher batting average than teammates Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen, and Jordy Mercer. Alverez also has five home runs and 12 RBI.
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a walkoff home run in the 14th inning to lift St. Louis to a, 3-2, victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Insight: The Cardinals won again in walkoff fashion versus the Pirates. St. Louis swept Pittsburgh and won all three games in extra innings. Wong was 3-for-4 in the game. Four of the five runs were scored on solo home runs. Wong is hitting .294 with two home runs and eight RBI this season.
Description: Athletics C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt hit a pair of bombs in the, 7-1, victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Vogt hit a solo shot in the sixth and a three-run homer in the seventh. This was Vogt's second multi-home run game of the season. He is hitting .356/.455/.671 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 73 at-bats this season.
Description: Athletics starter Sonny Gray had a very peculiar outing on Sunday versus the Rangers.
Insight: Gray pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and allowed only two hits, but he also walked seven batters. He was able to get around all the walks with 10 strikeouts. Gray only came into the game with six walks in his first five starts, so this isn't a long-term concern. He is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run in the, 6-2, victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
Insight: Revere singled in the fifth to drive in Miami's first run. He then scored in the seventh on Darin Ruf's single. Revere is only hitting .239 with no home runs and 10 runs, but he is hitting .353 in his last nine games.