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  • Andrew Benintendi Exits With Apparent Injury

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi (shoulder) exited Tuesday's game with an apparent shoulder injury, according to Anne Rogers of MLB.com. Benintendi injured himself while sliding into second base, and was seen holding his left shoulder as he walked off the field, with Jarrod Dyson entering the game as a pinch-runner. There's no word on the type of injury or severity, so for now managers should consider him day-to-day and look for updates on his condition later in the evening.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Royals Andrew Benintendi
  • Yuli Gurriel Scratched Due To Neck Stiffness

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (neck) was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday due to neck stiffness, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. With Gurriel out, Aledmys Diaz will move over to first base and bat fifth against the Dodgers, while Robel Garcia will enter the lineup at third base and bat seventh in the order. Consider Gurriel day-to-day for now, and adjust your lineups accordingly for Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Adam Frazier Out Of Tuesday's Lineup

    San Diego Padres second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Oakland Athletics. The 29-year-old is just 4-for-25 (.160 average) since joining the Padres and will take a seat against A's southpaw Sean Manaea despite a .812 OPS versus lefties. Infielder Jake Cronenworth will stake his normal claim at second base while outfielder Jake Marisnick gets the start in left field. Outfielder Tommy Pham is the designated hitter. Expect Frazier back in the lineup for Wednesday's matinee against Oakland starter Frankie Montas. He should remain a reliable fantasy source for average support and runs down the stretch.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Padres Adam Frazier
  • Jorge Mateo Designated For Assignment

    The San Diego Padres designated utilityman Jorge Mateo for assignment Tuesday. The move makes way for reliever Matt Strahm's (knee) activation from the 60-day IL. Mateo had played sparingly with the Friars, tallying a .572 OPS with two homers and five steals in 93 plate appearances. Once a highly touted prospect for the Oakland A's with blazing speed, the 26-year-old will be outrighted to Triple-A El Paso unless he's claimed. With a career 31 percent strikeout rate, Mateo's inability to reach base diminishes him as a weapon on the basepaths. He shouldn't be a highly regarded fantasy piece in dynasty.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Padres Jorge Mateo
  • Kike Hernandez Heading To The Bench On Tuesday

    Boston Red Sox second baseman/outfielder Kike Hernandez is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Wily Peralta and the Detroit Tigers. Marwin Gonzalez is getting the start at second base while Jarren Duran is manning center field and leading off. Hernandez has been providing a great spark at the top of the Red Sox lineup over the past month or so. In July, he slashed .274/.381/.568 with six home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs. Duran is a threat for playing time, but he's slashed just .150/.186/.300 over 14 games since being called up, so Hernandez should continue to lead off most games for now.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Red Sox Kike Hernandez
  • Ji-Man Choi Sitting Against Lefty On Tuesday

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle Mariners. Yandy Diaz is getting the start at first base while Joey Wendle is covering third. Choi started the team's most recent game against a lefty, facing Martin Perez last Friday. However, he should continue to see regular days off when a southpaw is on the mound. He's slashing .235/.304/.333 against lefties this year while he has a far superior .259/.386/.491 slash line against righties. He should be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game with righty Logan Gilbert on the mound for the Mariners.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Rays Ji-Man Choi
  • Milwaukee Brewers Claim Sal Romano Off Waivers

    The Milwaukee Brewers claimed relief pitcher Sal Romano off waivers on Tuesday. Romano was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees on July 31. The Brewers will be Romano's third team this year as he began the year with the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers placed John Axford (elbow) on the injured list on Tuesday, so they decided to look elsewhere for some bullpen depth. Romano doesn't figure to see many high-leverage opportunities off the bat. Over 23 innings this year, he's posted a 4.70 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Sal Romano
  • Nick Neidert Called Up, Starting Tuesday's Game

    The Miami Marlins have called up pitcher Nick Neidert from Triple-A and he is slated to start Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. The 24-year-old Neidert has bounced between the majors and Triple-A throughout the year. He's made six appearances (five starts) for the Marlins this year and has posted a 3.96 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. He's struggled with walks and hasn't been missing many bats, leading to his 0.9 K/BB ratio. There's a good chance he'll be headed right back to Triple-A unless he has a standout outing on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Nick Neidert
  • Randal Grichuk Out Of The Starting Lineup On Tuesday

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians. Corey Dickerson (foot), who was activated from the injured list on Tuesday, is getting the start at designated hitter and batting sixth. This will be his debut with the team. Grichuk has had a great year overall. Through 101 games, he's slashing .253/.283/.454 with 19 home runs, 67 RBI and 44 runs. However, his contact numbers have been down over the last month or so. He hit .197 in July and he has gone just 1-for-7 through his first two games in August. The contact numbers may come and go for Grichuk, but he should remain a strong source of home runs and RBI throughout the rest of the year.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Randal Grichuk
  • Victor Robles Out Of The Starting Lineup On Tuesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies. Andrew Stevenson is getting the start in center field and leading off in the game. Robles has had a tough year at the plate overall and has particularly struggled over the last month or so. He slashed just .130/.254/.185 in July and he's hitless over six at-bats so far in August. On the bright side, he made waves across the web through his newfound friendship with a praying mantis that landed on his hat during Monday's game. Perhaps the two will be spending more time together on Robles' day off, though we at RotoBaller have no trustworthy sources to indicate that this is the true reason for his day off.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Nationals Victor Robles
  • Adalberto Mondesi To Begin A Rehab Assignment Tuesday

    Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Mondesi has been out since June 20 with a strained left oblique and he has managed to play just 10 games this year due to multiple injuries. Royals GM Dane Moore dropped a meteor on fantasy managers rostering Mondesi in dynasty leagues earlier this week. Speaking of Mondesi in 2022, Moore said, "We can't count on him as an everyday player." Mondesi has been a standout fantasy asset when healthy over the past six years, stealing 114 bases and hitting 36 home runs over 318 games. Fantasy managers shouldn't hit the panic button quite yet on Mondesi, but clearly he has to earn some trust back from the organization.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Royals Adalberto Mondesi
  • Jacob deGrom Confident He'll Pitch Again This Year

    On Tuesday, New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (elbow) spoke to reporters for the first time since he had been shut down from throwing. He said that he was dealing with elbow inflammation, which is unrelated to the forearm tightness he dealt with earlier this season. He explained that his elbow had felt fine all year prior to this recent development. He told the reporters that he was confident he would pitch again this year. There of course isn't a clear timetable for deGrom's recovery still, so fantasy managers in all formats will need to remain patient and reserve an IL spot for him for the time being.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Josh Donaldson To Miss Another Game Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds. Donaldson tested out his injured hamstring but still felt tightness and will miss his fourth contest, though he will be available as a pinch hitter. Luis Arraez will start at third base and bat fifth for Minnesota against Reds' righty Tyler Mahle. Arraez should see some RBI chances from that slot in the lineup, but his limited power makes him a less favorable play than others in DFS realms.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Twins Josh Donaldson
  • Rhys Hoskins Back In The Lineup On Tuesday

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (groin) is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Patrick Corbin and the Washington Nationals. Hoskins was left out of the starting lineup for each of the past four games due to a left groin injury. However, he did pinch-hit in Monday's game, going 0-for-1 with a strikeout, so it's not a big surprise to see him back in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Hoskins was on a bit of a roll before the injury. He recorded at least one hit in each of his last six games in July, tallying two home runs and three doubles over that six-game stretch. We'll see if he can pick up where he left off on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Twins Release Matt Shoemaker

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker was released from the club. Shoemaker was a low-risk signing this past offseason, though it certainly didn't work out the way the Twins or potential fantasy investors hoped, as he recorded a career-worst 8.03 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings. The veteran righty did rebound to pitch well in four Triple-A starts before his release, recording a 1.80 ERA, but his fantasy value remains low at the moment. The rebuilding Twins will get to see what they have in their young crop of pitching prospects over the last couple of months of the season.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Twins Matt Shoemaker
  • Trey Mancini Getting The Day Off On Tuesday

    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini is getting the day off on Tuesday as the team faces Nestor Cortes and the New York Yankees. Ryan Mountcastle is manning first base in the game while DJ Stewart is filling in as designated hitter. Mancini had a strong month of July, slashing .299/.344/.575 with five home runs, eight RBI and 15 runs. However, he's gone 0-for-8 to start off August. Mancini currently ranks in the 84th percentile in both xBA (.273) and xSLG (.487) and he ranks in the 92nd percentile in max exit velocity (113.9 mph). He should continue to provide strong all-around numbers for fantasy managers throughout the second half of the year.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Matt Barnes Lands On COVID-19 Injured List

    Boston Red Sox closer Matt Barnes was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on Tuesday. While he hasn't tested positive for COVID-19, he has been battling symptoms of a non-COVID-related illness. There's a good amount of speculation from various Red Sox beat writers that Barnes' stint on the COVID-19 injured list won't be long. Barnes has had a great year as Boston's closer, converting 23 of his 27 save opportunities. Adam Ottavino is the most likely candidate for saves while Barnes is out, though Hansel Robles, who was just acquired from the Minnesota Twins, could also be a candidate.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Red Sox Matt Barnes
  • Eloy Jimenez Returns To Lineup On Tuesday

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez (groin) will return to the lineup on Tuesday to face the Kansas City Royals. Jimenez missed the entire season with a torn pectoral muscle, but was activated last Monday. Jimenez then picked up a groin injury on Wednesday and missed the rest of the week. It's great news for managers to see the young slugger back in the White Sox. Jimenez is 2-for-11 since his return with one home run and there should be plenty more to come during the rest of the season. Jimenez will bat fourth and be the designated hitter on Tuesday versus left-hander Kris Bubic.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller White Sox Eloy Jimenez
  • Cavan Biggio Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    The Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Cavan Biggio (back/neck) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday due to back and neck discomfort. The team activated outfielder Corey Dickerson in a corresponding move. Biggio has been dealing with lingering back and neck discomfort throughout the year and has really struggled at the plate all year. He's especially had a rough patch over the last month. He slashed just .175/.222/.263 in July. In shallow leagues, he's a drop candidate if you don't have an extra IL spot. In deep leagues and AL-only leagues, he's worth holding onto. He could be a valuable power and speed asset amidst one of the league's top lineups if he can get things together this year.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Cavan Biggio
  • Adam Eaton Hitting .244 With Angels

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Adam Eaton's offensive struggles continue to persist heading into the team's matchup against the Rangers on Tuesday. The gritty veteran is enduring an abysmal offensive season, slashing .209/.290/.333 through 234 at-bats. Eaton was let go by the White Sox mid-season and the Angels have been hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. But the 32-year-old has struggled, slashing only .244/.255/.289 with one RBI and two doubles through 16 games in Los Angeles. Eaton possesses very little fantasy value at this time, lacking the ability to hit for power or average at this time.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Angels Adam Eaton
  • Kyle Tucker Slugging .593 In Second Half

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker will look to stay hot in the second half heading into the team's series opener against the Dodgers Tuesday night. In 15 games since the All-Star break, Tucker is slashing .288/.323/.593 with eight extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in. The 24-year-old now has seven doubles and seven home runs over his last 21 games played and has become a consistent run producer in a potent Astros lineup. Tucker, however, loses some of his fantasy luster when he plays away from Minute Maid Park. Through 47 road games, Tucker is posting a very mediocre .699 OPS this season.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Ryan Pressly Hits Rough Patch

    Houston Astros closer Ryan Pressly has hit his first real speed bump of the season heading into the team's series opener against the Dodgers Tuesday night. Pressly has been fantastic this season but is currently in a rough stretch on the mound. To be fair, none of these appearances have been save chances but Pressly has allowed runs in three of his last four times out on the field. He has allowed four runs total over his last four innings pitched and his ERA has jumped from 1.35 to 2.05. Pressly has plenty of time to iron out these issues and still is an elite fantasy choice for saves. For the season, the 32-year-old is 18-of-19 on save chances with a 0.91 WHIP with 55 strikeouts through 44 innings pitched.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Ryan Pressly
  • Jordan Montgomery Tests Positive For COVID-19

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery has tested positive for COVID-19, per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. Montgomery is the second Yankees pitcher, along with Gerrit Cole, to test positive for the virus as the club's struggles with outbreaks continue. General manager Brian Cashman said he expects Montgomery and Cole to be sidelined for 10 days unless they can accrue two negative tests before then. It's a sudden test of New York's rotation depth with Domingo German (shoulder) also sidelined, which is likely why the team felt compelled to call up prospect Luis Gil, who will start Tuesday. Gil seems likely to make a couple of starts at the big league level until one or both of Cole and Montgomery are fit to return.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Yankees Jordan Montgomery
  • Jake Odorizzi Trending In Wrong Direction

    Houston Astros starter Jake Odorizzi (4-5) will take the mound Wednesday against the Dodgers. The 31-year-old enjoyed a surprisingly efficient month of June, posting a 0.77 WHIP and a 2.45 ERA spanning five appearances, four of them starts. But the right-handed starter has gone in a different direction since, allowing 10 runs over his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. He has walked seven batters over those last three starts and has allowed 15 hits. Odorizzi will be a risky fantasy proposition against a potent Dodgers lineup for Wednesday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Yuli Gurriel Looks To Extend Multi-Hit Streak

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will look to extend his multi-hit streak to five games when the team takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Gurriel is 12-for-23 (.521) with one home run, two doubles, five runs scored and seven runs batted in during this span. Gurriel can be a streaky hitter but when he gets hot; watch out. The 37-year-old slugged only .384 in the month of July but is slugging a robust .583 over his last 15 games. DFS lineups need to take notice and deploy Gurriel into lineups this week to ride out this hot streak.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Zack Greinke Pitching To More Contact

    Houston Astros starter Zack Greinke is enjoying a solid season heading into the team's series against the Dodgers. Greinke (10-3) has anchored a talented rotation all season long on one of the best teams in the American League. He is posting a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.65 ERA but is pitching to more contact than at anytime during his career. The veteran is posting his lowest K/9 rate (6.68) since 2005 and his highest BB/9 rate (1.93) since 2017. Greinke will try and bounce back when he takes the mound next after allowing four runs through only four innings pitched in his last start on July 31 against the Giants.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Matt Strahm To Be Activated On Tuesday

    San Diego Padres reliever Matt Strahm (knee) is expected to be activated from the IL before Tuesday's tilt with the Oakland Athletics. After undergoing offseason knee surgery, the left-hander had fanned seven over 3 frames in a rehab assignment at Triple-A. With a starting rotation in flux, Strahm's return will bolster the Friars pitching depth and he should assume various roles in high leverage and long relief. The 29-year-old has been a stalwart for the Friars the past three seasons, appearing in 106 games while registering a 3.66 ERA and 9.2 K/9. He's a flyer pickup in holds formats for ratio support and a handful of rogue victories, but isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Padres Matt Strahm
  • Aledmys Diaz Comes Back Swinging

    Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz has returned from a hand injury swinging a hot bat heading into Tuesday's action. Diaz has been on the shelf since June 5 but is 9-for-23 (.391) with two doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and eight runs batted in through five games into his return. Diaz has only 138 at-bats under his belt this season but takes a healthy .297/.353/.507 line into the team's matchup against the Dodgers. Diaz could be useful in AL-only leagues or deeper formats in the coming games.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Astros Aledmys Diaz
  • Jorge Alfaro Starting In Left Field For Some Reason

    Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro will be the starting left fielder for Tuesday's game against the New York Mets. Alfaro is certainly athletic enough to handle a corner outfield spot, but with a .222/.269/.319 batting line, it's unclear why the team is trying so hard to get his bat into the lineup. The Marlins will be giving the newly acquired Alex Jackson an extended look behind the plate, which everyone thought meant Alfaro and Sandy Leon would serve as backup catchers. Apparently not, Alfaro is a starting left fielder now.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Jorge Alfaro
  • Austin Hays Hits 11th Homer Of Season Monday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays got in on the home run action in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees. Hays went 1-for-5 with a solo HR, his 11th of the season and one of four hit by the O's. He also struck out once. Hays has not provided much fantasy value this season, slashing .236/.292/.429 with 37 RBI. Unfortunately, he should not be rostered at this time despite some productive previous seasons.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Orioles Austin Hays
  • Chris Rodriguez Fans Seven In Quality Start

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Chris Rodriguez (2-1) picked up the loss in Monday's 4-1 defeat to the Texas Rangers, although he did collect a quality start. He threw six innings, struck out seven, issued two walks, and allowed four runs (three earned). He started the seventh but was pulled quickly after allowing a double and a single to start the inning. It was Rodriguez's first career start and his first MLB appearance since being optioned to Double-A in June. For the year, he has a 3.86 ERA with 27 K and 13 BB while allowing no home runs in 25.2 IP. As of now, the Angels have seven potential starters on the active roster, so it's unclear what their plan is. But given his age (23) and the struggles of other pitchers, he should be given the opportunity to continue in the rotation. Chris Rodriguez isn't talented enough to be a must-add and fantasy managers should wait and see if he can stick in the rotation before picking him up.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Angels Chris Rodriguez
  • Dylan Bundy Starting Thursday's Game

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Dylan Bundy will start on Thursday against the Texas Rangers, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports. Bundy last started on July 29, going 4.1 IP, giving up three runs with four walks to just two strikeouts. It was his first start since moving to the bullpen at the end of June. Originally, Dylan Bundy seemed to replace Alex Cobb (finger) in the rotation, but after the promotion of Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez, it's unclear how many more chances he will get. To secure a rotation spot, he will need to improve on his 6.66 ERA, 21.3 K%, and 8.2 BB% this season. He is droppable in most formats, but fantasy managers who haven't given up on Bundy can continue waiting for him to improve his numbers if there's enough room on the roster.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Angels Dylan Bundy
  • Dane Dunning Has Solid Outing Versus Angels

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Dane Dunning posted his second straight quality outing in a row on Monday. He went five innings, three hits allowed, one earned run, two walks, and three strikeouts in the 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers continue to limit his pitch count as he hasn't thrown over 89 pitches in any of his starts. That means, he'll likely stick in the rotation throughout the rest of the season. He'll carry 4.07 ERA, 90 strikeouts in 90 innings into his next start. He's only a low-end streaming option right now because he's not going to work late into games.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Rangers Dane Dunning
  • Shohei Ohtani Starting Wednesday

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (thumb) will start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic. Ohtani hasn't been on the mound since July 26 because of a sore thumb but has continued appearing in the lineup as the designated hitter. It's good news for fantasy managers that he won't need an IL stint, as he's been very good on the pitching side of things this season. He's 5-1 with a 3.04 ERA, 30.1 K%, and a 10.8 BB% across 80 innings of work.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Sean Murphy Riding Five-Game Hit-Streak Into Series With Padres

    Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy has had a solid sophomore season despite a .232 batting average and is on a five-game hit-streak heading into a two-game set with San Diego. Murphy may have a rough batting average, but he's been solid in the power department with 13 homers and a .414 slugging percentage. He's making hard contact 42.2% of the time and his K% is slightly down from last season. Murphy is a solid catching option in fantasy and has good matchups on the horizon, starting with Blake Snell on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Athletics Sean Murphy
  • Ramon Laureano Looking To Bounce Back In August

    Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano got off to a hot start to the season, but has cooled off significantly as the weather warmed up. In July, Laureano posted just a .232 batting average with an anemic .595 OPS, his lowest OPS in any month this season by a wide margin. The speedy outfielder had eight stolen bases as of April 13, but has swiped just three bags since as he's fallen out of favor with fantasy managers. His batted-ball profile is almost identical to last season and his strikeout rate is lower than his career average so fantasy managers can stick with Laureano and hope he bounces back in August. A juicy matchup with Blake Snell and the Padres on Tuesday could be what Laureano needs to get going.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Athletics Ramon Laureano
  • Andrew Heaney Serves Up Four Homers In Yankee Debut

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Heaney struggled mightily in his debut at Yankee Stadium Monday night, taking the loss against the Orioles. Heaney went just four innings, surrendering four runs on six hits, all of them homers. He did strike out four while issuing no walks, but he struggled with leaving pitches out over the heart of the plate. The ability to rack up punchouts is there- 27.9 percent strikeout rate and 13 percent swinging-strike rate- though Heaney's fly-ball tendencies did not play well at all in his first outing in the Bronx. Heaney is lined up to face the Mariners next, who have tagged him for eight earned runs in 7 1/3 innings this year.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Yankees Andrew Heaney
  • Archie Bradley Earns Relief Win Versus Nats On Monday

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Archie Bradley pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday and earned the win when the Phillies rallied in the ninth inning. Bradley was called upon to escape a jam left by Jose Alvarado and went on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, picking up a strikeout along the way. Bradley has a 2.90 ERA in his first season with Philadelphia, but his 5.09 xFIP and 5.11 SIERA imply he's been lucky up to this point. He won't get saves with Ian Kennedy in town and he's got just a 12.7% strikeout rate. Bradley has little use in fantasy at this point.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Archie Bradley
  • Ian Kennedy Serves Up Two-Run Shot Versus Nationals

    Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed a two-run homer, but held on to preserve the win over the Nationals on Monday. Kennedy was called on despite Philly holding a four-run lead which was cut in half when Carter Kieboom launched a two-run shot off the veteran reliever. This was Kennedy's second appearance with his new club and the second time he allowed a multi-run homer, albeit both in Philly wins. Kennedy had 16 saves with the Rangers and should be considered the closer in Philadelphia until he blows a save or two, but this isn't an ideal start to his Phillies career.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Ian Kennedy
  • Alec Bohm Collects Two Hits In Win Versus Nats

    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm went 2-for-5 with an RBI in a win over the Nationals on Monday. Bohm has a solid .254 batting average, but he's not hitting for much power as he's slugging just .354. Part of the problem has been too many grounders as Bohm's 5.3-degree launch angle and 53% ground ball rate won't get it done. The sophomore hits the ball hard; his average exit velocity is in the top-10% of all hitters and he's got a 50% hard-hit rate. If Bohm can elevate the ball more he could be a star. As it stands, he's a solid corner infield option in 12-team leagues and can be started with three more good matchups versus the Nationals lined up.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Ranger Suarez Efficient In First Start Of Season

    Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Ranger Suarez threw three shutout innings with a strikeout and a walk in his first start after being effective in a relief role. Suarez, who posted four saves and a sub-one WHIP as a reliever, needed only 33 pitches to cruise through three innings against a punchless Nationals lineup. Manager Joe Girardi said Suarez would throw "about three innings or 45-50 pitches" and he stuck to his word despite Suarez's effectiveness. On the season, the left-hander has a pristine 1.04 ERA and a 25.7% strikeout rate through 43 1/3 innings. It remains to be seen how he fares once his pitch-count is built up and he sees a batting order a second time, but for now, Suarez is worth a speculative add in fantasy.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Anthony Rendon Still Has No Timetable For A Return

    Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (hamstring) has been sidelined since July 6 with a left hamstring strain and he continues to remain without a timetable for a return. Rendon has been working in the weight room, but he has yet to resume baseball activities. According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Angels manager Joe Maddon hasn't seemed optimistic about the status of Rendon's recovery. It could still be quite some time until we see Rendon again. Jack Mayfield should continue to fill in as the team's primary third baseman for now.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Angels Anthony Rendon
  • Amed Rosario Has Huge Day Monday

    Cleveland Indians shortstop Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, a walk, and two stolen bases in Monday's 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a monster day for Rosario who is now hitting .391 with five doubles across his previous 23 at-bats. He makes for a solid addition in leagues where managers are without players like Trea Turner and Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Indians Amed Rosario
  • Yu Darvish Fails To Record Quality Start In July

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish had a rough time on the mound in July. Over five starts, he posted a 7.36 ERA. He failed to post a quality start in any of his five outings and gave up a total of nine home runs over 25.2 innings. Darvish had been cruising all season before the calendar turned to July. His season-long numbers still look solid overall as he has a 3.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 29% strikeout rate over 21 starts. He has a 3.14 xERA that ranks in the 83rd percentile and he's done a good job of limiting walks with a 5.9% walk rate that ranks in the 84th percentile. Hopefully he'll be able to right the ship in his next trip to the mound on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Padres Yu Darvish
  • Myles Straw Has Solid Day Monday

    Cleveland Indians outfielder Myles Straw went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double in Monday's 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Straw was leading off in this one and did not disappoint. Aside from the two base hits, he also swiped a bag and now has 18 on the season. He makes for an interesting speculative add for saves moving forward, especially when he is leading off in this Indians lineup.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Indians Myles Straw
  • Emmanuel Clase Earns 14th Save Monday

    Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase earned his 14th save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays by throwing a perfect 10th inning. Clase did not strike anyone out but still nailed down the save and will carry a 1.81 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings pitched. He should be rostered in all leagues even though he shares save opportunities with fellow reliever, James Karinchak.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Indians Emmanuel Clase
  • Freddie Freeman Slashing .289/.393/.501 After Strong July

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was lagging in the batting average department in the early going this year. He was hitting just .235 by the end of May and he had a .261/.368/.474 slash line when the calendar turned to July. However, he went on to have his best all-around month at the plate in July. Over 26 games last month, Freeman slashed .375/.470/.594 with six home runs, 15 RBI and 23 runs. He struck out just 13 times while walking 16 times. The 2020 National League MVP has certainly rewarded patient fantasy managers lately and he should continue to mash through the end of the year.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Braves Freddie Freeman
  • Eli Morgan Strikes Out Nine Monday

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Eli Morgan pitched six innings of two-run ball while allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out nine. It was the second time this season Morgan was able to strike out nine opposing hitters, however, he has still been inconsistent at the Major League level as he now has a 6.75 ERA across eight starts. He is not recommended as a streaming option moving forward.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Indians Eli Morgan
  • Chris Archer Removed From Sunday's Rehab Start

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer (forearm) was removed from Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Durham due to hip soreness. The 32-year-old allowed three unearned runs on two hits and no walks across one inning before exiting after 31 pitches. He was expected to throw around 75 pitches on Sunday but was removed from the contest due to left hip soreness. According to the team, the move was precautionary as Archer couldn't get his footing on the mound. Archer hasn't pitched since April 10 due to forearm tightness and remains day-to-day. The former Pittsburgh Pirate will most likely need one more rehab start before being activated from the 60-day injured list.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Rays Chris Archer
  • Shed Long Jr. Placed On Injured List With Shin Injury

    The Seattle Mariners placed second baseman/outfielder Shed Long Jr. (shin) on the 10-day injured list on Monday. Outfielder Jake Fraley was activated from the COVID list in a corresponding move. Long is dealing with a right shin stress reaction, the same injury that brought his 2020 season to an end and required offseason surgery. The 25-year-old Long has yet to find much comfort against major league pitching. This year, he's slashing .198/.258/.360 with four home runs, one stolen base, 17 RBI and 13 runs over 34 games. While he is out, Dylan Moore and Abraham Toro both have more clear paths to playing time.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Mariners Shed Long
  • Luis Severino Sent To Double-A For Rehab Assignment

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (groin) is being sent out on a rehab assignment at Double-A Somerset on Tuesday. The plan is for Severino to throw between 40 and 50 pitches in his first rehab outing. Severino is recovering from a Grade 2 right groin strain, which he suffered while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. The hope is that Severino will be able to join the Yankees' rotation by late August, assuming no further setbacks.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Yankees Luis Severino
  • Gio Urshela Lands On The 10-Day Injured List

    The New York Yankees placed third baseman Gio Urshela (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Monday night due to a hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to Sunday, August 1. Urshela was held out of the lineup for each of the team's last four games, so it's not very surprising that he was moved to the injured list. Rougned Odor has started at third base in three of the last four games and should continue to see a good amount of playing time there while Ushela is on the shelf.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Yankees Giovanny Urshela
  • Randy Arozarena Goes Yard On Monday

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Monday's 8-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. He took Chris Flexen deep in the fourth inning for his 15th long ball of the season. The 26-year-old has been an offensive force recently and has now logged eight multi-hit efforts in each of his last 12 games. Arozarena is slashing .261/.339/.438 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 64 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases over 419 plate appearances in 2021. Fantasy managers should continue to start the 2020 ALCS MVP while he's locked in at the plate.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Rays Randy Arozarena
  • Michael Wacha Surrenders Six Runs In Monday's Loss

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Michael Wacha (2-3) allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three across four innings during Monday's 8-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners. He was tagged with his third loss of the season. Wacha cruised through the first two frames before yielding five runs in the third. The Mariners tacked on one more run in the fourth inning, and Wacha exited after 86 pitches. The 30-year-old owns a 5.26 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 69:22 K: BB across 75 1/3 innings in 2021. Wacha can be used as a streamer and will look for better results in a plus matchup against the Orioles on Sunday.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Rays Michael Wacha
  • Jazz Chisholm Scores A Run On Monday

    Miami Marlins rookie infielder Jazz Chisholm got two hits and scored a run in Monday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets. Jazz led off for the Marlins and went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored, improving his batting average to .254 and his OPS to .747. It seems like Chisholm will hit leadoff against right-handed starting pitchers and hit somewhere in the middle of the lineup against lefties. He's battled his way out of a rather extended slump and could be on the brink of quite a hot streak. He's worth starting in all formats right now just in case he catches on fire.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Alex Jackson Gets His First Start As A Marlin

    Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson got his first start as a Marlin on Monday against the New York Mets. Jackson was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Adam Duvall before the trade deadline. Jackson has posted solid numbers in the minor leagues throughout his career, but it has yet to transfer even slightly into major league success. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Marlins debut, and is now hitting an almost unbelievable .037 for the season. His career batting average isn't much prettier: .070. There's clearly upside in Jackson's bat, as he has a 70 raw power ranking, but he's going to need to start making contact soon or that raw power isn't going to matter. With the Marlins inching closer to the first overall pick than a playoff spot, Jackson should see plenty of playing time for the last two months of the season.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Alex Jackson
  • Lewis Brinson Drives In Five Runs On Monday

    Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson had a huge game on Monday, driving in five runs. The Marlins showed their faith in Brinson by having him bat fourth, and he delivered right away, hitting a grand slam in the first inning. He added a single and another RBI later, scoring two runs on the night. Brinson's final line was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI to go with no strikeouts. It was easily the best performance of the season for Brinson, who has been showing signs of life since his most recent call up. With the Marlins fighting the Nationals only for who won't finish in last place, Brinson should get plenty of opportunities to play for the remainder of the season. He's always had upside, he's just yet to come anywhere close to it. That makes him a high risk fantasy asset, but certainly one with a high ceiling.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Lewis Brinson
  • Dylan Floro Earns A Save On Monday

    Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dylan Floro earned his third save of the season in Monday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets. Floro becomes the first Marlins pitcher to record a save since the team traded closer Yimi Garcia to the Houston Astros before the trade deadline. Floro got four outs, pitching the final 1 1/3 innings of the game while allowing just one hit. He lowered his ERA to 2.49 and should be considered the favorite for saves going forward in the Marlins bullpen. He's worth picking up in most formats.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Dylan Floro
  • Jesus Luzardo Earns A Win In His First Marlins Start

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo earned a win in his first start as a Marlin on Monday. Facing the New York Mets, Luzardo pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Luzardo struggled a little with his control, throwing 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes and missing his spots badly at times, but he showed his upside by looking nearly unhittable when throwing strikes. Luzardo will likely spend the rest of the season in the starting rotation, but his fantasy value will come next season after he's had more of a chance to work with Marlins pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. Luzardo should be rostered in all keeper and dynasty formats.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Jesus Luzardo Earns Win In Marlins Debut

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo earned his third win of the season after going five innings against the New York Mets on Monday in his debut start for the club. The 23-year-old managed to strike out five and get through five innings, despite giving up four hits, walking three, and recording only 47 strikes on 84 pitches. These final two months of the season present a perfect change-of-scenery opportunity for Luzardo to regain his confidence after being traded for Oakland Athletics outfielder Starling Marte on July 28. Luzardo represents a buy-low option in dynasty formats, and warrants stash consideration in redraft leagues to see if he can string together a few solid starts. On the season, the left-hander is 3-4 with a 6.70 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts over 43 innings. Luzardo's next start will come this weekend in Colorado versus the Rockies.

    Aug 3 · RotoBaller Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Pete Alonso Hits Another Homer Monday

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso continued his hot second half Monday, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. The solo shot came off of newly acquired Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo. Alonso now has 24 homers on the season, with seven of those coming in his last 15 games. He's raised his OPS to .839 in 344 at-bats this year. Alonso has a reputation as one of the most fearsome bats out there, and he's delivering on that promise lately. Fantasy managers can enjoy the ride as he carries them into playoff position.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mets Pete Alonso
  • Cedric Mullins Homers, Swipes Two Bags Monday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins played a big part in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees. Mullins went 2-for-5 with a single, a solo home run, a strikeout, and two stolen bases. The 26-year-old All-Star has done it all this season, slashing .322/.385/.549 with 18 HR, 37 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. He has been a huge fantasy value and should be in fantasy managers' lineups at all times.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Orioles Cedric Mullins
  • Josiah Gray Goes Five Strong In Nationals Debut

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray gave up one earned run over five innings and took a no-decision in Washington's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The 23-year-old gave up four hits and walked two while striking out two over 71 pitches in his debut start for the Nationals. The newly acquired National was in line for the loss after surrendering a solo homer to Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera in the fifth inning but was taken off the hook after the Nationals tied the game in the sixth. Gray will look to build off of the promising start at home on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Andrew Stevenson Homers As A Pinch-Hitter

    Washington Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson appeared as a pinch-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday and smacked a game-tying home run in his only at-bat. Stevenson has supplied an unimpressive .612 OPS with three homers and one steal in 128 at-bats as a bench bat this year, and it appears that even the recent trade deadline firesale will not give him regular playing time. He can remain on waiver wires unless he manages to take over a starting role.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Nationals Andrew Stevenson
  • Carter Kieboom Hits Two-Run Shot

    Washington Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom had a solid day at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored. It was his first long ball of the year, and came off of newly acquired Phillies reliever Ian Kennedy. A highly touted prospect, Kieboom has struggled in his first stints in the major leagues, but he will get a long look at the hot corner for the last few months of the season. Fantasy managers do not need to rush to add him, but he's worth keeping an eye on as an audition for next year's rosters.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Nationals Carter Kieboom
  • Wander Suero Blows Save Monday

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Wander Suero failed to secure the save Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. He entered the game with two runners on, and allowed both of them to score while also giving up three earned runs of his own on three hits and a walk in one inning of work. He struck out one batter. Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan was unavailable for the game, having worked in six of the last eight contests. Suero may get the occasional opportunity going forward, but he should not be on fantasy rosters.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Nationals Wander Suero
  • Josiah Gray Shines In Nationals Debut

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray shone in his team debut Monday, lasting five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two batters. The only blemish was an Odubel Herrera solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. Gray has now appeared in three games this season including two starts, posting a 4.85 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 13 innings. He has plenty of potential and should be on rosters for that upside alone.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Nationals Josiah Gray
  • Jose Ramirez Hits 23rd Homer On Monday

    Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez hit his 23rd homer of the season during a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in extra innings. The 28-year-old took Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand deep during the 10th inning and finished the night 2-for-5 with the homer and two RBI. The three-time All-Star is now hitting .255/.344/.525 with 64 RBI, 68 runs scored and 11 steals over 341 at-bats on the season. Ramirez is also sporting an 11.3% barrel rate, 90.9 mph average exit velo, and 46.1% hard hit rate, all career highs. Ramirez is in the prime of his career and is one of the best options at the hot corner in all of fantasy baseball.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Indians Jose Ramirez
  • Mitch Haniger Picks Up Two Hits Monday

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger added two more hits Monday, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Haniger now has a modest four-game hit streak going as he looks to build on a very successful July during which he slashed .269/.361/.516 with seven home runs. The acquisition of Abraham Toro has stretched out the Seattle lineup just a bit more, and Haniger remains in excellent position to accrue counting stats batting second on a regular basis. He should be a staple of fantasy lineups.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • J.P. Crawford Scores Twice Against Rays

    Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored against the Rays Monday. It's the fourth two-hit game in his last seven games, which is an excellent sign, as the slick-fielding shortstop had cooled off considerably after a torrid June. He has just a .692 OPS with five homers and three steals in 400 at-bats, limiting his fantasy value, but he's a solid source of runs with 56.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners J.P. Crawford
  • Jake Fraley Drives In Two, Steals A Base In Return

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jake Fraley got the start in left field batting sixth in his return from the COVID list Monday, and he jumped right back into the fray, going 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. It was his eighth steal in nine attempts this season. In limited time, Fraley has been a major contributor this year, with an .856 OPS, seven homers, 19 runs, and 25 RBI in 118 at-bats. It remains to be seen how much playing time he receives, but as long as he's playing most days he should be on fantasy rosters.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners Jake Fraley
  • Ty France Homers, Drives In Three Against Rays

    Seattle Mariners infielder Ty France had a strong day at the plate Monday against the Rays, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. The solo shot was his 11th of the season. France has now raised his OPS to .789 on the season, with a .908 mark over hihs last 15 games. As long as he's batting in the middle of the lineup, France will offer plenty of fantasy value as he racks up runs and RBI.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners Ty France
  • Chris Flexen Earns 10th Win Over Rays

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Flexen reached the 10-win plateau Monday in an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Flexen allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters. By pitch count, it was his longest outing of the season at 113 pitches. Flexen has put up strong ratios all year, with a 3.75 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, but those numbers are not superlative enough to make up for just 75 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings. Fantasy managers should look to utilize him when in need of a safe option.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners Chris Flexen
  • Gerrit Cole Tests Positive For COVID-19

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (COVID-19) tested positive for COVID-19 Monday and will not make his scheduled start Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, according to manager Aaron Boone. Yankees starting pitcher Nestor Cortes will take the ball tomorrow instead of Cole. No word on how long Yankees ace will be on the shelf for and Cole has not been placed on the COVID-19 injured list as of yet. The 30-year-old is 10-6 on the season with a 3.11 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 2.82 FIP, and a league-leading 176 strikeouts over 130 1/3 innings. With starting pitchers Luis Severino and Corey Kluber not expected back until late August, and Domingo German being placed on the injured list Sunday, the Yankees are running thin on pitching depth and might have to resort to a bullpen day or two until there's more information on Cole.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Jorge Lopez Takes No-Hitter Into Sixth Monday

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jorge Lopez turned in a stellar start in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees. Lopez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a leadoff double and finished with 6 innings pitched, one run allowed on a hit and five walks with four strikeouts. The 28-year-old is now 3-12 with a 5.91 ERA over 22 starts this season. Needless to say, fantasy managers should steer clear of Lopez, despite his solid start today.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Orioles Jorge Lopez
  • Brad Hand Takes Loss Against Indians

    Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brad Hand suffered the loss for his club in Monday's 5-2 extra-inning affair with the Indians. Hand entered the 10th with a runner on second and he began the frame with a wild pitch and a single before giving up a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez. The veteran has now given up at least one run in each of his appearances with his new team since getting acquired at the trade deadline, but with the Jays lacking left-hand help and experience in the pen, he should continue to work high-leverage situations. Manager Charlie Montoyo has mixed and matched roles at the back-end of the pen before so Hand could run into a few saves in Toronto, but Jordan Romano remains the favorite moving forward.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Brad Hand
  • Robbie Ray Solid In No-Decision Versus Indians

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray had a solid outing versus the Indians on Monday, tossing six innings and allowing two runs in the no-decision. The lefty gave up six hits and walked three while striking out four, with three of his punchouts coming in the final five outs of his outing. This start marked the first time he's allowed three or more walks in back-to-back games since his first two starts of the season in April. Owners shouldn't worry about him falling back into his former self since he still threw a strike over 60% of the time in both games. Ray will take an impressive 3.04 ERA and 1.09 WHIP into his next start versus the Red Sox this weekend.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Robbie Ray
  • Tommy Pham Is Ice Cold At The Plate

    San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham is riding a cold streak at the plate currently after going hitless on Sunday. It was the fifth time in his last 10 games that he has gone hitless, as he is now slashing .111/.220/.222 with one home run, one RBI, six runs scored and a 16:5 K:BB over that span. While this slump is frustrating to managers, overall he's had a fairly solid year at the plate, hitting .251 with a .766 OPS, 11 home runs, 13 steals, 35 RBI and 61 runs scored over 103 games. He'll look to break out of this slump in the Padres' series opener with the Athletics.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Padres Tommy Pham
  • Tommy La Stella Might Rejoin Team On Tuesday

    San Francisco Giants infielder Tommy La Stella (hamstring) might be able to rejoin the team on Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. La Stella has been out of action since early May due to a hamstring strain, and then suffered a setback during his rehab assignment due to a thumb issue. He's slashing .235/.297/.353 with one homer, five RBI and eight runs scored over 25 games this season, and it's unlikely he'll have any value in fantasy this year outside of the deepest of NL-only formats.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Giants Tommy La Stella
  • Evan Longoria Nearing A Rehab Assignment

    San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria (shoulder) could begin a rehab assignment later this week, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Longoria has been sidelined since the beginning of June with a left shoulder sprain, and prior to then he was slashing .280/.376/.516 with nine homers, one steal, 30 RBI and 28 runs scored over 50 games. He's down to 20 percent rostered currently, and may be worth considering as an IL stash for managers needing help at corner infield.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Giants Evan Longoria
  • Kenta Maeda Will Have Tough Matchup Tuesday

    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda has a tough matchup coming on Tuesday when he takes the mound in the series opener with the Reds. The Reds have been on a roll over their last 10 games, slashing .299/.377/.540 while averaging 6.1 runs per game over that span. On top of that, Cincinnati has been hitting well against right-handers this year (.256/.338/433) and they have been hitting better at home (.258/.342/.448) than on the road (.246/.324/.400). This looks to be trouble for Maeda, because while he put up a good performance in July by going 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 36 strikeouts over 29 1/3 innings, he has pitched very poorly on the road this year (5.50 ERA, 1.35 WHIP). As a result, managers may want to consider leaving Maeda on the bench for this outing.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Christian Yelich Likely To Return This Weekend

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (COVID-19) will likely remain out until the weekend, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Yelich was placed on the injured list last week while experiencing mild symptoms, but he is expected to be able to return to the ballpark by Thursday when he is first eligible to come off the IL. McCalvy adds that the team wants to give Yelich a couple additional days to ease back into the lineup, so assuming he clears protocols on Thursday he likely won't return to the lineup until the weekend. Managers should keep an eye out for further updates on his condition, and hope that he'll have better results in the second half after slashing .235/.382/.367 over 67 games this year.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Brewers Christian Yelich
  • Angels Call Up Jo Adell

    The Los Angeles Angels have called up outfielder Jo Adell ahead of Monday's game against the Texas Rangers. He is playing left field and batting sixth. Adell has been productive this year in Triple-A, batting .289 with a .592 slugging and 23 HRs in 73 games. This will be his first appearance of the year with the Angels and he will look to improve his career numbers after an unspectacular debut in 2020. He slashed .161/.212/.266 and struck out 41.7% of the time. If he wants to become the star outfielder that many thought he would be, he will need to work on his poor strikeout numbers that have hurt him the past few years. With Justin Upton, Brandon Marsh, and Adam Eaton on the roster, as well as Mike Trout returning at some point this season, he will need to hit to find a spot in the everyday lineup. Fantasy managers looking to add power to their outfield could add Adell and hope that he will get enough at-bats. Additionally, the Angels promoted Chris Rodriguez and demoted Kean Wong and Matt Thaiss.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Angels Jo Adell
  • Orioles Activate Richie Martin From Injured List

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop Richie Martin (wrist) has been activated from the injured list ahead of their game against the New York Yankees on Monday. The 26-year-old hasn't played at the MLB level since 2019 and has most recently missed over two months because of a broken left wrist. Martin doesn't hold much fantasy value with just one solid season in the majors under his belt, and given his battles with injuries over the years, managers can move past him for now.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Orioles Richie Martin
  • Gio Urshela Remains Out Monday

    New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (hamstring) remains out of the lineup for Monday's contest against Baltimore. Urshela won't start for the fourth straight game as he deals with a hamstring ailment. He should still be viewed as day-to-day, though manager Aaron Boone indicated Sunday that Urshela is headed in the right direction. The Yankees will go with a new look in the field and start Rougned Odor at third base in Urshela's absence. Odor has never played the position at the big league level before this season, but it's a way to keep his hot bat in the lineup. He hit .292 with four homers and 15 RBI in July.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Yankees Giovanny Urshela
  • David Dahl Designated For Assignment

    Texas Rangers outfielder David Dahl was designated for assignment on Monday, the team reported. The 27-year-old is hitting .210/.247/.322 on the season with four home runs, 18 RBI, and two stolen bases on 43 hits. Once an exciting prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization, Dahl has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and has seen a dip in production over his last three campaigns. Any hint of fantasy value Dahl might have had is likely gone at this point.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Rangers David Dahl
  • Bryse Wilson To Start For Pirates Monday

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bryse Wilson will get the start on Monday night in the series opener with the Brewers, according to Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Wilson was acquired at the deadline by Pittsburgh in the deal that sent relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez to Atlanta. Over seven starts this year with the Braves, Wilson has gone 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA, 1.547 WHIP and 15.1 percent strikeout rate over 31 2/3 innings of work. The Brewers have been not been hitting well against right-handed pitching this year (.225/.313/.385), and they've particularly struggled to hit at home with a .218 average and .688 OPS at Great American Ballpark. With this in mind, Wilson could be a sneaky good streaming option on Monday night.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Pirates Bryse Wilson
  • Shohei Ohtani Throws Bullpen Session On Monday

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (thumb) threw a bullpen session on Monday, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reported. Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani could potentially start on Wednesday against the Texas Rangers if he feels good after the bullpen session. The 27-year-old ace has been dealing with a sore thumb since being hit by a foul ball while in the dugout on July 28. Fantasy managers should keep a lookout for updates regarding Ohtani's return.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • DJ LeMahieu Returns To Lineup Monday

    New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu (triceps) is back in the lineup for Monday's contest against the Orioles. LeMahieu was out of the lineup for three games due to triceps soreness but is back atop the Yankee order for the matchup against Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez. LeMahieu is 4-for-10 with an RBI in his career against Lopez and could have even greater run-scoring upside in an improved Yankee lineup that now includes Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Yankees DJ LeMahieu
  • Jesus Luzardo Starting Monday's Game

    The Miami Marlins have called up rookie left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo, and he will start Monday's game against the New York Mets. Luzardo was acquired before the trade deadline in a one-for-one deal with the Oakland Athletics in exchange for outfielder Starling Marte. Luzardo was immediately optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville, but did not make an appearance there. He'll make his Marlins and National League debut in the series opener against the Mets. There is a ton of upside in Luzardo's left arm, but the small sample of his big league numbers shows that there may still be some work to be done. Luzardo should be rostered in all dynasty and keeper formats, but redraft managers may want to wait and see how the lefty does in his first start or two on his new team.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Marlins Jesus Luzardo
  • Mitch Keller Earns Loss In Return To Pirates

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller took the loss on Sunday, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out two over five innings of work in a 15-4 loss to the Phillies. While not an optimal result, there was still some signs of improvement from Keller on Sunday, as it marked the first time since April that he did not allow a walk in an outing. It's possible that there could be better days ahead for Keller, but until we see some consistency from him, he should remain on the waiver wire in all formats.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Pirates Mitch Keller
  • Jake Fraley Activated From Injured List

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Jake Fraley (COVID-19) has been activated from the injured list and will bat sixth on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Fraley tested positive for COVID-19 on July 18 and played a post-quarantine rehab stint for Triple-A Tacoma prior to his return to Seattle's lineup. The 26-year-old is hitting .237/.409/.439 on the season with seven home runs, 23 RBI, and seven stolen bases. He is hitting .265/.440/.544 against right-handed pitching this season as he readies to face veteran righty Michael Wacha on Monday.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mariners Jake Fraley
  • Brandon Nimmo Back In The Mets Lineup Monday

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) is back in the lineup batting leadoff and playing centerfield on Monday against southpaw Jesus Luzardo and the Miami Marlins. Nimmo was pulled during the sixth inning of Friday's 6-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds after experiencing a pinching feeling in his hamstring, then went 0-for-1 off the bench in Sunday's 7-1 loss. The 28-year-old hasn't faced Luzardo yet this season but is hitting .348/.464/.413 overall against lefties in 2021. Luzardo, on the other hand, has been struggling this season and has a 6.87 ERA over 38 innings pitched.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Michael Perez Launches Seventh Homer Of Year

    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Michael Perez led the Pirates on offense on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in a 15-4 loss to the Phillies. It was Perez's seventh homer of the year and his second in his last seven games, as he's slashing .333/.357/.704 with four RBI and four runs scored in that span. He doesn't hold much value outside of deep NL-only formats or two-catcher leagues, as he's appeared in just 45 games while serving as the Pirates' backup catcher.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Pirates Michael Perez
  • Chris Rodriguez Starting Monday

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Chris Rodriguez will be called up to make his first major league start on Monday against the Texas Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports. The Angels needed a starter to replace Shohei Ohtani (thumb), who is day-to-day with thumb soreness. Rodriguez hasn't pitched with the Angels since being demoted to the minors on June 21, but he did post a 3.66 ERA during his time in the majors, albeit a 22.2 K% and a 12.2 BB%. His minor league stats haven't been as great, producing a 4.26 ERA and a 5.87 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season, respectively. Fantasy managers can expect above-average strikeout numbers, but a lack of control will lead to a high frequency of free passes. If needed, he should only be a streaming option against a week Rangers lineup, as he won't be in the rotation once Ohtani is back.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Angels Chris Rodriguez
  • Has Carlos Correa Snapped Out Of Slump?

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will head into the month of August hoping that his recent offensive struggles are behind him. Correa is hitting only .183 with a .531 OPS since the All-Star break but has shown signs of life. The impending free agent is hitting .321 over his last seven games with a .406 on-base percentage. Correa is having a very strong season, slashing .271/.367/.474 with 16 home runs, 25 doubles, 58 runs batted in and 68 runs scored through 361 at-bats this season.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Josh Hader Placed On IL After Positive COVID Test

    Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (COVID-19) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday, the team announced. Hader is the latest member of Milwaukee's clubhouse to test positive for COVID-19 in the past week and will have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days per the MLB health and safety protocols. The southpaw's absence will be felt in the Brewers bullpen given he's posting a 1.83 ERA and 22 saves through 40 games played this season. Also on Monday, the Brewers added right-handed pitcher John Axford to the active roster. Axford hasn't pitched since 2018, posting a 5.27 ERA that year between stints with the Dodgers and the Blue Jays.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Brewers Josh Hader
  • Michael Brantley Posting 1.014 Road OPS

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday. The veteran slugger is slashing .373/.458/.490 over his last 15 games and has been a dynamite DFS option when the team is on the road. Through 41 games away from Minute Maid Park, Brantley is slashing an electric .395/.446/.568 with 16 doubles, 20 runs batted in and 32 runs scored. Brantley is will be an excellent choice in standard formats and DFS tournaments beginning Tuesday.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Yordan Alvarez Slugging .537 In Road Games

    Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will enjoy his day off before gearing up for a series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday. Alvarez struggled in the month of July, hitting only .213 with 25 strikeouts through 75 innings pitched. Alvarez will look to snap out of his slump away from Minute Maid Park and has enjoyed success on the road. Through 45 road games, Alvarez is slashing .253/.353/.537 with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 32 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. The DH-only hitter provides power for fantasy lineups moving forward.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Andrew McCutchen Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen (knee) has been placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 1. McCutchen exited Saturday's 3-2 to loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates due to knee soreness. The news is undoubtedly disappointing for fantasy managers, given the veteran right-hander is slashing .234/.353/.462 with 20 home runs, 58 RBI, and six stolen bases on 77 hits this season. Odubel Herrera will continue filling in at left field and will bat eighth on Monday against Washington Nationals right-hander Josiah Gray.

    Aug 2 · RotoBaller Phillies Andrew McCutchen