Fantasy Baseball News

Latest Player Updates

Miami Marlins reliever Bryan Morris tossed a perfect eighth inning on Tuesday, mixing in a strikeout and two ground outs.

Fantasy Impact: Morris came into a game the Fish were losing by one run and kept it that way, but they were unable to come back in the ninth inning. Morris has looked better of late, but still holds minuscule if any fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps struggled on Tuesday against the Red Sox, getting only one out while allowing all three runners he inherited to score on a walk and a single.

Fantasy Impact: Capps took his second blown save of the season. The Marlins radio broadcast observed that Capps looked tired and may need a few days of rest despite the fact that he was still able to hit triple digits with his fastball. Owners should not expect to see Capps for a game or two.

Category: Game Recaps


Miami Marlins reliever Mike Dunn earned a hold on Tuesday by coming into a bases loaded situation and striking out the only batter he faced.

Fantasy Impact: It was his 14th hold of the season, and probably the one that required the least amount of work. Dunn was finally used properly by manager Dan Jennings, coming in to face a lefty hitter then leaving the game since the following hitter was right handed. If used correctly, Dunn could be an asset in holds leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek was part of a rare box score feat on Tuesday, recording a hold but also being saddled with the loss. He got one batter out, but allowed three unearned runs on one hit and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Cishek loaded the bases with a walk, a hit, and a batter reaching on an error. He then left the game but all three of the base runners he was responsible for scored. Since the runs were unearned, Cishek earned the hold, but since the runs gave the Red Sox a lead they would never give up, he also "earned" the loss.

Category: Game Recaps


Miami Marlins starter Dan Haren notched a quality start on Tuesday but was denied a win when the Marlins bullpen blew the game. Haren pitched six innings and allowed one run on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Haren has been the victim of bullpen implosions several times this season. He continues to pitch well and could be an attractive trade target for teams in need of help in the back end of their rotation. His fantasy value will vary depending on what team he's playing for in August and September.

Category: Game Recaps


Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, two runs scored, three RBI, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Francoeur has been a rare bright spot in the Phillies offense. Although the Phillies have been averaging 5.5 runs a game since June 21st, Francoeur has been one of few consistent contributors. Francoeur will be more valuable to fantasy owners in daily leagues as a spot start because he doesn't get consistent playing time. But, when he does, at least recently, he's making the most of it.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Scherzer couldn't locate his fastball and the Reds, especially Joey Votto, made him pay to the tune of five runs on seven hits (one homer), no walks and four strikeouts in only 4 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer (9-7, ERA 2.12) had not gone less than six innings in any of his previous 16 starts this season and was named to the 2015 NL All-Star team. Hopefully, he will return to form.

Category: Game Recaps


Brett Anderson allowed four runs (three earned runs) in five innings Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. He walked two and struck out five. 62-of-87 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson is a finesse, ground-ball pitcher that relies on control and changing speeds, so there is little room for error. He has a career .312 BABIP. So far in 2015, he has a .323 mark. The five strikeouts are nice but that is not his forte. Anderson will remain a relevant fantasy option, health permitting, but expect an occasional outing like tonight.

Category: Game Recaps


Hunter Pence made a surprise return from the DL, going 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Pence also tossed in an incredible defensive play in right field which is worth seeking out. Pence was a solid top-twenty option last season and doesn't seem to have missed a step. Play him as you normally would. Only extremely well constructed teams would have a three better options in the outfield.

Category: Game Recaps


Brian Matusz provided an inning of relief Tuesday night as the Twins beat the Orioles 8-3. Matusz struck out two of the three batters he faced increasing his strikeout total to 30 on the year. Matusz has not allowed a run since May 31st and only three hits in that same span. Matusz's ERA currently sits at 2.36.

Fantasy Impact: Matusz is not owned exclusively in fantasy leagues mainly because of his lack of appearances. Matusz has pitched well this year, unfortunately he is stuck in a stacked Baltimore bullpen at the moment limiting his innings. As the trade deadline approaches, don't be surprised to see Matusz dealt to a team in need of bullpen relief. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Matusz as a trade would greatly increase his fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Brad Brach pitched two and one third scoreless innings Tuesday night in the Orioles' 8-3 loss to the Twins. Brach stopped the bleeding coming in for Kevin Gausman who had allowed eight runs before the fifth inning. Brach wasn't perfect, allowing three hits and two walks, but managed to avoid succumbing any runs. Brach retired two batters via strikeout and lowered his ERA from 3.35 to 3.16.

Fantasy Impact: Brach has been excellent lately, only allowing two runs in his past 15 innings of work. The power is there for Brach who has recorded 48 strikeouts in nearly 43 innings of work this year. Brach is available in most fantasy leagues making him a bold and sneaky pickup if you're in need of bullpen help.

Category: Game Recaps


All good things must come to an end, and for Yovani Gallardo, the end came after 33.1 consecutive innings of scoreless baseball. Arizona's Jake Lamb smacked a two-run single in the fifth inning ending the streak, and the Diamondbacks went on to take game one of the series 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: Gallardo has been as good as anyone over the last month, but if the Rangers offense can't start scoring more than two runs per game, it wouldn't matter if Cy Young was pitching. The Rangers managed just four hits on the day, and are finding themselves sinking quickly in the AL West.

Category: Game Recaps


Kang had an RBI triple in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-2 win Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: With Josh Harrison's injury, Kang will have the chance to prove that he belongs as an everyday player in the big leagues. Kang had been scuffling of late, but Tuesday night was a nice start to turning his performance around.


On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Minnesota Twins 8-3. The Baltimore bats weren't that quit through the game, but they struggled to score in key situations. J.J. Hardy went 1-4 with a home run, and two RBI in the Orioles loss.

Fantasy Impact: Hardy has been a solid defensive asset for the Orioles this season, and has been good at the plate. Hardy has come up in big spots for the Orioles, and has helped them win some key games to put them in the hunt for first place. Hardy this season is hitting .232, with four home runs, 20 RBI, and an OPS of .588. Hardy will bring a decent bench player to any team that needs a short stop that they could use in match-ups that favor him. Hardy and the Orioles will look to get back to winning on Tuesday against the Twins.

Category: Game Recaps


Ray pitched 7.2 innings and did not allow his first hit until the fifth inning. He ended up giving up four hits, walking one, and struck out four. Tonight's win bumped him up to 3-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Ray did not pitch well last outing but showed more control in tonight's win. When Ray keeps his composure and has control, he has the stuff to pitch deep in games every time out. He now has a 2.16 ERA on the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Walker had only one hit but scored two runs in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Walker's production has seen a much needed uptick since late June and seems to be getting on a nice roll. If he is on your league's waiver wire and you need help at the second base position, his consistent production could be useful to your team.


Brad Ziegler had a one-two-three ninth inning as he closed the game down against the Rangers. He is now 13-for-15 in save chances.

Fantasy Impact: Ziegler did not start the season out as closer but was delegated to that role as Addison Reed struggled. He now has a 1.22 ERA on the season.

Category: Game Recaps


On Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the Minnesota Twins 8-3. The Baltimore bats weren't that quit through the game, but they struggled to score in key situations. Adam Jones went 2-4 with two hits, an RBI, and a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Adam Jones has started to pick it up lately, he has looked better as of late since returning to the line-up after his injury. Jones has helped the Orioles make a run at first place recently. Jones this season is hitting .288, with 11 home runs, 40 RBI, and an OPS of .812. Jones has shown why he is an all-star and why he has deserved that honor this year. Jones has been a huge part of the Orioles this year, and will bring a solid outfielder with a good bat to any team looking for a boost. Jones and the O's will look to get bat to their winning ways on Wednesday when they continue their series against the Twins.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Gausman scorched by Twins

Wed, Jul 8th 12:09am EDT
By Jack Keenan

BAL

Kevin Gausman was ousted before the fifth inning in the Orioles' 8-3 loss to the Twins. Gausman lasted only three and two thirds innings giving up eight runs (seven of which were earned) as well as seven hits and one walk. Gausman managed to strikeout four in his short appearance but his seven earned runs skyrocketed his ERA from 3.09 to 5.00.

Fantasy Impact: This was only Gausman's third start of the season but it was clearly his worst one. Coming off a masterful seven inning shutout to the dangerous Texas Rangers, Gausman was flat against the Twins. Gausman has only pitched 27 innings this year so fantasy owners don't need to panic quite yet. Gausman's next start will be telling if he is more likely to be the seven shutout inning type of pitcher or the seven earned runs type of pitcher. Gausman's next projected start is against the Tigers after the All-Star break.

Category: Game Recaps


Jake Lamb broke up Yovani Gallardo's scoreless inning streak with his two RBI single in tonight's win. Lamb came off the DL slowly but has been hitting well the last few games. He recorded three hits and also reached with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Jake Lamb started off the year on fire, as he had a quick swing and laid off tough pitches. When he came off the DL his swing looked long and he was striking out at a high rate. He now looks like he has returned to what he started the season doing.

Category: Game Recaps