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Game Recaps

Mike Fiers fell to 7-8 on Thursday versus Arizona, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander also walked two and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: The damage came via the long ball in this one for Fiers. He now has a 4.32 ERA here in the middle of August, but he has been pitching much better over the past couple of months. He's certainly on the fantasy streaming radar due to the strikeout and win potential.

Roberto Osuna allowed one hit over a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to help secure the 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: The save was Osuna's 32nd of the year. He continues to pitch as one of the best relievers in baseball despite still being just 22 years old. Osuna now has a 3.12 ERA to go with 69 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Reynaldo Lopez allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits over 4 1/3 innings on Thursday in Texas. Lopez also walked four and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: This was just the 23-year-old's second start of the year with the big league club, and it didn't go nearly as well as his first. There will likely continue to be up and down games for the youngster, which makes him difficult to trust in fantasy this year.

Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo homer on Thursday as the Nationals beat the Padres 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman's eighth inning jack broke a 1-1 tie and gave Washington a lead they would not surrender. Despite not hitting for batting average over the past couple of months, the 32-year-old is showing there's still some pop in his bat. Overall he's been an incredible bargain this year for fantasy owners.

Dellin Betances shuts the door

Fri, Aug 18th 8:11am EDT
By Chris Zolli


Dellin Betances pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save against the Mets on Thursday. Betances was asked to clean up Bryan Mitchell's mess and notched his eighth save of the season. He has a 2.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP this season.

Fantasy Impact: Bryan Mitchell allowed a grand slam in a 7-1 game and Betances, not closer Aroldis Chapman, was asked to clean up the mess. This could be because of Chapman's hamstring, but it could also be because Betances has allowed just three base runners in eight innings this month, striking out 11 batters. It is too early to say that saves are shifting in New York, but Betances' value is sky-high.

Sam Dyson picks up 10th save

Fri, Aug 18th 8:10am EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Sam Dyson worked a scoreless ninth on Thursday to preserve a 5-4 win over the Phillies, picking up his 10th save with the Giants along the way.

Fantasy Impact: Dyson is now 10-for-11 in save chances with San Francisco. He has now allowed a hit in any of his previous four appearances, and owns a 2.05 ERA since joining the club. He remains an extremely useful fantasy option as long as he's still getting saves.

Jeff Samardzija improved to 8-12 on Thursday versus Philadelphia, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings of work to go along with one walk and six strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Samardzija had thrown four scoreless before allowing homers in both the fifth and the sixth. The Giants would go on to win 5-4 and the right-hander now owns a 4.79 ERA. He allows more runs than you would like but there's plenty of strikeout upside here.

Luis Severino blanks Mets

Fri, Aug 18th 8:06am EDT
By Chris Zolli


Luis Severino allowed one run (none earned) on four hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Mets on Thursday. Severino struck out nine and walked three, bouncing back from a horrific start against the Red Sox. He has a 3.18 ERA this season and will face the Tigers in Detroit on August 23.

Fantasy Impact: Severino allowed eight earned runs against the Red Sox in his last start, so a bounce back like this was needed. Even with a horrific start against Boston, Severino is still 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 51 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings since the All-Star break. He is an elite option every time he pitched and allowed one run in five innings against the Tigers on July 31, striking out eight batters.

Jaime Garcia decent

Fri, Aug 18th 8:02am EDT
By Chris Zolli


Jaime Garcia allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Mets on Wednesday. Garcia walked three batters and struck out three, registering his second straight no-decision. He has a 4.52 ERA this season and will face the Tigers in Detroit on August 22.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia has now allowed three runs in each of his three starts with the Yankees and has only registered three quality starts in his last 10 starts. He also has 54 walks in 135 1/3 innings this season, posting a 1.93 K:BB ratio. Justin Upton is the only Tiger with experience against Garcia (2-for-8 with a double and home run) and he has never pitched at Detroit's Comerica Park.

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger made an unplanned relief appearance on Thursday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader with the Twins. Clevinger earned the loss, allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: As of now, Clevinger is still expected to make his next scheduled start on Monday despite the impromptu relief appearance. The right-hander has a 6-5 record, 3.75 ERA, and 95 strikeouts on the season.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer made a surprise relief appearance on Thursday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Twins. Bauer got two outs, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: The Indians also used starter Mike Clevinger, who earned the loss in the game. As of now, the plan is for Bauer to take his regularly scheduled turn in the rotation this Saturday. If anything changes, we'll let you know. Bauer has a 4.72 ERA and 145 strikeouts on the year.

Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Thursday against the Giants. The Phillies went on to lose 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: Hoskins got off to a slow start in his big league career but he's been on fire over the past few games. He should be owned in all fantasy leagues as a potential impact bat heading down the stretch.

Hyun-soo Kim drives in one

Fri, Aug 18th 7:19am EDT
By Matthew Terelle


Phillies outfielder Hyun Soo Kim went 1-for-4 on Thursday with a single and one RBI. The Phillies went on to lose to the Giants 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: Kim's tenure with the Phillies has been much like his with the Orioles as he's been a part-time player. He has played more consistently with Odubel Herrera sidelined by a hamstring strain but expect him to return to the bench when Herrera returns. Kim is batting .213 with one homer and 11 RBIs this season.

Phillies outfielder Nick Williams went 1-for-4 with his sixth homer of the season on Thursday. It wasn't enough as the Phillies went on to lose to the Giants 5-4.

Fantasy Impact: Williams has been impressive in his rookie season, slashing .291/.348/.507 with six homers and 25 RBIs. He is worth owning in all NL-only leagues and in deeper mixed leagues as a solid bat down the stretch.

Jameson Taillon went five innings against the Cardinals on Thursday, yielding four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: Taillon was dealing until the fifth inning when the heavens opened up at PNC Park. He walked two batters basically due to the rain and then let up a few hits, but all-in-all he had a decent outing despite the conditions. He's been able to miss a ton of bats lately as he has 22 strikeouts over his last 17 1/3 frames. He'll carry a 4.64 ERA into a start against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Conforto finished 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in the 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Conforto had a chance in the seventh when the bases was loaded. However, Chasen Shreve was able to get him out. Conforto is still having a breakout year, and likely contributed to the Mets trading away Jay Bruce. For the season, Conforto has 26 home runs and 64 RBIs.

Granderson made it interesting in the 9th inning by hitting a grand slam. He finished 1-for-3 and also had two walks.

Fantasy Impact: It was Granderson's 19th home run for the year. He's hitting a paltry .228 for the year but his slugging is still at a healthy .481. There's still a chance someone trades for him by August 31.

Edwin Jackson (4-2) picked up the win with a strong performance Thursday, holding the Padres to one earned run over seven innings. He struck out four batters while issuing one walk and scattering eight hits.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson has fared well since joining the National's rotation. Over eight starts the 33-year-old righty has four wins, 3.20 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings. There will be some regression but Jackson should be ownable in deeper fantasy leagues.

Chris Archer allowed three runs on five hits while striking out 10 batters during Thursday's loss to Toronto. He didn't factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: The Tampa offense has struggled to score runs for Archer who only has eight wins on the season. The 28-year-old righty has a 3.84 ERA and an impressive 11.2 K/9 for the season. Archer lines up to make his next start against the Blue Jays again next week.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two runs scored in the Pirates' 11-7 loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: McCutchen simply continues to find ways to produce, as he has contributed in every category over the past 10 games. In that stretch, he has one home run, six runs scored, four RBI, and a stolen base. That said, McCutchen continues to be a centerpiece for fantasy owners heading into the home stretch of their season.