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Game Recaps

Elvis Andrus went 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a walk against the Yankees Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Andrus is flashing a huge amount of power this year with seven home runs already. He's also swiped 18 bags this year. He's a must start in every format. His BABIP is 21 points higher than his career AVG but is only two points higher than last years BABIP, so the numbers he's posting could be sustainable. Andrus ISO is probably the most impressive number this year at .148 which is 61 points higher than his career but only 12 points higher than last years, so look for a little regression in that department.

Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Pirates' 8-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: McCutchen ended up with a relatively productive series over the weekend against the Cardinals. He tallied three hits in 11 at-bats, scored three runs, and drove in one. He has been blistering hot in June, illustrating that he has plenty of fantasy production left in his bat.

Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI, and one run scored on Sunday in the Pirates' 8-4 loss to the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Things have taken a downhill turn in June for Frazier as his average is just .247 for the month. However, he has remained relatively productive as he has six RBI and seven runs scored over his past 10 games. Frazier is a good source for batting average and runs but offers next to no power and little speed, which makes him a deep mixed or NL-only league option.

Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with a run against the Yankees Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Even though Lucroy isn't posting his usual numbers, he's still posting numbers that wont hurt you at the catcher position. His metrics are all well below his standard, so look for him to rebound as the season goes along.

Carlos Beltran failed to record a hit on Sunday, going 0-for-4.

Fantasy Impact: Beltran has two hits in his last seven games, dropping his average to .242. Owners may want to bench Beltran until he can find his swing again.

Brian McCann got a routine day off on Sunday against the Mariners. He had a double and three RBIs in the previous game on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: McCann is havig a highly productive year, batting .268/.351/.475 with 40 RBIs and 10 HRs.

Evan Gattis hit a two run HR against the Mariners on Sunday. The hit was his only of the game but he also scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Gattis does get frequent days off here and there but when he is in the lineup he produces. Owners need to pay attention to when Gattis starts, and plug him into their own lineup accordingly.

George Springer hit his 22nd HR of the season against the Mariners, sending it 456-feet to dead center! He was 1-for-4 overall with a RBI, run scored and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: The HR was his fourth in the last ten games. He continues to prove that he belongs among the top fantasy producing outfielders in the game.

Aaron Altherr picked up three hits on Sunday afternoon, including a triple in the eventual 2-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a hot few days at the plate for Altherr now. He isn't a must own player in standard leagues, but fantasy players could certainly do worse. Altherr is batting .284 with 12 homers in 2017.

Francis Martes lasted just two innings on Sunday versus the Mariners, allowing two runs on two hits while walking four and striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: It was an early hook for the rookie right-hander. He simply could not find the strike zone in this one. Luckily he was so wild that Seattle had a hard time squaring up the ball and doing too much damage. Martes owns a 5.51 ERA in the majors this year, which makes him un-startable in fantasy right now. Martes was a top prospect as recently as this spring so there's still hope, however.

Brandon McCarthy received a no-decision on Sunday afternoon, allowing five runs (four earned) over just three innings of baseball. McCarthy also walked two and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: The right-hander has been pitching well this season. Even after today's performance he still has a 3.25 ERA, which makes him a highly recommended fantasy option in his next start versus the lowly Padres.

Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with an home run, two RBIs and a run scored in a 7-5 route of the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos has hit five home runs with 14 RBIs in the month of June. This is his best offensive showing so far in 2017. Look for Castellanos to finish the first half of the season strong.

Kenley Jansen picked up his 17th save on Sunday versus the Rockies, throwing 1 2/3 innings while striking out two and walking one.

Fantasy Impact: The walk was the first of the season for the most dominant relief pitcher in baseball right now. Jansen made it a MLB record 51 strikeouts before allowing his first free pass. He carries a microscopic 0.83 ERA as we approach the end of June.

Jeremy Hellickson pitched six innings, gave up one run on just three hits, with seven strikeouts Sunday vs. the Diamondbacks. He received a no-decision as the Phillies lost in the 11th inning off of a Daniel Descalso walk-off single.

Fantasy Impact: Hellickson now sits with a 4.40 ERA and a 5-5 record this year. He is by no means a strikeout pitcher as he has just 38 punchouts in 84 innings on the season, which can be limiting in most fantasy leagues. After giving up 23 earned runs in his last 27 1/3 innings, Sunday's start gave flashbacks to April, where he had a 1.80 ERA in the month. Hellickson still does not deserve to be owned in most fantasy leagues due to his lack of consistency.

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin took his ninth loss of the season on Sunday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Indians 6-2. Tomlin allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings of work while walking three and striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Tomlin now has a 4-9 record to go along with a 6.09 ERA and 61 strikeouts on the year. He has some value in fantasy, but that's in AL-only leagues as a streamer in good matchups.

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 on a down day for the Braves all of the way around. No other Braves hitter had more than one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Inciarte is on a eight game hitting streak; and up to .309 on the season. During the streak, Inciarte has five multi-hit games. Keep starting the guy.

Matt Moore loses to Mets

Sun, Jun 25th 8:00pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Matt Moore fell to 3-8 on Sunday versus the Mets, allowing five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Moore also walked three and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: A once promising career has been taking a turn for the worse this season. Moore now owns a 6.04 ERA as we approach the end of June. It's unlikely he gains fantasy revelance during the season's final few months.

Jason Hammel threw five innings, scattering two runs on five hits and three walks. He also struck out six batters. His outing resulted in a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Hammel has been on a tremendous pace in June, and today was a step backward from that pace, but an overall positive start from Hammel considering his opening few months. Overall, Hammel has a 4.75 ERA and 5.33 xFIP and a 7.02 K/9.

Trey Mancini went yard yet again against the Rays and Jake Odorizzi. It was his 14th homer on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Mancini has more home runs than Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, and is tied with Chris Davis. If someone called that before the year started, kudos to them. He is also hitting above .300 and looks to have found an everyday role with Davis sidelined. Mancini is red hot and should be picked up in all formats.

Backup catcher Caleb Joseph went 3-4 at the dish, which included a solo homer, his third of the year. His other two hits were singles.

Fantasy Impact: We have seen Joseph have great games here and there filling in for Welington Castillo on the DL, but there is not a lot of fantasy potential here. Joseph is hitting .270 with 11 runs scored and 13 RBIs in 131 plate appearances.