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Game Recaps

Justin Bour went 1-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Bour has been quiet in July, batting just .218 with two home runs and eight RBI. He's capable of going on a hot streak at any time, but given his lack of production thus far, it would be difficult to keep him in your lineup at this stage. Keep him owned, but on your bench if you have the room.

Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 on Sunday versus the Tigers. He hit a pair of singles and scored a pair of runs.

Fantasy Impact: Pearce continued his dominance at the plate for the Red Sox on Sunday as he ripped a pair of singles in the game. He's been one of the most consistent hitter for the Red Sox, which is saying something for a lineup that has Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. At this rate Pearce will find himself in the discussion for fantasy pickup of the second half down the stretch run.

Bud Norris allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs. He earned his 18th save.

Fantasy Impact: There was some discussion about arm soreness prior to the All-Star break, but Norris looked just fine on Saturday. He should continue to see save opportunities unless the Cardinals fall completely out of the playoff race and change course and deal him to a contending team.

Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-4 on Sunday versus the Tigers. He hit a single, drove in a pair of runs, and scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Nunez boosted his RBI total to 26 on the year by driving in a pair on Sunday. Still, he finishes the series vs. Detroit hitting 2-for-12 at the plate and will look to rebound vs. the Orioles.

Jackie Bradley went 2-for-4 on Sunday versus the Tigers. He hit a three-run home run and a single.

Fantasy Impact: Bradley was robbed of several well hit balls on Saturday but on Sunday he crushed a three-run homer to left field and also collected an infield single. He's been seeing the ball well lately and would be a valuable DFS option for the next series vs. Baltimore.

Xander Bogaerts went 2-for-3 on Sunday versus the Tigers. He hit a pair of doubles and scored a pair of runs.

Fantasy Impact: Bogaerts was all over the baseball on Sunday as he hit his 27th and 28th doubles of the season, in his first two at-bats. He's now recorded a hit in eight of his last nine games and is streaking up the fantasy ranks. If Bogaerts can keep up this level of play, as he did before a late April foot injury, he'll be a top five shortstop in all fantasy leagues.

Yangervis Solarte slugged a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Along with the decisive two-run homer, Solarte also added a RBI double in the fourth inning. It's been a tough month for Solarte, as he's sporting a lackluster .188/.200/.388 batting line through 64 plate appearances during July. Perhaps this performance will fuel a hot-streak but Solarte cannot be viewed as anything more than a serviceable deep league option for the time being.

Eric Hosmer went 2-for-5 with two singles, two runs scored, and an RBI in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Phillies in the first game of a double header.

Fantasy Impact: Hosmer struck out in his other three at bats. The 28-year-old is now hitting .247 on the year to go along with a .706 OPS and just 10 homers. That's not enough offensive production to be a clear starter in most fantasy leagues.

Nick Pivetta took the loss on Sunday versus San Diego, allowing six runs (four earned) over 5 1/3 innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Pivetta struck out nine and walked none. The 25-year-old doesn't pitch deep into games and is prone to allowing a plethora of hits, but he certainly has swing and miss type stuff. He's an ideal streamer in the right matchup.

Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-5 with a homer, a double, and two runs scored as the Phillies lost to the Padres in the first game of a double header on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It was the first homer of July for the 25-year-old slugger. Following a stellar June Hoskins has hit just .234 this month with a .328 slugging percentage. Perhaps today's performance can start a strong finish to the season.

Chris Archer strikes out 13

Sun, Jul 22nd 4:15pm EDT
By Douglas Roth

Chris Archer allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings Sunday against the Marlins. He gave up eight hits and struck out 13. His season ERA was raised to 4.30. Archer walked away with a no-decision after a walk-off pinch hit grand slam by Daniel Robertson.

Fantasy Impact: Archer was pulled after 101 pitches and six innings. If this were a different era, Archer may have went for 20 strikeouts. Archer, since his return, has been using all three of his pitches bringing up his swing and misses and then in turn his strikeouts. Archer will draw a road matchup with the Orioles his next time out.

Matthew Strahm pitched two scoreless innings on Sunday against the Phillies in the first game of the doubleheader. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two. He lowered his season ERA to 2.21.

Fantasy Impact: Strahm is 26 so he is not rumored to be on the market this season. He has had an extremely successful season for the Padres. It is possible the Padres decide to stretch him out for next season but since he has been successful in this role why change it? He is a must own in NL-only leagues and deep mixed leagues.

Craig Stammen pitched a perfect inning in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday against the Phillies. He struck out two while lowering his season ERA to 2.85.

Fantasy Impact: Stammen has pitched well this season. If the Padres deal Kirby Yates and not Stammen he should take the closer’s role. Stammen should be stashed in NL-only leagues because of the possibility of saves although they will be few and far between.

Tyson Ross received the win in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday against the Phillies. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out five while lowering his ERA to 4.29.

Fantasy Impact: Ross received his first win since June 3rd. Although there have been a couple of clunkers since his last win he has pitched well enough to get at least one win in that stretch. If Ross is dealt before the trade deadline his win probability will go up no matter what team he is dealt to. If Ross is still a Padre his next start will be at home against the Diamondbacks.

Blake Treinen allowed one run on a hit and two walks over two innings on Saturday against the Giants. He struck out three and was credited with his fourth blown save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This was hardly Treinen's fault, as Alen Hanson reached on what would have been a game-ending strikeout before Hunter Pence hit a double, during which Stephen Piscotty was likely interfered with. Treinen remains a rock solid closer, and there's little reason to expect Jeurys Familia to usurp his role at this point.

Felix Hernandez allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over five innings.

Fantasy Impact: He took the loss, moving to 8-8 in the process. He had been sidelined since July 6 due to a back injury, so hopefully, he'll prove useful in the second half now that he's fully healthy. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 5.14 and 1.37 on the season.

Trevor Cahill allowed one run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill didn't last long enough to collect the quality start or a decision, but he was good against San Francisco. Hopefully, he'll be able to return to the form he displayed at the start of the season when he was among the top 30 SPs in fantasy. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 2.95 and 1.02 with nearly a strikeout per inning on the year.

Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs on two hits with six walks and five strikeouts over four innings against the A's on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Bumgarner has been struggling with command a bit since returning from injury but it was taken to a whole new level Saturday. He continues to limit the hits he allows, but the walks have resulted in a higher WHIP and also limit his innings per start. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 3.19 and 1.25 on the season.

Zack Godley allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts over five innings Saturday against the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Godley had put together a pair of wins in quality starts in his two most recent starts prior to the All-Star break, so this was a disappointing start to the second half. He hasn't been as good as last year, but he's still been useful for fantasy purposes with an ERA and WHIP of 4.65 and 1.54 and over a strikeout per inning on the season.

Carlos Carrasco quality in win

Sun, Jul 22nd 12:29pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings Saturday, taking the win against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Carrasco has done better of late after a recent rough patch that inflated his ratios. This marked his first quality start since June 11, so hopefully he's righted the ship. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 4.03 and 1.15 and 120 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings this season.