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Mike Leake superb against A's

Thu, Aug 16th 11:37am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Mike Leake held the A's scoreless over eight innings Wednesday. He allowed two hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Leake took a tough-luck no-decision in this very quality start, his sixth QS in a row. He continues to be extremely consistent this season and has delivered surprising fantasy value. He has an ERA and WHIP of 3.90 and 1.26 on the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Robert Stephenson allowed two runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts over only 1 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson has now struggled mightily in his first to starts with the Reds this season. He received the promotion after dominating Triple-A, and he has a solid pedigree which predicts strikeout upside. Command has always been his issue, and that continues. He should continue to see opportunities with the Reds, but he may not be able to put it together to be useful for fantasy purposes in 2018.

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Jose Urena failed to log an out before he was ejected from Wednesday's game for hitting Ronald Acuna.

Fantasy Impact: Urena plunked the red-hot Acuna, and the benches cleared, but Urena was ejected and no punches were thrown. Urena could receive a suspension, but he's not very fantasy relevant at this point. He has an ERA and WHIP of 4.74 and 1.28 on the season.

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Harrison Musgrave was called in to relieve Tyler Anderson after he was blown up for nine earned runs in the 12-1 loss. He allowed four hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Tough times for the Rockies pitchers in this duel. Musgrave didn't fair much better after his starter was pulled as he served up two home runs as well. Hopefully he'll have better luck in Atlanta.

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Marco Estrada allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Estrada was able to pick up the win, his second in his last three appearances. He's been up and down this season, hard to trust overall. As such, and given his lack of strikeout upside and proneness to the long ball, he's hard to use outside of streamer opportunities in deeper leagues.

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Austin Gomber blanked the Nationals over six innings Wednesday to pick up the win. Gomber allowed three hits and four walks while striking out six.

Fantasy Impact: Gomber has now started four games for the Cardinals, and he's been very good in the rotation. He's not going extremely deep into games, but he showed Wednesday he can register a very quality start. He now has wins in each of his last two appearances and an ERA and WHIP of 2.89 and 1.29 on the season.

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Tyler Anderson was on the mound and got slapped around for seven hits, nine earned runs, three walks and four Ks in the Astros defeat of the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Usually Colorado's pitchers have an easier time outside of Coors Field but it wasn't the case this time around. Two of his three walks came in the first and contributed to the three runs scored. He was tagged in consecutive innings for home runs and when the third one left the park, so did Anderson. The loss brings his record to 6-5 with a 4.39 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

Category: Game Recaps


Felix Pena Ks seven Padres

Thu, Aug 16th 11:18am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Felix Pena allowed an unearned run on two hits with four walks and seven strikeouts Wednesday against the Padres. He took the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Pena has had one very bad start which has inflated his ratios on the season. Beyond that seven-run drubbing in less than an inning at the hands of the Mariners, Pena has been very solid. He doesn't go deep into games, but he has only allowed more than three earned runs in one of his starts. He also provides some strikeout upside with nearly a K per inning this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Hyun-Jin Ryu held the Giants scoreless over six innings in his return from the disabled list. He allowed three hits without a walk and six strikeouts Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Ryu took the no-decision despite the sparkling outing. He should continue to see starts down the stretch as long as he's producing and healthy, neither of which is a guarantee. Still, when he's been on the mound this season he's been extremely solid with an ERA and WHIP of 1.77 and 0.81.

Category: Game Recaps


Tommy Pham activated from DL

Thu, Aug 16th 11:07am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The Rays have activated Tommy Pham from the disabled list. He was sidelined with a fracture in his right foot.

Fantasy Impact: Pham was acquired by the Rays, a bit surprisingly, at the trade deadline. He failed to live up to lofty preseason expectations after his strong 2017 in the first half with the Cardinals, but he should continue to see everyday at-bats with the Rays. If he's able to return to form he could be a difference maker down the stretch.

Category: Injury Updates


Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-1 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Andujar on the season is hitting .296 with 19 homers and 59 RBI. The rest of the Yankees only managed three hits combined on the night. It's Andujar's 19th homer of the season and sixth in August, and the 23-year-old is now hitting .322 (19-for-59) in 15 games on the month.

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Zach Eflin will start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the New York Mets, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. (Source: Jim Salisbury on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eflin had been recently sent down to the minor leagues after the team acquired Justin Bour, but the doubleheader allows the Phillies to add a 26th man to their roster for the day. Eflin is 8-4 with a 3.57 ERA on the season.

Category: Transactions


Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with two singles and three RBI on Wednesday against the Pirates. He also walked once and scored once in the 6-4 win.

Fantasy Impact: Forsythe is now the everyday second baseman with Brian Dozier shipped out. He is hitting .241 with a lackluster .620 OPS this year, but does have a .395 average and six RBI over the past week. He's worth keeping an eye on down the stretch.

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Trevor Hildenberger recorded his second save in as many days, and third overall, on Wednesday against the Pirates. He allowed one walk and had one strikeout in the 6-4 win.

Fantasy Impact: For whatever reason, manager Paul Molitor trust Hildenberger the most out of the lackluster Twins' 'pen, so if you need saves, he is your man. Hildenberger's ERA is down to 4.58 after this outing.

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Jose Berrios could not complete four innings on Wednesday against the Pirates, giving up four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four. The Twins came back to win 6-4, leaving Berrios with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Berrios continues to be streaky, but you have no choice to start him in case he turns it around. The young fireballer will look to be better than this 86-pitch outing when he takes on the White Sox at home next. For the season, he has a 3.75 ERA and 1.13 WHIP to go with 157 Ks in 153 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps


Brad Hand gets 28th save

Thu, Aug 16th 9:28am EDT
By Carmen Maiorano

Brad Hand came on to face the Reds and their stack of lefties and switch hitters in the ninth inning on Wednesday, working out of a jam to record his 28th save. He allowed two hits and a walk, but was able to put out the fire with a Eugenio Suarez strikeout and a Curt Casali fly out to end the game.

Fantasy Impact: With Cody Allen being called on to pitch the seventh and the eighth, manager Terry Francona had no choice but to give Hand the ball in the ninth. Hand's outings are typically cleaner than this, but you will still take the save. Hand will be coming on in high-leverage situations when lefties are up regardless of inning, so do not expect him to get a ton of saves going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Cody Allen pitched two innings in Wednesday's game against the Reds, tallying four strikeouts. He did not allow a base runner. Brad Hand came on for the ninth to steal the save, and the Tribe won 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: Allen has been pitching better as of late, and his ERA is down to 4.06. While this is still high, it looks a lot better than his high 4 ERA just a couple weeks ago. Brad Hand got the save due to the bevy of lefties in the Reds' lineup in the ninth, so there is no need to worry about his role.

Category: Game Recaps


Shane Bieber tossed just 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday against the Reds, giving up seven hits and two walks. That traffic led to just three runs, but with Bieber already at 90 pitches, the Indians decided it was not worth extending his outing. He did strike out five and even walked once in his two plate appearances. The Tribe won, 4-3.

Fantasy Impact: Bieber is prone to some inconsistent outings as a rookie, but he will be asked to step up with Trevor Bauer out indefinitely. His 4.37 ERA and 1.41 WHIP do not look great, but his underlying stats say that those numbers should come down. He will take his greater than a K per inning rate (71 Ks in 68 innings) into his next start against the Red Sox on the road.

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Mike Wright allowed two runs in his appearance on Wednesday against the Mets. Wright allowed four hits including a home run, walked none, and did not have a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Wright now has a season ERA of 5.17 and a 1.64 WHIP. He is not fantasy relevant at this time.

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Cody Carroll held the Mets scoreless in an inning of work on Wednesday. Carroll allowed one hit, one walk, and added a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Carroll currently has an ERA of 5.79 with a 2.14 WHIP in five appearances this season. While not allowing a run on Wednesday, he did let two man on base, which continues to be a struggle for him. He has no fantasy value at this time.

Category: Game Recaps