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Mookie Betts has MRI on knee

Sat, Jul 23rd 4:32pm EDT
By John Aubin


Mookie Betts (knee) underwent an MRI on his knee and the results returned negative, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The MRI revealed nothing more than some minor fluid buildup. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Betts is sitting out Saturday's game due to some swelling in the knee but with the MRI results, he should be considered day to day. Keep an eye on updates on his status for Sunday's game against the Twins.

Category: Injury Updates

Maybin went 1-for-4 with a double and two walks in the Tigers 7-5 win against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Maybin has struggled lately batting .218 with 10 strikeouts in his last 15 games. He is batting .322 this season in 55 games this season for the Tigers but a regression in his batting average was likely since he is a career .256 hitter.

Category: Game Recaps

Madison Bumgarner allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Yankees on Friday night, striking out six batters and walking three. Bumgarner has allowed six runs in 13 innings since the All-Star break after back-to-back scoreless outings before the All-Star break. He has a 2.14 ERA this season and will face the Reds on July 27.

Fantasy Impact: While two relatively poor starts should not define a season, fantasy owners cannot like that Bumgarner walked three batters and only induced three groundball outs against New York. Bumgarner is the second-ranked SP in baseball and has the potential to throw a shutout any time; bet on that if fantasy owners are looking to move the Giants' ace. Current Reds have a .635 OPS in 83 at-bats against Bumgarner and Billy Hamilton is 4-for-10 with a home run off of the left-handed ace.

Category: Game Recaps

Ketel Marte has dealt with injury troubles and now will hit the disabled list with mono. He only has six at-bats in the second half and a .263 batting average in July including three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI. He has a .657 OPS this season. (Source: Bob Dutton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marte should not have been on fantasy rosters, but some may have had him at SS because of his .273 batting average and eight stolen bases and he did have a four-game hitting streak. He was a sleeper pick coming into 2016, but has been a disappointment.

Category: Injury Updates

Iglesias went 1-for-5 with a double in the Tigers 7-5 win against the White Sox. He had a key groundout RBI in the seventh inning that tied the game at 5-5.

Fantasy Impact: In his last seven games, he has gone 7-for-22 batting .318 with four runs scored and one RBI. He has been improving his batting average after a slow start to the season just don't count on him for much power production. He has three home runs and 22 RBI this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Adrian Gonzalez has a .167 batting average, a double, two runs scored, and two RBI in the second half. Gonzalez has a .308 batting average, six extra-base hits, nine runs scored, and 11 RBI this season. He has a .752 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez has provided strong on-base numbers (.358 OBP) and little else for fantasy owners this season, posting only 25 extra-base hits in 343 at-bats. On pace for only 76 RBI and 60 runs scored, fantasy owners would be better off streaming a 1B than keeping Gonzalez on their roster.

Category: Game Recaps

Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a walk and a RBI in the Tigers 7-5 win against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: He has been consistent all season long batting .298 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI. In the last 15 games,he is batting .286 with three home runs.

Category: Game Recaps

Sean Manaea dominates Rays

Sat, Jul 23rd 1:27pm EDT
By Matt Nimmo


Sean Manaea threw eight scoreless innings against the Rays Friday night, allowing five hits and did not issue a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea struck out seven, tossing a total of 103 pitches. He has been incredible over his last 20 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 13 hits with a 17/0 K/BB. He has not had a decision during this stretch, showing how tough it is pitching for the offensively challenged A's. Manaea will look to keep it going in his next start against the Rangers in Texas.

Category: Game Recaps

Adrian Beltre is only hitting .143 in the second half, although he has a double, triple, and home run to go along with two RBI and two runs scored. Beltre is hitting .203 with four extra-base hits, five RBI, and six runs scored in July. He has a .760 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Even with his cold streak, he still has hits in six of his last 10 games, including two multi-hit games, and has a passable .270 batting average this season. The ageless Beltre may have reached his end of being a must-have at 3B, but still has 20 home run and 90 RBI potential in 2016.

Category: Game Recaps

Hector Rondon earns 17th save

Sat, Jul 23rd 1:18pm EDT
By Josh Schafer


Hector Rondon closed out the game Friday against the Brewers earning his 17th save. Rondon struck out two and walked one to secure the 5-2 Cubs victory over the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see Rondon have his second good outing after he took the loss against the Mets on Tuesday. Keep Rondon in your lineups as the outing versus the Mets was a hiccup which even the best closers in the league have from time to time.

Category: Game Recaps

Miguel Sano doubled and drove in a run on Friday night against the Red Sox to move his second half line to .250 with three doubles. Sano has a .269 batting average with seven extra-base hits, nine runs scored, and 10 RBI in July. He has an .802 OPS in July.

Fantasy Impact: Sano has hits in eight of his last 10 games, but had not posted a multi-hit game in the second half, posting only two extra-base hits. He still has enough power to make a serious impact on a fantasy roster and has five extra-base hits in his last 10 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a walk in the Tigers 7-5 win against the White Sox. He had two doubles and two RBI in the game. He had a big two-run single in the seventh that gave the Tigers the lead.

Fantasy Impact: In the last three games, he has gone 8-for-11 with a home run and two RBI. Cabrera became the eighth player to reach 400 home runs and 1,500 RBIs within the first 14 seasons of his career.

Category: Game Recaps

Jason Hammel improves to 9-5

Sat, Jul 23rd 1:10pm EDT
By Josh Schafer


Jason Hammel improved to 9-5 Friday against the Brewers. Hammel went five innings allowing two runs and striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Hammel had a solid outing Friday against the Brewers which is exactly what he should do against bottom half teams. Hammel has put together three consecutive good outings after his abysmal outing where he allowed 10 earned runs to the Mets. Hammel appears to have everything back in order. Hammel is a good back of the fantasy rotation starter.

Category: Game Recaps

While the Kansas City Royals have slipped in the American League Central and Wild Card standings, it is worth a question of if Wade Davis could be a part of selling before the trade deadline. The Royals need to rebuild their rotation and could find a partner with a team like the Giants for Davis, giving a huge starting pitcher return. Davis has a 1.14 ERA and has converted 20 of 22 save attempts this season. (Source: Sam Mellinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A trade of Davis for Tyler Beede and/or Phil Bickford is purely spectulation, but remember that the Giants traded Zach Wheeler for a rental of Carlos Beltran in 2011, so this is a team that would aggressively move for the right guy. Davis would be the right guy for a Giants team that struggles in the backend of the game and is a top-three RP in fantasy baseball.

Category: Rumors

Gerrit Cole pitched six innings on Friday night, allowing one run on six hits and striking out seven batters in a loss against the Phillies. Cole has two starts since returning from the disabled list and has allowed five earned runs on 13 hits in 10 innings, but does have 12 strikeouts. He has a 2.99 ERA this season and will face the Brewers on July 29.

Fantasy Impact: Cole has six quality starts in his last 10 starts and had seen his ERA dip to 2.75 befor he hit the disabled list. Fantasy owners would like to see more than the 7.7 strikeouts per nine that Cole averages this season, so the fact that he has struck out more than a batter per inning since returning is a good sign. Current Brewers have a .737 OPS against Cole and Lucroy is 7-for-19 against the Pirates' ace.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Carpenter has been cleared to field ground balls and have limited throws to first base. He is on the disabled list with an oblique injury and could be nearing a rehab stint in the minor league. Carpenter last played on July 6 and has a .988 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Carpenter's addition to a fantasy lineup could swing a playoff race, as he has 2B/3B eligibility and elite run scoring potential to go along with stellar plate discipline and power. He is a potential top-15 player for the rest of the season and fantasy owners need to be aware that he needs to be activated from the disabled list soon.

Category: Injury Updates

Rougned Odor hit a home run on Friday and now has hits in three of his last four games. Odor has a .292 batting average, eight extra-base hits, 10 runs scored, an 10 RBI in July. He has a .777 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: While looking at his .777 OPS, one would think that Odor has been a middle of the road 2B, but remember that he has a respectable .272 batting average and only eight walks, causing his OBP to be a low .292. Those in standard BA leagues will be ok with his .272 batting average to go along with his pace for nearly 30 home runs, 100 runs scored, 80 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Abreu finished 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI on Friday and has four doubles in the second half. Abreu has a .323 batting average, seven doubles, five runs scored, and six RBI in July. He has a .760 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Abreu only had one hit in his last three games coming into Friday's matchup with the Tigers and now has three multi-hit games in his last 10 games. Although Abreu has hit a bit better for average, he still only has 11 home runs and is only on pace for 57 runs scored.

Category: Game Recaps

Robinson Cano is 4-for-29 with a home run since the All-Star break. Cano has a .275 batting average, seven extra-base hits, seven RBI, and nine runs scored in July. He has an .885 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Cano's home run on July 19 was his 22nd of the season, but that is the lone bright spot of the second half for Cano. He is still on pace for nearly 40 home runs and 100 RBI, but his batting average has dropped from .313 to .300 over the last 10 games.

Category: Game Recaps

Nelson Cruz on a tear

Sat, Jul 23rd 11:45am EDT
By Chris Zolli


Nelson Cruz has two multi-hit games in his mini three-game hitting streak, posting a .471 batting average over the last week. Cruz has a .293 batting average, six extra-base hits, five RBI, and nine runs scored this month. He has a .905 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Cruz's hot streak has been a bit of a compromise, as he only has one run scored along with no extra-base hits or RBI over the last week. Even though fantasy owners would look for more power, Cruz' batting average is now .287 to go along with his 23 home runs that rank sixth in the American League.

Category: Game Recaps