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Michael Brantley went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Indians' 6-2 win over the Reds on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: After plating three on Sunday, it's nice to see Brantley start the week on a high note. If Bradley Zimmer can stay hot and Francisco Lindor can get going, he should be able to drive in a ton of runs down the stretch. He now has 45 RBIs this season to go along with a .303 AVG and eleven steals.

Category: Game Recaps


Kevin Gausman earned the win on Monday at Tropicana Field, throwing six shutout innings while allowing just five hits.

Fantasy Impact: Gausman also struck out eight and walked three, as he lowered his season ERA to 5.79 with the outing. Gausman is still just 26 years old, but he hasn't had much to be encouraged about this year. Perhaps this is the start of him turning things around.

Category: Game Recaps


Francisco Liriano improved to 6-5 on Monday versus the Athletics, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Liriano also walked two and struck out five. The southpaw entered 2017 with streaming upside, but he's been difficult to trust as we approach the end of July.

Category: Game Recaps


Justin Bour left Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers with a right oblique straight, according to the Marlins. Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit for him in the fourth inning and replaced him at designated hitter. (Source: Joe Frisaro on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Staying healthy has been a problem for Bour, so hopefully, this injury is not serious. However, oblique strains often require trips to the disabled list, and the fact that he had to be replaced in the game even though he was only the designated hitter is not a good sign. More information should be available on Tuesday after Bour is evaluated by the team.

Category: Injury Updates


Roberto Osuna earns 25th save

Mon, Jul 24th 10:14pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

TOR

Roberto Osuna struck out the side on Monday night versus Oakland to pick up his 25th save of 2017.

Fantasy Impact: Osuna has been absolutely dominant this year and has solidified himself as one of the best closers in the game. The 22-year-old now has a 2.01 ERA to go with 56 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched.

Category: Game Recaps


Ben Zobrist went 0-for-3 but reached on a walk that lead to him scoring the only Cubs run of the game.

Fantasy Impact: He is not a fantasy elite but he is useful in many leagues, especially if he has multiple position eligibility. The recent turnaround for the Cubs also adds value.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Hendricks went 4 1/3 innings allowing one run. He allowed eight hits but struck out 5. It was his first game back off the disabled list. He also drove in the only Cubs run.

Fantasy Impact: Hendricks is the reigning NL ERA champion but struggled before getting hurt. He is likely to experience a resurgent second half, much like the Cubs are starting to produce.

Category: Game Recaps


Anthony Swarzak picked up his first career save on Monday afternoon versus the Cubs, striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: With David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle now pitching in New York, Swarzak could see some save chances in Chicago. The only problem is he may be traded himself. It's something to monitor as July 31st deadline approaches. Fantasy players that desperately need saves should pick him up.

Category: Game Recaps


Miguel Gonzalez picked up the win on Monday afternoon versus the Cubs, throwing 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Gonzalez allowed seven hits, three walks, and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: It's pretty surprising to see Gonzalez dominate a red hot Cubs team at Wrigley like that, but it's exactly what happened today. Following the superb outing Gonzalez still possesses a 4.60 ERA for the season. He isn't currently on the fantasy radar.

Category: Game Recaps


Xander Bogaerts was a late scratch from Boston's lineup on Monday night. He is sick, according to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, and his absence is not related to his bruised right hand.

Fantasy Impact: The silver lining here is that Bogaerts is merely under the weather and does not have a more serious injury. He is considered day-to-day for now and could be back in the lineup as early as Tuesday, so monitor his status for tomorrow.

Category: Injury Updates


Trevor Cahill dealt to Royals

Mon, Jul 24th 8:13pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

SD

The Royals acquired Trevor Cahill along with RPs Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter in exchange for LHPs Matt Straham and Travis Wood and infielder Esteury Ruiz.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill has been surprisingly solid in his first season with the Padres, posting an ERA of 3.69. His best asset has been the strikeout upside he's provided (72 in 61 innings). He lands in another pitcher's park, though he will now be facing AL teams with a DH.

Category: Transactions


Jaime Garcia traded to Twins

Mon, Jul 24th 8:11pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

ATL

Jaime Garcia has been traded to the Twins along with Anthony Recker in exchange for cash considerations and RHP Huascar Ynoa.

Fantasy Impact: The two sides were able to complete the deal this time, as a reported agreement fell through late last week. Garcia had a nice start to the season, and he's been better of late, but overall his numbers have just been mediocre (4.30 ERA 1.32 WHIP). He's more of a matchup play, especially now that he'll be facing a DH in the AL.

Category: Transactions


Taylor Motter has been optioned by Seattle to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. In a corresponding move, the Mariners could add Danny Espinosa, who agreed to a Major League contract with the team on Sunday, to the active roster. (Source: mynorthwest.com)

Fantasy Impact: Motter, a 27-year-old infielder, has cooled off considerably, hitting .180 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his past 52 games. Motter's demotion was sealed when he made a costly base-running error in Sunday's game against the Yankees. He was picked off first base when he came on as a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, and the Mariners trailing by two runs.

Category: Transactions


Ian Desmond is not in the Rockies' lineup Monday. (Source: Patrick Saunders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Looks like a routine day off for Desmond. Expect him back in the lineup tomorrow.


The Mets placed Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with a "stress reaction" in his right arm. The team recalled Tyler Pill from Triple-A to take Wheeler's spot on the roster. (Source: Marc Carig on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wheeler had been hit hard the last two starts, and it's fair to assume that the injury was the underlying cause. Already at 86 1/3 innings pitched, Wheeler, who was expected to have an innings cap this year, won't offer much to fantasy owners for the rest of the season, regardless of when he comes back. There's no reason to own Wheeler at this point.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Brandon Drury is out of the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday. (Source: Arizona Diamondbacks on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Looks like a routine day off for Drury. Daniel Descalso is playing 2B and batting sixth in his place.


Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer on Sunday in the Braves' 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Adams is now hitting .288 on the season with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs. He has been excellent for Atlanta since the trade and continues to be a solid DFS play on a nightly basis due to his power upside.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Carpenter is out of the Cardinals' lineup Monday after suffering quad cramps on Sunday. (Source: Rob Rains on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This sounds like a minor injury for Carpenter, but it's enough to keep him on the bench Monday. He should be considered day-to-day for now.

Category: Injury Updates


Cesar Hernandez finished 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored as the Phillies defeated the Brewers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez is hitting just .261 since being activated from the disabled list on July 17th. Overall the 27-year-old second baseman is hitting .276 on the year with six home runs and six steals. The numbers are solid but only worth owning in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps


Justin Turner only missed one game with an illness, going 1-for-5 in the win on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Turner continues to rake, hitting .367 with a OPS of 1.033. His .367 BA leads the majors and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

Category: Game Recaps