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Yasiel Puig finished the Reds' four-game series with the Brewers going 6-for-15 with four runs scored, six RBI, two home runs, and two steals.

Fantasy Impact: As the weather heats up, so does Puig, and he's now on pace for 34 home runs and 23 steals. His batting average of .240 is slowly creeping up toward his career mark of .275, and his power-speed combination makes him a legitimate 35-25 candidate. If you missed your chance to buy low, it's worth considering buying high.

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Sonny Gray allowed four runs on six hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings on Friday against the Brewers. He struck out six and did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Gray was staked to a big lead and danced on a knife's edge all game, before faltering in the fifth inning. Gray's lack of consistency and inability to work deep into games certainly hurt his win potential, despite the Reds playing much better baseball. He'll look to bounce back against the Cubs next.

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Luis Castillo allowed four runs on five hits and five walks over 3 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Brewers. He struck out six and took the loss.

Fantasy Impact: It's remarkable and a testament to Castillo's pure stuff that he has just a 1.17 WHIP despite walking nearly five batters per nine innings this year. Because of Castillo's control problems, he's going to be prone to the occasional blowup, but he's the rare pitcher who can survive despite sub-par command. He will look to bounce back against the Cubs next.

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Scooter Gennett (groin) could return to the Reds as early as Friday. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gennett will play two more rehab games this week and should then return Friday if all goes well. The 29-year-old has missed the entire season but should be picked up in any leagues he was dropped in. Gennett hit .310 with 23 homers and an .847 OPS last year.

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Joey Votto went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Reds' 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Votto exploded in this one, perhaps for the first time all season. This was his fourth three-hit game of the year and his first three-RBI game of the season. In fact, this was just his second multi-RBI all year. This was a nice game for Votto, but we still cannot consider him back in full form yet.

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Anthony DeSclafani allowed six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3rd innings in the Reds' 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Sunday. He walked one and struck out nine while falling to 4-4.

Fantasy Impact: DeSclafani got rocked in this one, allowing nine baserunners and three extra-base hits while just getting 13 outs. He had three straight starts allowing just one run prior to today, but DeSclafani has always struggled with the longball and is hard to trust in hitter-friendly ballparks. His next start comes Sunday vs. Chicago.

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Nick Senzel is absent from Saturday’s lineup versus the Brewers with a migraine headache.

Fantasy Impact: Senzel left Friday’s game with the issue and will receive today off. He has dealt with vertigo before so hopefully this is just a minor issue for him this time. Jose Peraza will start in center field during his absence today.

Category: Injury Updates


Jose Iglesias went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and four RBI in the Reds; 7-1 win over the Brewers' on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Iglesias now has five home runs and a .291/.332/.423 triple slash on the year. That makes him a decent NL-only option, but he has little mixed league value.

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Tanner Roark allowed one run on three hits over six innings in the Reds; 7-1 win over the Brewers' on Thursday. He walked none and struck out seven while improving to 5-6.

Fantasy Impact: This was a great outing for Roark, who has notched back-to-back quality starts. Roark now has a career best 23.3% K rate and 3.39 FIP, but his 4.37 SIERA is right on par with where he's been over the last few years. Owners should be hesitant to trust any kind of hot streak from Roark. His next start comes Wednesday at the Angels.

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Tyler Mahle allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday. He walked one and struck out seven in the no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: This was deepest Mahle has gone into a start all year, but it was easy for David Bell to let him rip when Mahle pitches this well. A two-run home run to Michael Brantley was his only blemish on an otherwise fantastic day. Mahle's next start comes Tuesday at the Angels.

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Jesse Winker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Winker now has 12 homers and a .766 OPS on the year. Outside of his April power surge, Winker hasn't done much at the plate this season. He is a fringey outfielder in standard leagues, but not a must-own player by any means.

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Derek Dietrich went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in the Reds' 4-3 win over the Astros on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Dietrich's home run pace has certainly slowed down, but he still has 18 homers and a .370 ISO on the year. He is a streaky player by nature, but due to his versatility owners can keep him on their roster and fit him in as needed, hoping to catch a hot streak.

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Michael Lorenzen recorded two outs in the ninth inning against the Astros on Monday to record his third save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Lorenzen has been solid this season, posting a 3.13 ERA and 1.26 WHIP with more than a strikeout per inning. His appearance in relief of Raisel Iglesias came at a curious time, given that Iglesias had thrown only 21 pitches and had just recorded an out. Lorenzen isn't worth owning for now, but certainly keep him on your radar if you are an Iglesias owner.

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Raisel Iglesias was pulled in the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Astros. Iglesias, who had entered the game in the eighth inning, pitched one inning and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: The move by manager David Bell was curious, as Iglesias walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning before recording an out, and only then was relieved by Michael Lorenzen. Iglesias remains the Reds' closer, but it appears his leash is shorter than it once was. Given that Lorenzen retired both Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez with ease, he could see additional opportunities in the future.

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Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Astros on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez is coming off a rather quiet series against the Rangers, but drove in his 43rd run with an RBI single in the fifth. He now has a .254/.334/.480 triple slash on the year. Suarez is streaky by nature, so owners should roll with him every week, knowing there will be fluctuations in his production.

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Jose Peraza went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI on Sunday against the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Peraza continues to have a dreadful season, batting just .211 with a .593 OPS. With just five home runs and five steals and sub-par counting stats, Peraza is no longer relevant in mixed leagues.

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Curt Casali went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Casali has homered twice over his last three games, and seems to be stealing playing time from the scuffling Tucker Barnhart. He is worth a look in NL-only and two-catcher leagues, as Casali has proven capable with the stick. He's hitting .294 with a .798 OPS over the last three seasons, though it's just a combined 228 PA.

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Tucker Barnhart went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a RBI in the Reds' 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Barnhart has been making a lot of outs this season, so it was nice to see one of them be productive for a change. He is hitting just .197 with a .139 ISO and 27.4% strikeout rate. Even for a catcher that's bad. He only has value in deep two-catcher leagues or in NL-only.

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Lucas Sims allowed four runs on six hits over 7.1 innings in the Reds' 11-6 win over the Pirates on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out nine while picking up his first win.

Fantasy Impact: This was a solid start from Sims all things considered. The 25-year-old had a career 6.01 ERA coming into this game, so expectations were understandably low. This was just a spot start for Sims as the Reds had a doubleheader yesterday, but he's probably the next man up should a rotation spot emerge in Cincinnati.

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The Mets have signed Matt Kemp to a minor league contract. (Source: New York Mets on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Having recently sent Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil to the IL, the Mets need warm bodies in the outfield. Kemp was hitting .200/.210/.283 with a -0.8 fWAR in 20 games before getting cast aside by the Reds, so he's likely just organizational depth who could at most receive some reps against lefties down the road. He's no more than a deep-league add if ever promoted.

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