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Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI, and two walks Wednesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Votto kicked off the scoring with a solo homer in the second and followed that up with a two-run shot in the ninth. Over his last five games, he has an astonishing seven home runs and 12 RBI. He's up to 19 home runs on the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Tyler Mahle (8-3) picked up the win Wednesday against the Cubs. He tossed six scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Mahle picked up his first win since June 16 by keeping the Cubs off the board. However, he did so with a season-low two strikeouts. He pitched deep into counts and needed 103 pitches to get through six. He now has six quality starts this season and a 3.71 ERA in 111.2 innings. He lines up to face the Twins next week.

Category: Game Recaps

Jesse Winker went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Winker continued his breakout season with a solo homer off Adbert Alzolay in the first inning. Over his last five games, Winker is batting .476 with two home runs and five RBI.

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Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: It's been a difficult season for Suarez, who lifted his 19th home run Tuesday against Dan Winkler. This was his first homer since July 10. Suarez has struck out 123 times this season.

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Vladimir Gutierrez (5-3) picked up the win Tuesday against the Cubs, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. He struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Gutierrez settled in well after allowing a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo in the first inning. The five strikeouts were two shy of a season-high. He doesn't have much strikeout upside (42 strikeouts in 60.2 innings), but he provides length so he could be sticking around for the Reds. He'll take on the Mets next.

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Lucas Sims is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday at Triple-A Louisville. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Reds manager David Bell said Sims will not return to the team during this road trip, but near the end or after the first week of August. He has been sidelined since June due to a right elbow sprain.

Category: Injury Updates

Kyle Farmer went 2-for-3 with a triple and a solo home run Monday against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Farmer delivered a solo homer in the fourth inning off Kyle Hendricks. The Reds' shortstop is batting .241 this season with nine homers, 31 RBI, and a .696 OPS. He isn't on the fantasy radar, except for very deep or NL-only leagues.

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Heath Hembree (2-5) took the loss Monday against the Cubs, allowing one run on two walks. He struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Hembree entered in a tie game in the eighth and recorded the last out. In the ninth, he loaded the bases before ceding to Amir Garrett, who allowed the walk-off hit. Hembree has been somewhat emerging as the favorite closer in Cincinnati, but it's seeming to be a situation to stay far away from. He is 8-for-9 in save chances this season.

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Wade Miley did not factor into the decision in Monday's loss to the Cubs, allowing three runs on seven hits and five walks across 4.1 innings. He struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: While most of the damage came via an Anthony Rizzo two-run homer, Miley struggled with walks in Monday's game. The five free passes are a season high. Still, he's been great this season, posting a 2.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 86:33 K:BB across 107 innings. He lines up to face the Mets this weekend.

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Tyler Stephenson went 3-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored Sunday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Stephenson reached base safely in each plate appearance Sunday, and continues to quietly put up solid numbers this season. Over the last month, he's batting .321 with 10 RBI and 18 runs scored in 84 at-bats. He's worth a pickup if you need a spark at the catcher position, though his playing time can be inconsistent.

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Sonny Gray (2-6) took the loss Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing eight runs on eight hits and one walk in 3.1 innings. He struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: This was a total clunker from Gray. He allowed three homers and could not limit hard contact whatsoever. Since returning from a back injury, Gray hasn't pitched well enough to live up to his preseason draft status. In 70 innings pitched this season, he holds a 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and a 89:28 K:BB. He'll face the Mets in next weekend's series.

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Luis Castillo (4-10) earned the win Saturday against the Cardinals, allowing one run (zero earned) on four hits and three walks across seven innings. He struck out nine.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo turned in arguably his strongest start of the season Friday against St. Louis. The only run he allowed came in to score after an error extended the inning. Castillo owns a 1.42 ERA in five July starts, and has struck out 33 in 31.2 innings in the month. Overall, he owns a 4.12 ERA and 1.38 WHIP across 115.2 innings. He seems to have put his early season struggles behind him.

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Mark Payton traded to Mets

Sat, Jul 24th 12:40pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard

The Mets have acquired outfielder Mark Payton from the Reds in exchange for cash. In a corresponding move, pitcher David Peterson was transferred to the 60-day IL. (Source: New York Mets on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Payton has seen limited MLB action in his career, logging a .175 batting average through 40 at-bats. He’s looked good in the minors, though, slashing .281/.331/.446 with 13 RBI and four stolen bases through 35 games at Triple-A this year.

Category: Transactions

The Cincinnati Reds placed outfielder Nick Castellanos (wrist) on the 10-day injured list Friday. (Source: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Castellanos was placed on the injured list after suffering a microfracture in his right wrist last week. The move is was backdated three days and the 28-year-old will be eligible to return by July 30. Castellanos has been productive at the plate in 2021, slashing .329/.383/.582 across 368 plate appearances.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Jeff Hoffman (3-5) was saddled with the loss in his return from the IL Wednesday against the Mets. He allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks across four innings. He did not record a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Hoffman struggled in his first start since returning from a shoulder injury. He flashed some upside earlier in the season, but generally his fantasy upside is limited. He tends to be wild, and doesn't put up good strikeout numbers. In 45 innings this season, he has a 5.20 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and a 39:30 K:BB. He'll start again early next week against the Cubs.

Category: Game Recaps

Aristides Aquino went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run Tuesday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Aqunio went back-to-back with Joey Votto in the third. Aqunio has been filling in for an injured Nick Castellanos; this season, he's batting .241 with six homers, nine RBI, and a 1.008 OPS. Clearly, he relies heavily on home run production.

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Jonathan India went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer, and two runs scored Tuesday against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: India blasted a leadoff homer off Robert Stock, his eighth of the season. India has really proven himself a capable fantasy contributor batting leadoff for the Reds. He has a .276 average with 38 RBI and 47 runs scored this season.

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Amir Garrett picked up the save Tuesday against the Mets, walking one and striking out two in one inning.

Fantasy Impact: Garrett was given a one-run lead, and he was able to retire the side and convert the save. It had been looking like Heath Hembree was the closer of note in Cincinnati, but perhaps Garrett has re-earned the trust of the manager. He's struggled to a 6.75 ERA in 30.2 innings this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Cincinnati Reds infielder Mike Moustakas (heel) is progressing a lot quicker, per manager David Bell. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas has been out for over two months with a heel injury. He was seen on the field taking grounders ahead of Monday’s game against the Mets. The Reds infielder is progressing well in recovery from a lingering bone bruise and could begin a rehab assignment soon. Fantasy managers should continue to stash Moustakas for now.

Category: Injury Updates

Reds RHP Tejay Antone (forearm) is scheduled to start throwing bullpen sessions next week. (Source: C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Antone is currently on the IL with a forearm strain, but he's trending towards a mid-August return.

Category: Injury Updates

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