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San Diego Padres

NL West


Joe Musgrove lasted only five innings on Thursday, despite pitching well in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks, striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Musgrove got a surprising hook in this one as he had only thrown 72 pitches through the five frames. He left with a lead but Nick Martinez gave up a grand slam in the seventh and the Padres could never recover. The power righty will look for his 11th win next time out against the Dodgers.

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Padres 3B Manny Machado did his part to help San Diego pull off a comeback win. He finished 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: It was the future Hall of Fame third baseman's 30th jack of the year. He also stole his eighth bag of the season in the loss. His solo shot cut the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth but that was all the Padres could muster.

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Padres leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar finished 2-for-5 with a home run and a double in San Diego's 5-4 loss to the Cardinals Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Profar took Cardinals starter Jake Flaherty deep in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Padres an early lead. It was his 15th homer of the season. He later hit his 34th double of the season off Flaherty, driving in another run. The Padres outfielder has quietly been producing solid mid-round value for much of the season hitting atop one of the league's best lineups.

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Blake Snell struck out 13 batters in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals Wednesday. He allowed just two hits and walked two in the dominating start taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

Fantasy Impact: After some early-to-mid season turbulence for Snell, he has really found his groove in the second half of the season. After Wednesday's performance, he lowered his ERA to 3.62 to go with 159 strikeouts in just 117 innings. Those are K numbers reminiscent of his glory days in Tampa. He will get at least one more start in the regular season against the Dodgers next week. He could also draw one final start against either the White Sox or Giants to close out the regular season.

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Padres closer Josh Hader retired the side in order to pick up his 34th save of the season in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Hader needed just 12 pitches to retire Dylan Carlson, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in order for the save. It's safe to say that a month ago, he wouldn't have been able to get any of those guys out. But Hader appears to have got his groove back. The hard-throwing lefty has only allowed one run his last seven appearances, looking like his former self. That's great news for Padres fans and fantasy managers alike.

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Padres SP Mike Clevinger got a much needed victory on Tuesday. He tossed 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up two hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Clevinger had allowed 15 earned runs over his prior three starts. So it was nice to see the veteran righty right the ship on Tuesday, against a very good offense no less. His next start comes at Coors Field against the Rockies. For those playing in fantasy championships next week, that could be fade considering the ballpark.

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Juan Soto chipped in with a couple hits in San Diego's 5-0 win over the Cardinals Tuesday. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here. Soto reached base three more times, one via base on balls. He extends his major league lead in that category having earned 126 walks this season. After a really tough stretch since coming to San Diego, the talented outfielder is seeing the ball well right now. He has three multi-hit games in his last four. Perfect timing for fantasy championships.

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Padres SP Yu Darvish was excellent again on Sunday, tossing six shutout innings against the Diamondbacks. He struck out eight and only allowed a single hit.

Fantasy Impact: Darvish improved to 15-7 this season with the performance. He boasts an impressive 3.05 ERA to go with a stellar 0.93 WHIP. The crafty righty ranks near the top in the AL in most statistical categories and has been the most consistent pitcher for San Diego this year. He'll look to keep the good times rolling against the Rockies in Coors Field next time out.

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Brandon Drury had a big night at the plate for the Padres in a 12-3 win over the Diamondbacks Friday. He finished 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.

Fantasy Impact: With all of the talk surrounding the Juan Soto trade that also landed Josh Bell in San Diego, it's been Brandon Drury who has made the biggest impact offensively. He is up to 27 home runs on the season now, just one home run behind Manny Machado for the team lead.

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Padres SP Sean Manaea got the start on Thursday, drawing a favorable matchup against Arizona. He pitched well, allowing just two runs on three hits in five innings. It was not enough though as the Padres fell 4-0.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea had looked to have dropped out of the Padres rotation after a horrid second half, but Bob Melvin gave him another crack. He did not disappoint, but the Padres offense failed to show up against D'Backs rookie Drey Jameson, who was making his major league debut. Jameson tossed seven shutout innings against San Diego. Manaea's next scheduled start will not be as easy, as he will face the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Jake Cronenworth was a one bright spot in what was otherwise a deflating 11-2 loss to the Dodgers Sunday. He finished 1-for-4 with the home run.

Fantasy Impact: This was Cronenworth's 16th home run of the season. He has seen his production, especially in the counting categories take a dip since the trade for Juan Soto and Josh Bell. He's still on pace for close to 20 homers, 90 runs and 80 RBI. Not a bad season for the 28-year-old infielder.

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Padres DH Josh Bell finished 3-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Bell is riding a modest six-game hitting streak coming out of the game. During that time, he is 9-for-23 with a home run and five runs scored. The powerful lefty has not seen the spike many were hoping when he joined the better lineup, but he is still finding ways to be productive. But he, Juan Soto and Manny Machado have just not clicked all at the same time yet. Hopefully for fantasy managers and Padres fans, there is still time.

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Padres RP Nick Martinez improved to 4-3 on the season, earning a victory in relief in a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Martinez pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, with the Padres trailing 5-4. Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run walk-off single, turning the 32-year-old into a winner. Bob Melvin has turned to Martinez in most of the save opportunities over the last couple of weeks, but he could still lose some work to Josh Hader, if the lefty can throw strikes.

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Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro delivered his fourth walk-off hit of the season, with a two-run single in the bottom of the 9th, helping San Diego to a 6-5 win over Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: It was Alfaro's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-4 with the two RBI. But sometimes it's about when you hit rather than what you hit. That's certainly been the case for the Padres back stop this year. The Padres erased a 5-0 deficit for the massive comeback win. Meanwhile, the Brewers squandered a 6-0 lead and lost 10-7 to Colorado, helping the Padres pad their wild card lead. Alfaro was fantasy relevant for much of the season until August came around. Unless he can hit with more consistency, there are other catchers worth your time except in the deepest of leagues.

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Fernando Tatis’ shoulder surgery has been postponed due to a non-COVID related illness. (Source: Kevin Acee on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tatis was confident that he would be ready to return when his suspension ends. Now that his surgery has been postponed, his recovery timeline will depend on when his surgery is rescheduled. Dynasty managers will want to keep an eye on his recovery timeline post surgery.

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Padres SS Ha-Seong Kim had a huge night for San Diego in a 13-5 win over the Royals Friday. He finished 3-for-6 with a home run, a double and five RBI.

Fantasy Impact: The Padres young shortstop was fantasy relevant for the first six weeks of the season before things began to fall apart. He's been a bit better as of late but until he can string together some consistency, it's hard to argue he should be rostered. It would certainly help if he continues to lead off, which he did Friday.

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Padres RF Wil Myers was a beast on Friday night as San Diego hammered Kansas City 13-5. Myers finished 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the win.

Fantasy Impact: This was just Myers' second home run of the season in 178 at-bats. His best days are clearly behind him. But if he continues to hit near the middle of the Padres order and remains hot, he could be a solid streaming option for a brief time.

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Padres RP Luis Garcia erased the Nationals in the ninth inning for his third save of the season. He tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.

Fantasy Impact: It was Garcia and not Josh Hader who Bob Melvin turned to in a one-run game in the ninth inning Saturday. Hader has really struggled since being acquired by San Diego. Maybe Melvin is trying to get him some rest, but either way this is a development now worth watching.

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Padres catcher Austin Nola is showing signs of life. He finished 1-for-3 with a home run, sac fly, three RBI and a run in San Diego's 13-7 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: With Jorge Alfaro dealing with knee injury, Nola has seen a bit more playing time of late. He's raised his batting average 10 points so far in August. It's not much, but he's at least showing he's not completely incompetent at the plate. Alfaro is listed as day to day so do not rush to grab Nola.

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Padres CF Trent Grisham had a big day at the plate, both in the matinee and in the night game.

Fantasy Impact: He went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs as the Padres hammered the Rockies in the day game, 13-5. Grisham then followed that up with a walkoff home run helping San Diego to a 3-2 win at night. Despite his struggles this season, consistently hitting ninth in what has become arguably the best lineup in baseball after the trade deadline, there very well might be fantasy relevance here with plenty of run scoring opportunities.

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