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Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 on Wednesday but he made his one hit count with a two-run homer off Astros' starter Charlie Morton in the fourth inning of the Mariners' 4-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Gamel has hit safely in all six games since the All-Star break to bring his season average to .319. He has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners who took a chance on the 25-year-old outfielder. Gamel could see some regression to his batting average over the second half of the season as he tries to support a high .414 BABIP.


James Paxton tossed seven strong innings on Wednesday, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six to earn the win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Wednesday marked five straight quality starts for Paxton, who has also struck out seven or more batters in six of his last seven starts. He has been cruising lately and now has a 3.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. His next start is scheduled to come at home against the Boston Red Sox.


Mike Zunino went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs on Monday against the Astros. It was Zunino's 13th home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Zunino still strikes out at an alarming rate, but there's no doubting his substantial power. If you can withstand the batting average hit (just .233 and likely to go lower), then Zunino doesn't make a bad second catcher in mixed leagues.


Kyle Seager went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBIs, and his 13th home run of the season. It was his third straight game with a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Seager had been unlucky all first half, as his underlying metrics were consistent with last season. He's suddenly on pace for 22 homers and 88 RBIs, and chances are, if his luck evens out, he'll beat those numbers.


Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout on Monday against the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Cano is now batting just .268 after three straight hitless games. He's suggested that he's still bothered by a hamstring injury he suffered earlier this season, but he remains on pace for 31 homers and 109 RBIs on the season.


Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning on Monday against the Astros with two strikeouts. It was Diaz's fourth save in four games since the All-Star break, and he now has 17 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz looks to have worked through whatever issues had been plaguing him earlier in the season, as he's allowed just two base-runners and struck out nine in his four innings of work since the break. He has limitless potential and should be considered a top-12 closer the rest of the way.


Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base in Monday's win over the Houston Astros. The steal was his 11th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Segura now leads Major League Baseball in batting average with a .349 average, and he offers an elite combination of speed, batting average, and power. As long as he can stay healthy, he might end up being one of the most valuable hitters in the second half of the season.


Mitch Haniger is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday with a jammed finger. (Source: Ryan Divish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Haniger suffered the injury Saturday while attempting a bunt, and apparently isn't healthy enough to play the field or bat, however he was reportedly well enough to pinch run Sunday. Guillermo Heredia is playing LF and batting eighth in his place.


Nelson Cruz hit his 19th homer of the season Sunday, a go-ahead shot against the White Sox. He finished 1-for-3 with the solo homer, a walk, and a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: The veteran Cruz continues to produce for the Mariners and fantasy owners. His OPS is over .900, sitting at .908, and he's batting .292 with the 19 homers and 73 RBIs.


Felix Hernandez pitched six shutout innings against the A's on Sunday giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out eight. Hernandez lowered his ERA to 4.44 and won his fourth game.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez has a long way to go before getting back to fantasy relevance, and he historically dominates the A's, so take this start with a grain of salt. But it's worth noting that he had his highest differential in velocity between his fastball and changeup (seven miles per hour), which is essential for Hernandez to succeed. He'll look to keep it going against the White Sox after the break.


Andrew Moore solid in no-decision

Mon, Jul 10th 1:01pm EDT
By Dan Harris

SEA

Andrew Moore allowed three runs over six innings against the A's on Saturday night, giving up six hits and walking two while striking out two. He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: The youngster continued his solid pitching, though he did walk his first two batters of the season. Moore's stuff is far from overpowering, which leads to a lot of home runs (five already in his three starts), but his outstanding control keeps his WHIP low (0.90). He'll start against the White Sox after the break.


Jarrod Dyson went 0-for-2 against the Royals, with a walk, run scored and a SB.

Fantasy Impact: Dyson is second in the AL in stolen bases, but carries a .247 average on the year. He is worth owning for his speed, but owners should not expect much of anything else.


Hisashi Iwakuma experienced discomfort in his shoulder following a bullpen session and has been shut down. He's out indefinitely at this point. (Source: Bob Dutton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Iwakuma was a fantasy relevant pitcher, but he's lost velocity and effectiveness of late. He entered the DL with an ERA and WHIP of 4.35 and 1.26. Considering the setback, he's safe to drop in most formats.


Ariel Miranda threw seven innings of shutout ball on Friday in Anaheim, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out four batters. He earned his seventh win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Miranda ended a four game streak of allowing at least one one home run (in fact he had allowed eight in hist previous four games) so it was nice to see him keep the ball in the park. Aside from the home runs, he's pitched well in his recent three starts, and is worth a look as a back end starter in a mixed-league if you're looking for WHIP and Wins. ERA and strikeouts may be a bit of a roller coaster with Miranda.


The Seattle Mariners announced on Wednesday that Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season. Per CBS Sports, "Smyly will try to return in about 12 months' time, though it's possible he won't return until the second half of 2018." (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Tommy John surgery is always the worst case scenario for a pitcher, as it comes with a major surgery and a lengthy recovery and rehab process, not to mention the increased risk of injury for the rest of your career. Smyly will miss the rest of the 2017 and likely a good chunk—if not all—of the 2018 season.


Danny Valencia went 4-for-5 driving in and scoring two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Valencia has turned into a serviceable first basemen for both owners and the Mariners. He is batting .273 with 39 RBIs on the season. Owners just need to keep in mind that the Mariners may look to upgrade the posistion via trade.


Steve Cishek pitched one inning giving up one hit and striking one batter out. He earned his first win of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Cishek at the moment doesn't have any value but is worth putting on your watch list just in case he starts getting holds.


Samuel Gaviglio pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out five.

Fantasy Impact: Gaviglio gave up three HRs against the Twins Wednesday, but was still able to pick up his third win. The verdict's still out on Gaviglio on if he can really contribute fantasy wise or not. Treat him like a run of the mill starter right now. If he can start striking more batters out, he may show some value.


Christian Bergman lasted only 2 2/3 innings allowing nine runs on ten hits while striking three outs.

Fantasy Impact: This was a very bad night for Mariners pitching all together but Bergman really got shelled. Bergman has no value in fantasy at this point.


Yovani Gallardo logged seven innings of five run ball against the Minnesota Twins. Gallardo struck out six, walked two, and allowed six hits. Miguel Sano homered off Gallardo in the fifth, driving in three. However, Gallardo escaped with a no-decision after Minnesota's bullpen fell apart.

Fantasy Impact: Gallardo has a 6.26 ERA but a 4.61 xFIP. While regression back towards an ERA in the mid fours is indicated by xFIP, Gallardo's lackluster strikeout rate and bloated walk rate, along with declining stuff as he ages into his 30s make him a less than satisfying option as a streamer in standard fantasy formats.


Guillermo Heredia has started six games in a row and with the Mariners headed to a two-game series with NL West leaders Colorado Rockies, Heredia will take a seat so they can keep Nelson Cruz in the lineup. (Source: Bob Dutton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Heredia is hitting .286 this season with three home runs, eight RBI, and 15 runs. Heredia has been a nice surprise this season and the hope is Heredia will get in the lineup for one of the two NL games coming up.