Toronto Blue Jays

AL East

J.A. Happ moves to 9-3

Thu, Jun 21st 11:21am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

J.A. Happ allowed four runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings to collect the win against the Braves Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Happ was cruising until he ran out of gas in the ninth, when two of his hits and runs came. He was again solid as he's turning in a surprisingly excellent season. He's one of the top players expected to change teams this summer given his veteran status, 2018 campaign, and the Jays' outlook.

Category: Game Recaps

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored during the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Morales has shown signs of life, picking up seven hits over his last five games. Despite the recent success, the veteran switch hitter is still sporting a pedestrian .232/.291/.381 batting line on the year. Those in standard mixed leagues likely have better alternatives.

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Josh Donaldson isn't traveling west with the Blue Jays this weekend and will continue to rehab his injured calf. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He's still not ready for rehab games and has yet to run the bases at full speed. It's a frustrating situation for both Donaldson and fantasy owners, but all he can do is continue to rehab it. The impending free agent has missed nearly a month with the lingering issue. It's unclear how much longer he'll be sidelined.

Category: Injury Updates

Ryan Tepera picks up fifth save

Wed, Jun 20th 10:12pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Ryan Tepera earned his fifth save of the year in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't pretty as Tepera allowed two hits and allowed two inherited runners to score, but he was at least able to hold on. It was his fifth save of the year to go along with his 2.70 ERA. He'll remain the Toronto closer for however long Roberto Osuna is away from the team.

Category: Game Recaps

Marcus Stroman will start Saturday against the Angels according to John Gibbons. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stroman last pitched with the Blue Jays on May 8th, but got through his simulated game ok and so he appears to be a full-go. It's been a lost season for Stroman thus far, who struggled to a 7.71 ERA and 1.71 WHIP before succumbing to shoulder issues. He's a good add if he is available in your league, but certainly don't plan to start him right away.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Randal Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a double, one run scored, and one base on balls during the Blue Jays' loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Grichuk is slashing a blistering .327/.389/.714 with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBI through 49 plate appearances during the month of June. All the more impressive is that the strikeout-prone outfielder has limited his strikeout rate to a modest 18.5 percent during this stretch. Grichuk is making enough noise to warrant ownership in deeper fantasy formats at the very least.

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Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a double, a base on a balls, and two RBI versus the Braves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Solarte added to his team-leading RBI total by driving in two more runs on Tuesday. Solarte now has 43 RBI on the year to go along with 15 home runs and 38 runs scored. He should be locked and loaded as a starting infielder in all fantasy formats.

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Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with one single, one double, and one run scored during the Blue Jays' 11-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Smoak was in the midst of a brutal 2-for-37 slump prior this game but he finally showed some signs of life on Tuesday. Smoak's currently sporting a mediocre .229/.358/.416 batting line to go along with nine home runs and 34 RBI on the year. Compared to last year's season, where he hit 38 home runs with a .529 slugging percentage, the veteran first baseman has mostly been a disappointment in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

MLB has extended Roberto Osuna's administrative leave through June 25th. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is par for the course at this point, as MLB continues to issue one-week extensions to Osuna's leave. There's been no word on when MLB will conclude its investigation and hand out a punishment for Osuna, if any. If you own him, there's not much you can do at this point, but he can be cut in deeper leagues if you need the roster room.

Category: Transactions

Seung-Hwan Oh recorded two outs and surrendered one hit while being credited with a blown save in the Blue Jay's 8-6 win over the Washington Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Oh has been a bit shaky in his past few outings but still holds a respectable 3.34 ERA, 9.2 K/9, and a 1.21 WHIP. If you need a little help in the counting stats Oh should continue to get opportunities to pitch and can contribute in multiple pitching categories, do not depend on him for saves.

Category: Game Recaps

Sam Gaviglio threw four strong innings Sunday. Gaviglio surrendered six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six.

Fantasy Impact: Gaviglio had another strong outing and lowered his ERA to 3.75 and his WHIP to 1.25. On the year Gaviglio is 2-2 with an 8.8 K/9. If you can find someone else to spot start for you that would be better, but you could do worse than Gavilgio.

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Kevin Pillar went 2-for-5 with one run scored, one RBI, and one stolen base during the Blue Jays' 8-6 win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Pillar singled and also recorded his 21st double of the season during Sunday's contest. Pillar is sporting a lack luster .254 /.289/.425 batting line on the year to go along with seven home runs, ten stolen bases, and 34 runs scored. The outfielder is an impact player defensively but as we know that does not translate to fantasy production. Unless you are in a very deep mixed league, Pillar is probably best left on the waiver wire.

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Teoscar Hernandez went 3-for-4 and recorded his 12th home run of the season during the Blue Jays' 8-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez picked up two singles and was hit by a pitch before he slugged a solo home run off of Ryan Madson in the 8th inning, which gave the Blue Jays the lead. The 25-year-old outfielder is now sporting a .268/.319/.550 batting line on the year to go along with 33 runs scored and 32 RBI. With his power potential, Hernandez could very well develop into an All-Star caliber player in the future if he can improve upon his 5.9 percent walk rate and continue to limit his strikeouts,

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Marco Estrada held the Nationals scoreless over 6 2/3 innings Saturday to collect the win. He allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four.

Fantasy Impact: Estrada has consecutive wins and three straight quality starts. He's been up and down this season, but he's proven useful as at least a streaming option. He now has an ERA and WHIP of 4.66 and 1.32 on the season.

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Devon Travis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a home run on Friday against the Nationals. It was his third home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Travis has missed a ton of time this year with injuries, as he often does, and hasn't been productive when he has been in the lineup, slashing just .217/.274/.348. There's potential with Travis, but there's little reason to consider him for fantasy purposes at the present time.

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Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings on Friday against the Nationals. He struck out eight and did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez tied his season high with the eight strikeouts, and delivered his third straight quality start with the effort. His control remains an issue, however, as he issued multiple walks for the ninth time in 10 games. He'll look to continue his quality start streak next week against the Angels.

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Jaime Garcia threw five innings giving up four hits, four runs, striking out four and walking four in Blue Jay's 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia maintains an ugly 5.71 ERA with a 1.56 WHIP to go along with a 2-5 record. If you can avoid using Garcia for any reason you should as there are much better options out there than the 31-year old pitcher.

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Curtis Granderson turned back the clock during Sunday's game against the Orioles, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, one home run, one walk, six RBI, and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Those that used Granderson in DFS lineups were handsomely rewarded on Sunday. Orioles' starter, Alex Cobb, was throwing batting practice to Granderson at Rogers Centre, as the veteran outfielder walked, doubled, homered and recorded five RBI through just three at bats. Despite the offensive outburst, it is hard to depend upon Granderson on a daily basis due to his modest .237/.363/.434 batting line and lofty 31.3 percent K rate.

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Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. (Source: Gregor Chisholm on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vladdy Jr. will be shutdown and re-evaluated in four weeks. It's a tough pill to swallow since this was originally expected to be a minor injury. The chances of Guerrero making his big league debut anytime soon just took a major hit.

Category: Injury Updates

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double during the Blue Jays' 5-1 win over the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Diaz is slashing .296/.321/.407 since returning from the disabled list on June 1st and he should remain the Jays' everyday shortstop until Troy Tulowitzki is able to return to the field. Despite the good game, the 27-year-old is not fantasy relevant outside of the deepest of leagues.

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