Fantasy Forward: Corey Seager’s three blasts lead the way

Finding a lead each day can be difficult, but the Dodgers seem to be making it easy. Corey Seager launched three home runs (for the second time in his career), going 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and drove in six during another rout of the Mets. Their depth will serve them well, and this comes with Adrian Gonzalez on the disabled list, Chris Taylor in the midst of a breakout, and Yasiel Puig hitting .246 – he’s an added piece and not the focal point which serves him well. Brandon McCarthy turned in an efficient six shutout innings giving up four hits and one walk with four strikeouts for his sixth win in nine decisions.

As for the injury front, tons of news, so bear with me. Jon Gray will make a Triple-A rehab start on Saturday with Tyler Anderson due back soon for the Rockies as well. Felix Hernandez will start on Friday night against the Astros, Houston will counter with a pitcher back from the disabled list as well with Lance McCullers Jr. taking the mound on Saturday. It’s not clear if Brad Peacock or Francis Martes will pitch on Sunday, but one will lose a second start this week. Jonathan Villar has been cleared to start a rehab assignment, and Zach Britton pitched an inning yesterday working his way back. Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 at Single-A and could join the team later this week. Reports surfaced the Braves may try to see if Freddie Freeman can play third with Matt Adams staying at first?

Philadelphia started to clean house cutting Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez while placing Jared Eickhoff on the disabled list. Bartolo Colon will not start today with Sean Newcomb moving up and Jaime Garcia taking Thursday. Yangervis Solarte (oblique), Pablo Sandoval (flu?) and Bud Norris (knee) landed on the disabled list. San Francisco trying to improve their bullpen promoted Kyle Crick and sent Derek Law to the minors. Got it? There may be a quiz at the end. Off to the recaps.

Starting Pitcher Observations

New York pulled Michael Pineda one out shy of a quality start. This underscores the frustration attached to owning him. Pineda worked 5.2 innings allowing seven hits, three runs (one earned) and one walk with seven strikeouts along with the highest swinging strike total (15) of the night. But the Yankees lost their seventh straight game.

Mike Leake and Jeremy Hellickson dueled in Philadelphia, although the offenses may have more to do with it than the pitchers. Leake pitched six innings giving up three hits, one earned run and two walks with five strikeouts. Hellickson allowed six hits, one earned run and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings.

Alex Cobb won his sixth game of the season pitching seven innings. He allowed eight hits, two earned runs and two walks with six strikeouts on 10 swinging strikes.

Two southpaws won road starts. Gio Gonzalez moved to (7 – 1) lasting seven innings in Miami giving up seven hits, three earned runs and two walks with eight strikeouts on 12 swinging strikes. Matt Moore tallied his third win in Atlanta allowing seven hits, three earned runs and a walk with six strikeouts.

Chad Kuhl only lasted five innings, but won his second game of the year in Milwaukee. Kuhl struck out six in five innings. Nick Martinez won his second as well with more walks (3) than strikeouts (2) but only one earned runs over 6.1 innings.

Mike Montgomery made his second start and won his first game. Montgomery pitched six shutout innings giving up three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jhoulys Chacin turned in his best road effort of the season with a quality start working six innings allowing five hits, two earned runs and three walks with six strikeouts. Chacin registered 13 swinging strikes.

Chris Sale won his ninth with 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings at Kansas City with 14 swinging strikes. He did cede four hits and three earned runs on two home runs.

Bullpen Musings

Easy saves were hard to come by on Tuesday night. Brad Brach allowed a walk and a hit before notching his 13th save. Alex Colome turned in a dirty outing giving up a Joey Votto home run, three hits, two earned runs and striking out two for his 20th save. Justin Wilson took the loss in Seattle giving up a run, recording one out allowing a hit and a walk in the process.

Mark Melancon recorded his 11th save and first since May 27th with a clean inning in Atlanta. Maybe the Law demotion woke up this bullpen. Greg Holland locked down his 25th save giving up a walk and striking out one.

In a save Goose Gossage would respect, Brock Stewart worked three innings allowing a walk with four strikeouts for his first save. Kenley Jansen owners need not react.

Hitter Highlights

It feels like the hitter side of the recaps grows each day. Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk. Jose Ramirez did not record an extra-base hit, but did extend his eight-game multiple hit streak with two more hits. He’s the first Indian to do so since Kenny Lofton in 1996. Edwin Encarnacion stayed white-hot hitting his 17th home run with two RBI and a walk.

Manny Machado launched two home runs finishing 4-for-4 with four RBI. Jonathan Schoop hit his 14th home run. If you’re interested, I wrote up a column on Schoop, which you can read here.

Under appreciated Cameron Maybin tallied three hits, scored two runs, doubled, hit his fifth home run and drove in two atop the Angels lineup. Luis Valbuena added his fifth home run and two RBI. Aaron Judge hit his 24th home run and Gary Sanchez launched his 12th.

Jedd Gyorko (10), Yadier Molina (9) and Tommy Pham (7) all homered during an extra-inning win by the Cardinals. Howie Kendrick represented the Phillies offense with three hits and their only run scored.

Joey Votto hit his 20th home run and he’s on pace for 46 this year (insert thinking emoji here). Jose Peraza stole his 15th base, and Billy Hamilton swiped his 30th. Corey Dickerson continues to rake with two hits and his 16th homer for two RBI. Jesus Sucre added his third round tripper.

Trea Turner did not record a hit, but stole his 27th base, walked and scored two runs. Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI. Daniel Murphy hit his 12th home run, drove in two and walked twice. Michael Tayler continues to quietly produce with two runs, a double, a walk and stole two bases (7). Marcell Ozuna took the Marlins home run lead back hitting his 19th with two RBI. J.T. Realmuto doubled twice and stole his third base.

Brandon Belt failed on a bunt attempt then hit his 12th home run to the delight of his owners. Austin Slater rang the bell (sorry, had to) with his second home run this year and drove in three. Rookie Johan Camargo does not want Freddie Freeman to play third going 3-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI. He’s hitting .354 and no one notices.

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 but cannot match the recent production of his teammate, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen went 3-for-3 with two runs, his 14th home run, and three RBI. Jose Osuna added his fifth home run and three RBI as well. Jordy Mercer recorded two hits and he’s hitting .388 since May 22nd. But you already knew that. Nick Franklin rose from the bench to finish 2-for-3 with a double, his second home run and two RBI.

Anthony Rizzo did not get plunked, shame on you San Diego, but led off another game with a home run. He’s hit 17 on the year and third leading off a game in seven starts. Ian Happ hit his ninth, and Kris Bryant stole his sixth base.

Delino DeShields went 1-for-3 with a run and stole his 16th base. Adrian Beltre continues to round into form with his second home run. Carlos Gomez his hit seventh, and Nomar Mazara his 10th.

Jose Abreu finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run (12) and two RBI with a walk in Minnesota. Avisail Garcia recorded three more hits and his 11th home run with two RBI. Matt Davidson went yard, again, his 16th of the year and his sixth over the last eight games. Eduardo Escobar went 1-for-3 with a run and a double. Miguel Sano launched his 17th home run with three RBI, and Kennys Vargas hit a deep shot for his seventh with three RBI as well.

Chris Young hit second, tallied three hits in five at-bats with a run, double and RBI. Sandy Leon went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and two RBI. Jorge Bonifacio (10) and Mike Moustakas (19) hit home runs for the Royals. If the Royals put Moose on the market, he will look nice in pinstripes.

David Peralta (7) and Paul Goldschmidt (17) each homered for the Diamondbacks, but could not overcome Nolan Arenado’s 2-for-4 performance with a triple and two RBI. Carlos Gonzalez rose from the ashes to hit his sixth home run. (That’s not a typo)

George Springer hit his 21st home run and 10th over his last 18 games. Carlos Beltran added his 10th with Alex Bregman going 2-for-3 with a run, double, two RBI and stealing his fifth base. Thinking Bregman makes for a nice player to add going forward. Chad Pinder hit his ninth home run, but his average seems to be settling in the .230 range. Speaking of which, Khris Davis went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

Ian Kinsler’s waking up. He went 2-for-4 with two runs and hit his sixth home run. More importantly, he stole two bases (5) as well. J.D. Martinez hit his 12th home run, and Justin Upton launched his 14th. Seattle countered with Ben Gamel’s 3-for-5 night with a double, his third home run and two runs. Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Taylor Motter, remember his buzz earlier this year, finished 2-for-4 with his seventh homer. Jean Segura could be back by Friday, but monitor closely.

In the shadow of Corey Seager’s almost home run cycle, Cody Bellinger hit his 22nd home run and set the record for reaching this number as well. Poor Wally Berger and his records. Yasmani Grandal racked up three hits as well and homered for the seventh time.

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