Fantasy Forward: Verify your Sources

Trying to cover fantasy baseball can be difficult with the trade deadline looming. For example, jumping the gun earlier this year, the RotoGrinders app notified Sonny Gray was scratched last month fueling speculation surrounding rumors of his going to Houston. Turned out to be a fake report which I did not follow-up on before retweeting. With fake accounts out there be careful.

Example number two happened last night when J.D. Martinez left his game due to a tight lower back, and then Hansel Robles, the top Nationals prospect, also left his game. Robles committed a base running mistake leading his manager to remove him, but many speculated on a potential deal. Be calm, it’s only two more weeks. By the way, if you own Starling Marte… happy day, remember to activate him in your lineup. If he’s still on the waiver wire somehow, add him, right now.

Remaining on the injury front, Carlos Correa also left his game due to his thumb acting up. There’s no official word, and he played through this already, but he may need a day off as a result – monitor closely. Part of the third base market shrunk with Martin Prado going back to the disabled list due to a knee injury. Stephen Vogt also tweaked his knee and will be day-to-day. Alcides Escobar suffered a wrist injury but should not need a stint on the disabled list. With the Nationals trading for two relievers, they moved Koda Glover to the 60-day disabled list. Last, Aaron Altherr officially landed on the disabled list with Cesar Hernandez returning and hitting atop the Phillies lineup. Off to the recaps.

Starting Pitcher Observations

Many hoped to get a sneak preview of the Nationals bullpen, but Stephen Strasburg and the offense did not allow it to be a factor. Strasburg pitched seven strong innings in Cincinnati giving up four hits, one earned run and one walk with 11 strikeouts on 20 swinging strikes for his 10th win.

Adam Wainwright won his 11th working 5.2 innings allowing six hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks with three strikeouts against the Mets.

No-decisions ruled the night in Boston with Marcus Stroman and Eduardo Rodriguez locking horns. Stroman lasted 6.2 innings, yielding five hits, three runs (zero earned), and three walks with five strikeouts. Rodriguez whiffed eight over 5.1 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, and four walks.

Bounce back win for Jon Lester after getting pasted in Pittsburgh. Lester fired seven innings in Atlanta ceding only three hits, one earned run, and a walk with six strikeouts on 12 swinging strikes. More remarkable, he stole a base in this game.

Jordan Zimmermann has been better of late and won his sixth game with seven strikeouts on 13 swinging strikes in Kansas City. He allowed seven hits and one earned run in the process.

German Marquez won his seventh as well, striking out nine Padres in Coors. He did give up eight hits, three earned runs and two walks over 6.2 innings – tread lightly in fantasy.

Jake Odorizzi allowed one hit over seven innings, a home run to Khris Davis, en route to his sixth win with five strikeouts on the road.

One more road warrior, Josh Tomlin won his sixth working 7.1 innings giving up six hits, three earned runs and striking out five in San Francisco.



Bullpen Musings

Felipe Rivero continued his dominating season with his seventh save, recording four outs and striking out one to lower his ERA to 0.72 this year. Roberto Osuna has also been excellent for Toronto, and worked a clean inning with a strikeout for his 23rd save in Boston.

With many speculating on a Zach Britton trade, Brad Brach notched his 16th save giving up a walk with a strikeout. Different day and different result for Brett Cecil who recorded his first save as a Cardinal, and first since June of 2015.

Wade Davis with an uncharacteristic dirty save, allowing three hits, two earned runs, and two walks for his 18th of the year.

Working for the fourth day in a row, Edwin Diaz saved his fourth straight and 17th of the year with two strikeouts in a clean inning at Houston. Brandon Kintzler notched his 26th save with a clean outing and a strikeout.

Greg Holland allowed a hit, but struck out two for his 29th save. Alex Colome saved number 27 giving up a run, which seems like the norm lately for him. Andrew Miller recorded two outs in the eighth for his 19th hold and Cody Allen pitched a clean ninth for his 17th save.

Hitter Highlights

Brian Goodwin continues to settle in atop the Nationals lineup with two hits, a double, and his eighth home run while scoring two runs. Bryce Harper racked up two more hits including his 23rd home run driving in three. Ryan Zimmerman finished 3-for-5 with his 20th home run. Eugenio Suarez accounted for the only Reds run with his 13th home run.

Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 scoring two runs and doubled. Orlando Arcia reached base twice with an RBI and stole three bases to raise his total to eight this year. Gregory Polanco is heating up with four more hits, two doubles, scored two runs, and drove in two. Andrew McCutchen recorded a hit and stole his seventh base.

On a night when the Rangers bats went quiet, Jonathan Lucroy doubled in a run. To say his season’s been a disappointment would be an understatement of epic proportion. Manny Machado is turning his season around with three more hits and stole his fifth base. Seth Smith hit his 10th home run.

Cesar Hernandez returned to second base going 1-for-3 with a run, RBI, and a walk. Freddy Galvis scored once, doubled and drove in one. Nick Williams doubled twice driving in two runs. Dee Gordon went 3-for-6 with a run and the game winning base hit in walk-off fashion. Giancarlo Stanton launched two more home runs (28) with three RBI and two walks. Justin Bour added his 21st homer with two RBI.

Tommy Pham stayed hot with two more hits, his 12th home run, drove in three, and walked twice. He’s now hitting .311 with a .928 OPS. Paul DeJong hit his 10th home run and drove in two. Yadier Molina pitched in with two hits and a run scored. Both Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda hit their 16th home runs.

Kendrys Morales showing signs of life going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Steve Pearce hit his eight home run and drove in two. Andrew Benintendi doubled among his two hits and scored once for the Red Sox. Both Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia drove in one.

Anthony Rizzo launched his 23rd home run. Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with two runs and a double. Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Atlanta stole three bases with Ender Inciarte (12), Lane Adams (5) and Dansby Swanson (2) in the game.

Clint Frazier hit two doubles while batting second. His emergence could make Aaron Hicks expendable when he returns from the disabled list. Garrett Cooper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. Eddie Rosario recorded two doubles and two RBI for the Twins.

Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a run and his 11th stolen base. Nelson Cruz launched his 2oth home run and his sixth over his last nine games. Kyle Seager tallied three hits, scored twice, hit his 13th home run, and drove in two. Danny Valencia hit his 11th home run, back-to-back with Seager in the top of the 10th inning and drove in two as well. Mike Zunino went 2-for-5 with his 13th home run and three RBI.

George Springer did not record a hit, but scored once, drove in two, and walked twice. Carlos Beltran attended his outfield glove’s funeral pre-game, then hit his 12th home run with two RBI. Brian McCann added two hits and scored a run. Jake Marisnick hit his 11th home run.

Ian Kinsler, being dropped in some leagues, doubled and tripled twice with a run and an RBI. Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 with his 12th home run and two RBI. Victor Martinez racked up three hits and drove in three. Mikie Mahtook also tallied three hits with his fifth home run and two RBI. Eric Hosmer hit his 13th home run for the Royals.

Carlos Asuaje went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Coors. Hector Sanchez homered for the third straight game, and not against the Giants this time. Jabari Blash launched his third home run and drove in three. Charlie Blackmon hit a more traditional home run, his 22nd among his three hits. Gerardo Parra added his eighth home run. Trevor Story went 2-for-3 with a run, double, and three RBI plus a walk.

Evan Longoria js raking in his return to California and hit his 14th home run, second of the road trip. Since the break, Longoria is eight for 16. Steven Souza hit his 19th as well. Khris Davis crushed his 26th home run. Yonder Alonso doubled and scored the other A’s run.

Francisco Lindor tallied another three hits and drove in two. He has recorded a hit in seven of his last nine at-bats. Yan Gomes hit his sixth home run, a solo shot, and Giovanny Urshela added two hits. Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double, scored a run, and drove in one for the Giants.

Statistical Credits: MLB.com, BaseballSavant.com, ESPN.go.com

 

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