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Washington Nationals SS Alcides Escobar (wrist) missed his third consecutive game Monday, Aug. 2, with continued swelling in his wrist. Escobar is considered day to day but has yet to resume swinging a bat.
Toronto Blue Jays OF Corey Dickerson (foot) took batting practice before the game on Monday, Aug. 2, and could be activated later this week.
Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson had a huge game on Monday, driving in five runs. The Marlins showed their faith in Brinson by having him bat fourth, and he delivered right away, hitting a grand slam in the first inning. He added a single and another RBI later, scoring two runs on the night. Brinson's final line was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI to go with no strikeouts. It was easily the best performance of the season for Brinson, who has been showing signs of life since his most recent call up. With the Marlins fighting the Nationals only for who won't finish in last place, Brinson should get plenty of opportunities to play for the remainder of the season. He's always had upside, he's just yet to come anywhere close to it. That makes him a high risk fantasy asset, but certainly one with a high ceiling.
Miami Marlins catcher Alex Jackson got his first start as a Marlin on Monday against the New York Mets. Jackson was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Adam Duvall before the trade deadline. Jackson has posted solid numbers in the minor leagues throughout his career, but it has yet to transfer even slightly into major league success. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his Marlins debut, and is now hitting an almost unbelievable .037 for the season. His career batting average isn't much prettier: .070. There's clearly upside in Jackson's bat, as he has a 70 raw power ranking, but he's going to need to start making contact soon or that raw power isn't going to matter. With the Marlins inching closer to the first overall pick than a playoff spot, Jackson should see plenty of playing time for the last two months of the season.
Miami Marlins rookie infielder Jazz Chisholm got two hits and scored a run in Monday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets. Jazz led off for the Marlins and went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored, improving his batting average to .254 and his OPS to .747. It seems like Chisholm will hit leadoff against right-handed starting pitchers and hit somewhere in the middle of the lineup against lefties. He's battled his way out of a rather extended slump and could be on the brink of quite a hot streak. He's worth starting in all formats right now just in case he catches on fire.
Milwaukee Brewers RHP John Axford (elbow) was removed from the game on Monday, Aug. 2, after experiencing pain in the back of his elbow. He'll undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Aug. 3, to determine the extent of the injury, according to manager Craig Counsell.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo earned his third win of the season after going five innings against the New York Mets on Monday in his debut start for the club. The 23-year-old managed to strike out five and get through five innings, despite giving up four hits, walking three, and recording only 47 strikes on 84 pitches. These final two months of the season present a perfect change-of-scenery opportunity for Luzardo to regain his confidence after being traded for Oakland Athletics outfielder Starling Marte on July 28. Luzardo represents a buy-low option in dynasty formats, and warrants stash consideration in redraft leagues to see if he can string together a few solid starts. On the season, the left-hander is 3-4 with a 6.70 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts over 43 innings. Luzardo's next start will come this weekend in Colorado versus the Rockies.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo earned a win in his first start as a Marlin on Monday. Facing the New York Mets, Luzardo pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Luzardo struggled a little with his control, throwing 47 of his 84 pitches for strikes and missing his spots badly at times, but he showed his upside by looking nearly unhittable when throwing strikes. Luzardo will likely spend the rest of the season in the starting rotation, but his fantasy value will come next season after he's had more of a chance to work with Marlins pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. Luzardo should be rostered in all keeper and dynasty formats.
Miami Marlins relief pitcher Dylan Floro earned his third save of the season in Monday's 6-3 win over the New York Mets. Floro becomes the first Marlins pitcher to record a save since the team traded closer Yimi Garcia to the Houston Astros before the trade deadline. Floro got four outs, pitching the final 1 1/3 innings of the game while allowing just one hit. He lowered his ERA to 2.49 and should be considered the favorite for saves going forward in the Marlins bullpen. He's worth picking up in most formats.
New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill looked nearly invincible in July, but the Miami Marlins managed to touch him up for four runs in the first inning of his first start in August. All in all, Megill allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and no walks in five innings. He struck out four batters. The loss drops his record on the season to 1-1, but he still maintains a stellar 2.68 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 43 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He's been a revelation for Mets fans and fantasy managers alike, and should be in starting lineups going forward despite the tough inning.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins played a big part in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees. Mullins went 2-for-5 with a single, a solo home run, a strikeout, and two stolen bases. The 26-year-old All-Star has done it all this season, slashing .322/.385/.549 with 18 HR, 37 RBI, and 20 stolen bases. He has been a huge fantasy value and should be in fantasy managers' lineups at all times.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso continued his hot second half Monday, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. The solo shot came off of newly acquired Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo. Alonso now has 24 homers on the season, with seven of those coming in his last 15 games. He's raised his OPS to .839 in 344 at-bats this year. Alonso has a reputation as one of the most fearsome bats out there, and he's delivering on that promise lately. Fantasy managers can enjoy the ride as he carries them into playoff position.
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Wander Suero failed to secure the save Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies. He entered the game with two runners on, and allowed both of them to score while also giving up three earned runs of his own on three hits and a walk in one inning of work. He struck out one batter. Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan was unavailable for the game, having worked in six of the last eight contests. Suero may get the occasional opportunity going forward, but he should not be on fantasy rosters.
Washington Nationals third baseman Carter Kieboom had a solid day at the plate Monday, going 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored. It was his first long ball of the year, and came off of newly acquired Phillies reliever Ian Kennedy. A highly touted prospect, Kieboom has struggled in his first stints in the major leagues, but he will get a long look at the hot corner for the last few months of the season. Fantasy managers do not need to rush to add him, but he's worth keeping an eye on as an audition for next year's rosters.
Washington Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson appeared as a pinch-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday and smacked a game-tying home run in his only at-bat. Stevenson has supplied an unimpressive .612 OPS with three homers and one steal in 128 at-bats as a bench bat this year, and it appears that even the recent trade deadline firesale will not give him regular playing time. He can remain on waiver wires unless he manages to take over a starting role.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray gave up one earned run over five innings and took a no-decision in Washington's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. The 23-year-old gave up four hits and walked two while striking out two over 71 pitches in his debut start for the Nationals. The newly acquired National was in line for the loss after surrendering a solo homer to Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera in the fifth inning but was taken off the hook after the Nationals tied the game in the sixth. Gray will look to build off of the promising start at home on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger added two more hits Monday, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Haniger now has a modest four-game hit streak going as he looks to build on a very successful July during which he slashed .269/.361/.516 with seven home runs. The acquisition of Abraham Toro has stretched out the Seattle lineup just a bit more, and Haniger remains in excellent position to accrue counting stats batting second on a regular basis. He should be a staple of fantasy lineups.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez hit his 23rd homer of the season during a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in extra innings. The 28-year-old took Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand deep during the 10th inning and finished the night 2-for-5 with the homer and two RBI. The three-time All-Star is now hitting .255/.344/.525 with 64 RBI, 68 runs scored and 11 steals over 341 at-bats on the season. Ramirez is also sporting an 11.3% barrel rate, 90.9 mph average exit velo, and 46.1% hard hit rate, all career highs. Ramirez is in the prime of his career and is one of the best options at the hot corner in all of fantasy baseball.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray shone in his team debut Monday, lasting five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two batters. The only blemish was an Odubel Herrera solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. Gray has now appeared in three games this season including two starts, posting a 4.85 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 13 innings. He has plenty of potential and should be on rosters for that upside alone.
New York Yankees 3B Giovanny Urshela (hamstring) is expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list soon, according to manager Aaron Boone.
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