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Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Josh Rojas is not in the lineup for Friday's series opener with the Cubs. This looks to simply be a day off for Rojas, who has started in 12 straight and 18 of the team's last 19 games. He's been a solid play in 12-team and deeper formats this year, slashing .268/.356/.438 with 10 home runs, seven steals, 28 RBI and 50 runs scored over 93 games. Rojas started at second base on Wednesday night, but with Rojas out Josh VanMeter now takes over there and will bat leadoff against Chicago starter Zach Davies.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Luis Patino allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision versus Cleveland on Thursday. He wasn't sharp on Thursday, and most of the damage off Patino came from a three-run blast by Franmil Reyes in the third inning. The Guardians were able to tack on another run-off Patino in the fourth frame to give them a 4-1 lead. The 21-year-old threw 98 pitches, landing 66 for strikes. Patino owns a 5.26 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a 28:8 K: BB across 25 2/3 innings in 2021. Despite struggling on Thursday, the Rays prospect has a 3.65 xERA and a 24.9 K%. It's unclear if Patino will stick into the rotation or be sent back down to the minors, making him a stash in dynasty leagues formats.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen will have a nice matchup with the Chicago Cubs when he takes the mound in the series opener on Friday afternoon. The Cubs have struggled at the plate recently, as they are slashing .216/.307/.334 and averaging 3.7 runs per game over their last 10 games. On top of this, Chicago is hitting significantly worse against right-handed pitching this year (.218/.298/.384) than against left-handers (.245/.322/.407), and their 26.3 percent team strikeout rate is fourth-highest in the majors. This will definitely be a matchup that managers should take advantage of in fantasy and in DFS.
Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy went 2-for-5 with an RBI double in a win over the Mariners on Thursday. Murphy is batting a measly .217 this season, but has contributed in the RBI department with 45 on the season which ranks second among catchers. Murphy is making hard contact 35.8 percent of the time and his .254 BABIP is the lowest of his career, so he could raise his BA a little down the stretch which would make him a valuable catcher at fantasy baseball's weakest position. He's got three good matchups lined up this weekend in Seattle making Murphy a start-worthy catcher in fantasy.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda registered a quality start in Thursday's loss to the Angels. Maeda went a season-high seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits with no walks. He fanned six batters and induced 12 whiffs, half of them on his splitter, which kept the Angels' hitters off-balance. It would have been nice to see Maeda get the win after the solid performance, but fantasy managers can take solace in the fact that he has legitimately turned his season around. Maeda has recorded a 31.4 percent K-BB percentage with a 2.35 ERA across 23 innings pitched over his last four starts, looking like the ace pitcher from last season. He'll be a must-start in all formats in his next start against the Tigers, having struck out 15 batters in his last two starts against them.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Diego Castillo struck out two over a perfect inning to earn the save during Thursday's 5-4 extra-inning win over Cleveland. He entered the game in the 10th inning and tossed a perfect inning to secure his 14th save of the season. The 27-year-old has not allowed an earned run in his last eight innings. He owns a 2.80 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and a 49:10 K: BB across 35 1/3 innings in 2021. Castillo shares closing duties with Pete Fairbanks but has racked up 14 saves and three holds this season and is the primary reliever to roster in the Rays' bullpen.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano went 2-for-5 with two RBI in a win over the Mariners on Thursday. Laureano now has six hits and six RBI across his last four games as the outfielder is heating back up after being stuck in an extended slump. On the season, Laureano is slashing .242/.316/.446 with 14 homers, 40 runs, 37 RBI and 11 steals as he does a little bit of everything for fantasy. He bats second for a good A's lineup so he should continue to see plenty of run and RBI chances down the stretch. Laureano should be started in fantasy with three good matchups lined up this weekend in Seattle.
New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton plated a run for the fourth straight game in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox. Stanton came up with a key hit, giving the Yankees the lead on an RBI single in the eighth inning. He seems to be picking things up at the plate lately, going 5-for-18 with a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored over his last four games, though he has also been a far less disciplined hitter at the plate this month, with a 19:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Stanton will likely play the outfield on Saturday, something the Yankees want him to get accustomed to doing.
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres collected a pair of RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox. Torres was a part of a small-ball approach, driving in one run on a groundout and another on a sacrifice fly. The 24-year-old also extended his hitting streak to five games, reaching on an infield single and getting an excellent jump on a steal attempt, swiping second base standing up. Torres has produced three homers, seven RBI, four runs scored, and two stolen bases over his last seven contests. He makes for a strong DFS play on Friday against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Torres has a .261 batting average and .723 OPS against southpaws this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss versus the San Francisco Giants. Bellinger has been a major disappointment for managers this season and is now hitless in his last 25 at-bats. Bellinger has dealt with two stints on the injured list this season and is hitting a weak .152 with four home runs, 19 RBI and four stolen bases in 145 at-bats. With his current struggles, managers don't have a choice other than to remain patient and hope that he finds his stride. Given his past history, he should still be rostered, but it's becoming tough to start him on an everyday basis when he is consistently failing at the plate. Bellinger will look to get things going versus the Rockies this weekend.
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Lou Trivino pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday to pick up his 16th save of the season. Trivino allowed a leadoff single, but picked up a strikeout and two ground outs to preserve a 4-1 win for the visitors. The right-hander has been excellent this season, converting 16 saves in 18 chances with a crisp 1.91 ERA. Since May 8, Trivino has allowed just two runs in 29 2/3 innings as he's established himself as a must-roster reliever in fantasy. Lefty setup man Jake Diekman may steal the occasional save if the opposition has left-handed batters due up, but Trivino has seen the majority of the saves in Oakland and is the clear-cut fantasy option in this 'pen.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz (neck) went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, a triple, and an additional run scored in Thursday's 5-4 extra-inning win over Cleveland. He returned to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous two games with neck spasms. The 29-year-old came back with a vengeance and was a double shy from hitting for the cycle. He is slashing .261/.378/.366 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 39 runs scored, and a .744 OPS over 339 plate appearances in 2021. Diaz continues to be a fantasy asset in OBP formats and should be rostered in most leagues.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith continued his strong season at the plate on Thursday versus the San Francisco Giants. Smith went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and has now gone yard in three of his last five games. Smith has become one of the more valuable options behind the plate this season and is now hitting .261 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and two stolen bases. Smith will look to keep it going with a series against the Rockies starting on Friday.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler threw another quality start in a tough no-decision on Thursday versus the San Francisco Giants. Buehler went 7 1/3 innings and allowed five hits, one run, one walk and struck out nine. He has now gone six or more innings in 21 of his last 22 starts. Buehler has been as consistent as they come, but was unable to get the victory on Thursday with closer Kenley Jansen blowing up for four runs in the ninth inning. Buehler remains one of the top options on the hill and will bring a record of 10-1 with a 2.31 ERA into a rematch versus the Giants on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen continued his struggles with his third consecutive blown save on Thursday versus the San Francisco Giants. Jansen was called to protect a 3-1 lead and started the inning by striking out two of the three first batters, but it was all downhill from there. Jansen was pulled with the bases loaded and would finish with a line of four hits, four runs, two walks and two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning. Jansen has blown up in the second half and managers may want to stick him on their bench until he can get his act together. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jansen demoted from his role at the moment and if that were the case, Blake Treinen would likely be next in line. Given Jansen's history, managers should give him a longer leash, but also scoop up Treinen if he is available as an insurance option.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery put together another solid performance in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox. Montgomery quieted the Red Sox offense for 5 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six batters. He generated 13 whiffs, 12 of them on his curveball-changeup combo, two pitches that he had excellent command of Thursday. Montgomery only tossed 83 pitches and was one out shy of recording his third straight quality start but was pulled, saying that he felt fatigue starting to set in in the sixth inning. He has pitched well enough to earn the win in each of his last three starts but has somehow ended up empty-handed, as the Yankee offense hasn't supported him this season. Montgomery will take on the Rays next, having won each of his last two starts against them.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea had another brilliant outing on Thursday as he struck out a career-high 13 batters across seven dominant innings. Manaea allowed just three hits and three walks with a solo home run accounting for the only damage against the Oakland lefty. The win improves his record to 7-6 on the season, but Manaea has been better than his record indicates as he's sporting a 3.16 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and has 128 strikeouts across 116 2/3 innings. His ERA indicators back up his success as he's got a strong 3.50 xFIP and his 9.9 K/9 is easily a career-best. Manaea has crossed into must-start territory in fantasy despite a tough matchup with the Padres up next.
The Texas Rangers are expected to call up first baseman Curtis Terry from Triple-A this weekend, potentially as soon as Friday. The 24-year-old is currently ranked as the 26th best prospect in the Rangers organization by MLB.com. He has been red hot at Triple-A this year, slashing .294/.375/.583 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 40 runs over 65 games. He was a 13th round pick of the Rangers back in 2015 and hadn't played above Single-A prior to this year. The Rangers' President of Baseball Operations, Jon Daniels, recently stated that the club would be promoting the organization's top performers in the minors soon. Based on how well Terry has been hitting, he will likely be one of the first names called. Fantasy managers in deep leagues and AL-only leagues looking for a high-upside hitter to take a flyer on should keep Terry on their radar.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker has been hitting a bit better over the past few months than he was at the start of the year. However, he's still failing to deliver much in terms of power. He has a .352 slugging percentage on the year, down from .459 last year. He hasn't homered since June 26, despite playing in most of the team's games over the past month. Overall, he has just four home runs over 60 games. Walker can be left on waivers in all leagues until he shows some signs of the power hitter he was back in 2019, when he launched 29 home runs.
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher/outfielder Daulton Varsho strung together a pair of multi-hit games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. In Wednesday's game, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, his second home run of the year. Varsho struggled significantly in April, his first full month in the majors this year. He slashed just .158/.220/.211 with no home runs in the month. However, he's been showing some promising signs in July, slashing .229/.372/.429 with nine strikeouts compared with eight walks. Fantasy managers in need of catcher help should watch Varsho closely over the next week or so.
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|CHC||Davies R (5-6)|
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|CWS||Giolito R (8-6)|
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|TEX||Allard L (2-7)|
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|DET||Peralta R (3-1)|
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|LAA||Cobb R (7-3)|
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|PIT||Kuhl R (3-5)|
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