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There is no denying that Travis d'Arnaud has the talent to be among the better offensive catchers in baseball this side of Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey. While he's never quite consistently put it together at the Major League level, d'Arnaud has shown flashes every once in awhile – and is now doing so again. In a 6-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, d'Arnaud finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. He now has nine home runs on the season, and two in his past four games. d'Arnaud only has to be decent to be a worthy starter at backstop in most fantasy leagues, and he should always be startable in two-catcher leagues.
Updating previous reports, New York Mets OF Michael Conforto (hand) is likely to miss a few days with his bruised hand. 'The bruising is all through the hand,' Conforto said, explaining to the meaty part of his hand where the ball actually hit him. 'The doctor's going to decide if I need another X-ray or not. I feel pretty good. It's much more flexible and there is less swelling. I think it's good, but we're just being careful.'
The New York Mets aren't an easy team to pay attention to these days, but if you aren't, you're missing out on the show that outfielder Curtis Granderson has been putting on for the world this month. In a 6-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, Granderson hit another leadoff home run, his 11th longball of the season. For the month of June, he's now slashing .323/.451/.723 with seven home runs, 14 runs scored, 11 RBI, and two stolen bases. Grandy has gotten off to plenty of slow starts during his tenure as a Met, but after the especially horrific April and May he had this year, this production is completely unexpected. He needs to be owned in 14-team leagues and probably most 12-team leagues at this point, and makes for an excellent streaming candidate while he's this hot.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton hit a rare home run on Tuesday, giving him just 15 over his career. The speedy outfielder went 2-for-5 with a solo homer but he also struck out three times. Hamilton has been dealing with a sprained thumb for a few weeks now, which has affected him at the plate. There have even been some rumblings about the Reds moving him out of the leadoff spot although that hasn't happened yet. Hamilton is slashing just .243/.292/.323 on the seaosn but his 31 stolen bases rank second in the league behind only Trea Turner. With the way Hamilton has been hitting he isn't a must-start in fantasy unless you really need the steals for the week. He will face off against Brewers starter Chase Anderson on Wednesday.
Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker did not factor in the decision on Tuesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks over 6 1/3 innings pitched. He did not strike out a single batter. As is the case with Walker throughout his career, he has been incredibly inconsistent this season. Over his last two starts, he has walked nine batters and does not look confident on the mound. Owners should keep him on the bench for his next start against the Rockies.
It is one thing after another for the New York Mets this year. Robert Gsellman took the mound in the Amazins' series opener in Miami against the Marlins and was not good. He allowed three earned runs on five hits with zero walks and four strikeouts before exciting with what was eventually diagnosed as a strained left hamstring. The injury occurred while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning. Sounds as though a disabled list stint is coming for the 23-year-old right-hander, but nothing is official yet. He wasn't much of a fantasy option anyway given his struggles this year, so the injury should be the icing on the cake for fantasy owners who couldn't quite bring themselves to drop him just yet.
Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas began his rehab assignment with rookie level Missoula on Tuesday. Over the last week Tomas has begun swinging the bat and running the bases. He is now ready to start his rehab in game action. If there are no setbacks, Tomas could join the D'Backs by the beginning of next week. Owners in deep leagues who need power should keep an eye on Tomas.
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto continued his power surge on Tuesday. The veteran first baseman went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to help down the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6. Votto is off to a fine start this season, slashing .304/.414/.594 with 21 homers, 55 RBI, and 55 runs scored. He is well on his way to eclipsing his previous career-high in homers, which is 37 set in 2010. Votto's fantasy owners already know to keep him locked into fantasy lineups on a daily basis. Votto will take his cuts against Brewers starter Chase Anderson on Wednesday. They have only faced each other six times, with Votto picking up hits in two of those at-bats.
Detroit Tiger designated hitter Victor Martinez has been on the 10-day disabled list since experiencing an irregular heartbeat on June 16, but is expected to be activated and rejoin the starting lineup for tonight's matchup against the Royals. The Tigers are 2-8 since V-Mart went on the DL. Martinez had collected 10 hits in 12 games in the month of June before landing on the DL, so his bat will be a welcome addition to a struggling Tiger offense. This likely means a decrease in at-bats for Alex Avila, who had seen some time in the DH slot while V-Mart was on the shelf.
Detroit Tiger starting pitcher Justin Verlander got knocked around for three runs in the first inning of Tuesday night's contest against the Royals, but settled in nicely immediately after to lead the Tigers to victory. The veteran righty didn't allow another run during his seven-inning outing, striking out six and walking just one. Verlander improved to 5-4 on the season and now owns a 4.47 ERA, somewhat frustrating for a pitcher who narrowly missed a Cy Young crown in 2016.
The San Francisco Giants will place infielder Conor Gillaspie (back) on the disabled list. In a related move, the team will call up infielder Jae-gyun Hwang. Gillaspie recently came back from a back spasms injury but it seems to still be bothering him. He was only 1-for-6 in his return. He can safely be left on waivers and is not worthy of a DL stash.
Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu exited Tuesday's game against the Giants with a right groin cramp. LeMahieu evidently must have felt something when he ran out a groundball in the top of the fourth, as he was removed in between innings. A cramp is certainly better than a strain, and the Rockies are calling him day-to-day. Manager Bud Black said that LeMahieu will not be available to start today, but should be back on Friday. LeMahieu has an .867 OPS over the last 14 days and a .342 batting average over the last 30 days and he is a good option at second base when healthy.
Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi went out and had a merely decent outing Sunday but news that has come out recently has put a different spin on the outing. Friday and Saturday before the outing, he was hooked up to IVs with bad food poisoning. He then faced one of the best offenses in baseball and gave up four runs while leaving with the lead. He is a talented pitcher, so this could be a good time to try to buy him at a discount. His next scheduled start is a rematch against Baltimore so those in daily are advised to use caution but it will be interesting to compare the two outings.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra was blasted Tuesday versus Cincinnati lasting four innings, allowing eight runs while only striking out two. He had a great partial season in 2016 and had been good through the first six starts this season. There is some concern about a noticeable drop in his fastball velocity and also occasionally with the location on that pitch. On the other hand, this was one bad outing in a very hitter-friendly ballpark versus one of the best offenses in baseball. For now, watch closely but it is too soon to drop him. The next scheduled outing will be interesting as it is at home against a Miami team with plenty of talent but mediocre production.
San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin took the loss against Atlanta despite another quality start. Chacin continued his mastery at home by holding the Braves to two runs over seven innings. In eight home starts, Chacin has a 1.83 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, proving he is a must-start at Petco. His next should come at home, but he will face a red-hot Dodgers offense so approach cautiously before streaming.
Milwaukee Brewers activated infielder Jonathan Villar (back) and outfielder Ryan Braun (calf) from the disabled list Tuesday. They did designate for assignment Nick Franklin in a related move. Ryan Braun started Tuesday and scored a run in his first game. Villar did not start but grounded out in a pinch-hitting role. Braun's return prompted Lewis Brinson being sent down Monday and Braun is likely to start the vast majority of games. He is a must add if he is somehow available. Villar comes back to a complicated situation in the middle infield where Eric Sogard has been having the greatest offensive stretch of his career and Orlando Arcia is a young player that the Brewers seem to really believe in. The best guess for what will happen in the long-term is that Villar will find a way to become a starter again but the situation calls for observation. In 12 team or larger leagues, I would suggest Villar be owned and just kept on a bench until the situation is resolved. The next two games for Milwaukee are in a hitter-friendly ballpark against a very generous pitching staff.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen reacted just the way the team hoped he would after moving back to the third spot in the lineup--he kept driving in runs. Cutch doubled, singled and drove in both of Pittsburgh's runs on Tuesday, his first game back near the top of the order since May 23. McCutchen proved to be a great buy-low candidate a month ago and could return to OF2 value if he continues his current hot streak.
Pittsburgh third baseman David Freese went hitless in four at-bats against the Rays, dropping his average to .253 on the season. He has five hits in his last 35 at-bats (.143) and hasn't homered since June 6. Freese is likely to keep holding down third base while Jung Ho Kang is stuck overseas, but he hasn't proven to have much fantasy value. Once Starling Marte returns to the lineup and Gregory Polanco starts hitting, Freese could be moved further down the order as far as seventh, which will limit his usefulness even more.
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Trevor Williams had a solid outing on Tuesday, lasting seven innings while allowing two runs on six hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven for the second straight start. Williams has been steadily improving over his last couple of starts, lowering his ERA to 4.82. He's not close to being a mixed-league option yet, but could be worth a spot in NL-only leagues.
Cardinals' SP Carlos Martinez recorded 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings in a 6-5 loss to Arizona on Tuesday, Jun. 27.
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