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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Wilmer Font came within one out of qualifying for a win Sunday versus the Yankees. He would go a career-high 4 2/3 innings allowing one run while striking out five. Font played for Oakland and the Dodgers in 2018 before getting to the Rays. He struggled mightily in those two stops but with the Rays, he has started to provide positive numbers. If Font can cross the threshold of five innings in a start, he could start earning some wins. However, until that happens, Font has limited value outside of very deep or AL-only formats.
Tampa Bay Rays reliever Sergio Romo earned his third save of the season Sunday versus New York. He would pitch a scoreless ninth inning to maintain and close out the 3-1 lead. Romo has been serving multiple roles this season, including starting several times. This split role makes it tough for fantasy owners to use Romo. When he opens, he cannot provide either a win or a save, and he will often be facing the best part of a team's lineup. Watch the usage going forward because if Romo starts picking up a solid portion of the save opportunities, his value goes up tremendously.
St. Louis Cardinals rookie starting pitcher Jack Flaherty tossed five scoreless innings on Sunday, allowing just two hits and three walks. He struck out seven. Flaherty didn't get the win, but his team did, as five pitchers combined to shut out the Cubs. Flaherty lowered his ERA to 2.66 and continues to be a must-start in all formats every time he's on the mound.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy drove in two runs that proved crucial Sunday versus New York. Duffy would go 3-for-4 with one of those hits being a second-inning single. The single would drive in two runs to make the lead 3-0 and would end up being the difference in a 3-1 victory. Duffy is now batting .318 on the season. In his last healthy season in 2015, he batted .295 with 12 home runs and 12 stolen bases. Duffy's floor is fairly solid as long as he is healthy. Duffy was only 27 years old as the 2018 season started, so despite his slow start in the counting stats (runs, HR, RBI, steals), there is hope for a boost as the season goes on. He should be owned in deeper leagues, especially in AL-only formats.
Los Angeles Dodgers Caleb Ferguson suffered his first career loss on Sunday in a 4-1 game against the Giants. The 21-year-old surrendered four runs (three earned) on two hits (both home runs) and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings. He now has a 7.59 ERA with 12 strikeouts and six walks in 10 2/3 IP. While Ferguson's strikeout potential is impressive, he will need to improve his command at the big league level before he can be trusted in fantasy leagues. He is worth a speculative roster spot in deep dynasty leagues.
Baltimore Orioles utility man Jace Peterson had a nice day at the plate on Sunday in a 10-4 win over the Marlins. Peterson went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run (his first of the season), and four RBI. The 28-year-old now has a .196/.320/.308 slash line in 128 plate appearances. Peterson does now see enough playing time and has not shown the hitting skills to make him fantasy relevant at this time.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy turned in a mediocre start on Sunday against the Marlins but got the win in a 10-4 game thanks to his offense backing him up. Bundy pitched six innings, allowing four runs on five hits (including two two-run home runs from Justin Bour) and two walks with five strikeouts. Fantasy owners have seen two sides of Bundy throughout the season: the good Bundy who avoids giving up long balls, and the bad Bundy who has served up 18 HR. Overall, he now has a 5-7 record with a 3.81 ERA in 89 2/3 IP. Bundy will look to keep the ball in the park in his next outing Friday against the Braves.
Cody Allen appears to be getting back to normal. Although he allowed a walk in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Twins, he still managed to pitch a scoreless inning and get his 14th save of the season. He's struck out 36 batters over 30 innings pitched, and has his ERA back below 4.00 with Sunday's outing (it's now 3.90). Allen has pitched scoreless relief appearances in four of his last five chances, which could mean his shaky May and early June performances will soon be nothing more than a bad memory.
The bad news Mets get even more bad news. Yoenis Cespedes, who hasn't played in over a month now, was held out of rehab activities on the weekend due to continued soreness in his hip/quad. Cespedes was thought to be close to returning earlier this month, even taking part in a rehab game in the minors. Unfortunately he ended up being pulled from that game too, and now there is no timetable for his return. He will continue physical therapy and rehab on Monday, as fantasy owners desperately await for two-time All-Star to return to action.
Justin Bour broke a two-game hitless streak on Sunday by blasting two homers against the Baltimore Orioles and driving in four runs. He's a mediocre source of power and walks for fantasy owners, with 12 HRs, 33 RBI, and 46 BB so far this season. Unfortunately he's only hitting .240 and playing on a bad Miami Marlins team. There's a reason he's only owned in 48 percent of Yahoo! leagues -- only 12 or 14-team deep leagues need to bother.
Javier Baez left Sunday night's game against the Cardinals in the third inning after taking a nasty 90 mph Jack Flaherty pitch directly in the left elbow. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and the decision to remove him from the game was made almost immediately. He's likely headed for X-Rays to check if anything is broken, so stay tuned for an update. Addison Russell took Baez's spot at shortstop on Sunday, but Ben Zobrist could get more games at Baez's usual second base spot if there's any serious injury involved.
The Philadelphia Phillies headed into the ninth inning of Sunday's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers with a five-run lead, seemingly headed for an easy victory at Miller Park. The day after recording his first save of the month, reliever Hector Neris was summoned to record the final three outs of the game, but he wouldn't be able to get the job done. The 29-year-old was absolutely terrible, giving up a home run, single and double to begin the frame. After recording two outs, he surrendered a three-run home run, cutting the lead to just one run. At that point, manager Gabe Kapler had seen enough, pulling Neris from the game. The Phillies would go on to finish the game, but Neris' future in pressure situations has to be in major trouble.
Seattle Mariners starter Mike Leake allowed five runs in six innings of work as the Mariners fell to the Red Sox on Sunday 9-3. Leake had been on quite a roll lately, allowing only seven runs over his last 35 2/3 innings pitched before getting knocked around by Boston. Leake (7-3) made a crucial mistake to Boston's Rafael Devers in the third inning Sunday, surrendering a three-run homer and his ERA jumped to 4.47 after the game. Leake will look to get back on track in his next start and remains a middle-of-the-road fantasy option moving forward.
Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season in the Mariners 9-3 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday. Cruz now has seven home runs in the month of June and has driven in 12 runs over his last 17 games. The veteran slugger has bounced back from early season injuries and is beginning to produce closer to what was expected of him coming into the season. He now has 40 runs driven in on the season and is a major cog in the heart of an improved Mariners lineup.
Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann collected his first multi-hit game since May 15th in the Astros 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday. McCann went 2-for-4, including an RBI single to drive home his 17th run of the season. McCann has gotten an increase in usage the past few days and has started three of the last four games. But the veteran is no longer an everyday player and backup Max Stassi has performed well enough to warrant a time share behind the plate moving forward. Manager A.J. Hinch is simply trying to get McCann going offensively after he hit his fifth home run on Thursday and now this two-hit effort on Sunday. McCann's age and eroding skills keep him off the fantasy radar right now as he adjusts to becoming a role player for a white-hot Astros team that has now won 12 games in a row.
The Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran hit his second home run in as many days Sunday. The red-bearded, left-hand hitter belted a 406 foot shot to center field off of Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani in the second inning to give the Bucs the early lead. The homer was the only hit for Moran on the day. The third baseman now carries a slash line of .274/.326/.426; he is a solid option for fantasy owners with much better home vs away splits.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-5 in the Astros 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday. Gurriel gave the Astros a 2-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI single and then added a softly hit infield single later in the game. Gurriel is hitting everything in sight and is 21-for-58 (.362) with one home run, five doubles and 12 runs batted in since June 1st. He is hitting the ball with more authority and is just one of many pieces in the Astros lineup that is scorching hot right now. He will not hit many home runs, hurting his fantasy value at first base, but is a gap-to-gap hitter who already has 17 doubles this season after smacking 43 in 2017. His lack of home run pop, however, continues to limit his fantasy value outside of deep, AL-only leagues.
Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis added to his incredible offensive resurgence on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of the Astros 7-4 win. Gattis is tearing the cover off to the baseball and now is hitting .300 with seven home runs and an astounding 23 runs batted in over his last 16 games played. He has completely reversed course on what was turning into a disappointing season and now is tied for the team lead with 47 runs batted in. He is slugging .510 for the year and has been a huge factor in the Astros winning their last 12 games in a row. There should be plenty of skepticism that Gattis can keep this up but fantasy owners would be foolish to not try and capitalize on this hot streak now if he is available on the waiver wire heading into next week's action.
Houston Astros infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the Astros 7-4 win on Sunday. The Astros are the hottest team in baseball and Gonzalez may possibly be one of the hottest hitters in the game. He now is hitting .459 in the month of June (17-for-37) with one home run, three triples, four doubles and five runs batted in. Fantasy owners that have been patient with Gonzalez are finally beginning to see some rewards after the versatile player got off to a horrible start this season. Over the last two weeks he has resembled more the player that drove in 90 runs in 2017 than the player that came into the month hitting only .217. Gonzalez is a player on the rise and deserves a look, if available, off the waiver wire this week.
The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco went 3-3 on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds. Polanco put on a show in front of the Pirate faithful and his own father with a home run, a double, a walk, two RBI and an outfield assist. Pittsburgh would fall short late and lose the game six to eight. Polanco has nine homers and 34 RBI on the season, but his low batting average, .211, makes him hard to own in standard or shallow leagues.
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