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  • Jacob deGrom gives up five runs in loss
    Jacob deGrom surrendered five runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: DeGrom has followed up a couple of awesome months with a pair of ugly starts the last six days. He gave up three homers tonight after allowing a total of 12 in 22 starts coming in. It doesn't seem like his stuff has fallen off suddenly, so let's assume he'll bounce back next time out when he faces the Marlins. 19 minutes ago
  • Stephen Piscotty hits 18th homer
    Stephen Piscotty finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's rout of the Mets.

    Advice: Piscotty has four homers and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. His average and OBP have slipped, but he's remained pretty valuable anyway. 23 minutes ago
    W, 8-1 vs NYM
  • Randal Grichuk homers, doubles
    Batting seventh, Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and walked against the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It certainly helps when Mike Matheny hits Grichuk somewhere other than eighth in front of the pitcher. It's just a terrible spot for someone with his ample power and subpar plate discipline. Hitting in front of an actual hitter will get him something to hit once in a while, as it did tonight. 24 minutes ago
  • Dozier swats solo home run on Wednesday
    Brian Dozier connected for his 30th home run of the season in the Twins' loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He added a single and finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Dozier has generated a sudden burst of power lately with 13 home runs in his last 23 games. This is the first 30-homer season in Dozier's career. He has a .270 batting average this year after being a burden in that fantasy category in all prior seasons. He contributes nicely across the board with 79 runs scored, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases. 25 minutes ago
    L, 9-4 vs Det
  • James Loney goes 0-for-4 in loss
    James Loney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Loney won some fans in New York after a solid start replacing James Loney, but his OPS is under .700 now and he's driven in all of 26 runs in 71 games (and scored a total of 21 times). He's not helping. 30 minutes ago
  • Machado finishes 4-for-6 with two-run bomb
    Manny Machado went 4-for-6 with a homer and four total RBI to lead the Orioles over the Nationals 10-8 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Machado's two-run bomb in the first inning set the tone for the high-scoring night. He then added run-scoring singles in the second and eighth innings. The four hits raised his batting average to .306 in 494 at-bats. The home run was his 29th. Machado has scored 87 runs and driven in 78. He has yet to steal a base after swiping 20 last year, but that's kind of a side concern at this point for his fantasy owners. 35 minutes ago
  • Miley holds Nats to two runs in five frames
    Wade Miley earned a win against the Nationals by holding them to two runs over five innings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave up seven hits, including a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. His six strikeouts helped quell some threats. It was a short outing but the Orioles will take it. Miley has not been good this year. Tonight's pleasant outing improves his record to 8-10 with an unsightly 5.51 ERA. His owners must soon decide if they are brave enough (or desperate enough) to use him in a two-start week against the Blue Jays and Yankees beginning on Monday. 41 minutes ago
  • Mets bring southpaw Gilmartin up to majors
    Mets recalled LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Gilmartin held a 2.67 ERA in 57 1/3 innings last season, but he has yet to find that kind of success in 2016. The 26-year-old southpaw has made five appearances with the Mets this season and has allowed seven runs on 11 hits in nine innings. There is no fantasy intrigue here. 43 minutes ago
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    L, 8-1 @StL
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just up for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 8-1 loss. Goeddel has pitched to a 4.55 ERA in 29 1/3 innings at the major league level this season. Now back to Triple-A. 48 minutes ago
  • Tommy Joseph hits 17th homer
    Tommy Joseph collected his 17th homer and his 11th double Wednesday to help the Phillies beat the White Sox 5-3.

    Advice: Ryan Howard has been terrific of late, but it still makes more sense for the Phillies to play Joseph at first base than to go back to the former MVP with any regularity. Joseph has run hot and cold, but he has an .813 OPS though 240 at-bats. Today, 8:36 pm
  • Chapman shows off heat with trio of whiffs
    Aroldis Chapman struck out the side to secure his ninth save with the Cubs in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Padres.

    Advice: With the Cubs leading 6-3 heading into the ninth, Chapman came on for the save attempt. He allowed a leadoff single to Derek Norris, but would flat-out dominate the rest of the frame, striking out Luis Sardinas, Adam Rosales and Travis Jankowski in succession. All three went down swinging. Since coming over to the Cubs at the trade deadline, the ace closer is 9-for-11 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio across 12 2/3 innings. Today, 5:13 pm
  • Middlebrooks (leg) set for rehab assignment
    Will Middlebrooks (leg) will report to Low-A Wisconsin for a rehab assignment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll play at least two games there before moving up the Brewers' minor league ladder. Middlebrooks has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a lower right leg strain. He was batting .111 (3-for-27) with a .337 OPS through 10 games with Milwaukee. Today, 9:40 am
    15-Day DL
    W, 7-1 vs Col
  • Cano singles twice in loss to former team
    Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

    Advice: As a team, the Mariners managed just four hits on the evening. Cano was the only player to pick up more than one. The All-Star second baseman is in the midst of a fantastic campaign and is currently slashing .295/.349/.522 with 28 homers and 79 RBI across 508 at-bats. Fantasy second basemen don't get much better than that. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Mets recall Goeddel after Niese injury
    Mets recalled RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was just sent down on Saturday, but the Mets recalled him with Jon Niese landing on the disabled list due to a left knee injury. In 28 bullpen innings with the Mets this season, Goeddel held a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio. His is a serviceable filler arm out of the pen, but there is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Cabrera collects three more hits since return
    Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Garcia now has two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in four games since being activated from the disabled list on August 19. He's 6-for-16 in those four games, raising his overall line to .260/.310/.414 with 13 homers, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored. The stolen base, swiped against the great Yadier Molina as part of a double steal, was just Cabrera's second on the year. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Anderson yields three runs over five vs. Rox
    Chase Anderson allowed three runs on six hits, striking out seven, in five innings against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: All three runs came on one swing by Nolan Arenado in the third inning. Anderson was otherwise strong, although he once again failed to pitch deep into a game. The good news for Anderson is that he still hasn't lost a start since July 9; the bad news is that he's just 7-10 overall with a 4.99 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. The 28-year-old will look to keep his non-losing streak going when he squares off with the Pirates on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Dozier homers, scores twice against Tigers
    Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in a loss to the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dozier hit a solo jack in the fifth inning, his 10th homer this month and 29th of the season. That's seventh-best in the American League, and it's now a single-season high for the 29-year-old. It's shaping up to be a career year on a few different fronts for Dozier, who is batting .268/.341/.536 with 75 RBI, 77 runs scored and 10 steals this year. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Det
  • Aroldis Chapman getting the weekend off
    Aroldis Chapman won't be available for the next two days.

    Advice: Chapman blew a save chance Friday against the Rockies and admitted he felt tired after appearing four times in a four-day span. He'll take the rest of the weekend off but should be available Monday against the Padres. With Pedro Strop (knee) and Hector Rondon (triceps) both out, Carl Edwards would likely handle any save chances over the next two days. Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Chase Anderson (quad) will start Tuesday
    Chase Anderson (quad) will return to the starting rotation Tuesday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Anderson had his last start cut short after getting hit by a comebacker but he's good to go after logging two innings in a relief appearance on Friday. With Anderson back in the rotation, rookie Brent Suter will move to the bullpen beginning on Monday. Saturday, 6:39 pm
  • Mets option Erik Goeddel back to Triple-A
    Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Goeddel was sent out to make room on the roster for Jim Henderson who is returning from the disabled list on Saturday. The 27-year-old registered a 4.18 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 28 innings out of the Mets bullpen. He'll surely return once rosters expand in September. Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Chase Anderson works two innings in relief
    Chase Anderson (quad) worked two innings of relief on Friday, allowing two runs on three hits as the Brewers fell to the Mariners.

    Advice: Anderson left Tuesday's start after being hit in the quad by a comebacker. Since he departed that start in the first inning though, the Brewers wanted to get him some work before his next scheduled start. Expect to see him back in the rotation next week. Saturday, 5:36 am
  • Aroldis Chapman takes blown save, loss
    Aroldis Chapman took his third blown save and first loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the 11th Friday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Chapman allowed back-to-back hits with one out in the 11th, and the defense botched a relay that allowed the winning run to score. It was the first time since June 18 (a span of 25 outings) that he's given up multiple hits in an appearance. Saturday, 12:02 am
  • Grichuk helps Cardinals win in extras
    Randal Grichuk slugged a solo homer and later hit a go-ahead RBI double in the 11th inning as the Cardinals topped the Phillies 4-3 on Friday.

    Advice: Grichuk went 3-for-5 on the night as his hot hitting continues. He’s now batting .385 (10-for-26) with three homers, five doubles, one triple, and nine RBI in seven games since returning from the minors. Strikeouts are an issue for him, so the batting average won’t last, but his power makes him an intriguing pickup in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:28 pm
  • Wade Miley hit hard in no-decision on Friday
    Wade Miley was hit hard in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing six runs on six hits in only 1 2/3 innings.

    Advice: On the plus side, all five of the outs that he did record came via strikeouts and he didn't walk a batter. George Springer tagged him for a solo homer to lead off the game, then the Astros tacked on five runs before chasing the veteran southpaw in the second inning. He'll try to turn things around and improve upon a troublesome 5.58 ERA and 1.43 WHIP when he takes on the Nationals in Washington on Wednesday. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Mets activate Asdrubal Cabrera from 15-day DL
    Mets activated INF Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's back in the lineup on Friday night, as is lineup-mate Yoenis Cespedes. Cabrera returns to a .255/.308/.410 slash line on the season, where he has been a solid performer and capable run producer. His bat has been sorely missed in the Mets lineup. Friday, 5:16 pm
  • Chase Anderson (quad) could pitch in relief
    Chase Anderson (quad) could be available out of the bullpen this weekend.

    Advice: Anderson left Tuesday's start in the first inning after being hit in the left quad by a comebacker. He's expected to be fine for his next start next week, but because he's thrown so little might pitch in relief this weekend. Friday, 6:29 am
  • Giants rock deGrom for eight runs in 5 IP
    Jacob deGrom was shelled in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on 13 hits over five innings.

    Advice: After tossing three scoreless frames, deGrom ran into trouble and then some. He coughed up five runs in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth before his evening was mercifully ended. The start bumped his ERA from 2.30 to a still-respectable 2.73 mark. DeGrom also holds a 1.11 WHIP and 134/30 K/BB ratio across 22 starts. Thursday's result wasn't particularly appealing, but sometimes you just don't have it. He will try to rebound in a road date with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber. Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • Cano cracks solo home run in loss to Angels
    Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Cano whacked a solo home run off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker in the first inning for his lone hit of the game. The dinger was his 27th of the season and pushed his RBI total to 75. The 27 homers are the most he has hit since he launched the same number with the Yankees in 2013. With about a month-and-a-half remaining in the season, the star second baseman needs six more home runs to tie the career-best 33 he notched four seasons ago. Thursday, 10:30 pm
  • Dozier launches 27th homer against Royals
    Brian Dozier hit his 27th home run of the year in Thursday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Dozier greeted Royals starter Dillon Gee rudely, homering to lead off the game. Little did Dozier and company know it would be the only run they would get against Gee and the Royals bullpen on the evening. Dozier is riding a nine-game hitting streak during which he's homered five times with 10 RBI and nine runs scored. His speed has disappeared -- Dozier's eight steals would be the lowest of his career -- but everything else is working for the 29-year-old, who's hitting .267/.341/.531 with 73 RBI and 73 runs scored overall. Thursday, 9:45 pm
    L, 9-4 vs Det
  • Machado homers, drives in three versus Astros
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a win over the Astros on Thursday.

    Advice: Machado swatted one of the Orioles' six homers on the evening. The dinger was his 27th of the season, giving him 72 RBI and 83 runs scored. He's cooled from his early season pace -- how could he not have, batting .334 with a 1.001 OPS through June -- but the 24-year-old is now hitting .304/.361/.552 overall. Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) to be activated Friday
    The Mets will activate Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: Yoenis Cespedes (quad) will also come off the DL on Friday. The Mets were originally planning to activate Cabrera on Thursday but they decided to wait another 24 hours. Cabrera missed a couple weeks with a strained patellar tendon. He sports a pedestrian .255/.308/.410 slash line over 373 at-bats this season. Thursday, 5:12 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) returning Thursday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

    Advice: Cabrera wound up missing a little over two weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. He went 2-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI in a two-game minor league rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie. Thursday, 5:56 am
  • Joseph drills solo home run on Wednesday
    Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run in a loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The home run was his 16th of the year. His other hit was a double. The 25-year-old rookie is getting a lot of playing time at first base in place of Ryan Howard and he is making the most of it. The .252 batting average is no great shakes but he does have an .810 OPS in 226 at-bats. He could average 30-plus homers per year over the next few seasons although his batting average and on-base percentage could be cause for concern. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Anderon (quat) optimistic to make next start
    Chase Anderson (quad) said that he is optimistic that he will be able to make his next start.

    Advice: Anderson took a Kris Bryant liner with an estimated 107 mph exit velocity off his left leg in Tuesday's start against the Cubs. That sounds painful enough, but the 28-year-old right-hander does not believe that the injury will hamper him moving forward. Further clarity as to whether Anderson will be able to make his next turn through the rotation has yet to be given, but at least by the pitcher's own word, this doesn't seem serious. Wednesday, 7:05 pm
  • Chase Anderson diagnosed with quad bruise
    Chase Anderson has been diagnosed with a bruised left quad.

    Advice: Anderson took a screaming Kris Bryant comebacker off his left leg in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Cubs. He should be fine for his next turn, assuming it's really just a bruise. Tuesday, 5:56 pm
  • Chase Anderson leaves start in first inning
    Chase Anderson was pulled in the first inning of his start Tuesday night against the Cubs after taking a Kris Bryant comebacker off his left knee.

    Advice: Anderson was able to walk off the field under his own power, but he looked to be in a good amount of pain. The right-hander had faced just two batters -- a problematic situation for the Brewers in the second half of their doubleheader against the Cubs. Look for an update out of Chicago within the next hour. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Chapman notches two-out save against Brewers
    Aroldis Chapman notched a two-out save in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Cubs were up 4-0 going into the ninth inning, so Joe Smith got the call initially, but he walked two batters before Joe Maddon turned to Chapman. The fireballer struck out Keon Broxton swinging before Manny Pina fouled out to end it. Chapman is 5-for-6 in save chances since joining Chicago while posting a 0.96 ERA and 14/0 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • Cabrera (knee) to begin rehab stint Tuesday
    Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) will indeed begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: Cabrera, who is working his way back from a strained patellar tendon in his left knee, will be eased in as the designated hitter before returning to shortstop. The Mets are hoping he'll be able to return this weekend in San Francisco. Aug 15, 5:37 pm
  • Loney not in Monday's lineup
    James Loney is not in Monday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: He's sitting against left-hander Robbie Ray. Lefty-masher Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth while T.J. Rivera will play third base. Aug 15, 3:01 pm
  • Piscotty blasts three-run homer to beat Cubs
    Stephen Piscotty blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, powering the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: The Cardinals entered the eighth inning trailing 3-1, when Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia led off with singles against Hector Rondon. Piscotty then played the role of hero, demolishing a 1-1 offering over the wall in center field for the game-changing blast. He finished the evening 1-for-4 and is now slashing .276/.347/.468 with 17 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Aug 14, 8:20 pm
    W, 8-1 vs NYM
  • Miley allows seven runs in no-decision vs. SF
    Wade Miley yielded seven runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Giants.

    Advice: Baltimore rallied for seven runs in the final three innings to steal the game from San Francisco. Miley gave up eight hits and walked two while registering only one strikeout. He has an unsightly 5.23 ERA on the year. Aug 14, 4:31 pm
  • Cano slugs two-run homer on Saturday
    Robinson Cano slugged a key two-run homer to lift the Mariners over the Athletics on Saturday.

    Advice: The blast was his 26th of the season. He is batting .294 with 73 RBI and 75 runs scored. His .872 OPS is his best since joining the Mariners in 2014. Aug 13, 10:23 pm
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