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Amazing Mets 2016 (ID# 53916)
  • Sandy Leon homers in loss to Rays
    Sandy Leon singled and ripped a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Rays.

    Advice: Leon took reliever Danny Farquhar deep in the eighth inning. The journeyman catcher could be playing his way into sticking on the roster after Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Tyler Flowers belts homer in loss to Tribe
    Tyler Flowers smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Flowers' blast off of Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning pulled the Braves to within two at the time, but it proved inconsequential after the Tribe's offense extended the lead late. The catcher has five dingers on the season as he shares starts with A.J. Pierzynski. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Peńa (knee) on track to return Tuesday
    Brayan Peńa (knee) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

    Advice: Peńa batted .192 (10-for-52) over 14 games during his minor league rehab assignment and has already rejoined the Cardinals in Kansas City. He's been out all season after undergoing surgery in early April to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:05 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:15 pm @KC
     
  • Ellis drives in go-ahead run vs. Pirates
    A.J. Ellis hit a go-ahead infield single in the Dodgers’ 5-4 win over the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: You don’t see "A.J. Ellis infield single" very often, but he hit a ball deep in the hole at shortstop and Jordy Mercer had a tough time getting a hold on it for the throw to first base. The single put a bow on a four-run fifth inning for the Dodgers, which stood up as the difference in the ballgame. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a walk on the afternoon and is hitting .210/.310/.280 over 38 games this season. He’s not fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Yadier Molina not in Sunday's lineup
    Yadier Molina is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day off for Molina, who is batting just .222/.284/.287 since the beginning of May. Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate. Jhonny Peralta is also getting a breather, as the Cards have Jedd Gyorko at third base. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:52 am
  • Welington Castillo sitting out on Sunday
    Welington Castillo is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a normal day of rest for Castillo, who has struggled since the beginning of May. Chris Herrmann is catching Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:49 am
  • Matt Wieters getting a day off Sunday
    Matt Wieters is not in the Orioles' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It looks to be a simple day off. Francisco Pena is catching Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Jett Bandy has made four straight starts
    Jett Bandy started his fourth straight game at catcher for the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels like Carlos Perez's defense, but Bandy is more interesting with the bat. The 26-year-old has hit .310/.311/.500 with two homers over his first 47 major league plate appearances and has batted .286/.339/.452 with 13 dingers at Triple-A since the beginning of last season. Given the current state of the catcher position in fantasy, Bandy could potentially carve out some deep league value if he keeps getting regular playing time. The problem is that Geovany Soto (knee) is due back soon, so regular at-bats might be hard to come by. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Willson Contreras getting another start in LF
    Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

    Advice: He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:03 am
  • Red Sox could option Christian Vazquez
    The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

    Advice: Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:54 am
  • Rupp's seventh home run propels Phillies
    Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.

    Advice: Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Wieters homers twice, O's sweep doubleheader
    Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI as the Orioles took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays by the score of 8-6.

    Advice: Wieters, who didn't start the first game of the doubleheader, made his start count, smashing a two-run homer off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot off reliever Danny Farquhar in the eighth. Wieters now has nine big flies on the year, batting .278/.332/.471 through 53 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Gomes launches eighth homer against Tigers
    Yan Gomes hit his eighth home run of the season Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: The blast, a solo shot, was more or less an afterthought in a one-sided game, but it was consequential for Gomes, who hadn't homered since June 3. His struggles have persisted most of the year, as the backstop is hitting just .185/.222/.365 with 29 RBI and 21 runs scored this year. He is the owner off a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-20 with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and five runs scored. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:33 pm
  • Red Sox have touch decision at catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged the team will have to make a difficult decision when Ryan Hanigan (neck) comes off the disabled list next week.

    Advice: Hanigan is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket, so a decision could be coming in the next few days. Sandy Leon has hit .545 during Hanigan's absence and is out of minor league options. There's a good chance Leon won't clear waivers if he's designated for assignment. The Red Sox are unlikely to carry three catchers, which puts Christian Vazquez on the hot seat. Vazquez has been a liability at the plate, hitting just .215 with one homer and 149 at-bats this season. It's going to be a tough call for Farrell. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:58 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
     
  • Cervelli (hand) does some drill work on Saturday
    Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:18 pm
    15-Day DL
    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Gomes (back) in Indians' lineup Saturday
    Yan Gomes (back) is in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Gomes was held out of the lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained. He should be good to go moving forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:01 am
  • Willson Contreras starting in LF on Saturday
    Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:43 am
  • Wieters sits for first game of doubleheader
    Matt Wieters is not in the lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

    Advice: No surprise here, but look for him to play the nightcap. Francisco Pena will start behind the plate for the first game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Stephen Vogt goes 3-for-5, homers
    Stephen Vogt went 3-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Friday against the Angels.

    Advice: Vogt is hitting .286 with two homers, a triple and five doubles in 56 at-bats this month. Unfortunately, all that has been good for is just four RBI and five runs scored. That's what playing for the A's gets you. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Contreras homers, drives in three in win
    Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

    Advice: Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Gomes sitting out after having cyst drained
    Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained.

    Advice: He'll be available to pinch-hit Friday and will be back in the lineup Saturday. Chris Gimenez is catching in Gomes' place. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:12 pm
  • Willson Contreras to see time in the outfield
    In addition to playing first base and catcher, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Willson Contreras will also see time in the outfield.

    Advice: Maddon compared Contreras to Kyle Schwarber, who saw time at both outfield and catcher when he was healthy. Either way, it looks like the Cubs are committed to having Contreras' bat in the lineup. Contreras hasn't played outfield since 2013 when he made two appearances in right field for Low-A Kane County. Putting Contreras in left field would allow Kris Bryant to return to third base. Playing multiple positions is only going to help Contreras' fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) cleared for rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: He's expected to take four at-bats out of the designated hitter spot. Hanigan probably won't begin playing catcher at Pawtucket until sometime this weekend or early next week. He's been on the disabled list since June 4 because of a bulging disc in his neck. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:20 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
     
  • Willson Contreras in lineup again Tuesday
    Willson Contreras is in the Cubs' starting lineup again Tuesday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Contreras made his first start behind the plate on Monday and he's right back in there on Tuesday. The 24-year-old figures to sit in starts involving Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, but he could still start two or three out of every five games. He's a viable option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Vazquez has two hits, RBI against White Sox
    Christian Vazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: Vazquez had two of his team's five hits against Miguel Gonzalez and company, and his RBI base hit in the seventh inning tied the score before the White Sox won it in the 10th. Serving as the team's primary backstop this year, the 25-year-old is batting just .221/.257/.310 in 43 games. The Sox lineup has no issue scoring runs and Vazquez isn't in there for his stick, though, so he'll continue to see the majority of the time behind the dish going forward. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Contreras could start two out of five games
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Willson Contreras may get two out of every five starts behind the plate.

    Advice: Contreras, who homered on the first MLB pitch he saw on Sunday, is starting behind the plate Monday. He's clearly the future behind the plate in Chicago, but the Cubs have the luxury of a big lead in the NL Central and can ease him into things in the short-term. He could earn a larger responsibility in relatively short order, so he's worth stashing in fantasy leagues where you have the proper roster flexibility. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Hanigan (neck) nearing rehab assignment
    Ryan Hanigan (neck) threw to bases Monday at Fenway Park.

    Advice: Hanigan has been sidelined since June 4 due to a bulging disc in his neck, but he's hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of the week. Christian Vasquez and Sandy Leon will continue to handle catching duties for now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:56 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm @TB
     
  • Contreras starts at catcher, bats fifth Mon.
    Willson Contreras is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It will be the first career start for Contreras, who hit a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. Contreras was slashing .350/.439/.591 in 239 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa prior to his June 17 promotion and is worth stashing in deeper leagues in the event that he carves out regular playing time. Miguel Montero and David Ross are still in the mix. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Willson Contreras goes deep on first pitch
    Willson Contreras burst onto the scene in a big way on Sunday, clobbering the first pitch that he saw in his major league career for a two-run homer.

    Advice: Contreras entered to a standing ovation as a pinch-hitter for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning and wasted no time, sending the first pitch that he saw from A.J. Schugel over the wall in center field. He's making his first career start behind the dish on Monday against the Cardinals. He's worth utilizing in leagues that set lineups daily, though he isn't expected to be in the lineup enough to carry fantasy value in weekly leagues. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 8:35 pm
  • Wilson Contreras to catch Lackey on Monday
    Wilson Contreras will debut behind the plate for the Cubs on Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: He'll catch John Lackey, who manager Joe Maddon dubbed the "perfect first guy for him to catch." The 24-year-old backstop profiles as an elite offensive option behind the plate, though with Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster, it's hard to see him finding enough at-bats to be relevant in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 2:56 pm
  • Wieters scores three, drives in four vs. Jays
    Matt Wieters finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI in the Orioles' 11-6 defeat of the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

    Advice: Talk about filling up the box score. Wieters hit a two-run homer in the first inning, a double in the fourth inning, an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another RBI single in the seventh. His day finished in shame with a pop-out in the eighth. Wieters had been struggling offensively over the last few weeks, but he's currently sitting on a respectable .763 OPS with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 48 games. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 2:20 pm
  • Yadier Molina getting a rare day off Sunday
    Yadier Molina is not in the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a rare day off for the backstop. Eric Fryer will catch on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jun 19, 9:12 am
  • Flowers homers vs Mets on Saturday
    Tyler Flowers hit a game-tying solo blast in the seventh inning on Saturday against the Mets for his fourth home run of the season.

    Advice: Flowers also had a double to finish the game 2-for-4. He is having a semi-productive season in his first year in the National League. His .250/.347/.383 slash line is pretty good for a catcher, but he has only nine runs scored and 14 RBI after 40 games played. Rotoworld.com Jun 18, 8:38 pm
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