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  • Ty Blach posts quality starts against Braves
    Ty Blach allowed just two earned runs, six hits and three walks with five strikeouts across 7 2/3 innings in a win against Atlanta on Saturday.

    Advice: Blach also helped himself by going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He has turned in three excellent outings, posting quality starts and wins during the impressive span. He is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA during the span, lasting at least seven innings in each of his past four outings. Blach is subbing for the injured Madison Bumgarner and he is pitching so well that he could keep his rotation spot once MadBum is finally healthy. Today, 12:24 am
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Tyler Flowers showing no signs of cooling off
    Tyler Flowers finished 2-for-4 in Saturday's game at San Francisco.

    Advice: Flowers, a career .238 hitter, has collected two hits in back-to-back games and four of his past five outings. He is cruising along with a slash line of .357/.453/.462. The backstop has never really come close to this type of production before, so fantasy owners would be wise to consider him as a sell-high candidate. Today, 12:18 am
  • Danny Santana continues to struggle
    Danny Santana went 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a strikeout in Saturday's game in San Francisco.

    Advice: The triple was nice, and the veteran has hit safely in three of the past four games, but he is still hitting a paltry .115 with just three hits across 26 at-bats (.115) since being acquired from the Twins. Today, 12:14 am
  • Mike Foltynewicz knocked around in Frisco
    Mike Foltynewicz allowed five earned runs, seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings in a loss in San Francisco on Saturday.

    Advice: The shabby outing snapped a three-game winning streak, dropping his May record to 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA. He has served up nine homers over 50 2/3 innings this season while posting a respectable 41 strikeouts. Foltynewicz has shown some glimpses of brilliance, but he is on a poor team and too inconsistent to rely upon outside of deeper NL-only formats. Yesterday, 11:59 pm
  • Trevor Story starting to warm up
    Trevor Story went 1-for-4 in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Story has hit safely in each of his past four games since coming off the 10-day disabled list. It isn't much, but he is 4-for-14 (.286) with two doubles, a homer and two RBI during the four-game run. He was a feel-good story in 2016, but so far he has been a big disappointment in 2017 with a dismal .192 batting average. Yesterday, 11:55 pm
  • Kyle Freeland dropped by the Cardinals
    Kyle Freeland allowed three earned runs, eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings in a loss against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Freeland wasn't terrible in this one, but Adam Wainwright was nearly untouchable on the other side. He has posted six quality starts over the past seven outings and is worth a roster spot in most fantasy leagues. He'll look to get back into the win column next Thursday in Seattle. Yesterday, 11:41 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen ties season high in RBI
    Andrew McCutchen finished 2-for-3 with a double, home run and three RBI in Saturday's win against the Mets.

    Advice: The three RBI tied a season best for McCutchen, who entered with just one RBI over his past eight outings. It has been a trying season for Cutch, who is still hitting just .212 with eight doubles, a triple, seven homers and 23 RBI over 179 at-bats. He'll look to keep it going against Matt Harvey and the Mets in Sunday's series finale. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Jay Bruce belts his 12th home run
    Jay Bruce finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Bruce appears to be over the back issue which forced him out of the lineup mid-week. He has hit safely in five straight games, his longest streak since a season-high seven-game run from April 8-14. Bruce has driven in six runs over the past six games and continues to produce despite a rough May average. Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud impressive in Saturday's loss
    Travis d'Arnaud finished 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI in Saturday's extra-innings loss at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: It wasn't all great for d'Arnaud as he struck out twice. The hits were d'Arnaud's first since coming off the 10-day disabled list. It appears his wrist is back to 100 percent and he can be trusted again in NL-only fantasy formats. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Addison Reed blows save in Pittsburgh
    Addison Reed allowed a run and three hits in the ninth inning for a blown save Saturday at Pittsburgh.

    Advice: The Pirates rallied to force extra innings and the Mets succumbed in the 10th inning. Reed has converted six of his eight save chances, not a terribly impressive percentage. He also has an unsightly 3.51 ERA through 25 2/3 innings. Despite the most recent blown save he is unlikely to be skating on thin ice, although he did ruin manager Terry Collins' 68th birthday. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Jon Lester set for marquee matchup Sunday
    Jon Lester will face Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's series finale at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: Lester has posted a 0.86 ERA over his past three regular-season starts against Dodger Blue, while Kershaw has struck out 68 Cubs hitters over his past 53 2/3 innings in eight starts while holding them to a .218 average. It sounds like quite the pitching duel is on tap at Chavez Ravine on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Miguel Montero makes most of opportunity
    Miguel Montero had one of the team's three hits in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

    Advice: It wasn't all good, as he did strike out once. When Willson Contreras needs a rest the Cubs do not lose anything by using the veteran Montero behind the dish. He has hit safely in each of his past three appearances and is slashing .328/.362/.500 across 64 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Chase Utley turns back clock on Saturday
    Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Utley has pieced together a modest three-game hitting streak and he has driven in at least one run (five total RBI) during the span. The veteran second baseman has driven in 12 runs over his past 15 games to re-emerge as a useful fantasy option in most NL-only leagues and some deeper mixed formats. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Another hitless game for Cody Bellinger
    Cody Bellinger was 0-for-1 with three walks in Saturday's win against the Cubs.

    Advice: Bellinger has hit a bit of a wall, going 8-for-41 (.195) with just two doubles, two homers and six RBI over the past 12 games to drop his average from .319 to .273 just since May 14. The rookie was putting up ridiculous numbers and he was due to cool off eventually. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Ross Striplng earns old-fashioned save
    Ross Stripling allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings while striking out two batters for a save Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Stripling was impressive throwing 33 of his 44 pitches for strikes, so manager Dave Roberts allowed him to finish the game and save his bullpen for another day. He has been a godsend for Roberts, as the stretched out sometimes starter has filled in admirably when the starting pitcher goes down to injury. Stripling is cruising along with a 2.54 ERA and is useful in deeper rotisserie formats using true middle relievers. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Tyler Flowers collects two more hits
    Tyler Flowers finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 2-0 win in San Francisco.

    Advice: Flowers is humming along with a slash line of .351/.465/.447. He is a career .238 hitter so this type of sustained production after nearly two full months is quite the surprise. He continues to split the receiver duties with fellow veteran Kurt Suzuki, so he is still useful only as a No. 2 fantasy option in NL-only play. Friday, 11:28 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen batting sixth for Pirates
    Andrew McCutchen is batting sixth for the Pirates on Friday versus the Mets.

    Advice: It's the first time in his career that he's hit any lower than cleanup. McCutchen is in an 11-for-70 tailspin at the plate that's dropped his season line to .203/.274/.360. He faces the tall task of trying to snap out of his funk against Jacob deGrom. Friday, 11:55 am
  • Utley launches first homer of season in win
    Chase Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

    Advice: Utley had not hit a home run entering action on Thursday, but he finally got that monkey off his back when he socked a solo shot off Michael Wacha in the second inning. The veteran second baseman acts as a nice clubhouse presence, but not so much with the bat, as he is slashing a mere .204/.292/.312 on the season. Thursday, 10:23 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Bruce (back) returns to Mets' lineup Thurs.
    Jay Bruce (back) is in the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce sat out Wednesday after making an early exit Tuesday with stiffness in his back. It clearly wasn't anything serious. The veteran outfielder is hitting .250/.331/.513 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 41 games this season. Thursday, 12:58 pm
  • McCutchen absent from Pirates lineup Thurs
    Andrew McCutchen is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Adam Frazier will start in center field and Jose Osuna will start in right field in the Bucs' series finale against the Braves. McCutchen has posted a disappointing .203/.274/.360 batting line in 46 games this season for Pittsburgh. Thursday, 7:08 am
  • Mets activate Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) from DL
    Mets activated C Travis d'Arnaud from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: A bone bruise on his right wrist sidelined d'Arnaud in early May. With his activation, he will be available to pinch-hit during Wednesday's game against the Padres -- and is expected to start on Thursday. Prior to going down injured, the backstop was hitting .203/.288/.475 with four homers and 16 RBI across 22 games played. Wednesday, 2:51 pm
  • Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) to be activated Wed.
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game against the Padres.

    Advice: While Rene Rivera will be drawing the start at catcher on Wednesday, d'Arnaud's imminent activation would make him available as a pinch-hitting option. He is expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale vs. the Padres. Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Jay Bruce (back) out again Wednesday
    Jay Bruce (back) is absent from the Mets' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Padres.

    Advice: Bruce made an early exit Tuesday night after experiencing stiffness in his back. He told reporters Wednesday that it's nothing serious. Wednesday, 12:34 pm
  • Lester whiffs 10 in complete game vs. Giants
    Jon Lester went the distance and struck out a season-high 10 while limiting the Giants to one run in a 4-1 victory Tuesday.

    Advice: The Giants managed to plate a run with a couple doubles in the fifth inning, but they picked up just four hits on the night and didn't draw any walks. Lester needed just 99 pitches to complete the masterpiece. It was his fourth complete game since joining the Cubs, with his last one coming also coming against the Giants last September. Lester will bring a 3.19 ERA into Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Jay Bruce exits game due to back tightness
    Jay Bruce left Tuesday's game against the Padres due to back tightness.

    Advice: Bruce was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two strikeouts before getting replaced in the sixth inning by Juan Lagares. It's probably going to be a day-to-day thing. Tuesday, 6:09 pm
  • Story not in COL lineup for first game off DL
    Trevor Story is not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Phillies.

    Advice: Story was activated from the disabled list Tuesday afternoon after missing two weeks with a left shoulder strain, but he's on the bench versus Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin. Alexi Amarista will start at shortstop and bat seventh for the visiting Rockies. Story has posted a disappointing .180/.289/.396 batting line in 33 games this season. Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Rockies activate Trevor Story from DL
    Rockies activated SS Trevor Story from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: As indicated Rockies manager Bud Black, Story will return to finish out the series in Philadelphia. The 24-year-old was batting just .180/.289/.396 through 33 games prior to landing on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain earlier this month. The Rockies and fantasy owners will have to hope that the time away did him some good. Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Story (shoulder) could be activated Tuesday
    Trevor Story (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

    Advice: Rockies manager Bud Black passed along the news during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM. Story, out since May 11 with a left shoulder strain, went 3-for-11 (.273) with a homer over four games during his minor league rehab assignment. The 24-year-old was batting just .180/.289/.396 through 33 games prior to the injury, but the power has still been there and he obviously plays half of his games in a great park for offense. Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • D'Arnaud hitless in latest rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 0-for-3 and caught six innings Monday in his latest minor league rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: D'Arnaud is now 5-for-17 (.294) during his minor league rehab assignment while working his back from a bone bruise in his wrist. He's set to catch Steven Matz (elbow) on Tuesday, but he could be cleared to rejoin the Mets after that. The question is how the playing time will shake out with Rene Rivera, who has been surprisingly productive at the plate. D'Arnaud was batting .203/.288/.475 with four home runs an 16 RBI over 22 games prior to the injury. Tuesday, 5:37 am
  • Blach limits Cubs to three runs over seven
    Ty Blach limited the Cubs to three earned runs over seven-plus innings Monday for his second win.

    Advice: The lefty was working on a shutout until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Jason Heyward singled, Javier Baez struck a two-run homer, and Ian Happ tripled to drive Blach from the game. He yielded eight hits in all but struck out three and didn't issue a single walk. Brach now stands 2-2 with a 4.10 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 14/10 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season. He lines up to face the Braves at home in his next outing. Monday, 8:20 pm
    1:05 pm vs Atl
  • Folty earns third win Monday versus Pirates
    Michael Foltynewicz allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings Monday in the Braves' defeat of the Pirates.

    Advice: Folty easily out-dueled Pirates ace Gerrit Cole, who was lit up for five earned runs on 10 hits by the Atlanta offense. The right-hander struck out five Pittsburgh batters and worked around eight hits to earn his third win of the season. Folty will carry a 3.86 ERA into his next start on the road versus the Giants. Monday, 8:07 pm
  • D'Arnaud (wrist) has three hits in rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored Sunday in a rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: D'Arnaud, who is working back from a bone bruise in his wrist, is now 5-for-14 (.357) during his minor league rehab assignment. The expectation is that he will stick around to catch Steven Matz (elbow) on Tuesday, but he's not far off. Rene Rivera has been red-hot during his absence, so it will be interesting to see how Terry Collins balances the playing time moving forward. Monday, 8:42 am
  • Freeland allows four runs but earns win Sun.
    Kyle Freeland allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings but earned a win Sunday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Freeland didn't pitch all that well in this one, walking two and yielding five hits (including two home runs) while failing to make it out of the sixth inning, but he was able to easily out-duel Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. And the young right-hander slugged his first career home run in the top of the fifth inning. Freeland is now 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA through nine starts this season. He'll get the Cardinals at Coors Field next. Sunday, 1:32 pm
  • Cody Bellinger continues to roll along
    Cody Bellinger finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Marlins.

    Advice: Bellinger has homers in back-to-back games and at least one RBI in four straight outings. The rookie is showing no signs of slowing down and will continue to play every day with several injuries to Dodger Blue regulars. Bellinger has emerged as a must-start fantasy option across all formats. Sunday, 1:13 am
  • Travis d'Arnaud to catch nine on Sunday
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) made a pinch-hitting appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday and will catch nine innings on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Arnaud is expected to need a few days before he is able to return, and Sunday's stint behind the dish will go a long way in determining if he needs extra time or not. Wait to see him officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks before plugging him back into the active fantasy lineup. Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Addison Reed secures sixth save of season
    Addison Reed worked around a single and two walks allowed to record a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Angels for his sixth save.

    Advice: The two free passes were the first two issued over 22 2/3 innings this season by Reed. Chalk it up as one poor outing, as he threw just 15 of his 29 pitches for strikes. And hey, he still got the job done and worked around the base runners for the save. There is absolutely no reason to push the panic button. Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Flowers goes 2-for-4 with a home run Saturday
    Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run against the Nationals on Saturday.

    Advice: The dinger came off reliever Matt Albers in the eighth inning to pad the Braves' lead to three runs. The 31-year-old Flowers has a .237 career batting average in 543 games but has upped his game this year. He is now batting .349/.465/.458 with two homers and 14 RBI in 101 at-bats. He splits the Braves' catching duties with veteran Kurt Suzuki. Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Cody Bellinger hits eighth homer
    Cody Bellinger hit his eighth homer Friday off the Marlins' A.J. Ramos.

    Advice: The Dodgers were up 5-0 at the time, so maybe Ramos wasn't trying his absolute hardest in this one. Still, he's not an easy guy to homer off of. Bellinger's eighth homer came in his 23rd career game. He's still right at an RBI per game. Friday, 11:39 pm
  • Reed notches fifth save of season
    Addison Reed tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Angels on Friday for his fifth save of the season.

    Advice: It was his first save since Jeurys Familia (shoulder) underwent surgery last Friday. Reed blew a save in rough fashion against the Brewers last Sunday, but he should be a strong fantasy option moving forward. The big issue with the Mets’ bullpen will be the bridge to the ninth inning. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Utley picks up pair of hits, drives in two
    Chase Utley went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Utley also drew a walk in the contest. He was feeling frisky on the basepaths, attempting two steals on the evening. He went 1-for-2 in those attempts, with the successful one counting as his second of the season. While the veteran infielder has picked up hits in three of his last four games, he sports an uninspiring .216/.314/.311 triple-slash overall. Thursday, 10:49 pm
    1:10 pm vs ChC
  • Travis d'Arnaud goes 2-4 in rehab game
    Travis d'Arnaud (wrist) went 2-for-4 Thursday in his first rehab game for High-A St. Lucie.

    Advice: He also caught seven innings behind the plate. D'Arnaud landed on the DL with a bruised wrist earlier this month but should be back with the Mets sometime next week. Rene Rivera has done most of the catching during his absence. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Jon Lester records second victory
    Jon Lester surrendered three runs in six-plus innings Thursday in a victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Lester had a shutout going until the seventh, which started with three straight singles. The first run scored on the third hit, and both inherited runners came around to score off Hector Rendon. Fortunately, the Cubs were still up 9-3 at that point and ended up winning 9-5. The win was just Lester's second of the year. Thursday, 2:52 pm
  • Story (shoulder) cleared for rehab assignment
    Trevor Story (shoulder) is set to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: And if all goes well, he should be back on the Rockies' active roster by the middle of next week. Story has been on the disabled list since May 11 because of a minor left shoulder strain. He was batting just .180/.289/.396 over his first 33 games this season, but the 24-year-old shortstop is capable of getting it going in a hurry. Thursday, 9:11 am
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