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  • Dansby Swanson homers twice, plates seven in win
    Dansby Swanson clubbed a pair of homers and drove in seven runs on Saturday, propelling the Braves to an 8-1 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Swanson got the Braves on the board with a run-scoring single off of Brandon Woodruff in the fourth inning that tied the game at 1-1. He then slugged a go-ahead two-run homer off the right-hander in the sixth. He capped off the monstrous evening with a grand slam off of John Curtiss in the seventh. The 27-year-old has been swinging an extremely hot bat as of late and is now slashing .247/.303/.472 with 20 homers and 57 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Jorge Soler collects three hits in Braves debut
    Jorge Soler went 3-for-4 and drove in a run in his debut as the Braves topped the Brewers in Atlanta.

    Advice: Soler drove in a run with an RBI single off of John Curtiss in the seventh inning then rode home on Dansby Swanson's three-run blast. With the three-hit night, Soler is now slashing .199/.293/.375 with 13 homers and 38 RBI in 95 games on the season. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Rodriguez works scoreless inning in Braves debut
    Richard Rodriguez worked a scoreless eighth inning against the Brewers in his Braves debut on Saturday.

    Advice: Despite having an 8-1 lead, Braves manager Brian Snitker just couldn't help himself and wanted to test out his new late-inning combination in this one -- letting Rodriguez work the eighth while Will Smith pitched in the ninth. He did allow a pair of singles, but was able to work his way out of the jam without any runs scoring. With Smith remaining in the closer's role for the Braves, the fantasy value of Rodriguez takes a massive hit with Friday's trade and he can safely be dropped in most mixed leagues. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kyle Muller strikes out seven against Brewers
    Kyle Muller pitched well in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday, racking up seven strikeouts across five innings of one-run ball.

    Advice: The impressive rookie left-hander scattered four hits on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. The only scoring done against him came as Manny Pina plated a run with a fielder's choice in the second inning. The 23-year-old generated 12 swings and misses in the contest and posted a CSW of 34 percent. He owns an outstanding 2.43 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 33/15 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings on the season. He draws a nice matchup against the Nationals his next time out on Friday and should be owned in all deeper mixed leagues at this point. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain tallies three hits in loss Saturday
    Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 and stole a base as the Brewers fell to the Braves on Saturday evening in Atlanta.

    Advice: All three of the veteran outfielder's hits in the contest were singles. He has been swinging a hot bat since returning from the injured list and is now slashing .252/.346/.370 with three homers, 15 RBI and five stolen bases in 35 games on the season. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Brandon Woodruff struggles in no-decision Saturday
    Brandon Woodruff struggled in a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday, surrendering three runs on eight hits across 5 1/3 innings.

    Advice: It was a rare off-night for the Brewers ace who struck out six and walked one in the contest. Dansby Swanson was responsible for all of the damage against him, with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning and a two-run blast in the sixth. Even with the rough outing, Woodruff owns a terrific 2.26 ERA and 0.88 WHIP across 131 1/3 innings on the season. He'll look to bounce back on Friday against the Giants. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Knehr will start against Rockies on Sunday
    Reiss Knehr will start on Sunday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Knehr, 24, is considered one of the better pitching prospects in the San Diego system, and will make his second MLB appearance for the Padres on Sunday. His first went so-so with 3 2/3 innings and allowing two runs. That appearance just happened to be against the Rockies. Knehr is potentially a long-term fantasy option, but it would be awfully risky to stream him in Colorado on Sunday. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
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  • Darvish gives up three homers in loss to Rockies
    Yu Darvish was charged for five runs over six innings on Saturday in a loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Darvish gave up three homers in this start; one to Brendan Rodgers, one to Elias Diaz, and one to -- you guessed it -- Germán Márquez. The right-hander did strike out eight, but it's another disappointing start for a pitcher that has not pitched up to his caliber as of late. Not consistently, anyway. Darvish had an ERA of 2.44 coming into the month of July, but he leaves it with a 3.48 mark. He has a good chance to get right next Saturday when he faces off against the Diamondbacks. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Amed Rosario homers, scores three times in victory
    Amed Rosario homered, doubled, walked and scored three runs on Saturday, leading the Indians to a wild 12-11 victory over the White Sox.

    Advice: Rosario got the Indians on the board with a solo shot off of Dallas Keuchel in the fourth inning. He then led off the sixth inning with a walk and came around to score on an RBI double by Franmil Reyes. Rosario led off the seventh with a double off of Michael Kopech and was driven in by Jose Ramirez later in the frame. With the two-hit attack, Rosario is now hitting .264/.310/.378 with six homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases on the year. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Austin Hedges goes deep as Indians top White Sox
    Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 with a solo homer as the Indians edged the White Sox by a run on Saturday night in Chicago.

    Advice: Hedges swatted a solo shot off of White Sox southpaw Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning, pulling the Indians to within three runs at 6-3. He also singled in the game. It has been a rough season at the plate for the 28-year-old catcher, slashing just .170/.212/.270 with five long balls and 17 RBI. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Emmanuel Clase gets final five outs to earn save
    Emmanuel Clase got the final five outs against the White Sox on Saturday, preserving a one-run lead to earn his 13th save of the season.

    Advice: James Karinchak came on with a four-run lead in the eighth inning, but served up a two-run homer to Adam Engel and allowed a single to Seby Zavala before being pulled in favor of Clase. Clase allowed singles to each of the first two hitters that he faced -- allowing the inherited runner to score -- before finally escaping the inning with a one-run lead. He then retired the side in order in the ninth to end the game. The 23-year-old now boasts a 1.85 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 43 innings on the season. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Triston McKenzie gets pummeled in no-decision
    Triston McKenzie was pummeled in a no-decision against the White Sox on Saturday, giving up six runs on four hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander also issued three free passes while striking out two. Light-hitting catcher Seby Zavala inflicted most of the damage against him, with a solo shot in the third inning and a grand slam in the fourth. He also served up a solo homer to Brian Goodwin in the second inning. McKenzie has been extremely inconsistent this season and now owns a cringe-inducing 6.11 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 63 1/3 innings. He'll attempt to right the ship on Thursday when he takes on the Blue Jays in Toronto. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Seby Zavala blasts first three homers on Saturday
    Seby Zavala blasted the first three home runs of his big league career on Saturday, but it still wasn't enough to lead the White Sox past the Indians.

    Advice: He became the first player in MLB history to hit his first three home runs all in the same ballgame. The 27-year-old backstop launched a solo shot off of Triston McKenzie leading off the third inning, then victimized him again for a grand slam in the fourth inning to increase the White Sox lead to 6-1. He then led off the seventh inning with another solo shot -- this one off of Bryan Shaw to pull the White Sox to within three runs at 10-7. In all, he finished the historic evening 4-for-4 with four runs scored and six RBI. For the season, he's hitting .250/.314/.594 with three homers and seven RBI. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Dallas Keuchel gives up five runs in no-decision
    Dallas Keuchel struggled in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday, giving up five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The 33-year-old southpaw walked one and struck out four on the night. Most of the damage done against him came via the long ball, as Amed Rosario, Austin Hedges and Owen Miller each belted solo home runs off of him. Keuchel now sports an uninspiring 4.51 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 113 2/3 innings on the season. He'll square off against the Cubs his next time out at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Márquez strikes out seven, homers in win over SD
    Germán Márquez struck out seven after allowing two runs in six innings on Saturday to help the Rockies to a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Padres. 

    Advice: On top of that, Márquez homered in the fifth inning. The right-hander allowed four hits over his six frames, but he did walk four in a start where he didn't have his best command. Still, if you take away a two-run homer to Jake Cronenworth, the right-hander would have gone unblemished. You can't do that, but it it's another solid start for the 26-year-old even with it. Márquez sees his ERA drop to 3.51, and he'll have a good chance to drop that mark against the Marlins on Friday. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Knehr recalled by Padres on Saturday
    Padres recalled RHP Reiss Knehr from Triple-A El Paso. 

    Advice: Knehr takes the place of Chris Paddack on the roster after Paddack was placed on the injured list on Saturday. The right-hander is one of the better young arms in the San Diego system, but doesn't offer fantasy significance in 2021. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
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  • Jorge Soler hitting sixth in Braves debut Saturday
    Jorge Soler is starting in right field and hitting sixth on Saturday in his Braves debut against the Brewers.

    Advice: Soler, who was acquired from the Royals in the closing moments before Friday's major-league trade deadline, has heated up at the plate recently, slashing .231/.348/.718 with six homers across 12 games since the All-Star break. He's an exceptionally streaky hitter, but he possesses elite over-the-fence pop and has landed in an outstanding position to contribute in the middle of a loaded Braves' lineup. He should be rostered in deeper mixed leagues. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Braves acquire Richard Rodriguez from Pirates
    Braves acquired RHP Richard Rodriguez from the Pirates for RHP Bryse Wilson and RHP Ricky DeVito.

    Advice: The Pirates closer had long been considered a near certainty to be dealt prior to the trade deadline, but it took right up until the final minutes for a deal to actually get done. Rodriguez has done an outstanding job for the Pirates, posting a 2.82 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33/5 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings while recording 14 saves. His fantasy value will ultimately hinge on whether he or Will Smith -- or perhaps a combination of both -- wind up closing games for the Braves. Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Dansby Swanson swipes base in loss to Brewers
    Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, a run scored and a walk in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

    Advice: Nothing crazy by Swanson on Friday evening, but he chipped in nicely across the box score. The steal was his seventh of the season. In addition, the former No. 1 pick is slashing .242/.299/.454 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI across 105 games. Swanson will always be dogged by the hype he received due to his draft slot, but he has developed into a fine major league player as his career has worn on. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Braves finalize trade for slugger Jorge Soler
    Braves acquired OF Jorge Soler from the Royals for RHP Kasey Kalich.

    Advice: This is a bit of an odd fit, as Soler is lacking defensively and will now have to play the outfield in the National League, but it's another nice offensive boost for the Braves, who also pulled in Adam Duvall and Eddie Rosario ahead of Friday's deadline. Soler had a dreadful first half in Kansas City but boasts a 1.057 OPS with seven home runs over his last 14 games. He'll debut this weekend against the Brewers as Atlanta tries to chase down the Mets in the NL East standings. Friday, 1:44 pm
  • Braves get Richard Rodriguez in trade with Pirates
    Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the Braves have agreed to acquire Richard Rodriguez from the Pirates.

    Advice: There's no word yet on what the Pirates will be receiving in return. Rodriguez hasn't pitched as well since the sticky substance crackdown, but he should still aid the Braves in the late innings. He's also under team control through 2023. Friday, 1:34 pm
  • Braves make trade with Royals for Jorge Soler
    Robert Murray of FanSided reports that the Braves have acquired Jorge Soler from the Royals.

    Advice: The Royals will receive pitching prospect Kasey Kalich in return. It's yet another outfield addition for the Braves, although calling Soler an outfielder is a tad generous. Soler has had a down season overall but has been on a power binge of late. Friday, 1:27 pm
  • White Sox have 'checked on' Richard Rodriguez
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the White Sox have "checked on" Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez.

    Advice: Indians second baseman Cesar Hernadez is reportedly on his way to the South Side of Chicago and now the Pale Hose will get busy looking for bullpen help. Along with Rodriguez, they've also been linked recently to Paul Fry of the Orioles and Ryan Tepera of the Cubs. Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Brewers activate OF Cain from IL
    Brewers activated OF Lorenzo Cain from the 10-day injured list. 

    Advice: Cain rejoins the Brewers with Christian Yelich going on the COVID-19 injured list. The veteran outfielder has missed about two months due to a hamstring strain. He was hitting .223/.322/.350 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 31 games prior to going down. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Talks 'very much active' on Richard Rodriguez
    Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that talks are "very much active" regarding closer Richard Rodriguez. 

    Advice: Mackey hears that the Phillies and Blue Jays are among the teams involved. Rodriguez is a logical candidate to be dealt in advance of Friday's trade deadline, as he's more of a luxury for a rebuilding team like the Pirates. It makes sense to get a deal done now. Rodriguez, who holds a 2.82 ERA with 14 saves over 37 relief appearances this season, is under team control through 2023. The Pirates should net a nice return here. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia hears that the situation "has legs" with the Phillies and that prospect catcher Rafael Marchan has been mentioned in trade talks. Tuesday, 7:59 am
  • Marquez gives up three earned in loss to Angels
    Germán Márquez allowed four runs -- three earned -- in 6 1/3 innings pitched to pick up a loss Monday to the Angels.

    Advice: Márquez allowed eight hits, but did strike out eight while not issuing a walk. The right-hander gave up a two-run homer to Jack Mayfield and an RBI single to Shohei Ohtani in the first, but outside of that, the right-hander was solid. Unfortunately, the damage was done -- especially with Ohtani firing seven innings of one-run baseball. Márquez sees his ERA rise slightly to 3.54 with a 1.16 WHIP and 127/44 K/BB ratio over 21 starts and 124 2/3 innings. Assuming he's still a member of the Rockies -- and all indications are he will be -- he starts again on Saturday against the Padres. Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Jorge Soler hits two more homers in Royals' win
    Jorge Soler again delivered a pair of solo homers Monday in the Royals' 4-3 takedown of the White Sox.

    Advice: It's Soler's second straight two-homer game, and he has seven homers in his last 11 games. Unfortunately, he also has seven RBI in his last 11 games, in part because the Royals hitting high in the order are doing a lousy job of getting on base of late. Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Dallas Keuchel gives up three homers in loss
    Dallas Keuchel gave up four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Keuchel surrendered three homers, bringing his total to eight in his last five starts and 17 allowed in 108 1/3 innings for the season. That's just three homers shy of his career high. In his Cy Young season in 2015, he gave up 17 homers in 232 innings. Keuchel is 7-4 with a 4.32 ERA overall. Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Kyle Muller goes five scoreless versus Mets
    Kyle Muller tossed five scoreless innings Monday as the Braves topped the Mets 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: Muller got into jams in the third and fifth innings, but he escaped the former with back-to-back strikeouts of Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto and the latter by getting Alonso to ground into a double play. The rookie left-hander threw just 75 pitches over his five frames, but manager Brian Snitker thought that was enough and the bullpen took care of the final two innings. Muller has walked nine over 14 2/3 innings in three starts this month but has given up just four runs. He'll face the Brewers at home next. Monday, 5:24 pm
  • Seby Zavala drives in run as White Sox top Brewers
    Seby Zavala went 1-for-3 and drove in a run on Sunday, propelling the White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers.

    Advice: Zavala opened the scoring in the contest with a run-scoring single off of Brandon Woodruff in the second inning. He then came around to score on a two-run single by Lance Lynn. He has struggled in his limited action this season, hitting just .190/.261/.286 with one RBI in 21 at-bats. Sunday, 7:31 pm
  • Brandon Woodruff logs quality start in loss Sunday
    Brandon Woodruff logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the White Sox, giving up three runs on five hits over seven strong innings.

    Advice: The right-hander racked up nine strikeouts on the night while walking two. All of the damage done against him came in the second inning, as Seby Zavala dropped an RBI single into center field and Lance Lynn followed with a two-run single. After that, Woodruff retired 15 of the final 17 hitters that he faced. He generated a whopping 22 swinging strikes in the game and posted a stellar CSW of 45 percent. He'll bring a spectacular 2.14 ERA and 0.84 WHIP into Saturday's battle against the Braves in Atlanta. Sunday, 7:24 pm
  • Yu Darvish hit hard in loss to Marlins on Sunday
    Yu Darvish was shelled for four runs over five innings on Sunday in a loss to the Marlins.

    Advice: Darvish served up five hits, including solo homers to Deven Marrero and Brian Anderson. He netted six strikeout and only issued one walk. It wasn't a calamitous performance, but he's hit a bit of a rough patch lately, allowing 16 runs over his last four starts combined since July 3. Not ideal. He'll carry a sparkling 3.27 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 134/27 K/BB ratio across 115 2/3 innings (20 starts) into a favorable home matchup against the Rockies on Saturday night. Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • Emmanuel Clase quiets Rays for 12th save Sunday
    Emmanuel Clase tossed a perfect ninth inning on Sunday against the Rays to collect his 12th save of the season.

    Advice: Clase came on to guard a one-run lead in the ninth inning after James Karinchak tossed a scoreless top of the eighth inning and Cleveland scored twice to pull ahead in the bottom of the frame. The hard-throwing 23-year-old righty remains in the mix for saves moving forward. He owns an impressive 1.98 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 44/14 K/BB ratio across 41 innings this season. He's converted 12 of 16 save chances. Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • Triston McKenzie whiffs six in no-decision Sunday
    Triston McKenzie allowed two runs over six innings on Sunday in a no-decision against the Rays.

    Advice: McKenzie held his own against a strong Rays' lineup as an RBI ground out by Austin Meadows and a solo homer off the bat of Nelson Cruz accounted for all of the damage against him over six frames. He finished with six strikeouts, and more importantly, only issued one walk. The 23-year-old righty has solved his control issues to re-emerge as a viable fantasy contributor since being recalled earlier this month, delivering gems against the Rays and Royals, while also mixing in a clunker against the Astros. He'll carry a 5.61 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 77/42 K/BB ratio across 59 1/3 innings (14 appearances, 13 starts) into a challenging road matchup versus the White Sox on Saturday night. Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • Soler blasts two homers in win against Tigers
    Jorge Soler went 3-for-4 with two home runs against the Tigers on Sunday. 

    Advice: Soler enjoyed his first multi-hit game in July in excellent fashion, going deep twice in the win over the Tigers. He connected for a solo shot off of Tarik Skubal in the first inning, then took Skubal deep once more in the third. Soler added a base hit in the seventh for his third hit of the day. His last multi-hit game came on June 30 as he's struggled with a .190/.287/.354 triple slash, 11 homers, and 34 RBI over 344 plate appearances on the year. Sunday, 1:44 pm
  • Swanson doubles twice during rout of Phillies
    Dansby Swanson went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a walk during the Braves victory over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: The 27-year-old also scored and drove in a run during the contest. Swanson is having an overall disappointing season but is batting .317/.377/.635 over the last 15 games with four home runs and 13 RBI. Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Rodriguez secures 14th save versus San Francisco
    Richard Rodriguez allowed one run on one hit and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning to record the save against the Giants on Friday. 

    Advice: Rodriguez was summoned to close things out with a three-run lead against the Giants. He walked Darin Ruf with two outs and gave up an RBI triple to LaMonte Wade before striking out Mike Yastrzemski to end the game. It was the 14th save of the season for Rodriguez. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 2.82 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 38 1/3 innings with one week to go until the trade deadline. Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) expected back next week
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) is expected to return next week in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: That's provided that everything continues to go smoothly with his minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. The 35-year-old has missed nearly two months due to a strained hamstring. Prior to landing on the shelf, he had been hitting .223/.322/.350 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 31 games. Friday, 2:36 pm
  • Dansby Swanson wallops grand slam vs. Phillies
    Dansby Swanson belted a grand slam on Thursday, leading the Braves to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies in the opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

    Advice: Swanson scalded a no-doubter to left field against lefty Matt Moore in the third inning. It was his first career grand slam and lone hit in four at-bats. The 27-year-old shortstop has gone deep four times over his last eight games since July 11. He also drew a walk in the sixth inning. He's hitting .232/.290/.444 with 42 runs scored, a career-high 17 home runs, 46 RBI and six steals across 391 plate appearances. Thursday, 7:23 pm
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