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  • Indians had been discussing role change for Plesac
    Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters late Sunday that the team had been discussing Zach Plesac's role prior to his violation of the health and safety protocols on Saturday in Chicago.

    Advice: Plesac left the team hotel and went out with some friends following a terrific outing Saturday afternoon against the White Sox. When that came to light on Sunday, he got sent home to Cleveland in a rental car and will now be quarantined for 72 hours. The Indians don't technically need a fifth starter again until August 22, so Antonetti said they were already considering moving Plesac to the bullpen for a bit or even optioning him to their alternate training site. It's hard to see the option idea happening - he boasts a 1.29 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, and 24/2 K/BB ratio in 21 innings (three starts) this season - but the 25-year-old right-hander certainly irked some people in the organization (and around the industry) with his decision to break protocol. Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Carlos Santana draws three walks on Sunday
    Carlos Santana went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored in the Indians' win over the White Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Santana is now up to 23 walks on the season, which is close to a number of overall team totals in this weird pandemic baseball season. He's batting just .188 but boasts a .451 on-base percentage and nine runs. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Eloy Jimenez goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Sun.
    Eloy Jimenez finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Jimenez has three home runs and eight RBI in 14 games played this season, but he's batting just .212 with a .673 OPS. Granted, he also started slow last year before catching fire down the stretch. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Giolito strikes out nine in no-decision Sunday
    Lucas Giolito yielded two earned runs across seven innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

    Advice: Cleveland would go on to win 5-4 in extra innings. Giolito was a bit up and down in this one, scattering five walks and four hits while striking out nine batters, including all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh. Chicago was up 3-2 when he departed, and the loss ultimately fell to Jimmy Cordero. Giolito is lined up to face the Cardinals next, though their season is currently on pause amid a COVID-19 outbreak. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Bieber strikes out eight batters in no-decision
    Shane Bieber allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

    Advice: Bieber struck out eight and mostly looked sharp, but Jose Abreu tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning and James McCann added another solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The 25-year-old right-hander stands 3-0 on the season with a 1.63 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 43/5 K/BB ratio in four starts covering 27 2/3 innings. He'll be looking to move to 4-0 this weekend in Detroit. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Oliver Perez earns save as Indians win in extras
    Oliver Perez earned a save Sunday as the Indians topped the White Sox 5-4 in extra innings.

    Advice: Brad Hand was on the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning when a torrential downpour arrived at Guaranteed Rate field in Chicago and caused a delay. Perez took the bump for the Indians once play restarted and induced a pop-out from Leury Garcia before striking out Yoan Moncada to end the game. It was just the fifth career save for Perez, who has made 675 total appearances at the major league level. Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Yordan Alvarez homers in intrasquad game Sunday
    Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) got six plate appearances in an intrasquad game Sunday and recorded a home run, a single, and three walks.

    Advice: Alvarez is now 4-for-6 with two doubles, a homer, and four walks over the last two days at the Astros' alternate training site in Corpus Christi, Texas. There is no public timetable for his 2020 regular season debut, but it should be coming relatively soon -- probably sometime this week. The young slugger was placed on the injured list just before Opening Day after missing all of summer camp for undisclosed reasons. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Luis Perdomo to start for Padres on Tuesday vs. LA
    Luis Perdomo will start for the Padres on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: There was some thought that Luis Patino might get that nod, but he was used in relief Sunday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Perdomo has worked primarily in relief for San Diego over the last two years and owns a 5.40 ERA through three appearances this season. He's not a good fantasy bet versus Los Angeles. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Astros transfer Roberto Osuna (elbow) to 45-day IL
    Astros transferred RHP Roberto Osuna from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list.

    Advice: Osuna is expected to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery at some point soon and will be sidelined until late 2021 or early 2022. He's a non-tender candidate this offseason. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Astros acquire Brooks Raley for PTBNL on Sunday
    Astros acquired LHP Brooks Raley from the Reds for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Raley was designated for assignment by the Reds on Thursday after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks through his first four innings of relief in 2020. The 32-year-old owns a career 7.23 ERA in the majors. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
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    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Lane Thomas is 17th COVID-19 diagnosis for Cards
    Lane Thomas has tested positive for COVID-19, the Cardinals announced Sunday.

    Advice: That brings the total number of positive cases on the Cardinals to 17 -- seven staff members and 10 players. This week's three-game series between St. Louis and Pittsburgh has already been postponed, and it's unclear whether the Cardinals will be allowed to travel to Detroit for a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday. They haven't played a game since falling to the Twins in Minnesota back on July 29. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    PPD vs Pit
  • Royals option Chance Adams to alternate site
    Royals optioned RHP Chance Adams to their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams did not make an appearance during his short stay on the Royals' active 28-man roster. The 25-year-old reliever holds an ugly 8.18 ERA in 33 career innings at the major league level. Yesterday, 5:06 pm
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  • Dylan Moore goes deep in victory over Rockies
    Dylan Moore smacked his third home run of the season on Sunday as the Mariners dispatched of the Rockies 5-3.

    Advice: Moore gave the Mariners an early lead as he smashed a two-run homer off of German Marquez just two batters into the ballgame. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the afternoon 1-for-3. Moore is off to a nice start for the Mariners this season, slashing a healthy .293/.326/.610 with three homers, six RBI and three swipes. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    New Player Note
    Dylan Moore Sea - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm @Tex
  • Kyle Lewis reaches base twice in win over Rockies
    Kyle Lewis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: Lewis started the Mariners' three-run rally in the seventh with a leadoff infield single. He would later come around to score on Evan White's sacrifice fly. The 25-year-old has a lot of swing and miss to his game, but so far the good has far more than outweighed the bad as he's slashing .355/.420/.516 with three homers, 11 runs scored, 10 RBI and a stolen base. He should be a fixture in the middle of the Mariners' lineup for the foreseeable future. Yesterday, 4:51 pm
  • Taylor Williams slams door on Rockies in ninth
    Taylor Williams slammed the door on the Rockies on Sunday, preserving a two-run lead to earn his third save of the season.

    Advice: Williams came on with two men on and two outs in the eighth inning. He allowed a run-scoring single to David Dahl, but struck out Daniel Murphy to end the threat. He then stayed on to work a perfect ninth inning that included another pair of strikeouts. Williams has entrenched himself into the Mariners' closer's role and is building job security with each additional outing. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
  • Justus Sheffield dominates in victory over Rockies
    Justus Sheffield was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Rockies, racking up seven strikeouts over six shutout innings.

    Advice: The left-hander scattered four hits on the day and didn't walk a batter. Twice Charlie Blackmon reached third base against him -- once in the first inning and again in the fourth -- but the Rockies were never able to push that run across. It's this type of glimpse into Sheffield's potential that has had so many talent evaluators singing his praises for years -- if only he can show it consistently. He'll attempt to further improve upon his 5.27 ERA and 1.32 WHIP when he squares off against the Astros in Houston on Saturday. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • David Dahl has two hits in loss to Mariners Sunday
    David Dahl went 2-for-4 and drove in a run on Sunday as the Rockies fell to the Mariners in Seattle.

    Advice: Dahl came through with an RBI single in the eighth inning to trim the Rockies' deficit to 5-3, but that would be as close as they would get. He also struck out twice in the ballgame. With the two-hit attack, Dahl is now slashing .246/.290/.316 with seven RBI and a stolen base on the season -- though he's still looking for his first round-tripper. Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Bumgarner removed from start due to back spasms
    Madison Bumgarner was lifted early from his start Sunday against the Padres due to back spasms.

    Advice: Bumgarner threw only 47 pitches across two innings of work and surrendered six earned runs on five hits (four homers) before getting pulled. He was spotted having a conversation with a trainer at one point, and he struggled to even touch 89 mph with his fastball throughout the abbreviated afternoon outing at San Diego's Petco Park. The veteran left-hander will be reevaluated back in Arizona on Monday. Yesterday, 4:32 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Shin-Soo Choo drives in two as Rangers beat Angels
    Shin-Soo Choo went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs on Sunday, helping to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Angels.

    Advice: Choo capped off a four-run rally off of Andrew Heaney in the fourth inning with a two-run single to score Elvis Andrus and Jeff Mathis. It was his only hit in four at-bats on the day that included a pair of strikeouts. The 38-year-old has been slow out of the gate this season, hitting just .194/.310/.472 with three homers and seven RBI. Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • Machado homers twice, Padres beat D-backs
    Manny Machado slugged a pair of solo homers in the Padres' defeat of the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    Advice: Machado mashed lefties last year, even though his overall rate states weren't that spectacular, and he jumped all over veteran southpaw Madison Bumgarner on Sunday afternoon in San Diego, launching a ball out to left-center in the bottom of the first and another to left in the bottom of the second. Machado is now up to four home runs on the year, with his season OPS rising from .636 to .757 in a single afternoon. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Bumgarner allows four homers, six earned runs
    Madison Bumgarner was lit up for six earned runs over just two innings Sunday in a loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Struggling to touch even 89 mph on the radar gun, Bumgarner surrendered four home runs while falling to 0-3 on the season and watching his ERA rise from 7.04 to 9.35. He could be seen chatting with a trainer in the dugout at one point during the outing, so perhaps there's something wrong with him physically. For now, the 31-year-old left-hander is lined up for a rematch against the Padres next weekend. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • German Marquez logs quality start in loss to M's
    German Marquez logged a quality start in Sunday's loss to the Mariners, surrendering five runs (two earned) on six hits over seven frames.

    Advice: The right-hander punched out four while walking one on the afternoon. Marquez allowed a two-run homer to Dylan Moore in the opening inning, then was fantastic the rest of the way -- allowing just three unearned runs in the seventh. He needed just 85 pitches -- 58 strikes -- to navigate his seven innings. Now 2-2 on the season, Marquez will carry a stellar 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP into Saturday's matchup against the Rangers. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Hoskins has pair of hits in blowout loss to Braves
    Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-2 in a loss to the Braves on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. 

    Advice: Philadelphia was only able to procure four hits against Max Fried and the Braves on Sunday, and Hoskins was the only hitter who picked up multiple hits in the contest. The first baseman has been an on-base machine to begin the year with a .429 clip, but even with the pair of knocks he's hitting just .172, and he's not hitting for much power as seen in his .241 slugging percentage. Based on his previous success, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Hoskins has a power surge in the coming weeks/days. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Freeman homers, triples, scores three runs vs. PHI
    Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a homer, triple, double, three runs scored and three RBI in a blowout of the Phillies on Sunday in game two of a doubleheader. 

    Advice: Freeman came just a single away from the cycle. His homer was an opposite field shot off of Spencer Howard to score two. He would later double in a run in the sixth, and came around to score after his three-bagger in the eighth. After struggling in the early part of August, Freeman is performing up to the level of his expectations, with a .276/.382/.552 line with three homers and 12 RBI. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Acuña goes 4-for-4 with two homers in blowout win
    Ronald Acuña went 4-for-4 with two homers and three RBI to propel the Braves to an 8-0 blowout over the Phillies on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. 

    Advice: Acuña went the opposite way twice in this one; a solo shot off of Spencer Howard in the fifth, and a two-run shot in the sixth that scored Austin Riley against Trevor Kelley. The superstar outfielder also homered in the first game of the doubleheader, and it ups his season total to four after coming into the game with just one. After scuffling early, Acuña is now hitting .266/.382/.531. He's going to be just fine, folks. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Howard allows seven hits, four runs in MLB debut
    Spencer Howard allowed seven hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday in a loss to the Braves in game two of a doubleheader. 

    Advice: It was Howard's MLB debut on Sunday, and it didn't go particularly well. He got through the first two innings unscathed, but he gave up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman in the third, a solo shot to Ronald Acuña two innings later, and was charged with another run in the fifth. Howard is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and did strike out four, but he wasn't able to fool the Braves for most the afternoon. It hasn't been announced yet, but there's a good chance that he'll start again against the Orioles on Thursday. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Plesac sent home after violating health protocols
    Zach Plesac was sent home by the Indians and will be quarantined for 72 hours after going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

    Advice: Plesac tossed six scoreless innings against the White Sox on Saturday afternoon and apparently wanted to celebrate the impressive outing, but he did so in violation of team rules and MLB's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Plesac's actions have "upset teammates and club officials," per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and it's unclear whether he'll be given the go-ahead to make his scheduled start next weekend in Detroit. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Spencer Howard promoted for MLB debut vs. ATL
    Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Spencer Howard.

    Advice: Howard is set to make his major league debut in the second half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves. The 23-year-old right-hander registered a dominant 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 94/16 K/BB ratio across 71 minor league innings last year and should be rostered in all standard fantasy leagues moving forward. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Ronald Acuna slugs second home run
    Ronald Acuna ripped a two-run home run Sunday against the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Advice: The homer was a laser down the left field line in the fifth inning off of reliever Deolis Guerra. It put the Braves ahead for what turned out to be for good as they put together a five-run frame. The blast was Acuna's second longball of the season. He had entered the game hitless in his previous three contests. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • Still no timetable for Alvarez (undisclosed)
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Sunday that Yordan Alvarez (undisclosed) only recently resumed hitting and he has no timetable for when the designated hitter will return.

    Advice: “I really don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Baker said. Alvarez was cleared to return to activities over two weeks ago, but obviously the Astros are bringing him along slowly following an absence for undisclosed reasons. Yesterday, 11:02 am
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. hitless in loss Saturday
    Ronald Acuña Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in Saturday’s loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: It looked like something was starting to click for Acuna, but he’s now posted three straight 0-fers to bring his batting line down to .214/.353/.357 on the year. He’s struck out 23 times in just 68 plate appearances, which you don’t want to see, but things can only get better from here. Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Yordan Alvarez doubles twice in intersquad game
    Yordan Alvarez doubled twice in three plate appearances during an intersquad game on Saturday.

    Advice: Alvarez has not been able to play this year for undisclosed reasons, and just return to baseball activities on Friday. It's nice to hear that the outfielder is able to get off to a hot start; even in games that mean nothing. It's being reported that Alvarez will need at least two weeks before being ready to return, so it appears that near the end of August is the ETA for the 2019 Rookie of the Year. Saturday, 3:17 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Zach Plesac hurls six scoreless frames in victory
    Zach Plesac impressed with six scoreless innings in the Indians' 7-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday. 

    Advice: Goodness gracious, Cleveland starters. It was another dominant effort from their rotation, with Plesac scattering five hits and striking out seven with one walk. It's the second start in three appearances for the right-hander where he hasn't allowed a start, with a horrific seven-inning, two-run effort sandwiched between. The sarcasm is dripping. Plesac lowers his season ERA to a shiny 1.29 with the effort, and looks like a locked-in fantasy starter right now. He gets a chance to face the Tigers over the weekend. Saturday, 1:57 pm
  • Royals change their mind, recall reliever Adams
    Royals recalled RHP Chance Adams from their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams was just activated from the 10-day injured list and sent out on Friday, but an injury to outfielder Nick Heath in Friday night's game opened a roster spot and prompted the team to tell Adams to come on back. How long he might stay is up in the air -- the team used five pitchers to get through their 3-2 win over the Twins, and may just want to have a healthy arm around for Saturday's game -- but it's not as though the Royals' bullpen is so airtight that he couldn't pitch his way into a regular role if he performs well. Heath went on the injured list in a corresponding move. Saturday, 12:28 pm
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  • Jimenez batting second for White Sox on Saturday
    Eloy Jimenez is starting at designated hitter and batting second for the White Sox against the Indians on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be the first start in the No. 2 hole for Jimenez this season. With Tim Anderson sidelined, manager Rick Renteria has been forced to shuffle his lineup at the top, batting Yoan Moncada leadoff ahead of Eloy on Saturday. This is a prime production spot for the 23-year-old, who's hitting .250/.292/.500 with three home runs in 12 games this year. Saturday, 7:55 am
  • Spencer Howard set to make MLB debut Sunday
    The Phillies "have informed" top pitching prospect Spencer Howard that he will be promoted to make his major league debut Sunday, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Advice: This news has been a long time in the making -- literally, he was anticipated to make his debut nearly two weeks ago before the Phillies were forced to postpone a handful of games following a series against the COVID-stricken Marlins -- and it seems we now have a date. The Phillies will play a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games against the Braves on Sunday, and it's not yet clear which one the young right-hander will start. Which doesn't matter, though, only that he'll get the call. Howard is among the top prospects in the game after putting up a 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 94/16 K/BB ratio across 71 minor league innings last year. If he's available in your league -- as of early Saturday, he was rostered in just 28 percent of Yahoo leagues -- change that immediately. He's a difference-making talent. Saturday, 5:27 am
  • David Dahl not in Rockies lineup on Friday
    David Dahl is absent from the Rockies' starting lineup for Friday night's showdown against the Mariners.

    Advice: It looks to be just a regular day of rest for the 26-year-old outfielder. Garrett Hampson is starting in left field and taking Dahl's place atop the Rockies' lineup against Yusei Kikuchi and the Mariners on Friday. Friday, 3:48 pm
  • Chance Adams activated and optioned
    Royals activated RHP Chance Adams from the 10-day injured list; optioned him to their alternate training site.

    Advice: Adams is over the undisclosed ailment he was dealing with but will not join the big club yet. He should get a shot eventually. Friday, 3:02 pm
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  • Freddie Freeman homers, doubles in win
    Freddie Freeman homered and doubled Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Freeman entered the night in a 2-for-23 slump that had left him with a .190/.346/.310 line in 52 plate appearances on the season. The extra-base hits tonight was his first since July 29. Thursday, 8:14 pm
  • Alvarez (undisclosed) taking BP and running
    Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters that Yordan Alvarez has begun taking batting practice and running. 

    Advice: On Saturday, Baker stated that Alvarez was maybe 10 days to two weeks away from being ready to join the Astros. On Thursday, Baker said that the "cavalry" -- in this case Alvarez, Jose Urquidy and Aledmys Diaz -- "is a way off." When the slugger is able to return, we know what Alvarez is capable of, but it sounds like that isn't going to be until the middle of the month at the very earliest. Thursday, 1:03 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Reds DFA left-hander Brooks Raley on Thurs.
    Reds designated LHP Brooks Raley for assignment.

    Advice: Raley had surrendered four runs on five hits and two walks through four innings of relief this season with Cincinnati. Jose De Leon has been called up in a corresponding roster move. Thursday, 12:25 pm
    Not Active
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Kyle Lewis not in Mariners' starting lineup Thurs.
    Kyle Lewis is not in the Mariners' starting lineup Thursday against the Angels.

    Advice: This would appear to be a routine breather for Lewis, who has batted .385/.439/.577 with three home runs, 10 RBI, one stolen base, and nine runs scored through 13 games this season. He is the current MLB leader in hits with 20. Dee Gordon, Mallex Smith, and Dylan Moore are starting across the outfield on Thursday. Thursday, 10:13 am
  • Lewis reaches three more times against Angels
    Kyle Lewis went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on Wednesday to help the Mariners to a win over the Angels. 

    Advice: Lewis ripped an RBI single in the fifth to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead. He had another hard-hit single up the middle a couple innings later, and also drew a four-pitch walk. This also makes back-to-back games that the impressive rookie didn't strike out; nice to see after fanning seven times in the previous four games. The .385 average is unsustainable, but Lewis is crushing the ball right now, and there's plenty of reason to believe he's going to remain relevant for fantasy players over these next two months. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Choo leads off game with homer in loss to A's
    Shin-Soo Choo launched a homer in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics. 

    Advice: Choo got the Rangers off to a good start, as he hit a leadoff-homer off of Sean Manaea to give Texas a 1-0 lead. That's already the third homer of the season for the 37-year-old, but he's hitting just .160 on the year because he has just one additional hit. Expect Choo to have a few more hits fall his way, but if you're not playing in an on-base percentage league, his value obviously drops. Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Freddie Freeman gets day off Wednesday vs. Jays
    Freddie Freeman is not in the Braves' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Braves manager Brian Snitker mentioned recently that he wanted to find a good rest day for Freeman, and this appears to be it. Austin Riley is playing first base and batting sixth against Blue Jays left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Johan Camargo is starting at third base and Marcell Ozuna will take a turn in the DH role. Wednesday, 11:55 am
  • Moore homers and doubles in losing effort
    Dylan Moore went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double in a loss to the Angels on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Moore hit his second homer of the season with a shot off of Kenyon Middleton in the seventh. The utility player has performed well in his limited time with the Mariners this year; as seen in his .320 average and .680 slugging percentage. He's a decent DFS play when he is in the lineup against southpaws, but that's about it. Tuesday, 9:54 pm
    New Player Note
    Dylan Moore Sea - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    6:05 pm @Tex
  • Madison Bumgarner struggles in loss to Astros
    Madison Bumgarner gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bumgarner gave up solo homers in each of the first two innings to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, respectively, but things really fell apart in the fifth inning. He gave up a six-spot in that frame before being pulled, and it turned a mediocre start into a wretched one. The long-time Giant had pitched decently in his first two starts with the D-Backs, but after this one, his ERA has jumped to 7.04 over 15 1/3 innings. We’ll see MadBum back on the mound on Sunday against the Padres. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
    5:40 pm @Col
  • Eloy Jimenez goes 3-for-4, hits third homer
    Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday to lead the White Sox to a 3-2 victory in Milwaukee.

    Advice: Jimenez was slotted ahead of Edwin Encarnacion in the White Sox lineup for the first time tonight. Next on the docket should be putting him into the cleanup spot ahead of Yasmani Grandal. While Luis Robert has gotten most of the attention, Jimenez has looked phenomenal in the early going and seems well on his way to establishing himself as one of the AL's top hitters. Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Lucas Giolito strikes out nine in win
    Lucas Giolito notched his first win after giving up two runs and four hits over six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Brandon Woodruff matched Giolito for six, but the White Sox scored in the top of the seventh to put Giolito in line for the win. Giolito finished with nine strikeouts. His ERA is still suffering from his Opening Day letdown, but he's been excellent his last two times out. Tuesday, 8:45 pm
  • German Marquez strikes out nine in win over SF
    German Marquez hurled 7 1/3 innings of two-run baseball with nine strikeouts to help the Rockies to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Tuesday. 

    Advice: Another impressive start for Marquez. The right-hander allowed just a two-run double to Steven Duggar -- a play that was originally ruled a game-tying three-run homer that was reversed to a ground-rule double -- and he struck out nine. He’s allowed just four runs in his three starts so far and he struck out 23 hitters over his 19 innings against five walks. You wish he pitched in a better ballpark, but Marquez is one of the few pitchers who has a chance to succeed despite Coors Field. The 25-year-old has a very friendly matchup on Sunday against the Mariners. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Acuna reaches four times, steals base
    Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-3 with two walks and swiped his first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: We're declaring Acuna's slump over. After opening up 5-for-33 with 17 strikeouts through eight games, he is 7-for-15 with three doubles, a homer, four walks and three strikeouts since August started. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Bieber gives up first runs, still goes to 3-0
    Shane Bieber yielded two runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight Tuesday in a victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Bieber gave up solo homers to Nick Castellanos in the first and Eugenio Suarez in the fourth, but that was all the Reds could muster. Bieber's ERA jumped all of the way to 0.83 tonight. Also, his FIP is no longer negative; he was at -0.38 there after coming in with a 27/1 K/BB ratio and no homers allowed in 14 innings. Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Report: Tommy John surgery recommended for Osuna
    Mark Berman of FOX 26 hears that the initial diagnosis for Roberto Osuna (elbow) is that he needs Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: This seemed to be what Astros manager Dusty Baker was indicating in a radio interview on Tuesday, but now we know for sure. Osuna will receive a second opinion before making a decision, but either way he's going to be out for an extended period. With this shortened season, it's safe to say he's not going to pitch again this year. And given the timing of potential surgery, it could put his participation in the 2021 season at stake as well. We should have some clarity on his situation in the next couple of days, but for now, Ryan Pressly should see the bulk of the save chances for the Astros. Tuesday, 11:13 am
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Baker says Osuna's elbow 'doesn't look real good'
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said during an appearance on SportsTalk790 on Tuesday that he's not optimistic about the outlook for Roberto Osuna (elbow) moving forward.

    Advice: "Doesn't look real good, actually," explained Baker. "He went and had an MRI yesterday. He's in our prayers and in our thoughts. The reality is it's probably not really good news." Osuna was pulled from an appearance on Saturday before landing on the injured list with right elbow soreness. Tommy John surgery or not, it appears he's facing a lengthy absence. Ryan Pressly will likely be the fill-in closer, though he has had his own elbow issue of late. Blake Taylor would be the darkhorse here. Tuesday, 10:37 am
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Justus Sheffield struggles in loss to Athletics
    Justus Sheffield struggled in Monday's loss to the Athletics, allowing four runs on four hits over 4 2/3 frames.

    Advice: On the plus side, Sheffield punched out five on the night while issuing two free passes. He kept the A's off the board through the first four innings, but all hell broke loose in the fifth. There, the A's loaded the bases with a walk and a pair of singles, then Ramon Laureano delivered a two-run single to chase Sheffield from the game. The two inherited runners he left ultimately scored as well in an eight-run innings for the A's. He'll try to put this one behind him and work on improving his 9.39 ERA when he takes on the Rockies at home on Saturday. Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Spencer Howard a 'consideration' for Sunday start
    Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Monday that RHP prospect Spencer Howard is a "consideration" to start Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Howard probably would have already made his MLB debut by now, but the Phillies' season got put on pause as part of the fallout from the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. There is going to be another postponement on Tuesday -- this one due to Tropical Storm Isaias -- but that actually serves to open a spot for Howard with the Phils now having to list a TBD for the final game of their weekend series versus Atlanta. The 23-year-old Howard posted a 2.03 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 94/16 K/BB ratio in 71 minor league innings last season. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Zach Plesac gives up three runs in loss
    Zach Plesac yielded three runs and four hits in seven innings Monday in a loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Unfortunately, two of the four hits were homers, and Plesac just didn't have much margin for error while being matched up against Sonny Gray tonight. It's still quite impressive how he's managed to last 15 innings in his first two starts. Monday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyle Lewis goes deep again in loss to Athletics
    Kyle Lewis clobbered his third home run of the season on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Mariners to victory over the Athletics.

    Advice: Lewis tagged Yusmeiro Petit for the solo shot in the eighth inning, pulling the Mariners to within one run at 3-2 -- but that would be as close as they would get. Lewis -- who had an exit velocity of 107 mph on his homer -- has been scalding the ball all over the field to begin the 2020 campaign and has hit safely in each of the team's first 10 games this season. With his 1-for-4 effort on Sunday he's slashing .425/.477/.650 with three homers and nine RBI. Aug 2, 3:08 pm
  • Manny Machado drives in two in loss to Rockies
    Manny Machado went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Sunday as the Padres fell to the Rockies in Colorado.

    Advice: He also scored a run. Machado got the Padres on the board with an RBI double off of Antonio Senzatela in the sixth inning, trimming their deficit to 3-1. He added on an RBI single in the eighth, but at that point it only pulled the Padres to within seven runs at 9-2. With the two-hit afternoon, Machado is now slashing .231/.348/.410 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and a stolen base through the first 10 games of the season. Aug 2, 2:31 pm
  • Elbow soreness sends Roberto Osuna to injured list
    Astros placed RHP Roberto Osuna on the 10-day injured list with right elbow soreness.

    Advice: Osuna had to be lifted from a save chance Saturday with the injury. The results of his MRI have not been made available yet, so it's difficult to project at this point how much time he might miss. Ryan Pressly just returned from an elbow issue himself but would seem to be the best bet to take Osuna's spot at closer. Aug 2, 12:16 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Roberto Osuna heading for MRI on pitching arm
    Astros' closer Roberto Osuna is heading for an MRI after leaving Saturday's game with discomfort in his right arm.

    Advice: Osuna was pulled from a save chance on Saturday after looking very uncomfortable which prompted a visit from the team trainer. He's heading back to Houston to undergo the exam, so it's likely that he'll be placed on the injured list so the Astros can add a fresh arm to the bullpen mix. While Ryan Pressly has been dealing with his own health issues, he's still the most likely candidate to replace Osuna in the ninth inning if he's going to be sidelined for a significant length of time. Aug 1, 8:30 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Roberto Osuna leaves game with apparent injury
    Roberto Osuna was removed from Saturday's outing against the Angels during a save situation due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Osuna entered the game after the Astros had rallied to take the lead in the top half of the ninth inning -- tasked with protecting a one-run lead. He allowed a leadoff infield single to Luis Rengifo then got Albert Pujols to ground out before calling for the team trainer. There has been no clear explanation yet on what exactly the injury is -- but it's awful news for fantasy owners who invested early draft capital in the elite closer. Given the mounting injury woes in the Astros' bullpen it's difficult to speculate who would even replace Osuna in the ninth inning in the event that he's forced to miss any significant time. Aug 1, 7:23 pm
    60-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Acuña homers and doubles in blowout win over Mets
    Ronald Acuña went 2-for-5 with a homer and a double in a 7-1 rout of the Mets on Saturday. 

    Advice: Acuña has gotten off to a miserable start -- whether you count in the fact that you probably had to take him with the first-overall pick to get him or not -- but he may have had his breakout moment on Saturday. The outfielder doubled in a run in the second inning, and connected on his first roundtripper of the year in the sixth with a solo shot off of Franklyn Kilome. Even with the strong game, Acuña is hitting just .184/.262/.342, but expect many more games like this -- as long as the season still exists, anyway -- over the next two months. Aug 1, 6:58 pm
  • Jimenez homers, drives in four in blowout victory
    Eloy Jimenez went 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBI in a blowout win on Saturday over the Royals. 

    Advice: Jimenez launched a three-run shot off of a completely ineffective Ronald Bolanos in the first inning to make it 4-0 White Sox. The talented outfielder added another RBI in the 10th with a single, and he added another base hit along with a double in the contest. Jimenez did miss some time earlier with a head injury, but when he's been on the field in 2020, he's been exceptional; as seen in his .381/.391/.762 line. The 23-year-old is a solid option now, and you can't help but wonder what he's capable of in the future. Aug 1, 6:54 pm
  • Yordan Alvarez likely two weeks away from return
    Astros manager Dusty Baker said Saturday that Yordan Alvarez is maybe 10 days to two weeks away from being ready to rejoin the Astros.

    Advice: Alvarez was finally cleared to resume baseball activities on Friday after he missed the entirety of Summer Camp for undisclosed reasons. Remember, he slashed a monstrous .313/.412/.655 with 27 homers and 78 RBI over 87 games last season, so he has shown how big of an impact that he can make in a shortened season. Aug 1, 1:37 pm
    10-Day IL
    6:10 pm vs SF
  • Taylor Williams notches second save
    Taylor Williams recorded his second save Friday with a hitless ninth inning against the A's.

    Advice: Williams walked Mark Canha with one out, but he was able to get a couple of flyouts afterwards. We're not sure what it is that made Mariners manager Scott Servais pick Williams as his preferred option in the ninth, but it appears that it will last at least until his first blown save. Jul 31, 9:47 pm
  • Shane Bieber shuts down Twins, fans 13 over eight
    Shane Bieber dominated again Thursday, striking out 13 over eight scoreless innings in a defeat of the Twins.

    Advice: This comes after Bieber struck out 14 Royals his first time out. He's the first pitcher ever to strike out at least 13 batters in his first two starts of the season, and he's allowed just seven hits and one walk in 14 innings to date. He can't keep up this pace for long, but with one of the game's easiest schedules helping him along, he should remain stellar for fantasy purposes. Jul 30, 7:22 pm
  • Kyle Lewis adds three more hits vs. Angels
    Kyle Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in a win over the Angels on Wednesday. 

    Advice: It just continues. Lewis drove in his run on a bases-loaded groundout that would have been an infield hit if not for Anthony Rendon's ability. This is his fourth-straight multi-hit game, and even in a small sample size, you have to be impressed with a slash of .458/.519/.706 in these first six contests. Lewis is going to have regression because of course he is, but this is a legitimate fantasy option for 2020 and beyond. Jul 29, 11:08 pm
  • Machado nails second homer of year in loss to SFG
    Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Machado is off to a strong start to the 2020 season in terms of power, and he hit his second homer of the year with a two-run shot off of Johnny Cueto in the third inning. After a relatively disappointing 2019 season with the Padres, the 28-year-old is still hitting just .227 on the season, but he's getting on at a .346 clip with a .500 slugging percentage. He should be one of the better third base options again in 2020 and beyond. Jul 29, 9:56 pm
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