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  • Muncy homers, walks twice in victory
    Max Muncy went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in a victory over the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: The homer came off of Jon Gray, and it gives the first baseman 33 blasts on the season. He also walked twice to help raise his on-base percentage to .388 with a .577 slugging percentage. You have the right to wonder if he can do that again next season, but you cannot deny that what Muncy has done in 2018 has been impressive, and awesome to watch. He's a risky play right now, however, because his playing time has been inconsistent. Yesterday, 10:29 pm
    New Player Note
    Max Muncy LAD - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Zobrist has two hits, doubles in win
    Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a double in a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Zobrist's double is the 27th of the season. There are lots of offensive stalwarts in the Chicago lineup, but Zobrist seems to get overlooked. He shouldn't be. The two hits up his season average to .314, and his OPS of .841 shows that he gets on via walk while putting the ball into the gaps and occasionally over the wall (nine homers in 127 games). You can do a lot worse. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Baez hits 32nd homer in Chicago victory
    Javier Baez hit his 32nd homer of the season in a victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Baez walloped a Patrick Corbin offering in the sixth inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and the two RBI bring his total up to 105 this season. He's now slashing an outstanding .294/.328/.568 to go along with those 32 homers and RBI, and he's added 21 steals in his 555 at-bats this year. An excellent season for the 25-year-old infielder, and that's an understatement. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
    New Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
  • Rougned Odor swipes 12th base in loss
    Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 with a stolen base in the Rangers' loss to the Rays on Monday.

    Advice: Odor was hit by a pitch and swiped second base, his 12th of the year, against Rays starter Tyler Glasnow in the first inning. The Rangers offense managed just two hits against four Tampa Bay pitchers in the shutout loss. The 24-year-old second baseman is hitting .257/.330/.443 with 73 runs scored, 18 homers, 63 RBI and 12 steals in 493 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Starlin Castro homers in Marlins comeback win
    Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with solo homer and three RBI to lead the Marlins to an 8-5 comeback win over the Nationals on Monday.

    Advice: Castro kicked off the Marlins furious comeback with a two-run double off Nationals starter Erick Fedde in the fifth inning. He also tacked on a key insurance run by swatting a solo homer, his 12th of the year, off reliever Austen Williams in the eighth inning. It was his first round-tripper since August 28. The 28-year-old second baseman is hitting .281/.332/.407 with 75 runs scored, 12 homers, 54 RBI and six steals in 617 plate appearances. Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Gordon has two hits, triples in win
    Dee Gordon went 2-for-4 with a triple in a win over the Astros on Monday.

    Advice: Gordon's triple is the sixth of the season; a solid total but a bit disappointing when you consider how fast he is. After a strong start to the season, Gordon has been a pretty big disappointment, as he's hitting just .271/291/.336 with 30 steals and just eight walks in 134 games. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Dee Gordon Sea - 2B,SS,OF
  • Wong doubles, homers, drives in three
    Kolten Wong went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI in the Cardinals' defeat of the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: Wong plated two runs on a double to right field in the Cardinals' three-run first inning before belting a no-doubt solo shot off Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in the top of the fourth inning. The 27-year-old second baseman is enjoying a nice second half for the Wild Card-hunting Cardinals. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • DeJong hits two-run homer, Cards beat ATL
    Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer in the Cardinals' 11-6 defeat of the Braves on Monday.

    Advice: He also doubled in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. It's been a disappointing season overall for DeJong, but he does have 40 RBI over his last 51 games dating back to July 21 and he's now up to 18 home runs in 104 total games this year. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Asdrubal Cabrera has Grade 1 calf strain
    Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a Grade 1 calf strain in Monday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Cabrera will be evaluated further on Tuesday. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe, but any sort of calf strain this late in the year certainly has the potential to be a season-ender. Fantasy owners don't need to wait around on Cabrera. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • McNeil goes 3-for-5 in victory over Phillies
    Jeff McNeil finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Mets' defeat of the Phillies on Monday.

    Advice: McNeil doubled and scored on a Michael Conforto two-run single in the top of the fifth inning and delivered an RBI single in the top of the ninth. The 26-year-old rookie is now batting .335/.387/.492 over his first 52 major league games. He probably should have been up a lot earlier and is making a strong case for a starting job with the Mets in 2019. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Villar steals two bases in loss to Blue Jays
    Jonathan Villar stole two bases Monday in the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Villar is now up to 14 steals in 42 games with the O's, and he's also tallied eight home runs, 23 RBI, and 24 runs scored. The 27-year-old infielder should have a rejuvenated fantasy profile leading into 2019. Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Frazier exits after fouling ball off knee
    Adam Frazier departed Monday's game versus the Royals after fouling a ball off his right knee.

    Advice: Frazier stayed in initially and actually delivered a two-RBI double, but he was then removed for a pinch-runner. The Pirates should have more information on Frazier after the game. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Brian Dozier benched again on Monday
    Brian Dozier is on the Dodgers' bench again Monday.

    Advice: Dozier hasn't started a game against a right-hander since September 5 and has started only eight of 15 games this month. He's batting just .189/.302/.346 as a Dodger and .216/.294/.415 against righties this season, so you can't really blame manager Dave Roberts. Enrique Hernandez is at second base Monday. Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Brandon Drury (hand) not expected to return
    Brandon Drury (hand) is not expected to return this season.

    Advice: Drury is out of his removable brace and will begin a hitting and fielding progression soon, but he's simply run out of time after fracturing his left hand in early August. He should have a normal offseason, though. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Camargo (groin) returns to Braves' lineup
    Johan Camargo (groin) has returned to the Braves' lineup Monday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Camargo has been out of action since leaving a game last Tuesday with left groin tightness. He'll bat fifth in his return Monday against Miles Mikolas. Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Profar clubs 18th home run in loss to Padres
    Jurickson Profar clubbed his 18th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rangers to victory on the road against the Padres in San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Profar swatted his go-ahead solo homer in the third inning off of Padres' starter Jacob Nix. Profar also doubled and drew a walk in the contest, finishing the day 2-for-3. He's in the midst of a breakout season offensively, slashing .259/.342/.466 with 18 homers and 74 RBI. Still only 25-years-old, Profar looks to be a big part of the Rangers' future. Sunday, 4:29 pm
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Panik reaches three times, steals base
    Joe Panik went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, a walk and a pair of runs scored in the Giants' loss to the Rockies on Sunday.

    Advice: Panik notched a pair of hits in the third and sixth innings before capping off his afternoon with a leadoff walk in the eighth inning. He went on to swipe second base, his fourth of the year, later in the frame. The 27-year-old contact-oriented infielder is hitting .254 with 36 runs scored, four homers, 20 RBI and four steals in 346 plate appearances. His fantasy value is strictly limited to deeper mixed leagues and NL-only formats at this stage in his career. Sunday, 4:17 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo reaches three times in loss
    Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-2 with a walk and was also hit by pitch in the Cubs' loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Hitting out of the leadoff spot for the third consecutive game, Rizzo reached base safely in three of four plate appearances. He was hit by a pitch in the first inning, singled in the fourth and walked in the fifth. The Cubs offense was completely shut down in this one, managing just one run on five hits in the loss. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .277/.374/469 with 66 runs scored, 24 homers, 92 RBI and six steals in 607 plate appearances. Sunday, 3:17 pm
  • Mondesi homers again, but Royals lose
    Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in a loss to the Twins on Sunday.

    Advice: Mondesi blasted a two-run shot of Kyle Gibson, and it gives the 23-year-old infielder nine on the season in 62 games. He also had a pair of singles, and it helps raise Mondesi's average to .291. He's never going to walk much, but the new-found power along with a chance to hit for average and speed (25 steals) make him a very intriguing -- if volatile -- fantasy option in 2019. Sunday, 2:55 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop getting a day off Sunday
    Jonathan Schoop is not in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Schoop -- who is hitting .196/.243/.343 as a Brewer -- has been benched in two straight and three of the last four. Milwaukee is again going with Travis Shaw at second base and Orlando Arcia at shortstop. Sunday, 8:59 am
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