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Kyle Freeland (11-8) took the loss against the visiting Brewers on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits while walking five and striking out seven over 5.2 innings.


While the seven strikeouts are respectable, Freeland's issuing of five free passes put him in a tough spot to come away with a victory. His ERA now sits at 3.71 to go with a 1.38 WHIP across just over 130 innings – impressive numbers for a rookie starting pitcher who calls Coors Field home. Freeland lines up to face the Braves on the road in his next start Saturday.

Chase Anderson (7-2) allowed one earned run on two hits across five innings of an 8-4 win over the Rockies on Sunday. He walked three and struck out four.


Anderson was making his first start since June 28 after being sidelined with an oblique injury, and did well to hold the potent Rockies lineup in check. He now owns a solid 2.83 ERA and will look for another strong outing in his next start Friday against the Dodgers.

Roberto Osuna (3-4) suffered his fourth loss and eighth blown save Sunday against the Cubs after allowing three runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts while recording only one out in a wild bottom of the tenth.


Osuna had not one but two hitters reach base after swinging and missing at strike three. He also gave up a single, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter before a second single off the bat of Alex Avila put him out of his misery by plating the tying and winning runs. The closer has now blown four of his past 10 save opportunities, so job security could soon become a concern.

Stephen Piscotty (O, StL)

Stephen Piscotty, who was added to the Cardinals roster for Sunday's Little League Classic, could remain with the big-league club moving forward, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.


The outfielder was sent down to Triple-A Memphis back on Aug. 7 to work on his swing, and he's promptly gone 10-for-32 with three doubles, four home runs, seven RB and six walks over his time with the Redbirds. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has taken note of Piscotty's efforts since his demotion, so much so that the team is contemplating keeping him on the roster when they begin a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Tuesday against the Padres. Even if he does return, Piscotty isn't guaranteed to get his starting job back, considering the trio of Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler are all producing to varying degrees.

Marwin Gonzalez (B1, Hou)

Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Oakland.


Gonzalez still maintains strong numbers, but he's hit the skids of late, going 4-for-22 (.182) over the previous six games. His .779 OPS for the month of August is the first month he's been below .800. He's overcome down stretches all year, so there's no reason to believe his breakout season is coming to end, but the notion that Gonzalez's success may not last is certainly something to consider.

Alex Avila (C, ChC)

Alex Avila went 1-for-1 with a walkoff two-run single and a walk in Friday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.


Avila entered this contest as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth, but his heroics didn't come until the next inning. The catcher's walk-off single with one out and the bases loaded was the final nail in the coffin against closer Roberto Osuna, who was victimized by a pair of runners reaching base after striking out.

Eddie Rosario (O, Min)

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a grand slam during Sunday's win over Arizona.


Rosario now sports a 10-game hitting streak with three homers, 10 RBI and nine runs, and he entered Sunday's game with a 1.092 OPS in August and a .999 mark in the second half. The 25-year-old outfielder is having his best stretch of the season, and he's locked into the heart of the Minnesota lineup. Rosario is in position to continue providing solid fantasy numbers through the end of the season.

Miguel Montero (C, Tor)

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run Sunday against the Cubs.


Montero had his best game in a Toronto uniform against the team that traded him in early July. The home run was only his second and the double his first in 17 games since that move.

Tyler Flowers (C, Atl)

Tyler Flowers went 1-for-4 with a grand slam during Sunday's win over Cincinnati.


The long fly was Flowers' third of the month, and the veteran backstop now sports a .292/.384/.468 slash line with 11 homers, 43 RBI and 39 runs for the campaign. He's locked into a platoon with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, but Flowers' numbers are moving the needle in deeper fantasy settings, and he's also proven to be a profitable option in daily contests when facing a favorable pitching matchup.

Dylan Bundy is listed as the Orioles' probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Athletics, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.


It will be the first appearance for Bundy since Aug. 12 after the Orioles deliberately held him out of action over the past week in an effort to control his innings. Bundy's long-term importance to the organization as well as his troubling injury history will likely prompt the Orioles to monitor his workload carefully and build in as many days of rest in between starts as possible over the final few weeks of the season. Despite the somewhat unpredictable pitching schedule, Bundy still shapes up as a strong play right now in most formats, as the extra time off seems to have done him wonders in recent outings. After delivering a 6.99 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across nine starts in June and July, Bundy has rebounded with victories in each of his first three turns in August while compiling a 2.14 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 25 strikeouts across 21 innings.

Albert Almora went 2-for-4 with a three-run triple in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.


Almora's big hit in the third inning provided all of Chicago's offense until a three-run outburst in the bottom of the 10th turned a 5-3 deficit into a walkoff extra-inning win. The center fielder was lifted for pinch-hitter Ian Happ in the ninth inning, and often plays only parts of games due to his inability to hit right-handed pitching.

Brad Peacock (10-2) allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Oakland.


Peacock wasn't at his best, failing to reach six innings for a second consecutive start, but this loss was on his teammates. Houston hitters did little against Athletics starter Jharel Cotton, who had a 5.83 ERA entering the game, and the defense committed two errors on the same play in the first inning and later a passed ball, leading directly to all three runs. Peacock next takes the hill Saturday on the road against the Angels.

Wade Miley will make his next start Monday against the Athletics, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.


Miley had initially been scheduled to start the Orioles' game a day earlier against the Angels, but manager Buck Showalter opted to push the lefty back in the rotation to make room for Chris Tillman, who had been working out of the bullpen since Aug. 3. With Tillman pitching reasonably well Sunday, it's conceivable that Showalter could deploy a six-man rotation for the Orioles' upcoming six week, meaning Miley wouldn't be in line for two starts despite kicking off the proceedings for Baltimore. If Showalter does decide to streamline his rotation to put Miley on tap for a double dip during the week, the 30-year-old would still make for a risky lineup option in most formats, considering the 5.79 ERA and 1.55 WHIP he's supplied over seven starts since the All-Star break.

Blake Treinen stuck out three batters through two scoreless innings to collect his fourth save of the season during Sunday's win over Houston.


There have been a number of ups and downs from Treinen this season, but he's currently closing out games, so he warrants attention in all fantasy settings. It's probably wise to expect more peaks and valleys moving forward, and with a 4.61 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 for the campaign his leash could be short.

Jharel Cotton (6-10) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two batters through 6.2 innings during Sunday's win over Houston.


While it's encouraging to see Cotton collect the win, this wasn't a particularly strong outing, and his 5.63 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 are far from serviceable fantasy marks. Cotton has flashed potential in the past, but outside of cavernous settings, it's probably best to avoid the youngster until he shows better results on the mound. The 25-year-old righty lines up to make a home start against Texas next.

Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Blue Jays.


Hendricks was handed a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but gave it all back by allowing one run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. He still logged a sixth consecutive start with no more than three runs allowed and sports a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings over that span. Hendricks will have a great opportunity to keep that streak going in his next start, as he draws a road date with Philadelphia's 29th-ranked offense.

Jason Hammel (6-9) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three batters through six innings during Sunday's win over Cleveland.


Hammel has now allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of his past 15 starts and entered Sunday's outing with a 3.89 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.2 K/9 through those previous 14 games. His fantasy ceiling is low, but he's currently providing reliable numbers that move the needle in most fantasy settings. Hammel lines up to face Cleveland at Progressive Field in his next start.

Marco Estrada allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts over six innings in Sunday's no-decision against the Cubs.


All the damage against Estrada came on a three-run double by Albert Almora in the third inning, but Toronto's offense was able to erase the deficit in what ended as a 6-5 extra-inning loss. Estrada got over Tuesday's hiccup against the Rays in a hurry, coming back to form for his fourth quality start in five outings. He'll look to keep the good times rolling Saturday against the Twins.

Danny Salazar (5-6) allowed six runs on 12 hits and a walk while striking out five batters through 4.2 innings during Sunday's loss to Kansas City.


Salazar posted a 1.39 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 12.8 K/9 through his previous five outings since returning from the disabled list, so it's probably wise not to overreact to Sunday's stinker. Still, it's worth noting that his range of outcomes has the potential to be pretty wide. Interestingly, Salazar lines up to face the Royals again in his next start, so a bounce-back showing at Progressive Field would be encouraging.

T.J. McFarland (4-5) allowed seven runs on five hits and two walks while recording just a single out during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.


This was McFarland's first start of the season, and he entered with a 10.45 ERA through six relief appearances in August, so Sunday's poor outing shouldn't be overly surprising. Still, it's pretty rare for a starter to fail to pitch out of the first inning. McFarland projects to return to the bullpen, and if he's scheduled for a spot start in the future, fantasy expectations should be kept in check.