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Cory Gearrin danced around a pair of baserunners while striking out two batters over an inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Padres.


Gearrin's scoreless outing lowered his season ERA to 2.30 despite his FIP sitting north of 4.00 for the majority of the season. His mediocre 1.6 K/BB ratio is the biggest red flag, but it's possible that Gearrin can keep his ERA low due to his groundball tendencies (1.9 GB/FB ratio) coupled with a stellar defensive infield behind him in San Francisco. Either way, the 31-year-old doesn't provide enough in the important categories for fantasy relievers (strikeouts, saves and holds) to warrant much consideration.

Kenley Jansen gave up three runs on three hits over 1.1 innings Sunday against Atlanta, failing to convert a save for the first time in 25 attempts this season.


The Dodgers closer allowed two Braves to get on base before falling victim to a three-run homer off the bat of Matt Adams that sent the game into extras. The fact that this was Jansen's first blown save of the year just goes to show how dominant he's been all season. Even after Sunday's blowup, the 29-year-old still owns a sparkling 1.49 ERA with an unreal 62:2 K:BB over 42.1 innings.

Cody Bellinger (O, LAD)

Cody Bellinger went 1-for-4 with his 27th home run of the season in a 5-4 win over Atlanta on Sunday.


Bellinger has been able to avoid the Home Run Derby hangover that fellow young phenom Aaron Judge has suffered to begin the second half. The 22-year-old is batting .333 (11-for-33) with two homers and six RBI in nine games since returning from the All-Star break and continues to provide tremendous value for those who stashed him earlier in the season.

Matt Carpenter (B1, StL)

Matt Carpenter departed Sunday's loss to the Cubs in the second inning because of cramping in his right quadriceps, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


Carpenter isn't sure whether it was related to dehydration, an unorthodox slide in the first inning or something altogether different, but he doesn't expect to to miss Monday's series opener against the visiting Rockies. As such, owners should feel fairly confident rolling with him per usual unless news breaks suggesting otherwise.

Paul DeJong (S, StL)

Paul DeJong, who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, is staking a claim to the everyday shortstop job previously held by Aledmys Diaz, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "The way he's going about it defensively, it's hard to see him being anywhere else right now," manager Mike Matheny said. "And you mix in the offense and what he's capable of doing, that really puts him as a pretty special shortstop."


Last season, Diaz was the rookie that swooped in and displaced veteran Jhonny Peralta during the latter's absence in the early going of the campaign. Through his impressive play and Diaz's own struggles, DeJong may have already done the same. Factoring in Sunday's production, the rookie's season line stands at .284/.299/.574, and his 25 extra-base hits in 46 games heading into the contest had already tied him for first in that category in franchise history with Albert Pujols. DeJong's 15 extra-base hits in July are tops in the National League as well, and he's also been an asset defensively, posting a plus-5 in Defensive Runs Saved. With Diaz continuing to scuffle at the plate with Triple-A Memphis, it appears increasingly likely that DeJong's major-league audition will continue through the balance of 2017.

Chris Bassitt (elbow) has allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings in his last two rehab outings for Triple-A Nashville while also recording three strikeouts.


The pair of impressive appearances come on the heels of back-to-back outings where Bassitt gave up four earned runs apiece on a combined 11 hits over 3.1 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander could be on the verge of a return to the majors, where he's projected to work as a reliever for the balance of the 2017 campaign.

Chad Pinder (hamstring), who went 0-for-3 with a walk in Triple-A Nashville's loss to New Orleans on Sunday, is 2-for-13 with a solo home run and two walks over four rehab games with the Sounds.


The rehabbing infielder may be struggling with his offense, but he's suffered no setbacks with his hamstring and remains on track to potentially return for next weekend's series versus the Twins. Pinder will likely find playing time a bit scarcer when he returns now that Marcus Semien is back and handling the shortstop position on any everyday basis. However, a move of Jed Lowrie before the trade deadline would open up ample opportunity at second base.

Wade Davis collected his 20th save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.


Davis had the pleasure of closing out the final two games of Chicago's three-game set with the Cards, improving his ERA to 2.12 to go with a 1.12 WHIP. The former Ray and Royal has been a solid ninth-inning man in his first year with the Cubs, as he's yet to blow a save and has fanned as many batters (47) in 33 innings as he did all of last year with Kansas City.

Luis Garcia recorded a strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner during a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season in Sunday's win over Milwaukee.


Hector Neris had pitched in each of the past two games, so that's likely why Garcia entered in the ninth for the save opportunity. However, the Philadelphia closer job has been somewhat fluid all season, so it isn't out of the question that Garcia sees more work closing out games moving forward. He should at least be on your fantasy radar, and especially if you're chasing saves.

Jose Quintana lasted six innings Sunday, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits while striking out seven in a 5-3 win over St. Louis. He issued two walks.


Quintana wasn't as dominant as he was in his 12-strikeout Cubs debut against the Orioles, but he did enough to earn the win in his first start at Wrigley Field. He's now 6-8 on the year with a healthy 128:42 K:BB and appears set for a strong second half after being revitalized in a trade from the lowly White Sox on July 13.

Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six batters through six innings during Sunday's win over Milwaukee.


This was another strong outing from Eickhoff, but unfortunately, the 27-year-old righty has mixed in too many duds to be a reliable asset in the majority of fantasy settings. He sports a mediocre 4.71 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 for the year, so it's probably best to avoid Eickhoff outside of favorable matchups moving forward. He projects to face the Braves at Citizens Bank Park in his next start.

Nick Williams went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and three RBI during Sunday's win over Milwaukee.


After posting an .839 OPS with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Williams hasn't skipped a beat since joining the Phillies. He sports an impressive .309/.347/.603 slash line with four homers, 15 RBI and 10 runs through just 75 plate appearances. Williams is a potential flier to consider if outfield help is needed.

Willson Contreras (C, ChC)

Willson Contreras hit his 15th home run of the season in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Cardinals.


The catcher's two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie and propelled the Cubs to their eighth win in the last nine games. Contreras has been going deep rather frequently, as Sunday's blast marked the third time he's left the yard in the last four games – a span that's also featured seven RBI.

Austin Barnes hit a three-run home run as a part of a 2-for-4 showing Sunday against the Braves.


Barnes managed to open up the scoring in the fourth inning off Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb by belting an 0-2 offering over the fence. The 27-year-old catcher boasts a .944 OPS in his limited playing time, although his fantasy upside is limited as long as he's behind Yasmani Grandal in the pecking order behind the plate in Los Angeles. However, given how well he performs in his few opportunities, Barnes is a decent option in deeper two-catcher leagues.

Junior Guerra (1-4) allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three batters through just four innings during Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.


There have been a few too many disappointing outings to rely on Guerra in most fantasy setups. He sports a disastrous 5.22 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, and his 7.12 FIP doesn't suggest that there are better times ahead. Even more concerning, though, is that Guerra sports an unsustainably low .238 BABIP. He projects to face the Cubs at Miller Park in his next start.

Randal Grichuk (O, StL)

Randal Grichuk went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Cubs.


The outfielder has had quite an affinity for the long ball since returning from a seven-game injury absence, homering in each of his three games. The mini hot streak has helped Grichuk to 12 home runs and 35 RBI across 63 games on the year, and while the amount of bombs isn't bad, his lack of RBI, ugly 17:75 BB:K and dismal .222 average leave a lot to be desired.

Mychal Givens pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts to record his seventh win of the season during Sunday's victory over Houston.


Collecting seven wins is difficult for a reliever, and Givens has supported it with a high-end 1.97 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. The 27-year-old righty projects to continue pitching in high-leverage situations and offers modest fantasy value in deep settings. Just keep in mind that he could easily finish the year with seven victories, and Givens shouldn't be viewed as a reliable source of wins moving forward.

Matt Adams (B1, Atl)

Matt Adams went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.


Although "Big City" struck out a pair of times, he made his one hit count, as he hit a game-tying blast off of Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning. Adams likely will sit out most games when a lefty starter takes the hill for the opposition, but he's mauled right-handed pitchers this season to the tune of a .952 OPS, making him a solid corner infield option even with Freddie Freeman back in the fray.

Michael Wacha gave up five earned runs on six hits across six innings in a 5-3 loss to the Cubs on Sunday night. He struck out six and didn't issue a walk.


The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for Wacha, who owned a miniscule 1.01 ERA and 0.86 WHIP during that span. The 26-year-old is now 7-4 with a 3.93 ERA and 100:32 K:BB in 18 starts this season, and is firmly entrenched behind Carlos Martinez and Lance Lynn as the team's No. 3 starter.

Jose Iglesias (S, Det)

Jose Iglesias went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, three RBI and two runs during Sunday's win over Minnesota.


This was just the third home run of the season for Iglesias, and his .264/.294/.363 slash line hardly moves the fantasy needle. However, the shortstop is a staple in the order and has a respectable 31 RBI and 40 runs, so he boasts value in cavernous settings.