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Sean Newcomb allowed three runs on three hits and five walks while striking out nine across six innings of work. He didn't factor into the decision.


Although Newcomb did place 65 of his 104 pitches in the strike zone, he caused himself a lot of grief during the first few innings of his start by setting a new season high for walks in a game. That being said, the only dent the Dodgers were able to make off him was the three-run homer Austin Barnes clobbered in the fourth inning. The nine strikeouts are also a season high, so although he walked away with a no-decision, he continues to be a high-risk high-reward option in the Braves' rotation. He'll make his next appearance Saturday on the road against the Phillies.

Matt Boyd (4-5) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight batters through six innings during Sunday's win over Minnesota.


Boyd has allowed at least three runs in each of his past nine games and sports an underwhelming 5.48 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 6.4 K/9 for the campaign. Those numbers aren't moving the fantasy needle in most settings, so while it's encouraging that Boyd has won consecutive starts, expectations should remain in check. He lines up to face the Astros at Comerica Park in his next start.

Brian Goodwin went 1-for-4 with a leadoff home run Sunday against the Diamondbacks.


The young outfielder took a 2-1 offering from Arizona starter Robbie Ray and planted it over the wall in center field. The rest of his day was relatively unspectacular, as he only managed to get on base once after that. Goodwin has struggled at the plate as of late, actually batting under the Mendoza Line over the past week, but thanks to numerous injuries to the Nationals' outfielders this season, he's still firmly supplanted atop the pecking order in center field for now.

Brian Dozier (B2, Min)

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored during Sunday's loss to Detroit.


The second baseman extended his hitting streak to nine games and has three bombs, seven RBI and eight runs during that stretch. Dozier is posting another solid fantasy campaign, and he could be in the beginning stages of a second-half outburst.

Robbie Ray (9-5) took the loss Sunday against the Nationals, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four across five innings of work.


Most of the damage done to the southpaw came in the first inning, as the Nationals batted around and tagged him for four runs. He settled down after that, eventually throwing 60 of his 101 pitches for strikes and retiring the final eight hitters he faced. Ray's ERA still sits at a strong 3.15 mark despite the lackluster outing, but he'll look to get back on track in his next start Friday in St. Louis.

Justin Wilson recorded three strikeouts over 1.1 innings to collect his 12th save of the season during Sunday's win over Minnesota.


Wilson did serve up a solo home run to Brian Dozier in the ninth frame, but he was still able to hold on to record the save. He's shown flashes of inconsistency, but for the most part, Wilson has got the job done closing out games. After all, the 29-year-old lefty now sports a 2.82 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 12.8 K/9 and has converted 12 of 14 save opportunities this season.

Eduardo Escobar went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run during Sunday's loss to Detroit.


Escobar is expected to see more consistent playing time moving forward, which will provide a modest virtual boost. He projects to remain a low-end asset in deep settings, but regular playing time provides a nice fantasy floor. For the campaign Escobar sports a .273/.328/.441 slash line with nine homers, 32 RBI and 29 runs through 247 plate appearances.

Brett Gardner (O, NYY)

Brett Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff homer Sunday against the Mariners.


The leadoff blast off Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo allowed the outfielder to tie his career high in home runs with his 17th shot of the season. For the time being, Gardner appears to still be in the main outfield alignment with Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge despite his recent struggles at the plate, although things could change once Aaron Hicks (oblique) returns to the fray.

Adalberto Mejia allowed two runs – just one earned – on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters through 4.1 innings during Sunday's loss to Detroit. He didn't factor into the decision.


Mejia threw just 59 of 96 pitches for strikes and exited after walking Nick Castellanos ahead of the heart of the Detroit order. He's flashed some fantasy potential and sports a respectable 4.10 ERA and 7.6 K/9 through 14 starts. However, his command (1.45 WHIP and 4.1 BB/9) has prevented him from consistently pitching deep into games and limits his upside. Mejia projects to make a road start against Oakland in his next start.

Aroldis Chapman picked up his 11th save of the season Sunday against the Mariners with a scoreless ninth inning.


The outing certainly didn't lack drama, as he gave up hits to the first two hitters while catcher Gary Sanchez added a passed ball to make things even more interesting. However, Chapman settled down after all that and finished the game with a four-pitch strikeout of Ben Gamel. The left-hander's ERA still sits at a lofty 3.51 mark after the scoreless frame, but his FIP is much lower than that, suggesting that Chapman is more like his dominant self than the numbers suggest.

Caleb Smith only lasted 3.2 innings Sunday against the Mariners, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. He didn't factor into the decision.


Sunday marked the 25-year-old's first MLB start, and he shined through the first three innings of action. He allowed just one baserunner in that span, but then the Mariners got to him for four runs in the fourth, forcing the Yankees to pull him from the game. Smith's ERA now sits at a rough 8.10 mark, although he has only two walks compared to seven strikeouts in the first 6.2 innings of his big-league career. Should he be allowed to make another start in New York, Smith would line up to face the Rays on Saturday.

Yovani Gallardo navigated five innings in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out in five. He did not factor into the decision.


All three of the runs Gallardo surrendered came via the longball, as Brett Gardner hit a solo shot in the first and Didi Gregorius hit a pair of solo home runs himself. Outside of that, the right-hander managed to get in and out of trouble all game, allowing baserunners in three of his five innings. Despite this, he had himself in line for the victory, but the bullpen gave up the lead immediately after his departure. Gallardo lines up to make his next start Saturday against the Mets.

Dylan Bundy allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four batters through 5.1 innings during Sunday's win over Houston. He didn't factor into the decision.


There have been a few peaks and valleys throughout the season for Bundy, but overreacting to a tough outing against the highest-scoring team in the league is ill-advised. His numbers don't jump off the page (4.53 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 6.9 K/9), but Bundy has shown enough this season to be viewed as a serviceable fantasy asset moving forward. He projects to face the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington in his next start.

Zach Britton struck out two batters during a scoreless ninth inning during Sunday's win over Houston.


Britton allowed a pair of runs in a non-save situation in his previous appearance, so it was encouraging to see him bounce back with a sound outing Sunday. The lefty had struggled since returning from the disabled list following a forearm injury, and his name has also been mentioned in trade rumors, so there are some fleeting unknowns lingering. Still, he's an elite talent and could quickly reestablish himself as a high-end relief option.

Lance McCullers allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out just three batters over 4.2 innings during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. He didn't factor into the decision.


McCullers has now allowed 20 runs – 18 earned – through 18.2 innings in his past four starts, so it's not out of the question to begin worrying about the youngster. His 2.85 FIP and 10.2 K/9 remain high-end marks, but the 23-year-old righty has never pitched more than 125.2 innings in the majors, and Houston has little incentive to push him down the stretch with a playoff spot essentially wrapped up already. An innings limit looms, and there's also a chance that he's not 100 percent healthy. A potentially difficult road matchup against the Tigers at Comerica Park is up next for McCullers.

Mark Trumbo (O, Bal)

Mark Trumbo went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored during Sunday's win over Houston.


With 17 bombs, 50 RBI and 62 runs, Trumbo is providing solid counting statistics, but his .249/.311/.425 slash line is definitely underwhelming. The veteran slugger has shown more pop of late with seven homers through his past 20 games, so a second-half surge isn't out of the question.

Nori Aoki (O, Hou)

Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.


Aoki isn't receiving consistent playing time, so his fantasy value is limited to deep settings. Additionally, this was just his second homer of the campaign, and his .280/.329/.376 slash line isn't providing much impact when he's in the lineup. Still, being attached to a high-end offense has appeal and will help Aoki modestly tilt the scales in the RBI and runs columns.

Hector Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Giants.


Sanchez's slugging percentage has ballooned all the way up to .597 in 71 plate appearances thanks to an 11-for-28 stretch with six extra-base hits since July 15. If the catcher keeps hitting like this, it will be hard to take him out of the lineup even when Austin Hedges (concussion) returns from the DL.

Jose Altuve (B2, Hou)

Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and a stolen base during Sunday's loss to Baltimore.


Altuve continues to live up to his lofty preseason billing with a .358/.424/.564 slash line, 15 homers, 56 RBI, 21 stolen bases and 68 runs. It's extremely rare to find that level of cross-category production, and it's even more valuable coming from a middle infielder.

Drew VerHagen was called up to the Tigers on Sunday, MLive.com reports.


The right-hander will provide support to the Tigers' bullpen, which was used heavily across a seven-game road trip. VerHagen, who battled thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing arm for a good chunk of 2016, reportedly asked the team to work as a starter rather than a reliever heading into this season, and as such, he's made 19 starts with Triple-A Toledo. During that span, he's gone 7-7 with a pedestrian 4.90 ERA and 69:43 K:BB in just under 100 (97.1) innings. He has yet to appear in a game this year for the Tigers, however.