He now sports a .300/.390/.529 slash line in August with five home runs, 11 runs and 16 RBI in 19 games. Ozuna's breakout shows no signs of fading, and his ability to keep slugging and offering support for Giancarlo Stanton will go a long way towards determining whether the Marlins stay afloat in the NL wild-card chase.
His ERA in August remains a pristine 0.00, and Ziegler has yet to blow a save since being entrusted with the closer role following the A.J. Ramos trade. The veteran reliever doesn't offer the strikeout appeal of elite closing options, but with the Marlins trying to stay relevant in the NL wild-card race, he should continue to rack up saves down the stretch.
The Marlins staked him to a 6-0 lead after two innings en route to a sweep of the twin bill, so despite the fact the righty needed 101 pitches (64 strikes) to complete the minimum five innings necessary to qualify for a win, the outcome was never in much doubt. Urena has won five of his last seven starts thanks mainly to some impressive run support (7.1 runs per game), but his 3.12 ERA and 1.07 WHIP during that stretch indicate he's more than holding up his end of the bargain. He'll next take the mound Monday on the road against the Nationals.
The 33-year-old's track record of success and versatility make him the best fit to start in San Francisco's new 4-3 defense, but the final decision on the left outside linebacker job may not necessarily come down to performance. Harold represents a younger and cheaper option compared to Brooks and his expiring six-year contract. If the veteran holds onto the starting job, he could potentially surpass last year's mark of 53 tackles while serving as a more-traditional linebacker.
Galvis has started every game thus far this season, and Mackanin has no plan to pull back on Galvis' playing time even though prospect J.P. Crawford is expected to join the team in September. Galvis has hit .255/.304/.403 with 11 home runs in 474 at-bats this season while playing elite defense at short. He's under control for one more year, and barring a trade, he will force the Phillies to consider other positions for Crawford next season if they want to have both on their major-league roster.
Hedges has broken out with 16 homers in 92 games in his first full season as a starter in the majors. The 24-year-old's .219 batting average has suppressed his fantasy value, but it is actually a marked improvement over the .161 mark he posted across 161 combined at-bats with the Padres in 2015 and 2016. Hedges has shown an ability to hit for average in the minors, so it isn't inconceivable to think that the youngster can develop into a top-tier fantasy catcher as he enters his prime years if he gets his strikeout rate closer to 20 percent (29.0 K% this season).
The 25-year-old got back on track after going 2-for-22 (.091) in his previous 10 games. Despite his recent struggles, Cowart has slashed a healthy .275/.333/.493 in 25 games while serving on the strong side of a platoon at second base with Cliff Pennington. His fantasy value is limited while stationed at the bottom of the Halos' lineup, but the converted third baseman possesses enough upside to warrant consideration in deeper leagues in which he has acquired second-base eligibility.
Pujols continues to drive in runs despite carrying a career-low .231 batting average, putting him on pace to reach the century mark in RBI for the 10th time in his illustrious career. While he is no longer a must-own fantasy asset, the aging slugger's solid production in two categories (19 homers and 79 RBI) gives him a niche in deep formats.
Nolasco was wild yet effective through four innings, but with a pitch count just north of 100 in the fifth, manager Mike Scioscia yanked his starter after he allowed three Rangers to reach base in a -- at the time -- close contest. The Angels ended up cruising to a 10-1 victory, but the 34-year-old came up one out short of his seventh win of the season. Nolasco reportedly had no lingering effects of the cramps that cut his previous start short, so he should be fine for his next scheduled outing against a dangerous Astros lineup.
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