After it appeared that the veteran lefty had taken over as San Diego's closer, manager Andy Green decided to roll with Brandon Maurer in the ninth for the second consecutive game. Hand has been the better reliever this season (1.82 ERA to Maurer's 6.00 ERA), but the Padres' skipper wasn't kidding when he said he would play matchups going forward. The 27-year-old still holds value due to his ability to rack up strikeouts (11.5 K/9) and convert the occasional save, but this is a closer situation that has clearly not settled quite yet.
The 38-year-old has turned back the clock recently, slashing .293/.388/.512 over his last 46 plate appearances. He has been seeing regular playing time at second base against righties while Justin Turner (hamstring) remains sidelined. The Dodgers' regular third baseman hasn't embarked on a rehab assignment yet, so Utley should continue to provide value for fantasy owners in the interim.
The homer was just Forsythe's second hit since returning from the disabled list May 23, indicating that he may finally be regaining his feel at the plate. Despite his recent slump, the veteran continues to lead off for a potent Dodgers offense. Make sure that he isn't sitting on the waiver wire, as he can provide excellent value as a middle infielder once his bat catches up to his career norms.
The veteran showed a marked improvement over his disastrous outing in his previous start where he walked seven batters and allowed five runs. Hill cited a mechanical adjustment that led to Monday's improved control on the mound. Blister issues and inconsistency have diminished he 37-year-old's fantasy value, but his dominance last season should keep fantasy owners intrigued as they wait for the southpaw to put it all together. Hill will look to carry his success into his next start when he faces the Brewers on Saturday.
Manager Bruce Bochy gave his young third baseman a couple of days off in hopes of breaking him out of his current slump (.111/.163/.156 over his last 12 games). Arroyo should resume his regular role at the hot corner, but he needs to show more life at the plate before fantasy owners can count on him.
The veteran reliever drilled the Nationals' star with a fastball, leading to an altercation on the mound where both players landed punches. Neither player suffered an injury, but a suspension could be looming for Strickland once the league reviews the situation.
The speedy outfielder got the call to the majors to replace Mike Trout (thumb), and he was immediately inserted in the starting lineup. The veteran's primary asset is his blazing speed, and he put that on display Monday. It was unclear if Young or Ben Revere would see that bulk of playing time in Trout's stead, but based off of manager Mike Scioscia's starting lineup against a righty, the former appears to have a taken an early lead. The 32-year-old is worth a speculative add for owners hurting for steals.
The defensive-minded shortstop has been getting it done at the plate this season with a .280 batting average, five homers and four steals in 200 at-bats. His moderate production across the board at a shallow offensive position has placed Simmons firmly on the fantasy map.
The home run was the veteran's third in 25 games this season. He certainly has some pop in his bat, but the 31-year-old has been too much of a drag on batting average (.171) to be relied upon regularly. Valbuena will move up to the cleanup spot against righties with Mike Trout (thumb) hitting the disabled list.
The solo shot inched the 37-year-old closer to the historic 600-homer mark. His power (.395 slugging percentage) hasn't emerged yet this season, but he has been providing value to fantasy owners with 35 RBI. That said, Pujols could see a slight drop in run production with Mike Trout (thumb) being sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
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