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Max Scherzer (R) Headshot

Scherzer only managed to complete five innings Friday against the Diamondbacks, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Much of the damage done to the Washington ace was out of the way in the first inning, as the Snakes struck for back-to-back-to-back home runs right out of the gate. Scherzer settled down after that, but it still took him 98 pitches (63 strikes) to get through five frames. It certainly wasn't his cleanest outing, but his ERA and WHIP are still excellent at 2.26 and 0.84, respectively, and his strikeout numbers still put him among the league's elite. Scherzer will look to get back in the win column during his next start Wednesday when the Nationals play host to the Brewers.
8:36 am (EST)
Nolan Arenado (R) Headshot

Arenado went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 13-5 loss to the Pirates.

He is completely locked in at the plate right now, and even the All-Star break didn't manage to derail Arenado's momentum. Over his last nine games, the 26-year-old is slashing an absurd .425/.439/1.025 with seven homers, 13 runs and 19 RBI.
8:30 am (EST)
Jeff Hoffman (R) Headshot

Hoffman (6-2) surrendered seven runs on nine hits and four walks over three-plus innings while striking out two in Friday's 13-5 loss to the Pirates.

Nothing was working for the 24-year-old in this one, and Hoffman now has a rough 8.44 ERA, 1.88 WHIP and 7:7 K:BB in 16 innings over his last three starts. Even on the road, as he will be in his next outing Wednesday in St. Louis, the right-hander is a very risky fantasy play right now.
8:27 am (EST)
Josh Bell (B) Headshot

Bell went 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, a run scored and four RBI in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

The 24-year-old greatly enjoyed his first game in Coors Field, as so many have before him. He now has a .333/.375/.567 slash line in eight games since the All-Star break with a homer and eight RBI, and with the Pirates' offense back at full strength following the return of Starling Marte, Bell should see plenty of run-producing opportunities down the stretch.
8:23 am (EST)
Starling Marte (R) Headshot

Marte went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and four runs scored in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

A hit by pitch and fielder's choice accounted for his extra trips around the bases, as Marte thrived at the top of the suddenly explosive Pirates lineup. The 28-year-old is just 4-for-17 since rejoining the lineup after his PED suspension, but he's scored six runs in four games and his .633 OPS on the year should rise quickly once he's shaken off the rust.
8:19 am (EST)
Andrew McCutchen (R) Headshot

McCutchen went 3-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and three RBI in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

It's his first multi-hit performance since the All-Star break, extending McCutchen's current on-base streak to 12 games. He's arguably been the most valuable hitter in baseball since the calendar flipped to June, slashing .384/.481/.642 in his last 42 games with nine homers, four steals, 32 RBI and 37 runs, and Cutch's resurgence is a big reason why the Pirates suddenly find themselves back in the thick of the NL Central playoff race.
8:15 am (EST)
Trevor Williams (R) Headshot

Williams (4-4) was tagged for five runs on seven hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out four in Friday's 13-5 win over the Rockies.

The right-hander settled down after allowing three runs in the first inning and let his offense take control, as the Pirates only failed to cross the plate in the third and eighth frames. Williams only has five quality starts in 14 trips to the mound since joining the rotation and his 4.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 6.5 K/9 make him a generally risky fantasy play, although he'll be a solid streaming option in his next start Wednesday on the road in San Francisco.
8:08 am (EST)
Yoan Moncada (B) Headshot

Moncada went 1-for-4 with a triple and four RBI in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Royals.

His bases-loaded three-bagger off Ian Kennedy in the third inning staked the White Sox to a 5-1 lead, but James Shields and the bullpen couldn't hold it. Moncada has yet to strike out in two games since being called up, an encouraging sign for a player who fanned 28.3 percent of the time at Triple-A Charlotte this year.
8:00 am (EST)
James Shields (R) Headshot

Shields coughed up six runs on 10 hits and three walks over 4.1 innings but escaped with a no-decision in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Royals. He struck out three.

The veteran right-hander continues to struggle, and since rejoining the rotation in mid-June, Shields has an 8.10 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 18:15 K:BB in 30 innings over six starts. His next outing is scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Cubs, but if the White Sox decide to bring up young arms like Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez, Shields could get bumped from the rotation at a moment's notice.
7:57 am (EST)
Victor Martínez (B) Headshot

Martinez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 6-3 win over the Twins.

That snapped an 11-game homerless drought for Martinez, and the 38-year-old only has eight home runs on the season in 78 games. His contract runs through 2018 at $18 million a year, and if the Tigers do hold a fire sale at the deadline the veteran DH could be one of the players they attempt to move -- if they can convince him to waive his no-trade clause, that is.
7:51 am (EST)
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