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DFS MLB Hitting Coach: August 17
Jon Impemba
Carlos Carrasco (R) Headshot

Carrasco (12-5) allowed a single run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine batters through five innings during Thursday's win over the Twins.

After struggling in consecutive outings (10 runs allowed through 7.1 innings), Carrasco bounced back in his last start with eight-shutout frames and 10 strikeouts against the Rays. It was more of the same Thursday, and don't let the short outing fool, either. Carrasco pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning without allowing a run, so his pitch count skyrocketed in a hurry. While the ups and downs are discouraging, it's difficult to fade Carrasco in any fantasy setting considering his upside in any given start. He takes a 3.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 into his next start against the Red Sox at Progressive Field.
5:12 pm (EST)
Mike Fiers (R) Headshot

Fiers (7-8) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven batters during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

Fiers has now allowed 23 runs through 25.2 innings over his past five starts to balloon his ratios up to a 4.32 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for the campaign. Fiers still owns an 8.8 K/9 and pitching for a contender should help him remain relevant in the wins column down the stretch. However, considering his current form, he's definitely difficult to rely on start in, start out in the majority of fantasy settings. Fiers lines up to face the Nationals at Minute Maid Park in his next start.
5:10 pm (EST)
Robinson Chirinos (R) Headshot

Chirinos is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

Despite reaching base four times in Wednesday's win, Chirinos will head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games behind the dish. Brett Nicholas will takeover for him at backstop, batting ninth.
5:08 pm (EST)
Patrick Corbin (L) Headshot

Corbin (10-11) pitched 8.2 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts during Thursday's win over Houston. He allowed just four hits and a walk.

Corbin has struggled on the road this season with a 6.79 ERA away from Chase Field, so this gem was all the more impressive coming at Minute Maid Park. The lefty entered Thursday's outing in solid form over his previous 12 starts with a 3.65 ERA and 10.3 K/9, despite allowing a .372 BABIP. The strikeouts are especially valuable, and with Arizona pushing for a playoff berth, Corbin should continue to be a solid source of wins down the stretch. He projects to face the Mets at Citi Field in his next start.
5:07 pm (EST)
Zemgus Girgensons Headshot

Girgensons agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million average annual value, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

Girgensons past two seasons have been disappointing -- a combined 34 points from 2015-17 -- after a solid sophomore campaign in 2014-15 (15 goals and 15 helpers). Despite the drop off in production, the 23-year-old was one of the Sabres' offseason priorities that they have now locked in for two more years. Considering he averaged a mere 13:10 of ice time last season, the center figures to offer mid-range fantasy value at best.
5:05 pm (EST)
Trevor Rosenthal (R) Headshot

Rosenthal was placed on the 10-day DL with right elbow irritation prior to Thursday's series opener against the Pirates, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.

Rosenthal wasn't able to duplicate his typical velocity during Wednesday's outing, averaging almost five mph less than his standard fastball -- which normally sits around 98.5 mph -- while only lasting eight pitches against the Red Sox. Although the severity of Rosenthal's injury has yet to be released, it seems likely that he will miss more than the 10-day minimum while recovering from his elbow issue. In his place, Seung Hwan Oh and Tyler Lyons are seemingly in line to receive ninth-inning opportunities moving forward. Luke Weaver was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.
5:04 pm (EST)
Mike Napoli (R) Headshot

Napoli is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox.

Napoli went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Wednesday, so he'll get the day off after starting six straight games at first base. Joey Gallo will take over for him at first for the contest, opening a spot for Delino DeShields to start in left field.
5:04 pm (EST)
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