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2017 MLB Two-Start Pitchers: Week 17
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Chase Utley (L) Headshot

Utley got a spot-start at second base Saturday, going 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Braves.

Justin Turner (illness) missed Saturday's contest with an upper respiratory issue, so the 38-year-old was called upon to start in his place, delivering his sixth home run of the season in the process. Turner is expected to return to the lineup Sunday, which would effectively push Utley back into a bench role.
8:21 am (EST)
Albert Pujols (R) Headshot

Pujols went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Angels.

This was the veteran's sixth three-hit game of the season despite carrying a lackluster .243 batting average. Pujols' days of being a hitting machine are long gone, but he can still provide fantasy value as a source power and RBI production while batting cleanup for the Angels.
8:04 am (EST)
Andrelton Simmons (R) Headshot

Simmons went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Red Sox.

It was the Simmons' 10th homer of the season, which marks the first time he has reached the double-digit plateau since his 17-homer outburst in 2013. The 27-year-old has shown flashes of offensive ability over his first five seasons in the majors, but he has finally put it all together this season and shed his label of a glove-first shortstop. Simmons' well-rounded line of .289, 45 runs, 10 homers, 43 RBI and 13 steals should make him a useful asset in almost any fantasy format.
7:57 am (EST)
Allen Cordoba (R) Headshot

Cordoba started at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

With Erick Aybar (foot) being placed on the disabled list, Cordoba was the only shortstop left on the roster. He did not take advantage of the opportunity, turning in one of the worst stat lines a major leaguer could imagine. The 21-year-old has flashed some potential in spurts this season, but his overall slash line of .231/.289/.320 in 187 plate appearances leaves much to be desired. Despite Saturday's rough go of things, Cordoba should continue to see starts until either Aybar returns or another shortstop is called up from the minors.
7:11 am (EST)
Luis Torrens (R) Headshot

Torrens started behind the dish Saturday -- his third start in five days -- going 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Giants.

Hector Sanchez was expected to see the majority of playing time vacated by Austin Hedges (concussion), but Torrens has found himself in the lineup every other day since the Padres' regular catcher was placed on the disabled list. The Rule 5 draft pick has gone 2-for-11 in those three starts, so he won't provide much help from a fantasy perspective. The Padres simply want to get a look at the 21-year-old while they have him stashed on their 25-man roster. Expect Sanchez to get the nod in Sunday's series finale against San Francisco.
7:04 am (EST)
Josh Osich (L) Headshot

Osich was the winning pitcher of record after tossing 1.2 shutout innings and striking out three batters in Saturday's extra-inning win over San Diego.

The strong showing lowered Osich's ERA to 3.77 through 31 innings this season. The 28-year-old's inconsistent play and high walk rate (4.6 BB/9) make him an afterthought in standard formats. That said, Steven Okert's demotion to the minors leaves Osich as the lone southpaw in the Giants' bullpen, which could lead to increased hold opportunities against lefty-heavy lineups.
6:55 am (EST)
Eduardo Núñez (R) Headshot

Nunez went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Padres.

The veteran infielder has gone 5-for-15 (.333) in three games since returning from a one-game absence due to a flare up with his hamstring. Nunez's bat appears to be fine, but the speedster has yet to notch a stolen base since returning from the disabled list July 14. Barring any additional setbacks, we should see the 30-year-old build on his current mark of 17 steals in the coming week as the Giants showcase their veteran talent prior to the trade deadline.
6:43 am (EST)
John Jaso (L) Headshot

Jaso started Saturday night's game in right field in place of the injured Gregory Polanco, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jaso also replaced Polanco on Friday night when Polanco got hurt. He had started to get more time ahead of Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna when Starling Marte was still serving his suspension. He's hitting just .222/.309/.407 on the season, not exactly the production you'd hope for from a corner outfielder.
2:48 am (EST)
Dee Gordon (L) Headshot

Gordon went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and a run during Saturday's win over Cincinnati.

Gordon is now up to 34 stolen bases for the year, and his .290 batting average and 58 runs are also excellent marks. Obviously, the leadoff hitter offers nothing in the power categories, but that was also never an advertised asset. More of the same is likely ahead for the speedster.
2:07 am (EST)
Jake Odorizzi (R) Headshot

Odorizzi, who'll start Sunday's series finale versus the Rangers, plans to continue throwing from the stretch exclusively for the time being, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The decision comes as a result of the success the right-hander encountered in a 3-2 win over the Athletics last Monday, one in which he fired seven innings of one-hit ball. According to Odorizzi, the fact that the stretch forces him to limit his movements prior to the pitch led to across-the-board improvements in his performance. While some pitchers feel they lose power when pitching out of the stretch, Odorizzi's repertoire isn't overly reliant on his fastball, which clocks in just over 90 mph on average.
2:01 am (EST)
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