With the Indians moving into first place after a win on Saturday, they can be patient in handling the return of their outfielder. Michael Brantley is said to be feeling better after surgery to his right shoulder but he returned too quickly this season. Cleveland will not place a timetable on his return but they are going to be patient to ensure he can stay healthy and productive. It seems reasonable to anticipate Brantley to join Cleveland after the All Star Break but more will be known in the coming weeks.
After hitting a home run in three consecutive games, the Mets captain could be headed back to the disabled list. David Wright did not play on Saturday and is scheduled to meet with a doctor regarding his neck discomfort. Wright has suffered from back pain in the past but it is not known if the two are related. If there is bad news about his health Wright could land on the disabled list. More news will be released after his visit.
Fantasy owners always get a bit nervous when they see oft-injured Ryan Braun out of the lineup. But his day off on Saturday was just to keep him fresh. Braun is in the midst of a 29-game consecutive streak of reaching base for the Brewers and has done so in 37 out of their 40 games this year. On Sunday, Braun will face the Reds and southpaw Brandon Finnegan against whom he has one home run in four previous at bats. Daily owners should feel free to target Braun who has an OPS of 1.000 at home against left-handed pitchers with a wRC+ of 162.
Not only is Jonathan Villar leading the majors with 17 stolen bases, but he has moved to leadoff in Milwaukee. Villar has a .432 OBP hitting first for the Brewers in 19 games this year and has shown himself to be a fantasy bargain so far in 2016. He has scored 23 runs for the Brewers this year and is hitting just under three hundred after 47 games this year.
With players working their way back from injury, the Brewers anticipate the return of an outfielder soon. Domingo Santana took live batting practice on Saturday against Matt Garza. Santana is slated to return next weekend and he does not experience pain while hitting, it has been during throws. Through 36 games this year, Santana scored 15 runs with three home runs and 12 RBI for the Brewers with a .353 OBP.
Due to a lack of performance, the Dodgers may just decide to cut bait on a failed investment. Alex Guerrero has a contractual agreement he cannot be in the minors without consent after Monday. Guerrero was 1-for-30 at Double-A prior to moving to the Dodgers Triple-A affiliate. At this point, the Dodgers would lose just over eight million if they decide to cut Guerrero after Monday but it remains to be seen how the organization will handle him.
It is apparent the Mets did not consult the rule book when looking to retaliate against Chase Utley on Saturday night. Noah Syndergaard threw a pitch behind the Dodgers second baseman in the third inning and was immediately thrown out of the game. Not only could it cost Syndergaard his start on Saturday night, but he is now subject to a possible suspension by the commissioner's office. Stay tuned and it remains to be seen if the Mets will adjust the rotation due to Syndergaard's short night on Saturday.
Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda was hit by a comebacker in Saturday's game by Michael Conforto. Maeda stayed in the game and was the winner for Los Angeles working five innings with three strikeouts in his fourth win of the year. He underwent an X-ray after the game but the results were negative. Maeda is on track to make his next start at home versus Atlanta later next week.
Not only is R.A. Dickey struggling at home this year, but he now faces the Red Sox who have hit him hard in the past. Boston has scored 11 runs in less than 10 innings against Dickey this year and many hitter have success against him. David Ortiz is 10-for-36 versus Dickey with three doubles and three home runs, Xander Bogaerts is on a 21 game hitting streak and has 12 hits in 33 at bats with four doubles and a home run against Dickey. But the list goes on with Dustin Pedroia has 12 hits in 48 at bats, Travis Shaw is four for 10 this year with two doubles and a homer plus Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-36 with a double, triple and home run past match-ups. With the Red Sox firing on all cylinders on offense, avoiding Dickey for fantasy usage on Sunday is advisable.
With the Warriors looking for a spark in the second half, they have benched Harrison Barnes. Andre Iguodala started the second half for Golden State and he has played with more energy than Barnes. Over 22 minutes in Game 6, Iguodala has six points and five rebounds.