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Aroldis Chapman (L) Headshot

Chapman allowed a run on a hit and two walks during the ninth inning of Thursday's win over Seattle.

Since establishing himself as a closer in 2012, Chapman's current 3.65 ERA is the highest mark he's posted in any season. He's been victimized by an unsustainably low 68.4 strand rate, and his 1.84 FIP suggests that smoother outings are ahead. It's also worth noting that pitching in non-save situations is often a letdown spot for closers, so overreacting to Thursday's outing is ill-advised.
2:00 am (EST)
Luis Severino (R) Headshot

Severino (6-4) scattered eight hits and a walk across seven scoreless innings while recording six strikeouts during Thursday's win over Seattle.

There are a few poor outings in the game log for Severino, but with a 3.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.1 K/9, he's establishing himself as a high-end fantasy asset. His 3.02 FIP also reinforces the lofty status. Additionally, considering how well he's pitched, there is probably positive regression ahead in the wins column. Severino projects to make his next start at home against Cincinnati.
1:54 am (EST)
Félix Hernández (R) Headshot

Hernandez (5-4) allowed a single run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters through seven innings during Thursday's loss to the Yankees.

This was a throwback gem from Hernandez, and he's now allowed just two earned runs through 18 innings over his past three starts. Perhaps, the veteran can parlay his recent success into a strong second half, but ignoring his 4.87 FIP will likely prove ill-advised. Still, Hernandez is a strong option in favorable matchups and is inching closer to earning matchup-proof status. He projects to face the Red Sox at Safeco Field in his next start.
1:53 am (EST)
Hunter Renfroe (R) Headshot

Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over San Francisco.

After missing seven games because of a neck injury, Renfroe showed no lingering signs of the ailment Thursday. At this stage of his career, the 25-year-old outfielder is a low-end fantasy asset in most settings, but he owns tremendous power upside, and he's already up to 17 homers this season. It's probably wise not to bank on much improvement to his .231/.287/.456 slash line moving forward, though.
1:50 am (EST)
Cory Spangenberg (L) Headshot

Spangenberg went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over San Francisco.

Spangenberg is now 9-for-23 with three homers, eight RBI and seven runs through seven games since the All-Star break. He was a first-round pick in 2011, but the 26-year-old infielder hasn't made much fantasy noise or shown any power upside to this point in his professional career. It's also worth noting that San Diego played its first series out of the break at Coors Field. Still, in cavernous leagues, he could provide serviceable numbers in the second half.
1:44 am (EST)
Brandon Maurer (R) Headshot

Maurer pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 20th save of the season during Thursday's win over San Francisco. He did allow two hits and walk.

Maurer has now converted six consecutive saves and made eight straight appearances without allowing a run. For the year, Maurer's 5.17 ERA is still an eyesore, but his 1.15 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 and 2.79 FIP are all encouraging marks. As long as he's strutting out to the mound in the ninth inning, the 27-year-old righty is a strong fantasy asset.
1:34 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin (R) Headshot

Chacin (9-7) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four batters through six innings during Thursday's win over San Francisco.

The 29-year-old righty has now allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past 10 starts to improve to a 4.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. Chacin's fantasy value is climbing, and it's worth noting that he's been especially strong at home this season with a 1.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. It's also encouraging that he's been able to pile up nine wins despite playing for a basement-dwelling club. Chacin projects to face the Mets at Petco Park in his next start.
1:24 am (EST)
Madison Bumgarner (L) Headshot

Bumgarner (0-4) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters through 6.1 innings during Thursday's loss to San Diego.

The lefty has surrendered seven runs through 13.1 innings over his two starts since returning from the disabled list. Overall, Bumgarner has passed the eye test, but he's also showing a little rust locating his pitches. Unfortunately, the Giants are struggling to score runs and close out games, so it's not a favorable fantasy setup. Still, Bumgarner is an elite asset until proven otherwise and projects to face the Pirates at AT&T Park in his next start.
1:23 am (EST)
Yasmani Grandal (B) Headshot

Grandal went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double during Thursday's loss to Atlanta.

The backstop continues to post solid numbers and is now up to a .266/.318/.482 slash line with 13 homers, 39 RBI and 31 runs. Hitting in the stacked Dodgers lineup helps Grandal's fantasy floor, and he projects to remain a go-to option.
1:21 am (EST)
Kurt Suzuki (R) Headshot

Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's win over the Dodgers.

Suzuki is pairing with Tyler Flowers to provide excellent production from the catcher position for Atlanta. Unfortunately, because the duo is splitting time, it limits the fantasy upside of both. Suzuki's .257/.342/.471 slash line isn't the worst fallback option in cavernous settings, though.
1:13 am (EST)
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