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Carter Capps (R) Headshot

Capps (ankle) has pitched well since returning from the minor league disabled list July 14, firing seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in four appearances.

Capps has come along slowly this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has been pitching well lately and could find himself back in the majors soon, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Padres traded away their closer Brandon Maurer on Monday and they may not be done making moves prior to next week's trade deadline. If and when Capps returns to the majors, he could find himself in the mix for closing duties right off the bat, something fantasy owners hunting for saves should keep an eye on.
2:51 am (EST)
Phil Maton (R) Headshot

Maton was one of several names mentioned to take over as closer for the Padres following Monday's trade of Brandon Maurer, according to Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The 24-year-old has experienced modest success in the majors (3.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 9.0 K/BB), so it is not shocking that manager Andy Green is considering him as a potential replacement in the ninth. That said, Brad Hand and Kirby Yates have been more dominant in larger sample sizes this season, so Maton figures to be the underdog in the competition for saves. If Hand is dealt at the deadline -- as he is rumored to be -- then the rookie reliever would see an increased chance to take over as the Friars' closer down the stretch.
2:41 am (EST)
Kirby Yates (R) Headshot

Yates was one of several names mentioned by manager Andy Green as a potential replacement for the recently-traded Brandon Maurer, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Brad Hand figures to be the logical choice to fill in as the Padres' closer, but considering his high potential to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline, Yates could find himself closing games in the near future. The 30-year-old has been dominant in San Diego this season, posting a 2.23 ERA and 13.6 K/9 in 32.1 innings. Fantasy owners speculating potential closers should take a look at the hard-throwing righty.
2:33 am (EST)
Brad Hand (L) Headshot

Hand is the front-runner to take over as the Padres' closer following Monday's trade that sent Brandon Maurer to Kansas City, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Manager Andy Green didn't officially name a replacement for Maurer following the trade, but Hand's dominance and short-term success in the role (three saves this season) makes him the the clear favorite. The 27-year-old has been dominant through 51 innings, posting a 2.12 ERA and 2.69 FIP to go along with an elite 11.6 K/9. The southpaw's solid ratios and potential for saves make him a hot pickup, but there is a strong chance that Hand himself will be moved before next week's trade deadline, which could land him in a situation where he will no longer be a closer.
2:27 am (EST)
Taylor Rogers (L) Headshot

Rogers (5-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three in an inning of work Monday against the Dodgers.

Rogers' three strikeouts are little consolation for an outing that raised his ERA from 2.15 to 2.79. He was tasked with delivering a 4-3 eighth-inning lead intact to closer Brandon Kintzler, but failed to do so due to a three-run homer off the bat of Cody Bellinger. Rogers seems unlikely to move up to a ninth-inning role anytime soon given Kintzler's 27-for-30 conversion rate in save opportunities.
2:13 am (EST)
Kenley Jansen (R) Headshot

Jansen walked one and struck out one without allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to nail down his 25th save Monday against Minnesota.

Jansen rebounded well one day after suffering his first blown save of the season in a game his team still went on to win. His 25 saves are good for second in the NL behind Colorado's Greg Holland (31).
2:01 am (EST)
Blake Snell (L) Headshot

Snell (0-6) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four batters through seven innings during Monday's loss to Baltimore.

Snell has held his own through three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Durham with just six runs allowed and 15 strikeouts through 16 innings. While he still sports an underwhelming 4.86 ERA and 1.56 WHIP for the year, the lefty owns oodles of upside and the potential to reward down the fantasy stretch drive. Snell projects to make his next start on the road against the Yankees.
1:59 am (EST)
Cody Bellinger (L) Headshot

Bellinger went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Monday's 6-4 win over the Twins.

Bellinger's game-winning blast with one out in the eighth turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead. The rookie sensation has homered in consecutive contests to bring his total to 28 in 80 games.
1:56 am (EST)
Kevin Gausman (R) Headshot

Gausman (7-7) pitched six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts through six innings during Monday's win over Tampa Bay.

Gausam's up-and-down season continues, and he's now won four of his past eight outings with just a single run surrendered and 29 strikeouts over 24.1 innings during the wins. Unfortunately, he allowed 21 runs through the other four outings. As a result, it's extremely difficult to trust Gausman in the majority of fantasy settings. He lines up for a potentially daunting matchup against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington next.
1:55 am (EST)
Tyler Chatwood (R) Headshot

Chatwood (calf) completed a one-inning simulated game Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

It's a step in the right direction for the right-hander, although it does come with some troubling news. The Rockies are considering bringing back Chatwood as a reliever, which would greatly diminish his fantasy appeal. Given his mediocre strikeout numbers, Chatty's value would greatly decrease if he were moved to long relief. This is largely speculation at the moment, and things should become clearer as he nears his return from the DL in the coming week or two.
1:53 am (EST)
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