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R.A. Dickey Headshot

Dickey allowed three runs on 11 hits over six innings against the visiting Pirates on Tuesday. He struck out two, walked three and hit a batter.

This 15-baserunner outing incredibly qualifies as a quality start, robbing that designation of all meaning in the process. Dickey has been a pain to own in fantasy, as his strikeout rate has dropped to its lowest point since 2008 and his walk rate is at its highest point since 2009; despite that, he's outpitched his peripherals so far, but that's not going to last if he keeps packing the bases with runners.
4:10 am (EST)
Tyler Glasnow Headshot

Glasnow worked around nine hits to allow just two runs over six innings in Atlanta on Tuesday. He struck out four and walked two.

While Glasnow is steadily showing signs of improvement, he also certainly hasn't reached peak efficiency yet, as his stats make painfully evident. His upside as a highly pedigreed starter for a Pirates team with a history of developing arms well makes Glasnow intriguing for fantasy purposes, but few of his stats offer much reason for optimism that he'll improve markedly in the near term. The 23-year-old still needs to get a handle on his control and get better at keeping the ball in the yard.
4:04 am (EST)
Lucas Duda Headshot

Duda went 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run against the Padres on Tuesday.

He'd been slumping since returning from the disabled list, going just 4-for-26 (.154) without a homer over nine games, so it was nice to see Duda bust out with a multi-hit performance. The slugging first baseman is still looking for his first long ball since April 14, but his track record should give fantasy owners some confidence that he'll find his power stroke in due time.
3:57 am (EST)
Michael Conforto Headshot

Conforto went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres. He was also hit by a pitch.

Conforto has been on an absolute crusade against opposing pitching this year, lighting up the scoreboard largely out of the leadoff spot in the Mets' lineup. He's tied for second in the National League in homers with 13, just two behind co-MLB leaders Mike Trout and Aaron Judge, and Conforto's 31 RBI and 34 runs are elite numbers as well.
3:54 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (4-4) lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's start against the Mets, getting slammed for seven runs on eight hits.

After a nine-run catastrophe in his first start of the year, Chacin had settled in impressively, going 4-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over an eight-start span, but these hard-to-predict blowup outings really inflate his numbers. Chacin's now given up seven-plus runs thrice in 2017, leaving his season ERA at 5.74. He's streamable in head-to-head formats if you can tolerate the volatility, but that's more or less the extent of the veteran righty's fantasy worth.
3:49 am (EST)
Matt Harvey Headshot

Harvey (3-3) held San Diego to two runs on three hits and four walks over five innings in Tuesday's win. He struck out six.

While he did a decent job keeping the Padres off the board, this was hardly an improvement in terms of efficiency for Harvey, who needed 103 pitches to get through five frames. He's now walked four-plus batters in four consecutive starts, and Harvey hasn't finished six innings since April 21. While he looks to be settling down to some degree, Harvey still has a ways to go before he can be started without reservations in fantasy.
3:44 am (EST)
Josh Osich Headshot

Osich struck out two batters over a scoreless inning in Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Cubs.

Tuesday's clean frame brought Osich's ERA down to 4.00 through nine innings. The hard-throwing lefty has struck out a batter per inning, but walks continue continue to be an issue after he posted a sub-par 4.7 BB/9 last season. He will continue to be used in low-leverage situations until he displays more control on the mound.
3:30 am (EST)
Cliff Pennington Headshot

Pennington started at third and batted ninth against the Rays on Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk in a 4-0 victory.

With the surprising news of C.J. Cron's demotion to the minors Monday, playing time opened up on the infield for Pennington. The veteran could earn a few extra starts at the hot corner until Yunel Escobar (hamstring) returns from the disabled list. The 32-year-old currently owns a slugging percentage that is equal to his batting average (.271), so a temporary boost in playing time is unlikely to make waves in fantasy circles.
3:07 am (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout went 1-for-3 with his 15th home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Tuesday's homer placed the Angels' slugger in a tie with Aaron Judge for the league lead in long balls with 15 on the year. In addition to the tremendous power, Trout has been filling the stat sheet for his fantasy owners with 33 runs, 35 RBI and nine steals while batting .342 through 42 games. It can be tough to digest the thought of the consensus top pick in fantasy this year exceeding his lofty expectations, but the 25-year-old appears to be doing just that with no signs of slowing down.
2:48 am (EST)
Yonder Alonso Headshot

Alonso was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after initial X-rays came back negative, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This news comes as a major relief after Alonso was hit flush on the wrist and removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins -- his first since being sidelined with a sore knee over the weekend. While X-rays were negative, he is still dealing with a contusion, so there's still the possibility of Alonso sitting out Wednesday with an off-day looming before the A's weekend set with the Yankees. Look for a further update on Alonso's status during the day Wednesday, but if he's unavailable for the series finale, Ryon Healy would likely fill in at first base.
1:24 am (EST)
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