Dozier continues to swing a hot bat for the Twins, as he extended his current hitting streak to eight games with his second-inning solo shot Saturday afternoon. Over those last eight contests, the All-Star second baseman has gone 13-for-33 with two homers, two triples, three doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored. After largely disappointing fantasy owners in April and May, Dozier has turned his season around with a strong June.
Despite allowing a single to Joe Mauer, Chapman made quick work of the Twins in the top of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon, as the rocket-armed lefty needed only 11 pitches (seven strikes) to close out the victory. Chapman has now converted 15-of-16 save opportunities while posting a 2.70 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 31-to-3 K/BB ratio across 20.0 innings.
Beltran has been in a nice groove at the plate over the past week or so, as he has hit safely in six of the last seven games including four multi-hit performances. Overall during that stretch, the veteran slugger has gone 12-for-28 with a double, three homers and nine RBI. Beltran is now sporting a stout .901 OPS through 70 games this year, proving he still has plenty of production left in his bat at age 39.
After getting knocked around pretty hard over his first three starts in June, Santana has rebounded with back-to-back solid efforts, both of which came against the Yankees. In those two matchups with the Pinstripers, Santana has given a combined four runs (three earned) on 12 hits to go with two walks and six strikeouts across 12.1 innings. The 33-year-old righty will try to build off of this outing Friday against the Rangers.
Pineda continued his strong month on the mound with this effort. Over five starts in June, the big righty has posted a nice 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and, perhaps most impressive, a 37-to-5 K/BB ratio across 30.0 innings. Due to some struggles earlier in the season, his overall numbers for the year are still quite ugly. However, that could present a buy-low opportunity for a starting pitcher now viable in virtually all standard mixed leagues. Pineda will look to keep it going Thursday afternoon against the Rangers.
The 23-year old out of Missouri played only 19 games in the 2014-15 season, averaging 11.9 points per game. He will spend the summer honing his game in hopes to contribute to the Lakers next season.
While it's a sad turn of events for Sampson, it's hardly a tough blow for fantasy owners, if anyone did indeed own him. Sampson spent most of his time in AAA this season, posting a 3.25 ERA with a 6.83 K/9 in 80.1 innings pitched. He'll look toward providing the Mariners with some value in 2017, but will remain off the radar for fantasy purposes.