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Jeff Samardzija (R) Headshot

Samardzija gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings in a no-decision Friday against San Diego.

Not only has Samardzija given up 12 runs in two starts since the All-Star break, but both of those starts have come against the lowly Padres, owners of the league's worst runs scored total. Samardzija's ERA is all the way up to 5.05 and his trade value is sinking like a rock. He may only have one more start before the deadline to draw the interest of a contender, coming up Wednesday against the Pirates.
3:04 am (EST)
Trevor Cahill (R) Headshot

Cahill served up six runs on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout over 3.2 innings in a no-decision Friday night against the Giants.

Cahill couldn't match his excellent start last time out, also against San Francisco, when he allowed just one run and struck out eight over 6.2 innings. He just couldn't find the strike zone, as half of his 86 pitches were balls. The nastiness Cahill has shown at times is impressive, as he has struck out seven or more batters eight times in 11 starts, but his inconsistency can be maddening.
2:39 am (EST)
Alex Wood (L) Headshot

Wood (11-1) served up nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits and four walks with four strikeouts over just 4.2 innings in his first loss Friday night against Atlanta.

Finally, Wood is human. Not only was this his first loss of the season, but it was the first time he failed to complete the fifth inning since April 21 against Arizona, when he was making a spot start and wasn't stretched out. Wood was bound to stumble eventually, but his consistency this season has been impressive. Despite the disaster, Wood's ERA still sits at a pristine 2.17.
2:24 am (EST)
Aaron Judge (R) Headshot

Judge homered and drove in four runs in a 1-for-2 game with a walk Friday night against the Mariners.

Hopefully that will mark the end of a second half-opening slump from Judge, who was 4-for-29 since the break entering Friday's game. The fact that judge added productive plate appearances with a walk and sacrifice fly to his home run suggest he just might be seeing the ball well again.
2:09 am (EST)
Andrew Moore (R) Headshot

Moore (1-2) allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six innings in a loss Friday to the Yankees.

Moore has yet to find his groove since the All-Star break, as he has allowed five runs in consecutive starts after opening his career with three straight quality starts to finish the first half of the season. Not only did Moore muster just two strikeouts, but he generated just three swings and misses from Yankees hitters. That's not going to cut it in the major leagues, and if the Mariners acquire pitching on the trade market, Moore could be headed back to the minors with a quickness.
1:52 am (EST)
CC Sabathia (L) Headshot

Sabathia (9-3) held the Mariners to one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a victory Friday night.

Sabathia labored for this win, as he needed 98 pitches to get through just five frames. But he made the big pitches when he needed to, as Sabathia induced 12 swinging strikes and six ground balls to strand six of seven baserunners. For somebody many thought was washed up, Sabathia has been a powerful anchor for the Yankees rotation. Since May 16, Sabathia has allowed just nine earned runs in as many starts, good for a 1.62 ERA over 50 innings.
1:46 am (EST)
Ervin Santana (R) Headshot

Santana gave up five runs over 3.1 innings with three strikeouts, but seven hits and two home runs in Friday's loss to Detroit.

It was Santana's shorting outing of the season and shortest since May 7, 2016. Santana has alternated very good and very poor outings since the start of June. In his last nine starts he's given up five or more runs five times and allowed two or fewer runs four times.
1:16 am (EST)
A.J. Ramos (R) Headshot

Ramos pitched a perfect inning to earn his 18th save of the year Friday against the Reds.

Ramos was protecting a two-run lead, and was able to close out the Reds with no drama. Despite a very high ERA and WHIP for a closer, his ability to close out games continues to make him a valuable fantasy asset.
Yesterday 11:58 pm (EST)
Homer Bailey (R) Headshot

Bailey (2-4) allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Marlins.

Bailey gave up both runs in the first inning, but was able to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard over each of the next five frames, but was unable to get much offensive support. Although he has a ridiculous 8.56 ERA, he's held opponents to two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, and although he has clear downside, it appears as if he's turned a corner, making him a player who fantasy managers could consider using in lineups. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Yankees.
Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
Jose Urena (R) Headshot

Urena (8-4) allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four across six innings to earn the win Friday against the Reds.

Urena was provided a two-run lead in the first inning and was able to hold onto it until turning the game over to the bullpen for the final three frames. This was the first time in three outings that he was able to fire a quality start, and he currently owns at 3.78 ERA, which has made him a solid but unspectacular fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Rangers.
Yesterday 11:55 pm (EST)
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