Frazier now has six homers and 13 RBI through 22 June games, and he's improved his batting average and OPS by 33 and 99 points, respectively. Fantasy owners hope the momentum continues to build going forward because Frazier is well behind his 2016 pace. It's worth noting that his .220 BABIP is probably unsustainably low, so further positive regression is likely ahead.
Finnegan believes he could avoid the DL, but Reds management was less optimistic. His earlier departure taxed an already stressed bullpen Monday, and the team could need to bring in reinforcements as early as Tuesday.
The start was Hill's longest of the season, as he has a knack for running up late counts in part due to his excellent swing and miss ability. That ability was on display Monday night, as Hill racked up 15 swinging strikes in 99 pitches. Hill now has 15 strikeouts in 12 innings over his previous two starts. His ERA sits at a mediocre 4.60, but it's hard to ignore someone flashing stuff that nasty.
While this was a tough result for Holmberg, the lefty still sports a respectable 2.92 ERA and 1.14 WHIP through his six starts in the majors this season. However, with a 5.4 K/9 and 4.65 FIP, expectations should probably remain in check. Another high-powered offense is on deck for Holmberg, as his next start projects to be against Texas at hitter-friendly Guaranteed Rate Field.
Austin owns a solid .278/.357/.471 career slash line at the Triple-A level and will receive a fleeting opportunity at regular at-bats as New York's primary first baseman. Monday's bomb was an encouraging first step, and Austin is definitely worth considering as a speculative add and short-term fix.
Montgomery continues to provide serviceable fantasy numbers with a 3.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 for the season. Additionally, with a high-powered offense providing run support, he should continue to be a solid source of wins moving forward. The rookie lefty projects to face the Astros at Minute Maid Park in his next start, and it isn't out of the question to fade Montgomery in the daunting matchup.
The shortstop is turning in another solid fantasy campaign with 14 home runs, 36 RBI, 43 runs and a .253/.316/.473 slash line. Fantasy owners would love to see him improve on his three stolen bases going forward, and considering he's settled into the leadoff spot, reaching the double-digit mark for a third consecutive season should be within reach. Continue to view Lindor as a rock-solid option at the 6 moving forward.
Chisenhall now has four homers, 18 RBI and 9 runs through 19 June games and sports an impressive .311/.373/.589 slash line for the campaign. He's always been a streaky hitter that does his best work against righties, and Chisenhall has also flashed this type of upside in the past. Still, he's locked into the heart of a clicking lineup and providing excellent fantasy numbers. It's not out of the question that 2017 proves to be the year he puts it all together over an entire season.
Despite piling up 41 RBI and 46 runs, it's been an underwhelming campaign for Santana. as his .225/.328/.384 slash line and nine home runs are disappointing marks. His fantasy floor remains high, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him improve on his 10.1 HR/FB rate after posting a 16.9 mark last season. Additionally, this could prove to be an opportune buy-low spot.
Nolasco was utterly dealing and was in line for the win, but he did leave a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh. It didn't seem as if either of the line drives were hit hard enough or in a sensitive enough location to injure Nolasco severely, and he looked fine as he walked off the field. This was likely a precautionary measure, and it's an unfortunate ending to one of his best starts this season. Consider Nolasco day-to-day until the club can evaluate him.
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