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Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored, and two stolen bases against the Cubs on Monday.

Hamilton was able to make the most out of his time on the base paths against the Cubs tonight, as he scored in two out of the three times that he reached first base. His two steals on the night brings his season total up to 19, which is close to the pace that he stole bases at in 2015. The 25-year-old has been losing out on playing time due to his streaky hitting, but has put together a nice month of June where he has hit .286 with five extra base hits in 16 games. Hamilton will face off against Jon Lester on Tuesday, and he could be a nice option for daily fantasy purposes as he’s hitting .714 with a home run and four runs scored in seven career at-bats against Lester.
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Cincinnati left fielder Adam Duvall went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in against the Cubs on Monday.

Duvall and Joey Votto contributed almost all of the offense for the Reds on Monday, as they were the only two hitters to have multi-hit games, and they were also the only two hitters to drive in multiple runs. Duvall’s two hit game snaps an 0-for-11 hitless streak, and is hitting just .231 in the month of June. The 27-year-old has seemingly come out of nowhere to put up significant power numbers in 2016 as he’s hit 21 home runs and batted in 53 for the Reds. There are some concerns surrounding Duvall as he walks in just 4.4 percent of his at bats, which is significantly hampering his on-base percentage. He also strikes out at a very high rate, as this season he has struck out in 27.8 percent of his at-bats. The power numbers are definitely for real, but he’s probably not going to be putting up many multi-hit games down the stretch. He’ll face off against left-hander Jon Lester tomorrow, who has allowed just 23 earned runs in 98.2 innings pitched this season.
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Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three runs batted in against the Cubs on Monday.

Votto’s two home runs tonight took his season total to 13, but ultimately his solid offensive effort was not enough to lead the Reds to victory. Tonight’s two home run game snaps Votto’s 16 game homerless streak, which dated back to the 7th of June. The Reds first baseman was just 5-for-28 in his last seven games, but has hit for a .325 average on the month as a whole. His power numbers have been down recently, having hit just four home runs this month and driven in six, but hopefully tonight’s game is a sign of good things to come. Votto will have a tough matchup tomorrow against left-hander Jon Lester, who has held left-handed hitters to a .210 average in 2016.
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Reds pitcher Dan Straily got hit hard in a loss to the Cubs on Monday night, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts over three and two-thirds innings pitched.

Tonight’s loss takes Straily to 4-5 on the season, and the 27-year-old has lost his last three starts in a row. When a pitcher faces off against the Cubs loaded lineup they need to have their best stuff in order to come away with a win, and Straily clearly did not pitch well enough to earn his team a victory. The right-hander has now allowed 17 earned runs in his last 14 innings pitched, and has walked eight batters in that same timespan. Things won’t get any easier for Straily either, as he has to face a tough Nationals team on the road on Saturday, so you should plan accordingly add a few Nationals hitters to your daily fantasy lineups for Saturday.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run against the Reds on Monday.

Rizzo and Kris Bryant hit back-to-back home runs off of Ross Ohlendorf in the eighth inning, and Rizzo’s 18th home run of the year gave the Cubs a three run lead late in the game. After sitting out in two games on Thursday and Friday with back soreness, Rizzo has gone 6-for-12 in his last three games. The 26-year-old has hit the cover off the ball this month, hitting .407 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 22 games. Even though he has been scorching hot lately I would recommend staying away from him tomorrow has a tough matchup tomorrow against left-hander John Lamb. Rizzo is hitting just .206 against left-handed pitching this season, so use him at your own risk.
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Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 5-for-5 with three home runs, two doubles, four runs scored, and six runs batted in against the Reds on Monday.

Bryant’s huge game on Monday was one for the history books, as he is the only hitter in the last 103 years to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game. Daily fantasy owners will be jubilated with tonight’s effort, and Bryant has now put himself in a tie for the title of National League home run leader. Tonight’s 5-for-5 effort came on the heels of a rocky month for Bryant, who was hitting just .229 coming into Monday. The 24-year-old has been a force to be reckoned with for the Cubs in 2016, with 21 home runs, 57 runs batted in, and an OPS of .934. He’ll look to stay hot on Tuesday against Reds left-hander John Lamb, who has allowed just 10 earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched.
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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed five earned runs on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts over five innings pitched in a win against Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tonight’s start was a rare misstep for Arrieta, and his five earned runs allowed is the most he’s allowed in a game this year. Luckily for Arrieta, the Cubs potent offense was able to pick up the slack and earn him a victory despite a less-than-stellar performance. The Cubs pitcher was also able to help his own cause from the plate today, as he went 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Daily fantasy players will undoubtedly be disappointed in tonight’s performance as Arrietta carried a hefty price tag. The 30-year-old has now walked 12 batters in his last three starts, which is certainly a cause for concern if he doesn’t show improvement in his next couple of starts. With tonight’s five runs allowed, Arrieta has dropped to third in the Major League in ERA. He’ll look to put in a better effort on Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field. The 2015 NL Cy Young winner should be highly owned in daily purposes on Saturday, as Citi Field is a great park for pitchers.
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