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Travis provided some unsuspected run support from the No. 9 spot in the lineup today as he got on base all three times he came to the plate and was able to drive in a run in the fifth inning with an RBI double. The fifth inning turned out to be big for the Jays as Josh Donaldson later drove Travis in and gave the Blue Jays a three-run lead. The 25-year-old has now played in seven straight games for the Blue Jays and has been very productive during this stretch, hitting 10-for-27 with six runs scored. His plate discipline and strikeout rate could both use some work but he has a respectable .455 slugging percentage in 190 plate appearances in 2016. He’ll face off against Andrew Cashner tomorrow who has been solid in his last four starts for the Padres, so it might be best to avoid using him in daily fantasy leagues.
Pillar stuffed the stat sheet against the Padres on Monday, as he did a little bit of everything for the Blue Jays and helped lead their offense to victory. The centerfielder was the only member of the Blue Jays to have a multi-hit game and he was also able to contribute on the base paths as he had the only stolen base put up by either team. The 27-year-old who is mainly known for his defense has been hitting around .270 consistently each month and has 32 extra-base hits on the year. He isn’t a great offensive presence for fantasy baseball but he does hit left-handers well enough to warrant a look in daily leagues when he squares off against a left-handed pitcher as he’s hitting .287 against them in 2016. He’ll square off against right-hander Andrew Cashner tomorrow who has allowed just one earned run a game in three out of his last four starts.
Baltimore has also been rumored to be interested in the speedy San Diego outfielder. In recent years, no one really wanted to touch this guy, but he's been very good in 2016. He could be traded at any minute, and whoever lands him is getting a multi-tooled outfielder. He's hitting .256 with 16 home runs, 46 runs scored, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases this season.
After Bo Schultz gave up a two-run home run to Alex Dickerson, Osuna was able to come into the game and get two quick outs to shut the door on the Padres. Originally it was looking like Osuna would get the night off as the Padres hadn’t scored a run all day, but he was indeed called upon with Schultz struggling in the ninth. The 21-year-old has now converted on 21-out-of-23 save appearances this season and has not allowed a hit in any of his last six appearances. He’s a fantastic closer for fantasy purposes and should continue to get good usage with the Blue Jays being in the thick of the playoff hunt down the stretch.
Sanchez absolutely cruised through his start tonight, as he allowed just one extra-base hit and five total baserunners through his seven innings pitched. His seven strikeouts tonight are tied for this third-best performance this season and tonight’s start was just the fifth time that he’s allowed four or fewer hits in a game. The 24-year-old has now won 11 games this season and has not been charged with a loss since the 22nd of April, which is pretty incredible. The Blue Jays have said that they are exploring the possibility of limiting Sanchez’s innings, which is understandable, but he will still be an elite-level fantasy pitcher whenever he takes the mound. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Orioles at home. The left-hander has already faced the Orioles once when he allowed six runs on ten hits back in the middle of June. He should still be a great daily fantasy option in his next start seeing that he’s really turned a corner since then and hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his last seven starts.
Dickerson was pretty much the entire source of offense for the Padres on Monday, as he had two out of their three extra-base hits, drove in both runs, and had three out of their five total hits. The 26-year-old has helped reshaped a Padres lineup that has been more balanced and productive as of late. Dickerson is now hitting .280 with four home runs, 13 runs batted in, and an OPS of .845 in 80 plate appearances for San Diego and should be on your fantasy radar in most league formats moving forward. He’ll face off against Marcus Stroman tomorrow who has allowed left-handed batters to hit .287 against him this season, so you might want to take a look at Dickerson for daily leagues if he’s in the lineup.
With all things being considered, it’s not the worst start in the world for Rea against a tough Toronto team, but the Padres bats were unable to score a single run to help out Rea before he was pulled. One encouraging sign for the 26-year-old today was that he was able to keep the ball in the ballpark after allowing five home runs over his last three starts. The right-hander has now been charged with a loss in back-to-back starts and has struggled with walks as of late as he’s walked 15 batters in his last five starts. He shouldn’t be considered for fantasy purposes due to his recent struggles and because he doesn’t post high strikeout totals. His next start will come at home against the Cincinnati Reds, who Rea faced back in late June where he recorded a win after allowing just three earned runs over five innings.
Urias is a highly touted prospect who's had mixed results at the big league level. On the other hand, Sale is a proven star who would instantly become the ace of the Dodger staff until Clayton Kershaw returns. Kershaw and Sale would be a lethal 1-2 punch that would instantly improve L.A's championship hopes.
Pence has already played in a few rehab games and since he hasn't suffered a setback, he continues to make steps in the right direction. Pence was hitting .298 with seven home runs and 36 RBI before falling on the disabled list with this hamstring issue. When he returns, he will resume his every day role in the San Fran outfield, but don't be surprised if the team elects to give him an off day more frequently than before.
After a report that surfaced last week saying the Yankees have considered releasing Alex Rodriguez there is now a new report stating that there is "almost no chance" that ARod gets let go this season.
The Yankees may not let him go, but if for some reason he's still on your fantasy team, you need to release him. Dallas Keuchel, a left-hander, pitched tonight for Houston and A-Rod found himself on the bench. He's hitting just .129 in July and .206 for the season. Yikes.