DFS WNBA Playbook & FanDuel Optimal Lineups: June 25 Cover Image
DFS WNBA Playbook & FanDuel Optimal Lineups: June 25
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Ben Lively (R) Headshot

Lively (1-2) allowed five runs (four earned) over 5.1 innings Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He walked four and did not strike anyone out.

The lack of strikeouts was concerning, but it has not been consistent across all five of Lively's starts in the majors this season. Still, Saturday was the first time he allowed more than three earned runs and it was also the shortest outing of his young career. Lively figures to stay in the Phillies' rotation for the time being.
2:50 am (EST)
Chris Herrmann (L) Headshot

Herrmann drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 with one run scored Saturday against the Phillies.

After a run-scoring single in the sixth, Herrmann followed that with a two-run double the next inning, accounting for a third of the nine runs Arizona scored Saturday. He's started just eight games this month, appearing in 13, and struggled entering Saturday (.161 batting average in 31 June at-bats), and he figures to still not earn a lot of playing time behind Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis.
2:43 am (EST)
Joc Pederson (L) Headshot

Pederson finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run and one walk Saturday against the Rockies.

In a contest without a ton of offense, Pederson's 421-foot blast to center field in the third inning served as the evening's fireworks. While he is hitting just .225 on the season, he's hitting .297 in June (37 at-bats).
2:35 am (EST)
Clayton Kershaw (L) Headshot

Kershaw (11-2) earned the win Saturday against the Rockies. He pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits, while striking out eight and walking one.

After somewhat scuffling his last time out, this was pretty close to vintage Kershaw. The left-hander kept the Rockies at bay for the entirety of his outing, but still ran up a high pitch count (103 pitches) that forced him from the game after six.
2:30 am (EST)
Tyler Chatwood (R) Headshot

Chatwood (6-8) took the loss Saturday against the Dodgers, giving up four runs over 3.1 innings. He walked eight batters and struck out three.

The concern here, obviously, is Chatwood recording just 10 outs while allowing eight men to reach via base on balls. Of the 88 pitches he threw, only 41 were strikes. Chatwood's K:BB is now a dismal 77:50, with his ERA at 4.32. He had given up just five runs over his previous 26 innings (four starts), so this was definitely a regression from his preferred path.
2:26 am (EST)
Sam Gaviglio (R) Headshot

Gaviglio (3-2) took the loss and gave up two runs on six hits over six innings Saturday against the Astros. He walked and struck out three apiece.

A two-run home run off the bat of Josh Reddick in the third innings was all the damage Houston did against Gaviglio, but that was all that needed to happen for him to wind up on the losing side Saturday. Regardless, it was a nice performance from someone simply making a spot start. Going forward, the 27-year-old's status in Seattle's rotation is unknown, given the impending availability of starters like Felix Hernandez (shoulder) returning from the disabled list soon.
2:17 am (EST)
Lance McCullers (R) Headshot

McCullers (7-1) pitched five innings of one-run ball, allowing one run on four hits and no walks Saturday against the Mariners. He added eight strikeouts and earned the win.

McCullers had been activated earlier in the day after a disabled-list stint to deal with lower-back issues. He pitched into the sixth inning, when Seattle finally broke through against him, and finished after throwing 76 pitches (51 for strikes). The right-hander picked up right where he left off before he hit the DL, and now owns an ERA of 2.53.
2:10 am (EST)
Brian McCann (L) Headshot

McCann finished 1-for-4 with three RBI against the Mariners on Sunday.

McCann's three-run double in the seventh inning helped the Astros with some much needed insurance, as they went on to win 5-2. He now has 15 RBI in his last 15 games and is slashing .268/.351/.475 in 211 plate appearances in 2017.
2:01 am (EST)
Dinelson Lamet (R) Headshot

Lamet gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk, with five strikeouts, Saturday against the Tigers.

This was Lamet's second consecutive quality start, which is a good sign following a string of poor efforts. Lamet held Detroit scoreless until the fifth inning, when they scored all three runs against him. The right-hander has allowed five earned runs over his past two starts now (12 innings).
1:43 am (EST)
Anibal Sánchez (R) Headshot

Sanchez allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits Saturday against the Padres. He did not factor into the decision, while striking out four and walking none.

This was Sanchez's second start since being recalled after a nearly month-long stint in the minors. His two outings have been successful, especially in comparison to his long-relief appearances earlier in the season. He's now given up three runs in 11 innings over those two starts, with nine strikeouts and three walks.
1:34 am (EST)
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