It has been a rebound season for Doug Fister who lost on Sunday but it is his first one since April 25th for the Astros. Over his previous 10 starts, Fister won seven games. For the season, he is now 8 - 4 with a 3.36 ERA and a 61:28 K:BB rate in 93.2 innings. There is a bit of a warning in his FIP which sits at 4.76 as his ERA starts to migrate towards it. How good he will be at the end of the year will be dependent upon minimizing the rise in ERA while still keeping Houston in games. His next start is slated to be at home against the White Sox.
There have been a couple of tough outings for David Robertson this year but he was able to record his 20th save of the year in his 22nd chance on Sunday. He now has converted 25 of his last 27 opportunities and has lowered his ERA to 2.79 this season. With an off day on Monday, Robertson will be ready on Tuesday if called upon to close for Chicago.
As a part-time player, J.B. Shuck has some value as one who can have a nice game while giving a starter the day off. Shuck hit his second homer of 2016 with a solo shot in the eighth inning. He is only hitting .205 this year and will return to the bench for the days ahead. But for those in American League only formats who benefited from his home run are appreciative.
For those who do not buy into Melky Cabrera, it is easy to defend as he is a very streaky player. But he is hot in June and with three more hits on Sunday has raised his average to .333 this month. Of his 26 hits, 13 have been for extra-bases and he has four home runs with 15 RBI along with 10 runs for Chicago in June. For the season, Cabrera is now hitting .297/.348/.467 and will try to finish the month strong with three games in Minnesota looming. Cabrera has 11 hits in 25 at bats (.440) versus the Twins this year with an 1.001 OPS.
Despite a lack of walks, Tim Anderson has had a strong start to his major league career. Through his first 16 games, Anderson has scored 13 runs with three home runs and has a hit in four straight contests along with one in seven of his last eight games. But Anderson has struck out 24 times with zero walks in 73 at bats this year and his hot streak is due to end soon. Once pitchers see him for a second time, the league adjustment may not be kind for the rookie. He was also supposed to be a source of steals upon his promotion but has only stolen one base this year.
In an effort to be more efficient in his approach to pitching, Chris Sale has stopped trying to strike every batter out and is now trying to work deeper into every game he starts. Sale reached the eighth inning once again on Sunday and only gave up two solo home runs to Toronto. He is the major league’s first 13-game winner and is second in strikeouts in the American League with 109, second in WHIP (0.98) and fourth in ERA at 2.79. His next start will be against Houston whom he has an ERA of 0.75 versus over the last three years with 40 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
Journeyman outfielder Junior Lake has found his way onto the Blue Jays roster due to a myriad of injuries. Lake is a toolsy player who has proven to be a Quad-A player in the past. He does have one skill, hitting southpaws. Lake struck again with his first home run of 2016 in his second game for Toronto versus Chris Sale. More of a platoon type player, Lake does have power and has hit .280 versus left-handed pitchers over the last three year with a .771 OPS. If he is in the lineup in Coors, he could be a sneaky play in DFS over the next three days.
It has been the tale of two seasons during the first half for Troy Tulowitzki. Prior to his injury, Tulowitzki was cratering at the plate but has rebounded over his last 21 games. During his last 21, Tulowitzki is 23-for-77 (.299) with 13 extra-base hits. He is also hitting over three hundred in June with three home runs and six RBI. His solo home run off of Chris Sale was one of only two blemishes for the major league leader in wins. Tulowitzki will return to Colorado on Monday to face his former franchise on the road in a homecoming to Coors Field and it could not come at a better time for the former Rockies shortstop.
To say this year has been a disappointment for Marcus Stroman is an understatement. After working his way back into Toronto’s rotation last year from his ACL surgery, Stroman has had a difficult time settling in for 2016. Stroman took the loss on Sunday and his record fell to 6 - 4 on the season. Fantasy owners can find hope in his 4.02 FIP which is over a run below his ERA and his below league average strand rate of 63.9 percent. His next start will come at home versus the Indians and Stroman has had much more success in Rogers Centre during his career.