DFS MLB Rankings:  July 25 Cover Image
DFS MLB Rankings: July 25
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Jake Lamb (L) Headshot

Lamb went hitless in two at-bats, but drew three walks and scored a run in Monday's 10-2 win over the Braves.

Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt combined for five walks from the Nos. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, making for a long night for the Braves' pitching staff, which needed 174 pitches to cover eight innings. The patient batting eye is something Lamb has shown all season, with his 0.53 BB/K rate representing a steady uptick from his 2016 mark of 0.42. That improved plate discipline coupled with an above-average .327 BABIP has aided Lamb to a career-high .375 on-base percentage.
12:49 pm (EST)
Josh Bell (B) Headshot

Bell went 3-for-5 with an RBI double Monday against the Giants.

He's slashing .364/.400/.652 with three homers and 17 RBI in his last 70 plate appearances, lifting his batting average to its highest mark (.253) since May 24. Bell's recent hot streak started after his only off-day of the season July 4. With 18 homers and an .818 OPS, the first baseman might be better positioned for NL Rookie of the Year honors if not for the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger.
12:46 pm (EST)
Daniel Descalso (L) Headshot

Descalso went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Monday's 10-2 win over the Braves.

Though J.D. Martinez (wrist) was cleared to return to the lineup for the series opener, the versatile Descalso managed to stick in the starting nine for the fifth consecutive game, manning second base this time with Brandon Drury getting the day off. It's expected that Descalso's playing-time opportunities will still take a hit from here on out, but he'll likely earn at least a handful of starts per week thanks to his ability to slot in at a number of different positions and steady eye at the plate. Descalso has racked up eight walks in his last seven games, which has helped him atone for a 4-for-19 showing at the plate during that time.
12:42 pm (EST)
Randal Grichuk (R) Headshot

Grichuk went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 8-2 win over the Rockies.

The 25-year-old outfielder has now gone deep in four consecutive games, racking up seven of his nine RBI for the month during that span. Grichuk was rather unexpectedly sent down to the minors in late May to revamp his swing, spending nearly a month away from the big-league club. There's been a notable difference in his performance since returning on June 25, although it's not overly reflected in the .237 average he's generated, which is only a modest improvement on the .222 figure he sported pre-demotion. Rather, it's been his HR/FB and hard contact rates that have both experienced significant boosts, with the former jumping from 8.3 percent to 36.0 percent and the latter climbing from an already impressive 38.6 percent to 53.2 percent over 181 plate appearances.
12:39 pm (EST)
Jeff Mathis (R) Headshot

Mathis went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs in Monday's 10-2 win over the Braves.

The three hits matched Mathis' season high, which he had previously established Opening Day. Though valued almost exclusively for his pitch framing and game-calling skills, Mathis has had a surprising impact on the offensive end of late, recording at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 starts dating back to June 22.
12:38 pm (EST)
Jose Osuna (R) Headshot

Osuna is expected to start in right field Tuesday against the left-handed throwing Madison Bumgarner, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

He's hitting lefties at a .274/.318/.452 clip in 66 plate appearances. Osuna has five hits in 15 at-bats since the All-Star break, though he's played in only one complete game during that span. The rookie continues to see an occasional start in the outfield, but left-handed hitters John Jaso and Adam Frazier typically end up seeing more playing time.
12:36 pm (EST)
Brian Roberts Headshot

Roberts signed a two-year, $950,000 deal with Olympiacos B.C. in Greece, freelance reporter David Pick reports. The contract includes a $1 million NBA opt out in between the two seasons.

Roberts spent last season as Kemba Walker's backup in Charlotte, posting 3.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.0 rebounds across 10.1 minutes per game while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from deep. The 31-year-old will test his luck overseas, with his contract structure giving him a shot at returning to the NBA during the 2018-19 season.
12:35 pm (EST)
Tommy Pham (R) Headshot

Pham went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two runs in Monday's 8-2 win over the Rockies.

Just more of the same for one of the Cardinals' breakout players of 2017, who now has five homers in July, including three in his last eight contests. Pham has also driven in an impressive 18 runs during the month and has boosted his season average 26 points to .308 since July 1.
12:25 pm (EST)
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