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Welington Castillo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run against Houston on Sunday.
Castillo benefitted greatly from Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s recent injury as Castillo played a large majority of the games behind the plate in Salty’s absence. And he played well as his wOBA since the All-Star break is over .450. But he struck out in almost 40 percent of his plate appearances and rode a .400 BABIP to most of his success. With Salty back now and regression likely for Castillo, don’t count on as much from him going forward. Analysis: Brett Talley
The Indians are weighing the possibility to placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Kipnis DH'ed on Friday and Saturday nights before sitting out on Sunday, so apparently this shoulder injury has been an isue for a few days now. Kipnis has ridden a .375 BABIP to an excellent .326 batting average this season. He has been hitting line drives at an incredibly high rate, but counting on a super-high line drive rate to continue is foolhardy, so Kipnis could be in line for some regression in that department if this injury doesn't knock him out for the rest of the year. Analysis: Brett Talley
Manager Terry Collins says Steven Matz could return in early September.
Matz was excellent in two starts for the Mets before getting injured and could certainly help down the stretch if he gets healthy. But fantasy owners should note that he has struggled with his control, and an ERA in the high threes with good strikeout numbers is a reasonable expectation. That has some value, but a few starts of that kind of production in September won't be any kind of difference maker. Analysis: Brett Talley
Henry Owens will start Tuesday against the Yankees.
Owens just turned 23 and he'll get his first major league start as a bit of a late birthday present. In 21 starts at Triple-A this season, Ownes owns a 3.16 ERA, but his strikeout-to-walk ratio leaves something to be desired at less than 2:1. He flashed some high strikeout numbers in previous seasons, but he's striking out just 20.6 percent of batters faced at Triple-A this season. That makes it a little tough to expect too much from him at the big league level right away. With a tough matchup against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday, Owens should be avoided. Analysis: Brett Talley