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Josh Osich (L) Headshot

Osich was the winning pitcher of record after tossing 1.2 shutout innings and striking out three batters in Saturday's extra-inning win over San Diego.

The strong showing lowered Osich's ERA to 3.77 through 31 innings this season. The 28-year-old's inconsistent play and high walk rate (4.6 BB/9) make him an afterthought in standard formats. That said, Steven Okert's demotion to the minors leaves Osich as the lone southpaw in the Giants' bullpen, which could lead to increased hold opportunities against lefty-heavy lineups.
6:55 am (EST)
Eduardo Núñez (R) Headshot

Nunez went 3-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Padres.

The veteran infielder has gone 5-for-15 (.333) in three games since returning from a one-game absence due to a flare up with his hamstring. Nunez's bat appears to be fine, but the speedster has yet to notch a stolen base since returning from the disabled list July 14. Barring any additional setbacks, we should see the 30-year-old build on his current mark of 17 steals in the coming week as the Giants showcase their veteran talent prior to the trade deadline.
6:43 am (EST)
John Jaso (L) Headshot

Jaso started Saturday night's game in right field in place of the injured Gregory Polanco, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

Jaso also replaced Polanco on Friday night when Polanco got hurt. He had started to get more time ahead of Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna when Starling Marte was still serving his suspension. He's hitting just .222/.309/.407 on the season, not exactly the production you'd hope for from a corner outfielder.
2:48 am (EST)
Dee Gordon (L) Headshot

Gordon went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and a run during Saturday's win over Cincinnati.

Gordon is now up to 34 stolen bases for the year, and his .290 batting average and 58 runs are also excellent marks. Obviously, the leadoff hitter offers nothing in the power categories, but that was also never an advertised asset. More of the same is likely ahead for the speedster.
2:07 am (EST)
Jake Odorizzi (R) Headshot

Odorizzi, who'll start Sunday's series finale versus the Rangers, plans to continue throwing from the stretch exclusively for the time being, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The decision comes as a result of the success the right-hander encountered in a 3-2 win over the Athletics last Monday, one in which he fired seven innings of one-hit ball. According to Odorizzi, the fact that the stretch forces him to limit his movements prior to the pitch led to across-the-board improvements in his performance. While some pitchers feel they lose power when pitching out of the stretch, Odorizzi's repertoire isn't overly reliant on his fastball, which clocks in just over 90 mph on average.
2:01 am (EST)
J.T. Realmuto (R) Headshot

Realmuto went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI during Saturday's win.

Realmuto is providing high-end numbers from the catcher position with a .305/.361/.475 slash line, 10 homers, 39 RBI, five stolen bases and 41 runs. He entered Saturday's game with the fourth-most plate appearances (328) among all catchers, so his hefty role also provides a high fantasy floor.
1:56 am (EST)
Hisashi Iwakuma (R) Headshot

Iwakuma (shoulder) is still limited to light throwing and manager Scott Servais acknowledges there is no timetable for his return, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran right-hander has played catch on multiple occasions this past week, but he's apparently got a ways to go before emerging from that phase. Servais emphasized that Iwakuma was feeling good Friday following his Thursday throwing session and that once he's able to work out at 150 feet consistently, he''ll be able to take the mound and throw a bullpen. Iwakuma has been sidelined since May 3 and is 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA across six starts this season.
1:54 am (EST)
Bobby Wahl (R) Headshot

Wahl (shoulder), who fired a scoreless inning in which he struck out the side in High-A Stockton's extra-inning win over Modesto on Thursday, could soon be activated from the disabled list, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The 25-year-old allowed a walk but was otherwise dominant over his 18 pitches, and according to manager Bob Melvin, he may not need to see much more from him before Wahl is activated. The right-handed reliever appeared in seven games before hitting the disabled list on May 24, posting a 4.70 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 7.2 innings.
1:47 am (EST)
Justin Upton (R) Headshot

Upton went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run during Saturday's loss to the Twins.

This was Upton's first home run since June 29, but he did post a respectable .907 OPS during the power drought. It's encouraging that the slugger hasn't been fully reliant on the long ball this season, and he's now up to a .277/.365/.505 slash line with 16 bombs, 60 RBI, eight stolen bases and 58 runs. Those are big fantasy numbers in all settings.
1:43 am (EST)
Brandon Kintzler (R) Headshot

Kintzler pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to record his 27th save of the season during Saturday's win over Detroit.

The Minnesota closer has now tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings through 13 appearances and sports a 2.11 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 5.3 K/9 for the campaign. Kintzler's fantasy upside is capped because of his lack of strikeouts, but with high-end ratios and a secure ninth-inning gig, he projects to remain a solid asset.
1:38 am (EST)
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