Since establishing himself as a closer in 2012, Chapman's current 3.65 ERA is the highest mark he's posted in any season. He's been victimized by an unsustainably low 68.4 strand rate, and his 1.84 FIP suggests that smoother outings are ahead. It's also worth noting that pitching in non-save situations is often a letdown spot for closers, so overreacting to Thursday's outing is ill-advised.
There are a few poor outings in the game log for Severino, but with a 3.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.1 K/9, he's establishing himself as a high-end fantasy asset. His 3.02 FIP also reinforces the lofty status. Additionally, considering how well he's pitched, there is probably positive regression ahead in the wins column. Severino projects to make his next start at home against Cincinnati.
This was a throwback gem from Hernandez, and he's now allowed just two earned runs through 18 innings over his past three starts. Perhaps, the veteran can parlay his recent success into a strong second half, but ignoring his 4.87 FIP will likely prove ill-advised. Still, Hernandez is a strong option in favorable matchups and is inching closer to earning matchup-proof status. He projects to face the Red Sox at Safeco Field in his next start.
After missing seven games because of a neck injury, Renfroe showed no lingering signs of the ailment Thursday. At this stage of his career, the 25-year-old outfielder is a low-end fantasy asset in most settings, but he owns tremendous power upside, and he's already up to 17 homers this season. It's probably wise not to bank on much improvement to his .231/.287/.456 slash line moving forward, though.
Spangenberg is now 9-for-23 with three homers, eight RBI and seven runs through seven games since the All-Star break. He was a first-round pick in 2011, but the 26-year-old infielder hasn't made much fantasy noise or shown any power upside to this point in his professional career. It's also worth noting that San Diego played its first series out of the break at Coors Field. Still, in cavernous leagues, he could provide serviceable numbers in the second half.
Maurer has now converted six consecutive saves and made eight straight appearances without allowing a run. For the year, Maurer's 5.17 ERA is still an eyesore, but his 1.15 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 and 2.79 FIP are all encouraging marks. As long as he's strutting out to the mound in the ninth inning, the 27-year-old righty is a strong fantasy asset.
The 29-year-old righty has now allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past 10 starts to improve to a 4.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. Chacin's fantasy value is climbing, and it's worth noting that he's been especially strong at home this season with a 1.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. It's also encouraging that he's been able to pile up nine wins despite playing for a basement-dwelling club. Chacin projects to face the Mets at Petco Park in his next start.
The lefty has surrendered seven runs through 13.1 innings over his two starts since returning from the disabled list. Overall, Bumgarner has passed the eye test, but he's also showing a little rust locating his pitches. Unfortunately, the Giants are struggling to score runs and close out games, so it's not a favorable fantasy setup. Still, Bumgarner is an elite asset until proven otherwise and projects to face the Pirates at AT&T Park in his next start.
The backstop continues to post solid numbers and is now up to a .266/.318/.482 slash line with 13 homers, 39 RBI and 31 runs. Hitting in the stacked Dodgers lineup helps Grandal's fantasy floor, and he projects to remain a go-to option.
Suzuki is pairing with Tyler Flowers to provide excellent production from the catcher position for Atlanta. Unfortunately, because the duo is splitting time, it limits the fantasy upside of both. Suzuki's .257/.342/.471 slash line isn't the worst fallback option in cavernous settings, though.
Johnson has provided respectable fantasy numbers this season, but his outlook could change in a hurry in the event of a deadline deal. He's a prime candidate to relocate to a contender that's looking to bolster its bullpen, and in almost all cases, he probably wouldn't be closing out games for his new team. It's a situation to monitor. In the meantime, Johnson remains a solid asset in all settings.
McCarthy has now allowed four runs or more in three of his past four starts and hasn't collected a victory since June 20. The Dodgers have rotation depth, so the veteran will need to tidy things up to guarantee his turn every fifth game. Still, with a 3.84 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 6.9 K/9 and 3.33 FIP for the season, McCarthy remains a serviceable fantasy asset moving forward. He projects to face Minnesota at Dodger Stadium in his next start.
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