Walker is expected to be a game-time decision for Week 9. Since the Titans play a late afternoon game, owners should have a backup plan in place should Walker not be able to play. He was a late addition to the injury report, which is never a good sign, so his effectiveness should also be in question should he suit up.
Not only has Samardzija given up 12 runs in two starts since the All-Star break, but both of those starts have come against the lowly Padres, owners of the league's worst runs scored total. Samardzija's ERA is all the way up to 5.05 and his trade value is sinking like a rock. He may only have one more start before the deadline to draw the interest of a contender, coming up Wednesday against the Pirates.
Cahill couldn't match his excellent start last time out, also against San Francisco, when he allowed just one run and struck out eight over 6.2 innings. He just couldn't find the strike zone, as half of his 86 pitches were balls. The nastiness Cahill has shown at times is impressive, as he has struck out seven or more batters eight times in 11 starts, but his inconsistency can be maddening.
Finally, Wood is human. Not only was this his first loss of the season, but it was the first time he failed to complete the fifth inning since April 21 against Arizona, when he was making a spot start and wasn't stretched out. Wood was bound to stumble eventually, but his consistency this season has been impressive. Despite the disaster, Wood's ERA still sits at a pristine 2.17.
Hopefully that will mark the end of a second half-opening slump from Judge, who was 4-for-29 since the break entering Friday's game. The fact that judge added productive plate appearances with a walk and sacrifice fly to his home run suggest he just might be seeing the ball well again.
Moore has yet to find his groove since the All-Star break, as he has allowed five runs in consecutive starts after opening his career with three straight quality starts to finish the first half of the season. Not only did Moore muster just two strikeouts, but he generated just three swings and misses from Yankees hitters. That's not going to cut it in the major leagues, and if the Mariners acquire pitching on the trade market, Moore could be headed back to the minors with a quickness.
Sabathia labored for this win, as he needed 98 pitches to get through just five frames. But he made the big pitches when he needed to, as Sabathia induced 12 swinging strikes and six ground balls to strand six of seven baserunners. For somebody many thought was washed up, Sabathia has been a powerful anchor for the Yankees rotation. Since May 16, Sabathia has allowed just nine earned runs in as many starts, good for a 1.62 ERA over 50 innings.
It was Santana's shorting outing of the season and shortest since May 7, 2016. Santana has alternated very good and very poor outings since the start of June. In his last nine starts he's given up five or more runs five times and allowed two or fewer runs four times.
Ramos was protecting a two-run lead, and was able to close out the Reds with no drama. Despite a very high ERA and WHIP for a closer, his ability to close out games continues to make him a valuable fantasy asset.
Bailey gave up both runs in the first inning, but was able to keep the Marlins off the scoreboard over each of the next five frames, but was unable to get much offensive support. Although he has a ridiculous 8.56 ERA, he's held opponents to two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, and although he has clear downside, it appears as if he's turned a corner, making him a player who fantasy managers could consider using in lineups. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Yankees.
Urena was provided a two-run lead in the first inning and was able to hold onto it until turning the game over to the bullpen for the final three frames. This was the first time in three outings that he was able to fire a quality start, and he currently owns at 3.78 ERA, which has made him a solid but unspectacular fantasy option. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Rangers.
It's Dickerson 18th homer of the year but his first in almost a month, and he'd produced a sluggish .233/.269/.315 slash line in 19 games between blasts. The 28-year-old is still on pace for his best campaign since leaving Colorado, but without the benefit of playing his home games at Coors Field a second-half fade remains a distinct possibility.
The aging shortstop has picked his game up in July. He's now 19-for-63 (.302) while playing in all but one of the team's 17 games this month. However, there's a glaring downside to Tulowitzki's uptick in average, and that is an unusually high 16:2 strikeout to walk ratio in July. In league's that don't penalize whiffs, owners might be wise to ride Tulo while he's hot -- but temper expectations as he's certainly more of a name than a producer at this point in his career.
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