Hamilton's jaw-dropping speed makes this a logical move, especially after his OBP increased by 47 points to .321 last season. Fantasy players can just about put 50 stolen bases in Sharpie when they draft him, though he's unlikely to excel in any other category.
Anderson's three-hit night was his first since May 21, when his batting average reached a season-high .264. It's been a big struggle since then for the 23-year-old shortstop, but he's showed signs of a rebound in August. He's hit safely in 14 of the last 15 games, slashing .328/.348/.688/1.036 with five home runs, four doubles, two triples, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored over that stretch. Despite the productive run, Anderson remains very much a work in progress. He strikes out way too much and doesn't get on base enough, so plate discipline and pitch recognition should be the main areas of focus over the final six weeks of the season and into the offseason.
The homer, Buxton's eighth of the season, was an inside-the-park job that featured the fastest time of any player circling the bases (13.85 seconds) since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The center fielder is once again putting together a big finish to a campaign, slashing .345/.393/.582 with three home runs, five steals, 10 RBI and 12 runs through 17 games in August.
He led the barrage on a night when the Twins offense erupted for six homers. Sano already has new career highs with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 75 runs on the season with 42 games left to go, but the 24-year-old may not yet have reached his peak.
Manager Rick Renteria doesn't feel the injury is serious, but the White Sox will be cautious with one of their top pitching prospects. If the pain doesn't subside in the next 24-to-48 hours, it's very likely Lopez won't make his scheduled start Tuesday.
The Twins did most of their damage after Santana had left the game, so while the final score suggests he had an easy night, it was anything but as the veteran righty allowed all three of his runs in the first two innings before settling down. Santana now has 16 quality starts on the year heading into his next outing Wednesday on the road against a White Sox squad he's dominated in 2017 (3-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 18:5 K:BB in three starts).
His 13th blast of the year was one of seven on the night, but unfortunately for the D-backs the other six came off Twins bats. Peralta now has a .327/.404/.592 slash line through 13 games in August with three homers, eight RBI and 12 runs.
He needed 106 pitches (63 strikes) to record 16 outs, but Godley actually left the game with the score knotted at 3-3, only for Jorge De La Rosa to quickly allow his inherited runner to score and saddle Godley with the loss. The 10 Ks tied his season high, and the right-hander's 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 54:15 K:BB in 42.1 innings since the All-Star break remain useful fantasy numbers in deeper formats. Godley will look to bounce back in his next start Thursday on the road against the Mets.
His eighth-inning shot off Chris Devenski, Joyce's 18th of the season, was the only offense Oakland could muster. The veteran slugger is enjoying a big August so far, slashing .317/.370/.805 with five homers and 12 RBI in 12 games.
After surrendering 18 runs over just 6.2 innings in his last three starts, this was in many ways a welcome return to form for Manaea as he delivered his 11th quality start of the year. On the other hand, he gave up two more homers, and his 2.2 HR/9 in seven starts since the All-Star break has been a big driver in his ugly recent results. The lefty will try to build some momentum in his next outing Wednesday on the road against the Orioles.
The homer was his 25th of the year and third in his last six games, but Napoli has only one other hit (a single) during that stretch as he does his best Joey Gallo impression. While the power is nice, the veteran slugger's .197 batting average and .720 OPS would both be career lows if he can't heat up over the final weeks of the season.
The right-hander's streak of six straight quality starts got snapped when he couldn't escape the sixth inning, loading the bases with two outs on a walk, a single and a hit batter before Tony Barnette relieved him and ended the threat. Cashner's lack of dominance and career-low 4.6 K/9 make his 3.31 ERA look very shaky next to his 4.62 FIP, but he'll take his new pitch-to-contact ways into his next start Wednesday on the road against the Angels.
His second homer proved to be the game winner, as the rookie hit a dramatic inside-the-park shot that saw Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara injure his knee on a drive to the wall, allowing Delmonico to race around the bases before another Ranger could retrieve the ball. It's the 25-year-old's second two-homer game in his last three starts, and while his .382/.452/.691 slash line with five homers in 15 big-league games is an impressive way to kick off a career, his .262/.347/.421 line in 99 Triple-A games prior to his promotion this year offers a better glimpse at his actual fantasy upside.
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