Arthur reportedly didn't travel with the team to Houston and it sounds like he could be in line to sit out at least a few more games. The Nuggets did say they're expecting him to be back before the end of the season, although that's not necessarily encouraging for speedy return. He'll remain without any sort of timetable for a return, which should mean more minutes for Juancho Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler (groin) once he's healthy.
Clinging to a one-run lead with one out in the top of the sixth inning, O'Day relieved starter Chris Tillman and immediately surrendered back-to-back singles. He froze Alex Bregman on a called third strike, but then served up the deciding long ball to pinch hitter Marwin Gonzalez. O'Day seemed to be making strides in the week's leading up to the All-Star Break, but has been beat up early in the second half. After allowing five runs over his last 2.2 innings, the right-hander now owns a 4.81 ERA, his highest mark since May 8.
The backstop hasn't moved the fantasy needle outside of deep fantasy settings, and his .241/.302/.449 slash line isn't overly encouraging. Still, nine home runs, 31 RBI and 24 runs through just 205 plate appearances is serviceable production from the catcher position. D'Arnaud also offers modest upside moving forward.
Considering he was dominant against the Braves, despite battling an illness, and is not in line to pitch until next Friday or Saturday against the Giants, it doesn't seem likely that Hill will miss a start. Nonetheless, it is worth keeping an eye on his status in advance of weekly lineups locking next week.
Brantley's 19th double of the season helped push his batting average back to .300, a mark it's been at or above for 14 of his last 18 contests. The outfielder's production has dipped recently, though, as he's hitting .267 in eight games since the All-Star break. On the other hand, Brantley has picked up his activity on the bases, stealing three bags during that stretch after swiping eight in his previous 66 contests.
With the Mets healthy, Flores has reverted back to a part-time role. It's a huge fantasy blow. It's unfortunate because he's been solid when in the lineup and sports a serviceable .284/.312/.473 slash line. Without more consistent playing time, Flores' upside is capped, and he's best left to deep settings.
Taylor is now slashing .310/.382/.538 with 12 home runs in 277 at-bats this season. While the Dodgers likely intended for him to simply be a quality bench bat entering the season, he has staked his claim to an everyday role, and is now 16-for-28 with two home runs, three triples and three doubles over his last eight games.
Given that he's an impending free agent and owns a solid 8-6 record and 3.30 ERA, Lynn makes for the prototypical trade candidate at the deadline. The 30-year-old right-hander has dispelled concerns about any lingering effects of from his 2016 Tommy John surgery and has maintained the same average low-90s velocity on his fastball that he'd possessed before the injury. Despite the strong season, the Cardinals have not had any discussions with him about a contract extension, much to Lynn's chagrin. If the plan is indeed to let him walk, the team would likely be wise to find a suitor before the July 31 trade deadline, considering they'd only receive draft pick compensation if he departs in free agency.
Manager John Gibbons originally stated that his shortstop would likely sit out the rest of the weekend, but that plan obviously isn't set in stone. With an early game on tap Sunday in Cleveland, owners should have time to adjust their own lineups once Gibbons submits his. It would be prudent, though, to have a backup plan in place just in case Tulowitzki does remain out.
He has now given up three runs or less in six straight starts while striking out 52 in 37.1 innings over that stretch, reestablishing himself as one of the top starting pitchers in baseball. Of course, he has struggled at times this season and has famously missed plenty of time with injuries over the years, so there's no telling how long it will last, but for now, he appears to be matchup proof. Hill will start next weekend at home against the Giants.
There's been some talk of a potential future utility role for Diaz, but general manager John Mozeliak has made it clear that he'll remain at his natural position for now. The Cuban shortstop was sent down to Triple-A Memphis unexpectedly in late June to refine his plate mechanics and his slashing .240/.250/.360 over 12 games with the Redbirds.
It really could have been a lot worse, as Teheran was facing a Dodgers offense that destroys right-handed pitching, and he somehow gave up three home runs and nine hits while only yielding four total runs. Teheran had recently strung together three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 5.30 to 4.69, prior to Saturday's start. He will look to get back on track Friday in Philadelphia.
Based on his 12th deposit over the fence this season, it looks like the outfielder is feeling just fine after fouling a ball off his foot Thursday. The impressive rookie is now on pace to hit 20 home runs while nearing 50 RBI and surpassing 60 runs.
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