The competition for Minnesota's fifth starter remains uncertain with both Mejia and Tyler Duffey having strong outings Monday. Mejia has put himself in serious consideration with his strong spring, but the Twins will likely wait to make any decisions until Jose Berrios returns from pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
After being acquired from the Yankees last November via trade, Pazos started his Mariners career off in fine fashion with a 2.01 ERA and .188 BAA over his first 30 appearances. However, he began derailing on June 25 against Houston when he surrendered four runs in the ninth, and his ERA has jumped from 2.01 to 3.99 beginning with that outing. Both coaches and Pazos himself believe that more consistent use of his slider will set up his mid-to-upper-90s fastball perfectly, a pitch that hitters have been teeing off lately due to his use of it at nearly the full expense of his breaking stuff.
Now locked into the closer role for San Diego with Brandon Maurer out of the picture, Hand has tremendous fantasy upside moving forward. He owns an elite 2.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 for the campaign, and the 27-year-old lefty has now converted three consecutive save opportunities.
Flexen threw just 69 pitches and was clearly a little overmatched Thursday. However, in the 23-year-old righty's defense, he had made just seven starts above the High-A level. Even with a sterling 1.66 ERA and 9.3 K/9 over seven outings with Double-A Binghamton, he probably shouldn't have been expected to show well in his debut at the highest level. A return to the minors is likely.
With a 4.76 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 7.0 K/9, Perdomo's fantasy value is extremely low. In the right matchups, he could be utilized as a streamer or low-priced flier in daily contests, but his seasonal ownership should probably be limited to cavernous seasonal. Perdomo projects to face the Twins at Petco Park in his next start.
This was Bruce's sixth bomb in July and 26th or the campaign. He's up to 70 RBI with a .262/.325/.521 slash line and is closing in on career-best marks in a number of statistical columns. There are probably still plenty of fantasy circles where the 30-year-old outfielder is undervalued, too.
This was the first homer of Coleman's career, and the 30-year-old infielder has only made 14 plate appearances in the majors, so his fantasy value is extremely limited. Coleman could see a few spot starts moving forward, but he's not a legitimate virtual option in the majority of settings at this stage of the game.
Margot entered Thursday's game with a .299/.337/.425 slash line, two homers, six RBI, five stolen bases and 10 runs through 21 games since returning from injury. Additionally, he's now hit a long fly in consecutive games. His cross-category profile is extremely valuable in rotisserie settings, but just note that the 22-year-old outfielder projects to provide more speed than power over the long haul.
Schultz gave up three earned runs on seven hits over eight innings in his six appearances with the Stone Crabs while also racking up an 11:2 K:BB. He likely would only need a a handful of outings with the Bulls before being deemed ready for activation, although it remains to be seen if there would be any room for him on a big-league bullpen that just added Dan Jennings from the White Sox.
The slugger was hit by an errant batting helmet during the Yankees' celebration of a Brett Gardner walkoff home run over the Rays, but the injury is not expected to force Judge to miss any time. Judge went 1-for-5 with a strikeout in his return to the lineup Thursday. Barring a change in Judge's status, he figures to draw into his usual No.3 spot in the lineup against Austin Pruitt and the Rays.
This wasn't an ideal matchup for the 24-year-old righty, and aside from allowing a grand slam, Weaver avoided trouble through five frames. He's showcased his high-end upside with Triple-A Memphis this season (1.96 ERA and 9.4 K/9 through 13 starts), and Weaver's long-term fantasy value is high. However, he's likely to return to the minors once Adam Wainwright returns from his back injury. Weaver could resurface with the Cardinals again this year, so he's worth monitoring in most settings.
Godley allowed 10 earned runs through 11.2 innings over his previous two starts and just salvaged his fantasy value with 19 strikeouts. As a result, Thursday's gem was a welcomed return to form. The 27-year-old righty is in the midst of a breakout campaign with a 3.06 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. His 3.03 FIP suggests everything he's doing on the mound is sustainable, and Godley's seasonal and keeper/dynasty stocks are both pointing straight up. He projects to make his next start against the Cubs -- his former club -- at Wrigley Field.
Arizona and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with Martinez's recent outburst with the Diamondbacks. He's now hit four homers and drove in 11 run through his past four games, and there's no reason to doubt him continuing his year-long offensive binge. Chase Field is a great hitting environment, and batting behind Paul Goldschmidt -- and his .439 on-base percentage -- is a cushy fantasy setup.
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