The veteran sharpshooter provided his usual complementary scoring contributions, tallying a series-high point total in the process. After taking only four shots in Game 1, Mills has been more involved in the subsequent two games, averaging 8.5 field-goal attempts over Games 2 and 3. Thursday, he bounced back from an 0-for-5 performance from behind the arc in Game 2 to drain 60 percent of his five three-point tries. His role figures to remain consistent over the course of the series, with minutes topping out in the low-to-mid-20s and the potential for double-digit scoring any time he's on the floor.
He's now on a four-game RBI streak, a stretch in which Gyorko has pushed home eight runs despite collecting only four hits. The 28-year-old is in the midst of a big-time breakout campaign, but if his career-high .337 BABIP drops off, it'll take a good chunk of his fantasy value with it. While he's hitting, though, Gyorko merits wide ownership.
Darvish was tagged for all three runs in the first three innings before settling in to notch his 12th quality start in 17 tries this season. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Darvish said his triceps, which tightened up during his last start, was on the back of his mind early on, but not to the point where it altered his pitches. He said he felt fine after throwing 101 pitches. The 30-year-old, who owns a 3.11 ERA and 115:37 K:BB ratio in 107 innings this season, is lined up for two starts before the All-Star break; Monday against the Red Sox and July 9 against the Angels.
He's now turned in two consecutive sharp outings, offering some hope that Wainwright may be turning the corner after a pair of blowups earlier in June. Waino is still on the margins of fantasy relevance in most formats, but he's been a bit unlucky, plus his track record makes any sign of a hot streak intriguing.
This was a sharp outing by Godley, with a semi-disastrous fourth inning serving as its lone blemish. At 27 years old, the long-anticipated righty has found improved velocity as well as great success at the MLB level. Fantasy owners have been only to happy to come along for the ride, and while expectations should be kept in line, Godley's showing all the signs of being a reliable, middle-of-the-line fantasy starter. That makes him a valuable asset in today's ever-more-barren pitching landscape.
That marks the rookie's third consecutive three-strikeout game, and he's now 5-for-32 (.156) in the majors this season. Olson has a good eye and he's flashed noteworthy power in the minors, but the 23-year-old doesn't looked well prepared for the majors just yet. However, the A's are going nowhere, so they can afford to stick with him and see if he can find a way to make more contact.
So ends a nine-game homer drought in which Lowrie hit just .194, but he'd been showing signs of emerging from that slump over the past couple games. Lowrie's career-long injury woes have always situated him at the fringes of fantasy relevance in most leagues, but he's producing a few interesting stats as things stand right now, headlined by 49 runs scored along with a .288 average and those nine homers.
The A's DH produced each of the three true outcomes -- the homer, the strikeout and the walk -- while continuing an RBI barrage that dates back to early June. In his last 23 games, Davis has driven home 22 runs. He's whiffing at an even higher rate than he did in past seasons, so even his modest improvement in batting average is suspect, but Davis is nonetheless settled in as one of baseball's most reliable power producers.
He brought the run in with one of his two wild pitches, so it was a pretty rough outing despite Rosenthal getting credited with the save. Usual closer Seung Hwan Oh just blew a save Tuesday and has given up seven runs in his last eight innings, which may have factored into Rosenthal getting his shot in this one. However, he didn't exactly take advantage.
A 30-plus-steal man for five consecutive seasons, Altuve had gone just 3-for-5 on the bases over his past 47 games despite hitting .341 in that span. Other than the steals, the 27-year-old has been delivering more or less as expected, so if this is an omen that he's found his legs again, his fantasy owners will once again have the complete package on their hands.
Reddick isn't known for multi-steal games, but he also isn't known for hitting over .300, and yet that's exactly what he's doing. The veteran outfielder's low strikeout rate is supportive of the notion that he could maintain a solid average, and his combination of solid power and modest speed can certainly play up in the powerful Houston lineup.
Hamilton had produced a very un-Hamilton-esque line over his past 22 games, attempting just four steals (three successful) while hitting a meager .204/.245/.290, but he's looked better at the plate recently and it's great to see him put up a crooked number in the steals column. Essentially a one-category fantasy asset last year, Hamilton has expanded his repertoire to two categories this time around, as he's already scored 49 runs.
Bauer didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, and the only blemish on his night came in the form of a Robinson Chirinos homer in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old has been pitching noticeably better since he started using his curveball more often; he's compiled a 3.99 ERA and 59 strikeouts over his last 10 starts (54.2 innings). He'll look to toss another gem when he toes the rubber Tuesday for a rematch against the Rangers.
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