Astros have traded left-handed reliever Raul Valdes to the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The 36-year old Valdes posted an ERA over 12 in eight appearances this season with the 'stros before being designated for assignment back on May 4th. If/when Valdes makes his way back in the big leagues really does not matter in the realm of fantasy.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Martin Perez allowed one run and two hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings against San Francisco on Sunday.
Perez was removed from the game with one out in the ninth after allowing a double to Angel Pagan. That was only the second hit allowed by Perez, and he had thrown just 80 pitchers, so it was a questionable decision for Jeff Bannister to remove him from the game. What’s crazy is that despite throwing right-plus scoreless innings Sunday, Perez’s ERA for the year sits at 6.64 despite the fact that he’s only thrown 20 1/3 innings. His xFIP sits at 4.22, and he’s not much of a strikeout pitcher, so his fantasy value is limited despite what Sunday’s start might indicate. He’ll go again Saturday in Seattle. Analysis: Brett Talley
Mike Leake allowed two runs and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings against Texas on Sunday.
Leake getting traded to San Francisco was an exciting thing for his fantasy value as his new home ball park is much more pitcher-friendly than Cincinnati is. But Leake’s first start with the Giants came in a hitter-friendly park in Texas, and he delivered a solid outing nonetheless. His next start will be in another hitter’s park as he’ll go in Wrigley on Friday. But the week following he’ll get a chance to take advantage of his new digs against Washington. But don’t overlook him in that start against the Cubs as they continue to strikeout a ton against right-handed pitching. Analysis: Brett Talley