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CC Sabathia (knee) will see Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Friday to determine the next step in his rehab.

Sabathia's timetable to return still projects to be sometime in July, but that depends a lot on how his visit goes with Dr. Ahmad. Sabathia stunk when he was healthy and will likely not be much better if/whenever he does return, so do not waste a roster spot on this pinstriped facade of an ace that once was.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Jon Lester allowed two unearned runs on two hits while walking two and striking out eight over seven innings in the Cubs 6-0 loss to the Cardinals on Monday.

Lester carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a Jhonny Peralta single broke it up. The defense then quickly fall apart behind Lester as a botched double play extended the inning and eventually lead to the two unearned runs tagged onto Lester’s line. After a horrid June which saw Lester go 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA he has now tossed two straight scoreless outings to lower his season ERA to 3.48 on the year to go with a 1.28 WHIP while striking out 101 over 103.1 innings. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Kolten Wong went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one stolen base and one run scored in the Cardinals 6-0 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Wong is coming off a bit of a down month as he hit .250 in June with 10 runs, three home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases but ended the month collecting nine hits over the final six games. For the season Wong is enjoying his sophomore campaign, hitting .281 with 43 runs, nine home runs, 37 RBI and eight stolen bases which helps rank him among the top fantasy second basemen in the game. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

John Lackey tossed seven shutout innings on Monday, allowing six hits while walking one and striking out four in the Cardinals 6-0 win over the Cubs on Monday.

Lackey matched his former teammate pitch for pitch on Monday as he shut the Cubs out over seven innings to lower his season ERA to 3.09 on the year. At 36 years old and playing on the final year of his contract Lackey is enjoying his best season in ages as his current ERA would be his lowest since 2007 if the season was to end today. With the Cardinals playoff bound they will look towards the veteran to continue his strong performance as he looks to cash in this offseason.  Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Carlos Carrasco was roughed up in four innings of work, giving up five runs on ten hits and striking out five against Houston on Monday.

Going from one out away in a no-hit effort to giving up ten hits and getting 12 outs, Carrasco had a much different tune to his start on Monday. He is subject to hits with 100 in 101 1/3 innings and a .258 BAA. His ERA continues to sit in the 4's at 4.17, but he can still strike out guys with 115 already. Carrasco has the chance to bounce back with another start this week, this time against Oakland. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Brandon Moss was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Monday night's loss to the Astros.

Moss has hits in three of his last four games and continues to hit for power with 14 homers and a .756 OPS. Even though is hitting .232, Moss can get on base and be a solid power guy in deep fantasy leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Dallas Keuchel went six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, but struck out eight on Monday night against Cleveland.

Keuchel was able to cruise early after his offense hung up four runs in the first inning as he struck out another eight, making it four straight starts with at least seven. He now sits first in the ERA in wins, IP, CG and 2nd in ERA with a 2.14. His 11-3 record is tops in the AL and hasn't shown signs of slowing down yet. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Colby Rasmus was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run on Monday against Cleveland.

Rasmus is getting the everyday AB with George Springer out of the line-up and Monday was just third game back after spending some time out of action. He does ten homers and an .804 OPS this season, nice numbers for a deep fantasy league. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Gerardo Parra went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Braves.

Parra refuses to give up his starting gig in Milwaukee. He has six straight multi-hit efforts, in which he has homered three times, scored nine times, driven in five and swiped one bag. He might be the hottest hitter in baseball at the moment, so he should be started in most formats. Analysis: Colby Conway

Kyle Lohse allowed four earned runs on eleven hits with one walk while striking out four in five innings of work against the Braves on Monday.

Lohse’s 2015 continues to trend in a downwards direction. In his last three starts, spanning 17 1/3 innings, Lohse has allowed 12 earned runs on 26 hits while posting an unimpressive 10:4 K/BB ratio. Lohse’s ERA rose to 6.29 with tonight’s outing and he should be in free agency of most fantasy leagues. He hasn’t had a good start in quite a long time and there is no inclination that one is coming up in the near future. He will face the Dodgers on Sunday in his next start. Analysis: Colby Conway

A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-5 with two doubles against the Brewers on Monday.

Pierzynski has seven hits in his last two games and can provide some adequate production behind the plate. He is hitting .280 on the year and is a much better fantasy play in NL-only formats. In an NL-only league, he is a much better play in that format as opposed to a mixed league setting. Analysis: Colby Conway

Nick Markakis went 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Brewers.

Despite not homering at all this season, Markakis has provided adequate production in the other departments. His batting average sits at .297 and he now has 35 runs scored and 26 RBI on the season. Hopefully, the first home run comes soon, preferably before the All-Star break. Analysis: Colby Conway

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Brewers.

The absence of Freddie Freeman from the lineup has allowed Johnson to see some regular playing time of late. He now has seven home runs on the year, to go along with his 16 runs scored and 28 RBI. His fantasy value will take a significant dip upon Freeman’s return. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jason Grilli earned his 23rd save by pitching a clean ninth inning on Monday against the Brewers.

This is the first outing in quite a while that Grilli hasn’t recorded a strikeout. He has been a solid closer for the Braves and he can be trusted in the majority of formats. Continue to roll with Grilli moving forward. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mike Wisler allowed three earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six in 5 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Monday.

After posting just two strikeouts through his first 12 big league innings, he has found his strikeout groove of late. He has struck out 12 batters in his last 11 innings, but he has also walked six in that span. The 22-year-old rookie boasts a 3.13 ERA on the season and has shown the ability to be an effective fantasy asset. His first starts remains his best start, but he seems to have solidified a spot in the Atlanta rotation moving forward. His next start will come on Saturday at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. Analysis: Colby Conway

Preston Tucker went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs in the Astros' win on Monday.

With George Springer out for the next 4-6 weeks, Tucker has a nice chance to carve out a role in the Astros' outfield with some solid performances. He hasn't really had any power displayed with Monday's homer being his first since June 18, but he will get opportunities hitting in the two-hole in front of Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis to score some big time runs. Analysis: Rob Trayah

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