Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored against the Rockies on Monday.
Adams is now 7-for 23 (.304 BA) with two home runs, eight RBI and three runs scored over his last seven games as he continues to come back into form after an extended trip on the disabled list. Although his power is only now starting to come around, he has managed to hit for average in the early going (.328 BA) which is a great sign of what is in store as we reach the midway point now that he is putting it all together. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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