J.J. Hardy went 1-for-5 with a solo home run during the Orioles' 8-2 win over the Nationals on Monday.
All it took was that first home run in late-June to get things started and now Hardy has hit safely in 15 of his last 19 games and is now batting .289 on the year with three home runs, 26 RBI and 30 runs scored on the year. The power numbers aren't where they're supposed to be, but given the incredibly slow start to the year, we'll take the late power display where we can get it and appreciate the improved average and on-base work.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jonathan Gray is expected to start for the Rockies Tuesday.
Gray was the third overall pick in 2013, but his minor league numbers have not exactly lived up to his lofty draft status. In 21 games at Triple-A this season, Gray has a 4.33 ERA, 3.89 FIP and 2.68 K/BB rate. While he probably needs to be owned in deeper leagues and keeper leagues, it is going to be awfully hard to feel confident starting him in Coors until he has some big league success. He could be a sneaky tournament play for DFS Tuesday against the strikeout-prone Mariners, but Gray could easily give up five home runs as well. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Nationals on Sunday.
Duda is absolutely on fire and is a must-start until he shows signs of slowing down. He became the first Mets player in franchise history to hit nine home runs in an eight-game span after his 21st bomb of the season tonight. Duda was middling around this summer until coming on strong this past week. In his last eight games he has nine homers, 11 hits and a ridiculous 1.393 slugging percentage. This is obviously something Duda won’t be able to keep up, but until he drops off keep him in your lineup. Analysis: Zack Carpenter