Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Rockies on Monday.
Desmond had himself a monster game on Monday night, and is now riding an eight-game hit streak that was started back on July 9. He is now slashing .253/.302/.445 with 17 home runs, 62 RBI and 10 stolen bases through 371 at-bats, but 114 strikeouts have him sitting on a 30.7 strikeout rate. Even with a lot of swing and misses, Desmond remains one of the top options at the shortstop as long as his power stroke holds up the rest of the way. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
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