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Brett Gardner powered out his fourth home run in three games in the Yankees 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.
Gardner has been on an absolute tear at the plate in the Yankees three game series with the Rangers, going 8-for-14 with four home runs, two doubles, four RBI and six runs scored. Although he has never been known for his power, Gardner has now increased his slugging percentage in each of his last four seasons, having now recorded double digit home runs for the first time in his career (14 HR). This power surge is not something fantasy owners should grow accustomed to seeing, but with his recent production, he now has a shot at reaching the 20/20 club, making him a must-start fantasy option moving forward. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Nathan Eovaldi allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts against the Mets on Sunday.
Eovaldi failed to build off his last outing and let the Mets get to him early, yielding four runs through the first three innings. Luckily the bats bailed him out and he was able to walk away with the no-decision after getting yanked in the fifth inning, having thrown 87 pitches (59 strikes). While Eovaldi showed some nice promise when he was with the Marlins, the move to the American League, the AL East and hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium has siphoned out what promise he actually had left. Being a fly ball pitcher in this environment does no bode well for strong ratios. He’ll face the Red Sox in Fenway for his next outing, one you probably want to keep him on the bench for. Analysis: Howard Bender