Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with one RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base in the Reds 7-3 victory on Saturday.
It was a nice day of setting the table for Hamilton who has now hit safely in five of his last six games and is batting .273 on the year. The .301 OBP, of course, leaves little to be desired. Hamilton's 43 stolen bases this season have been great for fantasy owners, but let's face it, he's nowhere near the pace for the 75 stolen bases most of those who drafted him were expecting. If you were able to draft him late, then you got a nice value, but if you reached for him like many did , say in the fifth, then you're just not getting what you should be. Especially when you could have had Dee Gordon a dozen rounds later. ANALYST: Howard Bender
D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
LeMahieu broke a four-game, 0-for-14 stretch with this performance and produced his first RBI in nine games. The production has been weak lately, but he’s still batting .300 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means, but the overall production is certainly more than what was originally expected. The fact that he plays half his games in Coors Field certainly helps, but if you have the opportunity to improve your second base position, we’d jump at the opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender
Wandy Rodriguez coughed up five runs on nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Saturday.
For the third-straight start, Rodriguez failed to pitch past the fifth inning and for the second time in his last three outings, he’s allowed five or more runs. He had a real hot start to the season, so this performance only pushed his ERA to 4.23 on the year, but this latest version, this inconsistent performer, is the Wandy we should have grown to expect. It’s tough to expect him to limit the runs while also going deep into games so you should really start picking and choosing your battles with him more carefully. His next outing, which comes against the Padres, is certainly favorable, though with a recently-rising 9.4-percent HR/FB, you’d rather not have this start coming at home. Analysis: Howard Bender
Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 with one RBI during the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
The contribution in the counting stats has been minimal lately, but this was Flores’ second-straight three-hit game and he’s pulled his batting average up to an improved, but still mediocre, .248 mark. The 10 home runs on the year have been a nice treat, but he hasn’t homered since June 12, a span of 20 games, and without that power on at least a semi-regular basis, Flores can be considered a liability in some formats. If he can power up before the break his fantasy owners should feel confident in using him for a solid second half. Analysis: Howard Bender