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Jay Bruce has been scratched from the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday due to an illness.

It doesn't sound like this is a long-term concern, but be sure to get Bruce out of your daily lineups. ANALYST: Steve Pimental

Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored against the Reds on Saturday

Over the past seven days, Lind is 8-for-26 with two home runs and 11 RBI. He is definitely having a surprise season over at first base and not saying that he was not capable of this type of season but we didn't necessarily see this coming. He is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI so far this season. That is great production out of guy that is owned in just about 50% of leagues. If he is available in your league scoop him up while you can, as he has shown through 78 games this year he is going to have a great season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two doubles against the Brewers on Saturday

Is it time that we include Todd Frazier in the conversation for one of the best hitters in the league? Because this guy can just flat out hit. He went 4-for-5 Saturday against the Brewers bringing his average up to .289 for the season. Not to mention his 25 home run and 54 RBI. Frazier continues to excel and is in the conversation for best third basemen in the league. If you have Frazier on your squad you are going to want to hold onto this guy for a long time.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Ivan De Jesus went 2-for-2 with a home run, one RBI, one walk and one run scored against the Brewers on Saturday

De Jesus hit his third homer of the season in just his 18th game of the season for the Reds. With Zack Cozart out for the year the Reds have been trying out different options at SS. If De Jesus can continue to hit then the Reds will be forced to keep him in the lineup. Keep an eye on his power numbers, if he continues to hit them out of the park he might not be a bad pickup especially at the depleted Shortstop position this year. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored against the Brewers on Saturday

Marlon Byrd continues to impress even at the age of 37. He has now hit safely in 9 straight games, going 14-for-41 over that streak. He is hitting .240 on the season with 14 home runs and 31 RBI. If he continues to hit look for that average to rise. Being that he is only owned in about 23% of leagues, I would look to pick him up. He can hit for power and drive in runs, if your team is in need of runs Byrd might not be a bad option here. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Josh Smith allowed five runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings against the Brewers on Saturday

This season has not been kind to Smith so far. He is 0-2 on the season with a 7.30 ERA. The Reds are not a very good team right now but Smith is not helping out his own cause. He has failed to make it past the fifth inning in a start this season. It might not be long before we see someone else slide into Smith’s spot in the rotation. His next start is scheduled for Thursday against the Marlins.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Jimmy Nelson allowed three runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the Reds on Saturday

Nelson moved to 6-8 on season with a win against the Reds on Saturday night. This was Nelson’s third consecutive win and each of his last three starts he has given up four runs or less. Nelson looks to stay hot on Friday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Odubel Herrera went 1-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and one run scored against the Braves on Saturday

The 23 year old Herrera is a glimmer of hope for this Phillies team. He is one of the younger guys who will be with this team through the rebuilding. He hit his third homer of the season Saturday and through 74 games, he now holds a .261 average. With not much in the way of protection in the Phillies lineup we would stay away from Herrera, but keep an eye on him in the coming years because he has the potential to be a solid player. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Darin Ruf went 1-for4 with a home run, three RBI and one run scored against the Braves on Saturday

Ruf hit his fourth home run of the season on Saturday night against the Braves. He has not been hitting very well this season and his power numbers are not showing up as much as they have in past seasons. If his bat gets hot he could be in line for 15-20 home runs but it does not look like he is going to get enough playing time to get there. You should stay away from Ruf and pretty much any Philly player for that matter as this team is just awful.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored against the Phillies on Saturday

Kelly Johnson got the start at third base tonight and has a solid game at the plate. He went 2-for-3 with three RBI. In 50 games this season, Johnson is now batting .265 with 25 RBI. He is a guy that hops from team to team each year but you always know what you are going to get from him. Solid defense and an okay bat.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Cameron Maybin went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI and three runs scored against the Phillies on Saturday

Maybin is turning out to be a solid acquisition for the Braves. He is hitting .295 with seven home runs and 39 RBI on the season. He is 7 for his last 24 and looks to be getting hot right before the break. Like Wood the Braves are going to need Maybin to step up if they want to make a run at the Wild Card. Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Alex Wood allowed four runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings against the Phillies on Saturday

Wood moved to 6-5 on the season after picking up the W against the Phillies Saturday. Coming off a dominating start in which he pitched 7 1/3 innings giving up no runs, Wood put in six innings giving up four runs tonight. The Braves are right on the fringe of contending for a Wild Card berth and Wood the young lefty could be a pivotal part of that run. He has now pitched well in his past three starts and looks to keep that streak going Thursday in Colorado against the Rockies.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Kevin Correia allowed nine runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings against the Braves on Saturday

Correia is now 0-3 on the season with a 6.56 ERA. He has failed to make it past the fifth inning in five starts this season. Things just keep getting worse and worse for this Phillies team and Correia is not going to help out the cause. Correia is scheduled to start Thursday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and one run scored against the Twins on Saturday

Cain continues to hit adding to his already fantastic season at the plate. He has now hit safely in five straight games with four doubles and three RBI over that span. He is hitting .309 on the season and is in line for a well-deserved starting job in the All-Star Game (one of the few Royals that are actually worthy of a start). Hopefully the All-Star break won’t slow down Cain and he can keep up the great numbers and keep his name in the MVP discussion.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, one RBI and one run scored against the Royals on Saturday

Plouffe had a great night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double and triple. He is hitting .245 with seven home runs against righties on the year, getting most of his at-bats against right handers. I wouldn’t say Plouffe is by any means a player you should go out and get, but a few more games like this one he could put his name in the conversation for waiver wire pickups in a deep league.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

Joe Mauer went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored against the Royals on Saturday

Mauer is now 11 for his last 28 with one home run and four RBI. He has not been himself the past couple of seasons but so far in 2015 he seems to be putting things together. He is hitting .272 with five home runs and 41 RBI on the season.  Analysis: Dillon Conklin

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