UPDATES & NEWS
Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of walks in Monday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox.
Trout has been slumping int he month of August, hitting a mere .217 with three home runs and 10 RBI over his last 60 at-bats with Monday's multi-hit game being his first since August 9. Even with his recent struggles, Trout is arguably the best fantasy player to own up to this point, while slashing .291/.379/.560 with 27 home runs, 87 RBI, 82 runs scored and 12 steals through 464 at-bats. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Shin-Soo Choo is working through some major offensive struggles.
Choo's slash line of .096/.254/.173 is the stuff of which fantasy nightmares are made. His strikeout and walk rates are the same as they've alwys been, but his biggest problem right now is that he's swinging at and making contact with far too many pitches outside the strike zone. When he's up there hacking away, the contact that he is making is terrible. It's produced a 54.1-percent ground ball rate and a .111 BABIP. He needs to get out of his head and fix his batter's eye and once he does, the hits will start to come and everything should fall back into place for him. It's slow-going for sure right now, but he is not a player you really want to give up on just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brandon Phillips posted his first extra-base hit of the season Monday,
If you're still riding the Brandon Phillips train, it is time to abandon. DatBPDude just isn't the player he was in his 20's with four straight seasons of decline in OPS. He failed to reach 18 homers last season with only eight, and ended his eight year streak of double-digit home streak. It is time to say good-bye to Mr. Phillips is he is still on your roster and hope for better days. Analysis: Rob Trayah