UPDATES & NEWS
Justin Morneau (neck) is back in the Rockies' starting lineup Tuesday.
Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with two triples, two RBI and a run scored during Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Braves.
Not one but two triples for Bruce? He’s probably still taking oxygen right now. Save for the batting average, something Bruce has struggled with throughout his career, the numbers look fantastic so far. He still strikes out way too often, but his 15.8-percent walk rate has been a nice surprise and has allowed his OBP to hover around .315 while he waits for that BABIP to climb higher than the .204 mark it’s sitting out right now. The key component here right now though is the power as the hope is he returns to that 30-homer level he had been at for so long. His current .253 ISO seems to indicate that he is back on track and last year’s dip in power was more aberration than the start of a decline. Analysis: Howard Bender
Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored during the Reds’ 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday.
With five home runs and 12 RBI, Cozart has been a fantastic pick-up for fantasy owners this season, especially because he probably cost next-to-nothing as you plucked him off the waiver wire. And while his run production has tapered off lately, he continues to hit for a high average, something he’s always struggled with throughout his career. The fact that his walk and strikeout rates are right in line with his career numbers, it would seem that a lot of this is being aided by his .324 BABIP. If/when that number drops to where it’s been over the last three seasons, his average is going to take nose-dive. But that doesn’t mean he can’t plug somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 home runs again. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brad Brach picked up the save after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday.
Brach came in during the eighth with men on base and after cleaning that up, was allowed to pitch the ninth with the Orioles up 4-0 and get credit for the save. Don’t look into it too much though as Zach Britton is still the closer. This was just a rare moment. He’s a great reliever to own if your league scores holds or you’re just looking to stream in a few middle relievers to help with your ratios. He started the season off a little rough, but he’s allowed just one run in his last eight innings (six appearances) and is sporting a rock-solid 11.12 K/9 over a total of 11 1/3 innings this season. Analysis: Howard Bender