A.J. Burnett fell to 6-14 after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over 7.2 innings against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Burnett has been a absolute mess lately, having now allowed four runs or more in five of his last seven starts. He is now sitting with a league-leading 14 losses while owning a 4.42 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 27 starts as he continues to struggle with his command (76 BB) along the way. Unless he turns thins around fast, his fantasy value will remain limited even out he has been striking out his fair share of batters all season long (145 K through 171.0 IP). He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Nationals on Monday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Denard Span (back) is not in the Nationals lineup on Tuesday.
Span left Monday's game with back spasms and they are causing him to miss Tuesday's game as well. Span should not be out for more than a game or two which will be a relief to Nats fans as they deal with injuries all over the diamond this season. Michael Taylor will play center and lead off for the Nationals in the second game of the Reds series. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlins recall INF Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A New Orleans.
He will take the roster spot forfeited by Marcell Ozuna after he was demote on Sunday. Valdespin has not appeared in the majors this season while putting up solid numbers at Triple-A. In 60 games he's hitting .287/.342/.378 with one homer, and six thefts. Not sure how much playing time he will receive but he could have slight fantasy relevance if playing time is available. Analysis: Matt Selz
Marlon Byrd is not in the Reds lineup on Tuesday.
Tuesday's off day is just a day of rest for the veteran slugger. Byrd has been on a hot streak since coming off the DL June 19th and is currently in the midst of an 11-game hit streak. Skip Schumaker will draw the start against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals. Analysis: Matt Selz