DFS MLB Rankings: June 27
Ted Schuster

Ryan Braun was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a triple in Sunday’s 3 - 2 loss to the Nationals.

Amidst all the trade rumors, Ryan Braun is on an eight game hitting streak. During his last eight games, Braun is 14-for-33 (.424) with six runs, three doubles, a triple, home run and two RBI. His power numbers have slowed down but he is hitting for average and scoring runs. He is on pace for 26 home runs with 13 steals this year as well. Braun was hit on the foot by a pitch on Saturday but played Sunday and legged out an infield hit along with a triple. He should be fine for the week ahead in fantasy but take note.
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Jimmy Nelson worked five shutout innings on one hit with five walks and one strikeout in the Brewers 3 - 2 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Although credited with a no-decision, Jimmy Nelson is winless in his last five starts for the Brewers. He had what he thought was a no hitter through five innings but was forced to leave the game after walking the bases loaded in the fifth and escaping with a flyout. But walks have plagued the young starter and in the last five games, he has walked 14 against 10 strikeouts and his ERA is at 5.87 in these games. For the season, Nelson has a 3.60 ERA which is enticing on the surface but take into account his recent performance along with his 9.51 ERA versus the Cardinals in his last 23.2 innings against them to keep him reserved this week.
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Cheslor Cuthbert was 1-for-4 with a home run (7) and two RBI in the Royals 6 - 1 win over the Astros on Sunday.

When Mike Moustakas was lost for the season with a torn ACL, it was not an automatic move to replace him with Cheslor Cuthbert for fantasy purposes. But Cuthbert has a hit in six straight games with his home run on Sunday and has homered in three of his last four overall. For the season, Cuthbert is now hitting .280/.315/.446 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 42 games. He is pacing for 15 home runs in 92 games this year and has been a pleasant surprise for Kansas City.
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Kendrys Morales was 2-for-4 with two solo home runs (10) for two RBI in the Royals 6 - 1 win over Houston on Sunday.

After starting the year ice cold, Kendrys Morales has started to heat up for the Royals and his fantasy owners alike. He blasted two solo home runs to raise his total this year to 10 and Morales is starting to show some of his form from last year. In June, Morales is hitting .324 with 12 runs, four home runs and 14 RBI. But this may be in vain as the Royals will play five of their seven games this week in National League parks so his bat may be reduced to a pinch hitting role. Which is tough as Morales has started to swing the bat much better of late.
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Lorenzo Cain was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double in the Royals 6 - 1 win over the Astros on Sunday.

Fantasy owners have to hope Lorenzo Cain’s back-to-back multi-hit games may be the start of a hot streak. With his three hits on Sunday, Cain raised his average to .271 in June and he is five for his last nine. For the season, he is slashing .288/.334/.417 which are below last year’s pace but in line with his career rates. Cain is on pace to hit 18 home runs and steal 13 bases but is a hot streak away from turning his season around. He will face Adam Wainwright on Monday and is two for six in past match-ups with a double and triple for a 1.167 OPS.
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Ian Kennedy allowed one run on three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts over seven innings in the Royals 6 - 1 win over Houston on Sunday.

With the Royals bullpen needing some rest, Ian Kennedy stepped up and delivered seven strong innings with 11 strikeouts to defeat Houston. The one run he allowed lowered his ERA to 3.96 on the year but his FIP of 5.22 suggests this was a strong outing and not the start of a marriage of his stats to greener pastures. Kennedy is who we thought he was as evidenced with his 85 strikeouts in 89.2 innings but with an inflated ERA moving to the American League. His next start will be in Philadelphia later this week which poses itself as another strong match-up to take advantage of Kennedy’s strikeout ability.
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Evan Gattis was 2-for-3 with a solo home run (12) to provide the Astros only run in a 6 - 1 loss in Kansas City on Sunday.

Evan Gattis homered on Sunday but his recent slump in June had him batting ninth in Kansas City. Gattis generated early hype due to his catcher eligible power bat but he has struggled recently. In June, Gattis is 15-for-77 (.195) with 10 runs, seven home runs and 17 RBI. The counting stats are palatable, but his average below the Mendoza Line makes it tough to roster the powerful veteran. It remains to be seen if he will play on Monday, but he is one for five against Matt Shoemaker with four strikeouts in past match-ups.
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Doug Fister allowed four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts in Houston’s 6 - 1 loss to Kansas City on Sunday.

It has been a rebound season for Doug Fister who lost on Sunday but it is his first one since April 25th for the Astros. Over his previous 10 starts, Fister won seven games. For the season, he is now 8 - 4 with a 3.36 ERA and a 61:28 K:BB rate in 93.2 innings. There is a bit of a warning in his FIP which sits at 4.76 as his ERA starts to migrate towards it. How good he will be at the end of the year will be dependent upon minimizing the rise in ERA while still keeping Houston in games. His next start is slated to be at home against the White Sox.
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David Robertson pitched a clean ninth inning to lock down his 20th save of the season during the White Sox 5 - 2 win over Toronto on Sunday.

There have been a couple of tough outings for David Robertson this year but he was able to record his 20th save of the year in his 22nd chance on Sunday. He now has converted 25 of his last 27 opportunities and has lowered his ERA to 2.79 this season. With an off day on Monday, Robertson will be ready on Tuesday if called upon to close for Chicago.
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J.B. Shuck was 1-for-3 with a solo home run (2) during a 5 - 2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

As a part-time player, J.B. Shuck has some value as one who can have a nice game while giving a starter the day off. Shuck hit his second homer of 2016 with a solo shot in the eighth inning. He is only hitting .205 this year and will return to the bench for the days ahead. But for those in American League only formats who benefited from his home run are appreciative.
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