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After going 0-for-5 to start the series, Gordon came through in a big way on Wednesday night, as he logged his first three-hit performance of the season. Now slashing .209/.315/.345 with seven home runs, 16 RBI and 30 runs scored over 235 at-bats, Gordon still has a lot to improve upon before gaining back the full trust of his fantasy owners, but this is at least a step in the right direction for the 32-year-old outfielder.
Orlando has been a pleasant surprise for both the Royals and his fantasy owners this season, as he is now slashing .324/.346/.408 with one home run, 21 RBI, 21 runs scored and six steals through 250 at-bats. Considering he has logged four multi-hit performances in his last eight games, Orlando remains a solid deep league outfield option, especially for those looking for help in the batting average category.
Despite the Royals scoring seven runs on Wednesday night, Duffy was handed a no-decision after tossing six strong innings of three-run baseball. Following the no-decision, Duffy is now sitting 6-1 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 110:22 K:BB rate through 100.2 innings between the bullpen and the starting rotation, and as long as his strikeout rate remains at a career-best level (9.83 K/9), Duffy should be started in all but the shallowest of formats while being the most reliable pitcher int eh Royals starting rotation at this time. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Rays on Monday.
After allowing only two runs over his previous two starts, Shoemaker took a step backwards on Wednesday, as he coughed up five runs in a loss to the Royals. Now sitting 5-11 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and a 116:24 K:BB rate through 118.2 innings, Shoemaker still remains a solid start in mos fantasy formats, although his win/loss record leaves much to be desired. He will look to right the ship when he takes on the Athletics on Tuesday.
Trout continues to have himself another great season, as he is now slashing .314/.427/.553 with 19 home runs, 65 RBI, 79 runs scored and 17 steals through 360 at-bats. Whether or not he finishes with enough votes to take down another MVP award, Trout remains arguably the most valuable fantasy player to own while being a five-category contributor on a regular basis.
Despite only logging three home runs through 363 at-bats, Escobar is ranked third in the American League with his .325 batting average as he continues to thrive atop the Angels batting order. Considering Escobar is a lifetime .284 hitter, even if he slips some down the stretch it is unlikely he goes much under his career-average, making him a batting average booster if nothing else down the stretch.
Harris has been outstanding since taking over the closer role for the Astros, as he has now converted 11 of his first 12 save chances while sitting on a 1.71 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a 44:6 K:BB rate through 42.0 innings. Considering he has been one of the most dominant closers in the league since being handed the ninth inning role, fantasy owners should have little concern about his giving up his new role anytime soon.
After allowing just one run over his previous two starts, Tanaka took a step backwards on Wednesday night as he allowing a five start-high four runs. The Yankees' ace is now sitting 7-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 108:27 K:BB rate through 134.0 innings which is very respectable, so as long as he finds a way to maintain his .238 opponent batting average better days appear to be ahead for this 27-year-old. He will try to get back in the win column when he takes on the Mets on Tuesday.
Despite gong yard against the Yankees on Wednesday night, Rasmus recorded just his first hit in 32 at-bats as he continues to struggle down the stretch. Now slashing .227/.304/.380 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI and 31 runs scored through 300 at-bats, expect to see his at-bats being limited while the Astros platoon their outfielders for the time-being.
McCullers has really picked up the pace of late, as he has now logged double-digit strikeouts in three of his last five starts, while sitting 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and a 100:44 K:BB rate over 76.1 innings. Clearly he still needs to work on his command to lower his walk rate, but as long as he can maintain his outstanding 11.79 K/9 over the final two months of the season, McCullers remains a must-start in all fantasy formats. He will look to stay hot when he takes on the Blue Jays on Tuesday.