Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Week 13
Ivar G. Anderson

Devon Travis went 2-for-4 with a walk, a two-run homer and two runs scored in Saturday’s 10-8 win over the White Sox.

Travis is is a serious groove at the plate right now, as he delivered the seventh multi-hit performance of his last 10 games Saturday afternoon. Overall during that stretch, the second-year second baseman has hit an incredible .447 (17-for-38) with three homers, four doubles, nine RBI and six runs scored. Travis has been in either the one or two spot in the Blue Jays’ batting order four times over the last seven games. If that trend holds, he will carry loads of upside going forward.
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R.A. Dickey tossed 5.1 innings in Saturday’s 10-8 win over the White Sox, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk while racking up seven strikeouts.

Given an early lead to work with Saturday afternoon, Dickey, who was not quite in top form on the mound, bore down and earned his fifth victory of the season. The 41-year-old knuckleballer has been fairly solid in June, posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 18-to-11 K/BB ratio across 29.2 innings while picking up three wins over five starts. He will look to finish the month on a high note Thursday against the Indians.
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Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and a couple of runs scored in Saturday’s 10-8 win over the White Sox.

Encarnacion was in a bit of a lull coming into Saturday, as he had gone just 2-for-17 over the last five games and wore the infamous golden sombrero Friday night. Well, it suffices to say that the league’s RBI leader got back on track in a big way by driving in four or more runs for the fourth time this season and third time this month. Encarnacion is obviously an elite run producer and should be viewed as such in all mixed fantasy formats.
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Alex Avila went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Saturday’s 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

Avila will continue to find his way into the batting order if he continues to swing the bat this way. The 29-year-old backstop has basically become an afterthought in the fantasy baseball world the last few years, but he has been performing better at the plate this month than he has in quite some time. Since the calendar flipped to June, Avila has hit .333 (15-for-45) with three homers and six RBI across 13 games. It just might be time for those in A.L. Only formats to tune back in.
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Adam Eaton went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a stolen base in Saturday’s 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

Eaton went through a bit of a dry spell at the plate in the early portion of this month, but he has bounced back nicely during the past couple of weeks. Over his last 12 games, the speedy outfielder has hit a cool .392 (20-for-51) with six extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and a couple of stolen bases. That upturn has coincided directly with his move from leadoff to the two hole in the White Sox’ batting order. Eaton should be rostered in most standard mixed leagues given his ability to contribute with runs, steals and batting average.
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Brett Lawrie went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three total RBI in Saturday’s 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

Lawrie is suddenly swinging a very hot bat, as he has gone 9-for-17 with three roundtrippers over the last four days. The 26-year-old hacker is not, and will likely never be, known for offensive consistency, but his power is legit. Through 74 games, Lawrie has belted 10 homers and 19 doubles. He holds value in deeper mixed leagues.
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Miguel Gonzalez labored through 5.1 innings in Saturday’s 10-8 loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

Gonzalez just simply did not have it on the mound Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Jays’ stout lineup got to him early and often before he finally exited the game in the sixth frame. Over his last four starts, Gonzalez has gone from good to bad and around again, making him a very frustrating fantasy play in season-long leagues and especially daily contests alike. It is best to simply avoid the headache outside of deeper A.L. Only formats. The 32-year-old righty will take the mound in Houston on Friday night.
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Adam Ottavino is scheduled to pitch one inning Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Ottavino continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. It will be interesting to see what the Rockies bullpen looks like in a few weeks. The most likely scenario is Jake McGee returns to the closer role upon his return from the DL despite his ineffectiveness this season, while current closer Carlos Estevez and rehabbing Adam Ottavino are slotted into setup roles. Ottavino was posting elite numbers in 2015 before being lost for the season, so he's worth a look as a handcuff in case either the Rockies decide to trade McGee or they remove him from the ninth inning due to ineffectiveness.
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