Fantasy Baseball Streaming Pitching: Week 13
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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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Melky Cabrera was 3-for-4 with an RBI during a 5 - 2 win over Toronto by the White Sox on Sunday.

For those who do not buy into Melky Cabrera, it is easy to defend as he is a very streaky player. But he is hot in June and with three more hits on Sunday has raised his average to .333 this month. Of his 26 hits, 13 have been for extra-bases and he has four home runs with 15 RBI along with 10 runs for Chicago in June. For the season, Cabrera is now hitting .297/.348/.467 and will try to finish the month strong with three games in Minnesota looming. Cabrera has 11 hits in 25 at bats (.440) versus the Twins this year with an 1.001 OPS.
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Tim Anderson was 2-for-4 with two runs, one home run (3) and an RBI in a 5 - 2 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Despite a lack of walks, Tim Anderson has had a strong start to his major league career. Through his first 16 games, Anderson has scored 13 runs with three home runs and has a hit in four straight contests along with one in seven of his last eight games. But Anderson has struck out 24 times with zero walks in 73 at bats this year and his hot streak is due to end soon. Once pitchers see him for a second time, the league adjustment may not be kind for the rookie. He was also supposed to be a source of steals upon his promotion but has only stolen one base this year.
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Chris Sale allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings in a 5 - 2 win over Toronto on Sunday and is the majors first 13-game winner.

In an effort to be more efficient in his approach to pitching, Chris Sale has stopped trying to strike every batter out and is now trying to work deeper into every game he starts. Sale reached the eighth inning once again on Sunday and only gave up two solo home runs to Toronto. He is the major league’s first 13-game winner and is second in strikeouts in the American League with 109, second in WHIP (0.98) and fourth in ERA at 2.79. His next start will be against Houston whom he has an ERA of 0.75 versus over the last three years with 40 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
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