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Crawford has been off to a rough start since returning from the All-Star break, as he is now slashing .225/.279/.325 with only three extra-base hits, two RBI and five runs scored over his last 40 at-bats. After smashing a career-high 21 home runs a season ago, Crawford is unlikely to match that number barring a serious increase in production down the stretch, but as long as his RBI total remains at a decent level (63 RBI), he is still worth starting in all but the shallowest of league formats at the shortstop position.
Despite allowing two baserunners, Casilla was able to work in and out of trouble on Tuesday night to secure the win for the Giants. Having now converted 22 of his first 27 save chances while sitting on a 3.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 46:14 K:BB rate through 37.2 innings, Casilla should be able to hold onto the closer role for the foreseeable future, although the Giants are considering adding another bullpen arm before the trade deadline next week.
Cain has had a rough season to this point, as he is now sitting 2-6 with a 5.95 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and a 46:20 K:BB rate through 65.0 innings as he continues to struggle with his command and velocity. His biggest issue to this point is in the home run category, as he has now allowed 13 long balls over 13 starts, which is certainly not the type of pace the Giants want to see from him as this point in the season. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Nationals on Sunday.
Reed was unable to get much down in his five innings of work on Tuesday night, as he has hit early and often, which included a three-run home run served up to Matt Cain. Now sitting 0-5 with a 7.07 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and a 37:14 K:BB rate through 35.2 innings, Reed is far form being a fantasy option at this point in the season and should be avoided at all costs until he starts to show signs of turning things around in his rookie season. He will try to right the ship when he takes on the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Bruce has been on a tear of late, as he is now 7-for-17 with five home runs, 12 RBI and seven runs scored over his last seven games. His recent hot streak could not have come at a better time for the Reds, who are actively trying to trade the veteran slugger, but regardless of where he is playing by the start of next week, he remains a must-start in all fantasy formats while ranking in the top 10 in most power categories in the National League.
Duvall continues to be one of the biggest surprises in all of fantasy this season as he is now sitting with 25 home runs and 69 RBI through 336 at-bats. Although he is slashing .247/.294/.545, which certainly needs some work, as long as his power production remains consistent like it has all season long, Duvall remains a must-start option while playing his home games in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in all of baseball.
Votto has really turned it up since returning from the All-Star break, as he is now slashing .500/.620/.889 with four home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and 13 walks over his last 36 at-bats. With his bashing partner Jay Bruce likely to be dealt before next week's trade deadline, we could see an increase in Votto's RBI production over the final two months of the season, especially if he slides into the cleanup role for the Reds.
Grandal has really struggled this season, as the Dodgers' catcher is now slashing a mere .211/.330/.430 with 14 home runs, 39 RBI and 24 runs scored through 228 at-bats. Even if he continues to flash his power stroke over the final two months of the season, his very low batting average is hard to take on, outside of the most desperate of situations.