DFS MLB Playbook: June 29
Ted Schuster

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday’s 7-1 loss to Houston.

It’s a five-game hitting streak for the Machine as he tries to get this season back on track. The only run of the Angels night was driven in by Pujols in the six run loss for the struggling team from L.A. He has been batting .345/.387/.586 with two homers, five RBI, three runs, and a steal in the last seven games. Pujols has hit .214 in 28 at bats against Dallas Keuchel but has two homers, and four RBI.
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Scott Feldman pitched five innings allowing one run (no earned) on three hits with two strikeouts in picking up his fifth win of the season on Tuesday in L.A.

Feldman drew his first start since April 24th on Tuesday night and did well, though it was against a struggling offense in the Angels. He previously had been working out of the pen and doing will with a 3.07 ERA despite a 1.36 WHIP and .272 BAA. It was a spot start for him but he did well enough that it may turn into more though that doesn’t seem likely at the moment.
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Tim Lincecum pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing five runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in taking his second loss of the season on Tuesday.

Lincecum made his third start of the season on Tuesday and it was more like his previous starts before going down with the hip injury. The seven strikeouts are by far the most of the season for him though it did come against the Astros who are a big-time strikeout lineup. His 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 11:8 K:BB, and 1-1 record point to his lackluster performance. Monday will be the next time he’s on the mound going against Tampa Bay.
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Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI in Houston’s 7-1 win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Gonzalez got five total bases on Tuesday, which is the same number as the last time he had hits in a game. Gonzalez has been solid in the last several games with a .259/.310/.593 triple line with a homer, seven runs, and five RBI. With A.J. Reed now in the picture, it has seemingly given Gonzalez a reason to bump up his performance. Gonzalez has torched Jered Weaver for a .429 AVG in seven tries in his career.
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Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, four RBI, and two runs scored in Houston’s 7-1 win over L.A. on Tuesday night.

Correa had himself a day on Tuesday as the Astros continued on their tear with a seven total base day. It was his 13th homer of the year and he accounted for five of the seven runs Houston scored against the Angels. The 21-year-old shortstop is hitting .321/.394/.786 with three homers, 11 RBI, and six runs scored over the last several games. Wednesday’s starter Jered Weaver has a bad history against Correa with Correa tagging him for a .375 AVG in eight attempts with a homer and three RBI.
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Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored in Arizona’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

That’s three games in a row with a hit for Tomas and four of the last five. Tuesday marked his 13th homer of the season and his 31st RBI of the year as well. Tomas has been on a role of late with a .290/.313/.645 slash line with three homers, six RBI, and four runs scored. Tomas has never faced the Wednesday starter for the Phillies in Zach Eflin.
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Jake Lamb went 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI in Arizona’s 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Lamb got a hit for the first time in three games on Tuesday as he hit his 15th homer of the year. The young third baseman is really starting to come around this year with more homers than in the previous two combined. The last seven games have been kind to him with a .286/.333/.571 slash line, two homers, seven RBI, and seven runs scored. Lamb is 1-for-3 with an RBI against Zach Eflin in his career.
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Zack Greinke pitched two innings allowing one run (one earned) on four hits with two strikeouts in a no decision on Tuesday against Philadelphia.

Greinke had an abbreviated start on Tuesday after injuring an oblique while at bat in the second inning. With the start cut short it’s hard to fully analyze how it falls in line with the recent starts he’s had but in the last seven, a 2.22 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 33:8 K:BB ratio, and a 5-0 record has him turning the season around. There is no timetable for his return to the rotation yet as the injury just happened.
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Jeanmar Gomez earned his 21st save of the season in pitching a perfect ninth inning to protect the Phillies 4-3 lead over Arizona.

Gomez has taken the closer role and run with it for the Phillies as he notched his 21st save in his 23rd chance. Gomez has posted solid numbers in the ninth inning with a 3.09 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, a 24:9 K:BB ratio and a 2-2 record. As long as the Phillies continue to play close games, which given their offense, they will, Gomez is a good lower tier closing candidate in standard leagues.
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Jerad Eickhoff pitched five innings allowing two runs (two earned) on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts in a no-decision on Tuesday night in Arizona.

In his sixth start in June Eickhoff his second shortest outing of the year on Tuesday. He needed 105 pitches to get through the five innings and face 24 batters. In the last seven starts, Eickhoff has posted great numbers with a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 40:13 K:BB ratio, and a 3-3 record for the slumping Phillies. He will face Atlanta in his next start on Monday. The last time he faced the Braves he went seven scoreless innings.
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