Luis Valbuena went 3-for-4 with a walk against the Angels on Monday.
Valbuena isn’t a big average guy, but in the past three games, he has two games in which he has recorded three hits. He’s hit a few homers this season, but unless he’s on a power binge, his usage in fantasy formats isn’t really sought after. You might want to move him to the bench because he’s hitless in eight at-bats against tomorrow’s starter Tim Lincecum.
Matt Shoemaker allowed five hits and one walk while striking out six in six shutout innings on Monday against the Astros.
Shoemaker pitched well for the Astros for the second straight time, and third time overall for the entire season. He continues to strike batters out at a solid clip and he’s done an even better job of limiting the walks. He’s walked just five batters over his last eight starts, so don’t let his 4.12 ERA deceive you, because he’s been pitching much better than that. He’s worthy of a roster spot, because he will help your pitching staff immediately, most notably in the strikeout department. He has a tough matchup against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday in his next start.
Collin McHugh allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three in six innings against the Angels on Monday.
He only struck out three batters tonight, and he walked three, but he was able to register his third straight quality start. It wasn’t a real impressive stat line, but it was one that is much better in real life than it is fantasy formats. Other than the quality start and lasting six innings, nothing about this outing was extraordinary by any means. Except for a few starts, McHugh has been hovering around league average for the most parts. His ERA sits at 4.58 and he’s starting to look more like a matchup play, opposed to a regular, reliable starter. His next start will come on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.
Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and one RBI on Monday against the Astros.
Mike Trout continues to do Mike Trout things and at this point, we really can’t be too surprised with what this guy does. He’s hitting .319 on the season with 17 home runs, 53 RBI, 55 runs scored and 10 stolen bases for the 2016 campaign. He’s simply the best at what he does and he needs to be started every single day in your lineup. He only has one hit in nine at-bats against tomorrow’s starter Scot Feldman, but that lone hit traveled over the fence for a home run.
Jeff Samardzija allowed six earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in six innings on Monday against the Athletics.
In his first of two starts during Shark week, Samardzija didn’t have his “A” game against the A’s. Since twirling a complete game gem against the Rays, Samardzija has really struggled against the Pittsburgh Pirates and now the Oakland A’s. He’s punched out as many batters as he’s walked in the past nine innings, while allowing 12 earned runs on 14 hits. The veteran right-hander has had a pretty good year thus far, but hopefully this isn’t the start to a backslide to his White Sox days. His next start will come on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ramiro Pena went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Athletics.
Pena has been seeing a lot more playing time lately, solely because of Matt Duffy going on the disabled list with an Achilles injury. He’s 4-for-8 in his last two games, but the counting stats aren’t all that impressive. He doesn’t have the fantasy value needed for seasonal leagues, but given the right matchup on the right day, he’s worth a dart in daily fantasy.
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