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Mon Jul 2202:42Nick Castellanos Swats Another Oddly Timed Home Run SundayNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos was at it again Sunday homering on yet another interesting day in our modern history. Castellanos smacked a garbage-time solo home run in the ninth inning, his 14th of the season. If you haven't been paying attention Castellanos has a flair for the dramatics during the most questionable times. He most notably homered in the middle of Reds former broadcaster, Thom Brennaman's, famous on-air apology and since then has tacked on a few more. He's homered in the past on the day Queen Elizabeth died and the day the I-95 collapsed in Philadelphia. If crazier things happened more on the daily Castellanos could potentially reach Barry Bonds territory, but luckily for society's sake, Castellanos has only 14 long balls on the season and not the 99 he'd have if big news dropped every single day.
Sun Jul 2113:12DJ LeMahieu Out On SundayDJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
New York Yankees third baseman DJ LeMahieu is out of the starting lineup ahead of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The veteran infielder will get a routine rest day here. Fantasy managers should expect him to return after this game. In the meantime, Oswaldo Cabrera will cover third base and bat ninth versus right-hander Shane Baz on Sunday. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups with LeMahieu sitting out.
Sun Jul 2112:22Phillies Have Zack Wheeler Lined Up To Go On TuesdayZack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (back) is listed as the team's probable starter for Tuesday's contest on the road in Minnesota against the Twins. As a precaution, Wheeler had his final start of the first half skipped last Sunday against the Oakland Athletics due to back spasms. The issue is considered minor, though, and the 34-year-old veteran All-Star is ready to roll for his first start of the second half on Tuesday. It's not the best of matchups on the road, but fantasy managers should feel comfortable rolling Wheeler out there against a Twins team that will be missing star shortstop Carlos Correa (foot). Wheeler was as consistent as they come for fantasy managers in the first half in 2024, going 10-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 126 strikeouts and 35 walks in 116 2/3 innings over his 19 starts. Roll him out there in Minnesota next week.
Sun Jul 2111:51Christian Yelich Sitting Out On SundayChristian YelichCF/LFMarlinsFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is not in the starting lineup on Sunday as the Brewers look to sweep the two-game set against the Minnesota Twins. The 32-year-old has been out of the lineup once over the past 54 games. As a result, Garrett Mitchell will slot into the outfield and bat the seven-hole. Yelich has posted an excellent .320/.405/.511 line with 11 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and a 37:57 BB:K ratio across 71 games this season. Under the hood, Yelich holds a .300 xBA and a .485 xSLG which place him near the top among all qualified hitters. Garrett Mitchell could be a sneaky play in DFS this afternoon as he will face Minnesota right-hander Joe Ryan, who has allowed a 6.55 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP across his past two starts.
Sat Jul 2022:18Marcell Ozuna Homers Twice SaturdayMarcell OzunaCF/RFMarlinsFree Agent
In the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna slammed two home runs in a 9-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The veteran slugger took St. Louis starter Sonny Gray deep in the fourth and sixth innings, his 27th and 28th of the year. Ozuna is now hitting .305 with the 28 home runs, 79 RBI, and 60 runs scored. He is making a serious run at the National League Most Valuable Player award with this consistently high production.
Source: Atlanta Braves on
Sat Jul 2008:32Michael Wacha Strikes Out Seven Across Seven Shutout FramesMichael WachaRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha struck out seven batters across seven shutout frames on Friday evening against the Chicago White Sox. He allowed just four hits and one free pass. This was a nice bounce back for the 33-year-old, as he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in his previous start. Across 96 innings this season, the right-hander holds a solid 3.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 28:85 BB:K ratio. Wacha is scheduled to face Arizona in his next start on Wednesday, July 24 and is worth starting in deeper leagues as he should continue to provide stable ratios in the second half.
Sat Jul 2000:35Gerrit Cole In Vintage Form For Third WinGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivered an impressive outing during Friday night's start in the Bronx against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays, striking out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball on six hits and one walk. Cole notched his third win of the season on Friday against the Rays, looking to be in vintage form in his first appearance following the All-Star break. The 33-year-old fantasy ace will look to further close his buy-low window and improve on his 4.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 34:10 K:BB over 29 1/3 innings (six starts) in his next showing, but it will come against a locked-in New York Mets offense on Wednesday. Cole has a 6.64 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in eight starts in his career against the Mets, both his worst lifetime figures against any specific opponent in the major leagues.
Fri Jul 1918:10Jose Quintana Will Not Pitch This Weekend Due To IllnessJose QuintanaSPWhite SoxFree Agent
New York Mets starting pitcher Jose Quintana (illness) will not pitch on Sunday as he was scheduled to due to a fever, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza expressed that he is hopeful that Quintana can pitch on Tuesday against the Yankees. As a result, David Peterson is now slated to pitch on Sunday against the Marlins. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to Quintana's status at the start of the week, as he may need additional days off depending on the severity of his illness. All New York starters are worth looking at this weekend in DFS as they will face the Miami Marlins for a three-game set.
Source: Mike
Thu Jul 1821:42Sonny Gray Taking The Hill Against BravesSonny GrayRPAthleticsFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Sonny Gray will take the mound for Friday's series opener at Truist Park against the hosting Atlanta Braves as the second half gets underway. The 34-year-old three-time All-Star has been St. Louis' clear-cut ace in his first year with the team, logging a 3.34 ERA (2.56 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP along with a sparkling 121:24 K:BB covering 17 starts (99 2/3 innings). The matchup with Atlanta isn't as imposing as it once was, considering the Braves are scoring just 3.8 runs per game in 46 outings with Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) out of the lineup this season. Despite Gray's dicey 5.09 ERA and 1.30 WHIP over seven appearances on the road this year, he'll be a fine fantasy play in all settings on Friday's slate.
Wed Jul 1723:22Rich Hill Hopes To Join A Team In AugustRich HillRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Free-agent veteran left-hander Rich Hill said he is ramping up throwing bullpen sessions in preparation to sign with a team in August as a versatile pitcher. It appears that Hill is healthy, but it remains to be seen how much interest he'll generate on the open market after going a combined 8-14 with a bloated 5.41 ERA (4.87 FIP) and 1.52 WHIP with 129 strikeouts and 58 walks in 146 1/3 innings pitched over 32 appearances (27 starts) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres last year. He's no spring chicken at 44 years old but does have plenty of MLB experience with 19 seasons under his belt. If Hill is picked up by a club in the second half of the season, he won't be guaranteed to have a big role and will most likely operate as a swingman/long-reliever out of the bullpen, leaving him minimal fantasy appeal.
Source: 570 LA Sports - David
Wed Jul 1721:55Michael Wacha In Favorable Spot To Begin Second HalfMichael WachaRPCardinalsFree Agent
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Michael Wacha hopes his recent success carries into the second half when he gets the ball in Friday's series opener at home against the division-rival Chicago White Sox. Wacha has been very reliable for the Royals over his last nine starts, generating a 2.61 ERA and 47:17 K:BB over 51 2/3 innings since May 9. The 33-year-old former All-Star has revived his career in recent years, and he'll belong in all fantasy lineups for the start of the second half on Friday. In three appearances versus the White Sox since 2023, Wacha has a microscopic 0.90 ERA alongside a 19:4 K:BB through 20 frames during this period.
Wed Jul 1721:13Gerrit Cole Looks To Return To Form In Second HalfGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole is slated to toe the rubber for the start of the second half of the year in Friday's series opener against the division-rival Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx. It was an injury-shortened first half for Cole, one that positions the 33-year-old reigning American League Cy Young winner as an obvious buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues after yielding a lackluster 5.40 ERA (5.13 FIP), 1.45 WHIP, and 26:9 K:BB over 23 1/3 innings (five starts) so far this year. In eight appearances versus the Rays since 2022, however, Cole holds a 2.34 ERA with a 64:15 K:BB through 50 innings and will remain a set-and-forget fantasy play in all settings when play resumes on Friday.
Wed Jul 1719:22Martin Maldonado Dropped From 40-Man RosterMartín MaldonadoCBrewersFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox designated veteran catcher Martin Maldonado for assignment on Wednesday, according to sources. With Maldonado now gone and likely to pass through waivers unclaimed to become a free agent, Korey Lee is currently the only backstop on the team's active roster as we get set for the start of the second half of the season this weekend. The 37-year-old Maldonado hit a dreadful .119/.174/.230 with four home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in 147 trips to the plate over 48 games for the White Sox in 2024 before getting cut this week. If he does latch on with another team, it might have to be on a minor-league deal given the fact that he hasn't had a batting average over .200 since 2020 with the Houston Astros, when he hit .215 with six homers and 24 RBI in the COVID-shortened campaign.
Source: The Athletic - Ken
Wed Jul 1713:14Dallas Keuchel Elects Free AgencyDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel has cleared waivers and has elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers recently acquired Keuchel in a trade and used him for four spot starts before cutting him last weekend. The former Cy Young winner allowed 10 earned runs on 23 hits (three home runs) while striking out 11 and walking eight in 16 2/3 innings over his four starts for the Brew Crew and now once again finds himself looking for work on the open market. Since 2022, Keuchel has pitched in the big leagues for five different teams and hasn't been effective, recording a 7.59 ERA and 1.90 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and 57 walks in 115 innings pitched. Even if he lands with another team in the second half of the season, at best, he'll be a volatile deep-league streaming option in fantasy.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Curt
Tue Jul 1615:53Trevor Rosenthal Throwing 95 MPHTrevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Free-agent relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (elbow) is reportedly throwing 95 mph and could be an attractive veteran reliever for a contending team looking to fortify their bullpen in the second half of the season. The former All-Star closer has 132 career saves in eight major-league seasons, but he hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2020, when he spent time with the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres. The 34-year-old veteran had his UCL fixed last June and also underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome and hip surgery since he last pitched in the majors, so he's a complete wild card. Rosenthal did have a nice 1.90 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with 38 K's and 11 saves in 23 2/3 innings in 2020, but it's unlikely that he'll be able to secure a high-leverage bullpen role with a contender later this season, let alone stay healthy.
Source: FOX 2 St. Louis - Martin
Sun Jul 1419:50Travis d'Arnaud Blasts Two HomersTravis d'ArnaudCMetsFree Agent
Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud showed off his impressive power during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. The 35-year-old smacked a 431-foot three-run blast off Stephen Kolek to give his team a 5-1 lead. He later increased the lead with a solo shot off Jeremiah Estrada in the eighth inning. He finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and three runs scored. He's slashing .246/.308/.465 with nine home runs and 32 RBI this season. His fantasy value is limited with him splitting time behind the plate with Sean Murphy.
Sun Jul 1411:57Dallas Keuchel Designated For Assignment, Joel Kuhnel PromotedDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Joel KuhnelFree Agent
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel has been designated for assignment, according to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a corresponding move, the Brewers promoted right-handed pitcher Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A Nashville. Keuchel posted a poor 5.40 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and an 8:11 BB:K ratio across his four starts as a Brewer. Kuhnel has operated exclusively out of the bullpen in his minor league career and posted a 2.30 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in Triple-A Nashville earlier this season. Fantasy managers should pay close attention to the Milwaukee rotation after the mid-summer classic, as there is currently an open spot. Joe Ross (back) and Bryse Wilson are candidates to claim the open rotation spot and could be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Source: Todd
Sun Jul 1411:09J.D. Martinez Sitting Out On SundayJ.D. MartinezLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Martinez is not in Sunday's lineup as the Mets look to complete a three-game sweep against the Colorado Rockies. Martinez has been in the starting nine over the past five games but will cede DH duties to first baseman Pete Alonso on Sunday afternoon. This allows Mark Vientos to shift over to first base. Martinez has been in a bit of a slump since the start of July, with a disappointing .194/.326/.333 line with only one home run and four RBI. The 36-year-old should continue to serve as the primary designated hitter in Queens in the second half of the season. The entire Mets lineup is worth considering in DFS this afternoon as they will face Colorado right-hander German Marquez, who will be making his 2024 season debut.
Sat Jul 1322:57Nick Castellanos Homers, Knocks In Four Runs SaturdayNick Castellanos3BTigersFree Agent
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos homered and knocked in four runs Saturday in an 11-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. On the season, Castellanos is hitting .235 with 13 home runs, 47 RBI, three stolen bases and 44 runs scored. In July, Castellanos is hitting .262 with two home runs, five RBI, and four runs scored for the NL East leaders. The Phillies will look to the veteran to continue to be productive as they seek a playoff berth in 2024.
Source: Philadelphia Phillies on
Sat Jul 1316:43Xander Bogaerts Not Starting On SaturdayXander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
San Diego Padres second baseman Xander Bogaerts is not in Saturday's lineup. Bogaerts was activated off the injured list on Friday, but it looks like the Padres will opt to be cautious with their infielder. As a result, Jake Cronenworth will shift to second base and bat in the three-hole. Bogaerts tallied two hits in his return on Friday evening and should be expected to return to the lineup on Sunday afternoon. Cronenworth will have prime scoring opportunities batting at the top of the San Diego lineup but faces a difficult matchup against Atlanta right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, who carries a 1.71 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.