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David Robertson snared an unusual save by pitching the seventh inning against the Blue Jays on Friday.

He struck out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the seventh inning. The Yankees had a one-run lead at the time with two and a half innings yet to play. New York scored another run in the bottom half of the seventh and the game was then called due to rain, meaning Robertson got a save despite not getting the last out of the ballgame. He has three saves and a 3.11 ERA in 54 games while serving as a set-up man for closer Aroldis Chapman.
Aug 18 - 12:18 AM

Jake Junis wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday against the White Sox.

Junis departed with a 3-1 lead in the sixth, but Tim Hill allowed an inherited runner to score and then combined with Jason Adam on a seven-run seventh inning that the Royals were never coming back from. Junis has now turned in three solid efforts in a row, lowering his ERA from 5.12 to 4.76. He's still only a fantasy option in deep formats.
Aug 18 - 12:18 AM

Tim Anderson went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double, two steals, a walk and three runs scored Friday against the Royals.

Anderson has been really quiet this last month, but maybe tonight was a breakthrough for him. After swiping 21 bases in his first 86 games, he had notched just one in 30 games before getting two tonight. It was also his first game with three hits since May 25.
Aug 18 - 12:15 AM

Cole Hamels spun seven scoreless frames as part of a 1-0 victory over the Pirates on Friday.

Hamels’ excellent run with the Cubs continues. He scattered five hits — all of them singles — while walking two batters and striking out five. He got a lot of help from the double play ball, inducing five of them. He’s the first pitcher to get at least five double plays in a start since Luis Perdomo had six on August 28, 2016. Hamels now holds a 0.72 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 25 innings through four starts with Chicago. Fantasy owners need to keep running him out there for now. He has upcoming inviting matchups against the Tigers and Mets.
Aug 18 - 12:14 AM

Whit Merrifield went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks against the White Sox on Friday.

Unfortunately, he was thrown out on his steal attempt. The lone real bright spot offensively for the Royals this year (unless pre-injury Jorge Soler counts), Merrifield is currently sporting a .303 average and a .374 OBP. It's especially impressive that he has 48 walks in 522 plate appearances this year after finishing last season with 29 walks in 630 plate appearances.
Aug 18 - 12:13 AM

Trevor Williams suffered a tough-luck loss on Friday after giving up just one run in seven innings against the Cubs.

The only damage was a solo homer from Kyle Schwarber in the second inning, but with Cole Hamels dealing for Chicago, it was enough to put him on the losing side. Williams gave up just four hits in all while walking two (one intentional) and striking out four. While he doesn’t have the most exciting secondary numbers, Williams has managed a surprising 3.53 ERA over 24 starts this season. We’d prefer to sit out his matchup against the Braves next week in mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 12:12 AM

Jesse Chavez induced a double-play grounder to secure his first save of the season Friday against the Pirates.

Steve Cishek started the ninth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Corey Dickerson before striking out Starling Marte swinging. Chavez walked Gregory Polanco upon entering the game, but he got David Freese to ground into a double play — the seventh double play of the game for the Pirates — to end it. Pedro Strop has been the primary fill-in for Brandon Morrow (biceps), but he was presumably unavailable after throwing 38 pitches over the previous two days.
Aug 18 - 12:12 AM

Kyle Schwarber led the charge for the Cubs’ offense with a solo homer and two walks Friday against the Pirates.

His second-inning solo blast against Trevor Williams was the only offense of the night for either side. It was his 21st homer of the season, but just his second in his last 20 games. Of course, he's very capable of going on a tear at a moment’s notice.
Aug 18 - 12:11 AM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double Friday against the Pirates.

Rizzo is hitting .309 with three homers, nine RBI, and more walks (six) than strikeouts (five) so far this month. Thanks to his cold April, it’s probably a stretch for him to reach 30 homers for a fifth straight season, but with 78 RBI, he still has a shot at reaching the 100 mark for the fourth straight year.
Aug 18 - 12:10 AM

Lance Lynn surrendered five runs in four-plus innings against the Blue Jays and did not earn a decision on Friday.

He gave up a four-spot in the first inning, allowing RBI hits to Kendrys Morales, Kevin Pillar and Aledmys Dias in the frame. This was his first clunker in a Yankee uniform after joining the team in a deadline trade with the Twins. He had an ugly 5.10 ERA in 20 starts with the Twins prior to the trade but had allowed just one run in 16 2/3 innings since joining the Yankees. Today's beating takes some of the shine off his ERA in pinstripes, which went from 0.54 to 2.61 today.
Aug 18 - 12:10 AM

Hunter Dozier went 0-for-4 on Friday and is 2-for-20 in his last five games.

Dozier has been one of the league's worst players this year; he's hitting just .212/.272/.329 in 231 at-bats and he's been even worse that that with men on base, which is why he has just 15 RBI on the season. He's also graded out poorly defensively at both first and third, and he's been thrown out on two of his three steal attempts. If he doesn't show something soon, he might find himself off the 40-man roster this winter.
Aug 18 - 12:10 AM

Gregory Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, two walks, and a stolen base in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

Polanco is now up to eight steals, matching his total from last season. The 26-year-old was one of the best hitters in the majors in June and July, but fantasy owners are waiting for his bat to come alive again this month. The Pirates have lost five in a row and now sit a game under .500 at 61-62.
Aug 18 - 12:10 AM

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored during Friday's loss to the Yankees.

He laced a single to left that plated Devon Travis in the first inning, then came around to score on an Aledmys Diaz single later in the frame. The veteran designated hitter started the season in a dreadful slump, then hit much better for three months before slumping badly again in August. The 35-year-old's days of fantasy usefulness are likely in the rear-view mirror. He has a .244 batting average with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 100 games. He has two stolen bases this year -- his first swipes since 2009 -- and he has just six steals in his 13-year career.
Aug 18 - 12:03 AM

Phillip Ervin smashed a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to beat the Giants 2-1 on Friday.

He didn't start the game but received two at-bats after subbing for Preston Tucker. He came up big by going deep off reliever Ray Black in the bottom of the 11th to send the crowd home happy. The rookie outfielder got called up when Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler got hurt in early July and has hit well. He should get semi-regular starts as the Reds run out the string over the last six weeks of the season. He has a .287 batting average with three homers and 17 RBI in 116 plate appearances.
Aug 17 - 11:47 PM

Scooter Gennett went 3-for-5 during Friday's extra-inning win over the Giants.

He singled twice and doubled once but didn't contribute to any runs crossing the plate. The second baseman has been in a slump since playing in his first All Star game last month. Maybe today's outburst will get him back in the zone. For the season he is slashing .309/.359/.485 with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 69 runs scored in 491 plate appearances.
Aug 17 - 11:40 PM



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