Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. Aaron Judge on the season is hitting .333 with 26 homers and 60 RBIs. He continues to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball as he has hit .333 during the last seven days and .344 in the month of June.
Michael Taylor had another strong showing Tuesday against the Cubs, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, two runs batted in and two stolen bases.Taylor is on pace to blow by all of his previous career highs. He’s making the most of his opportunity with Washington this year, and is becoming one of the more interesting free agent options in fantasy.
Matt Strahm lasted just 3 2/3 innings Tuesday, giving up five runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. The damage was largely done by homers from JD Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. While the Royals are trying to find another Danny Duffy (former reliever turned starter), this strategy has not worked well in the early going. Strahm was pummeled by the Red Sox and did not respond well here. He is not rosterable as a streamer at the moment.
Michael Clevinger was excellent in his start against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed just one run in six innings, striking out nine. He had to settle for a no-decision as the Rangers won 2-1.Clevinger has been pitching really well, posting a 2.40 ERA over the past two weeks. With Danny Salazar likely coming close to returning to the big league club, Clevinger is making a case to possibly bump Josh Tomlin from the rotation. Either way, Clevinger is worth owning as a back-end fantasy pitcher in deeper leagues.
Brandon Moss has gone 0-4 in back-to-back games, and is just 7 for 46 in the past month, equivalent to a .152 average. Fantasy owners should not be going anywhere near Moss, even with a ten-foot pole. His average for the year is .179. He does have nine homers, but only 17 runs scored and 15 RBIs. Stay away.
Adam Jones had a necklace break in an at-bat early on in a game against the Blue Jays Tuesday. He walked in that appearance, and later came around to score. Then, he took off his other necklace for his next at-bat and promptly hit a run-scoring single. Maybe Jones will keep the necklaces off for awhile, as fantasy owners are looking for him to pick it up in these summer months. Jones is hitting .271 with 13 homers and 35 RBIs to go along with 37 runs scored.
Mark Trumbo hit a run-scoring double to go along with another double in a win against Joe Biagini and the Blue Jays. In the midst of all the power in the game today, Trumbo has had an underwhelming season. He is hitting .258 with just 10 homers to go along with 37 RBIs and 47 runs scored.
Marwin Gonzalez started in left field and went 1-for-4 with a single in the Astros 6-4 loss to the Athletics.Gonzalez was a late scratch from the lineup Sunday due to a sore oblique and hadn’t seen any game action since Friday, June 23rd. He was back in the lineup on Tuesday and looked healthy. He should be a regular in the Astros lineup moving forward.
Tony Sipp entered in the ninth inning and did not allow a base-runner, striking out two. The Astros lost 6-4 to Oakland. Sipp has had a rough 2017, owning a 4.43 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. He offers very little to zero fantasy value in most formats.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that there is an “improved tone” between the Washington Redskins and quarterback Kirk Cousins, “but a long-term deal still is considered a long shot for the time being.”The NFL extended the deadline for franchise tagged players and their respective teams to work out a long-term deal from July 15 to July 17. However, the extra two days may not make a difference for Cousins and the Redskins as a deal is still viewed a “longshot.” Expect this story to develop one way or another as mid-July approaches.
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 all singles in the Astros 6-4 loss to the Athletics.In the month of June, Altuve is slashing .337/.417/.918 with four home runs and nine RBIs. His value has never been higher as he is hitting for average, power and is a demon on the base-paths.
Jeff Hoffman gave up two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Hoffman left the game with the lead in the seventh inning, but the Colorado bullpen gave up the lead and ended up losing the game in extra innings. Tuesday was a night bounce-back start for Hoffman, who was shelled for nine runs in less than four innings his last time out. He lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.04 and has regained some appeal in fantasy after his disastrous start last time out was some cause for concern. He has now allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.
Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with one run scored in the Astros 6-4 loss to the Athletics.Bregman’s season has gone in waves. He’ll have a solid week, followed by a dreadful one. In the month of June he is only hitting .222, his worst split since the season began. His playing time isn’t in jeopardy, but he could see more days off for rest (physical and mental) slightly diminishing his already falling fantasy value.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell have “motivations” to put together a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline. Although Schefter is reporting that both the Steelers and Bell are motivated to get a long-term deal done, nothing appears imminent. The NFL Insider added that a “push before and at the [July 17] deadline is expected from both sides,” but how this shakes out “could go either way.” If a new deal is not agreed upon, Bell will play the 2017 season under the guaranteed franchise tag value of roughly $12.7 million.
Yulieski Gurriel went 1-for-4 with a single in the Astros loss to the Athletics.Without much fan-fare, Gurriel has put together a terrific month of June. In the 22 games he played in June, he has only failed to record a base-hit in two of those contests and has 27 total hits for the month, good for a .314 BA. If available in your league, he should be scooped up off waivers.