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Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

I traded for him right around the announcement of the crack down.  It has worked out fine, although the WS have blown all of his starts for me.  The peripherals are great all season and especially for me, but the ERA isn't suburb and the wins are lacking, surprisingly for a first place club.  In his last 3 starts he's got a 4.26 with a 1.00 WHIP and 25 Ks against only 3 walks in 19 IP.

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Trevor Bauer Los Angeles Dodgers

With the new policy of enforcing the substance rule, I am taking a pause on trading for pitching. There will be some players that have an accelerated regression.  I also think you will see a bump for the good fastball hitters as some pitchers move away from their secondary stuff and with less movement on four seamers. Then again, I could be wrong. 

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Jacob deGrom New York Mets
Matt Manning Detroit Tigers

Called up by the Tigers.

Jeffrey Paternostro at BP puts him under a magnifying glass.

Scouting Report: Manning is a tall, lean righty who works off a potential plus fastball/curveball combo. The fastball isn’t overtly plus just off the radar gun readings—Manning can run it up into the mid-90s, but tends to sit more in the average velocity band—but his over-the-top slot from his 6-foot-6 frame gets him big extension and vertical plane on the pitch. Hitters simply don’t get good swings on his heater. His command has improved, and he works the pitch well north-south, although it can lose a little life and flatten out deeper in games. Fastball up, curveball down is the modern mode of pitching, and Manning’s hook is built for it. A power 12-6 breaker at it’s best, it shows tight, late dive out of the zone when he starts it for a strike. That’s the plus version, but he can tend to slow his arm speed down—especially when he wants to spot it—and then the pitch can get a little lazy and humpback. He will need the curve to be a more consistent offering at the next level for it to be a true swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup is now a split and has gotten hit hard in Triple-A so far. Manning has rebuilt and tweaked his delivery a fair bit since draft day. It’s fairly compact and repeatable now, at least for a pitcher of his size. The top line stuff isn’t mind blowing, but he has two potential plus pitches and enough command to assuage some of the reliever risk here. The optimistic projection in the rotation is more “number three starter” than “frontline arm,” but he’s been relatively durable as a starting pitching prospect, 2020 forearm issue aside (although you can never put that too far aside).

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Tyler Mahle Cincinnati Reds

Ha - a 67 game score for DeGrom even though he was lifted after 3.

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

Joel Sherman:

The results were Gerrit Cole. Two runs. Eight innings.

But this was a different Cole, operating under a new reality. Despite peak velocity, Cole did not hunt the top of the zone regularly with his fastball. In its place were the most changeups he had ever thrown in a major league game. Cole worked quicker, and on a windy night in Buffalo he rubbed up baseballs frequently and frantically as if a genie would pop out and grant him a few pitching wishes.

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Jacob deGrom New York Mets

Ken Davidoff:

The Mets are out of their minds if they don’t place deGrom, who saw his second straight start cut short by an arm ailment Wednesday night at Citi Field, on the injured list by the first pitch of Thursday’s game against the Cubs.

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Mike Ford New York Yankees

Surprising, no? Potentially helping the dreaded Rays.

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Tyler Mahle Cincinnati Reds
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Yesterday's Top Performers


Sandy Alcantara* (MIA): 8.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 75 GmSc

Tyler Mahle* (CIN): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 12 K, 72 GmSc

Gerrit Cole (NYY): 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 69 GmSc

Johan Oviedo (STL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 69 GmSc

Jacob deGrom (NYM): 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 67 GmSc

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Eli White Texas Rangers
Trevor StoryBuster PoseyEli WhiteSandy AlcantaraTyler Mahle

Yesterday's Top Performers


Trevor Story* (COL): 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB

Buster Posey* (SFG): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Eli White* (TEX): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jose Altuve (HOU): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Chas McCormick (HOU): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Brandon Belt (SFG): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Dansby Swanson (ATL): 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Elias Diaz (COL): 3-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Freddie Freeman (ATL): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Fernando Tatis Jr. (SDP): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

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Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies


06.17: Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-5 with a homer against the Dodgers on Wednesday. (What a frustrating week it was for Hoskins and fantasy managers as he went eight consecutive games without a hit, going 0-for-35 with four walks. Hoskins broke that streak with a home run off of Clayton Kershaw in the first inning. It was his only hit of the game. The cold stretch saw Hoskins' batting average drop down to .234 after he was hitting .265 through the end of May. Despite not striking out too many times, Hoskins had a 65.2 percent fly ball rate and just a 13 percent hard-hit rate during that span, so it was a lot of lazy fly balls with some bad luck mixed in. )

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Hector Neris Philadelphia Phillies


06.17: Hector Neris hit two batters in a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers onWednesday to earn the save.  (Neris was a bit wild in this one, hitting two batters before recording the final out to end the game and record his 10th save of the season. The 32-year-old right-hander holds a 3.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 26 2/3 innings while going 10-for-14 in save chances on the year. )

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Mike Zunino Tampa Bay Rays

Mike Zunino (C) TB - Jun. 16

Zunino went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the White Sox.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The critical seventh-inning blast, his thirteenth of the season, brought the Rays within two runs. Zunino, a low-average, high-power bat, has been as-advertised at the bottom of the order in 2021. 


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Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres

Fernando Tatis (SS) SD - Jun. 16

Tatis went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two total runs scored in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to Colorado.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Make it four homers in the last five games for Tatis, who blasted a moonshot off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland in the third inning Wednesday. The superstar shortstop is up to 21 homers, 28 RBI, 47 runs scored and 13 stolen bases through 219 plate appearances this season. His recent power surge has happened on the road -- Tatis has homered just once in his last seven home games. San Diego opens a four-game home series versus Cincinnati on Thursday.

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Greg Holland Kansas City Royals

Greg Holland (P) KC - Jun. 16

Holland (2-2) allowed three runs on two hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning, taking the loss versus Detroit on Wednesday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The right-hander allowed a game-tying two-run home run to Willi Castro in the seventh inning. Holland then allowed a single to Robbie Grossman, who scored on a Scott Barlow wild pitch. That run was enough to stick Holland with the loss. He had been effective in allowing just two runs in his previous 10 outings entering Wednesday. The veteran reliever has a 4.32 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 27:15 K:BB across 25 innings while adding three saves, three blown saves and four holds this year.

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Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Los Angeles Dodgers

Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B) LA - Jun. 16

Tsutsugo (calf) was unable to start a rehab assignment Tuesday because his luggage didn't arrive in Oklahoma City, Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Tsutsugo reported to OKC as planned, but the luggage issue has delayed the beginning of his rehab stint until at least Wednesday.

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Trevor Cahill Pittsburgh Pirates

Trevor Cahill (P) PIT - Jun. 16

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk confirmed Wednesday that Cahill was placed on the 10-day injured list over the weekend after aggravating his left calf strain, Kevin Gorman of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The same injury kept Cahill on the shelf for nearly three weeks before he returned to action June 10. He was active for only two days before suffering the setback, and given the recurring nature of his injury, Cahill could be looking at a longer recovery period this time around.

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Josh Donaldson Minnesota Twins

Josh Donaldson (3B) MIN - Jun. 16

Donaldson left Wednesday's game against Seattle after the first inning due to a tight right calf muscle, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Donaldson appeared to grimace after rounding first base after a hit. He hurt his leg rounding first base on Opening Day and landed on the injured list. The Twins say his removal this time was as a precaution, but it's concerning given his history of calf injuries.

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Rafael Dolis Toronto Blue Jays

Rafael Dolis (P) TOR - Jun. 16

Dolis left Wednesday's game against the Yankees with right hand numbness, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Manager Charlie Montoyo said Dolis couldn't feel the ball and had no sensation in his throwing hand. More details about the reliever's health should become available Thursday after further evaluation.

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