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Gerrit Cole (6-6) allowed a single run on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Saturday's win over St. Louis.


Outside of a disastrous four-game stretch where Cole allowed 23 runs through 19 innings, the 26-year-old righty has been outstanding. After all, to sport a 4.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with that disastrous span on the books highlights how strong the rest of Cole's body of work has been. Additionally, he's now surrendered just three runs through 20 innings over his past three starts. Cole lines up for a cushy matchup at home against the reeling Giants in his next start.

Allen Cordoba left Saturday's game after he was hit in the left wrist by an Anibal Sanchez pitch during his first at-bat.


Cordoba appeared to be in considerable pain as he left the field, though the further evaluations will likely be revealed by the team in due time. Chase d'Arnaud took over for the 21-year-old at shortstop upon his departure.

Johnny Cueto allowed a single run on five hits and three walks while striking out three batters over seven innings during Saturday's loss to the Mets. He didn't factor into the decision.


The veteran righty has held opponents to three runs or fewer in 11 of 16 starts this season and boasts a 4.20 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. Add his 5-7 record, and it's been the definition of a mediocre campaign. The Giants are a basement-dwelling club that isn't providing sufficient run support, and Cueto has merely pitched well and not great. With an opt-out clause in his contract following this season, there could be incentive for San Francisco to move Cueto to a potential contender for future assets. Considering he's no stranger to relocating, his fantasy value could skyrocket with a deal to a better club. Cueto projects to make his next start against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Mike Trout (O, LAA)

Mike Trout (thumb) has been hitting off a tee for the past two days, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.


It's another positive step in his rehabilitation program and a further indication he could begin a rehab assignment within the coming weeks. Trout is recovering from a torn UCL in his left thumb – which normally requires 6-8 weeks of healing – and said he's aiming to return just prior to the All-Star break, though a timetable should become clear in the near future.

Jacob deGrom (7-3) allowed just one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters through eight innings during Saturday's win over the Giants.


It's always reassuring when a high-end hurler cruises against a weak opponent, and that's exactly what deGrom accomplished Saturday. There have been a few hiccups along the way, which has his ratios higher – 3.71 ERA and 1.27 WHIP – than fantasy owners would like, but he's also sporting a career-high 10.5 K/9 and seven wins. DeGrom is one of the rare set-and-forget starting pitchers and has now allowed just two earned runs through 25 innings over his past three starts.

Tyler Skaggs (oblique) did not make his scheduled rehab start in the Arizona League on Saturday due to soreness, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.


Skaggs will reportedly continue throwing "as tolerated," though it's unclear as to what that entails in regards to a rehab assignment. It's a rough setback, nonetheless, and could push his return date back until after the upcoming All-Star break. The young southpaw has not pitched since April 28, but should slot back into the Angels' rotation upon his return.

Yulieski Gurriel (B1, Hou)

Yulieski Gurriel is starting at first base and batting seventh Saturday in place of the injured Marwin Gonzalez (oblique).


Gonzalez and Gurriel are the only two first baseman on the Astros' roster, forcing the latter to be thrust into action on what was scheduled to be a day off. It will be the fifth consecutive start for the 33-year-old, who is pacing the red-hot Astros with a .311 batting average through the month of June.

Keon Broxton (O, Mil)

Keon Broxton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run in Saturday's loss to Atlanta.


Broxton entered Saturday's game with a 1.195 OPS, six homers, 13 RBI and 10 runs over his last 13 games, as his fantasy value continues to trend up after a weak first month of the season. The 27-year-old outfielder now has 12 homers and 12 stolen bases for the season, which puts him well within reach of a 20-20 showing, and he's also scored an impressive 42 runs.

Marwin Gonzalez (B1, Hou)

Marwin Gonzalez was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday due to right oblique tightness, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.


Gonzalez was set to receive a rare start at first base, acting as a spell for Yuli Gurriel, but instead will take the day to recover. It's unclear as to the extent of the injury, though it may simply be a precautionary measure by the team, so consider him day-to-day for now. Gurriel will start at first base in his absence.

Matt Garza (3-4) allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out four batters through six innings during Saturday's loss to Atlanta.


Through his past six starts, Garza has allowed 23 runs through 31.1 innings with a 1-4 record. Saturday's outing was also the first start during that stretch where he completed six innings of work. The veteran's 4.43 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 6.5 K/9 aren't go-to fantasy marks, and he's probably best left to cavernous settings going forward. A home start against the Marlins is up next for Garza.

Jim Johnson struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to record his 15th save of the season during Saturday's win over Milwaukee.


Johnson had allowed eight runs in 12.2 innings over 12 appearances with three blown saves leading into Saturday's outing, so the veteran hasn't been sharp recently. In fact, if Atlanta were a contender, he probably wouldn't even be pitching in save situations. However, Johnson will likely continue closing games to buoy his trade value. If dealt, he will probably slide into a setup role, so his fantasy value could be fleeting.

Drew Smyly (elbow) successfully threw a 25-pitch simulated inning Saturday and is aiming for a return between July 17-19, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.


The session marked a key step in the overall recovery process for Smyly and, more importantly, established a firm timetable as to his rehab moving forward. "I thought he looked pretty darn good," said manager Scott Servais. "Very encouraged by what I saw today." Smyly is set to pitch two simulated innings next Wednesday before beginning a three-start rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma. The southpaw is seeking to make his first start with Seattle after posting a 4.88 ERA over 30 starts with the Rays last season.

Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) is scheduled to throw three innings in a rehab start with the Giants' Rookie League team Sunday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.


Bumgarner has been slowly but steadily progressing in his recovery program, successfully tossing bullpen sessions and live batting practice over the past month as he works back to normal activity. If all goes well Sunday, according to Schulman, the ace southpaw will likely begin a formal rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento next Friday, so a return prior to the All-Star break isn't out of the question.

Brandon Phillips (B2, Atl)

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Saturday's win over Milwaukee.


Phillips also homered Thursday and Friday, and is now 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits and five RBI over his last three games. The veteran is turning in a respectable cross-category campaign with a .306/.349/.463 slash line, seven homers, 28 RBI, seven stolen bases and 39 runs. Being locked into the two-hole of the lineup projects to continue helping Phillips provide a serviceable fantasy floor.

R.A. Dickey (6-5) allowed just a single run on five hits and a walk while striking out six batters over seven innings during Saturday's win over Milwaukee.


The knuckleballer has now allowed just a single run over 13 innings over his last two starts, but his underwhelming 4.63 ERA highlights just how much he's struggled this year. Dickey's 5.7 K/9 and 1.39 WHIP aren't standout marks, either. He's probably still best utilized as a possible streaming option or low-priced flier in daily contests when facing a weak offense. A road matchup against Oakland is up next for Dickey.

Michael Taylor said he was "just banged up" and needed a couple days of rest after sitting for two games earlier this week, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.


This is great news concerning the long-term health of Taylor and fantasy owners can safely expect him to be in the starting lineup moving forward. The rest seems to have paid off, considering his 4-for-5 performance Saturday against the Reds which included two home runs and three RBI.

Taylor Motter (S, Sea)

Taylor Motter will start at first base and bat eighth Saturday in place of the injured Danny Valencia (wrist).


It will be his first start in three games, though there could be more on the horizon if Valencia's injury is considered serious. Motter hasn't exactly made a strong case for more playing time, as the 27-year-old is hitting just .207 heading into the weekend, though he has blasted seven home runs.

Michael Taylor went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers, four runs and three RBI against the Reds on Saturday.


Taylor blasted his ninth and 10th home runs of the season in a game in which the Nationals blew up offensively. Although he's been weak in terms of batting average and on-base percentage, he's been able to provide fantasy owners with a solid .507 slugging percentage.

Homer Bailey (0-1) allowed eight runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two over 1.2 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Nationals.


Bailey was simply brutal in his first start of the season as he returned from an elbow injury, and this was just his ninth start over the last three seasons. Until he shows some consistent signs that he can return to his levels of performance that he showed between 2012-2014, he'll be a difficult player to trust in fantasy lineups. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.

Joe Ross (4-3) allowed one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five across seven innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Reds.


Ross was provided a ton of offensive support as he easily sailed to his fourth victory of the campaign. Although he's had plenty of ugly outings this season, he's now held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in three of his last four outings, and despite an ERA well over 5.00, he might be turning a corner toward consistent fantasy relevance. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Cubs.