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Ian Happ (O, ChC)

Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI during Thursday's loss to Cincinnati.


The rookie's playing time has taken a hit of late, as he's received just 35 at-bats in August. It's difficult to rely on Happ without more consistent starts, and while he's flashed both power and speed while in the lineup, he has just eight RBI and eight runs for the month. Additionally, it's worth noting that the Cubs are currently without both Addison Russell (foot) and Willson Contreras (hamstring), and Happ is still just a part-time player.

Nomar Mazara (O, Tex)

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Thursday's 9-8 win over the White Sox.


Mazara drove in two runs on a bases-loaded single in the third inning, then broke a 5-5 tie with a 419-foot three-run homer in the fifth. He has 49 RBI at home and just 33 on the road despite playing only one extra game at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Tyson Ross escaped with a no-decision after allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with six walks and two strikeouts over 4.1 innings Thursday against the White Sox.


Believe it or not, this outing actually slightly lowered Ross' season ERA from 7.11 to 7.02. Control continues to be a major issue for the right-hander, who sports a horrid 31:31 K:BB in 42.1 innings. Once considered among the league's best young starters with the Padres, the 30-year-old Ross has seen injuries take a significant toll on his effectiveness over the past two years. Don't expect much in his next start Tuesday against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Joey Votto (B1, Cin)

Joey Votto went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run during Thursday's win over the Cubs.


The first baseman just continues to pad his fantasy stats and boasts an elite .316/.448/.601 slash line with 32 homers, 86 RBI and 84 runs. Votto's final numbers might fall short of his dominant 2010 showing when he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, but this has been his best season since earning that honor.

Brett Nicholas went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and three RBI in Thursday's 9-8 win over the White Sox.


Nicholas hit a two-run shot in the first inning and forced in what turned out to be the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. The catcher has now homered in each of his past two games played while driving in six runs over that span. Nicholas has already made six starts behind the plate this month and will take an even larger share of the work away from Robinson Chirinos if he continues to produce at the dish.

Jose Abreu (B1, ChW)

Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's 9-8 loss to Texas.


Abreu doesn't get as many RBI opportunities as most middle of the order hitters due to the subpar lineup around him, but he came up in a dream situation with the bases loaded and nobody out in the third inning. The Cuban first baseman didn't waste his chance, driving in two runs with a single through the left side. He led off the ninth inning with a solo homer to make it a one-run game, but Chicago was unable to push the tying run across. If he fails to pick up 25 more RBI in the season's final 44 games, Abreu will come up short of 100 for the first time in his four-year career.

Yoan Moncada (B2, ChW)

Yoan Moncada went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored Thursday in Texas.


Moncada took starter Tyson Ross deep in the first inning and was able to work walks in his next two plate appearances before making outs in his last two. The 22-year-old second baseman had been slashing a solid .282/.377/.477 in 80 games at Triple-A Charlotte, but he's been unable to carry that success over against major-league pitching. Even after this performance, he owns an unimpressive .190/.333/.357 line through 25 games with Chicago.

Matt Belisle struck out both batters he faced to earn his third save in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against Cleveland.


Belisle helped his team salvage a split with a 4-2 win, finishing the job after Taylor Rogers got the first out of the ninth inning but brought the tying run to the plate with a walk. He rebounded flawlessly after blowing a save in his last appearance, and is now 3-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over for the traded Brandon Kintzler.

Eduardo Escobar went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians.


Escobar produced an RBI single in the third inning and added an RBI double in the eighth. Both of those hits came tantalizingly close to doing even more damage, as each pushed an additional runner to third base. The versatile infielder had quite the day overall, finishing 4-for-9 with two doubles and three RBI between the two games.

Roberto Osuna pitched a scoreless ninth inning to collect his 32nd save of the season during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.


Osuna appears to have found his game again with four consecutive save conversions and five straight scoreless appearances. Even with multiple hiccups throughout the season, he still sports a 3.12 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 11.9 K/9. Additionally, his ability to rebound following rough patches strengthens his hold on the Toronto closer job,

Max Kepler (O, Min)

Max Kepler went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians.


Kepler wasn't in the starting lineup, but entered the contest as a pinch-hitter in the third inning and ended up making a major impact. His long ball in the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie in a game his team ultimately won 4-2.

Adam Wainwright will be sent back to St. Louis on Friday to have his sore arm reevaluated, Fox Sports Midwest reports.


Wainwright has not pitched to his usual standard since returning from the disabled list in early August, lasting a total of 11.0 innings in those three starts. Things appeared to come to a head Thursday as Wainwright was shelled for five earned runs on seven hits over just 3.0 innings before being pulled. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com adds a particularly concerning note that Wainwright failed to touch 90 miles per hour on the radar gun Thursday for the second consecutive start. Friday's visit with doctors in St. Louis should shed light on what exactly is ailing the veteran righty.

Jameson Taillon gave up four runs in 5.0 innings of work Thursday against the Cardinals, striking out seven with four hits and three walks before ending the game with a no-decision.


Taillon left with his team leading 5-4 and was on pace to get the win before his bullpen allowed two runs in the seventh and three runs in the ninth, relinquishing what would have been Taillon's eighth win of the year. It was his third straight game with seven or more strikeouts and sixth time he's accomplished that mark this season, a big part why his strikeouts per nine innings is up to 8.90 this season from last year's mark of 7.36.

Jay Bruce (O, Cle)

Jay Bruce went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader in Minnesota.


Bruce's fourth-inning solo shot was his first home run in eight games for Cleveland after coming over from the Mets. That's not to say the powerful outfielder hasn't been contributing at the plate, as he's now hit safely in seven consecutive games after failing to reach as a pinch-hitter in his team debut. The home run was also Bruce's 30th of the year, putting him over that mark for the fifth time in the past seven seasons.

Josh Donaldson (B3, Tor)

Josh Donaldson went 2-or-3 with two solo home runs and three runs scored during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.


Donaldson now has 10 homers, 22 RBI and 16 runs through his past 16 games and is up to a .272/.397/.543 slash line for the campaign. Injuries and a poor stretch after returning from the disabled list limited Donaldson's fantasy value for most of the season, but he's certainly made up for lost time recently.

Aaron Slegers didn't factor into the decision despite holding Cleveland to two runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 6.1 innings in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.


Slegers' only hit allowed through six innings was a Jay Bruce solo homer in the fourth, but he was pulled after 82 pitches following a one-out single in the eighth then watched the bullpen promptly allow that runner to score. While that second run cost Slegers his chance at a win, the 6-foot-10 right-hander should be more than satisfied with his major league debut. Minnesota's original plan was to send him back down to Triple-A Rochester after this spot start, but don't be surprised to see more of Slegers soon given his success here.

Justin Smoak (B1, Tor)

Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI during Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.


Smoak's breakout campaign continues to surge on, as he's now up to a .296/.371/.579 slash line with 33 homers, 80 RBI and 69 runs. After failing to fully live up to his potential for half a decade, the 30-year-old first baseman has finally put it all together at the highest level. Considering his consistency this season, there's no reason to expect Smoak to slow down at this point, either.

Andrew McCutchen (O, Pit)

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a double during Thursday's contest against the Cardinals.


After a knee injury kept him out of a game Saturday and in the DH spot Sunday, McCutchen's return to the field showed no lingering effects as recorded his 11th three-hit game of the season and his first since late July. The center fielder is now slashing .291/.384./.515, not the most impressive stats of his career but still great overall stats.

Freddie Freeman (B1, Atl)

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a double during Thursday's win over Colorado.


The only thing to slow Freeman down this season was a fluky wrist injury that cost him 44 games. Even with the missed time, he's racked up 22 homers, 49 RBI and 58 runs with an elite .321/.421/.636 slash line. 2018 could be the season Freeman puts it all together and posts his true breakout campaign, so it's not out of the question to consider ponying up in keeper/dynasty settings now.

Josh Harrison (B2, Pit)

Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored during the Pirates loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.


The bomb came in the first inning, striking an early blow to St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright and giving his team a 2-0 lead early in the matchup. It was his 13th home run of the season, which ties his career high set in 2014. His power numbers overall are up this season, as he's on pace to finish with a slugging percentage north of .400 for just the third time in his career.