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Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:59:32 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk and 2B Kolten Wong are not in the starting lineup Monday, July 25. OF Jeremy Hazelbaker is starting in center field and is hitting eighth, while 2B Greg Garcia is at the keystone and batting leadoff against New York Mets SP Noah Syndergaard.
Fantasy Tip: Garcia's daily value is on the rise hitting leadoff, and he's batted .311 in 90 at-bats this year. However, he has just two homers and 11 RBI and is unlikely to fill up the stat sheet for DFS players, making him a low-end option. Hazelbaker has just two hits in 10 at-bats (.200) since his return from the minors and is an option to avoid against Thor.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:10:29 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (oblique) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week. Carpenter, sidelined since July 6 with a strained right oblique, took swings in the outdoor batting cage and ran the bases Sunday, July 24.
Fantasy Tip: The team could sorely use his offense, but it won't rush him back for the sake of one or two victories. Carpenter should be activated almost immediately when he returns, but wait and see as always how injured players do in their return.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:15:25 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Mike Mayers lasted 1 1/3 innings in his first career start Sunday, July 24, and he allowed nine earned runs on eight hits in a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He became the first pitcher to allow nine or more runs with fewer than two innings pitched in his debut since at least 1913.
Fantasy Tip: Don't be surprised if Mayers is back at Class AAA Memphis on Monday. Also do not be surprised if the Cardinals ramp up their pursuit of a starter at the trade deadline. This is an extreme example, but Mayers was clearly not ready to handle big league hitters. That's why you should avoid pitchers like this when they make their first major league starts, with the exception of a select few prospects.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:10:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Adams is a lefty, so he is out of the lineup against Kazmir this evening. Holliday is definitely worth the start in all formats.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:34:52 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Peralta landed on the disabled list earlier this week because of continued discomfort in his surgically-repaired left thumb but the possibility of him resuming hitting soon is a good sign. INF Jedd Gyorko is likely to see the bulk of the action at the hot corner while Peralta remains sidelined and he's worthy of consideration for NL-only and cavernous mixed fantasy leagues.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:37:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Mayers is 3-3 with a 2.94 ERA in nine starts at Class AAA Memphis. He has 43 K's in 52 innings, and it'll be his major league debut. He's a fringe flyer in DFS Sunday.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:24:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Gyorko has a .435-5-8 line the last week, and he's a good, low-end option against Kenta Maeda.
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:23:47 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Greg Garcia is leading off Saturday, July 23, OF Jeremy Hazelbaker is hitting sixth and C Alberto Rosario hits eighth. 2B Kolten Wong, OF Matt Holliday and C Yadier Molina are out of the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Garcia has cooled a bit, but he's still hitting .314. He has upside at leadoff against Kenta Maeda. Hazelbaker and Rosario don't offer much for DFS purposes.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:16:26 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha allowed 11 base runners -- 10 hits, one base on balls -- but surrendered just two runs over six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, July 22. It was Wacha's third straight no-decision.
Fantasy Tip: Wacha hasn't lost since June 17, but he has followed three consecutive wins with three no-decisions, looking less than dominant in the process. There still haven't been many signs that the 17-7 version from 2015 will be making an appearance this year, however, and Wacha has become a hard sell in standard leagues.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:57:50 -0700
St. Louis Cardinals 2B Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-5 with a game-tying solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen with two outs in the ninth inning on Friday, July 22. The Cardinals would go on to win, 4-3, in 16 innings.
Fantasy Tip: In his last 10 games, Gyorko is 14-for-35 (.400) with five HRs, 10 RBI and nine runs scored. That stretch has moved his season average up 30 points, and Gyorko is suddenly a viable option in deeper mixed leagues -- at least until Matt Carpenter or Jhonny Peralta return from injury.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:46:31 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It has been a rough month for Adams (.140-1-5 in 43 ABs prior to the HR), but perhaps Friday night's big blast will get him rolling again. At this stage, however, the husky first baseman is primarily an NL-only and deep mixed option.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:41:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Piscotty was hot until the team's July 19th contest was rained out. In four games since, the outfielder is 2-for-17, dropping his average from .299 to .291; on the bright side, one of those two hits was a game-tying three-run jack on Thursday. Keep Piscotty in your active lineup.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:28:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: A lifetime .304 hitter, Holliday's 0-for-7 showing dropped his 2016 average to .238, and it remains a sore spot amid otherwise strong power numbers. The 36-year-old is still a middling starting option in standard leagues.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:59:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Holliday had a scary moment Thursday when a pitch hit his nose and upper lip, causing him to gush blood. But he's back in there and should remain in all starting lineups. He's hitting just .244 but has 17 long balls and 55 RBI and should remain a key cog for fantasy owners in the second half.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:53:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Pham is likely flying under the radar in deeper leagues, but this guy can hit and could steal playing time from Grichuk. Pham has batted .298 with three home runs and five RBI in the month of July and is worth a peek on the waiver wire in deep mixed and NL-only universes if he continues to see playing time.
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