No. 10 – Andrew McCutchen banged up his wrist over the weekend, but he didn’t let that slow him down on Monday as we went 4-for-5, driving in a run and scoring three times. Fantasy owners can breathe a collective sigh of relief.
No. 9 – Jeff Samardzija rebounded on Monday after a string of uninspiring starts. Samardzija limited the Atlanta Braves to four hits and a single earned run while striking out 11 batters. Not coincidentally, the Chicago Cubs’ righty only walked one batter.
No. 8 – Jered Weaver continues to get a little more rope from the Los Angeles Angels. He lasted a full seven innings, scattering five hits, striking out two without allowing an earned run in picking up the win over the Cleveland Indians. The puny strikeout total is merely an aberration and nothing to worry with.
No. 7 – I may change this to the Daily 9. Jose Bautista takes up one of my highlights nearly every day, and today is no different. Bautista is primed for the home run derby on the heels of his 27th long ball on Monday.
No. 6 – The Milwaukee Brewers offense fought back and kept Zach Greinke from taking his first home loss since 2010. Greinke is linked to several trade rumors and maybe the talk distracted the veteran righty. Trade or no trade, Greinke has the experience and makeup to contribute now and in the second half.
No. 5 – Miguel Cabrera slapped three hits for the second time in the last three games and has lived up to his early draft slot in the first half of the season.
No. 4 – Doug Fister was roughed up for the second straight outing, and fantasy owners have to be closely evaluating his roster spot right now. The 1-6 record could prove to be the motivation many owners need to sell low on Fister.
No. 3 – Mike Moustakas rebounded from a mini slump in a big way with a grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. He also added another hit and run batted in in for good measure.
No. 2 – Ricky Romero has matching losses to go with his matching outings allowing eight earned runs. After a good start, Romero has struggled of late and his 8-3 record fails to tell the whole story as his earned run average has ballooned to 5.35 on the season.
No. 1 – Adrian Gonzalez still has a ways to go to live up to his first-round draft slot, but he is on the right track. Monday, Gonzalez ran his hitting streak to 12 straight games and will look to rebound for a strong second half.