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Adam Lind delivers again
One player who has been flying under the radar this season is Milwaukee's Adam Lind. On Sunday, Lind collected three more RBI in a 6-1 victory over the Reds, including his 14th home run of the season. Lind now owns a .298/.373/.518 slash line with 14 home runs, 35 runs scored and 51 RBI for the suddenly hot Brewers. The production really couldn't come as a surprise, as Lind has always been a productive hitter when healthy.
With Sunday's three RBI, Lind has now driven in a run in nine straight games, including five games with two or more RBI. There's still a serious platoon issue here (.308/.387/.540 against RHP; .227/.277/.341 against LHP), but he rarely faces a lefty and is a must-play whenever a right-hander is on the bump. If the Brewers do sell, Lind will be a hot commodity, in addition to Gerardo Parra - both have been mentioned in trade talks, most recently being connected to the Angels.
Lind's best season came in 2009, when he hit 35 home runs and drove in 114 for the Blue Jays. He also has seasons of 23 (2010), 26 (2011) and 23 (2013) home runs, so something around 25 isn't out of the question. Amazingly, Lind is owned in just 54.4 percent of ESPN leagues (as of Sunday night) despite out producing many of the players owned in more leagues. Do yourself a favor and add Lind before he's owned in the majority of leagues. He's a must own at this point.
Steven Matz backed up his memorable debut with another great performance in a tough matchup, twirling six shutout innings against the Dodgers with eight strikeouts, two walks and two hits allowed. Matz owns a 14/5 K/BB ratio in his first 13 2/3 innings of work. His next scheduled start is Sunday against the Diamondbacks, so feel free to use the impressive left-hander in that one, too. I traded Matz for Craig Kimbrel after his first start, and while I missed out on Sunday's start against the Dodgers, I would still recommend selling high if you're playing in a re-draft league.
Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday's game after being plunked by Matz in the same game, and, fortunately, he was diagnosed with a right-hand contusion and not a break. As of now, Gonzalez, who is hitting .291/.366/.518 with 15 home runs, 44 run and 50 RBI, is day-to-day.
Kyle Hendricks tossed a shutout over 7 1/3 innings against the Marlins to lead the Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday, giving the 25-year-old a 3.82 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 75/17 K/BB ratio over 92 innings. Hendricks improved to 4-4 on the season, and he broke a rough two-game stretch in which the righty allowed 11 runs in 10 innings combined against the Dodgers and Twins. Hendricks has been slightly better at Wrigley this year, but it's hard to pinpoint when the good and bad starts are coming. Sunday's matchup against Miami was a very good one, and it looks like he'll line up next against the White Sox, another favorable start. I would give Hendricks' owners the green light in that one.
In his 2015 debut, Ervin Santana struck out eight and allowed two runs on three hits against the Royals in a 3-2 loss. Santana, who was suspended for performance-enhancing drugs, threw just 93 pitches in his eight innings of work, is still available in about 80 percent of ESPN leagues. Santana was very effective on the Braves last year, posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 179 strikeouts in 196 innings, so there is reason to believe a well-rested Santana he can be a valuable starting pitcher down the stretch for fantasy owners.
Congrats to Alex Rodriguez, who hit his 670th career home run in a loss to the Rays. Those owners who gambled on A-Rod have got to be loving the results, as he owns a .284/.390/.513 slash line with 16 home runs and 47 RBI after missing the entire 2014 season. Rodriguez is a candidate to reach 30 home runs for the 15th time in his career, and the first time since 2010.
In a surprising move, the Marlins optioned struggling outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Triple-A New Orleans after Miami dropped a 2-0 contest to the Cubs. Ozuna, who hit 23 home runs and drove in 85 a year ago, is hitting just .249/.301/.337 with four home runs and 74 strikeouts in 322 plate appearances. There is little reason to believe Osuna will turn things around this season.
Fernando Rodney made a return to the ninth inning for Lloyd McClendon's Mariners, allowing a walk and a hit in scoreless inning to earn his 16th save of the season. Rodney, who owns a 5.18 ERA and 27/17 K/BB ratio with 16 saves in 19 chances, could regain the closer's role to himself as long as he doesn't blow a save. The Mariners have better options, but McClendon is insistent on giving Rodney as many chances as possible. I wouldn't absorb Rodney's struggles and high WHIP as a fantasy owner just for the sake of earning saves.
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