Didi Gregorius SS NYY 22 minutes ago
Gregorius went 1-for-5 on Wednesday, but he made it count, hitting a two-run homer and scoring twice against the White Sox.
He's now hit safely in five straight, and Gregorius is socking homers at a faster pace than he ever has before. The Yankees' everyday shortstop makes for a strong fantasy asset in most leagues thanks to his well-rounded stat line, which includes a career-best .313 batting average.
Jedd Gyorko IF STL 27 minutes ago
Gyorko went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
He's now on a four-game RBI streak, a stretch in which Gyorko has pushed home eight runs despite collecting only four hits. The 28-year-old is in the midst of a big-time breakout campaign, but if his career-high .337 BABIP drops off, it'll take a good chunk of his fantasy value with it. While he's hitting, though, Gyorko merits wide ownership.
Yu Darvish SP TEX 30 minutes ago
Darvish (6-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk to take the 5-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday. He struck out six.
Darvish was tagged for all three runs in the first three innings before settling in to notch his 12th quality start in 17 tries this season. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Darvish said his triceps, which tightened up during his last start, was on the back of his mind early on, but not to the point where it altered his pitches. He said he felt fine after throwing 101 pitches. The 30-year-old, who owns a 3.11 ERA and 115:37 K:BB ratio in 107 innings this season, is lined up for two starts before the All-Star break; Monday against the Red Sox and July 9 against the Angels.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 33 minutes ago
Wainwright (8-5) struck out eight Diamondbacks over 6.1 innings Wednesday, giving up just two runs on eight his and a walk in a 4-3 win.
He's now turned in two consecutive sharp outings, offering some hope that Wainwright may be turning the corner after a pair of blowups earlier in June. Waino is still on the margins of fantasy relevance in most formats, but he's been a bit unlucky, plus his track record makes any sign of a hot streak intriguing.
Zack Godley P ARI 37 minutes ago
Godley (3-2) suffered a loss Wednesday after allowing three runs on just two hits and three walks over seven innings against the Cardinals. He struck out seven.
This was a sharp outing by Godley, with a semi-disastrous fourth inning serving as its lone blemish. At 27 years old, the long-anticipated righty has found improved velocity as well as great success at the MLB level. Fantasy owners have been only to happy to come along for the ride, and while expectations should be kept in line, Godley's showing all the signs of being a reliable, middle-of-the-line fantasy starter. That makes him a valuable asset in today's ever-more-barren pitching landscape.
Matt Olson 1B/RF OAK 41 minutes ago
Olson went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and three strikeouts against the Astros on Wednesday.
That marks the rookie's third consecutive three-strikeout game, and he's now 5-for-32 (.156) in the majors this season. Olson has a good eye and he's flashed noteworthy power in the minors, but the 23-year-old doesn't looked well prepared for the majors just yet. However, the A's are going nowhere, so they can afford to stick with him and see if he can find a way to make more contact.
Jed Lowrie 2B/DH OAK 44 minutes ago
Lowrie went 2-for-4 with his ninth home run, two RBI and two runs against the Astros on Wednesday.
So ends a nine-game homer drought in which Lowrie hit just .194, but he'd been showing signs of emerging from that slump over the past couple games. Lowrie's career-long injury woes have always situated him at the fringes of fantasy relevance in most leagues, but he's producing a few interesting stats as things stand right now, headlined by 49 runs scored along with a .288 average and those nine homers.
Khris Davis LF/DH OAK 49 minutes ago
Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a three-run homer, a walk and a strikeout against the Astros on Wednesday.
The A's DH produced each of the three true outcomes -- the homer, the strikeout and the walk -- while continuing an RBI barrage that dates back to early June. In his last 23 games, Davis has driven home 22 runs. He's whiffing at an even higher rate than he did in past seasons, so even his modest improvement in batting average is suspect, but Davis is nonetheless settled in as one of baseball's most reliable power producers.
Trevor Rosenthal RP STL 53 minutes ago
Rosenthal picked up his fourth save Wednesday against Arizona, but not before allowing a run on two walks and a hit.
He brought the run in with one of his two wild pitches, so it was a pretty rough outing despite Rosenthal getting credited with the save. Usual closer Seung Hwan Oh just blew a save Tuesday and has given up seven runs in his last eight innings, which may have factored into Rosenthal getting his shot in this one. However, he didn't exactly take advantage.
José Altuve 2B/DH HOU 58 minutes ago
Altuve went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two steals, an RBI and a run against the A's on Wednesday.
A 30-plus-steal man for five consecutive seasons, Altuve had gone just 3-for-5 on the bases over his past 47 games despite hitting .341 in that span. Other than the steals, the 27-year-old has been delivering more or less as expected, so if this is an omen that he's found his legs again, his fantasy owners will once again have the complete package on their hands.