Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried allowed one run on six hits across six innings of work during Tuesday's 5-3 win over the New York Mets. He struck out four batters while walking three. The 25-year-old now owns a stellar 14-4 record in 2019 to go along with a 3.99 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 126/38 K/BB rate. Fried has been a reliable piece of the Braves' rotation all season long. He will have a tough test in his next projected start against the decorated Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland entered the game in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Orioles and finished with three hits in as many at-bats, along with a run batted in and two runs scored. This was Moreland's second three-hit game this season and it bumped his batting average to .243. Earlier this week he hit his first home run since May, but his season hasn't been as fruitful as expected. Dealing with some injuries and inconsistent playing time, Moreland has worked his way out of relevancy in mixed leagues. He still has some value in AL-only formats.
Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez finished 2-for-4 with a run batted in and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Orioles. Vazquez registered his career-high 19th double in the sixth inning which also delivered his 53rd RBI. In his fifth major league season, Vazquez is having a breakout year and has made a name for himself in the fantasy world. Whether it is sustainable in the future or not is a different story, however, for now the 28-year-old should have a shot at finishing as a top 5 fantasy catcher.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored in Sunday's 13-7 win over Baltimore. Martinez is having the best month of his season, hitting .391 with a 1.177 OPS, five homers, 12 RBI, five doubles, and 15 runs scored. It's not a career season by any means, but his 28 long balls, 75 RBI, and .310 batting average have made him a solid fantasy asset. Boston is going to have to score a lot of runs to win games the rest of the way, and you can expect Martinez to be one of the main catalysts.
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts finished 2-for-5 with two runs batted in during Sunday's win over Baltimore. The 26-year-old picked up his 42nd double, which puts him at third in all of baseball, and just three behind his career-high. It was going to be tough for Bogaerts to replicate what he did in 2018, but he's well on his way to setting career bests in almost every offensive counting stat. There doesn't seem to be any stopping for Bogaerts, and he has a real shot to finish as the top fantasy shortstop this season.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers went 4-for-5 against the Orioles on Sunday, while also collecting four runs batted in and two runs scored. The 22-year-old smashed his 27th homer of the year, his sixth in August, and his third in four days. This month he's slashing .338/.372/.703 with 17 RBI and nine doubles. He's the hottest hitter on the planet right now and has to be entering American League MVP talks soon, if he isn't already.
Cincinnati Reds left-hander Alex Wood struggled in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Wood allowed five runs (four earned) over five innings of work. He struck out six and walked one in the outing. Wood's record drops to 1-2 to go along with a 5.92 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings of work. He missed most of the season with a back issue and continues to try to shake the rust off. Wood is worth owning in National League-only formats and in deeper mixed leagues.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi allowed five runs on three in two complete inning, while striking out one and walking three in Sunday's 13-7 win over Baltimore. Boston's rotation is a disaster right now so the team shifted Eovaldi back to the rotation and it did not go as planned. Over 36 1/3 innings, Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 6.69 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts. He's well off the fantasy radar at his point, as his role is in limbo and his effectiveness hasn't returned either. It's safe to drop him in all formats and don't worry about picking him back up unless he really turns things around.
Backup catcher Tom Murphy once again made the most of his opportunity to start, hitting his 13th home run of the year on Sunday in a 7-0 win over Toronto. In his last start on August 12, Murphy hit two home runs and continues to show that he has thunder in his stick every time he steps up to the plate. In a horrible year for catchers, Murphy is a streaming option every time he gets a start.
After being red-hot for most of June and July, Cardinal's first baseman Paul Goldschmidt cooled off to start August, failing to homer in the first eight games of the month. But the former Diamondback is heating up again, hitting his third home run in seven games. Even though he now has 28 HR on the year, Goldschmidt still has a lot of work to do if he wants to return his draft-day cost.
Cleveland rookie Oscar Mercado did a little bit of everything on Sunday, as the Indians defeated the Yankees 8-4. Mercado went 3-5, hitting a home run and stealing two bases, with three RBI and one run scored. The toolsy rookie has cooled off lately, as the home run is his first since August 4 while the stolen bases are his first since July 17. Cleveland next plays the other New York team, starting a three-game set with the Mets on Tuesday.
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