Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan make a rare leadoff appearance on Monday agains the Cardinals.
Insight: Might have something to do with his .571 batting average (8-for-14) against Cardinals right-hander John Lackey. Coghlan is hitting .254 with eight home runs,19 RBI and 32 runs this season. He should be given a spot in your lineup.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Marte hurt something on the left side on a swing and miss in the fourth inning. He was pointing to his side when the trainer came out to talk to him. Marte has been a very good fantasy option this season, batting .281 with 13 HR, 48 RBI, 44 runs and 16 steals. We await further word, but a trip to the disabled list is certainly possible.
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Pagan seems to be struggling with his knees. He's now hitting .268 with 19 RBI and 26 runs in 289 at-bats this season. He was a key hitter early this season for the Giants, but after batting .341 in April and .275 in May he batted just .181 in June. Avoid.
Description: Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is 10-for-24 (.417) with three homers and six RBI versus Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Insight: Cespedes is having his best season since his rookie year, batting a career-high .292 with 10 homers, 44 RBI, 46 runs and an .800 OPS. He hit safely in each game of the weekend series with the Blue Jays, so jump on this favorable matchup.
Description: Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-15 (.533) against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: For his career he's a .230 hitter vs. lefties and a .278 hitter against right-handers, but in 2015 the numbers are completely reversed. He's batting .349 against southpaws (63 at-bats) and .260 against right-handers.
Description: Padres outfielder Justin Upton is a career 8-for-16 with a pair of home runs and a 1.556 OPS versus Pittsburgh right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Two things will work against this favorable matchup. The first is Burnett is pitching as well as anytime in his career (7-3, 2.05 ERA, 1.22 WHIP). The second is the very good chance that this game will be either delayed or cancelled by rain.
Description: Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the, 5-4, victory over the Astros on Sunday.
Insight: Hanigan had a two-run single in the second to score the game's first run. He also had an RBI-single in the sixth. Hanigan is hitting .242 with three extra-base hits and seven RBI in 66 at-bats this season.
Description: Marlins starter Mat Latos pitched well, allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings, but he lost to the Cubs, 2-0.
Insight: It's too bad because Latos rarely pitches this well, however, the Marlins offense failed to show up. Latos also struck out seven and walked two in the loss. He is 3-6 with a 4.90 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Cardinals center fielder Thomas Pham was the star on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run in the, 3-1, victory over the Padres.
Insight: St. Louis is just incredible. They seem to bring guys in off the street, and they immediately become big contributors. Pham had a two-run homer in the third to give the Cardinals the lead, and then he hit an RBI-double to add an insurance run in the fifth. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Pham.
Description: Royals pitcher Danny Duffy allowed two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday versus the Twins.
Insight: Duffy received a no-decision, and the Royals won, 3-2, on a walk-off double. Duffy only struck out one and walked three, so owners can't be happy with that. Owners are also not happy with his 5.14 ERA in 56 innings this season.
Description: Twins pitcher Ervin Santana made his season debut on Sunday and pitched well versus the Royals.
Insight: Major league baseball suspended Santana 80 games for a PED violation, so this was his first start. Santana allowed two runs on three hits in eight innings. He also struck out eight and walked two. He immediately become the best fantasy asset in the Twins rotation.
Description: Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole picked up his league-leading 12th victory in the, 5-3, win over the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: Cole didn't look sharp early, allowing three runs on five hits in the first three innings, but he retired the last 16 batters he faced. The Pirates scored five runs in the fifth and that was all Cole needed after he settled down. Cole is 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels threw seven scoreless innings in his no-decision versus the Braves on Sunday.
Insight: Hamels allowed six hits and struck out six with no walks in his seven frames, but Philadelphia didn't score a run until the 10th. Hamels' days in Philadelphia could be numbers. He is 5-6 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 119 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Braves right-hander Shelby Miller pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings in the loss to the Phillies on Sunday.
Insight: Miller received no run support as Atlanta fell to Philadelphia in 10 innings, 4-0. Miller yielded seven hits, two walks and struck out eight in his 6 1/3 frames. He is 5-4 with a 2.07 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 108 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 4-0, victory over the Braves on Sunday.
Insight: Ruiz doubled in two runs in the 10th to give the Phillies a, 3-0, lead. He came around to score on Freddy Galvis' single. Ruiz is hitting .223 with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBI in 179 at-bats this season.
Description: Brewers first baseman Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the, 6-1, victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Lind had an RBI-single in the fifth and then hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Lind has solid numbers, slashing .298/.373/.518 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. He will likely be a great addition to a contending team at the deadline.
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was 2-for-4 with two runs in the, 8-1, victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
Insight: Longoria had a single and a double. He scored on James Loney's single in the first and Logan Forsythe's single in the eighth. Longoria is hitting .277 with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 292 at-bats this year.
Description: Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez allowed just one run on six hits in six innings against the Yankees on Sunday.
Insight: Behind the strong start, Tampa Bay beat New York, 8-1. Ramirez did walk three batters and struck out three. The only run he allowed was an Alex Rodriguez solo bomb. Ramirez is 7-3 with a 3.80 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn was 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in the loss to the Pirates on Sunday.
Insight: Bourn singled in the game's first run in the second and came around to score after he stole second and advanced to third on a Chris Stewart throwing error. Bourn is hitting .235 with 10 extra-base hits, 18 RBI and 22 runs in 226 at-bats this season.
Description: Pirates closer Mark Melancon recorded his league-leading 27th save in the, 5-3, victory over the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: Pittsburgh continues to roll as they move 13 games over .500 for the first time this season, and Melancon has been right in the thick of the team's success. The Pirates closer still hasn't allowed an earned run since May 11. Melancon supports a 1.58 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 40 innings.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was on base three times and hit a laser home run off Justin Verlander in the, 10-5, victory over the Tigers.
Insight: Baustista was 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and two runs. His two-run homer got into the left field seats in what seemed like under a second. Bautista is hitting .246 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 256 at-bats this season.
Description: Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was absolutely shelled in his third start of the season.
Insight: Verlander was cruising through the first four innings, but he then allowed six runs in the seventh, which included allowing two home runs. Verlander's final line was five innings, seven runs, seven hits, five strikeouts and two walks. He is 0-2 with a horrible 6.75 ERA this season.
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis led Toronto with three RBI in the, 10-5, victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
Insight: Travis was 2-for-3 with a double and run scored in addition to the three RBI. Travis now has a seven-game hitting streak. He is hitting .297 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 165 at-bats this season.
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the disabled list.
Insight: Washington is placing Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list due to a left oblique strain. It's too bad because he was beginning to hit his stride since returning from his last disabled list stint. The Nationals have not announced who will replace Strasburg in the rotation, but with the off day on Thursday, they can wait until after the All-Star break.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Insight: Marte hurt himself on a swing and miss in the fourth inning. He was pointing to his side when the trainer came out to talk to him. Marte stayed in the game for two more swings and then took himself out. Gregory Polanco will replace Marte in left field.
Description: Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Polanco usually plays versus right-handed pitchers, but he could be sitting because Indians starter Danny Salazar has allowed lefties to hit only .236 against him as opposed to the .260 average right-handers hit versus Salazar. Josh Harrison is starting in right field and Jung-Ho Kang is at third base Sunday.
Description: Arizona starter Patrick Corbin made his season debut on Independence Day and allowed just two runs on eight hits in five innings.
Insight: He also struck out three and walked none in the, 7-3, victory. Expect Corbin to be introduced slowly back into the game, but he is fantasy relevant. Corbin was 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.166 WHIP in 2013.
Description: Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-3, victory over the Rockies on Saturday.
Insight: Pollock had a two-run double in the fourth, which put Arizona ahead for good. Pollock has been stellar this season with a .304 average, 10 home runs, 38 RBI, 53 runs and 18 stolen bases in 312 at-bats this year.
Description: Angels DH C.J. Cron picked up six RBI in the, 13-0, victory over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Cron was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two-run double. He picked up the last RBI on a sacrifice fly. Cron is hitting just .216, though, with three home runs and 14 RBI in 125 at-bats this season.
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier had four hits in the loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: It was a nice day for the batting average, but it didn't produce any runs for Frazier, who had two doubles and two singles. He is slashing .289/.348/.610 with 25 home runs and 54 RBI this season.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura had three hits, an RBI and run in the, 7-3, victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Segura was 2-for-3 with an RBI-single in the fifth. He came around to score in the same frame on a Jonathan Lucroy walk. Segura is hitting .264 with 12 extra-base hits and 24 RBI in 261 at-bats this season.
Description: Brewers first baseman Adam Lind was 2-for-3 with a home run in the, 7-3, victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Insight: Lind hit a solo homer to tie the game at one in the fourth. Milwaukee then scored six runs in the fifth. Lind is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in 268 at-bats this season. He will likely be a great addition to a contending team at the deadline.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey went five innings and allowed three runs in the loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Insight: Harvey was uncharactistically wild, walking five batters. He also allowed seven hits and struck out four. Harvey is 7-6 with a 3.11 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler was 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and a walk in the, 7-2, victory over the Marlins on Saturday.
Insight: Fowler walked with the bases loaded in the second to push across a run. That was the only score the Cubs had that Kris Bryant didn't drive in during the victory. Fowler is hitting .232 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 298 at-bats this season.
Description: Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf hit a three-run homer in the loss to the Braves on Saturday.
Insight: Ruf was 1-for-4 with the home run, which came in the fifth and somewhat made a game of it. Philadelphia lost, 9-5. Ruf is hitting .229 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 118 at-bats this season.
Description: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in the, 5-3, loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: Cain had a two-run single in the fifth to cut the Twins lead in half, 4-2. The Royals added another run in the fifth to pull within one, but they were unable to tie the game. Cain is batting .309 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 272 at-bats this season.
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist had both RBI in the, 2-0, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Zobrist was 1-for-3, picking up the two RBI with a single in the first and then a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Zobrist is hitting .261 with five home runs, 31 RBI and 34 runs in 176 at-bats this year.
Description: Mariners ace Felix Hernandez took his fifth loss of the season on Saturday versus the Athletics.
Insight: Hernandez pitched seven solid innings, but the Seattle offense didn't score him any runs. He allowed two runs on 10 hits with two walks and six strikeouts in the, 2-0, loss. Hernandez is 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA.
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta had the game-winning RBI in the eighth to lift the Cardinals to a, 2-1, victory over the Padres on Saturday.
Insight: Peralta will likely be the starting shortstop on the National League All-Star team when baseball announces the starters on Sunday. He is hitting .301 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 299 at-bats.
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez had an RBI-single in the, 3-2, victory over the Rays on July 4th.
Insight: Rodriguez picked up his RBI in the first inning for the game's first run. The Yankees won on a walk-off for the second day in a row, but this one was a little less dramatic than Brian McCann's 12th-inning bomb on Friday. Pinch runner Jose Pirela scored on a throwing error to win the game.
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker drove in the only run of the, 1-0, victory over the Indians on Saturday.
Insight: Walker was 1-for-4 with the RBI-single. He has eight RBI in the last five games. Walker also has a eight game hitting streak. He is batting .277 with six home runs and 31 RBI in 274 at-bats this year.
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello was 2-for-4 with a home run in the loss to the Tigers on Saturday.
Insight: Colabello hit a two-run homer in the ninth, but Toronto still lost, 8-3. He had two RBI and a run scored in the loss. Colabello is hitting .335 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 194 at-bats this season.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz picked up another win to push his mark over .500 (7-6).
Insight: Buchholz was excellent in yielding six hits and one run over the nine innings. He's given up just one run in each of his last three games and three runs total in the last four to lower his ERA to 3.27. If he's still available, claim him.
Description: Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez threw 6 2/3 innings of solid baseball to reduce his ERA to 2.70.
Insight: Martinez, 9-3, didn't get the win, but his statistics are very good across the board - 1.23 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings this season. At 23-years-old he's a great dynasty option to anchor your pitching staff for years to come.
Description: Tigers starter David Price solidified his All-Star spot with his eighth win of the season against just two losses.
Insight: Price gave up just one run over seven innings and struck out seven batters. There are a lot of great choices for the All-Star rotation, but you can be sure Price will be part of it. He's got a stunning 2.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 107 Ks in 117 IP.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda was on top of his game Saturday, going seven innings without yielding a run. He gave up five hits and struck out 10.
Insight: Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the Yankees bullpen gave up a couple of runs and Pineda ended up with a no-decision. After a horrible outing against the Phillies on June 22, the right-hander has returned to form.
Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner got rocked early and often in an ugly loss to the Nationals.
Insight: Bumgarner allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Since he hadn't given up more than two runs in any of the last four starts lets just chalk this one up as one bad outing and not a trend.
Description: Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitched well, but was forced from the game with an apparent oblique injury.
Insight: The pitcher just can't stay healthy and pitcher every fifth day. Strasburg struck out three in 3 2/3 innings. The Nats will likely make Tanner Roark a starter for as long as Strasburg is sidelined.