German Marquez
Rockies' German Marquez: Allows five runs in loss to Giants
German Marquez, SP, COL
7:29 AM
News: Marquez (5-4) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two batters through just four innings during Monday's loss to San Francisco.

Marquez has been a difficult hurler to peg this season, as he's spun a number of gems while mixing in a slew of duds. He's been better on the road with a 3.97 ERA compared to his 4.85 mark at Coors Field, but the righty has also held opponents to just three runs through 19.2 innings over his past three home starts. It's not out of the question to just accept that there's a wide range of outcomes, and view Marquez as a high-risk, high-reward option moving forward. He projects to make his next start against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, which checks out as a daunting matchup.

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Jeff Samardzija
Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Earns third win
Jeff Samardzija, SP, SF
7:22 AM
News: Samardzija (3-9) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five batters through 6.1 innings during Monday's win over Colorado.

Samardzija has now struck out 71 batters and walked just three through 65.2 innings over his past 10 starts. All three of his wins have came during that span, and he owns a serviceable 4.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Considering the fantasy pitching landscape, Samardzija's strikeouts and WHIP soften the blow of his mediocre ERA and lack of wins. Additionally, his 3.44 FIP is the second-lowest mark of his career, so statistical correction could be ahead. The veteran righty lines up to face the Pirates at PNC Park in his next start.

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Brandon Finnegan
Reds' Brandon Finnegan: Hoping to avoid DL
Brandon Finnegan, SP, CIN
12:15 AM
News: Finnegan (triceps strain) first started feeling some soreness in his triceps during the third inning Monday before being lifted in the fourth inning. His last pitch was an 85 mph fastball, well below his normal velocity, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Finnegan believes he could avoid the DL, but Reds management was less optimistic. His earlier departure taxed an already stressed bullpen Monday, and the team could need to bring in reinforcements as early as Tuesday.

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Rich Hill
Dodgers' Rich Hill: Strikes out seven in loss to Angels
Rich Hill, SP, LAD
12:12 AM
News: Hill (4-4) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks and struck out seven over seven innings in a loss Monday against the Angels.

The start was Hill's longest of the season, as he has a knack for running up late counts in part due to his excellent swing and miss ability. That ability was on display Monday night, as Hill racked up 15 swinging strikes in 99 pitches. Hill now has 15 strikeouts in 12 innings over his previous two starts. His ERA sits at a mediocre 4.60, but it's hard to ignore someone flashing stuff that nasty.

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Kyle Freeland
Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Start moved up to Wednesday
Kyle Freeland, SP, COL
6/26/2017
News: Freeland's next start has been moved up to Wednesday against the Giants, the Denver Post reports.

Good news for Freeland, as he manages to avoid both the Diamondbacks and Chase Field, the opponents in his previously scheduled Friday start. Freeland is sliding into the rotation spot previously occupied by Antonio Senzatela, who is shifting to the bullpen to lighten his workload. Jon Gray will slide into the vacated spot Friday when he comes off the 10-day disabled list.

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Jon Gray
Rockies' Jon Gray: Slated to start Friday
Jon Gray, SP, COL
6/26/2017
News: Gray (foot) is scheduled to return from the disabled list and start Friday against the Diamondbacks, the Denver Post reports.

Gray managed just three appearances before the foot injury sent him to the disabled list, so it's hard to make much of a judgement off what we've seen from him in 2017. Gray's 4.61 ERA in 2016 wasn't impressive, but his 185 strikeouts in 168 innings were, and if he still has that kind of electric stuff, his fantasy stock will be well worth watching going forward.

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Gio Gonzalez
Nationals' Gio Gonzalez: Suffers tough-luck loss Monday versus Cubs
Gio Gonzalez, SP, WAS
6/26/2017
News: Gonzalez (7-2) allowed one run on two hits and five walks across six innings in Monday's loss to the Cubs. He struck out eight.

Although he struggled a bit with his command, Gonzalez pitched effectively and was only scored upon via a leadoff home run from Wilson Contreras. The lefty labored through six frames with 113 pitches, but the offense failed to plate a run until their comeback attempt fell short in the ninth, sending him into the loss column for just the second time in 2017. Gonzalez's outing also continued a recent trend of elevated strikeout totals, which pushed his K/9 up to 10.4 over his last 26 innings. He also owns a sharp 2.84 ERA for the season and will look to continue his strong form Saturday against the Cardinals.

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Antonio Senzatela
Rockies' Antonio Senzatela: Moved to bullpen to lessen workload
Antonio Senzatela, SP, COL
6/26/2017
News: Senzatela will work out of the bullpen going forward in an effort to lessen his workload, the Denver Post reports.

Senzatela has been struggling of late, too. Since May 31, he has allowed an 8.54 ERA and eight home runs over five starts. But this is also his first campaign above the Double-A level, and his career high in starts is 26 with an innings high of 154. He's already well past halfway to both those marks, so it makes sense that the Rockies want to slow things down a bit. Jon Gray will take his place in the rotation. Senzatela will likely start again at some point, but for now, his work will come in multiple-inning bursts in relief.

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Eddie Butler
Cubs' Eddie Butler: Five scoreless innings in win over Nationals
Eddie Butler, SP, CHC
6/26/2017
News: Butler (4-2) tossed five scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Nationals, allowing four hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Butler pitched to contact extremely effectively in this one, scattering four singles across five frames as the potent Nats offense struggled to square balls up. He could've gone even deeper into the game considering he was removed after just 64 pitches, but the bullpen preserved the victory for him despite a shaky ninth inning. Butler seems unlikely to go deep into games even if he does continue starting, but a stretch of nine innings in which he has allowed just one earned runs over his last two outings has lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.71. He appears set to stick in the rotation for the time being and will take his next turn Saturday against the Reds.

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Keyvius Sampson
Marlins' Keyvius Sampson: Signed to minor league contract
Keyvius Sampson, SP, ARI
6/26/2017
News: Sampson signed a minor league deal with the Marlins on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Sampson had fallen out of the rotation for Arizona's Triple-A squad by June as he posted a brutal 6.75 ERA and 2.01 WHIP over 42.2 innings. As a free agent, he chose to return to his home state to sign with Miami, but given his struggles this year, a return to the majors seems unlikely.

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