Goldy's power production has fallen off a bit this year -- surprising in a season that's seen power hitting explode across the league -- but he's now gone 20-20 in consecutive seasons, and there aren't many players who can do that while also being assets in batting average. Indeed, the star first baseman is on pace to hit over .300 for the fourth straight season. There's nothing not to love about the package he offers for fantasy owners.
He also struck out twice, giving him six in 14 at-bats over the last four games, but Phillies fans and fantasy owners aren't going to complain, considering Joseph's socked 17 homers in 75 games -- that's a full-season pace for 36 long balls. It'd be nice to see him take a few more walks, but Joseph's .260 BABIP offers the promise of a better batting average when his fortune's more favorable in the future. He may never be elite in that category, but the power should carry him a long way anyhow. That said, in the longer term, he'll have to fight off up-and-coming first-base prospect Rhys Hoskins, who's socked 35 homers in Double-A this year.
The Phillies are playing in Chicago's American League ballpark, so Howard will be Philadelphia's DH and hit cleanup Wednesday evening. Howard has continued to perform well during his resurgent second half to the season and is hitting .300/.364/.633 with three home runs and 11 RBI over the last 14 days.
He has started every game since July 30, and the Cubs will take advantage of their unmatched depth to give him a day off while still deploying a pretty intimidating lineup Wednesday. Kris Bryant will man first base and hit second while Ben Zobrist steps into Rizzo's typical spot in the three hole.
The veteran slugger has picked his game up over the past week, going 9-for-15 (.600) with multi-hit games in each of his last four starts. Votto had just 22 RBI for all of June and July combined, before busting out for 22 so far in August alone. He's got himself back on pace to challenge the 100 RBI mark, a feat Votto hasn't accomplished since 2011.
Despite the fact that the Phillies are playing in an American League park this week, Howard will still take a seat Tuesday with Philadelphia facing southpaw Carlos Rodon. Carlos Ruiz will serve as the DH instead of Howard, but Howard could draw in Wednesday against James Shields.
Manager Dusty Baker will take advantage of playing in an AL park on Tuesday by having both Ryan Zimmerman and Robinson in the lineup. Robinson, who has only started six games in August, is slashing .235/.304/.362 across 149 at-bats on the season. That said, he'll provide a left-handed bat with some power against Baltimore righty Kevin Gausman on Tuesday.
The move to place Bour on the 60-day DL opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Oswaldo Arcia, who was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Tuesday. Bour's recovery from a badly sprained ankle has been a tricky one with plenty of stops and starts along the way, including several expected return dates that had to be pushed back. He has been sidelined since early July, so Bour could still return in September if his ankle cooperates.
Rizzo has just one home run in 20 games in August, but he has been making opposing pitchers pay in other ways. He owns a solid 9:10 BB:K and mashed his eighth double of the month in Monday's win. His batting line for August sits at a cool .383/.451/.568, proving he can be plenty productive even when he isn't depositing the ball into the bleachers.
Freeman's home run tied the game in the top of the ninth only for the Braves to lose on a walk-off shot from Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom of the frame. He missed Sunday's game with a finger injury, but it didn't look like it was bothering Freeman at all. Freeman is now up to 25 home runs and continues to build on a career high in home runs. He needed 147 games to hit his previous career high, 23 home run, in both 2012 and 2013.