The homer was only Lowrie's second of the season in 232 at-bats as he has struggled to find his power stroke so far in 2016. He has been a surprise for fantasy owners in batting average, posting a .293 mark to date. The lack of homers for Lowrie can be attributed to a significant drop in his fly ball to to 32%, a more than 10% drop from his average over the prior three seasons. If Lowrie can keep the batting average where it is, he does provide some value in deeper leagues at a middle infield position, but the current lack of power combined with no speed potential severely caps his upside.
With Castro getting a rare day off, Ronald Torreyes will start at second base and bat ninth. Castro's .289 on-base percentage has yet to cost him any playing time, but he could eventually lose some at-bats to Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder if there isn't any hint of improvement.
The infielder is seemingly being faded out of the Jays' game plan altogether. After being the starting second baseman for a majority of the season, Goins has only started in one game since June 17, and he's only played in five of the team's last ten contests. With Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki both healthy for the first time this year, Goins spot on the roster is a delicate one to say the least.
Altuve extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 32 games, collecting four hits and finishing a home run short of the cycle. The second baseman singled in the first inning, tripled in the third and doubled in the fifth. Wednesday marked Altuve's 12th game this season with at least three hits, and it's the second time in a week he finished a hit away from the cycle. He's batting .431 (50-for-116) in the last 29 games.
Odor's 15th homer of the year gave the Rangers a six-run lead in the sixth inning of a game they'd go on to lose. He's now hit safely in each of his last seven games, and he's slashing .271/.292/.486.
Murphy gave the Nationals a lead they'd never relinquish when he got the team on the board with his solo shot in the second inning. He later smashed his 14th homer of the year to give them a pair of insurance runs that they'd need to hold onto the victory. He's now posted multiple hits in four of his last six games, and he's slashing .352/.394/.590 on the year.
Tomlinson was originally placed on the DL on June 10 due to a sprained left thumb. He began taking ground balls last Friday. The next step in his progression will be a rehab assignment beginning this weekend. Barring any setbacks, he appears on track for a return to the big league in early July.
Panik suffered the concussion eleven days ago, and had originally passed concussion protocol. However, he was scratched from Tuesday's game after the symptoms emerged again. The Giants are likely taking the cautious route to avoid a more serious issue.
Alcantara will be sent back to Triple-A to make room for Sean Manaea who was activated off of the 15-day DL in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old went 2-for-8 with two stolen bases in his short stint with the A's.
Johnson will get the start as the Mets try to stack left-handed hitters against right-handed ace Max Scherzer. The 34-year-old is hitting .237 with three home runs and 13 RBI through 64 games this season.