Although the fact that his knee is presumably healthy again is a good sign, the punchouts are something less than exciting. Prior to his absence Sunday, the veteran second baseman had been on a tear, producing a 1.000 OPS over the past 14 games. However, even with the golden sombrero outing Monday, Pedroia still has more walks (40) than strikeouts (36) this season, making him an attractive fantasy asset when paired with his solid .307 batting average.
In the midst of a breakout campaign, and now locked in as the primary second baseman, Gennett's fantasy value is at an all-time high. He sports a .313/.362/.602 slash line with 18 homers, 58 RBI and 45 runs, and while there is potential for negative regression going forward, it would take a lengthy slump before it was a legitimate concern.
Neck spasms have kept Robertson sidelined for the past month, but he's finally nearing a return to game action after resuming baseball activities about a week earlier. Since Robertson is ticketed for a limited role off the bench as a utility man once he's activated, the Rays aren't in any rush to get him back from the DL, so his rehab assignment is expected to span multiple games.
While it's a positive step for Kipnis as he eyes an eventual return from the 10-day disabled list, an activation isn't expected to come this week with the second baseman having resumed baseball activities just a few days earlier. During Kipnis' absence, All-Star Jose Ramirez has seen more frequent duties at the keystone, paving the way for Giovanny Urshela to hold down a near-everyday role at third base.
Drury has been scuffling at the plate since the All-Star break, producing just a .572 OPS in that eight-game span. He'll hit the bench as the Diamondbacks continue to employ a carousel of options at second base. Daniel Descalso will man the keystone Monday evening.
The White Sox won't have the DH spot available for the next two days on the North Side, so Sanchez will move to the bench as Matt Davidson mans third base. Sanchez had started the White Sox's previous six games, going 5-for-24 with two runs scored.
Odor was the central figure in the Rangers' come-from-behind victory, as he followed up his solo blast in the second inning with a two-run job in the eighth inning to tie the score. Despite underwhelming fantasy owners this season, Odor still ranks tied for second among all second baseman in baseball with 19 long balls following his sixth career multi-homer game. The breakthrough performance Sunday also ended a rough start to the second half for Odor, who had gone 4-for-34 at the dish over the preceding nine contests.
Manager Rick Renteria had deployed Moncada as the No. 6 hitter in his first four games with the White Sox, with the rookie going 1-for-13 at the plate. Moncada's performance thus far hasn't warranted a move toward the top of the order, but perhaps settling in between two of the strongest bats in the White Sox's lineup, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu, will help spark his production.
Prior to sitting out Sunday's series finale with the Cardinals, Zobrist had been serving as the Cubs' leadoff hitter, but manager Joe Maddon has decided to roll with Jason Heyward in that spot for the second straight contest. Maddon has been reluctant to permanently settle on a leadoff option, so the door isn't completely closed on Zobrist eventually moving back atop the order, especially if Heyward's production wanes over the next few contests.
The Tigers' leadoff hitter did a little bit of everything. While his .247 average is lagging behind last year's .288 mark, Kinsler's power-speed combo atop the Detroit order makes him a valuable fantasy commodity, especially at second base, where quality production is hard to come by.