As Yordan Alvarez homered every day at Triple-A, many were wondering when the Astros prospect would get the call to the majors. Even with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer injured, Alvarez still sat in the minors.
In leagues where he was available, many have stashed him. The waiting has finally paid off. Alvarez was called up to the Astros Sunday, and Alvarez hit a 413-foot two-run homer to left-center. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and should be owned in all leagues. The 21-year-old had a .343/.443/.772 line with 23 home runs and 71 RBIs at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had one of his best performances of the season, throwing seven scoreless innings with one hit, two walks and struck out seven in a win over the Rockies. He has a 4.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and an 88:22 K:BB ratio.
Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi allowed one run on five hits and struck out eight in six innings for another win. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 straight starts and has a 1.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 78:22 K:BB ratio.
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton hits ninth in the order, usually a bad thing for Fantasy but with the Twins potent lineup, it hasn’t hurt. The Twins have already set a franchise record for most home runs before the All-Star break. Buxton went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and has a line of .270/.322/.531 with 37 runs, eight home runs, 36 RBIs and ten stolen bases.
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario went 3-for-6 with his 19th homer. Teammate Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and has 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 167 plate appearances.
Brewers closer Josh Hader struck out the side for his 16th save Sunday. He has a 2.20 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and a 66:10 K:BB ratio in 32.2 innings.
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and is hitting .340/.446/.745 with 50 runs, 24 home runs, 53 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the seventh time in nine games and has 20 on the season.
Any time the Astros acquire a pitcher, pay attention. The latest project that has turned successful is Wade Miley. He pitched six scoreless innings and allowed six hits, two walks and struck out five in a win. He has a 3.14 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 65:21 K:BB ratio. Roberto Osuna got the final out for his 17th save.
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Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte hit his career-high 15th home run.
Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray pitched 6.2 innings and allowed five hits, one walk, two runs and struck out ten in a win. He has a 3.54 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs with three runs and three RBIs. He is batting .288 with 13 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Reynaldo Lopez is one of the most inconsistent pitchers. Usually, he fares well in good matchups, and he did Sunday against the Royals, going six innings and allowing one run with strikeouts in a win. He has a 6.21 ERA.
Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez had another excellent start and was in line to win against the Braves before the bullpen blew it. Lopez allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck out seven in six innings. He has a 4.28 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and a 68:16 K:BB ratio and should be owned in most leagues. Sergio Romo allowed four runs on three hits with a walk in the ninth inning to blow a 5-1 lead. Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna hit a three-run homer to tie the score. He is batting .279 with 40 runs, 14 home runs, 41 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks allowed eight hits, one run, no walks and struck out three in seven innings in a win over the Cardinals. Pedro Strop threw one pitcher to get his seventh save.
A’s pitcher Frankie Montas allowed two earned runs and struck out ten in a win over the Rangers. He is 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Anthony Rendon hit consecutive home runs for the Nationals in the eighth inning in a win over the Padres.
Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs and drove in three. He has 20 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler struck out nine in seven scoreless innings and is 7-1 with a 3.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and a 78:13 K:BB ratio in 75.1 innings. Kenley Jansen closed it out for his 19th save.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler hit his 17th homer Sunday.
Angels infielder Tommy LaStella hit his 15th home run.
Indians pitcher Shane Bieber had his shortest outing of the season against the Yankees, lasting only 1.2 innings and allowed five runs and five hits. He has a 4.07 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a 96:20 K:BB ratio over 77.1 innings.
Reds closer Raisel Iglesias pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to get his 13th save.
White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada went 4-for-5 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to ten games. He is 16-for-42 (.381) with five runs, three home runs, and seven RBIs.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis left Sunday’s game with hip tightness.
Angels infielder David Fletcher sat out Sunday due to a sore left shoulder.
Mitch Keller is an option to start for the Pirates on Wednesday.
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright left Sunday night’s start with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to make his next start. He will head back to St. Louis to get testing done.
White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito continues to dominate. He threw 7.2 scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11. He has won seven straight starts. In those starts, he has a 0.88 ERA, 0.68 WHIP and a 59:10 K:BB ratio in 51.1 innings. He is 9-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.
Indians catcher Roberto Perez homered for the fourth straight game Saturday.
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano was placed back on the IL with a quad strain. He will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday and is eligible to return June 16.
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi had his next bullpen session pushed back due to right biceps soreness.
Red Sox outfielder J.D. Martinez left Thursday’s game with back spasms and sat the whole weekend. Manager Alex Cora is hopeful Martinez can avoid the IL.
The Yankees placed pitcher Domingo German on the 10-day IL with a left hip flexor strain.
A’s pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will make his season debut Tuesday at High-A Stockton. He has been out since March with a shoulder injury. A.J. Puk will also pitch in that game.
Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell fractured a bone in his right elbow and will have surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
The Red Sox placed Mitch Moreland on the 10-day IL with a quad strain.
Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances was too sore to throw a bullpen and will be examined Monday.
Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is close to beginning a rehab assignment, and Aaron Judge is about two weeks away from starting.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week.