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B. Woodruff - RP
Woodruff allowed three hits and one walk over three scoreless innings to earn the save Monday against the Reds. He struck out two.
Woodruff entered with an eight-run lead and proceeded to cruise through the next three frames to earn the first save of his career. The right-hander has pitched in a versatile bullpen role this season and currently holds a 3.99 ERA, so his fantasy value is quite limited despite this effort.
Added 8:54 am (EST)
E. Longoria - 3B
Longoria went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's 4-2 win over the Padres.
Longoria currently leads all Giants with 16 homers despite missing six weeks with a broken hand. Outside of decent power totals, the veteran third baseman has otherwise been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective with a .249/.289/.429 slash line over 114 games.
Added 8:53 am (EST)
A. DeSclafani - SP
DeSclafani (7-6) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings to earn the loss Monday against the Brewers. He struck out five.
DeSclafani pitched quite well up until the fifth inning, when he allowed a solo home run to Domingo Santana before Christian Yelich followed with a two-run shot of his own. Unfortunately, his pitch count rose quickly at that point and he was removed prior to the start of the sixth. DeSclafani has fallen on hard times of late, allowing 13 earned runs across 13.2 innings over his last three starts. He'll carry a disappointing 4.92 ERA into this weekend's scheduled start against the Marlins.
Added 8:49 am (EST)
W. Smith - RP
Smith tossed a perfect inning en route to his 13th save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over San Diego.
The Giants' 11-game losing streak to begin September caused Smith to endure a drought of save opportunities. The club has since reversed its fortunes, allowing the southpaw to pick up two saves over the last three days. Smith and his 1.80 ERA will continue to operate as the primary closing option in San Francisco to close out the season.
Added 8:47 am (EST)
A. Suarez - SP
Suarez (7-11) fired 7.2 innings of two-run ball Monday, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out four and picking up the victory over the Padres.
Suarez needed just 87 pitches (58 strikes) to complete 7.2 frames, resulting in his longest outing of the season. The 25-year-old did surrender another home run, which has been the primary blemish (1.4 HR/9) on an otherwise solid rookie campaign (4.24 ERA and 7.4 K/9). Suarez will face stiffer competition in his next start on the road against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Added 8:44 am (EST)
A. Hedges - C
Hedges went 1-for-4 with his 14th home run of the season in Monday's 4-2 loss to San Francisco.
Hedges returned to the starting lineup after giving way to Francisco Mejia on Sunday. Both backstops have homered three times a piece while alternating starts in September. The competition has elevated their play and made both catchers worthy of fantasy consideration even in a timeshare.
Added 8:39 am (EST)
B. Mitchell - RP
Mitchell (1-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits (two home runs) with four strikeouts over five innings Monday against the Giants.
Mitchell appeared to be turning his horrendous season around with two solid outings since rejoining the Padres' rotation Sept. 3, but Monday's rough start was a step in the wrong direction. The 27-year-old will get a chance to redeem himself against these same Giants on the road next Monday.
Added 8:34 am (EST)
M. Muncy - 1B
Muncy went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a three-run home run in Monday's 8-2 victory over the Rockies.
Muncy's storybook season continued with his 33rd homer, which is either tied for or leading all qualified players at both first and second base. The 28-year-old is still sitting occasionally against southpaws, but there is no reason that fantasy owners at any level shouldn't continue riding his power surge through the finish line.
Added 8:29 am (EST)
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