Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is hitless in eight at bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Crawford has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .452 covering the past 11 games, but this matchup isn't likely to help those numbers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Description: Texas outfielder Jake Smolinski went 4-for-5 with a RBI and run against Oakland on Thursday.
Insight: The 25-year-old has played in just 14 games this season, but has hits in his last five big league starts, which go all the way back to July 20. Smolinski has started the past three days and is 6-for-13 with a home run, three RBI and three runs.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has 10 hits in his career against Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Holliday is 10-for-28 with a home run and four RBI off Lohse. The Cardinals could be due for a big day offensively as seven players, with at least five at-bats, are hitting above .500 against Lohse in their careers. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday on his left ankle.
Insight: Choo will be shut down from running for six to eight weeks. This is on top of the surgery he had in late August for bone spurs in his left elbow. Choo had his worst season as a pro, batting .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases in 123 games. He is still signed for the next six years.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is back in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning Monday and it turns out he was weak from the flu.The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has a favorable matchup tonight against Brewers righty Wily Peralta.
Insight: Holliday hopes to continue his hot play of late (.375 BA over past 14 days), and has the opponent to do just that. He is a .444 hitter (8-for-18) against Peralta, with two homeruns and five RBI during his career. Make sure Holliday is in your lineup.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was pinch hit for in the fourth inning by Nate Schierholtz.
Insight: Not sure if this is injury, illness or other. The outfielder is batting .270 this season with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 89 games. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy, and produce up to his talent level.
Description: Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is not in the starting lineup Monday night versus the Cubs.
Insight: Ludwick's playing time has been sporadic of late, but he has hit well over the past 14 days (7-for-20, with 1 HR and 3 RBI). His inconsisent playing time, makes for a tough start for fantasy owners moving forward. Jason Bourgeois gets the nod in left field tonight.
Description: Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs as the Diamondbacks defeated the Padres, 10-4, on Saturday.
Insight: Trumbo helped Arizona jump out to an early 6-0 lead with a two RBI-single and then scored on a wild pitch in the first and a RBI-ground out in the second. Trumbo also scored in the seventh. He is batting .234 with eight home runs and 43 RBI this year.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley hit a two-run home run to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the top of the first against the Tigers on Saturday, but Cleveland could not hold the lead and lost, 5-4.
Insight: Brantley finished the game 2-for-4 and remains one of the hottest hitters around baseball. He is batting .417/.481/.521 in September. That's a 1.002 OPS. He has 20 hits in the month, and 17 of them have been singles. He also has eight RBI, seven runs and three steals.
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a RBI-double and scored twice as the Royals beat the Red Sox, 7-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon broke out of his slump as the left fielder came into the game hitless in his last 20 at-bats. He still was getting on base during that stretch though with six walks. Gordon is batting .269 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI this year.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup again on Saturday.
Insight: Marte has been out with a sore elbow since a pitch hit him in his left elbow on Thursday. X-rays were negative, which is obviously a good thing. Marte could possibly pinch run against the Cubs Saturday.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 but did not drive in a run or score as the Indians lost to the Tigers, 7-2, on Friday.
Insight: Despite the loss, Brantley is still one of the hottest hitters around, going 5-for-10 in his last three games. He is hitting .400 in the first 12 days of September and has raised his season batting average to .318, which is good enough for fifth in the American League. He also has 18 home runs and 91 RBI.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the 5-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Cruz snapped his five-game hitting streak in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, but followed that up with a double in the second game. Cruz is hitting .366 in September so far with four home runs and 12 RBI. He has been a tremendous find in fantasy as he leads baseball this season with 39 home runs.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just a .158 hitter (3-for-19) against Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Cruz is on a modest five game hitting streak which included a teo-homer, seven RBI day last Saturday. Considering the modest expectations at the beginning of the season after the suspension, he production has been outstanding (39 HR, 101 RBI, .860 OPS). This matchup, however, is a tough one for the slugger.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in the lineup on Thursday. UPDATE: Hamilton has been ruled out through the weekend.
Insight: Hamilton is missing his sixth straight game. He has been dealing with discomfort around his shoulder and neck since late August. With the healthy division lead, the Angels won't rush him back.
Description: Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) against Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Gordon has also taken Buchholz deep once in his career. The left fielder is hitless in his last 13 at-bats so perhaps this matchup will get Gordon going again. He leads Kansas City with 19 home runs and 66 RBI.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three doubles on Wednesday and finished the series against the Padres, 9-for-12.
Insight: Crawford has been hot and cold from series to series. Before his 9-for-12 with four doubles, homer and five RBI series against San Diego, Crawford was 0-for-5 in three games against Arizona. Last weekend, however, he went 6-for-12 in a series against Washington. Crawford is batting .289 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 309 at-bats this season.
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is a career .6-for-11 (.545) against Braves starter Aaron Harang,
Insight: So much talent, so little production. The left fielder still isn't living up to expectations hitting .267 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI in 300 at-bats. Remember a couple of years ago when people were asking which player was better ... Mike Trout or Harper? Seems funny now.
Description: Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley was out of the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Astros and is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Ackley (.251, 11 HR, 60 RBI, 60 runs) left Saturday's game with a left ankle injury and did not return. He has not played since then. Given that he's 0-for-7 with five strikeouts against scheduled starter Collin McHugh, I'd expect he'll get another day off.
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. Gardner is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs , 56 RBI, 81 runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his right pinkie finger.
Insight: Cabrera suffered the season-ending injury on Friday when he slid head first back into first base. Cabrera finishes the 2014 campaign with nice numbers: .301/.351/.458, 16 home runs, and 73 RBI. He will be a free agent this offseason.
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (back) is in the Cardinals starting lineup against the Reds on Monday after missing Sunday's game in Milwaukee.
Insight: Holliday is batting third and playing left field. He did not play on Sunday due to minor back tightness. Holliday has cooled off since his hot end of August. He is batting .266 with 16 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton (shoulder, neck) is out of the Angels' lineup again Monday versus the Indians.
Insight: Hamilton left Thursday's game due to the injury, which he says he suffered Tuesday. He has been experiencing discomfort around his right shoulder and neck. He received trigger point injections on Sunday to help, but he still isn't quite ready. Collin Cowgill is starting in left field on Monday.
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, two runs and an incredible seven RBI as the Orioles defeated the Rays in extra innings, 7-5.
Insight: It cannot be overstated how terrific Cruz has been this season for Baltimore. He has a .262 average, 39 home runs, 101 RBI and a .862 OPS. His 39 home runs is first in the American League and his 101 RBI is second only to Mike Trout's 102 RBI. Cruz is a must-start the rest of the season.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak, going 2-for-4 with a run on Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Yelich has scored runs in his last six games and is batting .341 with three extra-base hits and three RBI over his hitting streak. If you need a left fielder to give you a boost these last few weeks, Yelich is a great choice. He hit .339 in August and is batting .381 so far in six games this month.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-3 with a RBI against the White Sox on Sunday to continue his hot streak.
Insight: Brantley extends his hitting streak to 11 games and is now hitting .413 over that stretch. In September, Brantley is batting .462 with a .962 OPS. If he keeps this up, he will put himself in the batting title conversation. Ok, maybe not, but his average is up to .317 for the year.
Description: The Yankees held left fielder Brett Gardner out of action on Saturday due to lower abdominal pain.
Insight: Gardner told MLB.com that he feels like if he pushed through the injury, he would only make it worse. He hopes to return on Sunday and is listed day-to-day. Garnder is hitting .269/.342/.442 with 16 home runs and 19 stolen bases this season.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was 3-for-4 with a RBI against the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: As expected, Brantley had a big day against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. The left fielder came into the game 8-for-17 against Quintana in his career. Brantley is an extremely hot hitter at the moment. He has a 10-game hitting streak and over that span, Brantley is hitting .395 with seven doubles and six RBI. Brantley is now batting .315 with 18 home runs and 88 RBI this year.
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley defied a bad matchup Friday night to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He is having a career season as he has already hit career highs in homers (18), RBI (87), and runs (85). He's raised his batting average to .311 during this hot streak. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-6 and drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston defeated Toronto, 9-8.
Insight: Cespedes started the Red Sox scoring in the first inning with a single that scored Brock Holt. The left fielder finished with two RBI and a run. This season with Oakland and Boston, Cespedes is hitting .266 with 21 home runs and 93 RBI.