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Left Field Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/28/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double, run and steal against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Cruz is 4-for-12 (.333) in his last three games, which is nice to see because he is hitting .207 in 87 at-bats during the month of August.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/27/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Crawford is batting .338 with 14 runs and seven steals in August, but he'll get a day off with lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Scott Van Slyke, who has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 walks in 102 plate appearances against lefties this season, is starting in left field.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/27/2014 4:24:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in the third inning of Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
Insight: The solo shot was the only run the Cardinals scored on Wednesday. The home run extended Holliday's hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, Holliday is hitting .313 with three doubles and eight RBI.
Zach Walters, LF, CLE8/27/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters has belted six homers in 13 games with the Indians.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, is hitting .208 with Cleveland and .207 on the season, but he has nine homers in 87 at-bats.
Travis Snider, LF, PIT8/27/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Pirates right fielder Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: Snider tweaked something after beating out a bunt single in the third inning. Jose Tabata picnh-ran for Snider and would probably be his replacement if Snider is out for an extended period. The Pirates are also supposed to recall Gregory Polanco on Monday when the roster expands.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYY8/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) believe he will be back in the Yankees' lineup on Wednesday according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Insight: Gardner has not played since fouling a ball off his ankle on Saturday. The left fielder is hitting .269 with 15 home runs, 52 RBI, 77 runs and 19 steals this year.
Alex Gordon, LF, KANHot8/26/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon hit a walk-off two-run homer off Twins closer Glen Perkins Tuesday night.
Insight: The Royals hadn't scored all night until Gordon connected for his 16th homer of the season. He's hit seven balls out of the park in August and is a legitimate MVP candidate. He ranks second in the AL with 5.6 WAR.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/26/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Amazingly, the 27-year-old Upton has never had more than 88 RBI in a season. He's up to 87 RBI to go with 25 homers and a .292 average after Tuesday's game.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/26/2014 4:33:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper will get Tuesday off as the Nationals hope to catch lightning in a bottle with Scott Hairston.
Insight: Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games. He'll be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/26/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and had hoped to be ready for Tuesday's game. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Scott Hairston, LF, WAS8/26/2014 4:00:00 PM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander. Update: Hairston is in the starting lineup.
Nolan Reimold, LF, TOR8/26/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays has designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
Insight: We thought Reimold was going to be someone to watch back in 2009 when he hit 15 home runs and posted an .831 OPS in just 358 at-bats, but in the five years since then he's been nothing but a bit player without much fantasy value. This could be the end of the road.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot8/26/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .364 hitter with a home run against Braves ace pitcher Julio Teheran.
Insight: Duda has been on a tear as of late. Even though he went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the first baseman is still hitting .417 with three home runs and six RBI in his last three games. Duda has been a tremendous surprise for the offensively challenged Mets with his .258/.352/.504, 26 home runs and 76 RBI.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot8/26/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley is 7-for-15 (.467) with three extra-base hits against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Brantley received a rountine day off Sunday so should be well rested. He has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Scott Hairston, LF, WAS8/26/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Washington outfielder Scott Hairston has only started eight games all season, but if ever he's going to start another one, Tuesday against Phillies ace Cole Hamels should be the day.
Insight: Hairston is a career .386 hitter (17-for-44 ) with five home runs against the Phillies left-hander.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/26/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) was not in the lineup Monday, but hopes to be back Tuesday after missing the past two games.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Shin-Soo Choo, LF, TEX8/25/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will miss the rest of the season due to a bone spur in his left elbow, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Choo will need surgery for the issue, which he has been dealing with since spring training. In the first year of a seven-year, $130 million contract, Choo hit just .242 with 13 homers, 40 RBI, 58 runs, three steals, 131 Ks and a .714 OPS in 123 games.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/25/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (ankle) is not in the lineup Monday, according to Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network.
Insight: He said his ankle is feeling much better and he hopes to be back Tuesday. Gardner hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot8/24/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has raised his average 22 points since Aug. 10.
Insight: Yelich has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with four doubles, six walks, two steals and six runs in his last six games. He went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one run and one walk Sunday at Colorado and is hitting .289 with nine homers, 45 RBI, 74 runs, 16 steals and a .795 OPS this season.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYMHot8/24/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Duda has hit five balls out of the park and driven in 11 runs in his last six games and he's produced 12 homers and 27 RBI in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's still available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEAHot8/24/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, one RBI and three runs Sunday at Boston.
Insight: Ackley has gone 43-for-135 (.319) with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 25 RBI, 22 runs and five steals in his last 34 games.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/24/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Cespedes has driven in 18 runs in his last 16 games and he now ranks ninth in baseball with 85 RBI.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/24/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte has gone 26-for-70 (.371) with six doubles, a triple, four homers, 10 RBI and four steals in August.
Insight: Marte went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Milwaukee. He was hitting .255 with a .713 OPS when he went on the DL with a concussion, but he's up to .276 with a .782 OPS after Sunday's game.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/24/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper has gone 21-for-68 (.309) with four homers and 12 RBI over his last 18 games.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs Sunday against San Francisco.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner is dealing with a sore ankle, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Gardner's absence Sunday was not just because Chris Sale was on the mound. The left fielder hit .294 with 11 homers, 26 RBI and 33 runs from June 15 to Aug. 4, but he's gone 15 straight games without getting multiple hits and batted .172 in that span.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE8/24/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley in not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a rountine day off. Brantley has already set career highs in homers (18), RBI (80), runs (78) and should end up with a career-best OPS.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS. Update: Gardner is not in the Yankees starting lineup.
Brett Gardner, LF, NYYCold8/24/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has an unfavorable matchup on his birthday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and should be avoided.
Insight: Gardner is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in their previous matchups. After an impressive June and July, Gardner's bat has been silent in August, batting .211 with a .633 OPS.
Alex Gordon, LF, KAN8/23/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon's home run came in the first inning and is his 15th of the season. The left fielder is hitting .310 with five home runs in August.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA8/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley hit his ninth home run of the season on Saturday against Boston. Ackley also drove in three RBI.
Insight: The left fielder also had a stolen base. He has five RBI in the two games against Boston so far this weekend.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/23/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning Friday against the Reds. He went 3-for-6 on the night and also had a triple.
Insight: Upton has batted .324 with six homers, 23 RBI, 14 runs, 15 walks and a 1.099 OPS in August and he's 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a homer against Reds starter Mike Leake. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA 8/23/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton has gone 4-for-9 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and two walks in his last three games.
Insight: Hamilton went 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts from Aug. 5 to Aug. 16 and he was out of the lineup on Aug. 17-18 at his own request to clear his head. He hasn't struck out since then.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot8/23/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson went 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Dickerson's average dropped from .332 to .309 when he went 4-for-30 (.133) from July 27 to Aug. 5, but he's come back with a 21-for-61 (.344) stretch during which he's hit five doubles, a triple and five homers and driven in 19 runs.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/23/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-3 with a walk, a steal and three runs scored Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Marte has batted .371 with 10 extra-base hits, eight RBI, 17 runs and three steals since he returned from a concussion. He's raised his average from .255 to .274 and his OPS from .713 to .775 in that span.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/22/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez Friday night.
Insight: Cespedes has four home runs since joining Boston, and all either gave the team the lead or tied the game. He's also driven in 16 runs in his 19 games with the team even though he's batted .230 in that span.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BALHot8/22/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in the last four games Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz leads the big leagues with 34 bombs, besting his previous career high of 33 which he set in 2009. The slugger has gone just 20-for-117 (.171) since the All-Star break, but he's made his hits count with five doubles and six homers in that span.
Zach Walters, LF, CLE8/22/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Indians left fielder Zach Walters homered for the third straight game and the fifth time in his last nine Friday against Houston.
Insight: Walters, acquired from the Nationals at the trade deadline for Asdrubal Cabrera, has hit .213 on the season, but he has eight home runs in 75 at-bats. He hit .310 with 17 homers and a .980 OPS in Triple-A this season.
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/22/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Crawford has batted .338 with six steals and 11 runs in August, but the team will give him a day off with left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for New York. Lefty masher Scott Van Slyke is in the lineup in Crawford's place.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/22/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus the Angels.
Insight: The Angels are starting a left-hander so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. Just called up Craig Gentry will start in left field with Nate Freiman at 1B.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is 3-for-14 with an RBI in his career against Giants starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Harper went 2-for-4 on Thursday and has gone four for his last 11 (.364), but overall has been disappointing this season. He is hitting .266 with six home runs and 23 RBI this year.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/22/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte is a career 3-for-19 (.158) hitter against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Marte had a six-game hitting streak before going 0-for-4 on Thursday against the Braves. He is still hitting .393 in his last seven games.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .429 hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Upton continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener against the Reds on Thursday. Upton has now hit safely in 11 straight games and blasted five home runs with 19 RBI in his last 13 games.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is a career 2-for-21 (.095) hitter with three RBI against Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Those two hits are a double and a home run.
Insight: Holliday has hits and RBI in his last three games. On the season, Holliday is batting .262 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/21/2014 11:18:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after one at-bat due to a family medical emergency.
Insight: He could return as soon as Friday, but we have no accurate information as of yet. The outfielder was 2-for-11 in the four-game set with the Angels and hasn't done much since being traded to the Red Sox.
Chris Dickerson, LF, CLE8/21/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Indians outfielder Chris Dickerson is in Thursday's starting lineup, batting ninth and playing right field.
Insight: Dickerson could be an interesting option Thursday. Though he's hitting just .228 he's faced Twins starter Phil Hughes two times and hit solo homers in both at-bats.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/20/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz has homered twice in the last three games and four times in his last 10. He's back in sole possession of first place in the majors with 33 homers.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM8/20/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit his 23rd homer of the season and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Duda has driven in 69 runs and scored 57 this season. His previous highs were 15 home runs, 57 RBI and 43 runs.
Melky Cabrera, LF, TORHot8/20/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Cabrera hit .299 with an .801 OPS before the break and he's been even better after, hitting .360 with 12 doubles, four homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs in 125 at-bats.
Christian Yelich, LF, MIAHot8/20/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich has gone 19-for-37 (.514) with four doubles, six runs and three steals over his last nine games.
Insight: Yelich was 3-for-4 with a walk Wednesday. He's raised his average 21 points since Aug. 10 and is now hitting .288 with a .792 OPS.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL8/20/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: When the team acquired Gerardo Parra at the trade deadline, it looked like Davis would only be playing against lefties from then on, but he's had a productive month (.271, 5 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .896 OPS) to keep himself in the starting lineup for 10 straight games prior to Wednesday.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA8/20/2014 12:39:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley is not in the lineup Wednesday due to a sore back, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: After going 29-for-79 (.367) with eight doubles, four homers, 13 RBI and 14 runs from July 18 to Aug. 7, Ackley has picked up nine hits in his last 42 at-bats (.214).
Carl Crawford, LF, LOSHot8/20/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, three runs and a stolen base Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Crawford has stolen a base in five of his last six games and is hitting .344 in August. He's 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a homer against Padres starter Eric Stults, so get him in your lineup Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold8/20/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Tuesday at Boston and he's just 2-for-22 (.091) with six Ks against Wednesday's starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 5-for-41 (.122) with 18 strikeouts in his last 11 games and he was out of the lineup Sunday and Monday at his own request in order to clear his head. He's not someone fantasy owners should be using right now even if he has a favorable matchup, which isn't the case Wednesday.
Justin Upton, LF, ATLHot8/19/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton stayed red hot Tuesday with a homer and five RBI.
Insight: Upton has hit safely in 10 straight games and blasted five homers with 16 RBI in his last 12 games.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANACold8/19/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He will hit cleanup.
Insight: Hamilton had requested time off because of his struggles at the plate and manager Mike Scioscia gave him the time. The outfielder is hitting .132 in his last ten games and has gone 10-for-59 (.169) since July 31.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cespedes is presumably getting the day off in order to rest. The outfielder has not played well since being traded to the Red Sox. Cespedes has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/18/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte went 3-for-4 with a double and two solo homers Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Marte has been remarkably hot since he returned from a concussion. going 19-for-51 (.373) with six doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI, 13 runs and two steals in 14 games.
Dustin Ackley, LF, SEA 8/18/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Seattle left fielder Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Ackley was 5-for-35 (.143) in his previous nine games after going 39-for-111 (.351) with 10 doubles, four homers and 15 RBI from July 1 to Aug. 7.
Lucas Duda, LF, NYM8/18/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday afternoon against the Cubs.
Insight: Duda already has a career high 22 homers and 66 RBI, shattering his previous highs of 15 home runs and 57 RBI. His .839 OPS ranks 12th in the NL.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLCold8/18/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (knee) is in the lineup Monday.
Insight: Holliday sat out Sunday with knee discomfort. He's also gone 0-for-18 in his last five games, but his .393 average in 28 career at-bats against Reds starter Mike Leake makes him a solid option Monday.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/18/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's not an injury. Hamilton apparently requested Sunday off because of his struggles at the plate and will get tonight off as well. Brennan Boesch will start in left.
Alex Presley, LF, PIT8/18/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Astros outfielder Alex Presley suffered a setback from his oblique injury over the weekend and will not play again for 7-10 days.
Insight: Presley has been out since July 8 with a strained right oblique. He was scratched last week from a rehab game for Class A Tri-City due to discomfort. Presley is batting .252 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 206 at-bats this season.
Matt Holliday, LF, STLCold8/18/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday missed Sunday's game and is questionable for Monday versus Cincinnati while dealing with knee discomfort.
Insight: He could also have been given the day off because he's hitless in his last five games. He's batting .260 with 12 HR and 59 RBI, well below what we've come to expect from the six-time All-Star.
Nelson Cruz, LF, BAL8/18/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) versus White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Cruz was a major force in the first half, but has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .167 with three homers in 27 games. We're not sure he's ready to take advantage of the matchup.
Corey Dickerson, LF, COLHot8/17/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two knocks including a home run.
Insight: Dickerson has gone 16-for-35 during the streak to raise his batting average to .325. Batting third in the Rockies order, he's a must start in Colorado games where he's batting .370.
Josh Hamilton, LF, ANA8/17/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton is not in Sunday's starting lineup. Collin Cowgill will get the start in right field.
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a routine day off. Cowgill is batting .271 this season with five homers and a .745 OPS in 192 at-bats so has limited fantasy appeal.
Michael Brantley, LF, CLEHot8/16/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cleveland left fielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Brantley has gone 20-for-56 (.357) with five doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and seven runs in August. He's batted .321 or higher in each of the last four months.
Michael Morse, LF, SFG 8/16/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse had two doubles, a triple and a walk Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Morse has gone 4-for-5 with four extra-base hits (1 HR), two walks and four RBI over the last two games after hitting .263 with 10 doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in his previous 56.
Michael Morse, LF, SFGCold8/16/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Giants left fielder Michael Morse's home run Friday was just his third since June 6.
Insight: Morse hit .286 with 13 homers, 41 RBI and a .916 OPS through the first 59 games this season, but he's batted .265 with 10 doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 10 runs in his last 57 games.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Starling Marte, LF, PITHot8/15/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte hit his first homer since June 13 Friday against the Nationals.
Insight: Marte has gone 13-for-39 (.333) with four doubles, a homer, five RBI, two steals and nine runs since he returned from a concussion on Aug. 5.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/15/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (hamstring) is in the lineup Friday night.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Yoenis Cespedes, LF, BOS8/15/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday's game after fouling a ball of his shin, but he's back in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He's batting .254 with 19 HR and 75 RBI this season and should have a good series against Houston. He's got a career .310 batting average versus the Astros and has gone deep against them three times in 2014.
Brandon Moss, LF, OAK8/15/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Athletics 1B/OF Brandon Moss is out of the lineup Friday in the series opener versus Atlanta.
Insight: Atlanta is starting left-hander Alex Wood so the left-handed hitter Moss will get a night off. He's actually been good against lefties this season, hitting .282 with four homers and an .818 OPS in 78 at-bats. Nate Freiman will start at first with Jonny Gomes in left field.
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS8/14/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper is starting to heat up at the right time, hitting his second home run in three games.
Insight: Harper was far too talented to continue to struggle like he has all season. He went 4-for-11 in the three game series with the Mets, including the two long balls and five RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman out and Jayson Werth hurting it couldn't come at a better time for the Nats.
Khris Davis, LF, MIL8/14/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Brewers outfielder Khris Davis cracked his 20th home run of the season off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Davis has been at his best hitting against left-handers with a .316 batting average and a .934 OPS heading into the game, but he took the right-handed Jackson out in the third inning. Davis has been splitting time lately with Gerardo Parra and his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Justin Upton, LF, ATL8/14/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton left Thursday's game for a pinch runner.
Insight: Upton may have injured his hamstring on the slide into third base, but we will know more after the game. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Matt Holliday, LF, STL8/14/2014 3:08:00 PM
Description: Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday left Wednesday's game with knee discomfort and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Diego .
Insight: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday's knee "flared up." He expects to play Thursday, but you need to check starting lineups before you install him into your lineup. He's batting .267 with 12 HR and 59 RBI.
Mark Trumbo, LF, ARIHot8/14/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo admittedly hasn't seem much of Miami starter Brad Penny, but he's been very successful when he has.
Insight: Trumbo has a triple and two home runs in just five at-bats against Penny. The slugger is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, batting .343 over the span.

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