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Center Field Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Juan Lagares, CF, NYM9/2/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with two steals on Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Lagares had a perfect night at the plate, registering four hits, including a double, walk, two RBI, three runs and two steals. Lagares has steals in four of his last five games. Terry Collins said he wants his center fielder to continue to use his speed on the base paths which is great news for fantasy owners.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL9/2/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez will be shut down a week before resuming baseball drills according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Gomez will likely be out at least two weeks, which hurts any owner that needed him for a postseason run. Oh, the Brewers will certainly miss him too as Tuesday was the first day since April 5 that Milwaukee was not in first place of the NL Central.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK9/2/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: The Athletics are hoping center fielder Coco Crisp (neck) will return to the lineup by this weekend according to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Crisp received more injections into his neck on Tuesday. Fantasy owners might have to look elsewhere for center field production. Even if Crisp is healthy by the weekend, expect the Athletics to bring him back slowly.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot9/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the Yankees lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Ellsbury missed the last two starts with a left ankle injury, though he was used as a pinch hitter and clubbed a double on Sunday. With the off day on Monday, Ellsbury had three straight days to recover. He is hitting .288/.348/.435 with 14 home runs and 37 steals.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL9/2/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and again not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
Chris Coghlan, CF, CHCHot9/2/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan is a career .667 hitter (6-for-9) versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: He's had a hot week, batting .375 over the past seven games. He's now hitting .276 with a .788 OPS in 301 at-bats this year and is a solid play Tuesday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM9/2/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts when facing R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: Jennings hasn't played since Aug. 28 while dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear when he will return. Fantasy owners, and Rays fans, are still waiting for Jennings to blossom into the "next" Carl Crawford as was advertised when he first came to the big leagues.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot9/1/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon was hitless in his first five at-bats Monday before hitting a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Insight: Blackmon homered in each of the previous two games and has driven in six runs in his last five. He's gone 22-for-67 (.328) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs and two steals in his last 17 games.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT 9/1/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a double and a solo homer Monday at St. Louis.
Insight: McCutchen has gone 18-for-55 (.327) with three doubles and four home runs since he returned from a fractured rib on Aug. 19.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot9/1/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: The five RBI Phillies center fielder Ben Revere had Monday represent 25 percent of his season total.
Insight: Revere had 15 RBI all season entering the game. He's batted .310 with 18 extra-base hits, 60 runs and 40 steals this year and he's been a .353 hitter since June 26.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL9/1/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist and not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra will replace him.
B.J. Upton, CF, ATLCold9/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG9/1/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has helped the Giants offense since his return from the disabled list by batting .305 in his last 21 games, but probably won't be much help to fantasy owners Monday in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Pagan is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts against Colorado left-hander Franklin Morales.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITCold9/1/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has struggled against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, batting just .125 in 32 at-bats including 12 strikeouts.
Insight: McCutchen hasn't done much over the past week as he continues to deal with health issues. The reigning National League MVP is 4-for-16 over the past five games without an extra-base hit. Look elsewhere for offensive help.
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIA9/1/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is a .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Ozuna is one of the most streaky hitters around, but has become a viable fantasy option this season with a .261 batting average, 19 HR, 72 RBI and 62 runs scored. Monday, however, is an unfavorable matchup.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot8/31/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Blackmon has a home run in each of his last two games. He also has four straight games with an RBI. It may be mostly due to the park he hits in, but Blackmon is having a good season, hitting .289 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.
Austin Jackson, CF, SEA8/31/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 and scored a run on Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Jackson has a 11-game winning streak, but in his first month in Seattle, only hit .248 and posted a .596 OPS. It is still a good sign he is starting to heat up a bit.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA8/31/2014 7:34:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the A's on Sunday.
Insight: Trout has his average back to .290 and the home run Sunday gives him 31 on the season, a new career high. His 97 RBI also ties a career high. Trout's .934 OPS is third highest in the American League.
Chris Coghlan, CF, CHC8/31/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year has been a bit disappointing. He is hitting .273 with a .782 OPS in 297 at-bats this year.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS8/31/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton was 2-for-5 with two doubles against the Tigers on Sunday.
Insight: Eaton also scored two runs. He has hits in his last seven games, and over that stretch, is batting .429 with five extra-base hits and two steals. He is hitting .313 with 64 runs in 400 at-bats, but don't count on him scoring much in September as the White Sox dealt Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza on Sunday.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS8/31/2014 6:04:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 with a double, run, and RBI against the Rays on Sunday.
Insight: His fantasy value is still very limited. Betts is hitting .259 in 85 at-bats with three home runs and eight RBI this season.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MIL8/31/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee removed center fielder Carlos Gomez in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Giants due to a sore left wrist according to MLB.com.
Insight: Gomez was not lighting it up before the injury anyway, going hitless in his last five games. Gerardo Parra replaced him, and it is unclear how severe the injury is. As of now, we expect Gomez to return in a day or two.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/31/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was 2-for-5 on Sunday against the Mets. He also had a stolen base.
Insight: Revere went 3-for-14 in the weekend series. The center fielder has fallen to third in the National League in batting at .308 but is still only four points behind the leader Justin Morneau.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/31/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: McCutchen was not able to score or drive in a run as the Pirates lost 3-2. A big series looms in St. Louis starting Monday, so even though he is likely still battling a rib injury, count on the MVP to play big.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET8/31/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is 9-for-23 (.391) against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: Even more interesting is that once on base, he's 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Need steals? Start Davis Sunday against Chicago.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK8/30/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: The oft-injured outfielder hurt his shoulder running into the wall Friday night and will head back to the bench. He's batting .254 with 9 HR, 45 RBI and 61 runs scored, but he's been in and out of the lineup in the second half due to inuries. Sam Fuld will leadoff and Craig Gentry will cover center field.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOSCold8/30/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers lineup Saturday.
Insight: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly gave Puig Friday off to try and give him a breather. Puig is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Andre Ethier played center field on Friday and returns to the bench on Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/30/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Ellsbury was limping around in the clubhouse on Friday night after injuring his left ankle while sliding into home plate in the ninth. The Yankees have off on Monday, so it's possible manager Joe Giradi will be extremely cautious and sit him on Sunday as well, so Ellsbury gets three straight days of rest.
Michael Bourn, CF, CLE8/30/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Indians center fielder Michael Bourn is hitting .348 (8-for-23) in his career against Royals starter James Shields.
Insight: Bourn had his five-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, going 0-for-5. Even with the 0-for-5, Bourn is hitting .333 in the last week with three extra-base hits. On the season, he is batting .268 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 332 at-bats.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/30/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .250 hitter (4-for-16) with a home run against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: McCutchen looked frustrated on Friday night, popping up a couple times with runners on base. The MVP did register a bloop single to go 1-for-4. It's pretty clear that McCutchen is still not completely healthy with his ribs, but he is in the lineup, and he should be in yours too.
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS8/30/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will make his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Sunday according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: He will play in the Gulf Coast League finals on Sunday and make his way to the postseason series at either Double-A Portland or Triple-A Pawtucket. Eventually, he is expected to join the Red Sox in September.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS8/30/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts hit a grand slam to lead Boston over Tampa Bay, 8-4, on Friday.
Insight: Betts' first career grand slam pretty much put the game out of reach as the home run increased the Boston lead to 8-0 in the second inning. The Red Sox prospect finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .253 with three home runs and seven RBI in 79 at-bats this year.
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIA8/29/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Braves on Friday.
Insight: Ozuna has cooled off since four straight multi-hit games, which included three straight contests with a home run, last week, but he was feeling it on Friday. The outfielder is one of the most streaky hitters around, so this has almost become expected. He has seven multi-hit games this month but is hitting .227.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/29/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a home run in the victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: The home run was Ellsbury's 14th on the season and fourth in the last week. The center fielder is hitting .313 in August, including .455 in his last 11 games. Ellsbury also has 14 RBI, 12 runs and nine stolen bases this month.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINHot8/29/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and two steals in the Reds loss on Friday.
Insight: With the two steals Friday, Hamilton now has 53 on the season, which is second only to Dee Gordon. Hamilton is also hitting .268 with 38 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, and 70 runs in 489 at-bats this year.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOSCold8/29/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers lineup Friday night.
Insight: Puig has been slumping and does not have good career numbers against Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Andre Ethier will play center field on Friday, and Puig will return on Friday.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOSCold8/29/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig is hitting .301/.388/.495 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 71 runs this year. He's hitless in his last three games (0-for-14) and this unfavorable matchup doesn't figure to help those numbers.
Denard Span, CF, WAS8/29/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span has carried a lot of fantasy owners with his bat this season, but Friday night's matchup with Felix Hernandez should be avoided.
Insight: Span has batted .369 with an .877 OPS since the All-Star break, but he's just 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts versus "King Felix."
Mike Trout, CF, ANA8/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: In a matchup of All-Stars, Oakland left-hander Jon Lester has gotten the best of Angels center fielder Mike Trout.
Insight: Trout is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in their matchups. Trout is just starting to break out of a slump, going 6-for-12 over the past three games. Hopefully, Lester won't slow the progress, but Trout isn't a great option Friday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer started in left field and batted lead off for the Rays on Friday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/28/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch from the lineup on Friday night according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Jennings was dealing with left knee soreness. It is unclear if he will return on Saturday. Brandon Guyer is in left field and batting lead off for the Rays on Friday.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/28/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored in the victory over the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Jones has been slumping lately, hitting .217 in the past week. The nice game on Thursday raises his average back to .288. He also has 24 home runs, 25 doubles, 78 RBI and 75 runs.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/28/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's victory over the Rockies.
Insight: Pagan also had a stole base. The center fielder broke out of a little slump as he came into the game hitting .188 in his last four games.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINHot8/28/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-2 with a double and his 51st steal of the season Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Fantasy owners were a bit scared back in March that Hamilton would be able to hit enough to make his speed worthwhile. That hasn't turned out to be a problem. He's batting .267 with 25 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in addition to the steals.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/27/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer and three runs Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Span has just two home runs and 28 RBI this season, but he's hitting .300 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 81 runs and 27 steals. He's batted .339 with 18 steals over his last 63 games.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINCold8/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with his 50th steal of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton has hit .219 since the All-Star break and was also caught stealing for the 19th time Wednesday.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEXHot8/27/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has gone 22-for-50 (.440) in his last 14 games.
Insight: However, just two of those hits were for extra bases. One of them came Wednesday at Seattle, when he went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA 8/27/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has gone 7-for-19 with a pair of home runs in his last five games.
Insight: Trout has hit .242 with 51 Ks in 153 at-bats since the All-Star break, but he's showing signs of coming out of the slump and could have a big September.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/27/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is back in the Pirates lineup on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: We are all happy to see him back in the lineup as Pirate fans collectively held their breathe on Tuesday. McCutchen left Tuesday night's game after running into the outfield wall and aggravating his rib injury. McCutchen said he exited the game as a precautionary reason. The reigning NL MVP is hitting just .250 (7-for-28) since his return from the DL, but he does have three home runs.
Austin Jackson, CF, SEA8/27/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson is a career .417 hitter (10-for-24) with four extra-base hits against Rangers starter Colby Lewis
Insight: Jackson takes a seven-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game. In the series against the Rangers, the center fielder is 2-for-8 with a triple and run scored. Jackson is hitting .266 with 65 runs and 13 steals this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/26/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 with two solo homers Tuesday at Detroit.
Insight: Ellsbury came into the game 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The center fielder has gone 15-for-31 with three homers, seven RBI and six runs in his last eight games.
Dexter Fowler, CF, HOU8/26/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Houston center fielder Dexter Fowler has batted .280 with two homers, four RBI, six runs and a steal since he returned from the DL.
Insight: Fowler missed more than six weeks due to an intercostal strain. He went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against Oakland and is batting .272 with eight homers, 28 RBI, 49 runs, seven steals and a .785 OPS this season.
Arismendy Alcantara, CF, CHC8/26/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Cubs center fielder Arismendy Alcantara has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Alcantara has gone 6-for-11 with three RBI and four runs in his last three games. The rookie has five homers, seven steals and 20 runs in 171 at-bats, but he's also hitting .228 with 51 strikeouts.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with rib discomfort, but he said he expects to be in the lineup Wednesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com.
Insight: McCutchen missed two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib before returning on Aug. 19. He said he was just "being smart" in leaving Tuesday's game after feeling some soreness.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with rib discomfort, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: McCutchen missed two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib before returning on Aug. 19. He homered in three of the previous four games.
Colby Rasmus, CF, TORCold8/26/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus was scratched from the lineup Tuesday due to illness, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Rasmus hit .276 with 22 homers, 66 RBI and an .839 OPS in 118 games last season, but he's batted just .223 with 16 homers, 37 RBI and a .722 OPS in 93 games this year.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/26/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City and has a favorable matchup Tuesday against Tigers starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: Ellsbury is 8-for-13 (.615) with a pair of homers against Porcello. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/26/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is just 4-for-29 (.138) versus Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: McCutchen has been hot with three home runs in his last four games, but this matchup is not a good won for the MVP outfielder.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/26/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is a career .438 hitter versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: The surprising Revere is batting .311 this season and .344 against left-handers. You still won't see much/any power from him, but he's collected 38 steals in 43 attempts.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/26/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a career .211 hitter (4-for-19) without an extra-base hit versus Rays starter Alex Cobb.
Insight: Another solid season from Jones - .288, 24 HR, 78 RBI, .796 OPS. He's been hot this week, batting .391 over the past six games, but this isn't a great matchup.
Shane Robinson, CF, STL8/26/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated left shoulder.
Insight: Robinson, batting .150 in 60 at-bats, has been buried on the depth chart and isn't getting playing time so this injury shouldn't change any rosters or lineups.
Mookie Betts, CF, BOS8/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a steal Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Betts, Boston's top prospect, has gone 4-for-9 with four walks and three steals in his last three games. He's started eight straight games in center field since he was recalled and he also has shortstop eligibility in Yahoo leagues.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/25/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday at Kansas City.
Insight: Ellsbury scored two runs but has just 60 this season. He's hit .280 with 25 doubles, two triples, 11 dingers, 58 RBI and 35 steals in 126 games.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PITHot8/25/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen homered for the third time in the last three games Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: McCutchen is officially back after missing two weeks with a fractured rib and going 0-for-8 in his first two games after returning to the lineup.
Jon Jay, CF, STL 8/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: Jay has batted .404 with two homers, 13 RBI, 14 runs, eight walks and a 1.057 OPS in August, but the Cardinals will give him a day off Monday. Peter Bourjos is starting.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS8/25/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (oblique) will be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Eaton has been out since Aug. 9 due to a strained oblique. He went 39-for-93 (.419) with seven doubles, a triple, nine RBI, nine walks, 14 runs and four steals over his last 24 games before going on the DL.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAMCold8/25/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is just a .100 hitter (2-for-20) against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.
Insight: Jennings was supposed to be the next "Carl Crawford" but he's not even at that level. He's a 12 HR, 20 SB guy ... at best, while Crawford was a 13 HR, 50 SB guy for multiple seasons.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot8/25/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run versus Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Another solid season from Jones - .286, 24 HR, 78 RBI, .794 OPS. He's been hot this week, batting .368 over the past five games and should be ready to jump all over this matchup.
Charlie Blackmon, CF, COLHot8/24/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Colorado center fielder Charlie Blackmon has gone 15-for-37 (.405) with three doubles, a homer, four RBI, nine runs and two steals over his last nine games.
Insight: The confines of Coors Field have once again helped Blackmon put a stop to his slump. Eight of the nine games during his hot streak came at home. He went 4-for-45 (.089) with one RBI in 11 games from July 31 to Aug. 12, with eight of the 11 coming on the road.
Rajai Davis, CF, DET8/24/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis has hit .236 in August, but he went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Minnesota.
Insight: Throughout his career, Davis has been a much better hitter against lefties than righties and this year has been no different. He's hitting .343 with 13 doubles, two triples and three homers against southpaws and .245 with 10 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI against righties. The Tigers had to make Davis the starting center fielder when they traded Austin Jackson in the David Price deal, and Davis may be getting exposed as an everyday player.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/24/2014 6:24:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: McCutchen has homered twice in the past three games after going 0-for-8 in his first two games back from the disabled list.
Billy Hamilton, CF, CINCold8/24/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, who went 0-for-4 Sunday, has batted .217 since the All-Star break.
Insight: Hamilton hit .285 with five homers, 38 RBI, 47 runs, 38 steals and a .742 OPS prior to the break, but his strikeout, line drive and infield fly-ball rates have all been worse in the second half.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/24/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is expected to return Monday, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.
Insight: Pagan was out of the lineup two of the past three games with calf tightness, but it isn't considered a major issue for the veteran.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS8/24/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, but has returned for Sunday's contest.
Insight: Puig is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 70 runs this year. He'll bat second.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/24/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has "owned" Brewers starter Mike Fiers.
Insight: McCutchen is 6-for-11 with four home runs, nine RBI and a 2.182 OPS versus the young Fiers. It should be noted, however, Fiers has pitched great since returning to the Brewers rotation in August (3-0, 0.86 ERA, 0.52 WHIP) so it may not be quite so lopsided this time around.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/24/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Hot-hitting Nationals center fielder Denard Span hasa a favorable matchup Sunday versus Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Span is 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in their matchups. Span has batted .377 in the 34 games since the All-Star break to raise his average to .299 for the season. He's been particular good at home this season (.341) and that's where Sunday's game will take place.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/23/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span bounced back from his 0-for-4 Friday with two hits in his first two at-bats on Saturday and finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Insight: Span raised his second half batting average to .380 and has scored 21 runs during that time. As far as leadoff hitters go, it is hard to find one hotter than Span right now.
Yasiel Puig, CF, LOS8/23/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: It is just a normal rest day for Puig. He is hitting .307/.389/.504 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI this year.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (calf) is in the lineup Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before leaving Friday's game with calf tightness, but it was a precautionary move. He's leading off and playing center field.
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK8/23/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp has batted .161 with one homer, 11 RBI, 10 runs, zero steals and a .526 OPS since the All-Star break.
Insight: While he's gone 6-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six RBI in his last four games, including 2-for-4 with a double and a solo shot Friday night, he's 5-for-34 (.147) against Angels starter C.J. Wilson. That combined with his slump since the All-Star break makes him an undesirable option Saturday.
Desmond Jennings, CF, TAM8/23/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay center fielder Desmond Jennings is hitting .421 with a double in 19 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Jennings is hitting .264 with five homers and an .861 OPS against lefties this season while batting .234 with five homers and a .646 OPS against righties. His excellent numbers against Buehrle and Buehrle's struggles over the past two months make Jennings a solid option in the outfield on Saturday.
Mike Trout, CF, ANACold8/23/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday at Oakland.
Insight: Trout has hit just .235 with six homers, 17 RBI, 20 runs, 45 Ks and a .753 OPS in 136 at-bats since the All-Star break, but we can't see the superstar struggling for much longer.
Marcell Ozuna, CF, MIAHot8/23/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has homered in three straight games and driven in 10 runs in his last four.
Insight: Ozuna went 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBI and two runs Friday at Colorado. The 23-year-old hit .151 with zero homers and five RBI in his first 16 games this month, but he now has 19 homers and 70 RBI in 453 at-bats this year.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/23/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: McCutchen went hitless in his first two games after returning from a fractured rib, but the reigning MVP came through to help the Pirates win the first game of what is their biggest series of the season so far.
Angel Pagan, CF, SFG8/22/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Giants center fielder Angel Pagan left Friday's game with calf tightness, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Pagan went 2-for-5 before being replaced in center field by Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants were up 10-2 at the time so it was probably a precautionary measure. He's day-to-day.
Ben Revere, CF, PHIHot8/22/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere ranks fifth in the NL with 145 hits.
Insight: Revere is second in the league with a .315 average, just five points behind leader Justin Morneau. He's in this position because he's gone 76-for-204 (.373) in his last 49 games, including 3-for-4 Friday night.
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS8/22/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, according to WEEI.com.
Insight: Castillo's deal is the largest ever given to a Cuban defector, besting Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract. There's a chance the 27-year-old Castillo will get a shot in the majors this season.
Adam Eaton, CF, CWS8/22/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as early as Tuesday according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Eaton will begin what is supposed to be a short rehab stint at Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The outfielder was batting .435 over his last 22 games before the injury.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/22/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen is a career .306 hitter (15-for-49) with seven extra-base hits including three home runs and seven RBI against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. McCutchen also has five stolen bases off Gallardo.
Insight: McCutchen has gone hitless in two games since his return from the rib fracture. This is by far the biggest series of the season for the slipping Pirates. Expect the MVP to show up.
Jon Jay, CF, STLHot8/22/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay is batting .400 (6-for-15) against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Jay extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Wednesday with a 3-for-4 performance against the Reds. During the streak, Jay is batting .514 (18-for-35). It would be wise to ride out his hot streak.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot8/22/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez is a career 5-for-11 (.455) hitter with a double, home run and four RBI against Pirates starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Gomez has hit very well in his last five games, going 6-for-14 (.429) with two doubles, three home runs and four RBI. The all-star center fielder has been a top-10 fantasy asset all season with a statline of .287, 21 home runs, 64 RBI, 82 runs, and 27 steals.
Denard Span, CF, WASHot8/22/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Nationals center fielder Denard Span struggles against Giants starter Tim Hudson, hitting 2-for-17 (.118) against the right-hander in his career.
Insight: Span has, however, been on fire recently. He bounced back from his 0-for-4 on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 on Thursday and scoring the lone run of the game as Washington walked off with a victory for the fifth time in six days. Despite the career troubles Span has against Hudson, it might be tough to sit him. Since June 17, he has gone 78-for-231 (.338) including 65-for-178 (.365) since July 1 and 52-for-134 (.388) since the All-Star break to raise his average to .302.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, NYYHot8/22/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is a career 6-for-14 (.429) hitter against White Sox pitcher John Danks.
Insight: Ellsbury has a modest three-game hitting streak, but during that stretch, has six singles, two RBI, a run and three stolen bases. In his last two games, Ellsbury is 5-for-9. He has a good chance of keeping it going against Danks on Friday.
Mike Trout, CF, ANACold8/21/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout has batted just .174 (8-for-46) over the past two weeks (11 games).
Insight: Fantasy owners are probably getting a little frustrated, but looking at the big picture shows he's still a fantasy stud. He's batting .288 with 27 HR, 89 RBI, 84 runs scored, 12 SB and a .930 OPS. Still, for fantasy owners it's what have you done for me lately?
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF, NYM8/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Nieuwenhuis doesn't start and his .233 batting average witth a .748 OPS wouldn't excite fantasy owners even if he did. Nothing to see here.
Adam Jones, CF, BALHot8/20/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones went 3-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Jones started off 3-for-28 (.107) in August, but he's gone 17-for-47 (.362) with three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and nine runs in his last 11 games.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/20/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has gone 0-for-8 with two strikeouts in two games since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: McCutchen sat out more than two weeks due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. The Pirates have off Thursday before beginning a three-game series Friday at Milwaukee.
Carlos Gomez, CF, MILHot8/20/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez went deep for the third time in his last four games and sixth time in August.
Insight: Gomez has been a top-10 fantasy asset this season, batting .287 with 21 homers, 64 RBI, 82 runs, 27 steals and an .848 OPS in 474 at-bats.
Leonys Martin, CF, TEXHot8/20/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a steal Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: Martin has gone 15-for-30 (.500) in his last eight games, but with just one extra-base hit, one RBI and three runs during that span.
Jon Jay, CF, STLHot8/20/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay has batted .419 with two homers, 11 RBI, 11 runs and a 1.140 OPS in August, and he's been even better against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Cueto's credentials haven't fazed Jay. He's gone 10-for-21 (.476) with a double and three homers against the right-hander. He's a nice low-cost outfield option Wednesday.
Mike Trout, CF, ANA 8/20/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 6-for-13 with two homers against Boston starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Trout has gone 4-for-11 with a double, a triple and two RBI over his last three games after running into a 4-for-37 (.108) slump prior to that. His strikeout rate is up from 19 percent last year to 24.8 percent this season which has contributed to his average dropping from .323 to .291. However, he's put up a much higher extra-base hit rate (12.2 percent in 2014, 10.5 percent in 2013) and is going to drive in more runs than he did in each of his first two seasons. He's a strong choice Wednesday against Buchholz.
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT8/19/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (rib) has been activated and is in Tuesday's starting lineup, playing his customary center field and batting third.
Insight: McCutchen has been out since Aug. 3 due to an avulsion fracture of his rib. The Pirates and fantasy owners desperately need his bat back in the lineup (.311, 17 HR, 67 RBI, 64 runs, 17 SB). Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup.
Kevin Pillar, CF, TOR8/19/2014 2:41:00 PM
Description: Toronto minor league outfielder Kevin Pillar is hitting .327 in 391 at-bats this season at Triple-A Buffalo. In his last ten games, he is 14-for-39 (.359).
Insight: It seems unlikely that Pillar will be a September call up this year unless Toronto further falls out of playoff contention. Outfielders Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus will both be free agents at season's end, so Pillar will likely get his major league chance next season. It might make sense to let Cabrera leave via free agency since he plays the same position as Pillar, and Rasmus is a center fielder. Cabrera, however, is batting .316 while Rasmus is hitting .223.
Adam Jones, CF, BAL8/19/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: It is still a small sample size, but Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hitting .556 with two home runs, three RBI and two walks in 11 plate appearances in his career against Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Jones, however, is slumping in August, hitting just .224 with two home runs. This matchup could be just what the doctor ordered to get Jones in the groove again.

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