Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ earns 11th win in final start of 2014.
Insight: He has been up and down all year, but pitched well against Baltimore on Saturday. Happ went seven innings of two-run ball, on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. He finshes the year at 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA. Happ's inconsistency makes him a risky pick heading into 2015.
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey had his first career three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a double, two triples, two RBI and two runs to lead the Blue Jays over the Orioles, 4-2, on Friday.
Insight: Pompey doubled in the third to score Adam Lind as Toronto took the lead for good. Pompey then tripled in the fifth and Edwin Encarnacion scored to extend the lead back to two. Pompey is 8-for-32 with four extra-base hits in 15 games this season.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle pitches gem against Seattle.
Insight: He pitched into the ninth, but was removed after giving up a leadoff single to Chris Taylor. Aaron Sanchez was able to pick up the slack, as he picked off pinch-runner James Jones, and eventually saved the game for Toronto's starter. Buehrle is now 13-10 with a 3.39 ERA. Fine year for the lefty.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Insight: Encarnacion also had four RBI and two runs. He has six RBI in the series. Encarnacion also has a five-game hitting streak with 10 RBI over that stretch. He is hitting .272 with 34 home runs and 97 RBI in 460 at-bats this year.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs in the victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Bautista hit his 27th double of the season as he recorded his fifth hit in two games against Seattle. The right fielder has hits in his last four games and is batting .290 with 35 home runs and 103 RBI this season.
Description: Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Norris will make a spot start on Thursday versus the Mariners according to MLB.com.
Insight: It was supposed to be Marcus Stroman's start, but he is suspended and when he returns, Stroman will pitch out of the bullpen. Norris has allowed two earned runs, four hits and three walks in three 1/3 innings out of the bullpen in September.
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on seven hits to beat the Mariners on Monday.
Insight: Happ gave up a RBI-double to Robinson Cano and a solo home run to Kyle Seager. Happ has been inconsistent from start to start, but there has only been one month this year where his ERA was not between 4.00 and 4.60. Happ is 10-11 with a 4.27 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 151 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hit his 35th home run of the season on Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Bautista is tied with three other players for the third most home runs in the American League this season. The right fielder was 3-for-3 on Monday with three runs, a walk and two RBI. Bautista is batting .288/.407/.533 with 26 doubles and 103 RBI in addition to the 35 homers this year.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle yielded five runs in six innings in a loss to the Yankees, 5-3, on Friday.
Insight: Buehrle started the year 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP but has really struggled since then. Buehrle has lost three of his last four decisions and is now 12-10 with a 3.53 ERA with one start left next week.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a run in a loss against the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Reyes took advantage of a friendly matchup as he came into the game a .462 hitter against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. Reyes's three hits weren't enough, however, as New York won, 5-3. Reyes is 5-for-9 so far in the series against New York.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 12-for-26 (.462) with six extra-base hits versus Yankees hurler Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: The 2011 NL batting champion hasn't cracked the .300 mark in the last two seasons and is hitting .285 this year so likely to make it three in a row. Still, he's batting .400 over the past six games and has a favorable matchup so start him.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has another rough matchup tonight against Baltimore.
Insight: After going up against Ubaldo Jimenez, whom he struggles against, Bautista does not catch a break as Toronto will be facing Orioles' starter Bud Norris. He is 1-for-11 over his career against Norris, with four strikeouts. Owners, be prepared for another subpar night.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed six runs, including two homers, in six and 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Insight: Hutchison had impressive stuff, striking out 11 and walking one, but he gave up the long ball to Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce and shortstop Jimmy Paredes. Hutchison snapped his streak of four straight quality starts. He is 10-12 with a 4.51 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 175 and 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has a tough matchup tonight against Orioles righty Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Joey Bats has put up MVP type numbers this season (.285 BA, 32 HR, 97 RBI), but faces a personal nemesis tonight, as he is a career .083 hitter (2-for-24) against Jimenez. Owners need to keep Bautista in their lineups, and just hope he is finally able to figure out Baltimore's right-hander this evening.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus needs to be in the lineup against the Orioles, for Tuesday night's game.
Insight: No doubt Rasmus has struggled this season from an average perspective (.226/.288/.449). However, he should be in the lineup tonight when Toronto takes on Ubaldo Jimenez. Rasmus is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) against him, with seven extra-base hits. If he is active, Rasmus makes for an intriguing daily fantasy play tonight.
Description: Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson is starting at third base Monday night.
Insight: Tolleson has been pretty irrelavent in 2014 (.232 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI), but has been given the nod tonight at third base. With only four at-bats over the past 14 days, Tolleson is not a recommended daily fantasy option.
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Lind is cranking out the hits, has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .415 over the past dozen games. It appears to be a routine day off after he blasted his second home run in two games Sunday.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has gotten off to a strong start in September. He is sporting a record of 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 0.79 WHIP, during his past 3 starts.
Insight: While he has not been great on the road during 2014 (3-3, 5.73 ERA), Stroman has had a solid second half of the season (6-3, 3.23 ERA). He will look to continue his hot streak tonight, when the Blue Jays travel to Baltimore.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is a career 8-for-18 versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Reyes faced Archer on Sept. 3 and went 2-for-5. The shortstop is having a below average month so far though, batting .239 with just two extra-base hits. Reyes is hitting .280 with nine home runs, 29 doubles, 84 runs and 26 stolen bases this year.
Description: Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ went seven strong innings on Friday, allowed one run on two hits, struck out seven and walked none but lost, 1-0, to the Rays.
Insight: After a rough August, Happ has pitched better in September with little results. Happ is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings over his last three starts. For the season, the 31-year-old is 9-10 with a 4.28 ERA and 119 strikeouts.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed one run in six and 1/3 innings and struck out 10 to defeat the Cubs on Wednesday.
Insight: Hutchison allowed just four hits and one walk. Jorge Soler's solo home run was the only Cubs score the entire night. The Blue Jays outscored the Cubs in the series sweep, 28-3. For fantasy owners, however, Hutchison is extremely inconsistent. He is 10-11 with a 4.36 ERA in 169 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-5 with a double against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Insight: Encarnacion is hitting an awful .190 since returning from his injury on Aug. 15. Since that date, he has four home runs and 11 RBI. Overall though, Encarnacion has 30 home runs and 81 RBI to go along with a .265 average.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is hitless in 10 career at-bats against Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Bautista is on fire this month, batting .367 with three homers and a 1.106 OPS so it will be interesting to see which factor wins out. For the season Bautista has blasted 32 homer and knocked in 92 runs.
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: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey pitched seven innings, allowed one run on six hits, struck out four and walked none to defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.
Insight: Dickey has been below average for his standards this season, but has pitched well in his last three starts. Dickey has allowed four runs over his last 20 innings of work. He is 12-12 with a 3.84 ERA and 157 strikeouts this year.
Description: Royals pitcher Liam Hendriks replaced Danny Duffy after just one pitch in the first inning, and threw four innings, gave up three earned runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked none.
Insight: Hendriks has two appearances in Kansas City with four earned runs allowed in 11 innings. He remains a non-fantasy factor unless Duffy is down for an extended period of time and Hendriks gets his spot in the rotation.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle and Rays starter Jake Odorizzi both went into the eighth inning without yielding a run.
Insight: Buehrle started out 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP, but had struggled since.This was a good sign even though he didn't get the win. The Blue Jays couldn't put up any runs until the 10th inning when they pushed across the only run of the game.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is as hot as anyone, but faces a tough matchup Wednesday versus Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista's consecutive home run streak (five) came to an end Tuesday and tonight he faces Archer who has held him to one hit in 16 at-bats (.063). Buautista is up to 29 home runs and 84 RBI while posting a .285 average this year. It's his best home run and RBI total since 2011, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for a fifth straight game to help the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 4-3.
Insight: Bautista hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and finished the game 1-for-4. In the last five days, the right fielder only has one other hit besides his five home runs, a single on Wednesday. Bautista is up to 29 home runs and 83 RBI while posting a .283 average this year.
Description: Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, striking out nine and walking two against the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: The victory was Hutchison's first since August 6, but he did pitch well in his last start, earning a no-decision. In his last 13 innings, the 24-year-old has allowed just one run, struck out 16 and walked four.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game to lift Toronto to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Insight: Bautista's two-run shot accounted for the only runs in the game. He went 1-for-3 in the game and has moved into sole possession of sixth place on the American League home run list with 28. Bautista is also hitting .284 with 82 RBI and a .917 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .368 hitter with four extra-base hits versus Yankees starter Chris Capuano.
Insight: Bautista's batting average is down since the All-Star break, but he's still leadling the league in OBP and his .890 OPS should keep fantasy owners happy. He's just 2-for-19 this week, but both hits were home runs.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman ended August on a positive note Wednesday against Boston after going 0-3 with a 8.66 ERA in his first four starts this month.
Insight: Stroman gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six over 7 2/3 innings to win his eighth game of the year. The rookie has a 3.88 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 85 Ks in 99 2/3 innings this season.
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.
Description: Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison gave up one run on six hits and struck out seven in six innings Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hutchison has had his moments this season, like holding the Orioles to one run on one hit over 8 2/3 innings on Aug. 6, but he's been far too inconsistent. He allowed 13 runs on 15 hits in 12 2/3 innings in his previous two starts. He's 8-11 with a 4.68 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and 134 Ks in 150 innings.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is an ugly 1-for-13 (.077) against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista is hitless in the first two games of the series to lower his average to .286. He's still a home run threat with 24 long balls and 77 RBI, but its probably best to avoid Sunday's matchup.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman's horrible August continued Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Stroman allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and walked three in five innings. He's allowed 17 earned runs on 26 hits in 17 2/3 innings this month. The rookie had a 2.12 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 63/16 K/BB over 68 innings in his first 11 starts this season.
Description: Royals minor league pitcher Liam Hendriks rebounded with a strong seven innings pitched this week after two rocky starts. Hendriks allowed no runs on four hits, six strikeouts and four walks on Sunday.
Insight: Although a small sample size (four starts), Hendriks has a 3.67 ERA since being traded to Triple-A Omaha from Buffalo. With the Bison, Hendriks posted a 2.33 ERA in 16 starts.
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.
Description: Royals catcher Erik Kratz hit two home runs after entering as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against the Twins on Monday night. The catcher homered in his only two plate appearances.
Insight: Both of Kratz' home runs were solo shots. The second came in the ninth to extend the Royal lead to 6-1. It was the first time Kratz had hit a home run for the Royals since joining the team on July 28 in a trade from the Blue Jays. The catcher has five home runs in 94 at-bats with the Kansas City and Toronto this season.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game. He'll bat fourth and be the DH.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury and he suffered a minor setback in late July which has kept him out longer than expected. Fantasy owners can begin jumping for joy.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) is expected to be acyivated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury and he suffered a minor setback in late July which has kept him out longer than expected. Fantasy owners can begin jumping for joy.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera reached base eight times in Sunday's 19-inning game against the Tigers.
Insight: Cabrera went 3-for-5 with one RBI and walked five times. However, he didn't score a run. Cabrera, who turns 30 today, has gone 50-for-137 (.365) with 10 doubles, three homers, 20 RBI, 20 runs, 19 walks and 12 strikeouts since the start of July.
Description: Blue Jays infielder Danny Valencia is 10-for-15 (.667) with two doubles and three walks against Tigers starter David Price.
Insight: Valencia is kryptonite for left-handed hurlers. He has a career .331 average against southpaws and is hitting .342 against them this season. Valencia is hitting cleanup behind Jose Bautista Sunday against Detroit.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury and he suffered a minor setback in late July which has kept him out longer than expected. If he can avoid further setback he'll probably be back next week.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is 8-for-14 (.571) with a home run against Detroit Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
Insight: Bautista is hitting .297 with 22 homers, 69 RBI, 71 runs, five steals and a .933 OPS. He's been better since the break, batting .320 with a 1.030 OPS and this favorable matchup should continue the hot streak.
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen blew his third save of the season Friday against the Tigers.
Insight: Janssen entered with a 4-2 lead, but he allowed four hits, including two homers, and three runs. The right-hander has 18 saves in 21 chances this season, but he's been shaky over the past month (7.94 ERA, 15 hits and five home runs allowed in 11 1/3 innings since July 6).
Description: Hopefully Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera's elbow is good to go after being hit by a pitch last night as he has a favorable matchup Friday. Update: Cabrera is in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cabrera, who is hitting .315 with 14 HR, 59 RBI, 72 runs, five steals and an .845 OPS on the season, is 10-for-21 (.476) for his career versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has hit five home runs in his last 14 games.
Insight: Bautista had 14 home runs in his first 56 games this season and appeared to be cruising toward another 40-homer season, but he hit just three from May 31 to July 22 and is now trying to make up ground. He's hitting .297 with 22 homers, 68 RBI, 70 runs, five steals and a .937 OPS.
Description: Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison allowed just one hit over 8 2/3 innings in a win over the Orioles Wednesday night.
Insight: The hit was a solo homer so Hutchison wasn't entirely flawless, but it was still a dominant effort for a pitcher who has been struggling (6.64 ERA last eight starts). The 23-year-old had a 7.71 ERA at home prior to Wednesday's start. He'll start at Seattle his next time out.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quad injury) has begun hitting, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Encarnacion (.277, 26 HR, 70 RBI) has been on the shelf since July 6 due to a quad injury and he suffered a minor setback in late July which has kept him out longer than expected. If he can avoid further setback he'll probably be back in 10-14 days.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle picked up his first win since June 1 Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Buehrle allowed one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up 28 earned runs on 64 hits (8 HR) in his previous 47 innings (5.36 ERA). He's still 11-7 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP because he started out 10-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was dominant for the third straight start Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: Stroman struck out eight and allowed one run on six hits over seven innings to win his seventh game of the year. Since he joined the rotation, the 23-year-old right-hander has gone 6-2 with a 2.11 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 63/16 K/BB in 68 innings. He's still available in 51 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Description: The Blue Jays have picked up Danny Valencia from the Royals for Liam Hendriks and Erik Kratz.
Insight: Valencia has a .282 average and two home runs in 110 at-bats this season. He crushes lefties (.354 this season, .333 career) and will form a platoon with Juan Francisco at third base until Brett Lawrie returns from the DL in August.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera swatted two home runs, drove in five and scored three Monday at Boston.
Insight: Cabrera has batted .363 with eight doubles, a triple, three homers and 16 RBI in July. He's been a fantasy star this season, hitting .313 with 45 extra-base hits (14 HR), 58 RBI, 67 runs, five steals and an .849 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle allowed six runs on nine hits (2 HR) in three innings Friday at New York.
Insight: Buehrle is now 1-12 with a 6.15 ERA in his career against the Yankees (108 1/3 IP). He's lost six straight decisions after starting out 10-1 and has recorded a 5.36 ERA in his last eight starts.
Description: The Blue Jays have called up top pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez, but he'll pitch out of the bullpen.
Insight: Sanchez has posted a 3.95 ERA in 100 1/3 innings in the minors this season. The right-hander has walked 191 batters in 356 1/3 minor league innings, including 57 this season. He can be ignored in re-draft leagues.
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind (foot) is scheduled to take batting practice Tuesday, according to John Lott of the National Post, Toronto..
Insight: Lind initially said he would miss 6-8 weeks due to a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, but a second opinion was more optimistic and it appears the second one was closer to fact. He could be back in early August.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman shut down the Rangers Saturday, yieelding just four hits and no runs in seven innings of work.
Insight: In nine starts since he joined the rotation, Stroman has given up two runs or less seven times. As a starter his ERA is 2.87 with a 1.128 WHIP. He should be on fantasy rosters, but if he's available you should strongly consider making a claim for him.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has batted .341 with two doubles and five homers in 41 career at-bats against David Price.
Insight: Bautista has gone 7-for-35 (.200) with zero home runs and nine Ks over his last nine games and doesn't have much lineup protection right now with Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie all on the DL. Fantasy owners might want to pass on this matchup despite Bautista's strong numbers against Price.
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey has baffled most of Tampa Bay's lineup in his career.
Insight: Dickey is a worthwhile fantasy option Sunday. Fantasy owners should avoid Evan Longoria (5-for-22 against Dickey), Ben Zobrist (5-24), Matt Joyce (5-27), James Loney (5-26) and Desmond Jennings (2-18) against the knuckleballer.
Description: Baltimore outfielder Nolan Reimold left Friday's game with a left calf strain, according to Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star.
Insight: Reimold can't catch a break. After playing just 56 games over the past two seasons with the Orioles due to neck problems, he found a spot with the Blue Jays earlier this month and was looking at regular at-bats due to Edwin Encarnacion's and Adam Lind's injuries.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has just one single in 12 plate appearances against Rays right-hander Chris Archer.
Insight: Bautista is just 7-for-36 (.194) over his last 10 games and is without his protection in the lineup (Edwin Encarnacion) which won't help him see any good pitches. We suggest avoiding this matchup.
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Lind missed some time with a bone bruise in his right foot in June, and further testing revealed the fracture. The Blue Jays recently lost Edwin Encarnacion to a strained quad, so the middle of their order is getting thin.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has rocked Angels starter C.J. Wilson in the past.
Insight: Bautista is 8-for-18 (.444) with a double and a homer against Wilson, who will start against the Blue Jays Wednesday. Bautista has gone 7-for-41 (.171) since June 19, but he's a must-start against Wilson.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been playing through a right shoulder injury, according to sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes has hit .344 with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 10 runs in his last 14 games, so the injury isn't affecting him at the plate. However, it has caused his throwing errors to spike. He's made 12 errors already this season, eight throwing. He's never made more than nine throwing errors in a season. While the shoulder soreness bothers him occasionally on swings, he insists it won't keep him out of the lineup.
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind is a career .346 hitter (9-for-26) with a pair of homers and six RBI versus Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: With Edwin Encarnacion big bat sidelined, Lind should be out there everyday and needs to produce. This favorable matchup should help. He's batting .328 with four homers, 27 RBI and an .897 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is just 1-for-12 (.073) against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Bautista leads the league in on-base percentage (.419). He's also batting .296 with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs and a .941 OPS this season. With all that he should be avoided in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion left Saturday night's game in the top of the first inning with an apparent right quad injury and has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Insight: Encarnacion needed help walking off the field so this didsn't look good. A stint on the disabled list could be in his future. The Blue Jays slugger has 26 homers and 70 RBI.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes likely isn't a fan of the trade that brought Jeff Samardzija to Oakland as he's 1-for-9 lifetime against the right-hander.
Insight: Reyes, who's hitting .298 over his last 10 games with a homer and three doubles, is only a .111 lifetime hitter against Oakland's new ace. Given that the game's being played in Oakland, it might be smart to go with another option at shortstop if you've got it.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman took a no decision despite holding the Athletics to three hits and zero runs in seven innings Friday.
Insight: In seven starts since he joined the rotation, Stroman has gone 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and a 39/11 K/BB in 43 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old 2012 first-round pick should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion played in the outfield for the second time Thursday and could soon become eligible at the position.
Insight: The Blue Jays are playing it safe with Jose Bautista *hamstring), making him the DH with Adam Lind moving over to first base and pushing Encarnacion into the outfield. Encarnacion is having a great season at any position with a league-leading 26 home runs, 69 RBI and 194 total bases.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: Bautista didn't start for seven straight games due to a hamstring injury, but he returned to the lineup Tuesday and has immediately started hitting again. He's batting .304 with 17 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs and a .970 OPS this season.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday.
Insight: His fantasy owners can smile again. Bautista (.304, 15 HR, 49 RBI) had not played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on June 22, until his pinch-hit appearance Sunday night. Now he's ready to play, so make sure he's been installed in all lineups.
Description: Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a pair of home runs against White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Navarro put up nice numbers last season with the Cubs (.300, 13 HR, .856 OPS in 240 ABs), but hasn't been able to do the same in Toronto in 2014. His average is down 25 points and his OPS has dropped 172 points. However, he might be worth a flier tonight if the price is right.
Description: Toronto starter J.A. Happ battened down the hatches Thursday against the White Sox.
Insight: He kept Chicago scoreless for 7 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits and two walks over that span. Happ (7-4, 4.29 ERA) also recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. His next outing is scheduled for Wednesday against Milwaukee.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes had another big night Thursday against Chicago.
Insight: A night after going 3-for-5, Reyes (.267, 6 HR, 22 RBI) contributed four hits including his third triple of the season. The four-time All-Star has seen his average rise 20 points in the last three games.
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes ripped three hits Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.
Insight: Reyes (.257, 6 HR, 21 RBI) was a triple away from the cycle. He also added his 16th stolen base of the year. The 31-year-old hasn't had a great year but he can still have a big night every now and then.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has hit three homers in 21 career at-bats against New York starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Encarnacion has followed up a brief slump with a 17-for-39 (.436) stretch, during which he hit four homers. He'll face Kuroda Wednesday, so he can be used as one of your high-salary players in daily leagues.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has a .450 career average in 20 at-bats against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Reyes is hitting just .250 with a .696 OPS this season, but he's raked against Kuroda. Four of his nine hits against Kuroda went for extra-base and he's never struck out against the right-hander.
Description: Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro had a nice night Tuesday against New York.
Insight: Navarro went 3-for-4 with a home run and two singles. He's had a great series so far with five hits and five RBI in only eight at bats. Despite a solid .276 average over 66 games, Navarro is barely owned in fantasy (2.7 percent of ESPN leagues).
Description: Jays right fielder Jose Bautista isn't in the lineup for Tuesday's game against New York.
Insight: Kevin Pillar (.243, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is starting in his place. Bautista, who was recently named the captain for the AL's Home Run Derby squad, suffered a mild hamstring strain on Sunday. He's day-to-day.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind is hitting .376 with four homers and a 1.039 OPS against righties this season and is 4-for-12 (.333) with two doubles and two home runs against Yankees starter David Phelps.
Insight: Lind returned from a foot injury Monday against went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI against New York.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, four RBI and two runs Monday against the Yankees.
Insight: Lind (.343, 4 HR, 23 RBI) hadn't started since June 14 due to a foot injury. The 30-year-old has absolutely smashed right-handed pitchers this season, going 47-for-125 (.376) with 18 extra-base hits (4 HR), 23 RBI and 16 walks.
Description: Blue Jays 23-year-old right-hander Marcus Stroman had the best start of his young career Monday against the Yankees.
Insight: Stroman allowed one run on three hits and struck out seven in eight innings to improve to 4-2. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings against New York his last time out but has gone 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA and a 26/6 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings since he joined the rotation.
Description: Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista had to leave Sunday's game versus the Reds after feeling tightness in his left leg. SOURCE: Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com
Insight: He's headed for an MRI. Today's game was a costly one for the Jays as Bautista and Brett Lawrie both exited with injuries. At least R.A. Dickey looked fine after leaving his last start with groin tightness.
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie broke his right index finger Sunday against Cincinnati. SOURCE: Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com
Insight: He got hit by a pitch in the second inning and didn't come back out for the third. Lawrie (.244, 12 HR, 38 RBI) is almost certainly headed to the disabled list. Munenori Kawasaki (.194, 0 HR, 1 RBI) could see regular at bats while Lawrie is sidelined.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes hurt his shin Saturday against Cincinnati. SOURCE: Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com
Insight: He fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning. Reyes (.252, 5 HR, 19 RBI) went hitless in three at bats before coming out of the game. Scott Tolleson (.243, 2 HR, 7 RBI) is now in at shortstop.
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (hand) is in the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Lawrie was hit by a pitch in the left hand during Wednesday's game and later exited with swelling. He didn't start Thursday but is ready to go. Lawrie batting just .237, but does have 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (hand) did not play Thursday and is questionable for Friday's game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Lawrie is batting just .237, but does have 11 home runs and 37 RBI. He was hit by a pitch in the left hand during Wednesday's game and later exited with swelling. His X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day.
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie (hand) is out of the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Lawrie was hit by a pitch in the left hand during Wednesday's game and later exited with swelling. His X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day. Lawrie is batting just .237, but does have 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie left Wednesday's game after being hit by a pitch in his left hand.
Insight: Lawrie came around to score later in the inning and stayed in to play defense in the bottom of the fourth, but he was replaced by Steve Tolleson in the bottom of the fifth. Lawrie was in noticeable pain and will be lucky if he avoided a fracture.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind (right foot) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Yankees.
Insight: Lind exited Saturday's game with a right foot contusion and a scan confirmed it as a bone bruise. He's batting .331 with a .916 OPS this season, but he has just three homers and 18 RBI to go with the strong rate stats.
Description: Jays catcher Dioner Navarro went 3-for-4 with two RBI Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: He had been hitless in his previous eight at bats prior to Sunday. Navarro hits for very little power (three homers this season) and is only owned in about three percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion belted three hits including a pair of doubles Sunday in a 5-2 win over Baltimore.
Insight: Encarnacion has followed up an 0-for-16 dry spell by collecting hits in five of his last nine at bats. Three of those hits have gone for extra bases. Encarnacion's .922 OPS this season ranks sixth in the American League.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind's right foot feels worse Sunday and he's going for more X-rays, according to Barry Davis of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Lind exited Saturday's game with a right foot contusion and is wearing a walking boot. He's batting .331 with a .916 OPS this season, but he has just three homers and 18 RBI to go with the strong rate stats.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has hit .378 with four doubles and a homer in 37 at-bats against Twins starter Phil Hughes.
Insight: Make sure Encarnacion is one of the stars you add to your daily league lineups Wednesday against Minnesota, especially because he has batted .289 with 13 homers, 33 RBI and a 1.068 OPS at home this season.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit his second home run of June Monday against the Twins.
Insight: Encarnacion's monster May (16 HR, 33 RBI, 26 R) has led to opponents pitching around the slugger this month (five BB in seven games). Encarnacion is hitting .270 with 20 homers, 53 RBI, 42 runs and a .962 OPS this season.
Description: Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro has a rare favorable matchup against Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: The Blue Jays backstop is 7-for-15 (.467 with a home run and a 1.267 against Nolasco. He's only batting .260 this season, but has knocked in 23 runs ... one of the benefits of being in a high-powered lineup. He could be worth a flier on Monday.
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie hit his 10th homer of the season Thursday at Detroit.
Insight: Lawrie, Juan Francisco and Melky Cabrera all reached 10 home runs in Thursday's game, joining Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista as Blue Jays with double-digit homers this season. Toronto leads the majors in home runs.
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Thursday at Detroit.
Insight: Francisco has hit 10 jacks in just 123 at-bats and is slugging .593. The 26-year-old has always had plenty of power, but he hasn't been able to stay in the lineup because he strikes out so often and is terrible defensively. He's found a home as Toronto's starting third baseman against righties.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is nearing a rehab assignment, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: He could begin playing in minor league games early next week, manager John Gibbons said. Rasmus has been on the disabled list since May 13. He'll return to a .222 average, nine homers, 19 RBI, 19 runs and a .755 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is out of the lineup Thursday afternoon after leaving Wednesday's game with back tightness.
Insight: The injury doesn't sound too serious for the Blue Jays' slugger, and missing Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander might not be the worst thing in the world, anyway. Adam Lind will start at first in Encarnacion's place while Dioner Navarro is the DH and Erik Kratz is catching.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind had a pair of doubles and three RBI Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Lind only has 106 at-bats this season because he spent three weeks on the DL and doesn't play against left-handers, but he's batting .349 with 12 doubles, a triple, three homers, 18 RBI, 24 runs and a .986 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera came into Wednesday's game with huge numbers against Tigers starter Rick Porcello and went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and three runs in Toronto's 8-2 win.
Insight: Cabrera is hitting .309 with nine homers, 32 RBI, 40 runs, four steals and an .841 OPS this season.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Two of Cabrera's hits against Porcello were doubles and he's only struck out once against him in 17 tries. With Cabrera (8 HR, 30 RBI, .817 OPS), Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all possessing lifetime batting averages greater than .400 against Porcello, it could be a big night for the first-place Blue Jays' offense.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has historically hit Tigers starter Rick Porcello well throughout his career.
Insight: Encarnacion, who has six homers in his last nine games, is likely licking his lips at the chance to face Porcello on Wednesday. In 12 career at bats against the righty, Encarnacion (19 HR, 50 RBI, .977 OPS) has five hits (four doubles) and three RBI.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has faired well in his career against Tigers right-handed starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: While Joey Bats -- a prodigious slugger -- hasn't homered against Porcello, he does have six hits in 13 at bats and is working on a nine-game hitting streak. Bautista has been remarkably steady all season, ranking in the top eight in the AL in average, OPS, OBP, home runs, RBI, runs and walks.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera is a career .556 hitter (10-for-19) against Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: Though all 10 hits against Sanchez were singles, we like to think if he's on base a lot the Blue Jays big boppers will knock him in. Cabrera has hit .308 this season with eight homers, 30 RBI and 37 runs.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle improved to 10-1 Sunday with a win over Kansas City.
Insight: Buehrle cannot be stopped. The veteran lefty hasn't lost since April 25th and his 2.10 ERA is third-best in the American League. It would be a shock if he isn't invited to his fifth All-Star Game in Minnesota next month.
Description: It appears that Blue Jays pitching prospect Marcus Stroman will remain in the rotation. The team optioned Liam Hendriks to the minors Sunday. SOURCE: Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star.
Insight: Manager John Gibbons said the Jays want Hendriks to continue starting in the minors rather than having him pitch out of the bullpen in the majors. Stroman allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in six innings in his first career start Saturday night and should be added in all leagues.
Description: Blue Jays pitching prospect Marcus Stroman won his first career start Saturday against the Royals.
Insight: He allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in six innings. The right-hander didn't do well earlier this season as a reliever, but he has a lot of promise and could remain in the rotation in place of Liam Hendriks or J.A. Happ.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera has battered Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in their previous meetings.
Insight: Cabrera has hit .351 with five doubles, a triple and a home run in 37 at-bats against Guthrie. It's safe to say fantasy owners shouldn't use Guthrie on Sunday, as the right-hander has been crushed by most of the players in Toronto's lineup.
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco has only faced Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie six times, but he picked up three hits, all of which left the park.
Insight: Francisco is the latest player to go from replacement level to elite power hitter after putting on a Blue Jays uniform, following in the footsteps of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. In 109 at-bats, he's hit .275 with nine homers, 24 RBI, 22 runs and a .961 OPS.
Description: Jays third baseman Juan Francisco drove in four runs Saturday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: Two of his three hits went for extra bases. Francisco (.275, 9 HR, 24 RBI) is on pace for 26 homers this season, which would be eight more than the career-high he set last year while playing for the Braves and Brewers.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista ripped his 14th home run of the season Friday against the Royals.
Insight: Edwin Encarnacion is getting all the press right now because he's having the best May since Barry Bonds in 2001, but teammate Bautista is having the better all-around year. He's homered in back-to-back games and is hitting .305 with 39 RBI, 41 runs, 46 walks and a .993 OPS.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion clubbed two more home runs Thursday in a loss to Kansas City.
Insight: No player has had a May this spectacular since Barry Bonds in 2001 (.369, 17 HR, 30 RBI). With 16 HR and 33 RBI this month, Encarnacion (.268, 18 HR, 48 RBI) has jumped to the top of the American League MVP race. He's only walked in 9.7 percent of his plate appearances this season but that's sure to increase as teams start to realize how unstoppable Encarnacion is.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is a career .321 hitter with four home runs and a 1.210 OPS against Royals veteran right-hander James Shields.
Insight: Bautista leads the league is walks and on-base percentage along with 12 HR, 36 RBI and a .962 OPS. With Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hitting well behind him pitchers can't afford to pitch around him anymore.
Description: Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle recorded his MLB-leading ninth win Tuesday against the Rays.
Insight: He gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings and has a 2.33 ERA this season. The left-hander has increased his two-seam fastball usage and allowed just two homers in 73 1/3 innings. Buehrle has never won 20 games, but he's nearly halfway there and it isn't even June yet.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI Monday against the Rays.
Insight: Cabrera is second in the majors to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve with 69 hits. He's batting .322 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, 34 runs, an .880 OPS and four steals in 214 at-bats, a dramatic improvement from 2013.
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen already has seven saves.
Insight: He was just activated from the disabled list on May 11 after missing the first six weeks of the season. The Jays have gone 11-2 in their last 13 games and handed Janssen a boatload of save chances in that span. He's converted all of them and hasn't allowed a run.
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey was excellent Saturday in a win over Oakland.
Insight: He almost went the full nine, allowing five hits, two runs and one walk over 8 1/3 innings. After starting the year 1-3, Dickey has now won four of his last six starts. During that span, he's lowered his ERA from 6.26 to where it currently stands at 3.95.
Description: Blue Jays DH Adam Lind will sit a second night in a row.
Insight: Lind missed the last three weeks with lower back tightness, but has come back well, batting .316 in the 11 games since his return. Unfortunately, they have faced two tough left-handers back-to-back (Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir), but Lind should be back in the lineup on Saturday versus right-hander Jesse Chavez.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit two more home runs Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Even his 1-for-21 history against Boston starter Clay Buchholz couldn't hold him back. He hit both of them off the right-hander and has blasted 11 in his last 15 games, including five in his last three.
Description: Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion has three home runs in his last two games. But that doesn't make him a good fantasy play Wednesday against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
Insight: Encarnacion has collected only one hit in 21 previous at bats versus Buchholz. Playing Encarnacion (.249, 11 HR, 35 RBI) will be tempting given his recent hot streak but he's not a recommended fantasy option on Wednesday.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera had four hits, including a pair of doubles and a homer, two RBI and three runs Tuesday at Boston.
Insight: Cabrera entered the game hitting .254 with one homer in May, but he got his season average up to .323 and his OPS to .877 Tuesday. He's back to being a fantasy force after a down year in 2013. Now, fantasy owners will just have to hope he's doing it clean.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion whacked two homers Thursday in a victory over Cleveland.
Insight: It's his second multi-homer game of the season. Encarnacion (.253, 8 HR, 30 RBI) has now left the yard six times in his last nine games. He had just two round-trippers in his first 33 contests of the year.
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He exited Monday's contest in the sixth inning after feeling some tightness in his hamstring. Rasmus has flashed some decent power this season (9 HR in 37 games), but has also struck out 47 times in 135 at bats.
Description: Blue Jays minor league prospect Liam Hendriks has been pitching lights out at Buffalo and could get called up soon.
Insight: The Aussie is 5-0 with a 1.51 ERA and 0.816 WHIP in eight games (six starts) and has shown excellent control with 33 strikeouts and just two walks. He's never had much success at the major league level with a career 2-13 record, 6.06 ERA and 1.590 WHIP, but he appears to be a changed pitcher.
Description: Toronto center fielder Colby Rasmus is hopeful he can return to the lineup within three days. SOURCE: John Lott, National Post
Insight: The team seems to share his optimism as the Blue Jays have yet to place Rasmus on the disabled list. He exited Monday's contest in the sixth inning after feeling some tightness in his hamstring. Rasmus has flashed some decent power this season (9 HR in 37 games) but has also struck out in almost 35 percent of his at bats.
Description: Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro will get Tuesday night off against Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians.
Insight: Navarro has never done much against Masterson (1-for-12) so its a good day to sit him. He's batting a solid .278 with one homer, 16 RBI and 13 runs scored. He should be back in the lineup on Wednesday against Corey Kluber.
Description: Blue Jays Brett Lawrie (hamstring) is probable for Monday's game against the LA Angels.
Insight: Lawrie left last Monday's game with a hamstring injury and hasn't played since. He's batting .229 but has six homers and 21 RBI this season. He's expected to play a lot of second base upon his return to allow Juan Francisco to start at the hot corner.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo homer Friday against the Angels.
Insight: Fantasy owners have had to be patient with Reyes; he spent the first three weeks of the season on the DL with a hamstring strain and he entered Friday's game hitting .179. The shortstop does have 10 extra-base hits (7 2B, 3 HR), a good K/BB (11/8), 16 runs and four steals in 20 games.
Description: Toronto 1B Edwin Encarnacion belted two homers Thursday in a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Now that's more like it. After hitting just two homers in his first 123 at bats of the season, Encarnacion has now left the yard four times in his past three games. Encarnacion's first home run of the night was the 200th of his career.
Description: Blue Jays pitching prospect Marcus Stroman has been used out of the bullpen since he was promoted to the majors.
Insight: Stroman was called up last weekend after posting a 1.69 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo. Dustin McGowan (2.08 ERA last two starts) and J.A. Happ will need to pitch well to avoid losing their spots to Stroman, who ranks as Toronto's No. 2 prospect on MLB.com.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera hasn't had success against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: With a .329 average, six homers, 14 RBI, 22 runs, three steals and an .894 OPS, Cabrera is putting up numbers reminiscent of 2012, when he made the All-Star team before being suspended for testosterone use. However, he's just 3-for-24 (.125) against Burnett, Thursday's opposing starter.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista has doubled twice and hit three homers in 14 at-bats against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Bautista is 6-for-14 (.429) against Burnett, who will start against Toronto on Thursday. Bautista leads the majors with 34 walks and is batting .300 with nine homers, 21 RBI, 29 runs and a 1.041 OPS.
Description: Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle was sensational in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Insight: By going seven shutout innings, Buehrle was able to record his sixth victory of the season. That leads all of Major League Baseball. He's also tied with Oakland's Sonny Gray for seventh in ERA (1.91). Buehrle's next start is scheduled for Monday against the Angels.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus went yard for the ninth time this season Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Rasmus has homered in four of the past six games and driven in 11 runs during that span. The 27-year-old came in hitting .182 with one homer against lefties but went deep off Cole Hamels on Tuesday. Rasmus is a very streaky hitter due to his high strikeout rate, so enjoy this while it lasts.
Description: Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison held Philadelphia scoreless over the first five innings of Tuesday's game, but he gave up five runs in the sixth.
Insight: The big blow was a grand slam by Cody Asche. Hutchison ended up throwing eight innings and has a 4.17 ERA, but with a strong 9.66 K/9 and 2.41 BB/9. He should improve when his .330 BABIP regresses.
Description: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos doesn't think Brandon Morrow will need surgery on his right hand, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com. He suffered a torn tendon sheath on May 2 at Pittsburgh and was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Insight: If Morrow (5.93 ERA, 1.72 WHIP) doesn't need surgery, he could be back near the All-Star break. The right-hander displayed a lofty ceiling when he struck out 381 batters in 325 1/3 innings in 2010-11 and looked to be reaching it in 2012 when he posted a 2.90 ERA in his first 77 2/3 innings. However, an oblique injury limited him to 124 2/3 innings that year and he threw just 54 1/3 while putting up a 5.63 ERA in 2013. He's now 29 years old.
Insight: Janssen was shut down after suffering a setback in mid-April. He should take back the closer role soon after returning to Toronto. Sergio Santos was removed from the role last week in favor of Brett Cecil.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has collected 22 hits in 56 at-bats against Phillies starter Cole Hamels, a .393 average.
Insight: Reyes played 10 seasons in the NL East for the Mets and Marlins, which is why he has an extensive history against Hamels. The shortstop will carry a .191 average into Tuesday's game against Philadelphia.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: With a .336 average, six homers, 14 RBI, 19 runs, three steals and a .924 OPS, Cabrera is putting up numbers reminiscent of 2012, when he made the All-Star team before being suspended for testosterone use. He had a .279 average and three home runs in 88 games last year.
Description: Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Pirates.
Insight: McGowan has given up three earned runs on six hits in his last 13 innings to likely save his job in the rotation. The Blue Jays placed prospect Marcus Stroman on the same starting schedule as McGowan in the minors last week, but McGowan has lowered his ERA from 6.88 to 4.80 in his last two starts.
Description: Sergio Santos has been ousted as the Blue Jays' closer. SOURCE: Barry Davis, Sportnet
Insight: Santos has blown three of his last four save chances, allowing seven hits, six walks and nine earned runs over his past six outings (20.25 ERA). Aaron Loup (1-1, 3.38 ERA) will handle the ninth inning until Casey Janssen (strained oblique) returns from the disabled list.
Description: The Blue Jays have placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Morrow is coming off two disastrous outings in a row (7 ER, 11 H, 9 BB allowed in his last 7 2/3 IP) and the team seems to think he's dealing with a finger injury. It's uncertain who will take his place in the starting rotation.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (.342, 5 HR, 11 RBI) is probable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: He was hit in the shin with a pitch and missed Thursday's game, but X-rays were negative and he should return. Just-brought-up Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his absence.
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey gave up one earned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday versus the Red Sox to pick up his second win of the year.
Insight: Dickey has thrown two straight quality starts after allowing 10 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings in the two starts prior. He has a 5.09 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP but his K/BB is moving in the right direction (4.0 last two starts, 1.2 first four).
Description: Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie has not been sharp against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Lawrie is hitting .160 in 25 career at bats versus Lester, which is only five points lower than his season average. At least Lawrie has hit for power this season (5 HR, 18 RBI). Last year, he only had 11 HR in 107 games.
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is just 1-for-21 (.048) versus Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz.
Insight: The 31-year-old Encarnacion finally got his name on the home run list, but he's still not hitting up to expectations. He's batting .226 with a .665 OPS. Update - Encarnacion is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle allowed 12 hits, three walks and seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Coming into Friday, batters had gone 3-for-38 (.079) against Buehrle with men on base and he had stranded 92.9 percent of baserunners, so he was due for some regression. His ERA rose from 0.64 to 2.16.
Description: Blue Jays minor league prospect Marcus Stroman has a 2.18 ERA and 26 Ks in 20 2/3 innings pitching at Triple-A Buffalo.
Insight: Assistant GM Tony LaCava told sportnet.ca, "Stroman has continued to impress ... We think his time is coming soon." Dustin McGowan's spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy considering his 6.88 ERA and 1.824 WHIP. Fantasy owners be ready to find a spot for Stroman on your roster.
Description: Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison gave up two earned runs on six hits and struck out nine in six innings Thursday against the Orioles, but Toronto's bullpen turned a 3-2 lead into an 11-4 loss.
Insight: Hutchison has an impressive 11.42 K/9 and a 3.46 ERA so far. His WHIP is a little high at 1.38, but that's only because he has been hurt by a .364 BABIP.
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie raised his average to .165 with three hits Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Lawrie hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman in the second inning. Despite the low average, the third baseman has five home runs and 18 RBI because he has been opportunistic with runners on base.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is a cold 1-for-12 against Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: He's struck out six times. Rasmus (.197, 3 HR, 5 RBI) has struggled while dealing with a hamstring issue over the past three days. It wouldn't be surprising if he got Tuesday off in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is just 2-for-17 (.118) versus Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: The 31-year-old Encarnacion is STILL in search of his first homer after hitting 36 last season. This matchup isn't likely to end the homerless streak, though he his only two hits off Gonzalez were homers.
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle is now 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA after beating the Indians Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Buehrle gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings. He's given up two runs in 28 innings this season. The left-hander has stranded 92.9 percent of his baserunners and he has a .253 BABIP even though his line-drive rate is near 28 percent. The regression is coming.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is a cold 1-for-10 against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Insight: Rasmus (.222, 3 HR, 5 RBI) was in the DH role for both games of Thursday's doubleheader while dealing with a hamstring issue. It wouldn't be surprising he he got Friday off in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is a .500 hitter (11-for-22) versus Indians starter Justin Masterson, who has not yet found his groove in 2014.
Insight: Cabrera is off to a huge start, batting .301 with four homers and an .841 OPS through his first 16 games. He's got a favorable matchup against a struggling pitcher (5.87 ERA, 1.696 WHIP). Start him.
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes was expected to be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland, but bad weather is going to push his return to Saturday, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Reyes injured a hamstring in the season opener. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie blasted a ninth-inning grand slam Tuesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Lawrie has more infield fly-balls (three) than line drives (two) this season and is hitting just .100 on balls in play and .132 overall. However, he has hit three homers and driven in nine runs.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind left Tuesday's game at Minnesota with lower-back tightness, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Lind has a history of back issues. The DH went 1-for-2 with a walk before leaving Tuesday and is hitting .324 so far. Hopefully he feels better for a nice matchup with struggling right-hander Mike Pelfrey Wednesday.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus (hamstring) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: According to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com, manager John Gibbons said he wanted to give Rasmus another day off (Jays didn't play Monday) but doesn't consider the injury to be a serious issue. He could be back Wednesday but may sit again due to the cold weather at Minnesota.
Description: Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will miss 4-to-6 months with a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Izturis tripped down the dugout steps during Sunday's game and tore the ligament. The 33-year-old has been getting most of the starts at second base but the job will now go to Ryan Goins (3-for-28 this season).
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle improved to 3-0 with seven strong innings Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Buehrle allowed one run on five hits in seven innings and now has a 0.86 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. The 35-year-old left-hander has stranded 90 percent of his baserunners so far. In 14 big league seasons, he never had an ERA better than 3.12 and only once had one worse than 4.28.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Rasmus has gone deep in three of the last four games and raised his average from .100 to .217 in that stretch. The strikeouts make him extremely streaky, but the 27-year-old has proven to be an effective power hitter when he gets hot.
Description: Toronto starter Dustin McGowan got his first win since June 22, 2008 Friday against the Orioles.
Insight: McGowan fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out two, walked one and gave up five hits. The right-hander dealt with numerous shoulder injuries from 2008-12 before finally returning last season and throwing 25 2/3 innings in relief. It's a good story, but he's not really a fantasy option you want to pursue.
Description: Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, off his first home run of the season Thursday night, has a favorable matchup on Friday.
Insight: Rasmus is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with a pair of homers against Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman. Rasmus has been horrible for most of the season (2-for-27), but over the past two games may be coming out of it (4-for-7).
Description: Toronto closer Casey Janssen (back strain) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, according to John Lott of the National Post.
Insight: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Janssen was impressive. He'll throw one more bullpen before moving on to rehab games and should be back next week, barring a setback. Sergio Santos has saved three games and struck out eight batters in 3 1/3 innings this season, but he's also allowed six baserunners and will likely go back to the eighth inning when Janssen returns.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will begin running on a treadmill Tuesday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. He said his hamstring feels good but he'll be careful about progressing too quickly in his rehab.
Description: Toronto DH Adam Lind is a career .220 hitters with a .606 OPS against left-handed pitchers, but he has batted.467 (7-of-15) against Yankees starter CC Sabathia in his career.
Insight: Lind only had 96 at-bats against left-handers last season and hit .208 against them. If manager John Gibbons takes career statistics into account, however, Lind will be in the lineup Sunday against Sabathia.
Description: Blue Jays interim closer Sergio Santos picked up a four-out save Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Santos got the last out of the eighth in a 1-0 game and Toronto put three runs on the board in the bottom of the inning, making it a pretty easy ninth for Santos, though he still managed to make things interesting by allowing a hit and walking a batter. The 30-year-old has gone 2-for-2 in save chances this season but put six men on base in two innings and was pulled from one save chance after walking the only batter he faced. Casey Janssen (back) will probably get the job back when he returns from the DL later this month.
Description: Toronto starter R.A. Dickey rebounded from a poor Opening Day start with 6 2/3 shutout innings Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Dickey gave up six earned runs in five innings at Tampa Bay in his first start but scattered just five hits Saturday. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six after recording a 4/6 K/BB in the opener. The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner had a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP last season.
Description: Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera hit a homer for the second straight game Saturday against the Yankees, his former team.
Insight: Cabrera hit just three homers in 88 games last season but already has two in six games the year. The 29-year-old was tremendous in 2012, hitting .346 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI, 84 runs, 13 steals and a .906 OPS in 113 games before being suspended 50 games for testosterone use.
Description: Toronto starter Mark Buehrle nearly threw a shutout in his first start of the season Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
Insight: Buehrle threw 8 2/3 innings and gave up just four hits while striking out 11 batters. Prior to Wednesday's game, Buehrle hadn't struck out more than nine batters in a start since April 16, 2005.
Description: The Blue Jays placed Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes exited Monday's game due to tightness in his left hamstring, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: It's the same hamstring Reyes strained last week. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Description: Sergio Santos will close games for the Blue Jays while Casey Janssen recovers from a lower-back strain, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Santos entered the 2012 season as Toronto's closer after recording a 3.55 ERA, 30 saves and 92 Ks in 63 1/3 innings with the White Sox in 2012. However, he threw just 30 2/3 innings the last two years while Janssen has put up a 2.55 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, 56 saves and 117 Ks in 116 1/3 innings during that span. Santos should be added in all leagues because he's talented enough to reclaim the job full-time.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left hamstring strain) will start in the field on Friday.
Insight: Reyes suffered a minor left hamstring strain over the weekend. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners, but apparently will be ready for Opening Day. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Description: Dustin McGowan will serve as Toronto's fifth starter to begin the season, according to the Toronto Star.
Insight: McGowan threw just 21 big league innings from 2009-12 due to three separate shoulder surgeries to repair a frayed labrum and torn rotator cuff before returning for 25 2/3 frames last year. His best season was 2007, when he went 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 169 2/3 innings. He could be a decent AL-only option, but there's no need to draft him in mixed leagues.
Description: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous said 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion is "fine," according to Barry Davis of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Encarnacion was hit by a pitch near the right wrist and left Wednesday's game for precautionary reasons. The 31-year-old Encarnacion proved his 42-homer 2012 season was no fluke when he launched 36 bombs last year. He also struck out just 62 times, an amazingly low number for a power hitter.
Description: Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion was hit by a pitch near his right wrist during Wednesday's game, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Encarnacion had surgery on his left wrist in the offseason; fortunately this was the other one. He left the game but was spotted hanging around in the dugout so he's probably fine. The 31-year-old Encarnacion proved his 42-homer 2012 season was no fluke when he launched 36 bombs last year. He also struck out just 62 times, an amazingly low number for a power hitter.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (left hamstring strain) could rejoin the lineup as the DH Friday, according to Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com.
Insight: Reyes suffered a minor left hamstring strain over the weekend. He has a history of hamstring injuries, among other issues, and is a huge risk for fantasy owners. Reyes played just 93 games last season due to a left ankle sprain and hit .296 with 10 homers, 58 runs and 15 steals.
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw live batting practice Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Janssen was shut down a few weeks ago with shoulder tendinitis, and Tuesday was his final tuneup before returning to game action. He should pitch in a game on Friday unless he has a setback over the next two days. Janssen had a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 34 saves in 36 chances last season.
Description: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista appears to be healthy again and that's bad news for opposing pitchers.
Insight: Bautista has already hit three homers this preseason and is batting .375 throughthe first 10 games. He hit .259 with 28 home runs, 73 RBI, 82 runs and an .856 OPS, but played just 118 games last season due to injury.
Description: Toronto lefthander J.A. Happ has been dealing with a sore back and it shows in his early work (1.3 IP, 40.50 ERA, 8.25 WHIP).
Insight: Happ (5-7, 4.56 ERA) is thought to be solidly in the Blue Jays rotation, but after last season's performance if a young guy shows up big in spring training, its possible Happ gets left behind.
Description: Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen will resume throwing later this week, according to Jayson Stark of espn.com.
Insight: Janssen was shut down on Saturday with shoulder tendinitis. He had a 2.56 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 34 saves in 36 chances last season. Either Sergio Santos or Steve Delabar would take over closing duties if Janssen went down, but right now the move to shut him down is considered precautionary.
Description: Free agent righthander Roy Halladay will retire, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Always the perfectionist, Halladay struggled with shoulder problems and couldn't pitch at his usual high level last season. He'll finish his career with a 203-105 record, a 3.38 ERA, 1.178 WHIP and 2,117 stikeouts.
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Travis Sawchik, the Pirates are one of the team's righthander Josh Johnson is considering.
Insight: He'd be a nice replacement for A.J. Burnett, assuming Pittsburgh can get him for relatively cheap. 2013 was arguably the worst season of Johnson's career (2-8, 6.20 ERA) but injuries certainly played a role in his struggles. Pitching coach Ray Searage is no stranger to reclamation projects. Last season, Twins castoff Francisco Liriano became a Cy Young candidate under Searage's tutelage.
Description: Free agent righthander Josh Johnson is already being pursued by the Royals. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Well, at least somebody wants him. Johnson (2-8, 6.20 ERA) was terrible last season and has had tremendous difficulty staying healthy throughout his career. Kansas City would be crazy to give him anything longer than a one-year deal.
Description: Despite having his option picked up last week, the Blue Jays could still look to trade Adam Lind this offseason. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Teams would probably be willing to take on his relatively affordable $7 million salary for 2014. Lind posted the second-highest slugging percentage of his career this past season (.497). He's played in Toronto for his entire major league career.