Description: Astros right fielder George Springer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right wrist.
Insight: Springer was hit on the right wrist by Edinson Volquez. He was batting .264 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 43 runs and 14 steals after an excellent June (.321, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 19 runs, 2 SB, .905 OPS). Expect about a six week stay on the DL.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is 9-for-26 (.346) with three homers and eight RBI against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Most of the matchups were when both players resided in the AL East, but it's still a nice matchup for Granderson. granderson has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .341 with five homers and a 1.159 OPS and should be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Description: Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is an ugly 1-for-12 (.083) against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Cespedes is having his best season since his rookie year, batting a career-high .293 with 10 homers, 43 RBI and an .804 OPS. Unfortunately, Thursday isn't a good matchup and should be avoided.
Description: Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career 13-for-28 (.464) with seven extra-base hits against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Since returning to the lineup from the disabled list, Martinez is batting .319 with 10 RBI in 11 games. That's more like the guy who we remember from last season. Get him in the lineup Thursday.
Description: Rays lefty Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery, has been activated and will make his season debut on Thursday.
Insight: He is just 25-years-old with a career 3.53 ERA and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 17-4 last season with 143 strikeouts in 150 1/3 IP. He could have solid fantasy value in the second half of the season. If he's available in your league pick him up immediately.
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (finger) is likely out past Thursday.
Insight: Hosmer has only done some soft-toss swings through Wednesday, so he figures to need a few more days. he's been a solid producer this season, batting .290 with eight homers, 40, RBI, 40 runs and a .799 OPS.
Description: Astros right fielder George Springer is doubtful for Friday's game against Boston
Insight: Springer was hit on the right wrist by Edinson Volquez and most expect he'll need a stint on the disabled list. He is batting .264 with 13 homers, 29 RBI, 43 runs and 14 steals after an excellent June (.321, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 19 runs, 2 SB, .905 OPS).
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon threw seven scoreless frames in the loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.
Insight: Chicago and New York were scoreless until the 11th when the Cubs tallied two runs and won, 2-0. Colon allowed just three hits, struck out eight and walked one in his seven scoreless innings. He is 9-6 with a 4.55 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 79 strikeouts in 99 innings this season.
Description: Cubs starter Jon Lester pitched seven scoreless innings in the, 2-0, victory over the Mets on Wednesday.
Insight: Lester, however, wasn't involved in the decision as the Cubs didn't score until the 11th inning. Lester allowed just five hits in his seven innings. He also had seven strikeouts and one walk. Lester is 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte had four hits, including a big blast in the, 9-3, victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Marte and Neil Walker led the way, combining to get eight hits and three home runs. The Pirates had 21 hits as a team. Marte was 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored on the deep homer to left field. He is hitting .285 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI in 291 at-bats this season.
Description: Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was the only player that showed up for Detroit on Wednesday.
Insight: The Tigers were run out of their own ballpark on Wednesday night. Detroit allowed 21 hits to Pittsburgh and committed two errors. Martinez, however, was 3-for-4 and made several great defensive players. Martinez has raised his average to .281 and also has 20 homers and 48 RBI in 288 at-bats.
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker hit a pair of home runs in the, 9-3, victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Walker was 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. He pulled the first home run down the right field line off Alfredo Simon and then hit the second one down the left field line versus Joba Chamberlain. Walker is hitting .268 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 261 at-bats this season.
Description: Marlins first baseman Justin Bour hit a walk-off homer in the, 6-5, victory over the Giants on Wednesday.
Insight: Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria each singled to start off the ninth and then Bour hit a bomb to win the game. Bour went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run in the victory. He is hitting .261 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in 134 at-bats this season.
Description: Athletics closer Sean Doolittle told the San Francisco Chronicle he expects to start playing catch toward the end of next week.
Insight: Doolittle is still recovering from a strained left shoulder. He returned from the injury to make one appearance and then immediately went back on the disabled list in May. Doolittle will be out until at least late July.
Description: Brewers first baseman Adam Lind was 2-for-5 with a home run in the, 9-5, victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.
Insight: Lind hit a two-run homer in the first as the Brewers jumped out to a, 6-0, lead by the fifth inning. Line scored one of the Brewers two runs in the third. He is hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 255 at-bats this season.
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis had two hits in the, 8-1, victory over the Rays on Wednesday.
Insight: Kipnis was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in the victory. Kipnis has hits in 23 of his last 25 games. Kipnis hit .358 in June and is starting July the right way. He is slashing .346/.420/.516 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 306 at-bats this season.
Description: Indians starter Carlos Carrasco came within one out of throwing a no-hitter on Wednesday versus the Rays.
Insight: Carrasco allowed just one walk through eight innings, but he lost a bit of steam in the ninth. He walked a batter, hit one and then after a fielder's choice gave him two outs, Joey Butler singled to right centerfield. Carrasco finished with one run allowed on one hit, 13 strikeouts and two walks in 8 2/3 innings. He is 10-6 with a 3.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 97 1/3 innings this season.
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale may see his next start moved back from Sunday to Monday.
Insight: White Sox manager Robin Ventura is thinking about pushing Sale back a day to give him extra rest. Sale has been solid this season, going 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 103 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 in the loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Gonzalez didn't produce any runs in the, 4-1, defeat. Overall, this season has been disappointing for Gonzalez owners because he is slashing .245/.306/.416 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI in 257 at-bats.
Description: Oakland 1B/DH Billy Butler has a modest four-game hitting streak.
Insight: Butler went 2-for-3 with a triple versus the Rockies on Wednesday. Butler is 7-for-13 in the with four extra-base hits and four RBI in the last four games. For the season, he is slashing .259/.323/.376 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 282 at-bats.
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields pitched ok in 6 2/3 innings in the loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Insight: Shields allowed two runs on four hits, but he also walked four batters and allowed a homer to Robinson Cano. Shields is 7-3 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 123 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs in the, 7-0, victory over the Padres on Wednesday.
Insight: Cano really likes hitting James Shields. He had two singles, a double and home run, which was his fifth of the season. Cano is hitting .247 with 27 RBI and 32 runs to go with the five bombs in 299 at-bats this year.
Description: Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello had another rough outing on Wednesday.
Insight: Porcello allowed seven runs on seven hits in two innings versus the Blue Jays. His ERA is currently sitting at 6.08. Porcello also has a 1.40 WHIP, and 75 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings to go with a 4-9 record. That's hardly worth $20 million per season.
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his 16th save of the season in the, 2-1, victory over the Twins on Wednesday.
Insight: Chapman is 16-for-17 in save chances this season. He also has a 1.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. He will likely be dealt to a contender at the deadline, which should help his fantasy value because he isn't getting to many save opportunities with Cincinnati.
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto picked up the Reds only RBI, but it was enough to beat the Twins, 2-1.
Insight: Votto was 0-for-2, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, he walked, and Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error. Votto is hitting .282 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 277 at-bats this year.
Description: White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 12 Tuesday versus St. Louis.
Insight: Sale became the second pitcher in MLB history to record at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts. Pedro Martinez was the other to accomplish it. Sale allowed one run on six hits and one walk. He remains 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was fantastic yet again Tuesday versus the Royals.
Insight: After tossing a complete-game last time out, Keuchel went eight innings and did not allow a run. He gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven. Keuchel is now 10-3 with a 2.03 ERA.
Description: Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada could not make it out of the third inning Tuesday versus Boston.
Insight: After nearly throwing a perfect game last time out, Estrada was borderline horrific on Tuesday. He allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over 2 1/3 innings of work. Estrada struck out one and is now 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA.