Nomar Mazara(OF-TEX): Nomar Mazara went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs vs. the Orioles. Development rarely follows a linear path, and it certainly isn't doing so in Mazara's case as the sophomore has seen a slight downtown in his production with a .249/.326/.426 line. However, the 22-year-old is showing signs of improvement beneath the surface. He has upped his walk rate from 6.9 percent to 9.6 percent and his fly ball rate from 30 percent to 37 percent. The next frontier for Mazara will be improving against left-handed pitching, as he is 11-for-64 with two extra base hits against them this season.
Ariel Miranda(SP-SEA): Ariel Miranda took a no-decision after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits (two homers) and one walk with 10 strikeouts over six innings vs. the Mets. While Miranda continues to produce value as a streaming option in standard formats, he also continues to live on the edge. He has enjoyed a .227 BABIP while striking out a pedestrian 7.29 per 9. However, opponents are only mustering hard contact off him 28 percent of the time, and he does hold strikeout upside with a 10 percent swinging strike rate. Standard leaguers are advised to stream him for his home starts, but those playing catch up can take the risks away against weaker lineups.
Shane Green(RP-DET): While the Tigers bullpen blew the lead for Jordan Zimmermann, Shane Greene posted another scoreless outing vs. the Astros. With closer Justin Wilson likely on the move to a contender, Greene is next in line to close and should be scooped up by those needing save help. He has posted a 9.93 K/9 with a 49 percent ground ball rate through 45 1/3 innings; however, he has also allowed a 44 percent hard contact rate and a 4.96 BB/9 mark. There is risk here, but Greene has been better lately with 12 straight scoreless outings. He could deliver huge value down the stretch.
Parker Bridwell(SP-LAA): Parker Bridwell won after allowing one run on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays. Bridwell has been fortunate as he continues to strand runners at an astounding 90 percent rate while benefitting from a .266 BABIP. However, he is carrying a 10 percent swinging strike rate and a 62 percent first-pith strike rate, so I see upside in his strikeout potential. He pitched in the hitter-friendly PCL, so his MiLB numbers are deceiving. Bridwell can pitch and his development down the stretch should mitigate any regression. Buy.
Danny Salazar(SP-CLE): Danny Salazar won after allowing two runs on three hits (one homer) and two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings against the White Sox. After being demoted to the bullpen and finding his way onto the disabled list, Salazar has responded with back-to-back quality starts in which he has posted a 16:2 K:BB ratio over 13 innings. Home runs and walks seemed to be the dynamic duo that led to his struggles earlier in the season; however, his 20 percent HR/FB rate and .327 BABIP are due for regression given his below-average hard hit rate allowed, so the key for him down the stretch will be reining in the walks. He's risky, but his upside is too much to pass up in all standard mixed leagues, especially while he's rolling.
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