J.D. Martinez (AZ) - JD Martinez went 4-for-5 with four homeruns and six RBI for the Diamondbacks on Monday. He and Scooter Gennett are the first duo of players to each hit four homeruns in a game since 2002. Martinez now has a line of .285/.367/.654 with 34 home runs, 79 RBI and 66 runs scored despite not starting his season until mid-May. He was really flourished since coming over from Detroit, hitting 18 homeruns, 40 RBI and 28 runs with the Diamondbacks. His 46% hard hit rate is a big driver of his 30% HR/FB rate, but the favorable park shift also helped.
Anthony Rendon (WAS) - Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with home run and four RBI. Rendon has quietly put together a very strong season for the Nationals and is now slashing .304/.404/.544 with 23 home runs, 90 RBI and 69 runs scored. One of Rendon's best attributes is his innate ability to dissect and own the strikezone. His 75:72 strikeout-to-walk rate is evidence of that skillset and it's a skillset that's difficult to find in a player who can also serve as a power outlet.
Jake Arrieta (CHC) - Jake Arrieta was forced from Monday's start in the third inning with a hamstring injury. He appeared to tweak his leg on a pitch and immediately reacted during his follow-through. The trainer came out and he attempted to do a practice toss, but was unable to make it through his full delivery. This is a brutal blow for fantasy owners since the right-handed has pitched like one of the best in the league in the second half. Since the All-Star break, Arrieta has a 1.59 ERA with a 23% strikeout rate and 8% walk rate. The improvement has simply been an expected regression back towards the mean for his strand rate, which was artificially low (67%) through the first three months.
Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) - After struggling over the last week, Giancarlo Stanton crushed his 53rd homerun of the season on Monday. He now needs 8 more homeruns to tie Roger Maris' 61 homeruns set in 1961 or 20 more to tie Barry Bonds' record set in 2001. Since the steroid era, only Ryan Howard has come close to the lofty numbers posted by the games' most decorated power hitters. Howard hit 58 in 2006. It would be quite an accomplishment for a player to beat Roger Maris' home run record without the assistance of PEDs.
Nolan Arendado (COL) - The top DFS play of the day will be Nolan Arenado at a "discounted" price of $4,300 on FanDuel. He gets to face the left-handed Ty Blach with the Rockies implied run total approaching 7 runs. Arenado has been in a slump, but the slugger destroys left-handed starting pitching to a tune of .407/.443/./832 with an eye-popping .431 ISO. He's a lock in all formats on Tuesday.
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