Dylan Bundy, SP, BAL
Bundy made his first start in 11 days on Wednesday, and he allowed 3 ER's in 6 IP while striking out 8 against the A's. He was actually better than the final line suggests as he had allowed just 1 ER through 6 IP before allowing 2 more runs to start the 7th. The Orioles are monitoring Bundy's workload, which will likely limit the number of starts he makes going forward, but on a per start basis he has been excellent recently posting a 2.66 ERA and a spectacular 33:4 K:BB through 27.0 IP over 4 August starts. The way he's going now, Bundy should still be used when he's on the mound even if it's less frequently less than once every five days.
Kevin Kiermaier, OF, TB
Kiermaier went 3-4 with 2 HR's and 3 RBI and a SB against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, and is now hitting .476 (10-21) with 3 HR's, a 2B, and a 3B in 5 games since returning from the DL last week. He strikes out a bit too much to hit for a very good average and he won't hit for tons of power, but he has been batting leadoff for the Rays which should put him in position to score plenty of runs and steal a fair share of bases down the stretch to go along with moderate pop. That could make him a worthwhile pick up off the waiver wire for teams in need of an injury replacement in the OF.
Trey Mancini, OF, BAL
Mancini went 1-4 with a 3-run HR against the A's on Wednesday, his 22nd dinger of the year. He has been struggling a bit recently, having hit just .206 with 5 runs and 5 RBI (albeit with 4 HR's) over his last 18 games prior to Wednesday, and he is hitting .235 since the All-Star break, after batting .312 in the first half. I still expect Mancini to finish strong, as he has actually cut his K% from 26.4% before the break to 19.2% since, and should remain a fixture in the Orioles lineup regardless of whether the O's fall out of playoff contention. He is available in about a third of ESPN leagues and there aren't too many options on the waiver wire who can hit for decent average and power and are playing every day.
Marcus Stroman, SP, TOR
Stroman allowed 5 ER's in 5.1 IP on Wednesday, while uncharacteristically allowing 3 HR's after having given up just 14 long balls in 25 starts prior to this outing. Stroman still owns an excellent 3.19 ERA for the season, although his 1.31 WHIP and 7.38 K/9 aren't nearly as impressive. Assuming he doesn't collapse over the stretch run, there's a good chance Stroman may be overvalued heading into next season based on his excellent ERA. In truth, his 3.63 xFIP this season matches his career ERA mark, and while that's a solid number, it certainly keeps him out of the top tier of SP's.
Eduardo Escobar, SS, MIN
The switch-hitting Escobar has a .296 BA and .852 OPS against southpaws this season including 6 HR's in 119 PA's against them. He comes cheap on Thursday despite matching up against White Sox LHP Derek Holland. In case you haven't noticed, Holland is pretty bad. He has allowed a .978 OPS against RH-hitters this season. DraftKings Value Play Salary $3,600.
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