Freddy Galvis went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers Monday vs. the Royals. Galvis opened July on a high note with his first multi-homer game of the season, powering Toronto to an 11-4 win in the process. With 14 homers on the season, he's already surpassed his home run totals from 2017 and 2018 in 82 fewer games. His .264 average would also be a career high for them, although it's hard to see him maintaining that alongside his 17:75 BB/K ratio. While Galvis has been a good source of power, his fantasy value is limited by the fact that he hits near the bottom of a middling Blue Jays lineup.
Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Monday vs. the Orioles. Kiermaier propelled Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win with his timely homer in the sixth inning, which came with the Rays trailing, 3-2. The dinger was his 10th of the season, giving him five with double digits in the last six years. His 39 RBIs are one shy of his career high as well, and he has 14 steals to boot. While nothing special, his .248 average is in line with his career .253 mark and mirrors the league average as well. Put it all together, and Kiermaier's all-around skills make him a valuable fantasy contributor.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and a walk Monday vs. the Royals. Gurriel continued his tremendous sophomore season with another productive day at the dish, extending his hitting streak to nine games in the process. The 25-year-old is now batting a robust .318 to go along with a 1.008 OPS. He's been unstoppable for the last month or so, hitting .360 with 24 extra-base hits over his last 35 games. His 9:36 BB/K ratio suggests regression may be coming soon, but for now Gurriel is one of the hottest hitters in baseball as he continues to build off his solid rookie campaign.
Two days after twirling six innings of one-hit ball against the Rangers at Tropicana Field, Brendan McKay was in Tampa Bay's starting lineup at designated hitter on Monday. Although he went 0-for-4 and left four runners on base from the eighth spot, he's the latest in baseball's recent trend of two-way players. While the 23-year-old rookie has already shown what he can do on the mound, he needs to prove what he's capable of in the batter's box before fantasy owners start using him in that capacity.
Nathan Eovaldi will slide into Boston's closer role when he returns from the injured list. Eovaldi, who is on the 60-day injured list after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on April 23 to address loose bodies in his right elbow, has been on the 60-day injured list since April 17. He's not particularly close to returning yet, however, as he's currently just playing catch. The move is an interesting choice given that Eovaldi has yet to record a save in his MLB career and has made only eight relief appearances. His velocity should yield positive results in the late innings for him and the Red Sox, however.
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