Zac Gallen, SP, ARI
Gallen allowed 4 ER's on 5 hits and 2 BB's in 5 IP with 6 K's against the Giants on Monday. This ended Gallen's streak of 23 starts to begin his career in which he didn't allow more than 3 ER's. He almost extended the streak, as he hadn't allowed a single run through 5 IP but then gave up 4 ER's in the 6th. Gallen's 2.29 ERA this season has gotten pretty good luck with his .238 BABIP and 88.2% LOB%, but he still has a solid 3.62 xFIP and 60:17 K:BB across 55 IP, which are very usable numbers.
Kevin Gausman, SP, SF
Gausman was tremendous against the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowing just 1 ER on 2 hits and 3 BB's while striking out 9. Gausman now has an elite 62:12 K:BB through 46.2 IP which is backed by a 14.8% SwStr%. While his ERA is still slightly over 4.00, his xFIP now sits at 3.04 which ranks in the top 15 in MLB. Based on the way he's pitched, Gausman really needs to be picked up in any leagues where he is still available.
Jean Segura, SS, PHI
Segura had a big day for the Phillies on Monday, going 4-5 with a double, HR, and 5 RBI in a win over the Mets. Segura has seen some decline in his performance this season as his 17.6% K% is a career high and 4% higher than his career norm. As a result, his BA is sitting at .261 (even after the 4-hit performance) which would easily be his lowest since 2015. His SB's have also nearly disappeared this season (just 2 in 33 games) which is obviously a devastating blow to his fantasy value. At the same time, Segura is showing more power than ever before. He now has 5 HR's in 33 games, which is by no means earth shattering, but it's a lot for a guy who has only once hit more than 12 HR's in a full season. His 42.4% HardHit% is about 10% higher than his career average, while his Barrel% and EV are also career highs. He's also hitting fly balls at a higher rate; his current 36.3% FB% would be the first time he ever had a FB% over 30%. The extra power won't compensate for his fall in other categories, but it should be enough to keep him as a playable MI option.
Jose Urena, SP, MIA
Urena was finally activated from the COVID-19 IL to make his season debut on Monday and he lasted 5 IP, allowing 3 ER's on 4 hits and 3 BB's while striking out 2 against the Braves. Urena did post back-to-back sub 4.00 ERA campaigns in 2017-2018, however his xFIP has never been below 4.30, and regression hit him last season when his ERA ballooned to 5.21. He doesn't strike out a lot of hitters (career 6.13 K/9) and he doesn't do a great job at limiting walks either (3.06 BB/9), so he really has very limited appeal in fantasy.
Sixto Sanchez, SP, MIA
Sanchez has had an impressive start to his big league career, posting a 2.37 ERA, 2.66 xFIP, 19:1 K:BB, and 62.7% GB% in 19 IP across 3 big league starts. His price on DraftKings has yet to catch up to his success, and while he doesn't have an easy matchup against the Braves, he's an excellent value as the 4th cheapest SP in the nighttime slate. DraftKings Value Play Salary $6,200.
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