Second-Half Save Candidates

Second-Half Save Candidates
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Daniel Mengden surrendered two runs in 7 2/3 innings Monday to beat the Giants for his first career victory.

Mengden lost each of his first three starts, though given his 3.00 ERA, it was hardly deserved. He was threatening a shutout tonight because the Giants got to him for a run in the eighth. The A's decided to take no chances afterwards and lifted him from an 8-1 game. An inherited runner came around to score off Fernando Rodriguez.
Jun 28 - 1:18 AM

Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the A's on Monday.

Samardzija has allowed six runs three times in June after never doing so in April or May. He's given up nine homers this month after allowing a total of three in the first two months. Hopefully, Dave Righetti and company can quickly figure out what's caused this and get him turned around.
Jun 28 - 1:17 AM

Marcus Semien delivered a three-run homer and an RBI double against the Giants on Monday.

Semien is up to 15 homers this year. Unfortunately, he hasn't been overly helpful elsewhere, and even with the homers, he has a modest 33 runs scored and 39 RBI while often hitting low in the order. If he can bring his average up some and convince the A's to hit him second or third, he'd have quite a bit more fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 1:14 AM

Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count.
Jun 28 - 1:10 AM

Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 and scored twice against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

One of the Phillies' corner outfielders finally got hot, and Bourjos has assumed the second spot in the order as a result of his recent success. That doesn't make him a strong pickup in shallow mixed leagues, but he might eke out some value in deeper leagues.
Jun 28 - 1:08 AM

Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now.
Jun 28 - 1:06 AM

Rickie Weeks Jr. went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Phillies on Monday.

The Diamondbacks are giving Weeks some additional playing time after his recent success versus lefties, but he didn't capitalize tonight. He'll probably return to the bench tomorrow, with either Peter O'Brien or Brandon Drury starting in left field.
Jun 28 - 1:04 AM

Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk to lead the Rockies to a 9-5 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

In the 31 days since May 27, Carlos Gonzalez has 11 homers, 10 doubles and 31 RBI. It's the kind of run that figures to put him on the NL All-Star team for the first time since 2013 and the third time in his career.
Jun 28 - 12:30 AM
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