Angel Pagan singled, doubled and triple in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Yankees.
Pagan finished 3-for-5, but alas, he couldn't find the power stroke and missed out on the cycle by a home run. The outfielder's three-hit afternoon pushed his triple-slash to .292/.337/.432. In terms of counting stats, he has five homers, 33 RBI, 37 runs scored and nine steals in 250 at-bats.
Nathan Eovaldi continued his rotational resurgence in Sunday's win over the Giants, allowing two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Maybe Eovaldi's brief demotion to the bullpen shook something loose in his head. In two starts since returning to the rotation, the occasionally confounding flamethrower has surrendered only three runs across 12 frames. On Sunday, he struck out six, walked two and trotted off the mound two outs into the seventh inning having thrown 118 pitches (79 strikes). His 4.80 ERA and 1.36 WHIP for the season remain undesirable, but if he continues to show a renewed spark in the rotation, he has the arm talent to make for a legitimate fantasy difference-maker. That is a huge "if," though, and we have seen Eovaldi entice only to disappoint in the past. Buyer beware. He will look to continue rebuilding himself in a road start against the Rays next Saturday.
Jeff Samardzija struggled in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, yielding five runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Samardzija managed just three strikeouts on the afternoon. One more than the number of home runs he surrendered. Both of those shots came early, with Carlos Beltran smacking one in the first and the ghost of Mark Teixeira lifting one in the second. The other three runs on Samardzija's line would score in a three-run sixth. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 97/32 K/BB ratio (128 innings) into a home showdown with the Nationals next time out. As a team, the Giants have lost seven of their first eight games coming out of the All-Star break.
Marlins recalled RHP Jarred Cosart from Triple-A New Orleans.
Cosart will join the rotation on Monday against the Phillies, starting in place of the injured Wei-Yin Chen (elbow). Given how often the Marlins have been connected to pitching heading into the trade deadline, it's possible it'll just be a spot start for Cosart, although he could change minds with a strong showing. He holds a 7.98 ERA in three starts for Miami this season and a 4.14 mark in 12 starts at New Orleans.
Andres Blanco will be placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger on Sunday.
Blanco suffered the injury when he was spiked. It's unclear at this point how long the utility infielder might be sidelined.
Jose Reyes went 1-for-5 with an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
Reyes showed that despite his age (33), he still brings a strong speed element to play whenever he steps to the dish. In Sunday's case, he collected an RBI triple against Marlins starter Jose Urena in the third inning. Since the Mets called him up on July 5, the embattled third baseman is slashing .242/.284/.516 with three homers, eight RBI and three steals over the course of 62 at-bats. He has quietly picked up hits in eight of his last 10 games. He is worth a shot in NL-only and deeper mixed-league formats at this juncture.
Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
Only two other Marlins (Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria) secured hits on the afternoon. And only Prado managed a multi-hit effort. In total, the team collected five singles. It was that kind of a game for the Marlins. For his part, Prado is slashing .322/.373/.415 with 21 doubles, 35 RBI and 41 runs scored over 367 at-bats. While the veteran infielder isn't a particularly sexy fantasy option, he at least offers a very dependable average.
Marlins placed LHP Wei-Yin Chen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 21, with a left elbow sprain.
Chen having an elbow issue was first reported by SiriusXM's Craig Mish. Manager Don Mattingly said that the club is hopeful the injury isn't serious, but it sounds like they might not know for sure until after Chen is examined further. Jarred Cosart has placed Chen in the rotation for the time being, but the Marlins are expected to seek rotation help before the trade deadline.