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Rosales went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.
This marks his first long ball in 10 appearances with Arizona since being acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline. As a relatively sparingly used utility guy, Rosales has precious little fantasy value outside of cavernous NL-only formats.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer against the Mets on Tuesday.
He started the Diamondbacks off on the right foot with the first-inning blast against fill-in starter Tommy Milone, though Martinez proceeded to strike out in two of his three remaining at-bats. While the slugger's hitting just .233 since coming over to Arizona before the trade deadline, his power certainly hasn't suffered -- this marks his 10th homer in 29 games with his new club -- and the average will surely improve in due time.
Cespedes knocked three singles, drew a walk and scored a run over the course of four plate appearances Tuesday against Arizona.
He's put together a lovely four-game stretch, racking up nine hits in 15 at-bats (.600), and while Cespedes' power stroke didn't make an appearance in this one, he's been recovering on that front as well after a 33-game span from late June into early August saw him homer just twice. We've seen Cespedes explode down the stretch before, and while he might not be quite so motivated this time with the Mets not jockeying for playoff position, a strong end run would make his fantasy owners feel better about the Cuban's injury-shortened 2017 campaign.
Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to Arizona.
The rookie shortstop hasn't taken too long to get acclimated to the majors -- after starting out just 5-for-31 (.161), he's since gone 14-for-43 (.326) with three homers and three steals over the last 12 games. Rosario has struck out a lot, but that's understandable for a 21-year-old in his first taste of the big leagues, and his minor-league numbers suggest we'll see his plate discipline improve with time. He makes for a fine play in deeper formats down the stretch as well.
Rodney needed just two pitches to record one out and his 29th save Tuesday against the Mets.
The D-backs entered the ninth inning thinking they'd have no need for their closer, as they were nursing a 7-1 lead, but the Mets rallied to make it 7-4 before Rodney got the call to collect the final out. He did so with alacrity, getting rookie Gavin Cecchini to hit a grounder to third on an 0-1 pitch. While Rodney's ratios aren't helping fantasy owners much due to his tendency for the occasional implosion, he just keeps racking up saves.
Corbin improved to 11-11 on the strength of eight strong innings against the Mets on Tuesday, striking out six while allowing just a single run on four hits and two walks.
While there have been some stumbles along the way -- most notably a brutal implosion against the Cubs on Aug. 1 -- and he's been burned by unearned runs at times, Corbin has turned in a highly fantasy-relevant 13-start stretch. During that span, he's tossed exactly 80 innings, putting up a 2.93 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 84 strikeouts. He's been particularly sharp since that awful outing in Chicago, having given up just four earned runs with a 31:6 K:BB in 29.1 innings over his last four starts, including a scoreless rematch against the Cubs and a near complete-game shutout in Houston. All in all, it looks like the lefty is finally starting to regain his pre-injury form. There'll still be bumps in the road, but he's raised his stock considerably nonetheless.
Solarte went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and six RBI during Tuesday's blowout win over the Cardinals.
Solarte roped a bases-clearing double in the third inning and added another RBI double in the fifth. He capped off the scoring with a towering 455-foot two-run blast in the eighth inning to notch his fifth and sixth RBI of the night. The 30-year-old has two home runs in his past three games and is on pace to set a single-season career high in home runs this season, though his slugging percentage is down from last year.
Milone (1-3) gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 4.2 innings en route to a loss Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
The Mets are rapidly learning what every other team Milone has played for already knew about the 30-year-old: He isn't particularly good, and his left-handedness isn't reason enough for him to stick in the majors. Arizona jumped on him early, with J.D. Martinez ripping a three-run homer in the top of the first; Milone ended up allowing runs in four of the five innings that saw him take the mound. While the injury-created gaps in the Mets' rotation may mean he retains a starting role for a while, there's pretty much nothing to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Samardzija allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over six innings during Tuesday's game against the Brewers. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision.
Samardzija pieced together his best start of the month Tuesday as he was able to limit the Brewers to just one earned run over six solid innings. He was denied the win when reliever Albert Suarez allowed two runs to come across in the seventh inning. It's an encouraging start for Samardzija to build on, though he remains a rather unappealing fantasy option with his 4.67 ERA. He's best utilized as a streaming option against soft-hitting opponents and he'll get an opportunity to show off his upside in his upcoming scheduled start against the Padres on Monday.
Nelson allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings during Tuesday's game against the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.
Nelson had difficulty limiting baserunners Tuesday and was fortunate to exit the contest with just three runs to his name. It could've been much worse, but the 28-year-old was able to work his way out of two separate one-out, bases-loaded jams. Nelson held a 3.24 ERA as recently as August 6, but has seen that figure inflate to 3.79 after allowing a total of 15 earned runs over his previous three starts. Things don't get any easier for the Brewers' ace, as he's scheduled to face off against the Dodgers on Sunday.