Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Bauer allowed one hit in Tuesday's abbreviated outing at Cincinnati, but it was a three-run homer to the Reds' Ryan Ludwick. Bauer walked five, fanned four and permitted four runs (three earned) in his messy three innings. His ERA is 6.06, his WHIP 1.65, and his excellent win over the Los Angeles Dodgers July 8 seems aberrant. Own him in dynasty formats for sure, but this season might continue to be inconsistent.
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks launched a 460-foot home run Tuesday, inching his batting average back to .200. The last time it was higher: April 18. Weeks is hitting .298 with a 1.006 OPS in July, so he's improving and continues to be a decent buy-low option. He is available in roughly 20 percent of ESPN leagues.
Texas Rangers right-hander Roy Oswalt had his best outing so far Tuesday, allowing only a Josh Reddick solo home run in 6 1/3 innings. After permitting a whopping 40 hits in his first 23 innings, Oswalt was much better against Oakland. He fanned six and walked nobody. Don't expect a sub-3.00 ERA, but Oswalt should win games.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, his first action since missing a month with an oblique injury. Joyce is owned in roughly two-thirds of ESPN standard leagues, but he's a strong producer against right-handed pitching and will play regularly. Joyce had nine home runs and 28 RBIs through May and is a top-50 outfielder.
The bubble burst for Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens Tuesday, as he was pounded by the San Francisco Giants for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jurrjens had pitched well in four starts since coming back from Triple-A Gwinnett, but he's not the same pitcher as previous years, not with 18 walks and 19 strikeouts in 45 innings. Look elsewhere in mixed leagues.
Finally, aces Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia each came off the DL Tuesday and pitched well. Halladay went five innings, allowing two runs and striking out six in Los Angeles. His current 3.96 ERA is likely to fall, so buy low if possible. Sabathia beat the Toronto Blue Jays for his 10th win, tossing six shutout innings. He's the safer bet than Halladay, but each top-10 pitcher can be trusted.