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Kyle Hendricks activated, starting Monday for Cubs

The Chicago Cubs activated starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day disabled list.

What It Means:

Hendricks has been sidelined with tendinitis in his pitching hand, but the 27-year-old right-hander will make his first major league start since May 4 as the defending champs open up a home series with the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon. He was off to a rather disappointing start prior to injury, as Hendricks twirled a 4.09 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 20.2 strikeout percentage across 61 2/3 innings while compiling a 4-3 record (11 starts).

numberFire's models project Hendricks to score 33.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,400 on Monday afternoon, making him an extremely attractive option in a matchup where the Cubs are heavy favorites against a White Sox club that has the lowest implied total of the day (3.21 runs).

Adam Engel hitting seventh on Monday for White Sox

Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Engel is batting seventh on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Engel will draw another start in center field while batting seventh versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks. He finished 1-for-4 with a three-run double as the White Sox' leadoff man on Sunday afternoon.

The White Sox are heavy underdogs on Monday afternoon and have the lowest implied total of the day, so avoid their lineup if you can as far as fantasy scoring is concerned. numberFire's models project Engel to score 7.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,300 versus the Cubs.

Yoan Moncada moved up to second in order for White Sox

Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada is batting second on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Moncada has hit out of the six-hole in his four previous starts for the White Sox, going 1-for-13 (.077) with 4 RBI in his first year of regular major league action. He'll move up a few spots to second in the order for Monday's series opener against right-hander Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs.

The White Sox are heavy underdogs on Monday afternoon and have the lowest implied total of the day, so avoid their lineup if you can as far as fantasy scoring is concerned. numberFire's models project Moncada to score 7.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,400 versus the Cubs.

Tim Anderson returns to White Sox' lineup on Monday afternoon

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is starting on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Tyler Saladino returns to the bench after drawing the past two starts at shortstop for the White Sox. Anderson will bat sixth versus Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

The White Sox are heavy underdogs on Monday afternoon and have the lowest implied total of the day, so avoid their lineup if you can as far as fantasy scoring is concerned. numberFire's models project Anderson to score 7.8 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,900 versus the Cubs.

Omar Narvaez on the bench as White Sox open series with Cubs

Chicago White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez is not starting on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Narvaez finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout on Sunday, but he's on the bench for Monday's series opener against right-hander Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs. Kevan Smith is starting behind the plate and batting eighth for the White Sox.

For the season, Narvaez is slashing .260/.343/.300 over 171 plate appearances (53 games). numberFire's models project him to record a .255 batting average in 121 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Kevan Smith starting at catcher for White Sox on Monday

Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith is starting on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

It's the second start in three games for Smith, who will catch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez while batting eighth versus Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. Omar Narvaez will be available off the bench.

The White Sox are heavy underdogs on Monday afternoon and have the lowest implied total of the day, so avoid their lineup if you can as far as fantasy scoring is concerned. numberFire's models project Smith to score 7.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,000 versus the Cubs.

Yolmer Sanchez not in lineup as White Sox visit Cubs

Chicago White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez is not starting on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

The White Sox are without a designated hitter under National League rules, so Jose Abreu will start at first base while Matt Davidson handles the hot corner, leaving Sanchez as the odd man out on Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old multi-position player is slashing .259/.318/.383 with 36 runs scored and 7 steals in 82 games this season.

numberFire's models project Sanchez to turn in a .255 batting average with another 21 runs scored and 3 steals in 203 more plate appearances over the rest of the year.

Ian Happ out of lineup as Cubs open series with White Sox

Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ is not starting on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Happ has started in center field in three of the past four for the defending champs, but he'll head to the bench for Monday's series opener against right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox. Jon Jay is starting in center and batting seventh.

The 22-year-old rookie is slashing .254/.318/.512 with 13 home runs, 34 RBI, and 30 runs scored in 235 plate appearances (60 games) this season. numberFire's models project Happ to turn in a .252 batting average with 6 homers, 19 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 151 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Addison Russell getting Monday off as Cubs face White Sox

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is not starting on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

It's likely just a routine day off for Russell, who is slashing .239/.304/.415 with 9 home runs, 34 RBI, and 43 runs scored in 316 plate appearances (88 games) this season. Javier Baez is starting at shortstop for the Cubs while Ben Zobrist mans second base versus right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox.

numberFire's models project Russell to hit .242 with 6 home runs, 26 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 207 remaining plate appearances this year.

Jon Jay in Cubs' starting lineup on Monday afternoon

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jon Jay is in Monday's starting lineup against the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Jay is starting in center field and batting seventh versus White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Ian Happ will be available off the bench after drawing the start on Sunday night.

Gonzalez owns a 4.89 ERA, 13.3 strikeout percentage, and 8.2 percent walk rate this season, so he could be a pitcher to attack in a contest where the Cubs are heavy favorites who project to benefit from a promising park factor (1.025). numberFire's models expect Jay to score 7.1 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,500.

Ben Zobrist starting on second base Monday for Cubs

Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist is starting on Monday versus the Chicago White Sox.

What It Means:

Javier Baez is moving over to shortstop while Addison Russell gets a breather, opening up second base for Zobrist, who will bat sixth versus White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.

Gonzalez owns a 4.89 ERA, 13.3 strikeout percentage, and 8.2 percent walk rate this season, so he could be a pitcher to attack in a contest where the Cubs are heavy favorites who project to benefit from a promising park factor (1.025). numberFire's models expect Zobrist to score 8.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,000.

Stephen Piscotty (groin) not expected back Tuesday for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty's groin injury is lingering longer than initially planned, manager John Mozeliak admitted Sunday.

What It Means:

Piscotty was originally expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday when he was first eligible, but that no longer appears to be the case. The 26-year-old outfielder will be re-evaluated early in the week. He batted just .171 (6-for-35) with 11 strikeouts in 10 games this month before landing on the DL on July 15, so perhaps those struggles were injury-related.

For the season, Piscotty owns a .236/.348/.371 slash with 6 homers and 31 RBI in 273 plate appearances (69 games). numberFire's models project him to post a .258 average, with 4 home runs and 19 RBI over 183 remaining plate appearances in 2017.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg struggles to get loose Sunday, leaves early

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was removed from Sunday's start against the Arizona Diamondbacks after two innings due to trouble getting loose, manager Dusty Baker said.

What It Means:

Strasburg allowed 1 hit and walked 3 while striking out 2 in two scoreless frames before he was lifted after a laborious 51-pitch effort. The 29-year-old ace right-hander isn't expected to land on the disabled list, as the decision to pull him was largely a conservative measure. He's 10-3 (20 starts) this season while recording a 3.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 28.1 strikeout percentage over 121 2/3 innings.

numberFire's models project Strasburg to turn in a 3.34 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 25.2 strikeout percentage in 81 innings over the remainder of the year.

Rafael Devers will be called up, start at third for Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox will recall top prospect Rafael Devers from Triple-A Pawtucket to play third base, team president Dave Dombrowski announced Sunday.

What It Means:

The 20-year-old Dominican Republic native was just promoted to Triple-A on July 14, and he responded by going 14-of-45 (.400) with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in his nine outings. With playing time guaranteed, Devers is worth an add in all formats.

At Double-A Portland this season, Devers slashed .300/.369/.575 with 19 doubles, 18 dingers, 56 RBI, and 48 runs scored in 320 plate appearances (77 games).

Matt Carpenter exits Cardinals' game with tight quad

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter was removed from Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to right quadriceps tightness.

What It Means:

Carpenter appeared to injure himself while running the bases in the first inning, but little details are known at this time. Luke Voit replaced him at first base in the top of the second inning.

The 31-year-old veteran is slashing .248/.378/.449 with 14 home runs, 46 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 400 plate appearances (93 games) this season. numberFire's models project Carpenter to turn in a .264 batting average with 5 homers, 17 RBI, and 16 runs scored over 131 plate appearances for the remainder of the year.

Clayton Kershaw (back) leaves early, lands on Dodgers' DL

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will be placed on the 10-day disabled list due to an injured back, manager Dave Roberts said after Sunday's game.

What It Means:

Kershaw was removed from Sunday's start against the Atlata Braves after just two innings due to tightness in his back. He missed two months last season with a herniated disc injury, but Roberts doesn't feel like this is a similar issue. Either way, the 29-year-old ace southpaw is expected to spend a couple of weeks on the shelf. More information regarding a timeline for Kershaw's return should be known Monday. He worked two scoreless frames while striking out two and walking one before being pulled.

Kershaw owns a 2.04 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 31.4 strikeout percentage (K%) across 141 1/3 innings on the season while going 15-2 through 21 starts. Without accounting for a potential absence, numberFire's models project him to turn in a 3.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 25.3 K% in 47 2/3 innings over the remainder of the year.

Luke Voit not in Cardinals' Sunday lineup

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Luke Voit is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Voit is sitting this one out after an 0-for-3 day on Saturday. Matt Carpenter is moving back to first base on Sunday, with Kolten Wong returning to play second.

Our models have the Cardinals with a 3.52 implied total, which is the 28th-ranked total in our Heat Map on Sunday.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong starting at second base on Sunday

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is starting at second base Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Wong got a pinch hit at bat on Saturday, but he is back in the starting lineup on Sunday in the national TV game against the Cubs. He's hitting in the eighth spot against southpaw Jose Quintana.

Our models project Wong for 8.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200.

Randal Grichuk moves to seventh in Cardinals' Sunday lineup

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is hitting in the seventh spot on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

Grichuk is moving up one spot from Saturday's game where he smashed a solo homer in the eighth inning. He and the Cards are squaring off against the newest Chicago Cub, Jose Quintana.

Our models project Grichuk for 8.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600.

Paul DeJong hitting sixth Sunday for Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is moving up in the batting order on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

What It Means:

DeJong homered in the eighth inning on Saturday, but it wasn't enough to get the win for the Redbirds. However, he'll move up in the order on Sunday and hit sixth against Cubs' left-hander Jose Quintana.

Our models project DeJong for 9.2 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,600.

Chicago's Melky Cabrera exits Sunday with bruised foot

Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera departed Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a bruised left foot.

What It Means:

Cabrera fouled a ball off his foot and initially stayed in the game, however, he was later removed. He should undergo some testing and we should have more information by the time the game is over Sunday, or by Monday morning.

Assuming he is just day-to-day, our models project Cabrera to post a .295 batting average, with 6 home runs, 31 RBI, and 27 runs scored over 242 plate appearances remaining this season.

Jon Jay heads back to the bench Sunday for Cubs

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jon Jay is not in the lineup on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Ian Happ is getting back in the lineup in center on Sunday. He is hitting in the sixth spot against Michael Wacha, as Jay takes a breather.

Our Heat Map has the Cubs with a 4.41 implied total on Sunday night, which ranks 21st on the slate.

Ben Zobrist is out Sunday night in Chicago

Chicago Cubs second baseman/outfielder Ben Zobrist is not in the lineup on Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Zobrist is just getting another day off on Sunday, as Javier Baez takes over at second base. Baez is hitting eighth against right-hander Michael Wacha.

Our Heat Map has the Cubs with a 4.41 implied total on Sunday night, which ranks 21st on the slate.

Ian Happ in Cubs' lineup on Sunday night

Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is starting against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.

What It Means:

Happ is starting in center field and batting sixth versus Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha while Jon Jay grabs a seat on the bench for Sunday night's series finale.

numberFire's models project Happ to score 8.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,200 on Sunday night, making him an unattractive option for fantasy purposes in a matchup with a poor over/under (8.0 runs).

Javier Baez starting as Cubs close series against Cardinals

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez is starting on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

What It Means:

Baez will start at second base and bat eighth versus Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha after a one-game absence from the starting lineup. Ben Zobrist will be available off the Cubs' bench.

The Cubs have a 4.45 implied total in a matchup with a poor over/under (8.0 runs), so their upside will be limited. numberFire's models project Baez to score 8.0 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,200 on Sunday night, making him an unattractive option for fantasy purposes.

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