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4/23:Matz looks to be settling into a bit of a groove. His start on Saturday wasn't as dominant as last time, but he was still pretty good. He struck out eight and allowed only two runs in 6.2 innings of work. He gave up nine hits, but was able to limit the damage. The hits are a bit concerning because a better offensive team could make him pay, but the fact that he didn't walk anyone was encouraging. With the Mets' offense rolling, Matz could find himself in line for more wins too. All signs are pointing up for the young lefty.--Jorge - RotoBaller
4/23:Updating an earlier story, it appears that Cespedes will take the weekend off to rest his bruised leg. He should be fine, but get him out of your lineups until you hear he is ready to come back. Long term this shouldn't be much of an issue. This guy is still a stud fantasy outfielder. Hopefully he is ready to go on Monday or Tuesday.--Jorge - RotoBaller
4/23:After John Lackey gave up six runs before getting pulled in the fifth inning, the Cubs' bullpen was summoned and simply couldn’t stop the bleeding. The first man up was Trevor Cahill, who was making his team-leading eighth appearance out of the bullpen. Cahill wasn’t much better than his predecessor, giving up three runs before getting the final out of the sixth. The next two pitchers didn’t fare much better, as Neil Ramirez and Clayton Richard both gave up two runs on two hits. The game was especially disappointing for Ramirez, who had given up just one hit in four innings of work this season.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
4/23:For the second time this season John Lackey failed to deliver a quality start, getting pulled after five innings and two-thirds. Giving up seven hits and six runs, he dug himself into a hole his offense couldn’t bail him out of. This was the second time in four starts that Lackey allowed six runs. It was particularly disappointing however, because he had been improving in each of his previous two starts, culminating with his 11-strikeout performance in St. Louis earlier in the week. In the short run, expect this to be a minor issue; Lackey’s next start will be Friday night at home against the 4-13 Atlanta Braves.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
4/23:According to manager Bryan Price, Adam Duvall is going to be the team's primary left fielder going forward. This should come as no surprise, as he is simply better than platoon outfielder Scott Schebler. In his first 43 at-bats, Duvall hit .279 with two home runs. He makes for a solid pick up in season-long leagues, if he is not already owned. With an increase in at-bats, he is worth the bench spot.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:Carl Crawford has been been rehabbing his lower back injury since April 8, but it looks like he is set to return to action on Monday. The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder went 3-for-8 with two RBIs in his two rehab appearances. He is worth a look in season-long leagues, as he still possesses fantastic speed and hitting ability.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:Charlie Morton injured his hamstring on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers after attempting a sacrifice bunt and running down to first base. He did strikeout three batters in the only inning he pitched, but he also allowed three hits and one run. He will likely end up on the DL, which will open up a spot on the Philadelphia Phillies roster. Could this be time to call up J.P. Crawford? Probably not. Brett Oberholtzer replaced Morton in the second, and the Phillies will likely call up a pitcher from the minors.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:Alex Avila left Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers with a hamstring injury, and it is possible that the Chicago White Sox place him on the 15-day DL. He is going to be reevaluated on Sunday, and if the DL is imminent, it is likely that Kevan Smith will be called up from the Triple-A Charlotte. For the time being, Dioner Navarro will likely start at catcher.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:We thought Dustin Pedroia could be a sleeper pick and he's certainly living up to that thinking now. May is around the corner and he's hitting .310 after Saturday's 2-for-4 effort. He already has four doubles. The weather is warming up and it looks like the Laser Show's just getting started. He needs to be in your lineup now, no ifs, ands or buts.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
4/23:Charlie Blackmon is set to begin his rehab assignment next week. He is currently out with turf toe, as both Gerardo Parra and Brandon Barnes have been starting for the Colorado Rockies in center. Blackmon has a great combination of power and speed at serves him well in Coors Field. He is one of the better hitting outfielders in the league and a must play when he fully recovers from this injury. If he happens to be sitting on the waiver wire right now, it would be advisable to put in a claim.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:Mike Minor, who missed all of the 2015 season with a torn labrum, pitched three innings today in an extended spring training game. His fastball is currently reaching 96 MPH, and he could eventually find his way into the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation. He is still a little while from beginning his rehab assignment, but he may be worth a stash in very deep season-long keep leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
4/23:Clay Buchholz didn't pitch that poorly for much of Saturday's start, so we can't say he was Bad Clay. It was the fifth inning that was his undoing. He had only given up a run before that, but Colby Rasmus ruined his day by clubbing a grand slam. That gave Houston a lead it wouldn't surrender. The righty went 5 2/3 innings, struck out six, walked one and gave up five runs, all earned. His ERA is still really high at 6.33, though his WHIP isn't THAT bad at 1.22. Don't despair, though. The Braves will give him a fine chance to redeem himself next. Put him in your lineup for that game and then assess afterwards.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
4/23:Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-5 with two singles and a walk on Saturday as he batted in the second spot as usual for the White Sox. Rollins is batting .235 on the season with four doubles, one homer, six runs, three RBIs and he's been caught stealing twice. He has drawn five walks against six strikeouts, so at least the plate discipline is there (though he is chasing a few more balls outside of the zone compared to usual). Simply put, the White Sox offense is struggling as a whole and while Rollins isn't helping things, that exacerbates the issue of his own stats. He also gets more rest days than most due to his age, so his value is really capped here.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
4/23:Todd Frazier is certainly helping the White Sox on defense, and his fifth homer is good for the team lead, but other than that he is still only batting .200 on the season. Frazier is known for his power and swiping the occasionally sneaky bag, but certainly not batting average. That being said, batting .200 is still quite bad by any standard. Hopefully that will start to even out as his rates normalize. He's swinging at way less pitches out of the zone (28.7% from 37.8% last year) but also making less contact with pitches in the zone (80.4% from 85.2%) as well as huge drop in hard contact (20.4% from 37.3%). We'll see how this unfolds, but clearly the transition to the AL is rather rough for him thus far.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
4/23:Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and a walk on Saturday against the Rangers. Cabrera is the White Sox best hitter at the moment as he is now batting .344 with a .900 OPS. He has walked six times and only struck out four times. He has two homers with nine runs scored and seven RBIs. The counting stats are lacking thanks to the offense struggling as a whole, but clearly he is doing what he can. Cabrera should be on all radars right now and makes for a fantastic back-end outfielder in deeper leagues despite his modest pop and nonexistent speed threat.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller