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6 days agoCleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber struggled on Monday night, tossing 6 1/3 innings but allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out six and didn't allow a walk, but he did cough up a whopping four home runs. Bieber is better than this, and he'll likely show it as he takes a 3.81 ERA into his next start.--David A Marcillo - RotoBallerSource: mlb.com
6 days agoLos Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani homered off of Twins starter Jose Berrios Monday night. It was Ohtani's first long ball of the season after launching 22 last year. In 2018 he batted .285 with a .564 slugging percentage and even threw in 10 stolen bases for good measure once it was determined he was finished pitching for the season. Last season the Angels sat Ohtani against most lefties as he had a .654 OPS compared to 1.043 vs righties. Despite Angels management saying he won't be part of a platoon this season, it's fair to wonder how they handle his playing time as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in an attempt to pitch in 2020. Still, Ohtani is potentially a five-category contributor who should be owned in all formats and started for the foreseeable future as the Angels are scheduled to face righties in their next four games.--Mike Schwarzenbach - RotoBallerSource: MLB
6 days agoDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd gave up three earned runs in four innings pitched Monday night vs Houston. He only struck out two and needed 96 pitches to get through four innings. Boyd was plagued by the long ball in this one serving up two home runs which accounted for all three runs scored against him. Despite the rough outing, Boyd still boasts a 3.15 ERA and has a 10.8 K/9. He should still be owned in all leagues and has an easier matchup later this week when he's scheduled to start against Oakland.--Mike Schwarzenbach - RotoBallerSource: MLB
6 days agoBoston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland, who sat out Monday's contest due to facing lefty Marco Gonzalez, has three home runs in his past four games, bringing his slugging percentage in May up to a robust .750 with a .410 on-base percentage. Moreland is still part of a platoon at first base with Steve Pearce, but it's the strong side vs. RHP, so he will play the majority of games. Still, his season-long value is primarily limited to deeper mixed leagues and AL-only leagues. However, after facing a lefty Tuesday, the Red Sox are scheduled to face six righties in seven games. Moreland should be in the lineup for all of those games and as long as he's this hot with the bat could be worth adding and starting.--Mike Schwarzenbach - RotoBallerSource: MLB
Next Matchup:   5/20  |  @ TOR    (Edwin Jackson - RHP)   |  1:07 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
6 days agoPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day IL Monday. The move opens up a spot for Jake Elmore on the 40-man roster. Taillon has been on the IL since May 4th and was originally going to be shut down until at least June. Now Taillon won't even be eligible to return until July at the minimum. Taillon was a popular breakout pick this season after posting a 3.20 ERA in 191 innings pitched last year backed up by an 11.8% swinging strike rate. If you have IL spots to play with, he remains a great stash candidate for pitching help during the fantasy playoff push.--Mike Schwarzenbach - RotoBallerSource: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
6 days agoPittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup Monday night. Melky Cabrera will play right field and bat third against the Diamondbacks. Polanco has carried his success from last season into 2019, making hard contact on over 33 percent of his batted balls and is currently sporting a .912 OPS. However, his upside will be limited if he can't crack the lineup against southpaws. Polanco has been out of the lineup three of the past five times Pittsburgh has faced a left-handed starter. On the season, Polanco has only 16 plate appearances versus lefties and has yet to record an extra-base hit.--Mike Schwarzenbach - RotoBallerSource: MLB
Next Matchup:   5/21  |  vs. COL    (German Marquez - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
6 days agoSeattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (hand) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A on Tuesday. Seager is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on May 25, so he'll likely rejoin the Mariners then. Seager had surgery in March to repair a partially-torn tendon in his left hand. He should be stashed in any fantasy leagues where he is available for some reason.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Greg Johns
Next Matchup:   5/19  |  vs. MIN    (Kyle Gibson - RHP)   |  4:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,900
6 days agoPittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang (oblique) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Kang hasn't been hitting well this season, so it's probably not the worst thing in the world to give him some rest. Kevin Newman will draw the start at third base and bat seventh versus lefty Robbie Ray on Monday. Colin Moran figures to draw the starts at third base against right-handed pitching.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: CBS Sports
Next Matchup:   5/21  |  vs. COL    (German Marquez - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
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6 days agoNew York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (back) has been activated from the 10-day injured list on Monday. He missed almost seven weeks due to a lingering back issue, but appears ready to play now. Hicks will leadoff and play center field versus righty David Hess on Monday. Hicks will be a reliable fantasy option if he can hit the way that he did last season.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: New York Post
Next Matchup:   5/20  |  @ BAL    (Andrew Cashner - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
6 days agoNew York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga (shoulder) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Luis Cessa will draw the start versus the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Loaisiga is dealing with a right shoulder strain, so it's unclear how much time he could be sidelined. He wasn't pitching great before the injury, so fantasy owners can probably find a better option. Cessa has a great matchup on Monday but is unlikely to pitch long enough to qualify for a win. It was later discovered that Loaisiga is dealing with a right rotator cuff strain, and he'll be shut down for four weeks. You can drop Loaisiga in mixed leagues for the time being.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: The Boston Globe
6 days agoMilwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (hamstring) is out of the starting lineup on Monday versus the Philadelphia Phillies. This marks the third game in a row that Braun has missed due to a left hamstring issue. Braun is expected to be available off the bench, but he's not worth starting in fantasy lineups for a pinch hit appearance. Ben Gamel will bat ninth and play left field versus righty Aaron Nola. Go ahead and avoid Gamel in this one.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Tom Haudricourt
Next Matchup:   5/21  |  vs. CIN    (Sonny Gray - RHP)   |  7:40 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   ---
6 days agoPhiladelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Irvin has been granted another start versus the Colorado Rockies on Friday. Vince Velasquez (forearm) was expected to miss only one start, but it appears he's going to be sidelined longer. Irvin went seven innings and allowed one run during his MLB debut. However, that start was against the Royals, and the Rockies have a much better offense. Let's see how Irvin pitches in this one before jumping on the bandwagon.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Matt Breen
6 days agoMinnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (wrist) is likely going to avoid a stint to the 10-day injured list. Luckily, the MRI on his wrist came back negative, so Cruz should not be out of the lineup for too long. There is a chance that he's back to swinging the bat by Tuesday or Wednesday. Mitch Garver will serve as the designated hitter and bat first versus lefty Tyler Skaggs on Monday. Garver is slapping the ball and deserves a look for DFS contests.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Betsy Helfand
Next Matchup:   5/19  |  @ SEA    (Yusei Kikuchi - LHP)   |  4:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $6,000
6 days agoNew York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar (shoulder) has landed back on the 10-day injured list. Andujar hits the injured list due to a torn right labrum in his shoulder. He could very well have surgery on it and we might not see him for quite some time. He was struggling with the bat since returning, so maybe his shoulder was holding him back. Clint Frazier serves as the DH on Monday versus righty David Hess.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: New York Post
Next Matchup:   5/20  |  @ BAL    (Andrew Cashner - RHP)   |  7:05 PM ET
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6 days agoMinnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop (shoulder) is out of the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Schoop has now missed two games in a row due to soreness in his shoulder. He's considered day-to-day, but may end up landing on the injured list. Ehire Adrianza is at second base and batting seventh versus lefty Tyler Skaggs.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: LaVelle E. Neal III
Next Matchup:   5/19  |  @ SEA    (Yusei Kikuchi - LHP)   |  4:10 PM ET
Matchup Rating:   PREMIUM   $4,200