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3 years agoEnder Inciarte was officially moved to the 15-day DL and Mallex Smith was called up to take his place in center field on Sunday. Drew Stubbs had been filling in for Inciarte but it appears the Braves want to take a look at Smith to see how he performs. The 22-year-old hit .346 this spring and is at .400 after 3 games to start this year in Triple-A. Smith has tremendous speed, so his upside is definitely intriguing. He stole 57 bases across two levels last season and recorded a whopping 88 SB in Single-A the year before. Smith makes for an interesting streaming option this coming week and could be a bargain in DFS for owners willing to take a chance on the youngster.--Pierre Camus - RotoBaller
3 years agoDon't blame Steven Wright for Boston's loss on Sunday. He went 6 2/3 innings against Toronto's buzz-saw of a lineup and gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out five. He did walk three, but that's the fickleness of the knuckleball. His ERA is a nice 1.35. The Red Sox bats gave him absolutely no support and he wound up taking the L. He more than held his own, especially considering he's mostly holding down the No. 5 rotation spot until Eduardo Rodriguez comes back from his leg injury. If he keeps this up, he might make the case to continue to stay in the bigs. Keep your eye on him.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
3 years agoThe Atlanta Braves have called up Mallex Smith from Triple-A Gwinnett today after placing center fielder Ender Inciarte on the disabled list. Smith is still polishing some areas of his game. He is not going to offer a lot in terms of power, but during his last full season in Gwinnett he slashed .281/.339/.367 and stole 34 bases. He's gotten off to a hot start this season, but his stolen bases may be somewhat limited based on his position in the lineup but. Rest assured, he is going to run once he is on base. Look for Mallex Smith as a cheap pickup if you're in need of some extra speed.--Jonathon Wilson - RotoBaller
3 years agoIn todays games versus the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros' second baseman, Jose Altuve, led off with a home run. This came off of the first pitch by Brewers' right-handed pitcher, Jimmy Nelson. This marks Altuve's first home run of the 2016 season. He is coming off of a 2015 season where he hit 15 home runs, which is a huge increase in power production compared to his previous seasons. If Altuve can continue on this power surge in 2016, his value could increase even more in fantasy baseball leagues. He should be viewed as a top tier second baseman in all leagues.--Trey Rose - RotoBaller
3 years agoDallas Keuchel is making his second start of the 2016 season today versus the Milwaukee Brewers. After one inning, he has walked four batters. This is very unlike Keuchel considering his career high is six walks in one game. This tough first inning led to one hit, four walks, and two earned runs. It is still early in the game, so there is time for Keuchel to make adjustments, but this looks as if it could be a tough day for the left-hander.--Trey Rose - RotoBaller
3 years agoIt seems to be a simple day of rest for Rougned Odor, who has notched two hits (including a home run) in his last two games. Odor has also stolen a base this season, which may give Owners hope that he will be able to eclipse the six he swiped last year. Hanser Alberto will draw into the lineup against Jered Weaver, who will make his season debut following a neck injury this spring.--Christopher Olson - RotoBallerSource: The Dallas Morning News
3 years agoA long absence was expected after Robinson Chirinos had a ball hit off his forearm Saturday. He will miss 10-to-12 weeks as a result of the injury. Bryan Holiday doubled in two at-bats after entering the game, but is unlikely to be much of a fantasy asset, having notched just a .652 OPS in five minor league seasons. Brett Nicholas has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to act as Holaday's backup going forward.--Christopher Olson - RotoBallerSource: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
3 years agoNomar Mazara will be thrown straight into the fire following the news that Shin-Soo Choo will miss at least a month due to a calf injury. All eyes will be on Mazara in his debut after hitting .308/.359/.444 in 20 games at Triple-A Round Rock sat season. The third-best prospect in the Rangers' system is expected to play every day, and could be a nice source of power going forward.--Christopher Olson - RotoBallerSource: The Dallas Morning News
3 years agoShin-Soo Choo was a late scratch Saturday due to a calf strain, and will miss extended time as a result. There is no word on whether Nomar Mazara will draw into the lineup immediately upon his arrival, but he is likely worth an add, as he was considered the third-best prospect in the Texas system heading into 2016 according to Baseball America. He began the season with six hits in 12 at-bats (including a home run) at Triple-A Round Rock.--Christopher Olson - RotoBallerSource: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
3 years agoInitially a candidate to be a starter on the 2016 Cubs, Adam Warren is settling into a role in the bullpen. After four games without seeing action, he came on in the seventh inning of last night’s game in Arizona. It was a pressure situation, as the Diamondbacks had just cut Chicago’s lead to 4-2. Still, Warren was able to retire the final batter and pitch a perfect eighth inning. Perhaps Warren could become an occasional setup man, providing him with chances of recording holds as he did last night.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
3 years agoHyun Soo Kim will make his MLB debut this afternoon as the Orioles take on the Rays. The Orioles initially wanted to send Kim to the minors after a rough Spring Training, but the former KBO star had the right to neglect that option in his contract. Kim was a heavy power hitter in the KBO, but will likely need an adjustment period in the MLB, similar to Jung-Ho Kang last season with the Pirates. However, if Kim can replicate Kang's numbers from last year, he'll be a regular in the Orioles' lineup by mideseason.--Mark PowellSource: Luke Jones, WNST
3 years agoVance Worley will get an opportunity to earn a spot in the Orioles' rotation Sunday afternoon against the Rays. Worley beat out Tyler Wright or the fifth starter spot, though he may be on a strict pitch count in his first start. Worley has been in long relief for the past year, and will look to optimize his role in the rotation. Worley hasn't been a viable fantasy option since 2014, as he spent most of last season in long relief. He also left pitcher-friendly PNC Park this off-season for Camden Yards, a notorious hitter's park.--Mark PowellSource: Baltimore Sun
3 years agoIt’s been nearly two weeks since he last saw the mound in a game, but Jarred Cosart is ready to show the Miami Marlins that he’s capable of being a successful starting pitcher. Cosart earned the team’s fifth and final rotation in Spring Training where he allowed seven hits and struck out nine batters in nearly 10 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .194 off Cosart in Spring Training, and he’s hopeful that his hot spring will translate to success in the regular season. Cosart, who is scheduled to make his season debut Monday against the Mets, went 2-5 with a 4.52 ERA for the Marlins last season.--Steven Slivka - RotoBaller
3 years agoJJ Hardy is back in the Orioles' lineup today for their game against the Rays. Hardy had been nursing a calf injury and sat out the team's last game against the Twins. This also means Manny Machado will move back to third base after taking reps at shortstop during Hardy's absence. It's unlikely that Hardy is owned in a lot of leagues, mainly because he's had a power drop-off the last two seasons. At 33, he's unlikely to find that stroke again, but he could be a valuable contributor for the Orioles if he can increase his OBP and batting average. It'd be nice to have someone on base while hitting all of those home runs.--Mark PowellSource: Baltimore Sun
3 years agoAdam Jones will sit on the bench again Sunday, as he apparently hasn't fully healed from his rib injury suffered earlier this week. As I've said previously, this move is precautionary at this point in the season, If this were a playoff game, Jones would be playing. For owners in daily leagues or in the last day of a weekly match-up, this is big news. Look for possible last-minute replacements on the waiver wire, such as Jones' teammate Joey Rickard (if he's still available), who has gotten off to a blistering start.--Mark PowellSource: Baltimore Sun
3 years agoCole Hamels was a little shaky with his command in the outing (4:3 K:BB ratio), but got double digit ground balls for the second consecutive start en route to the victory. Hamels has done well to show that he will have no problems in his first full season in the American League early on, having allowed just a 13% hard contact rate in his first two games. He will look to stay hot when he takes the ball against the Orioles on Thursday.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoShaky defensive play may have cost  Garrett Richards his first win of the season, but the 27-year-old appears to be in fine form, as he has now struck out 13 batters in 11.2 innings (two starts). Richards lowered his ERA to 3.86 after his quality start against the Rangers. Armed with a changeup and an average fastball velocity over 96 MPH, Richards is showing the stuff that made him so hard to hit in 2014. He will take the ball in what looks to be a favorable matchup against the Twins next week.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoPrior to spring training, not many people projected Tyler White as the Houston Astros first baseman, but he is proving all of those people wrong. Through five games (15 at bats) in 2016, he is hitting .667 with three home runs, nine RBIs, three runs, and a .667 OBP. The Astros have rewarded White by moving him up to fifth in the batting order, which could provide more run production opportunities for White. If he is available in your fantasy baseball league, he is a must add while he is on this hot streak. He showed tons of offensive success in the minor leagues over the past few years, so this success shouldn't come as a surprise.--Trey Rose - RotoBaller
3 years agoColby Rasmus has began the 2016 season with a lot of success. In yesterdays game, he hit two home runs, one that was projected to travel over 460 feet. These two home runs led to four RBIs, which helped earn the Astros a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Through 14 at bats, he is hitting .357 with two home runs, four runs, and four RBIs. In 2015, Rasmus hit .238 with 25 home runs, and 61 RBIs, but many people believe Rasmus could show more success in 2016. He should be viewed as a solid #3 option in your outfield and provides great depth to your bench if you have that luxury in fantasy baseball.--Trey Rose - RotoBaller
3 years agoChris Devenski was called up from Triple-A following a rough 107 pitch performance by Michael Feliz earlier in the week. In Devenski's debut, he retired nine of the ten batters he faced. After seeing Devenski throw during spring training, he made a lasting impression on myself. He throws with great downhill plane, lots of fastball movement, and has a "gamer" mentality. He will continue to throw out of the Astros bullpen for the time being, but he shouldn't be viewed as fantasy baseball relevant.--Trey Rose - RotoBaller
3 years agoAdrian Beltre lifted his batting average nearly 100 points with the three-hit performance, which included a home run to center field in the fourth inning. Beltre's days as an elite power option at third base are likely behind him, but he will be able to keep his batting average high enough to provide a decent return for owners. He notched a .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs in 143 games in 2015.--Christopher Olson - RotoBaller
3 years agoAdam Eaton isn't hurt (as far as anyone knows), he is simply staying by the side of his wife as she gives birth to their child on Sunday. Eaton also missed Saturday's game, and while fantasy owners might be a little upset with Eaton well this certainly qualifies as being bigger than the game. Austin Jackson will bat leadoff in Eaton's absence again, but rest assured the spot is Eaton's when he returns. Eaton has been swinging a hot bat to start the season so it isn't as though his owners are waffling on what to do with him during these off days. Hold him and reap the rewards.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
3 years agoJustin Verlander owns just a 5-7 record with a 4.03 ERA against the Yankees over 17 career starts. However, looking at his numbers over the last five years against individual Yankee hitters, Verlander has fared rather well. The only players who have seen any sort of success off Verlander in that time frame have been Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley. Verlander is typically outstanding at home, so he should be started in all leagues today. That is, of course, assuming that snowy conditions in Detroit don't postpone the contest.--Tyler Germain - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter being pulled from his start against the Phillies, Jacob deGrom is still experiencing tightness and soreness in his right lat. As a result, Logan Verrett will get the spot start on Wednesday against the Marlins. deGrom and the Mets are still downplaying the injury, but there is some minor cause for concern. Hopefully the injury doesn't keep him out very long, but you know the Mets are going to be very cautious with him. If he were to miss an extended period of time, Rafael Montero would likely take his spot in the rotation. Stay tuned for more updates on deGrom's status.--Jorge
3 years agoShane Greene got off to a blistering start for the Tigers in 2015, prompting Cy Young talks after his first three starts. The wheels fell off in a hurry for Greene after that, and heading into 2016 he wasn't on anyone's radar as a player worth owning. After a dynamite spring, which he closed with a 5 IP, 9 K performance, Greene saw his first action out of the bullpen in Detroit's season opener against Miami. Greene delivered in a big way, firing a perfect inning of relief to get the save. Greene has a swing and miss slider to go with a 93 MPH fastball. He's worth picking up today for his start tomorrow. If he performs well, ride his success as far as it will take you.--Tyler Germain - RotoBaller
3 years agoJoey Votto has gotten off to a slow start in the 2016 season, batting just .211 with three RBI. It would be a good idea to try to pry him away from his owner right now. At age 32, Votto is still in the tail-end of his prime and should go on to have another big season for the Reds, so it would be wise to see if the Votto owner in your league is willing to move him for a discount.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
3 years agoOn Saturday, Eugenio Suarez continued his hot hitting to begin the 2016 season. He went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. He is now batting .368 with three home runs and eight RBI. The Reds' starting third baseman also has shortstop eligibility on some sites which gives him added value. He is worth a waiver claim if you need help in the infield as he could end up being your starting shortstop this year if he keeps hitting well.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
3 years agoCody Anderson followed up an impressive 2015 campaign by holding the White Sox to two runs in six innings in his duel with Chris Sale on Saturday. Going forward, he isn't likely to be a source of strikeouts, but he could be a great source for ERA and WHIP. The Indians higher-ups think highly of Anderson and it is time fantasy owners take notice of his potential. He could be an end of the roster fantasy starter in the right matchups.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
3 years agoAfter an adequate first start, Teheran regressed a bit Saturday night. It was a night of fours for Teheran - he walked four, struck out four and was credited with four earned runs in four innings. Although he is technically the ace of the Atlanta staff, he is not performing like one thus far. Teheran still has fantasy value and should be rostered in mixed leagues, but is a fourth or fifth starter at best.--Pierre Camus - RotoBaller
3 years agoGrilli's chances of holding onto the closer job were already tenuous and Saturday's performance did nothing to help. In only two-thirds of an inning, Grilli walked three batters and gave up two runs (one earned). When the Braves manage to finally get a win, it would seem that Arodys Vizcaino will get the call. This makes Grilli expendable in fantasy leagues. Unless things turn around quickly, Grilli may soon become waiver wire fodder.--Pierre Camus - RotoBaller