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3 years agoYasiel Puig continues to reward owners who drafted him this season. He had another monster day Saturday, picking up three hits, including a home run, and four RBI. He also added his second stolen base of the year. The LA outfielder is hitting .333 with four homers and 10 RBI for the season. Puig has vaulted himself into the must-start category for fantasy lineups, especially considering that he's moved into the cleanup spot for the Dodgers.--Barry Leonard - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoDodgers' infielder Logan Forsythe was pulled from Saturday's contest with the Diamondbacks due to hamstring tightness. The injury will keep him out of the lineup Sunday. Forsythe was 3-for-3 before exiting Saturday's game and is hitting .310 on the year. Consider him day-to-day until further notice.--Barry Leonard - RotoBallerSource: Ken Gurnick -
3 years agoBen Revere drew the start and hit second on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a game-tying RBI single and a run scored. Revere started in left field, Cameron Maybin shifted to center and Mike Trout served as the designated hitter for the day. Now that Albert Pujols can play some first base, we may see more of Revere in the lineup, at least until Luis Valbuena (hamstring) returns. The 28-year-old speedster has outplayed Cameron Maybin so far this year and may be in line for more at-bats if that pace continues. If he does, look for him to contribute stolen bases and little else to your fantasy team. He is not worth rostering yet except in the deepest of leagues, but an increase in playing time could push Revere onto the mixed league radar.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: MLB
3 years agoMatt Shoemaker nearly notched a quality start on Saturday, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He was pulled with one out in the sixth inning after 105 pitches. Unfortunately, a lack of run support and a clutch eighth-inning home run from Mike Moustakas prevented Shoemaker from getting the victory. Still, fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief that after a poor start last week Shoemaker rebounded to post a solid line. The seven strikeouts in particular is nice after only recording one last week. Prepare for some ups and downs throughout the season from the 30-year-old. His next start will be at Houston against a very good hitting Astros team.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: MLB
3 years agoCC Sabathia took the mound for the third time this season and is off to his best start since 2011. Sabathia’s steady production was overlooked early because of the sporadic arm from Carlos Martinez. The veteran remained consistent through the first seven innings of the game Saturday, surrendering two hits, one walk and one hit by pitch. Jedd Gyorko broke the shutout bid with a solo shot to center that ended Sabathia’s day. His next start should come on Friday as New York begins a series in Pittsburgh.--Michael Collins - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoRonald Torreyes recorded the lone hit from the Yankees’ infield on Saturday. Torreyes delivered a key double to open the sixth inning. The young shortstop offered a lowly .091 average through the first four games but has hit safely eight times in the past seven outings. Didi Gregorious is not expected to return until the beginning of May. Torreyes will have steady opportunity for at least the next two weeks with Pete Kozma being his only competition in the short term.--Michael Collins - RotoBallerSource: Rotowire
3 years agoBrett Gardner was a key contributor for New York in a strange offensive affair Saturday. Carlos Martinez was dominant when finding the zone but handed out a number of free passes. Gardner collected two walks for the second straight day and added a single in the eighth inning. Strikeouts remain a concern, as the veteran has been set down on strikes in 27.8 percent of at-bats, but he hedged his production by drawing walks. Jacoby Ellsbury is playing well alongside Gardner and extended his on-base streak to nine games.--Michael Collins - RotoBallerSource: MLB
3 years agoScott Schebler had a big game for the Reds on Saturday. The right fielder went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a single. Schebler is now slashing .200/.317/.514 with three homers and seven RBI. While his batting average isn't great, Schebler has been productive in the power department with five extra-base hits. Schebler has loads of power potential, so it has been encouraging to see that carry over to the major leagues this season. As the left-handed hitting side of a right field platoon, Schebler should see relatively consistent playing time this season. He doesn't need to be added right now, but keep him on your radar, as he has 20-home run potential in the big leagues. He's an interesting name to consider in DFS on days the Reds face right-handed pitching.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoCincinnati prospect Jesse Winker struck out in his first MLB at-bat on Friday night, but he sure made up for it in his second at-bat on Saturday. Winker came on as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of a 4-4 game and promptly broke the tie with a two-run double. The Reds wound up winning 7-5. Winker has been on the radar as an outfield prospect for a while, but he's still only 23-years-old. Despite the big moment, Winker was told after the game that he will be returning to Triple-A on Sunday morning. It doesn't come as a surprise, as he knew his big league stay would be short. The Reds plan to call up pitcher Sal Romano on Sunday to make a start. Despite heading back to the minors, Winker should be owned in all dynasty leagues.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoUpdating a previous report, Brandon Finnegan lasted just one inning on Saturday, allowing two runs while walking two and striking out one. Finnegan didn't come out for the second inning after he reported soreness in his pitching shoulder. It was later reported that Finnegan has a left lat strain and will not be available to make his next start. The Reds have yet to give a timetable for his return, but a stint on the disabled list is the most likely outcome at this point. The Reds already have three starting pitchers on the DL -- Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani and Rookie Davis. Stay tuned for updates regarding when we might see Finnegan on the mound again. Cody Reed is an option to take Finnegan's spot in the rotation if he lands on the DL.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoErvin Santana's excellent start to the 2017 season continued on Saturday. He pitched a complete game one-hitter against the White Sox, striking out eight and walking just one. The veteran right-hander picked up the win in the game, improving his record to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.41 ERA and 15 strikeouts over his three starts. Santana needs to be owned in all leagues at this point, as he's been one of fantasy's best starting pitchers over the first two weeks of the season. He will take on the Indians at home in his next start.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoBrian Dozier was held out of Saturday's game with a right knee contusion which he suffered during Friday's game. An MRI on the knee came back clean, and Minnesota manager Paul Molitor mentioned that the wet conditions on the field on Saturday were why he held Dozier out of action. Look for the star second baseman to be back in the lineup to take on James Shields Sunday. Dozier has excellent career numbers against Shields, slashing .423/.483/.962 with three homers and a stolen base. He's a must-start in all formats provided he's active today.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoRobbie Grossman hit leadoff for the Twins on Saturday as they took on White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana. Grossman had a big day, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and two walks. Grossman, a switch-hitter, has been much more effective against lefties over his career. That has remained the case in 2017, as he's hitting .333 against southpaws compared to just .250 against right-handers. While Grossman's splits make him hard to use as an everyday player in fantasy, he is worth keeping in mind in DFS when he goes against a lefty. That will not be the case today as he will face White Sox right-handed starter James Shields.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoIt took until the 11th game of the 2017 season, but defending MVP Kris Bryant finally smashed his first home run of the year, and then he hit another. The 25-year-old connected on two home runs Saturday afternoon in a losing effort against the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7. His first home run came in the first inning as he put the Cubs on the board. His last came with nearly all hope lost in the ninth, as the team trailed 8-6. While his blast momentarily gave the Cubs new life, they would lose by a run. Bryant’s start to this season has eerily mirrored that of last year’s, as at this very point in the season he was hitting .250 with two home runs. Therefore, the start shouldn’t garner any worries, as he should improve as the season moves on.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: CBS Sports
3 years agoJake Arrieta’s early-season momentum was halted yesterday at Wrigley Field, as he couldn’t record his third consecutive victory to kick off the year. The 30-year-old failed to exit the sixth inning after surrendering a home run and getting pulled in favor of reliever Brian Duensing. Arrieta tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five. Look for his next start to come on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Chicago Sun-Times
3 years agoEven as he approaches 40 years of age, Joaquin Benoit continued his torrid start to the season yesterday as he recorded his first save of the year. The Dominican veteran retired the three, four and five batters of Washington’s lineup in order to close out the ninth and give Philadelphia their fourth victory of the year. Benoit has now tossed five shutout innings on the year, giving up just one hit while striking out six. While still fairly early, he appears to be firmly positioned to remain closer for the foreseeable future.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Philadelphia Inquirer
3 years agoWith the Nationals and Phillies squared at two through seven innings of work, Cesar Hernandez became the hero in the top of the eighth. The 26-year-old stepped up to the plate with one on and one out and delivered a decisive two-run home run that put Philadelphia up for good. It was his first home run since Opening Day and clearly his biggest hit of the year. Hernandez is now batting .313 through 11 games with seven RBI. Following a year that saw him hit a career-best .294, Hernandez has shown early signs of further improvement in his fifth professional season.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Burlington County Times
3 years agoIn his third start of the year and second in a row against the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia’s No. 1 starter Jeremy Hellickson put on a brilliant showing on the road. The 30-year-old threw a season-high 98 pitches in seven innings of work, allowing just two runs on four hits while walking just one. As he did in his first two starts, he also kept the strikeouts at a low rate, striking out just two in the victory. Hellickson has been outstanding through his three outings, allowing just three runs across 17 innings of work. Look for him to be back on the mound Friday night against the Atlanta Braves.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource: Philadelphia Inquirer
3 years agoHunter Renfroe smashed his third home run of the year on Saturday, taking veteran R.A. Dickey deep just before Austin Hedges followed up with another. Renfroe is tied with Aaron Judge and Mitch Haniger for the early home run lead among all rookies. He is showing off the power he displayed in the minors when he went deep 30 times last season in Triple-A. Renfroe is slashing .250/.250/.479 due to the fact he is yet to take a walk. If you are in a league that counts on-base percentage, he holds less value, but he is worth starting in most standard 5x5 leagues of 12 or more teams.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoClayton Richard fell short of a quality start against the Braves, allowing four earned runs and nine hits in six innings. Part of the damage included back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning, which ultimately proved to be the difference in the loss. Richard has the ability to induce a high number of ground balls, leading to a 3.89 GB/FB rate. A high number of those still go for hits, which has resulted in a 1.30 WHIP so far. Richard is nothing more than a streaming option against opponents who don't put the ball in the air.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoAustin Hedges hit a much-needed home run on Saturday against R.A. Dickey. It was his first of the season and the fourth of his major league career. Hedges finished 2-for-4 on the day, giving him a .114 average two weeks into the season. Backup catcher Hector Sanchez was just reinstated from the seven-day disabled list, giving the Padres more options if Hedges continues to struggle badly. Hedges started the season hitless in his first 21 at-bats but is showing signs of life with a base hit in each of the last three games.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoDaniel Hudson pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the Cubs to earn his fourth hold of the season. Hudson's ratios (4.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP) aren't pretty -- he allowed an earned run to score in three straight appearances before Saturday. Still, Hudson is the main handcuff to closer Tony Watson and could be valuable in leagues that count holds. The former starter saved nine games the past two years in Arizona as a fill-in.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoTyler Glasnow kept the ball over the strike zone a bit better in his second start of the season. Glasnow struck out seven and only walked two -- a far cry from his first outing when he walked five with just one strikeout. Glasnow lasted five innings, allowing six runs, but only four were earned. Glasnow may take a while to come along as he continues to learn how to stay within the zone. He can be stashed in keeper leagues, but owners should take a wait-and-see approach elsewhere.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoFrancisco Cervelli notched one hit on Saturday, but that hit was a solo home run. Believe it or not, Cervelli has already surpassed his homer total from last season with two. Cervelli went deep just once in an injury-shortened 2016 and has a career high of seven home runs in 2015. He shouldn't be counted on for more power, but his average should climb from its current .229 mark. There isn't a lot of offensive upside here, making Cervelli an option in NL-only or two-catcher leagues only.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoAndrew McCutchen homered for the second time in three games, providing the game-winning runs in an 8-6 victory over the Cubs. He doubled his power totals with one swing, giving him two home runs and six RBI on the season. His average has been sitting at .250 for the past four games, so fantasy owners are still waiting to see if he'll return to his old MVP form when he hit well over .300.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource: Adam Berry
3 years agoJoe Blanton gave up the go-ahead home run to Cesar Hernandez Saturday, a two-run shot in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the Phillies. That’s three dingers and five runs allowed over seven innings for Blanton this season. After the game, he blamed a mechanical problem in his delivery as the culprit of his bad outings. Nats fans and Blanton owners in deep leagues hope that he fixes his issue sooner rather than later. As mostly a middle reliever, Blanton doesn't have any real fantasy value.--Mario HernandezSource: Nationals Website
3 years agoTanner Roark had to settle for a no-decision on Saturday during the Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the Phillies desptite his strongest pitching performance of the season. Roark pitched seven innings of two-run, four-hit ball. He struck out three and walked none. Roark has 12 strikeouts over 18 innings for the season, and his WHIP sits at a nice 0.89. He’ll next take the mound in New York versus the Mets on Friday.--Mario HernandezSource: The Washington Post
3 years agoPatrick Corbin got off to a rough start en route to a loss in Los Angeles on Saturday. The first three batters he faced scored two of his three earned runs on the night, but he stayed in there and managed to give up nine hits over six innings. Two more unearned runs scored due to Diamondbacks errors. Corbin had three strikeouts but also three walks. He’ll next face the Padres in San Diego on Thursday.--Mario HernandezSource: The Arizona Republic
3 years agoNick Ahmed made the most of his rare start at shortstop on Saturday. He hit a three-run home run, part of his 2-for-4 night that yielded four RBI. The Diamondbacks still lost to the Dodgers, however, 8-4. Chris Owings is the regular shortstop for the Diamondbacks and has started eight of the club’s 12 games so far. Unless Ahmed replaces Owings, he’s not fantasy-relevant in most leagues.--Mario HernandezSource: Diamondbacks Website
3 years agoFernando Rodney gave up a three-run shot to Yasiel Puig on Saturday, which put the game significantly out of reach for Arizona in the eighth inning. He also hit Justin Turner with a pitch. The Diamondbacks would lose to the Dodgers by a score of 8-4. Rodney will likely lose the closer role sometime this year, making J.J. Hoover or Tom Wilhelmsen the next ones likely up. Stash them if you have room and need saves.--Mario HernandezSource: MLB Website

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