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3 years agoMarcus Stroman pitched solid enough in his second start of the year, but unfortunately suffered through the rare complete-game loss. Stroman pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in a 2-0 loss. The silver lining here is that Stroman is looking more like his old self, whereas last year he was getting shelled more often than not around this time. He’s thrown 15 1/3 innings this season with nine strikeouts against three walks. He’s never going to strike out the world but should maintain a strikeout-to-walk ratio around three for fantasy owners throughout the year. Stroman has a tougher test on Tuesday when he takes on the Red Sox in Toronto.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoMichael Fulmer has two starts under his belt, and he's earned quality starts in both of them. Today's effort was a six-inning performance in which he allowed three runs and struck out seven batters. Fulmer allowed a leadoff home run to Brian Dozier and got into trouble in the third inning, but limited the damage to come away with the win. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year now has a 2.25 ERA on the season.--Tyler Germain - RotoBallerSource: MLB
3 years agoBen Revere is in the lineup against A.J. Griffin and the Rangers tonight, batting sixth and playing left field. Although he is not in a straight platoon with Cameron Maybin, he does occasionally draw a start against right-handed pitchers. Revere is 2-for-9 on the season with two runs scored. He has yet to swipe a base. Until he is playing every day, he should be left alone except in the deepest leagues. However, he could be a useful daily play on days that he draws a start. He is 1-for-3 in his career against tonight's starter, A.J. Griffin.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: Angels PR
3 years agoAndrew Bailey has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, reports Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times. Daniel Wright has been recalled in his place. Bailey was part of the alleged closer committee in the Angels bullpen but had yet to see a save opportunity. Bailey did have two wins however, after the Angels came from behind in both games. Bailey, 32, has thrown an inning in three separate games, giving up no hits and no walks and striking out two. The former closer has looked good so far this season and was in line to potentially steal some saves away from Cam Bedrosian. The move to the disabled list should clear the way for Bedrosian to be the clear No. 1 option for saves. No announcement has been made on the length of time Bailey will be out, but keep an eye on it. Inflammation typically is not a long-term issue, but with his injury past and age, nothing can be taken too lightly.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: Pedro Moura
3 years agoAlbert Pujols went 1-for-3 with two walks and a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning yesterday in a win over the Rangers. Pujols is now 6-for-12 over the last three games, raising his season average to .219. Expect the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer to continue to produce solid power numbers as long as he is healthy. Being a full-time designated hitter should help keep Pujols in the lineup on a day-to-day basis -- welcome news for his owners. Pujols will face off against Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin this evening, whom he is only 2-for-14 against in his career, albeit with a home run and two walks.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoRyon Healy will bat sixth and serve as the designated hitter in tonight’s matchup against Jason Hammel and the Royals. Healy has hit third in all but one game this season. Healy’s demotion in the lineup likely occurred because of his .156 batting average. He has two home runs but has only drawn one walk and has struck out eight times. His poor start will earn him a demotion in the batting lineup but should not have a dramatic impact on his fantasy value going forward. Healy’s BABIP is a minuscule .136, and as the season goes on, he will find his groove. In standard leagues, it is safe to bench Healy until he pulls out of this funk. However, the power is coming and even out of the six spot Healy should be able to drive in some runs. He is worth holding onto in most formats. Jed Lowrie has replaced Healy in the third spot in the lineup.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: Susan Slusser
3 years agoWhen Blue Jays reporters speculated that Roberto Osuna would return after spending the minimum requirement of 10 days on the disabled list, they weren’t kidding. Osuna returned to the Jays’ bullpen exactly after the 10 days, pitching the ninth inning in a 4-3 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Osuna looked fine in his season debut, allowing one hit and striking out one in his one inning pitched. It sounds as though he isn’t feeling any further discomfort from his neck tightness after finally getting in a game, so fantasy owners should treat him as all systems go from this point forward.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoRookie Davis was hit by a pitch while batting during last night's game. The rookie pitcher suffered a forearm bruise and was placed on the 10-day disabled list today. Reliever Barrett Astin was called up from Triple-A to take Davis' spot on the team's roster. The Reds have not yet announced who will take Davis' spot in the rotation. Manager Bryan Price mentioned Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano as possible replacements. Davis has a 6.43 ERA over his two starts this season.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoMichael Conforto’s playing time may not be set in stone at the moment, but the more Curtis Granderson struggles, the more opportunity Conforto will have. After a successful first start of the season in Miami on Sunday that saw him finish 1-for-3 with his first home run of the year, Conforto is getting the start in center field for the Mets tonight over Granderson (and batting leadoff). In limited action thus far, Conforto is hitting .333/.500/.833 with a homer, two runs scored, and two RBI over six at-bats. If he can find a way to consistent playing time, he could provide fantasy owners with immense benefits over the course of the year.--John SmithSource: MetsBlog
3 years agoFantasy owners were gleaming on Tuesday night as Matt Harvey was en route to his second consecutive fantastic start to begin 2017. Those smiles were quickly turned upside down as Harvey had to be removed from the game after 5 2/3 innings when it seemed as though he tweaked something in his leg covering first base on a grounder. Fortunately, it turns out the tweak is nothing more than a cramp in his hamstring, and according to manager Terry Collins, Harvey will make his next start in Miami against the Marlins on Sunday. Prior to Harvey’s early exit on Tuesday, his velocity was in the 97-mph range once again, and he certainly doesn’t look like a pitcher not even a year removed from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.--John SmithSource: MetsBlog
3 years agoAfter expressing optimism that he would be fine for the Blue Jays’ home opener on Tuesday night, fantasy owners were thoroughly disappointed after Josh Donaldson didn’t end up being in the lineup. Fortunately, the good vibes returned when Donaldson was able to pinch hit in the ninth inning in a one-run game. Now, Donaldson is nearly all the way back, as he is starting as the Jays’ designated hitter on Wednesday night against Chase Anderson and the Brewers. It sounds as though the aggravation of Donaldson’s right calf strain is subsiding, and we should expect him back at third base hopefully tomorrow.--John SmithSource: CBS Sports
3 years agoAfter recording his first triple-double of his career, guard Ty Lawson will sit out of the Kings' season finale tonight against the Clippers. Lawson dropped 22 points with 12 assists and 11 rebounds in the victory over the Suns on Tuesday. He took advantage of some extra minutes with Darren Collison resting on Tuesday. Lawson has rested in six of the last 15 games for the Kings, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Collison move into the rotation with Lawson sidelined tonight.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Yahoo
3 years agoThe move to get DeMarcus Cousins hasn't worked exactly as planned so far. The team went just 7-10 in 17 games with him. Cousins got stronger on the glass, and none of his other stats suffered too much. The Pelicans just weren't able to put it all together this season. Tonight is the season finale for the Pelicans, and they will have to play it without Cousins, as he's dealing with an Achilles injury. Alexis Ajinca, Cheick Diallo, Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas should all split the minutes at power forward and center tonight.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Pelicans PR
3 years agoThe Trail Blazers will be short-handed tonight, as star guard Damian Lillard has been ruled out with a foot injury. He's not the only one, as C.J. McCollum (hand) and Allen Crabbe (foot) will also be sidelined for the season finale tonight against the Pelicans. This will be the second game in a row without this trio. Shabazz Napier went off on Monday for a career-high 32 points against the Spurs. Expect him to see around 30 or 35 minutes tonight, and Lillard should be ready to roll soon, as his injury isn't viewed as too serious.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Casey Holdahl
3 years agoBrian McCann has provided some early pop for the bottom of Houston's lineup during the first two weeks of the season. Wednesday he has a strong matchup against Seattle right-hander Yovani Gallardo. In 14 career at-bats against Gallardo, McCann has five hits in only 14 at-bats with one home run and four runs batted in. The catching position in fantasy lacks depth right now, and McCann is a solid choice for Wednesday lineups.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoCam Bedrosian recorded a win yesterday, his first of the season. Bedrosian entered in the top of the 10th inning after the Angels scored three in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Bedrosian nearly surrendered the lead to the first batter he faced,read more...
3 years agoMavs forward/center Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points with eight rebounds in Tuesday's home finale in Dallas. He will not travel with the team for the season finale against Memphis tonight. That's not a huge surprise, as the Mavs have nothing left to play for as they have been eliminated from playoff contention. Harrison Barnes should get the start, and Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri should see some decent minutes off the Mavs' bench tonight.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Earl K. Sneed
3 years agoMike Fiers will make his second start of the season for the Astros Wednesday night against the Mariners. Fiers is starting in place of injured pitcher Collin McHugh, who is shelved with an elbow injury. Fiers pitched well in his first outing, lasting six innings and only giving up one run on five hits. Fiers will not post high strikeout totals, but the hope is that he continues to post quality starts. Seattle sluggers Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia all have excellent career numbers against Fiers.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoThe Pistons have their season finale tonight against the Orlando Magic but will be playing with a different lineup than usual. Guard/forward Stanley Johnson will draw the start tonight, and Marcus Morris will come off the bench. Johnson should see plenty of minutes tonight and should easily play at least 30 minutes. He's got a favorable matchup against the Magic and is worth starting tonight. Morris is not much of an option tonight and should likely only see minutes in the teens.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Rod Beard
3 years agoYovani Gallardo looks to improve in his second start of the season for the 2-7 Mariners. Last outing, Gallardo lasted only five innings, allowing three runs and striking out four in a losing effort to the Angels. Gallardo is trying to return to his 2015 form when he won 13 games and had a 3.42 ERA for the Rangers. Gallardo has the tough task of slowing down a Houston offense that has favorable career numbers against him.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Mariners
3 years agoJosh Reddick grabbed two more hits in the Astros' victory Tuesday night. The solid night at the plate raised his average to .292 on the young season. Reddick should keep it going Wednesday, as the Astros will go up against Seattle right-hander Yovani Gallardo. In eight career at-bats against Gallardo, Reddick has four hits. Reddick is a solid sleeper for Wednesday's action.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoDanny Espinosa went 3-for-5 with a solo home run yesterday, his second of the year. Espinosa is only hitting .214 on the season but has two home runs and eight RBI. The 29-year-old hit .209 last season with 24 home runs, so the early results this season look familiar. Expect Espinosa to continue to provide power, but his poor batting average and low walk rate will limit his fantasy value. If he is able to accrue double-digit steals, he could hold some mixed league value -- he did steal nine bases last season. For now, he should only be utilized in deep mixed or AL-only formats.--Andy Patton - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
3 years agoDanny Valencia has a promising matchup going into tonight against the Astros. In 11 career at-bats against Houston starter Mike Fiers, Valencia has four hits, with two of them home runs. Valencia has struggled to start the season with only five hits in 35 at-bats, but the matchup may be too juicy to keep him out of the lineup for Seattle manager Scott Servais.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Mariners
3 years agoCarlos Beltran singled home an insurance run in the ninth inning for the victorious Astros on Tuesday night. Beltran had two hits in the game, raising his average up to .294. Beltran will face Seattle right-hander Yovani Gallardo Wednesday night, a pitcher Beltran has only a .182 average in 22 career at-bats against. This depresses his value for fantasy lineups for Wednesday.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoJose Altuve singled home a run and doubled in the Astros' 7-5 win over the Mariners Tuesday night. It took nine games, but Altuve grabbed his first RBI of the season and raised his average to .216. It's only a matter of time before Altuve heats up, and performances like this are a step in the right direction.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoRobinson Cano singled to left field to plate two runs in the Mariners' 7-5 loss. The base knock tied the game at the time, and Cano now has seven runs batted in on the season. The Mariners are 2-7, and a lot of the blame can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the offense. Even though the Mariners' bullpen let this one get away, Cano and Co. will have to pick it up in the coming weeks.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Mariners
3 years agoWith one swing of the bat, Evan Gattis' bases-loaded double swung the game for the Astros en route to a 7-5 victory. The ball almost was caught by Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger but skipped to the wall, clearing the bases. The season is young, but Gattis is hitting .316 with four runs batted in. Gattis is stuck in a platoon role at the catching position with Brian McCann and designated hitter with Carlos Beltran.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoMitch Haniger continued his success against Houston pitcher Joe Musgrove by stroking an RBI double in the Mariners' 7-5 loss on Tuesday. He also drew three walks in the game, putting another strong game together at the plate. Haniger wasn't so lucky in the field when he barely missed a fly ball by Houston's Evan Gattis, leading to a bases-clearing double. But in the land of fantasy, Haniger is having a solid week.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Mariners
3 years agoGeorge Springer led off the game with another home run Tuesday night, his fourth leadoff blast and fifth on the season. Springer has been one of the most impactful bats in baseball since the beginning of the season and now has nine runs batted in. He is a must-start in every fantasy league, as Springer continues to jump start the Astros offense.--Joey C - RotoBallerSource: Houston Astros
3 years agoGregory Polanco will get the day off Wednesday against the Reds. Rookie left-hander Amir Garrett is on the mound, so the left-handed hitting Polanco will get his first breather of the season. Polanco hasn't gotten too many days off in his brief career, but he only hits .202 against lefties, so it seems like an appropriate time. Polanco is off to a slow start in 2017, batting .241 with no homers and a lone RBI. He does have two steals but will need to pick up the pace offensively to justify his ADP. Utility man Adam Frazier will play left field and is starting to gain deep NL-only value.--Pierre Camus - RotoBallerSource:

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