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3 years agoAfter the Marlins' first three games, J.T. Realmuto is far and away the team's most productive hitter. Miami's catcher launched a two-run shot to tie the game in the top of the eighth on Thursday, his second home run of the series. Realmuto has tallied seven hits in his first three games (.583 average) and has recorded at least two hits in each of those games.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoThe Orioles scored the majority of their runs last season via home run, and the trend continued on Wednesday. Down 1-0 in the third, Adam Jones stepped to the plate and hit a two-run bomb down the left field line, staying fair and making it over the fence. In the next inning, Chris Davis needed only one pitch to hit his first home run, a solo shot to dead center. Expect the long ball to be a huge part of this offense again this season. These two hitters should launch 60 to 70 by themselves this season.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert
3 years agoZach Britton recorded his first save on Wednesday, closing the door on the Blue Jays in the ninth inning. The save didn’t come easy, however; after a pair of hits and a walk, the bases were loaded with only one out. He then induced a double play to end the game, keeping his ERA at 0.00 early on in the season. Much like last season, Britton will be one of the elite closers in the game once again this season thanks to his blazing fastball and his situation in Baltimore. He should be in your lineup every single night.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert
3 years agoDylan Bundy was dominating in his first start of 2017, throwing seven innings of one-run ball against the Blue Jays. He struck out eight and walked none, throwing 69 of 99 pitches for strikes. The Toronto bats were kept completely off balance thanks to Bundy’s above-average fastball and increased usage of his slider from previous seasons. The slider had a ton of movement, so much so that even Bundy himself was surprised by how well it was working. This could be the beginning of a breakout season for the former fourth overall pick. His next start will be another big test -- on the road against Boston.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBallerSource: Ben Ruppert
3 years agoCole Hamels had a bit of a rough outing in his season debut against the Indians on Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) through six innings. He struck out four while walking just one in the contest. Given that Hamels' walk rate ballooned to nine percent last season, it is reassuring to see him limit free passes, but it must be noted that he allowed a home run to Francisco Lindor before departing. The Indians are a tough matchup for any pitcher, but owners would be wise to track Hamels' progress going forward after his (relatively) shaky 2016 season.--Christopher OlsonSource:
3 years agoCincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart is off to a fast start in 2017. The veteran shortstop is batting .500 with three RBI and a run scored through the team's first three games. While he has struggled to avoid injuries over his career, Cozart has been a productive low-end fantasy shortstop when he's active. He is worth owning in deeper mixed and NL-only leagues for the time being. Cozart has a matchup against former teammate Mike Leake on tap for today. That sets up as a pretty neutral matchup for Cozart, but he's worth riding while he's hitting the ball well.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoCincinnati rookie starter Rookie Davis had a rough time in his first career start. The right-hander allowed four runs in three innings, striking out four. A late-game comeback by the Reds got him off the hook and he ended up with a no-decision. Davis struggled to keep the ball in the park, serving up two homers in the game. He was one of the pieces that came over from the Yankees in the Ardolis Chapman trade and is regarded as one of the organization's better pitching prospects. He isn't a fantasy option just yet, but he's worth monitoring in deep NL-only dynasty leagues as an end-of-the-roster stash. Davis will square off against the Pirates on Tuesday in his second career start.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoSam Dyson has struggled mightily to begin the season, allowing eight earned runs while recording just three outs in two appearances. Manager Jeff Banister has said that Dyson's job is safe for now, but it may not take too many unsuccessful outings before Matt Bush takes over the job. Bush has allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings to begin 2017 but logged a 2.48 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings last year. Bush's ability to rack up punchouts may eventually give him the edge over Dyson, who gets most of his outs via the groundball. It could be a bit early to stash Bush given Banister's endorsement, but shrewd owners may want to make the move if Dyson has another blowup before the month is out.--Christopher OlsonSource: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
3 years agoAdam Duvall had a big game for the Reds on Thursday. The slugger went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer off of Philadelphia reliever Adam Morgan. Duvall finished the night with two runs scored and two RBI. He is off to a hot start at the plate, batting .455 through his first three games. Better yet, Duvall has only struck out one time in his 11 at-bats. His high strikeout rate in 2016 brought his batting average down, so if Duvall is able to cut down on the whiffs, he would become a better all-around fantasy asset. Either way, he should provide high-end production in the power categories this season. The Reds open up a road series with the Cardinals starting Friday night, with St. Louis sending righty Mike Leake to the mound. Duvall has two homers in 10 career at-bats against Leake.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoMinnesota closer Brandon Kintzler earned his first save of the 2017 season on Thursday. The right-handed closer needed just 11 pitches to slam the door on the Royals, striking out one batter in the process. Kintzler isn't exactly an elite fantasy closer due to a low career strikeout rate of only 6.45 per nine innings, but he's a cheap source of saves who shouldn't have much trouble holding onto the role as long as he's able to avoid disaster. Minnesota's hot start isn't likely to last, but he could see an uptick in save chances in the near future while his team is playing well. The Twins are set to open up a road series against the White Sox on Friday night.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoMatt Davidson made his season debut on Thursday as the designated hitter for the White Sox, and he made the most of this opportunity, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, a triple and three runs scored. He also walked once. Davidson is finally getting a chance to show what he can do in the bigs now that he's out of options. I wouldn't expect many games like this, but he's got legit power and could be an option in AL-only leagues if he gets enough playing time. He only has 81 big league at-bats under his belt so far, but Davidson was a career .259/.355/.506 hitter in the minors.--Kelly Terbest - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoJames Shields earned the victory on Thursday with a 5 1/3 inning performance against the Tigers. The veteran righty allowed just two hits and struck out five, but also walked five. Shields is in desperate need of a bounce-back season after an atrocious 2016, where he went 4-12 with a 6.77 ERA over 22 games, so this was a nice start. He will need to string a few more of these together before fantasy owners should think about trusting him with a lineup spot, however. He's lined up to get the defending American League champion Indians on the road in his next start on Wednesday.--Kelly Terbest - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoMinnesota outfielder Byron Buxton is off to a slow start in 2017. The speedy outfielder is batting just .071, picking up just one infield single in 14 at-bats. Buxton has been slotted into the No. 3 spot in the lineup this season following a scorching finish to the 2016 season. While Buxton is off to a slow start, fantasy owners need to stay patient with the young hitter. He flashed his power and speed upside at the end of last season, and it is way too early to give up on him in 2017. The Twins will take on southpaw Derek Holland at U.S. Cellular Field today, one of the better parks in the league for hitters. Hopefully the hitter-friendly environment will jump start his bat.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoBrian Dozier went 1-for-5 on Thursday with a run scored in Minnesota's 5-3 win over the Royals. The Twins surprised by sweeping the Royals in their season-opening series, but Dozier is still waiting for his first home run. Through three games, the star second baseman is batting just .231 with one RBI and three runs scored. He has been able to steal three bases, which has kept his value afloat. There's no need to panic, as Dozier is one of the top fantasy second baseman in the league. He is set to take on lefty Derek Holland at homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Keep him active in season-long leagues and consider him as a top second baseman on the slate in daily leagues.--Matt Terelle - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoAfter homering in his first start at second base on Thursday, Aaron Hill could be in line for more playing time. Since the Giants infield is already filled up, they are considering moving Hill into left field to keep his bat in the lineup. The 35-year-old Hill was double switched into left field but has never played there in his professional career, and he will likely be a disaster defensively. However, this is great news for his fantasy value, as Hill could be made relevant in deep leagues if he sees regular at-bats. It's worth keeping an eye on to see how much time Hill will get in left, and it looks like he could be starting there Friday.--Troy Klauder - RotoBallerSource: The Mercury News
3 years agoJeff Samardzija gave up six earned in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, including three home runs. If there's a bright side, Samardzija was able to strike out nine, but he got absolutely crushed when the ball was put in play. It's certainly not an encouraging start for those who were hoping for a bounce-back year from the Shark, who will rematch with the Diamondbacks in his next start. It's still early, but Samardzija should be avoided for his next start and deployed carefully moving forward.--Troy Klauder - RotoBallerSource: The Mercury News
3 years agoRockies third baseman Nolan Arenado stepped to the plate in the ninth inning with the score tied 1-1 between Colorado and the Milwaukee Brewers. He then proceeded to take a Neftali Feliz fastball and park it over the left center fence for a solo shot that would give the Rockies a 2-1 lead, and after a Greg Holland save, the win. Arenado is now 5-for-14 with that homer and two RBI on the young season, while also notably sporting a zesty "zero" in the strikeout category (he has walked twice). Plate discipline was a major improvement of his last season, and if he can keep those gains while building on the power that he's developed, then the soon-to-be 26-year-old could be in for his best season yet. Hold onto your hats!--Nick Mariano - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoThe Adam Eaton acquisition is looking great for the Nats. Eaton hit his first home run of the year during his team’s 4-3 loss to the Marlins. Eaton is now 3-for-10 with three walks, a homer, two doubles, four runs and a stolen base. There’s not a category he won’t be contributing to this year.--Mario HernandezSource: Nationals Website
3 years agoAfter a one hour and 20 minute rain delay, Gio Gonzalez pitched a six-inning, six-strikeout gem for the Nationals, who eventually fell in extra innings to the Marlins 4-3. He allowed seven hits, all singles, and his one walk was intentional. That’s pretty good coming from someone who isn’t known for his control. Another rain delay ended his day, but the results have to excite Gonzalez owners and Nats fans. He’ll next face St. Louis on Tuesday at home.--Mario HernandezSource: Nationals Website
3 years agoJayson Werth hit his first home run of the 2016 season. The one-run shot in the seventh came off of Marlins fireballer Kyle Barraclough. Incredibly, the home run was the first one by a righty hit off Barraclough in his whole career. Werth has been batting in the seventh spot of the order. Despite a drop in overall production, he still hit 21 home runs last season. The 37-year-old is in the final year of a seven-year contract and still holds some fantasy value in deep leagues.--Mario HernandezSource: Twitter
3 years agoThe Baltimore Ravens re-signed wide receiver Michael Campanaro to a one-year deal worth a max of $2 million, according to sources. Campanaro is mainly a special teams weapon, but he could be a weapon on the slot position depending on who the Ravens draft. The 26-year-old has just 12 catches for 137 yards and one touchdown in his first two seasons with Baltimore.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec
3 years agoSteven Souza Jr. is hitting .429 after the first four games of the season. He improved his average after going 3-for-4 against the Blue Jays on Thursday. Souza wasn't able to drive in any runs but had success with a single and two doubles. He might be in for a career year if he can stay healthy and maintain his spot in the middle of the Rays' lineup. Keep him in your lineup while he's still hot.--Tim Hiebert - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoBlake Snell allowed only three hits in his first start of the season, but he struggled finding the strike zone, issuing five walks over 6 2/3 innings. Unfortunately for Snell, one of the three hits was a grand slam to Kendrys Morales in the third inning after consecutive walks to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista loaded the bases. Snell will continue to be a risky start in fantasy until he can limit the free passes. He desperately needs to improve upon his 1.62 WHIP from last season.--Tim Hiebert - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoYoenis Cespedes crushed the cover off the ball all spring long, so going into the Mets’ first two games without a big hit was a bit of a disappointment to fantasy owners. On Thursday, however, he did his best to remedy the dissatisfaction by finishing 1-for-3 with a run scored, a walk and his first double of the year. It’s only a matter of time before Yo gets going -- hopefully he’ll be well on his way to mashing after knocking in his first extra-base hit of the year tonight. At the very least, he’s hitting .313 in 16 career at-bats against tomorrow’s opposing pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoWith Roberto Osuna on the 10-day disabled list, the Blue Jays needed someone to step up for the save opportunity in the ninth inning on Thursday. Jason Grilli was that someone. Grilli picked up his first save of the year in the Jays’ 5-2 win, pitching two-thirds of an inning and striking out both batters he faced. His run as Toronto’s closer should be extremely short-lived, as all indications are Osuna will be making his return after the minimum time spent on the 10-day disabled list (he was added on Sunday). If you’re desparate for a save or two before Osuna gets back, Grilli is worth an add.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoNeil Walker had gotten off to a bit of a slow start this season, but looks to have broken out of the funk a bit on Thursday night. Walker finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Braves. Walker quickly became a Mets fan favorite in 2016 by hitting 23 home runs before his season ended prematurely due to a herniated disc. Assuming his back holds up, Walker is probably in for similar success this year surrounded by talented hitters in the lineup. He’s in a contract year (again) and is certainly looking to cash in next winter.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoVeteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy went six innings and allowed two runs during his 2017 debut on Thursday. He struck out four and walked one during LA's 10-2 route of the San Diego Padres. McCarthy experienced some inconsistency last season, so it's promising to see him start the new season with a win. He'll look to build on Thursday's performance when he next takes the mound on April 12 against the Cubs.--Barry Leonard - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoIt’s been a bit of a struggle during spring training and the first few games for Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, but he came through with a big hit on Thursday that helped propel his team to a win. d’Arnaud finished 1-for-3 with two RBI, both occurring on a double in the fifth inning. d’Arnaud’s hitting ability has never been in question (despite his ugly 2016). His chances of staying healthy, however, are always very much in question. If he can stay on the field, there’s definitely a chance he can return top-12 value at the catcher position, but it’s a big if. He’s worth owning in deeper leagues just in case -- keep an eye on him in shallower ones.--John SmithSource:
3 years agoThrough three games this season, Philadelphia third baseman Maikel Franco is struggling to get in a good hitting rhythm. The Dominican youngster has recorded just two hits and a walk across 12 plate appearances, striking out three times along the way. Seen as a major piece of the Philadelphia lineup and future, his struggles at the very early stage of this season play a role in the club dropping its first series of the year. His job doesn’t get much easier tomorrow, as his team will take on Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBallerSource:
3 years agoFantasy owners who are taking a chance on Yasiel Puig to bounce back this season have gotten a nice reward the last couple of games, as he has hit three homers in two games, including a pair of two-run shots in today's victory over the Padres. Both homers came off Jered Weaver -- first in the second inning and then in the fourth inning. After four games, Puig has his early season line up to .417/.563/1.250 in 12 at-bats. If he keeps up this power game, he'll soon find himself batting higher than seventh or eighth in the Dodgers' lineup and into more fantasy starting lineups.--Kelly Terbest - RotoBallerSource:

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