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4 years agoJoe Mauer has played in 18 games this season, and he has reached base at least once in all of them. He is hitting .328/.450/.453 with one home run, six runs scored and six runs batted in over 64 AB. Mauer appears to be back in top form, and he holds a lot of fantasy value, even without much power or speed. He can be appealing in deep mixed leagues, and is a must-own in AL-Only leagues.--Harris Yudin - RotoBaller
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4 years agoA day after Corbin was hit around by the Pirates, De La Rosa came in and held them in check. It wasn't quite a gem, but Rubby definitely shined bright on Saturday. He tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out six while only giving up three hits and a walk. He did give up a solo home run, but aside from that he was lights out. The former BoSox prospect will look to build on this outing next time out. He should be on people's fantasy radars.--Jorge
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4 years agoThe early word is that the Mets' captain will miss Sunday's game. Despite hitting well on Saturday, it was reported that he was having trouble swinging the bat and would sit Sunday. Wright went two for six with two doubles and two runs batted in. He can still do some damage when in the lineup, but the Mets are going to have to sit him through some aches and pains. That is if they want to get him to the 130+ games played mark they set prior to the season. Stay tuned for more on Wright's injury status.--Jorge
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4 years agoThe offseason acquisition is paying off for the Mets so far. It's nothing flashy, but Asdrubal Cabrera has quietly hit for a .322 average so far. He went two for five on Saturday with a homer and two RBI. He's hit safely in 13 of the team's 16 games and looks like he can provide owners with a healthy average boost. Don't expect much in the way of steals or power, but he at least gives owners steady production at a shallow position. As an added bonus, the Mets' offense is doing well right now so Cabrera will be able to score and drive in more runs than usual.--Jorge
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4 years agoMartin Prado will be out of Miami’s lineup for a few games after the team placed him on the league’s Paternity List. The veteran utility man, who’s been great as Miami’s third baseman this season, is eligible to return on Tuesday when the Marlins play the second game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prado’s done well for the Fish this season by hitting safely in 12 of his first 14 games. His .340 batting average currently ranks ninth in the National League.--Steven Slivka - RotoBallerSource: marlins.com
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4 years agoMatz looks to be settling into a bit of a groove. His start on Saturday wasn't as dominant as last time, but he was still pretty good. He struck out eight and allowed only two runs in 6.2 innings of work. He gave up nine hits, but was able to limit the damage. The hits are a bit concerning because a better offensive team could make him pay, but the fact that he didn't walk anyone was encouraging. With the Mets' offense rolling, Matz could find himself in line for more wins too. All signs are pointing up for the young lefty.--Jorge
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4 years agoUpdating an earlier story, it appears that Cespedes will take the weekend off to rest his bruised leg. He should be fine, but get him out of your lineups until you hear he is ready to come back. Long term this shouldn't be much of an issue. This guy is still a stud fantasy outfielder. Hopefully he is ready to go on Monday or Tuesday.--Jorge
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4 years agoAfter John Lackey gave up six runs before getting pulled in the fifth inning, the Cubs' bullpen was summoned and simply couldn’t stop the bleeding. The first man up was Trevor Cahill, who was making his team-leading eighth appearance out of the bullpen. Cahill wasn’t much better than his predecessor, giving up three runs before getting the final out of the sixth. The next two pitchers didn’t fare much better, as Neil Ramirez and Clayton Richard both gave up two runs on two hits. The game was especially disappointing for Ramirez, who had given up just one hit in four innings of work this season.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoFor the second time this season John Lackey failed to deliver a quality start, getting pulled after five innings and two-thirds. Giving up seven hits and six runs, he dug himself into a hole his offense couldn’t bail him out of. This was the second time in four starts that Lackey allowed six runs. It was particularly disappointing however, because he had been improving in each of his previous two starts, culminating with his 11-strikeout performance in St. Louis earlier in the week. In the short run, expect this to be a minor issue; Lackey’s next start will be Friday night at home against the 4-13 Atlanta Braves.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAccording to manager Bryan Price, Adam Duvall is going to be the team's primary left fielder going forward. This should come as no surprise, as he is simply better than platoon outfielder Scott Schebler. In his first 43 at-bats, Duvall hit .279 with two home runs. He makes for a solid pick up in season-long leagues, if he is not already owned. With an increase in at-bats, he is worth the bench spot.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoCarl Crawford has been been rehabbing his lower back injury since April 8, but it looks like he is set to return to action on Monday. The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder went 3-for-8 with two RBIs in his two rehab appearances. He is worth a look in season-long leagues, as he still possesses fantastic speed and hitting ability.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoCharlie Morton injured his hamstring on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers after attempting a sacrifice bunt and running down to first base. He did strikeout three batters in the only inning he pitched, but he also allowed three hits and one run. He will likely end up on the DL, which will open up a spot on the Philadelphia Phillies roster. Could this be time to call up J.P. Crawford? Probably not. Brett Oberholtzer replaced Morton in the second, and the Phillies will likely call up a pitcher from the minors.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAlex Avila left Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers with a hamstring injury, and it is possible that the Chicago White Sox place him on the 15-day DL. He is going to be reevaluated on Sunday, and if the DL is imminent, it is likely that Kevan Smith will be called up from the Triple-A Charlotte. For the time being, Dioner Navarro will likely start at catcher.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoWe thought Dustin Pedroia could be a sleeper pick and he's certainly living up to that thinking now. May is around the corner and he's hitting .310 after Saturday's 2-for-4 effort. He already has four doubles. The weather is warming up and it looks like the Laser Show's just getting started. He needs to be in your lineup now, no ifs, ands or buts.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
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4 years agoCharlie Blackmon is set to begin his rehab assignment next week. He is currently out with turf toe, as both Gerardo Parra and Brandon Barnes have been starting for the Colorado Rockies in center. Blackmon has a great combination of power and speed at serves him well in Coors Field. He is one of the better hitting outfielders in the league and a must play when he fully recovers from this injury. If he happens to be sitting on the waiver wire right now, it would be advisable to put in a claim.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoMike Minor, who missed all of the 2015 season with a torn labrum, pitched three innings today in an extended spring training game. His fastball is currently reaching 96 MPH, and he could eventually find his way into the Kansas City Royals' starting rotation. He is still a little while from beginning his rehab assignment, but he may be worth a stash in very deep season-long keep leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoClay Buchholz didn't pitch that poorly for much of Saturday's start, so we can't say he was Bad Clay. It was the fifth inning that was his undoing. He had only given up a run before that, but Colby Rasmus ruined his day by clubbing a grand slam. That gave Houston a lead it wouldn't surrender. The righty went 5 2/3 innings, struck out six, walked one and gave up five runs, all earned. His ERA is still really high at 6.33, though his WHIP isn't THAT bad at 1.22. Don't despair, though. The Braves will give him a fine chance to redeem himself next. Put him in your lineup for that game and then assess afterwards.--Michael Griffin - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJimmy Rollins went 2-for-5 with two singles and a walk on Saturday as he batted in the second spot as usual for the White Sox. Rollins is batting .235 on the season with four doubles, one homer, six runs, three RBIs and he's been caught stealing twice. He has drawn five walks against six strikeouts, so at least the plate discipline is there (though he is chasing a few more balls outside of the zone compared to usual). Simply put, the White Sox offense is struggling as a whole and while Rollins isn't helping things, that exacerbates the issue of his own stats. He also gets more rest days than most due to his age, so his value is really capped here.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTodd Frazier is certainly helping the White Sox on defense, and his fifth homer is good for the team lead, but other than that he is still only batting .200 on the season. Frazier is known for his power and swiping the occasionally sneaky bag, but certainly not batting average. That being said, batting .200 is still quite bad by any standard. Hopefully that will start to even out as his rates normalize. He's swinging at way less pitches out of the zone (28.7% from 37.8% last year) but also making less contact with pitches in the zone (80.4% from 85.2%) as well as huge drop in hard contact (20.4% from 37.3%). We'll see how this unfolds, but clearly the transition to the AL is rather rough for him thus far.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
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4 years agoMelky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and a walk on Saturday against the Rangers. Cabrera is the White Sox best hitter at the moment as he is now batting .344 with a .900 OPS. He has walked six times and only struck out four times. He has two homers with nine runs scored and seven RBIs. The counting stats are lacking thanks to the offense struggling as a whole, but clearly he is doing what he can. Cabrera should be on all radars right now and makes for a fantastic back-end outfielder in deeper leagues despite his modest pop and nonexistent speed threat.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
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4 years agoDavid Robertson has been lights out all season long, but he could not close out the Rangers on Saturday as he gave up one run in the ninth inning. Robertson walked Ian Desmond to start the inning before striking out Mitch Moreland. On that strikeout, Desmond stole second and Dioner Navarro's throw earned an error as Desmond went to third base. This allowed Elvis Andrus to hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Robertson clamped down after that and didn't allow any further damage, but owners should be aware of how it broke down. Robertson will continue to be one of the best closers in the game.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
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4 years agoCarlos Rodon couldn't make it out of the first inning in his last start, but on Saturday he bounced back with 6.2 strong innings. Rodon struck out seven while allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Rodon's season long ERA now sits at 4.05, but five of his nine earned runs this season came in one-third of an inning. Rodon will continue to hone his command, as his 10 walks in 20 innings is still quite a lot, but outside of that he is a very well rounded pitcher. He has a much improved White Sox defense behind him and should be very successful in 2016.--Nick Mariano - RotoBaller
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4 years agoEnder Inciarte is hitting again, which means that he will shortly return from his current hamstring injury. He still is not running the bases, but he should start rehabbing rather soon. David O'Brien, Atlanta Braves' beat writer, suggested that Inciarte will return in around 10 to 14 days. Mallex Smith has been starting in center field with Inciarte injured. Start considering a Smith drop and Inciarte add in season-long leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBallerSource: David O'Brien
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4 years agoYoenis Cespedes did not play tonight for the New York Mets, as Juan Lagares started in his place. Lucas Duda moved up to the cleanup spot in the batting order. Originally, this seemed like a scheduled rest day for the Mets' outfielder, but it looks like he is actually dealing with an injury to his leg. He is apparently limping, so do not expect him to play this weekend. Lagares will continue to start, and Duda makes for a solid option in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues, as he moves up in the order.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThrough four starts this season, Tanner Roark is proving to be inconsistent with his effectiveness. In his previous start he allowed five runs in six innings, getting tagged with a loss. Today against the Twins he was masterful, striking out a career-high 15 batters across seven innings. He would give up just two hits and no runs, picking up his second victory of the season. While early, this is producing an unsettling trend for Roark, who’s off to a 2-2 start. After a performance like the one he had today however, you can expect his ownership percentage to soar.--Ricky Delgado - RotoBaller
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4 years agoShelby Miller hurt his hand after hitting the mound, but he is still going to start this week against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a solid bullpen session recently according to manager Chip Hale. His followthrough is definitely not working to his benefit right now, so avoid him in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues for the time being. He should be dismissed until he proves that he has fixed the problem and can pitch well this season.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoScott Kazmir recently admitted that he is dealing with a very minor injury that may have messed up his mechanics a little bit. After a very slow start to the season, Kazmir announced that he is feeling discomfort in the area between his left wright and thumb. This happened during a plate appearance last month. He should not miss any starts, but this is something to keep an eye on.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoNick Hundley is going to begin his rehab assignment on Saturday with the Triple-A Albuquerque. He was eligible to return today, but he is going to need a little bit more time rehabbing. Tony Wolters has been playing in Hundley's absence, but his time is coming to an end. Add Hundley in season-long leagues and get rid of Wolters, as Hundley will remain the every day catcher when he returns. Expect Hundley to return next week at some point in time.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAlexi Amarista is on the 15-day DL for the San Diego Padres. Cesar Vargas, who was just called up to start today, will take his spot on the roster. Amarista was previously called up to replace the injured Yangeris Solarte, but he did not take advantage of that opportunity. With both Amarista and Solarte out, Adam Rosales should see some significant playing time at third base.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoJed Lowrie's bat has been on fire as of late. The veteran middle infielder has hit safely in six of seven games. Since the injury to Danny Valencia, Lowrie has been hitting third or fourth in the Oakland lineup, which boosts his fantasy stock considerably. He's worth a prospective waiver add if you are weak in the infield. As an added bonus, he could be eligible at second base, shortstop and third base in some leagues.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller

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