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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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4 years agoMark Canha hit a home run in his second consecutive game, a solo shot in the first inning. It was his third home run in his past six games. With the injury to Danny Valencia and Yonder Alonso possibly already out of favor in Oakland, Canha could start to see some more consistent playing time. He isn't worth a waiver pickup at this time, but keep him on your radar in case the hot hitting continues.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAaron Hicks is going to be out for a couple of days due to traumatic bursitis in his left shoulder. This is not all that surprising after Hicks left the game last night following a diving attempt in the outfield. He has not hit well at all, but he has provided a lot of great defense for the New York Yankees this season. It is possible that Hicks finds his way onto the 15-day DL so the Yankees can call up a backup outfielder. Keep an eye on this.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoCesar Vargas, the right-hander from Double-A San Antonio, just got called up to pitch tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyson Ross is still dealing with some shoulder inflammation, so he will not take the mound. In slightly under 13 innings of work in the minors, Vargas allowed only two runs and struck out 14 batters. He makes for an interesting spot start tonight in both season-long and daily leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThe two big keys to success for Jhoulys Chacin so far: no injuries, no Coors Field. The former Rockies starter is faring well in Atlanta with a 2.38 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. He is still searching for his first win on the season. His opponent, Steven Matz, is facing a completely different situation. While it was doubtful whether Chacin would even make the roster, Matz was expected to be a breakthrough candidate this year. So far, he is off to a rough start and looking to get back on track. With both offenses having a hard time scoring runs, this figures to be a low-scoring affair. Chacin offers fair value if he can continue his early success.--Pierre Camus - RotoBaller
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4 years agoIf J.J. Hoover losing the closer role wasn't enough to send him to waivers, he gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Friday against the Cubs. Hoover has struggled mightily this season and can safely be cut for a better option at this point. The Reds have gone to a committee in the ninth inning, but no one has stood out as a must-add as of now. This is a situation best avoided going forward.--Matt Terelle - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTrevor Story is hitting leadoff tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. DJ LeMahieu, on the other hand, has been moved to the ninth position in the order. Story started the season out with a bang, and he is still hitting the ball hard into the air. With the wind blowing out extremely hard tonight and the Coors' bump, Story makes a lot of sense in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues. He is going to see an extra at-bat as well.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoMartin Prado, the third baseman for the Miami Marlins, was placed on the paternity list today. This explains why he had missed the last two games. In his absence, both Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas will see more time. This also opened up a spot on the roster, which was filled by left-hander Cody Ege. He is going to make his major league debut today against the San Francisco Giants. Dietrich is the best option here for fantasy purposes.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoKolten Wong, who usually hits seventh for the St. Louis Cardinals, has been moved into the leadoff spot for tonight's game against the San Diego Padres. Petco Park is tough for hitters, but Wong has been great when hitting at the top of the lineup in prior at-bats. He had six home runs and five stolen bases last season in 215 at-bats. He has great splits tonight, and Cesars Vargas will likely not keep him off the base path. He is a great spot start in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoYoenis Cespedes is not starting tonight for the New York Mets. This is likely just a rest day for the veteran outfielder. Juan Lagares will start in his absence, but he is not the fantasy relevant beneficiary. Lucas Duda, who has three home runs in his last four games, will hit fourth in place of Cespedes. This should give Duda access to a few more RBI situations than before.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTroy Tulowitzki, who is off to a dreadful start so far this season, hit two solo home runs today against the Oakland Athletics. This is extremely encouraging, especially after Tulowitzki dealt with a hip issue yesterday. It looks like there is no reason to worry about the recurring injury. His batting average is still under .200, but he has shown great upside with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Stash him in season-long leagues for now.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoStarting pitcher Corey Kluber showed the Tigers who runs Detroit as he two-hit them in a 10-1 victory Saturday. He finished the day giving up zero runs and walks in eight innings, striking out 10 batters. Kluber was due an apology to his fantasy owners after his last start, and he delivered in spades. Kluber will look to make it two starts in a row when the Indians travel to take on the Phillies next week.--Tony
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4 years agoShortstop Francisco Lindor continues to enjoy a fine second year in the Bigs, putting on a varied display of talent during Saturday's 10-1 win over Detroit. He went 1-4 with one walk, one stolen base and two runs scored. The young shortstop is now hitting .293 with one home run, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases. Lindor, a career .290 hitter against right-handers, will face struggling righty Shane Green for the first time tomorrow.--Tony
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4 years agoOutfielder Tyler Naquin continued building on his first career hitting streak Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a double, pushing his streak to four. He's now hitting .310 with four runs scored on the year. While it is nice to see his average making the transition to the Bigs so far, Naquin's zero steal attempts on a team that does run is disappointing so far. He'll look to push his hitting streak to five tomorrow against struggling right-hander Shane Green.--Tony
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4 years agoMasahiro Tanaka gave the New York Yankees much needed distance and efficiency during their walk-off win against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday. Tanaka pitched seven frames of work, surrendering two runs and five hits. He also struck out seven, but again fell victim to the Bombers inability to hit with RISP. It was a quality start nonetheless, one that fantasy owners should expect from the Yankees ace. Although relinquishing another long ball on Saturday, his HR/9 is about .50 points lower than his career ratio early on in 2016. According to FanGraphs, he’s also inducing 56.7% ground balls, 10% more than his career total. If Tanaka is able to sustain these numbers, and stay healthy, he has potential to post 12-15 wins and a low 3.00 ERA.--Demetri - RotoBaller
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4 years agoUtility man Jose Ramirez took to the infield in his start Saturday against the Tigers. He contributed an RBI single and a stolen base to the cause as the Indians won 8-0. After 11 games, Ramirez is hitting .250 with one home run, one stolen base and five RBI. With Cleveland finally getting healthy, the open at-bats for him are going to continue being limited. His potential to be average at the plate has value in only the deepest of leagues.--Tony
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4 years agoJarrod Saltalamacchia has been absolutely fantastic so far this season. The Detroit Tigers' catcher hit his sixth home run of his young campaign today, and he needs to be added in all leagues. Corey Kluber shut down everyone on the Tigers team except for Saltalamacchia, which just goes to show how hot he is right now. Playing him in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues is basically a must at this point.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoThe winning formula was intact. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of two run balls. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller threw up more zeros in the eighth and the ninth. But what had been plaguing the Yankees of late, struck them again for eight innings on Saturday afternoon. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, no one on base, and another game filled with runners left on base, Brett Gardner stepped to the plate. The game tied 2-2, Gardner drilled a Erasmo Ramirez pitch to right field for the game winner. He finished the day with three hits, one run scored, two ribbies, and a stolen base. Gardner has been a streaky hitter his entire career, now raising his season average to .313. He hit .311 last April and .351 last June, so when he’s locked in, he’s locked in. Keep plugging him in as he’s a multiple threat for fantasy.--Demetri - RotoBaller
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4 years agoTanner Roark threw seven scoreless innings today against the Minnesota Twins. He only allowed two hits and struck out 15 batters. He has been up and down throughout the season so far, but this just goes to show the kind of upside that this kid really does possess. He generally does not strike out too many batters. He is more of a low ERA, high win kind of pitcher, but if he can figure out that strikeout pitch, he quickly becomes one of the better waiver additions in the league.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoAfter a better-than-expected 2015 campaign, J.T. Realmuto has struggled to regain that same form in 2016. Realmuto is in the middle of an awful slump where he’s gone just 1-for-14 over his last four games. Last season, Realmuto led all catchers with seven triples. This year, he has just two extra-base hits and neither have been triples. On top of that, Realmuto hasn’t logged an RBI since April 11. He was never expected to be a game-changer in Miami, but the Marlins were hoping to get more than a .188 batting average from their starting catcher.--Steven Slivka - RotoBaller
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4 years agoNick Tropeano has now failed to pitch at least six innings in each of his first three starts. The lack of length is not the only problem for owners, as he has notched a walk rate of nearly 12% over that span. Tropeano was an alluring add earlier this month due to his potential for strikeouts, but he has yet to show the prowess for punchouts that he has in the past. He is likely best kept on the wire in standard leagues, with ownership potential in deep and AL- only formats.--Christopher Olson
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4 years agoJesse Hahn, in his most recent start, threw slightly over two innings, allowed one run, and struck out two batters. He has been pitching well so far this season for the Triple-A Nashville Sound, and he is making a strong case to get called back up to the Oakland Athletics. In three starts, he currently has a 0.63 ERA and 13 strikeouts in slightly over 14 innings of work. If he does get called up, he makes for a solid waiver wire pick up in season-long leagues. Keep him on the radar.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoC.J. Cron showed off his prodigious power for the first time against the Mariners, sending a Hisashi Iwakuma offering into the shrubbery in center field. Despite his awful start to the season, Cron is showing solid walk and strikeout rates for the first time in his career. He is not worth rostering yet, but continue monitoring Cron to see if he can bring his power to the plate on a more consistent basis going forward.--Christopher Olson
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4 years agoMaikel Franco is going to start for the Philadelphia Phillies at third base tonight, as usual. Chase Anderson is on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers, and both players have reverse splits, which is great news for Franco. Anderson gave up 11 home runs last season, and Miller Park is significantly better for hitters than Citizens Bank Park. Franco makes for a great play in both season-long and daily fantasy leagues tonight.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller
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4 years agoKole Calhoun hasn't stopped hitting since Opening Day, and is now slashing .311/.373/.475 with two homers over 67 plate appearances. Calhoun has struck out just five times over the last 10 games after whiffing eight times in his first seven contests. The batting average has come down to earth a bit, but Calhoun seems to be establishing a nice baseline consistent with his career statistics. He now holds a .164 ISO and a 7.5% walk rate.--Christopher Olson
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4 years agoSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, two walks and two runs scored in Friday's 8-1 win against the Miami Marlins. Crawford also drove in a run in the lopsided victory. He has just four RBIs this season, but expect those to increase. Crawford batted seventh in the lineup Friday night after San Francisco moved third baseman Matt Duffy up to the No. 3 spot. Crawford still has pop and he's shown a disciplined approach at the plate that's resulted in 10 walks (against just 14 strikeouts). Expect more productive outings from Crawford in the coming weeks.--Andrew C. Lovell
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4 years agoHowie Kendrick has been back in the fold for the Dodgers for the past week, starting games both at second base and left field. However, this seems to be a typical example of a player struggling to re-acclimate to the major league level after suffering an injury. Kendrick's injury lingered at the end of Spring Training as well, so he may just need reps at this point to start hitting like we all know and expect him to. However, his .161 batting average is a concern at this point, even though it's early in the year.--Mark Powell
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4 years agoScott Kazmir had another sub-par start for the Dodgers on Friday, as he allowed four runs in five innings while earning a no decision. Kazmir was signed in part to fill the void left by Zack Grienke, but he's struggled in his first four starts in Dodger blue. While allowing four runs in Colorado isn't necessarily an ugly stat line, Dodger fans and fantasy owners have come to expect more from Kazmir over the last several years.--Mark Powell
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4 years agoAdam Jones has been struggling as of late, but the dynamic outfielder picked up a knock yesterday and will look to do more of the same in today's matchup against Kris Medlen. Medlen has pitched well for the Royals, but has been dominated by Jones in their limited face to face meetings. Jones owns a .750 batting average against Medlen, and is a good bet to finally break out against the Royals on Saturday.--Mark Powell
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4 years agoThe Los Angeles Dodgers are set to take on the Colorado Rockies tonight in Coors Field. If the Coors' bump is not enough to deal with, both Kenta Maeda and Tyler Chatwood will attempt to pitch with the wind blowing at around 30 MPH toward center. This could change, but it is looking bleak for both starters tonight. Adrian Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Joc Pederson, and other power hitters are likely licking their chops right now. This game could get out of control quickly.--Jason Bales - RotoBaller

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