Junior Guerra Logs Quality Start In No-Decision Over Mets: Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Junior Guerra went six innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs, and no walks while striking out three in the 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite two home runs Guerra gave up, his control was on point and was attacking the strike zone with 52 strikes pitched to only 20 balls. Guerra surprisingly only went six innings with 72 pitches before the ball was handed to Josh Hader and this is something Brewers starting pitcher owners should come to expect with the MLB's top bullpen. Guerra should be owned in deep formats and makes for a top streaming candidate in shallower formats with his next projected start coming on May 30 against the St. Louis Cardinals. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 03:53:14
Corey Knebel Has Disastrous Outing, Awarded Blown Save: Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Corey Knebel only went 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit, one run, and three walks while striking out none in the 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Knebel appeared to have no control of his pitches tonight as he gave up more walks in this outing than he had given up all season to this point. This marks his second blown save on the year with only three saves recorded on the year, compared to his 39 saves with six blown saves last year. This was just a bad outing, and he still owns a 2.70 ERA in the month of May despite the run given up. He should be owned in all formats. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 03:49:00
Carlos Gomez To Replace Denard Span: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez (groin strain) is going to be activated this weekend. The Rays just traded away Span to Seattle and thus have a roster spot opening to go with an opening in the outfield. In the simulated game Friday, Gomez hit two home runs to show he is ready. The remaining question is whether he is activated Saturday or Sunday, with Saturday seeming to make more sense from the outside. Gomez was a superstar back in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, he combined for 47 home runs and 74 steals with a .284 average in both seasons. He has since struggled and has not played more than 118 games in any of the past three seasons while playing for three teams. Gomez still has some upside to become relevant, as he was on pace for 20 home runs and 12 steals before the injury, but he needs to raise his .200 batting average. Also, you will need to keep an eye on how he runs when he comes back since steals are part of his appeal. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 03:45:41
Jeremy Jeffress Gets Fourth Win In 22nd Consecutive Appearance Without A Run Given Up: Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress went 1 1/3 innings pitched, only giving up one hit while striking out none in the 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Corey Knebel lost all of his usual control tonight and ended up allowing four base runners in only 2/3 of an inning, so Jeffress was brought in to get out a bases-loaded jam in the ninth with one out, which he did. He then finished the tenth as well, earning the win when the Brewers walked it off. This now marks Jeffress' 22nd consecutive appearance this season without giving up a run and his only run given up this season marks all the way back to April 6. Jeffress is pitching out of his mind and should be owned in all holds formats, and is a must-own reliever for those punting saves. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 03:43:47
Travis Shaw Leads The Way In Extra Innings Comeback: Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk with three RBI in the 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Not only did Shaw open the scoring with a solo bomb in the second, but also gave the Brewers a 3-1 lead in the third with a single. In the 10th inning, his walk ended up being the winning run for the Brewers. Shaw is now batting .270 in May with a 1.003 OPS, eight home runs, and 20 RBI as well. He should be owned in all formats and is emerging as one of fantasy's best options at the hot corner. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 03:38:37
Ryan Yarbrough Another Strong Effort Friday Versus Baltimore: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough once again shine in the new experiment Friday versus the Orioles. This is the second time in the past six games that Yarbrough relieved Romo and then went deep while dominating. Friday, he went seven innings while allowing only one run. He even struck out eight. His ERA has fallen to 3.21 on the season. Worth noting, if your league has a cap on starts for pitchers, this game should not count against that number. He is starting to get interesting in deeper leagues or AL-only formats. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 02:28:25
Billy Hamilton Continues To Disappoint Friday: Cincinnati Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and a steal in Friday's loss to the Rockies. The steal was just Hamilton's ninth of the season. Hamilton has gotten off to a slow start in all aspects of his game, batting a mere .199 (.244 career average) with a .288 on-base percentage (.297 career average) and an alarmingly high 30.6% strikeout rate (20.2% career average). Still more troubling is Hamilton's lack of steals; he is on pace for just 29 this season compared to an average of 58 each of his last three seasons. Hamilton should not be owned in any points leagues, and at this rate will be a disappointment to those who own him in categories leagues unless he starts swiping more bags. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 01:09:48
Rhys Hoskins’ Late Efforts Not Enough: Philadelphia Phillies sophomore Rhys Hoskins has really fallen on hard times as his club climbs the ranks of the NL East. Across his last 30 games, he's hitting just .194, including an abysmal .115 over his last seven. On Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, however, he came alive in the eighth, as his team trailed by three runs. The 25-year-old drilled a double to left with a runner on, cutting the deficit to just two runs. It was his first RBI and extra-base hit in four games, but he had one more chance in the ninth. After a run scored, he stepped up with the bases loaded looking to become the hero, but he struck out looking. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:53:44
Sal Romano Lit Up In Coors Field: Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano delivered yet another underwhelming performance on Friday in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies. Romano gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five 1/3 innings pitched. While poor pitching performances in Coors Field could be given a free pass due to the high altitude, this outing marks Romano's third straight start with five or more earned runs surrendered. The 24-year-old now sports a hefty 5.89 ERA through 55 innings pitched this season. At this point, Romano is not worth a roster spot, even in deeper dynasty leagues. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:52:56
Jonathan Schoop Goes Deep As Orioles Beat Rays: Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been making up for lost time. He blasted his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot that would have been sufficient had Danny Valencia not driven in another run in Baltimore's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay. David Hess was the beneficiary of Schoop's homer. Hess and Valencia are not worth starting, while Schoop is. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:52:08
Carlos Santana Home Run Not Enough Against Toronto: After starting pitcher Zach Eflin was pounded by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Philadelphia Phillies offense went to work in an attempt to come from behind. While Eflin himself got the scoring going with a solo home run in the third, the club direly needed some runs by the time the sixth inning got underway. Trailing by five runs, Carlos Santana stepped up with a runner on and drilled a home run to right, cutting the deficit to just three runs. It was his only hit of the game, while he also recorded a walk. Ultimately, the Phillies added two more runs but failed to drive in a run with the bases loaded in the ninth, resulting in defeat. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:47:15
Nick Markakis Drives In Only Braves Runs In Loss To Boston: Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis didn't let switching outfield positions with Ronald Acuna faze him on Friday night. He drove in two runs to make it 34 RBI on the season. The two people he plated were the only runs Atlanta could muster as they lost, 6-2. Markakis has been hitting out of his mind the first two months of the season (.344) and if you have him, you'd better be starting him in some capacity - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:44:16
Julio Teheran Gives Up Two Homers In Loss To Boston: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran didn't have TOO terrible a start Friday night. He went six innings and gave up three runs. Problem was, he gave up two homers and also walked three. The Atlanta bats could only muster two runs, so Teheran was saddled with the loss. He's now got a 4.20 ERA (NO JOKES) and he'll likely face the Mets at home. He could be a good start then. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:38:12
Zach Eflin Knocked Around In Defeat Despite Home Run: As their division rival Atlanta Braves faced a daunting task in Boston, the Philadelphia Phillies faced the struggling Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. On the mound was right-hander Zach Eflin, who was looking to bounce back after failing to pitch five innings his last time out. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, he failed to complete that task once again, surrendering six runs on nine hits and a walk on 4 2/3 innings of work. He did strike out seven, however, but it was still a memorable night for Eflin. That's because in the third inning he connected on the first home run of his career, a shot to center that landed in the Philadelphia bullpen. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:29:09
Aroldis Chapman Records Four-Out Save: New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone did something for the first time this season and it involved the club's All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman. Boone called for Chapman in the eighth inning for a four-out save, the first time this year that that's been asked of him. While a wild pitch advanced a runner into scoring position, the Cuban Missile escaped the eighth with the one-run league intact. Later, he was perfect in the ninth, striking out the final batter he faced. It was Chapman's 10th save in 11 tries this year, while his ERA now stands at a strong 1.33 on the season. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:15:40
Luis Severino Pitches Solid In No-Decision: Friday's game between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was a tight, tense, low-scoring affair in the Bronx. On the mound for the home club was team ace Luis Severino, who carries the sixth-lowest ERA in the American League and is tied for the most wins. While he didn't earn another one the evening, his performance was another in which he wasn't at his best but was still significantly good. The 24-year-old walked four, struck out five and allowed just one run on four hits across six innings of work. With 99 pitches under his belt, manager Aaron Boone opted not to have him pitch the seventh, where the game was eventually decided. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:11:29
Martin Prado Has Three-Hit Night, Leaves Game with Hamstring Injury: On the same night Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado had his first three-hit performance in over a year, Prado suffered what MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports is a "significant" hamstring injury. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald adds that an ultrasound of Prado revealed "significant gaps" in hamstring fibers and muscle. Prado finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles before suffering the injury while running out a ground ball in his final at-bat. It sounds like this will be a long-term and potentially season-ending injury for Prado, who hadn't been hitting well to begin with since returning from the disabled list on April 27. With Prado out, Brian Anderson will likely make the move from right field back to third base which opens up more playing time for Cameron Maybin. At this point between the injury and his previous lackluster performance, Prado should not be owned in any leagues at all. - as of Sat, 26 May 2018 00:08:59
Tommy Kahnle Activated Prior To Friday's Game: Prior to Friday's game between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium, the home club activated reliever Tommy Kahnle off the disabled list. The 28-year-old missed over a month with shoulder tendinitis, and his activation came at the expense of Ryan Bollinger, who was optioned to Double-A Trenton. Kahnle's return brings some level of stability to the bullpen, as it adds another trusted arm to the table. He was a vital part of last season's postseason run, seeing major action in the playoff series' against the Astros and Indians. - as of Fri, 25 May 2018 23:56:09
Gleyber Torres Sets Another Record In Clutch Performance: New York Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres continued his rapid rise on Friday as he single-handedly carried his club's offense to victory. The 21-year-old first played a prominent role at the plate in the second inning, stepping up with the bases loaded and subsequently driving in a run with an infield single. Later, he stepped up in the seventh inning, with the score tied at one run. He would smash a home run to right, becoming the younger player in American League history to hit a home run in four consecutive games. The second run of the game for the Yankees would be the winning run, as the bullpen held on for a tight, one-run victory. For the season, he's now hitting .323 with eight home runs and 22 RBI. - as of Fri, 25 May 2018 23:12:05
Greg Bird To Be Activated On Saturday: At long last, the New York Yankees will field the lineup they long envisioned for the 2018 season. That's because first baseman Greg Bird will be activated before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after an ankle injury and surgery that sidelined him since before the season. In his absence, the Yankees used Neil Walker and Tyler Austin to fill in at first base. Now the question becomes who will be the one sent down to make room for Bird on the major league roster. While Austin has outplayed Walker, the former has minor league options, while the latter doesn't. If Bird remains healthy, he will undoubtedly be the club's everyday starter. - as of Fri, 25 May 2018 23:10:01