Corbin Burnes Fans 11 Batters: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Corbin Burnes looked unhittable during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander struck out 11 batters while allowing only one run over six innings of work. Burnes matched his season-high for strikeouts, he also struck out 11 batters on Opening Day. He holds a solid 2.56 ERA so far and earned his first win since late April on Sunday. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:58:01
Craig Kimbrel Notches Save On Sunday: Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was asked with holding a three-run lead during Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The veteran right-hander was removed from the closer role in early May. Hopefully for fantasy managers, Kimbrel is now getting eased back into the role. He was given a three-run lead and the bottom of the Mariners batting order on Sunday. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work. It remains to be seen if Kimbrel has earned his closer role back. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:52:01
Alek Manoah Tosses Seven Scoreless Innings: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah was outstanding during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander struck over seven batters, allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings of work. Fantasy managers should be well aware of Manoah's up-and-down career in the MLB. This was a strong outing but fantasy managers shouldn't jump onto the bandwagon yet. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:43:02
Rafael Devers Keeps Homer Streak Alive: Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers was able to keep his hitting streak alive during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The superstar corner infielder went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the win. Devers has now homered in an incredible five straight contests. He now has a nine-game hitting streak with 11 hits during that span. Fantasy managers should make sure to keep Devers in their lineup going forward. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:37:01
Tanner Bibee Strikes Out Eight Batters: Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee had a stellar performance against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The right-hander struck out eight batters, allowing four hits, and one earned run over seven innings of work. Bibee was stuck with the no-decision, but fantasy managers will take the strong outing from him. This is now back-to-back strong outings for Bibee, so hopefully he's on the right track now. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:29:02
Luis Vazquez Called Up: Chicago Cubs infielder Luis Vazquez has reportedly been called up from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. The assumption is that infielder Nico Hoerner (hamstring) is headed to the injured list with Vazquez joining the roster. The 22-year-old was slashing .270/.369/.409 with three home runs and 11 RBI in Triple-A this season. The Cubs haven't announced who is going down to the minors as a corresponding roster move. The expectation is that Vazquez should get significant playing time until the Cubs middle infield gets healthy again. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 20:21:01
Jose Abreu Could Re-Join Team On Friday: Houston Astros first baseman Jose Abreu could return to the majors on Friday, according to general manager Dana Brown. Abreu will play in a few more minor-league games before the team makes their decision. The veteran slugger was sent down to the Florida Complex League after a horrific start to the season that saw him carrying a .099/.156/.113 slash line. Jon Singleton has seen most of the playing time at first base while Abreu has been away. Singleton could continue to see action even when Abreu comes back as there is no guarantee that Abreu will return to an everyday role. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 16:48:01
Tommy Kahnle Could Return Wednesday: New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle (shoulder) could return to the majors on Wednesday, according to manager Aaron Boone. Kahnle made multiple relief appearances with Double-A Somerset over the weekend and did not allow a run in any outing. The 34-year-old has been sidelined since last season with shoulder inflammation, but he is finally nearing a return. Kahnle has been an effective bullpen piece throughout his career as evidenced by his 2.66 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 48:19 K:BB across 42 games last season. He is a decent option for managers in leagues that track holds as a scoring category. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 16:35:03
Travis d'Arnaud Absent From Sunday's Lineup: Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (head) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. The veteran backstop left Friday's game after taking a foul ball off of his mask. He reportedly felt dizzy after the incident, but he was not diagnosed with a concussion and is considered day-to-day. Chadwick Tromp will start behind the plate and bat ninth while d'Arnaud recovers. Tromp has minimal fantasy appeal, especially with Sean Murphy (oblique) inching closer to a return. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 16:21:04
Austin Riley Not In Sunday's Lineup: Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres. It will be the sixth straight game that Riley has missed due to side inflammation. Riley has managed to avoid the injured list and is still considered day-to-day, but it is slightly concerning that he continues to miss time. In his absence, Zack Short will at third base and bat seventh against Padres starter Yu Darvish. Short is a fantasy afterthought at this point as he is slashing a paltry .172/.333/.241 through 29 at-bats in 2024. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 16:12:01
Nathan Eovaldi, Dane Dunning Throwing Bullpen Sessions Sunday: Texas Rangers starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi (groin) and Dane Dunning (shoulder) are both scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, according to manager Bruce Bochy. Assuming all goes well, Dunning may return to the Rangers' starting rotation at some point this week. The 29-year-old is a viable streaming option in the right matchups and owns a 4.10 ERA through seven starts in 2024. Eovaldi's return is a little more unclear as he continues to progress through his recovery. The 34-year-old is worthy of being stashed in the majority of formats as he was off to a strong start prior to the injury. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 16:07:01
J.P. Crawford Could Return As Early As Monday: Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford (oblique) is expected to re-join the major league roster sometime in the team's four-game set against the New York Yankees that begins on Monday. Crawford has been on the injured list since April 25 with a Grade 1 oblique strain. The 29-year-old faced a minor setback in a rehab game after being hit by a pitch. Thankfully, this has not seemed to delay his recovery much at all, as he could be in the starting lineup as soon as Monday. Crawford posted a mere .190/.296/302 line through the first 22 games of the season but tallied a career-high 19 home runs last season with a solid .266/.380/.438 slash line. Crawford should be expected to serve as the everyday shortstop in Seattle and typically bat in the leadoff spot. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 14:57:03
Wyatt Langford Proceeding Well In Recovery Process: Texas Rangers rookie outfielder Wyatt Langford (hamstring) has been "doing great" in his recovery process, per manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy expressed that "He's getting live at-bats, swinging the bat well too, down there in BP-He's doing well." This is a great sign for the 22-year-old who is just over the halfway mark of his expected 3-4 week absence that started on May 5. Before the injury, Langford posted a .224/.295/.293 slash line with just one home run and one stolen base. He should remain rostered in all leagues and should be a must-start player when he returns. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 14:45:02
Gerrit Cole Throws Another Successful Bullpen Session: New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Saturday, and his fastball was clocking in at the low 90s. Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake said that Cole is "one notch ahead of your typical spring training progression." This means that the reigning AL Cy Young winner has a chance to face live hitters sometime next week. However, the 33-year-old is still several weeks away from a return, which could be somewhere around the mid-June or early July timetable. Cole should be rostered in all formats and will be inserted at the top of the Yankees rotation when he returns. This will likely send either Luis Gill or Clarke Schmidt to the bullpen if the Yankees opt to continue with a five-man starting rotation. However, both pitchers have performed quite well with a 2.39 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 2.49 ERA,1.13 WHIP, respectively, and could push the Yankees into having a six-man rotation. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 14:33:13
Edwin Diaz Could Have Fluid Usage In Bullpen: New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz has allowed eight earned runs in his past five innings and is losing his grasp on closing duties in Queens. On Sunday, manager Carlos Mendoza did not commit to a new closer but did describe Diaz's usage as "fluid." He further stated, "He'll do whatever it takes, whether that is pitching in the seventh, the eighth, the ninth-whatever that is losing, winning." These are not encouraging words for fantasy managers, especially with Diaz's recent production. For the short term, Mendoza might give ninth-inning duties to Reed Garrett, who enters Sunday with a stellar 0.78 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, or Adam Ottavino, who carries a 2.95 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Diaz should still be the clear lead to earn save opportunities this summer but may need to pitch in a set-up role to gain his confidence back. Both Garrett and Ottavino are solid options to add this weekend from the waiver wire if you are desperate for saves. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 14:19:06
Chase DeLauter Doing Baseball Activities: Cleveland Guardians outfield prospect Chase DeLauter (foot) began performing baseball activities on Sunday. This is a great sign for the top prospect in the Cleveland system, as he was diagnosed with a broken foot earlier this season. The 22-year-old has yet to begin running, but this is a big step in the right direction. DeLauter appeared in only 16 games this season with Double-A Akron but posted an incredible .355/.417/.528 slash line in 57 games in the minor leagues in 2023. The number 21 overall prospect on MLB Pipeline should be able to return to the minor leagues later in the summer but may have to wait until next season to make his major league debut. He should remain rostered in dynasty and keeper leagues but has a slim chance of being valuable in redraft leagues. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 14:09:01
Steven Kwan Making Good Progress: Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan (hamstring) is set to begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the next seven to 10 days. The left-handed slugger was able to take batting practice on Friday. He appears to be making solid progress from a hamstring strain he suffered in early May. The expectation is that he'll need a few minor league games before returning to the big league lineup. Fantasy managers should expect Kwan back around early June. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 13:54:03
Spencer Steer Absent From Sunday's Lineup: Cincinnati Reds third baseman Spencer Steer (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate lately so they will give him the day off to rest. Santiago Espinal will get the start at third base, while Jeimer Candelario gets the nod at first base against right-hander Landon Knack. Fantasy managers should adjust their lineups accordingly. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 13:47:02
Will Smith Taking A Seat On Sunday: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith (rest) is out of the starting lineup ahead of the game against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Fantasy managers don't have anything to worry about as this appears to be a routine rest day for Smith. In his absence, Austin Barnes will handle behind the plate and bat ninth on Sunday. Fantasy managers should be able to find a better streaming option considering Barnes isn't known for his ability with the bat. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 13:44:01
Adolis Garcia Scratched On Sunday: Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia (forearm) has been scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The 31-year-old slugger is dealing with a forearm issue after colliding with teammate Marcus Semien during Saturday's game. The team plans to have Garcia undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the issue. In the meantime, Robbie Grossman will take his place in the lineup during Sunday's game. Fantasy managers will need to check back for another update on his status. - as of Sun, 19 May 2024 13:33:04