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  • Manny Machado Wraps Up Strong Weekend Series

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado laced three singles in four at-bats and scored a run Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Machado continued his hot hitting, finishing the series 6-for-14 with two steals and four runs scored. After a bout of unluckiness to start the season, Machado has elevated his slash to .290/.408/.468 while maintaining tremendous batted-ball outcomes. He's popped three homers, stolen four bags and tallied 20 runs-plus-RBI. The 28-year-old is earning his premium draft position as an all-around fantasy contributor.

    Apr 19 · RotoBaller Padres Manny Machado
  • Blake Snell Fans Seven In No-Decision

    San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell took a no-decision Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing two earned runs over five innings. After getting yanked in the first frame his last outing, Snell labored again in this contest, requiring 95 pitches to complete five frames. However, he was able to work around deep counts, yielding just two knocks and two walks while striking out seven. The left-hander owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and superb 24 strikeouts in 15 frames. While the peripheral metrics aren't encouraging, Snell has certainly been usable in fantasy for the whiffs. He draws a rematch with the Dodgers next Friday at Chavez Ravine.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Padres Blake Snell
  • Chris Bassitt Whiffs Eight Tigers On Sunday

    Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt allowed two runs in six innings with eight strikeouts in a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday. Bassitt allowed five hits and two walks while throwing 63 of his 90 pitches for strikes. The 32-year-old righty got off to a slow start with matchups against the Dodgers and Astros, but he's given up two runs in back-to-back starts as the schedule eased up. Bassitt isn't much help in the strikeout department with a 20 percent strikeout rate for his career, but he can eat innings and provide decent ratios when he has a good matchup. Start Bassitt in his next outing against the Orioles.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Athletics Chris Bassitt
  • Tyler Rogers Earns First Save Of Season Sunday

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tyler Rogers picked up his first save of the season in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Marlins. The side-armer entered the game in the ninth inning up by one and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts. While Rogers was mentioned as a possible closer candidate to start the season, that position has firmly gone to his teammate Jake McGee (vaccine reaction). However, with McGee not feeling well after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, Rogers may see a couple of save opportunities in the near future. He has pitched well this season, compiling a 0.84 ERA with six holds, but without the saves he has little fantasy value except in saves/holds leagues.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Giants Tyler Rogers
  • Aaron Nola Twirls Complete Game Against Cardinals

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola threw nine innings of shutout baseball to earn his first win of the season in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals. Nola allowed just two hits and no walks on the afternoon while racking up 10 strikeouts in the dominant effort. He induced a whopping 21 swinging strikes on 109 pitches while lowering his ERA to 2.19 on the season. Nola is a must-start ace in fantasy every time he toes the rubber, even in his next start Saturday at Coors Field.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Phillies Aaron Nola
  • Anthony Rizzo Heats Up With Two Home Runs

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo continues to heat up and went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's loss against the Atlanta Braves. Rizzo hit a home run in the bottom of the first and bottom of the third inning, but it wasn't enough with the Cubs losing 13-4. Rizzo has been starting to heat up and has recorded nine hits with two home runs over his last 25 at-bats. Rizzo is as consistent as they come at the first base position, but managers should be aware that he has dealt with back issues the past few seasons. As long as he is healthy, the upcoming free agent should put up good power numbers without hurting managers batting average.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Cubs Anthony Rizzo
  • Joc Pederson Gets Two Hits In Loss

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson had his best game of the season on Sunday in a loss against the Atlanta Braves. Pederson has really struggled with his new club, but went 2-for-3 with a single, triple and walk on the evening. The slugger came to the Cubs this offseason with the opportunity to be an everyday player and he has struggled in that role so far. Pederson is now hitting .149 with one home run and four RBI. Hopefully Sunday will get the outfielder going, but managers can feel safe swapping him out with a hot hitter on the waiver wire.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Cubs Joc Pederson
  • Kyle Hendricks Roughed Up In Sunday's Start

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks got lit up versus the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Hendricks allowed four home runs and six runs in the top of the first inning. Hendricks was returning from an illness that saw him scratched from Tuesday's start and would finish with a line of four innings with seven hits, seven runs, three walks and two strikeouts on the evening. Hendricks looked great in his second start of the season, but has really struggled in his other two starts. The veteran is historically as consistent as they come, but the results haven't been there yet this season. The Professor will carry an ugly 6.92 ERA into Saturday's start versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Hendricks rarely has back-to-back poor outings and has performed well versus the Brewers in his career.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Yermin Mercedes Hits Fourth Home Run

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yermin Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run versus the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader. Mercedes has been one of the biggest surprises of the season so far and hasn't slowed down since his historic 8-for-8 start to the season. Mercedes has always hit in the minor leagues and is now hitting .415 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He will eventually regress and come back down to earth, but the talent is there and managers should continue to the enjoy the ride with the top waiver wire pickup of the early season.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Yermin Mercedes
  • Nick Madrigal Knocks In Two Runs

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Madrigal wasn't used in Game 1, but moved up from his usual bottom of the order spot to the top spot in Game 2 and it paid off. Madrigal is strictly a contact hitter that will help with hits and batting average, but he managers shouldn't expect much power from him. The second baseman is now hitting .304 with three RBI.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Nick Madrigal
  • Michael Kopech Performs Well In Start

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Michael Kopech went three innings and allowed one hit, one run, one walk and struck out four as the starting pitcher in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Kopech was once one of the top starting pitching prospects in baseball, but has been operating as a reliever this season. Kopech has been dominate out of the bullpen for the White Sox this season and has a 1.69 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 10 2/3 innings. Kopech is proving to be a valuable addition in all leagues that count ratios and should be rostered in most formats with his ability to pitch multiple innings a week and record plenty of strikeouts.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Michael Kopech
  • Liam Hendriks Picks Up Second Save

    Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless inning in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Hendriks allowed one hit and struck out one. The White Sox big free agent signing this offseason got off to a rough start with three runs given up in his first three outings, but has now thrown three straight scoreless innings. Hendriks has been one of the best closers over the past few seasons and he should continue to be one of the best closer options for managers. He now owns a 4.26 ERA with nine strikeouts, one walk and two saves.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Liam Hendriks
  • Dallas Keuchel Picks Up First Victory

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel picked up his first victory of the season in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Keuchel went five innings and allowed six hits, two runs, zero walks and struck out one on the afternoon. It was the veterans best start this season and he is now 1-0 on the season. Despite the nice outing, Keuchel still owns a 5.68 ERA on the season. Keuchel doesn't generate many strikeouts and shouldn't be considered outside of deeper leagues or as a streamer. The lefty will draw a favorable matchup versus the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Dallas Keuchel
  • Tim Anderson Hits Second Home Run

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of singles in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Anderson took the first pitch of the game yard for his second home run of the season. Anderson has played three games since returning from a left hamstring strain and hasn't missed a beat. He sat out Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader to stay fresh. Anderson is 6-for-14 in his three games back from the injured with one home run, one RBI and a stolen base. He is helpful across the board for fantasy managers and should be started on a daily basis.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Tim Anderson
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Leaves Game With Abdominal Injury

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. left his team's game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night with pain in his lower abdominal muscles. The star outfielder was replaced in the game by Johan Camargo during the fourth inning. Originally, it appeared that he tweaked something diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt but he remained in the game. He then came around to score in the same inning, but he apparently aggravated the issue while diving into home plate. Acuna had gone 0-for-2 with a run in the game before his early departure. Stay tuned for more news as the Braves are likely to update his status after the conclusion of the game. Acuna is off to a red-hot start in 2021, hitting .419 with seven homers, 21 runs, 16 RBI, and three steals.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Aledmys Diaz Doubles In Run Sunday

    Houston Astros third baseman Aledmys Diaz went 1-for-4 with an RBI-double in the Astros 7-2 loss to the Mariners. The versatile Diaz has seen a steady amount of at-bats with star third baseman Alex Bregman currently in health and safety protocols. Diaz has responded with hits in each of his last three starts with three runs batted in during that span. Diaz can provide some solid pop off the bench when given the opportunity but his role could be trimmed once Bregman and teammate Jose Altuve return to the lineup in the coming days.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Astros Aledmys Diaz
  • Jake Odorizzi Roughed Up Again

    Houston Astros starter Jake Odorizzi allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched as the Astros fell to the Mariners 7-2 on Sunday. Odorizzi (0-2) struck out seven but also walked three batters and could not survive the fifth inning. The free agent acquisition was brought along slowly during the spring and has plenty of kinks to still work out. Until Odorizzi can post a quality outing, his current 10.57 ERA should detract fantasy teams from deploying him in lineups for the short term.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Chris Taylor Homers In Loss

    Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor with 1-for-4, including a two-run home run, in the Dodgers 5-2 loss to the Padres on Sunday. The 30-year-old has displayed surprising power through the first weeks of the season, posting three doubles and three home runs through his first 49 at-bats. Taylor will not be able to maintain the .490 slugging percentage that he currently is posting long-term but could help fantasy lineups over the next week during this power surge.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Dodgers Chris Taylor
  • Trevor Bauer Strikes Out Seven Against Padres

    Los Angeles Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer struck out seven batters and allowed only one run through six innings pitched Sunday in the team's 5-2 loss to the Padres. Bauer did not earn the loss and pitched sharply, allowing only three hits. After a bumpy first start of the season, the right-hander has now allowed only three runs on seven hits over his last 19 2/3 innings pitched. Bauer will carry a 0.62 WHIP and a 2.42 ERA into his next start.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Dodgers Trevor Bauer
  • Rafael Montero Pitches The Eighth Inning

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero pitched a scoreless eighth inning Sunday against the Houston Astros. With a 3.24 ERA and .84 WHIP, it's hard to say that Montero has performed particularly poorly thus far, but he has managed to blow three saves, and it seems that he has relinquished the closer job for the time being. Kendall Graveman has collected each of the last two saves, and has looked excellent through five appearances. Montero is a hold for now, but if Graveman continues to succeed Montero will eventually be droppable.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Rafael Montero
  • Nick Margevicius Is Fine

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Nick Margevicius was removed after four one-hit innings Sunday with the suspicion of an injury, but manager Scott Servais reported after the game that Margevicius is just fine. Tests showed no structural damage, and it has been determined that Margevicius was simply suffering from arm fatigue. It is expected that Margevicius will make his next start. Fantasy managers can leave him on the waiver wire despite his apparent good health.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Nick Margevicius
  • LJay Newsome Collects First Career Win

    Seattle Mariners pitcher Ljay Newsome entered in the fifth inning of Sunday's contest after starter Nick Margevicius was forced to leave with an injury. Newsome struck out one batter in two perfect innings and received credit for the win. It was the first of his career, and came in a game where the Mariners pitching staff combined to throw a six-man one-hitter. With James Paxton out for the year, and Margevicius's status in question, Newsome could possibly be moved into the rotation. He is not a fantasy consideration for the time being.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Ljay Newsome
  • Ty France Hits His Third Homer

    Seattle Mariners designated hitter Ty France continues to fill up box scores to start the year. On Sunday against the Houston Astros, France went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, and a walk. He drove in three runs and scored two. The home run was his third of the year, and gave Seattle a 5-2 lead in the contest. France now has a .925 OPS for the year, and has given no indication that he is slowing down. He should be rostered in every fantasy format.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Ty France
  • Mitch Haniger Drives In Three

    Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger had yet another productive day at the plate Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. He drove in three runs and scored two. Even as his 14-game on-base streak ended Saturday, he got right to work on Sunday proving that he isn't close to cooling down. He now has a .988 OPS to start the year. Fantasy managers should ride Haniger's hot streak as long as they can. He should be started in every format.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Mitch Haniger
  • Dylan Moore Strikes Out Three Times

    Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore has gotten off to a dreadful start to his 2021 season, and that continued Sunday as Moore went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Through 53 plate appearances, Moore has a dismal .487 OPS. He has hit one home run and stolen two bases, but it would be fair if some fantasy managers were beginning to lose faith. His underlying metrics do seem to be falling more closely in line with his less-productive rookie season in 2019 than his breakout 2020. He's a hold for now, but the clock is ticking for Moore to get going.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Dylan Moore
  • Trevor Story Doubles And Scores Rockies' Only Run

    Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with a run scored and was caught stealing in a 2-1 loss to the Mets on Sunday. Story doubled off Marcus Stroman in the seventh inning and came around to score on a Charlie Blackmon single. He also singled in the bottom of the ninth but was caught stealing to end the game. Stroman was dealing all afternoon and the Rockies picked up just three hits off him. Story is now slashing .271/.302/.373 with four doubles, a triple, and five RBI over 59 at-bats. He's still searching for his first home run of the season but he's faced some stingy pitching staffs in the Dodgers and Mets to begin the season. The home runs will start to come in droves very soon.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies Trevor Story
  • Antonio Senzatela Takes Tough Luck Loss On Sunday

    Colorado Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela took a tough loss on Sunday as he allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with four strikeouts over six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Mets. This was Senzatela's best start of the year, by far, as he induced 11 groundball outs and only needed 78 pitches--51 strikes--to get through his outing. Only one of his runs was earned, via an RBI groundout in the top of the second, as a C.J. Cron error in the fourth led to the other run. He picked up his second quality start of the year but unfortunately took his third loss. The 26-year-old gets the Phillies at home in his next start but would be a risky start in fantasy.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies Antonio Senzatela
  • Kyle Gibson Pitches Eight Shutout Innings In Win

    Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson had his best game of the season during the club's 10-inning, 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The veteran right-hander allowed just four hits and did not issue a walk in eight innings of work. He struck out six batters and induced 10 ground-ball outs. Gibson lowered his ERA to 2.53 and he has an 18-6 K-BB ratio through 21.2 innings. He's looking to rebound from a poor 2020 season that saw him post a 5.35 ERA with 73 hits allowed in 67.1 innings. Gibson has a history of providing innings but he's not a huge strikeout pitcher, which limits his fantasy appeal.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rangers Kyle Gibson
  • Greg Holland Earns Second Save On Sunday

    Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland pitched a clean ninth against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday to earn his second save of the year. This was a promising development for Holland, as Royals manager Mike Matheny has been elusive with his ninth inning management through the early going this year. Five different Royals have saves on the year, but Holland is now the first Royal with two saves. It might be a frustrating and messy situation going forward, but Holland should be considered the most likely save recipient in Kansas City for now. He should be rostered in all leagues where saves are scarce.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Royals Greg Holland
  • Camilo Doval Makes MLB Debut Sunday With Scoreless Inning

    San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Camilo Doval made his MLB debut in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Marlins. The 23-year-old came into the game in the seventh inning up by one and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. Doval is one of the Giants' top-30 prospects and had not pitched above Class A Advanced San Jose in his career. While Doval does not carry fantasy value at this time except in dynasty leagues, he has the stuff to potentially be a late-inning reliever or closer for the Giants in the future. It will be exciting to see how he continues to perform throughout the season.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Giants Camilo Doval
  • Robbie Ray Walks Six Batters In Losing Effort

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray struggled with his control during Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The lefty walked six batters and allowed five hits in five innings of work. But he kept the Royals scoreless and struck out five batters. Ray was making just his second start of the season after missing the beginning of the year due to an elbow bruise. The 29-year-old hurler has now walked nine batters in 10 innings of work after showing much-improved control during the spring. Last season Ray issued 45 free passes in 51 2/3 innings. If he regains his control after the long layoff, he's worth a flier in most fantasy leagues due to his ability to rack up strikeouts.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Robbie Ray
  • Brady Singer Tosses Six Scoreless Innings Against Blue Jays

    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer had his best outing of the year so far on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Singer pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six. Unfortunately, the Royals weren't able to score any runs until the seventh inning, so Singer was left with a no decision. Regardless, it was a big step in the right direction for Singer, who allowed 10 runs (six earned) over his first two starts of the year. Singer will look to build off this strong start in his next outing on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Royals Brady Singer
  • Alex Wood Earns Win In Season Debut Sunday

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Alex Wood looked sharp in his first start of the season, earning a win in Sunday's 1-0 game against the Marlins. Wood pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. It was an encouraging performance for the 30-year-old, who missed the beginning of the season recovering from a lower back procedure. Wood has shown he can be a fantasy asset over the course of his career when he can stay healthy, so fantasy managers should keep an eye on him. His next start should be a rematch with the Marlins at home.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Giants Alex Wood
  • Lance Lynn Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    The Chicago White Sox have placed Lance Lynn (back) on the 10-day injured list with a strained right trapezius muscle. The move is retroactive to April 17. The team is hopeful that Lynn will only need to miss one start due to the injury. Reliever Zack Burdi was called up from the alternate site in a corresponding move. Lynn's next scheduled start was Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. The White Sox are yet to name a replacement for the start. If Lynn remains on track to only miss one outing, he'd be in line to make his next start on Wednesday, April 28 against the Detroit Tigers.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Lance Lynn
  • Matthew Boyd Allows Two Runs Over 7 1/3 Innings

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd was solid again on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. He pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed four hits, one walk and two earned runs while striking out five. He allowed his first home run of the year in the game when Sean Murphy hit a solo shot in the eighth inning. Through four starts this year, Boyd has a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He should be rostered in all leagues at this point as he looks to be on the verge of a big bounce-back year after a rough 2020 season. His next start will be on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Tigers Matthew Boyd
  • Ramon Urias Collects Two Hits Sunday

    Baltimore Orioles second baseman/shortstop Ramon Urias was one of the few O's who did anything at the plate in Sunday's 1-0 extra-innings loss to the Rangers, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. The 26-year-old has done a decent job in limited at-bats this season, slashing .278/.316/.500 in 19 plate appearances. However, he has little big league experience and his 36.8% strikeout rate is concerning, so fantasy managers should avoid him until they can see more.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Orioles Ramon Urias
  • John Means Turns In Another Strong Start Sunday

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means put forth a great effort in Sunday's 1-0 extra-innings loss to the Rangers. Means pitched seven innings, allowing no runs on just three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. Unfortunately, his offense could not give him any support. The 27-year-old is looking like his 2019 self, compiling a stellar 1.52 ERA with six walks and 23 strikeouts over his first 23 2/3 IP this season. Means will likely make his next start against a decent A's matchup at home.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Orioles John Means
  • Starling Marte Leaves Sunday's Game Mid-At Bat

    Miami Marlins outfielder Starling Marte was forced to leave Sunday's game in the middle of his at bat in the ninth inning. It's unclear for now what happened to the talented outfielder, although it appeared he was favoring his hip or his oblique area as he was pinch hit for with a 1-1 count. The Marlins have Monday off, so if Marte does indeed require a stint on the injured list, it may not be made official until some point on Tuesday. No real clarity was gained from any post-game interviews, so for now, fantasy managers should be ready to be without Marte for a while, but could also see him right back in the lineup on Tuesday. More details will be passed along as soon as they are available.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Marlins Starling Marte
  • Daniel Vogelbach Swats Two Home Runs In Loss

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Sunday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Pirates. Vogelbach hit a solo shot off Pirates starter Chad Kuhl in the first inning. In the seventh, Vogelbach went deep on a two-run blast against reliever Chris Stratton to tie the game at 5-5. The 28-year-old Vogelbach is in the mix for playing time at first base as Keston Hiura has picked up at-bats at second base. Through 27 plate appearances, Vogelbach has two homers, four RBI, and six runs scored while slashing .167/.259/.417 this season. The burly Vogebach could make for an intriguing short-term pickup for fantasy managers looking for power production.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Brewers Daniel Vogelbach
  • John Gant Holds His Own Despite Five Walks On Sunday

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant was able to last five innings in Sunday's start despite clearly not being at his best against the Philadelphia Phillies. In Gant's five frames, he allowed two runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five. He ended up throwing 88 pitches, just 51 for strikes. Gant took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season and saw his ERA move to 3.21. He's more of a streaming option than a reliable every-fifth-day starter in most fantasy formats.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Cardinals John Gant
  • Pablo Lopez Takes A Tough Loss On Sunday

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez pitched very well on Sunday but was saddled with a tough loss in a game that ended 1-0. Lopez dropped to 0-2 on the season by allowing just one unearned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings. It was a strong quality start and one that certainly deserved a win, but the Marlins offense only mustered three hits total on the afternoon. Lopez has one bad start among his four so far this year, and remains a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm in most formats.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Marlins Pablo Lopez
  • Freddy Peralta Strikes Out Seven In No Decision

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta allowed three runs on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings versus the Pirates on Sunday. He did not factor in the decision. All of the runs against Peralta came on a three-run home run by Colin Moran in the third inning. The 24-year-old Peralta hadn't allowed multiple runs in an appearance this season prior to Sunday. He has a 2.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 31:12 K:BB in 18 innings overall. The right-hander's next start is expected to be Saturday against the Cubs. Peralta is a good start going forward. His strikeout ability is elite.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Brewers Freddy Peralta
  • Dominic Smith Hitless On Sunday

    New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith went 0-for-4 in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday, dropping his batting average to .229 on the season over 35 at-bats. Despite the poor day at the plate, looking beyond the box score, Smith hit the ball on the nose in three of his four ABs. As such, even though he went hitless on Sunday, it does appear that he may be on the verge of heating up. Now hitting third consistently in the Mets' lineup between shortstop Francisco Lindor and first baseman Pete Alonso, fantasy managers should continue to keep Smith active in all formats. Notwithstanding the slow start to 2021, Smith has the potential to breakout on any given day.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Struggles Continue For Francisco Lindor On Sunday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with one strikeout in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday. Lindor's average has now dropped to .189 on the season and he has yet to hit a home run (over 37 at-bats). After a great spring training in which Lindor hit .370 with four home runs and 14 RBI, Lindor's bat has massively cooled off since the regular season began. Despite the frigid start, fantasy managers should keep in mind the Mets have only played 11 games over the first two weeks of the season, with a number of games postponed due to COVID-19 and inclement weather. As such, the inconsistent Mets schedule has likely played a part in Lindor's inability to get into a groove at the plate. It should only be a matter of time before Lindor gets going at the dish and starts to produce offensively for the Mets and fantasy managers.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Edwin Diaz Picks Up Second Save On Sunday

    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz picked up his second save of the season on Sunday by preserving the Mets' 2-1 win over the Rockies in Colorado. Diaz pitched the ninth inning, allowing just one hit, to successfully convert his second save in as many chances on the young season. Diaz now has a 3.18 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and a 7:2 K:BB in five and 2/3 innings pitched on the season. Diaz has looked impressive so far in 2021, coming off of an incredible bounce-back campaign in 2020. As one of the few bona fide closers in MLB, Diaz remains a top relief pitcher option in all fantasy formats, particularly pitching for a Mets team that will be in playoff contention. Fantasy managers should, accordingly, have Diaz active in all formats.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Marcus Stroman Dominant On Sunday In Colorado

    New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman went eight impressive innings in Colorado on Sunday in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Rockies. Stroman allowed only three hits, one walk, and one earned run while striking out five. Stroman, now 3-0 on the season, owns just a 0.90 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP, to go with 11 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched in 2021. Just as impressively, Stroman has allowed no more than two earned runs in his last seven starts going back to 2019. Stroman will look to continue his hot start to the season in his next start which is scheduled for Saturday at home against the Nationals. Fantasy managers should keep the red hot Stroman active in all formats.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mets Marcus Stroman
  • Nick Margevicius Exits Early With Apparent Injury

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Nick Margevicius (arm) was forced out of the game Sunday afternoon with an apparent injury after throwing four innings of one-hit ball against the Houston Astros. He seemed to be suddenly, uncharacteristically wild, and left the field with the athletic trainer. It was Margevicius's second start of the season after replacing the injured James Paxton in the rotation. If Margevicius is forced to miss time, it would appear that Ljay Newsome, who replaced Margevicius for the fifth inning, would be first in line for starts, at least until Logan Gilbert is ready. More information will be forthcoming, but Margevicius can be safely dropped in all leagues whether he misses time or not.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Nick Margevicius
  • Eugenio Suarez Slumps To .173 On The Year

    Cincinnati Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. It has been a rough month of April for Suarez, who is hitting just .173 with two homers, 11 runs, and five RBI in 52 at-bats. The veteran is not showing many signs of life as he has an expected batting average of just .175 and just an 85.6 MPH exit velocity, which ranks in just the 11th percentile in the league. If fantasy gamers are looking for a glimmer of hope, Suarez does have a 10.3% barrel rate, which is above average in the league at the 62nd percentile. Suarez still has time to turn things around and brings 40-homer potential to the shortstop position, so his fantasy managers will need to stay patient.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Reds Eugenio Suarez
  • Tyler Naquin Hits Sixth Homer

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Naquin connected for his sixth homer of the season in the eighth inning off of reigning American League Cy Young winner Shane Bieber. Naquin got off to a fast start this season but that goes into the books as just his first homer since April 9. Overall, Naquin is hitting .262 with six homers, eight runs, 15 RBI, and a steal. He has worked his way into an everyday role for the Reds, which will make things interesting when Shogo Akiyama (hamstring) is ready to return from the injured list.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Reds Tyler Naquin
  • Joey Votto Stays Hot On Sunday

    Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Votto has been red-hot at the plate of late, picking up three doubles and three homers in his past six games. His overall stat line of .267 with six runs and 10 RBI doesn't look all that impressive but it's worth noting that Votto has been hitting the ball well all season but had been running into some bad luck at the plate over the first couple of weeks of the year. Over the past week, his hits are starting to fall in, which is translating to more success at the plate for the veteran infielder. Votto is worth adding off of waivers in any leagues where he's available.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Reds Joey Votto
  • Jose Ramirez Homers Sunday

    Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Ramirez now has four home runs and eight RBI on the season to go along with three stolen bases. Ramirez will look to stay hot in the Tribe's upcoming series at home against the Chicago White Sox.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Indians Jose Ramirez
  • Roberto Perez Homers Sunday

    Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Indians 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Perez is now hitting just .194 but he does have three home runs and eight RBI on the young season. He is a guy fantasy players could find some value in a weak position as he should be able to supply decent power in 2021 similar to the way he hit 24 bombs in 2019. Keep him on your radar.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Indians Roberto Perez
  • Wade Miley Allows Four Runs In Loss

    Cincinnati Reds left-hander Wade Miley allowed four runs in five innings of work in a 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Miley struck out five and walked one in the loss, his first of the season. All of the damage off of Miley came via the long ball as he served up a solo shot to Jose Ramirez and a three-run blast to catcher Roberto Perez in the outing. With his cutter averaging just 85.7 MPH in the game, Miley got just nine swings and misses in the start on Sunday. Thus far, Miley has been a decent fantasy pitcher this season although his lack of pure stuff limits his upside and leaves him open to the occasional blowup outing. On the other hand, he is backed by a Cincinnati lineup that has been explosive through the first few weeks of the season. Miley is worth a look as a steamer in plus matchups going forward although he's probably best avoided next week as he's lined up to face the St. Louis Cardinals next time out.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Reds Wade Miley
  • Shane Bieber Strikes Out 13 Sunday

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber went eight innings while allowing three runs, two walks, and striking out 13 in the 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Bieber earned the win and is now 2-1 on the season with a 2.45 ERA and 48 strikeouts across 29 1/3 innings pitched. It was a less than stellar day as far as the earned runs are concerned for Bieber, but it was a good start nonetheless and he is certainly returning dividends for fantasy players who invested in him during the first round of their drafts.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Indians Shane Bieber
  • Emmanuel Clase Earns Save Sunday

    Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Emmanuel Clase earned the save in Sunday 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds as he threw one inning while allowing one hit and striking out three. Clase threw absolute gas as he touched triple digits in the appearance and it is great to see Terry Francona go right back to him after suffering a tough-luck blown save on Saturday night. He now has four saves on the season to go along with a shiny 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 7 1/3 innings pitched. He is one that needs to be grabbed off waivers in any league where he may be available.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Indians Emmanuel Clase
  • Gerrit Cole Fans 10 In Loss To Rays

    New York Yankee starting pitcher Gerrit Cole had another excellent outing despite being charged with the loss on Sunday against the Rays. Cole pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs- two of them earned- on five hits with 10 strikeouts compared to no walks. The 30-year-old ace posted an excellent 34 percent CSW (called strikes and whiffs) and registered 18 swinging strikes, 13 of them on his fastball-change combo. Cole was more than good enough to earn the win, but the Yankee bats went cold once again, leaving him empty-handed for his efforts. He owns a 1.82 ERA with a 39:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 2/3 innings pitched through four starts. Cole is every bit of the fantasy ace his managers drafted him to be, with an upcoming start against the Indians on April 23.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Yankees Gerrit Cole
  • Shohei Ohtani Listed As Team's Starter Tuesday

    Los Angeles Angels pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani (finger) is listed as the team's probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. Ohtani hasn't pitched since April 4 as he continues to deal with a blister on his finger. Manager Joe Maddon seemed to indicate that the two-way star would make his return after a more game-like throwing session this past week- and the team is planning on having him pitch against Texas. Ohtani was a bit wild in his first start but flashed his strikeout upside. It's a great matchup, as the Rangers have posted the third-worst strikeout rate in the majors so far.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Kyle Hendricks Officially Sunday's Starter

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks has been confirmed as the team;'s starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Braves. Hendricks had been dealing with a non-COVID-related illness that cost him his third scheduled start, though he'll be out there to face a Braves lineup that currently ranks 10th in the majors in team OPS. Hendricks was shaky in his first outing but rebounded nicely in his second, tossing six scoreless innings against the Brewers.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Cubs Kyle Hendricks
  • Gavin Lux Headed To Injured List

    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux (wrist) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday. Lux has been dealing with a sore wrist, which forced him to miss Thursday's contest. As a result, he'll ht the injured list, though manager Dave Roberts said he expects Lux to be out for the minimum amount of time. The Dodgers recalled infielder Sheldon Neuse- and activated pitcher Brusdar Graterol from the injured list while optioning pitcher Alex Vesia. Neuse could be in line for a few starts at second base.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Dodgers Gavin Lux
  • Ozzie Albies Absent From Lineup Once Again

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (calf) remains out of the lineup on Sunday. Albies has now missed two games due to a sore calf, though he is still considered day-to-day. The 24-year-old should be expected to make his return in the upcoming series against the Yankees- provided the issue is not more serious than the team is letting on. Ehire Adrianza will get another start at second base.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Emmanuel Clase Blows Save Saturday

    Cleveland Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase was credited with the blown save in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Once again, the run scored in the ninth inning was not Clase's fault as Josh Naylor gave his best Bill Buckner impersonation and allowed a Max Schrock ground ball to go through his legs at first base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The run would eventually score to tie up the game and the Indians would lose it in the bottom of the 10th inning. Clase has had some horrible defensive luck this season, but has electric stuff and should be owned in all leagues as he continues to get save opportunities for the Tribe.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Indians Emmanuel Clase
  • Luke Voit Could Resume Swinging As Soon As Tuesday

    New York Yankees first baseman Luke Voit (knee) could resume swinging a bat on Tuesday, per manager Aaron Boone. Boone said that Voit- who was taking grounders on the field before Sunday's game against the Rays- is doing really well in his recovery from a partial meniscus tear in his left knee. The slugger seems to be trending towards a return soon, which would be excellent news for a Yankees' club that has gotten little production out of the first base spot in his absence. With veteran, Jay Bruce set to retire following Sunday's game, expect the Yankees to go with a combination of DJ LeMahieu and Mike Ford at first until Voit returns.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Yankees Luke Voit
  • Kole Calhoun Not In Sunday's Lineup

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun is not in Sunday's lineup for the contest against the Nationals. Calhoun was originally slated to start in the game, though the team likely opted to give him an extra day off with their scheduled off-day coming up. Pavin Smith will draw a start in right field. Smith has three extra-base hits in 12 games this season.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Diamondbacks Kole Calhoun
  • Trey Mancini Gets Day Off Sunday

    Baltimore Orioles outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini will get the day off on Sunday. Mancini is not in the lineup after appearing in each game for the Orioles this season. The 29-year-old has struck out 19 times in 64 plate appearances, though he also has six extra-base hits and 11 RBI so far. Ryan Mountcastle will get the start at first base.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Orioles Trey Mancini
  • Joey Gallo Taking A Seat Sunday

    Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles. Gallo has appeared in all 15 games for the Rangers so far- and while he has just one extra-base hit, he also has 15 walks on the season, giving him an excellent .453 OBP. The 27-year-old slugger will take a seat on the bench, with right-handed batting Adolis Garcia starting in right field against southpaw John Means.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rangers Joey Gallo
  • Bryce Harper Returns To Lineup Sunday Against Cardinals

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (back) is slotted into the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Harper woke up Saturday with a stiff back and was held out of the lineup, though it was never believed to be anything serious. The 28-year-old slugger has just two long balls in 53 plate appearances, though he boasts an impressive 12:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Harper will face Cardinals' right-hander Jon Gant, who has a .339 expected batting average against so far in 2021.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Tim Locastro Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro (finger) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a dislocated finger. Locastro suffered the injury while attempting to steal a base during Saturday's game- and he'll be forced to miss some time as a result. The 28-year-old outfielder was off to a good start at the dish, with a .269 batting average, seven runs scored, and three stolen bases in 15 games. The Diamondbacks recalled relief pitcher J.B. Bukauskas and designated Anthony Swarzak for assignment. Newly acquired outfielder Nick Heath is active and will start in center field on Sunday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Diamondbacks Tim Locastro
  • Jay Bruce Plans To Retire After Sunday's Game

    New York Yankees first baseman/outfielder Jay Bruce plans to retire following Sunday's game against the Rays. An emotional Bruce told reporters that he felt he wasn't performing at the level he expects of himself, which is ultimately why he decided to step away from the game. The veteran slugger will be available off the bench Sunday one last time before he hangs up the cleats. A three-time All-Star, Bruce mashed 319 home runs over his 14-year career, though he didn't find much success in his short stint in the Bronx. Expect the Yankees to go with a combination of DJ LeMahieu and Mike Ford at first base until Luke Voit (knee), who took grounders on Sunday, returns to action.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Yankees Jay Bruce
  • Andrew Vaughn Out Of Game 1 Lineup

    Chicago White Sox first baseman/outfielder Andrew Vaughn will sit out Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Manager Tony La Russa has been reluctant to give Vaughn the playing time many expected, but the White Sox recently forced his hand by designating outfielder Nick Williams for assignment. Vaughn is hitting just .160 in 25 at-bats this season with zero home runs and one RBI, but he has drawn five walks and only struck out seven times. Vaughn is one of the best power and contact first base prospects and should be able to put up strong numbers if he gets the opportunity and reaches his potential. Managers in deeper redraft leagues should remain patient for now and it could pay off if La Russa starts to give him everyday at-bats. Vaughn should remain owned in all dynasty leagues. Corner infielder Jake Lamb will replace Vaughn in the lineup for Game 1 and bat eighth versus Tanner Houck. Lamb is hitless in seven at-bats this season and can be avoided in DFS on Sunday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Andrew Vaughn
  • Nick Madrigal Absent For Game 1 Of Doubleheader

    Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal will sit out Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Madrigal is having a solid season with the bat and is hitting .279 with one RBI and a stolen base. Madrigal offers plenty of contact and should help managers seeking improvement in the batting average department, but doesn't offer much else. Utility man Leury Garcia will start at second base and bat ninth. Garcia has struggled this season and can be avoided in DFS. Madrigal should be expected to suit up for Game 2.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Nick Madrigal
  • White Sox Promote Jonathan Stiever As 27th Man On Sunday

    The Chicago White Sox have promoted starting pitcher Jonathan Stiever as their 27th man for Sunday's doubleheader versus the Boston Red Sox. Stiever throws a nasty curveball and could be an option to start Game 2 on Sunday. The right-hander struggled in two starts with the Pale Hose in 2020 and allowed seven runs in 6 1/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. The good news is that he owns a career 3.95 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP to go along with 10 K/9 between two minor league seasons in rookie ball and Single-A. The White Sox have not announced their Game 2 starter, but Stiever can be avoided even if he does draw the start.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller White Sox Jonathan Stiever
  • Stephen Strasburg Placed On Injured List With Shoulder Inflammation

    The Washington Nationals have placed starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 15. Strasburg was scheduled to pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, but he of course won't be making that start now. The team is yet to name his replacement. Strasburg was hit hard in his last outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. He gave up eight hits and seven earned runs over four innings. We should know more about how much time he's expected to miss in the coming days. Make sure to stay tuned.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Nationals Stephen Strasburg
  • Spencer Turnbull Could Return Next Week

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull has a good chance to return to the rotation next week according to Tigers manager A.J. Hinch. Turnbull has been building himself back up at the club's alternate site after he was forced to remain away from the team due to COVID-19 protocols. The Tigers will have some decisions to make upon Turnbull's return. Hinch hinted that the team could go with a six-man rotation this year and that might be the most likely option. Michael Fulmer just joined the team's rotation from the bullpen, but has pitched well, so Hinch may be hesitant to take his spot away. Jose Urena and Tarik Skubal could potentially be on the hot seat as well. Turnbull had a 3.97 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 11 starts in 2020 and is worth roster consideration in all deep leagues and AL-only leagues.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Tigers Spencer Turnbull
  • Marcus Semien Goes 0-For-6 In Doubleheader

    Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien had a rough day in the team's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Semien went 0-for-6 over the two games with two strikeouts. He did, however, contribute an RBI in Game 1. Semien has provided solid power from the top of the Blue Jays' lineup with four home runs so far. However, he's struggled to get on base consistently. He's slashing just .194/.261/.387 on the year. He doesn't have any doubles or triples and his strikeout rate of 27.5% is higher than normal for him. Conversely, his 52.3% hard-hit rate is a distant career-high mark, so it certainly seems as if he's been selling out for power a bit more than usual so far this year.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Marcus Semien
  • Dane Dunning Shines In Third Start Of Season

    Texas Rangers pitcher Dane Dunning had another excellent start on Saturday during the club's 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The rookie right-hander threw six shutout innings and did not issue a walk. He allowed five hits and struck out five batters. Dunning succeeded by throwing quality strikes and 53 of his 75 pitches (71%) hit the strike zone. The 26-year-old has just one win this season but his ERA sits at 0.60 through three starts and he has a K-BB of 16-2 in 15 innings. Dunning may have his innings and pitch counts watched closely in 2021 as he had Tommy John surgery in 2019. Even so, he's a must-have in all fantasy formats.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rangers Dane Dunning
  • Ian Anderson Allowing Too Much Hard Contact Early On

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson has been hit hard over his first three starts of the 2021 season. Through 15.1 innings, he's allowed 15 hits and eight earned runs, including three home runs. He has a 4.70 ERA and a 5.87 xERA. Over Anderson's six starts as a rookie in 2020, he did a great job limiting hard contact. He allowed a barrel rate of 1.2% and a hard-hit rate of 32.1%. So far this year, those rates are up to 12.2% and 46.3%, respectively. Hopefully, Anderson can start putting things together soon. His next start will be against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Braves Ian Anderson
  • Brock Holt Activated From Injured List

    Texas Rangers utility player Brock Holt (hamstring) was activated from the injured list on Saturday and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout during the club's 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The veteran player had been out with a hamstring strain. Prior to getting hurt, Holt had been hitting .250 with a double and five walks in four games. He was originally signed by the club back in February as a minor league free agent but made the big league roster after a solid spring. In 2020, he split the season between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Washington Nationals but struggled with a 53 wRC+. Anderson Tejeda was returned to the alternate training site in a corresponding move.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rangers Brock Holt
  • Zack Greinke Throws Eight-Inning Gem Against Mariners

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke was fantastic in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Greinke pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six. He earned his second win on the year. Greinke has turned in quality starts in three of his four outings this year. This recent start was particularly encouraging as it followed his lone bad start of the year, in which he gave up six earned runs over 4 2/3 innings to the Detroit Tigers. Greinke now has a stellar 2.81 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through 25.2 innings on the year. His next start will be against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Willie Calhoun Has Two Hits In Return From Injury

    Texas Rangers designated hitter Willie Calhoun (groin) went 2-for-4 during his first game action of 2021 as the club fell 6-1 to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. He had been on the 10-day injured list while recovering from a groin injury suffered in the spring. Calhoun has been working out at the club's extended spring training site since late March and also appeared in one game at the Rangers' alternate training site. Last season for the club, Calhoun struggled mightily at the MLB level and produced a 32 wRC+. He also missed significant time in 2020 with injuries. The 26-year-old was hit in the face by an errant pitch in March, which broke his jaw. He also suffered oblique and hamstring injuries.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rangers Willie Calhoun
  • Eugenio Suarez Hitting Just .118 Through 13 Games

    Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez is off to a sluggish start to the 2021 season. Through 13 games, he's slashing .188/.322/.396 with two home runs, four doubles, nine walks, five RBI and 11 runs. He has a hard-hit rate of just 27.6%, which ranks amongst the bottom 10% of the league and is substantially lower than his hard-hit rate last year, 44.7%. He also has a troubling xBA of .175 and a high strikeout rate of 33.9%. Suarez is a streaky hitter and he was one of the many streaky hitters who suffered from a shortened 2020 season. He finished the year hitting just .202, though he did hit 15 home runs. Fantasy managers who have Suarez on their roster should get used to the streaky play. There will be some rough stretches, but his season-long numbers should turn out fine.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Reds Eugenio Suarez
  • Salvador Perez Hits His Fourth Home Run On Saturday

    Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez helped carry the team's offense in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays. Perez went 2-for-4 in the game and hit his fourth home run of the year. He's now slashing .300/.352/.600 through 13 games on the year. Perez posted a career-best barrel rate of 13.9% last year, but so far this year, he's increased that rate to 14.3%. His strikeout rate this year (27.8%) is up from last year (23.1%), but his walk rate this year (5.6%) is up from last year (1.9%) as well. Perez is simply one of the best hitting and overall catchers in the league and should be one of the top fantasy catchers as long as he remains healthy.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Royals Salvador Perez
  • Casey Mize Hit Hard By Athletics

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize had his worst outing of the year so far against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. Mize pitched five innings and allowed seven hits and five earned runs while striking out four. The Athletics hit three home runs against him, the first three home runs Mize has surrendered this year. On the bright side, Mize didn't give up a single walk after walking four batters in his first 11 innings of the year. Mize's season-long numbers still look decent. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP through three starts. He'll look to shake off this start next time out against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Tigers Casey Mize
  • Josh Fuentes Drives In Four In Game 2 Of Doubleheader

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Josh Fuentes went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 7-2 win over the Mets in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday. Fuentes picked up his first RBI in the first inning with a groundout to score Charlie Blackmon. He then took reliever Jacob Barnes deep for a three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth to put the Rockies up 7-2. The 28-year-old has struggled to start the year with a .188/.188/.333 batting line over his first 48 at-bats. He does have two home runs and nine RBI, though, and has upside if he can cut down on the strikeouts and get on base more frequently. He's struck out 14 times and drawn no walks thus far.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies Josh Fuentes
  • Dom Nunez Smacks An RBI Triple On Saturday

    Colorado Rockies catcher Dom Nunez went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a run scored, and two strikeouts in 4-3 loss to the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday. Jacob deGrom was dealing all afternoon, striking out nine Rockies in a row at one point, before finishing with 14 punchouts. He got Nunez to whiff twice but the 26-year-old backstop also laced an RBI triple off him in the bottom of the fifth inning. He's slashing .192/.222/.615, which isn't great, but he's also hit three home runs and drove in six over 26 at-bats. He's outperformed fellow backstop Elias Diaz, who's off to a .071/.161/.071 start over his 28 at-bats. Nunez is the future in Colorado and he could become the present very soon if Diaz continues to scuffle.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies Dom Nunez
  • Raimel Tapia Picks Up Second Home Run Of The Year On Saturday

    Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 4-3 loss to the Mets in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Saturday. Tapia capped off a three-run fifth inning for the Rockies when he took Jacob deGrom deep for his second homer of the year. The 27-year-old led off for Colorado in Game 1 but sat out Game 2. He's reached base safely in 6-of-8 games and is slashing .260/.302/.380 with two home runs, five RBI, and one stolen base. If he can start to get on base more consistently he could usurp the leadoff spot from Garrett Hampson, which would be a huge boost to his fantasy value.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies Raimel Tapia
  • German Marquez Throws Complete Game In Win Over Mets

    Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez secured his first win of the season in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Mets in Game 2 of their doubleheader. He allowed just two runs on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts over seven innings of work. Jeff McNeil smacked a two-run double off him in the top of the fourth inning but those were the only runs the Mets would score. Marquez only needed 87 pitches to get through this one, which was by far his best outing of the year. He now owns a 3.57 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 20:13 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings (four starts). The walks have been an issue thus far but if he could cut down on those then he could return mid-rotation value this season. He'll get the Phillies at home in his next turn.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Rockies German Marquez
  • Chris Flexen Turns In A Quality Start

    Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Flexen did his part Saturday, scattering ten hits over six innings, allowing one earned run while walking none and striking out three. Unfortunately, Seattle's offense was stymied by Houston's Zack Greinke, and Flexen was saddled with the loss despite his solid effort. Flexen has been a solid find for the Mariners and fantasy managers alike. He now sports a solid 3.38 ERA for the year, and has the strikeout potential to be at least worthy of a streaming spot for fantasy managers when the matchup is right.

    Apr 18 · RotoBaller Mariners Chris Flexen
  • Sandy Alcantara Sharp Until The Seventh On Saturday

    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara was excellent for the first six innings of Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants, but was left in for the seventh and struggled. In total, Alcantara threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits without walking a batter and striking out seven. Alcantara dominated through six, holding the Giants scoreless, but he was allowed to pitch the seventh and only got one out. Another silly bullpen move by Don Mattingly meant that all of the runners Alcantara left on base came in to score. It was a much better outing for Alcantara than his final line showed.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Marlins Sandy Alcantara
  • Twins-Angels Game On Sunday Postponed

    The Minnesota Twins' scheduled game against the Angels on Sunday has been postponed. The news comes just hours after the postponement of Saturday's contest and the announcement of another positive COVID-19 test out of Minnesota- outfielder Kyle Garlick. Sunday's game was cancelled to "allow for continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Twins' organization." Fantasy managers with Twins or Angels on their roster will have to make other arrangements, though the Angels would seemingly be able to get back on the field sooner provided they test negative. Stay tuned for updates.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Twins Kyle Garlick
  • Trent Thornton Solid In Relief, Eyed For High-Leverage Work

    Toronto Blue Jays reliever Trent Thornton pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball during the club's 3-2 loss in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals. The right-hander allowed two hits but he struck out two batters and threw 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes (68%). After the game, manager Charlie Montoyo said he has been impressed with Thornton this season and will be using the former starter in high-leverage situations moving forward. The club is currently without other high-leverage relievers Jordan Romano (ulnar neuritis) and Julian Merryweather (oblique) due to injuries.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Trent Thornton
  • Daniel Bard Blows The Save And Takes The Loss On Saturday

    Colorado Rockies right-hander Daniel Bard blew the save and took a loss in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the New York Mets. Bard allowed two runs on four hits with two strikeouts over one inning as the Rockies lost 4-3. He entered in the top of the seventh inning with Colorado holding a 3-2 lead as he attempted to convert his third save opportunity of the season. Bard unraveled from the get-go as he gave up four straight hits, including an RBI double from Jonathan Villar and RBI single off the bat of Francisco Lindor. He ended up getting out of the inning but the damage was done. The 35-year-old now has a 4.76 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 9:3 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings this year. This was his first blown save but he hasn't gotten many opportunities with the Rockies posting a 3-11 record to begin the year.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Rockies Daniel Bard
  • Third Twins Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

    A third Minnesota Twins player has tested positive for COVID-19, joining the previously announced positive tests of Andrelton Simmons and Kyle Garlick, as well as a Twins staff member, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. That's four positive tests this week for Minnesota, as they were forced to postpone Saturday night's game to conduct more testing and contact tracing. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that Sunday's scheduled finale with the Angels is "up in the air" as a result of the current tests. Managers should make preparations for their lineup in the increasingly likely event that Sunday's game is postponed as well.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Twins
  • Bryce Harper Is Day-To-Day With Back Tightness

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (back) is being considered day-to-day with back tightness, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Harper woke up with a sore back on Saturday, and was held out of the lineup as a result. Manager Joe Girardi said that Harper is day-to-day, but he could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday. Harper has gotten off to a solid start this year, slashing .238/.396/.429 with two home runs, six RBI and a 12:10 K:BB ratio in 13 games. This likely shouldn't be a long term issue for Harper, so managers can expect him back within the next day or two.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez Gets No-Decision In Game 1 On Saturday

    Colorado Rockies right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez was given a no-decision in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the New York Mets. He allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk over five innings in a 4-3 loss. Gonzalez did a fine job holding down the Mets offense on Saturday. The only run he gave up came via a Pete Alonso RBI single in the top of the third inning. He had to put forth his best effort with Jacob deGrom dealing on the other side. The 29-year-old has put up a respectable 3.00 ERA over his 15 innings (three starts) to begin the season but he has a 1.47 WHIP and 8:7 K/BB ratio. He's hard to trust for fantasy purposes with his low strikeout upside and high WHIP. He'll get the Phillies at home in his next start.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Rockies Chi Chi Gonzalez
  • Kyle Garlick Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Kyle Garlick (COVID-19) was the Twins player who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic. Hayes reports that Garlick tested positive one day after a Twins staff member had also tested positive, as the two cases led to the postponement of Saturday's game between the Twins and Angels while more testing and contact tracing is conducted. There is no word of any other positive tests yet, and there's no word if the Twins and Angels will be able to play the scheduled series finale on Sunday.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Twins Kyle Garlick
  • Tucker Barnhart Homers Saturday

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Barnhart connected on a second-inning offering from Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie for his second home run of the season. Overall, the veteran catcher is hitting .387 with seven runs and eight RBI across 31 at-bats this season. Barnhart will have to stay hot to hold off rookie catcher Tyler Stephenson, who has siphoned away 22 at-bats from Barnhart. Barnhart is worth streaming in deep leagues while he's swinging a hot bat, just don't expect the production to continue throughout the entire season.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Reds Tucker Barnhart
  • AJ Pollock Available Saturday, Likely To Return To Lineup Sunday

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder AJ Pollock (groin) will be available off the bench for Saturday's game, and will likely return to the starting lineup on Sunday, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Pollock has been listed as day-to-day since suffering a groin injury while running to first base early in the game on Thursday. He has been off to a slow start this year, slashing .250/.302/.300 with two doubles, four RBI and five runs scored in 12 games.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Dodgers A.J. Pollock
  • Wander Suero Exits Saturday With Injury

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Wander Suero (side) exited Saturday's game with an injury to his left side, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. Suero faced only two batters in the game, allowing a walk to Eduardo Escobar and then he had to leave in the middle of a plate appearance by Nick Ahmed after grabbing his left side. Dougherty adds that Suero is set to undergo an MRI on Saturday, and the team expects to know more about his injury by Sunday. This is potentially another blow to a short-handed Nationals bullpen, as manager Dave Martinez announced before the game that reliever Luis Avilan had suffered a torn UCL in his last appearance on Thursday.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Nationals Wander Suero
  • Steven Matz Continues Hot Start To 2021

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz allowed just two hits over six innings of work during the first game of the club's doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The Jays took the first game 5-1. The former New York Mets southpaw allowed just one run and struck out five batters. Matz lowered his ERA to 1.47 and he recorded his third win in as many starts in 2021. In total, he's given up just nine hits with a K-BB of 18-6 in 18.1 innings of work. Matz is coming off a nightmare 2020 season with the Mets that saw him post a 9.68 ERA with 14 home runs allowed in 30.2 innings. If he's still available, the lefty is an excellent fantasy league target.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Blue Jays Steven Matz
  • Anthony Rendon Has Not Yet Resumed Baseball Drills

    Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon (groin) is making progress in his recovery from a groin strain, but has not yet resumed baseball drills, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Fletcher adds that it is still too soon to tell if he will be activated from the injured list when he becomes eligible on Wednesday. Rendon suffered the injury last Saturday while making a throw, and was placed on the 10-day IL on Monday. Through eight games this year, Rendon is slashing .290/.378/.387 with one home run and three RBI.

    Apr 17 · RotoBaller Angels Anthony Rendon