San Diego Padres Fantasy Baseball News

  • Eric Hosmer Expected To Be Activated Wednesday

    The belief is that San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer will be activated from the league's COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Hosmer went on the COVID-19 list last Wednesday as a close contact. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter was slashing a solid .305/.370/.443 with four home runs, six doubles, 21 RBI and even three stolen bases in 146 plate appearances of 35 games before being sidelined last week. While Hosmer doesn't possess a lot of over-the-fence pop, he's more valuable in mixed leagues now that San Diego's lineup is more potent. With Hosmer returning to the fold soon and with Jurickson Profar coming back on Monday night, Tucupita Marcano, who had been playing the keystone, is likely to lose playing time or be sent back to the minors.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Drew Pomeranz Plays Catch On Monday

    San Diego Padres pitcher Drew Pomeranz (shoulder) was able to throw the ball around and play catch on Monday. He landed on the 10-day injured list last Friday due to a minor shoulder issue. The team is hopeful that Pomeranz will only be forced to miss the minimum 10 days. The fact he was able to throw on Monday is a good sign that his shoulder is feeling better. Emilio Pagan will lose fantasy value once Pomeranz is able to return to the bullpen. Fantasy managers looking for a reliable option for holds should consider Pomeranz once he's back on the field.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Padres Drew Pomeranz
  • Austin Nola Heats Up Over Weekend

    San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola is heating up at the dish, collecting six knocks with a .353 average in his last four contests. Nola missed the first month of the season with a fractured finger, but has started flashing his offensive prowess, including a monster six-RBI game Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The mini streak has lifted his slash to .250/.405/.406 and he's tallied a homer and 13 runs-plus-RBI in 42 plate appearances. While backup catcher Victor Caratini has hit surprisingly well, Nola should continue siphoning back playing time as he finds his groove. The 31-year-old should be locked into all fantasy lineups on days he's in the squat calling pitches.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Padres Austin Nola
  • Ryan Weathers Lasts Four Innings In Sunday Start

    San Diego Padres pitcher Ryan Weathers lasted four innings and permitted two earned runs in a start Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The rookie left-hander survived a rocky first frame, settling down after serving a two-run homer to third baseman Nolan Arenado. He yielded four total hits over 69 pitches while striking out and walking none. Weathers continues to operate in a hybrid role, making four starts out of nine appearances, owning a solid 1.37 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 21 percent strikeout rate in 26 innings. The 21-year-old holds marginal fantasy value in redraft formats but could be utilized as an anchor for ratios despite modest statcast signals. His next outing will likely come this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Padres Ryan Weathers
  • Dinelson Lamet Snags Win In Relief Appearance

    San Diego Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet earned a victory in two innings of relief work Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Spelling starter Ryan Weathers after four frames, the 28-year-old evaded two hits and two walks to allow one run while striking out two in his first career stint from the bullpen. Lamet has now made four appearances (three starts) in 2021, going exactly two innings per outing as the Friars continue to be uber cautious with the right-hander as he builds up from a balky elbow. He holds a 2.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.9 K/9. It's undetermined when Lamet will be given a full workload so frustrated fantasy managers will need to remain patient. He's not a must-hold in shallower formats but projects to take the bump again this weekend against the Seattle Mariners.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Padres Dinelson Lamet
  • Trent Grisham Reaches Base Four Times On Friday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored in the Padres' 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Grisham raised his slash line to .292/.380/.487 on the season, over 113 at-bats, to go with five home runs and 12 RBI. Though Grisham's average has dipped slightly over the past seven games in which he is batting only .222, he has remained an on-base machine, posting a .344 on-base percentage over that same period. As the Padres leadoff hitter who has excellent on-base skills, and who can provide counting stats in the runs, power, and steals departments, he is a bona fide five-tool threat in fantasy. He should, accordingly, remain rostered and active in all fantasy formats.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Padres Trent Grisham
  • Joe Musgrove Picks Up Win On Friday

    San Diego Padres starter Joe Musgrove picked up his third win of the season in the Padres' 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. Musgrove, now 3-4 on the season, went five innings pitched allowing five hits, four walks, and one earned run while striking out five. While it was not the most impressive of outings, it was still a decent bounce back from his last two starts, both against the San Francisco Giants, in which he yielded a combined nine earned runs over 10 IP. Though Musgrove picked up the win, it was his fourth consecutive start in which he failed to register a quality start. Despite his recent successful attempts to impersonate teammate Blake Snell, Musgrove should remain active in all formats. Musgrove owns a solid 2.86 ERA, and an impressive 0.95 WHIP, with 59 strikeouts over 44 IP on the season. He will next face the Rockies at home on Wednesday in what should be a favorable matchup.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Padres Joe Musgrove
  • Mark Melancon Picks Up 13th Save

    San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon picked up his MLB leading 13th save of the season on Friday, closing out the Padres' 5-4 win over the Cardinals. Melancon worked the ninth inning allowing one hit, a solo home run to Nolan Arenado, and striking out one. It wasn't the most dominant of outings, but Melancon got the job done. Despite the home run, Melancon owns a 1.02 ERA and impressive 0.74 WHIP over 17 2/3 innings pitched on the season. He is also a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities. Given the fact that it was uncertain who would handle closing duties in San Diego prior to the beginning of the season, Melancon has emerged as a surprise elite closer in 2021. Fantasy managers who bucked the trend and opted to roster Melancon over Drew Pomeranz have reaped the rewards for their belief in the 36-year old veteran. Melancon should, obviously, remain active in all fantasy formats.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Padres Mark Melancon
  • Drew Pomeranz Placed On IL Thursday

    San Diego Padres relief pitcher Drew Pomeranz (lat) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 10 with lat tightness, according to the MLB.com transaction log. Pomeranz has been off to a good start this season, posting a 1.98 ERA and 35.7 percent strikeout rate with five holds in 14 appearances this season. With Pomeranz out, Emilio Pagan now moves up to next in line for saves if Mark Melancon goes down with injury.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Padres Drew Pomeranz
  • Mark Melancon Survives Arduous Outing For 12th Save

    San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon trod thin ice to record a five-out save Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. In Game 1 of a doubleheader, Melancon entered a precarious situation with two runners on in the sixth in a 5-2 contest. After escaping with just one inherited runner scoring, the Rockies loaded the bases in the seventh frame before Melancon induced catcher Elias Diaz to pop out and end the game. The 36-year-old fired 37 pitches without recording a strikeout, but it was enough to earn his 12th save. The veteran owns a spectacular 0.54 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 23 percent strikeout rate through 15 appearances and has emerged as a surprise elite closer through a month-plus of the 2021 campaign.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Padres Mark Melancon
  • Victor Caratini Introduces Slam Diego To 2021

    San Diego Padres catcher Victor Caratini mashed a game-winning grand slam in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies. The switch-hitting backstop's clutch salame came in the sixth inning as the Friars held on to win 5-3. Caratini also delivered another key knock in Game 2 to push the contest to extra innings in the eventual loss. The defense-first catcher has managed decently with the stick in 2021, slashing .244/.333/.397 with three homers, a steal and 27 runs-plus-RBI in 90 plate appearances. However, with his playing time projected to dwindle with Austin Nola healthy, Caratini is only worth a fantasy look in deep two-catcher formats and the DFS bargain bin.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Padres Victor Caratini
  • Blake Snell Labors Through Four Frames

    San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell lasted just four innings Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, permitting two earned runs. The whiffs were again working for Snell as he fanned seven, but he also relinquished five hits and three walks while laboring through 84 pitches. Across eight starts, the left-hander owns a pedestrian 4.19 ERA and 1.54 WHIP, failing to complete six frames in any outing. His fantasy value has been buoyed by a 31 percent strikeout rate but it's come with free passes at a 15 percent clip. Under the hood, it's tough for managers to feel optimistic but he should be started next Wednesday when the Friars take on the Rockies at Petco Park.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Padres Blake Snell
  • Yu Darvish's Solid Outing Cut Short By Pinch Hitter

    San Diego Padres starter Yu Darvish allowed one run (none earned) in four innings of work Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. Starting in Game 1 of a doubleheader, Darvish was lifted after just 76 pitches for a pinch hitter that ultimately helped the Friars win. Although that's no solace to fantasy managers, the right-hander permitted just two hits and a walk while striking out a pair. Darvish now possesses a superb 2.08 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 31 percent strikeout rate in eight starts. He'll have a rematch opportunity against the Rockies at home next Tuesday.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Padres Yu Darvish
  • Wil Myers Placed On COVID-19 List

    The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Wil Myers on the COVID-19 injured list on Wednesday after he tested positive for the virus. The Padres have had five players go on the injured list in the last two days due to COVID-19 concerns, including star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. In corresponding moves, infielder/outfielder Brian O'Grady and outfielder Patrick Kivlehan were recalled from Triple-A El Paso. Kivlehan is starting in right field and hitting seventh in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rockies on Wednesday. O'Grady has hit safely in all six games at El Paso and is batting .261 with two home runs. Kivlehan was hitting .231 with a homer in six games on the farm. There is no timetable for Myers' return.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Wil Myers
  • Chris Paddack Shows Increased Velocity In Return

    San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Paddack made his return to the mound after a short stint on the injured list this past Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Paddack pitched three scoreless innings and allowed four hits and one walk while striking out four. The surface numbers were extremely positive given his early struggles this year. He had a 5.40 ERA over 23.1 innings in April. The most promising development this weekend may have been his fastball velocity. His four-seamer has had an average velocity of 94.6 mph this year, but he was clocked at 97 mph at one point on Sunday. We'll see if he's able to build off of Sunday's solid outing. His next start will be on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Chris Paddack
  • Wil Myers And Eric Hosmer Removed Midgame With COVID-Related Issues

    San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers (COVID) and Eric Hosmer were lifted from Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies due to COVID-related protocol. Myers exited the game in the third inning and manager Jayce Tingler revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 in the postgame. Hosmer was removed due to contact tracing. Myers will join shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the COVID-IL while Hosmer will be out until deemed safe to return. Utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo are also in the protocol. WIth an outbreak underway in the Friars locker room, the team will rely on backup infielders Ha-Seong Kim, Tucupita Marcano and outfielder John Andreoli to fill the void in Wednesday's doubleheader at Coors Field.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Eric Hosmer Wil Myers
  • Tommy Pham Records Two Knocks And A Steal

    San Diego Padres outfielder Tommy Pham finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and run scored Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. After an awful April, Pham is 6-for-21 in May (.286 average), slashing .205/.321/.216 overall with zero homers, three steals and 12 runs-plus-RBI in 108 plate appearances. Despite a solid 66 percent barrel rate, Pham only has one extra-base hit all season. The 33-year-old should continue getting plenty of opportunities to narrow a wOBA (.247) that is nearly 100 points below his xwOBA (.338). His value at rock bottom, the chance for fantasy believers to buy low is now.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Tommy Pham
  • Manny Machado Erupts At Coors Field

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with a home run, triple, five RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Entering Coors Field with just five hits in May, Machado got right with a two-run blast in the fifth inning followed by a bases-clearing three-bagger one frame later. Machado was in some pain after fouling a ball off his left leg in his final at-bat but should be considered day-to-day. The 28-year-old has been inconsistent in 2021, slashing .237/.331/.405 with five homers, five steals and 41 runs-plus-RBI in 151 plate appearances. He should remain locked in fantasy lineups if he starts in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Rockies.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Manny Machado
  • Dinelson Lamet Goes Two Innings Once Again In Colorado On Tuesday

    San Diego Padres starter Dinelson Lamet once again went two innings in this his third start of the season, in Denver against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. The Rockies manufactured a run in the first against Lamet, as Raimel Tapia walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout, and scored on a Charlie Blackmon ground out. The only other baserunner allowed was a two-out double by Dom Nunez in the second inning. The Padres are clearly being cautious with Lamet's workload as they build his arm strength back up, it's just surprising they are doing it at the Major League level. His next outing should be against the St. Louis Cardinals at home, and fantasy managers will be requesting more length from Lamet. Once the Padres decide he is allowed to pitch 80 or more pitches in a game, Lamet's fantasy value will finally show. Be patient.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Padres Dinelson Lamet
  • Fernando Tatis Jr., Jurickson Profar, Jorge Mateo Placed On IL

    The San Diego Padres placed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and utilitymen Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo on the IL Tuesday due to health and safety protocols. The assumption is the move COVID-related, so fantasy managers should keep their fingers crossed this is precautionary. The timing is unfortunate as the team heads into Coors Field for a three-game set. The most fantasy relevant of the bunch, Tatis has registered an .867 OPS with nine homers and seven steals in 108 plate appearances this season and should be taken out of lineups. While the Friars haven't announced corresponding moves, infielder Ha-Seong Kim will certainly be one of the beneficiaries to start while Tatis and Profar are out.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Padres Jurickson Profar Jorge Mateo Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Eric Hosmer Tacks On Three More Hits

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer collected three hits and an RBI Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Hosmer's RBI knock in the eighth frame helped cap an 11-1 blowout victory for the Friars. The 31-year-old continues to be a steady presence in the lineup, slashing .307/.373/.449 with four homers, three steals and 32 runs-plus-RBI in 142 plate appearances. While his numbers aren't flashy, Hosmer's multi-category contributions should keep providing valuable fantasy numbers in deeper and NL-only leagues.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Trent Grisham Triples, Drives In Two Sunday

    San Diego Padres outfielder Trent Grisham went 1-for-5 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in an 11-1 win over the Giants on Sunday. It was Grisham's first triple of the season, as he continued to show off his power and speed that has led to five home runs and six steals over 26 games. With a .293/.369/.515 triple-slash line to start the year, Grisham is about as solid an outfielder as any manager could want in fantasy. He'll look to keep things rolling in the series opener with Colorado on Monday night.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Padres Trent Grisham
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Flashes Power And Speed Over Weekend Series

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Tatis launched a mammoth 454-foot blast off Giants starter Johnny Cueto in the second frame for his ninth long ball of the season. He finishes the three-game series with four hits in 13 at-bats with two stolen bases. The 22-year-old has been feast or famine at the dish, slashing .240/.315/.552 in 108 plate appearances with a 26 percent strikeout rate and 12 of his 23 hits of the extra-base variety. But with the power and seven steals to accompany 39 runs-plus-RBI, he continues to possess the dazzling power/speed combination fantasy managers crave. Up next is a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Austin Nola Back In Lineup After Being Hit In Hand

    San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola (hand) is back in Saturday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants. Nola was nailed in his left hand Friday night and X-rays came back negative. He'll bat eighth while being in the squat for starter Joe Musgrove. The 31-year-old backstop missed April with a fractured finger and has two hits and two RBI in 14 plate appearances since returning. Avoiding another major injury is positive news for Friar fans and fantasy managers as Nola could emerge as a top offensive catcher once he gets going.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Padres Austin Nola
  • Keone Kela Dealing With Forearm Tightness

    San Diego Padres reliever Keone Kela (forearm) was forced from Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants with right forearm tightness. Making his third appearance since returning from a shoulder injury, Kela promptly served a game-clinching homer to Giants outfielder Austin Slater before being pulled by the trainer two pitches later. His velocity was notably down from his normal mid-90s heat. Kela will be evaluated over the weekend but an IL trip seems certain. Despite dealing with forearm issues last year, the Friars signed the 28-year-old this offseason and he holds a 5.06 ERA through 10 innings. Relievers Pierce Johnson and Austin Adams will be leaned on in higher leverage scenarios and could be targets in deep holds leagues.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Padres Keone Kela
  • Blake Snell Struggling To Work Deep Into Games

    San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell walked the yard on Friday, issuing six free passes over 4 innings of work. The left-hander permitted just one hit, but was yanked after 95 pitches while struggling with three-ball counts all evening. He struck out five and allowed four earned runs. Through seven starts, Snell owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 30 percent strikeout rate. However, with a poor 15 percent walk rate, the 28-year-old has yet to complete six frames in any outing. Still an attractive fantasy piece due to the whiffs and track record, Snell should be treated with caution next Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Padres Blake Snell
  • MacKenzie Gore Making Triple-A Debut Friday

    San Diego Padres top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore will open the 2021 season in Triple-A El Paso and start Friday against the Tacoma Rainiers. Battling mechanical and command issues, El Paso manager Edwin Rodriguez admits Gore is "very close" but he'll need several strong outings before a potential promotion. In-line with the long term view for Gore, the Friars want him to stick as a big league starter when his anticipated debut arrives. The 22-year-old left-hander registered a 4.91 ERA during spring training with eight walks, but was MLB Pipeline's Pitcher of the Year in 2019 with a 1.02 ERA and 29 percent strikeout rate in 15 starts at High-A. With the call-up hype veered elsewhere for now, it's time for baseball's No. 6 prospect to prove himself as a key dynasty piece for both the Friars and fantasy managers.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Padres MacKenzie Gore
  • Mark Melancon Slams The Door Again

    San Diego Padres closer Mark Melancon gathered his 11th save Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Spotted a two-run advantage, the wily veteran required 11 pitches to retire the side while allowing a harmless single. Leading the majors in saves, Melancon owns a stellar 0.60 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and career-best 30 percent strikeout rate in 15 innings. He's also been perfect in closing chances. While there was some doubt this offseason about Melancon's role and diminishing skillset, his lights-out performance to-date has proven bountiful for fantasy managers that made the investment on draft day.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Padres Mark Melancon
  • Jake Cronenworth Delivers Clutch Knock

    San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth went 2-for-4 with two RBI Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cronenworth delivered a clutch two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to cement the victory for the Friars, recording his eighth and ninth RBI. The 27-year-old has cooled off at the dish, slashing .263/.338/.381 with two homers, three steals and 24 runs-plus-RBI in 135 plate appearances. Tonight was his first multihit game since April 25. The versatile lefty is still exhibiting great plate discipline but has lacked in the hard-hit department. Still, he has a legitimate shot at a 15/15 season and his positional flexibility makes him a strong platoon player in standard mixed leagues.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Padres Jake Cronenworth
  • Manny Machado, Trent Grisham Not In Wednesday's Lineup

    San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado and outfielder Trent Grisham are not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates. Manager Jayce Tingler had indicated that Machado would take a seat for a breather, though Grisham was expected to be in the lineup so that one bears watching. Tommy Pham will be in center and bat leadoff, with Ha-Seong Kim taking over for Machado at third and batting eighth.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Padres Manny Machado Trent Grisham
  • Dinelson Lamet Pitches Two Scoreless Innings In Return

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet made his return to the mound on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks without recording any strikeouts. The short outing was planned as the team aspires to slowly work Lamet's pitch count back up. Lamet made his season debut on April 21, but had an unplanned exit after two innings in that game, then landed on the injured list with forearm tightness. Lamet wasn't at his best in Tuesday's short outing, but it's certainly a good sign for the team that he's back on the mound and appears to be healthy. He should make his next start on Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Padres Dinelson Lamet
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. Not In The Lineup On Tuesday

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (rest) will not play on Tuesday evening against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 22-year-old will get the night off, so fantasy managers shouldn't be alarmed by his absence. Ha-Seong Kim will slide over from second to man the position and bat eighth in a favorable matchup against Mitch Keller and his 8.20 ERA.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Dinelson Lamet Activated, Will Start Tuesday Night

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet (forearm) has been announced as the starter for Tuesday night's game against the Rays, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic. Lamet has been on the 10-day injured list with forearm tightness since April 22, after an early exit in his season debut on April 21. Before leaving the start against Milwaukee, Lamet had shown off his strikeout potential by recording four strikeouts in two innings of work, while allowing just one hit and one walk. He could be in line for a solid outing against a Tampa Bay squad that is tied for the fourth-highest strikeout rate in the majors at 26.9 percent.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Padres Dinelson Lamet
  • Miguel Diaz Making Spot Start

    San Diego Padres pitcher Miguel Diaz will make a spot start Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the rotation brutalized by injuries, the Friars will turn to the 26-year-old right-hander to make his first appearance since 2019. In 66 career innings across three seasons, Diaz owns a 6.61 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. With the poor track record and high probability of a short leash, Diaz is not an advisable DFS option.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Padres Miguel Diaz
  • Eric Hosmer Gets Night Off On Monday

    San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer will have the night off on Monday night, as he will sit out the series opener with the Pirates. Jake Cronenworth will take over at first base in his place, with Ha-Seong Kim getting the start at second. Hosmer has gotten off to a great start this year, slashing .302/.375/.434 with three home runs, 17 RBI and three steals in 28 games. Look for Hosmer to return to the lineup tomorrow.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Padres Eric Hosmer
  • Fernando Tatis Pounds Eighth Home Run

    San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. After going hitless the first two games this weekend, Tatis powered a first-inning offering from Giants starter Kevin Gausman into the right field porch for his eighth dinger of 2021. The dynamic 22-year-old continues to reward fantasy managers that held tight through an early shoulder scare, sporting a .240/.326/.600 slash with five steals and 32 runs-plus-RBI to complement the long balls in 86 plate appearances. With his strikeout rate starting to level off below 30 percent, Tatis' elite batted-ball profile supports sustained fantasy goodness as long as he remains healthy.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Padres Fernando Tatis Jr.
  • Joe Musgrove Knocked Around In Loss

    San Diego Padres starter Joe Musgrove permitted six runs (five earned) in five innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. Musgrove's undoing began in a four-run third inning and he cemented his loss by yielding two more scores in his final frame. The right-hander struck out six while allowing four knocks and two free passes over 85 pitches. After a stellar start to the 2021 campaign, the 28-year-old has made two consecutive subpar outings. He still owns a sharp 2.38 ERA and 0.74 WHIP while demonstrating excellent swing-and-miss stuff with a 36 percent strikeout rate. He'll have an opportunity to rematch the Giants this Saturday at Oracle Park and should remain a must-start in all fantasy formats.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Padres Joe Musgrove