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  • Grilli escapes danger to lock down 14th save
    Jason Grilli coughed up a run in the ninth against the Dodgers on Wednesday but held on to notch his 14th save in a 3-2 win.

    Advice: With one out, Grilli served up an Alex Guerrero solo homer to right. Andre Ethier next singled, but Grilli ended the affair in a timely fashion after that. It's highly questionable whether Grilli is a superior ninth inning option to Jim Johnson -- who tossed another scoreless eighth and boasts a 2.42 ERA -- but the former is 14-for-15 in save chances (ranking No. 2 in the NL in saves) and isn't in danger of losing his job at the moment. Of course, with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP, a big implosion or two could change that. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Pederson has a pair of singles in loss to ATL
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 on Wednesday as the Dodgers lost to the Braves 3-2.

    Advice: Pederson, 23, went 7-for-13 in the three-game set against Atlanta. He boasts a .945 OPS and is on pace for 42 homers, 81 RBI and 95 runs. The heavy frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year honors has secured leadoff duties for the foreseeable future (and perhaps decade) by posting a .392 OBP with an outstanding walk rate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Wood beats Dodgers in return to the mound
    Alex Wood permitted just one run and struck out six over seven frames in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: He scattered seven hits and declined to issue a free pass. The stellar showing was good to see after Wood was scratched from his last start on Friday because of a stomach virus. He showed no ill effects here, keeping at bay a dangerous Dodgers lineup in Los Angeles. Wood has a decent 3.50 ERA, but it comes with a terrible 1.50 WHIP and only 38 strikeouts over 54 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Greinke yields 1 ER or less in each May start
    Zack Greinke painted six innings of one-run ball and struck out nine in a no-decision against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Greinke will not make another start in May, which means he didn't give up more than one run in any start this month. Thus far, Greinke's surface level performance has given off whiffs of his dominant 2009 with the Royals. Why will he not accrue 10.1 WAR again or continue to pitch quite this well? Diminishing stuff (it's still good): Greinke struck out 242 in 2009, whereas he's whiffed 49 in 61 innings this year. Tonight, he set a new season-high in strikeouts by two. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Middlebrooks has 5 multi-hit games in past 8
    Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win against the Angels.

    Advice: Middlebrooks' two-run round-tripper off Garrett Richards in the fourth inning gave the Padres a 3-2 lead in an eventual 5-4 triumph. He continues to be a frustrating asset in NL-only leagues, though the third baseman has performed better of late. Middlebrooks has exactly two hits in five of his last eight games. Of course, in the other three he had zero. He's slashing .226/.260/.397 with six homers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • C Perez collects a pair of hits and two RBI
    Carlos Perez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Perez has taken advantage of Chris Iannetta's season-long Mr. Magoo impersonation at the plate to steal most of the catching at-bats. He's playing just well enough to continue to garner those plate appearances, posting a head-above-water .279/.289/.395 slash line. Perez is not yet drawing walks, but perhaps more will come as he continues to get more comfortable in the batter's box. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Cashner gets back in the win column vs. LAA
    Andrew Cashner yielded three runs on eight hits across seven innings Wednesday in a 5-4 victory versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cashner struck out six and walked one. The right-hander is pitching pretty well on the whole this season -- he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.27 WHIP through 10 starts -- but the win improves his record to a still unsightly 2-7 and the Padres are 2-8 in his starts. Between shoddy defense and an offense that no-shows his outings, Cashner would be forgiven for feeling persecuted. His prognosis will improve as his luck normalizes, as it did tonight (zero errors, five runs of support). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • SP Richards falters in loss vs. the Padres
    Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.

    Advice: He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Jason Heyward homers to lead Cardinals
    Jason Heyward hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cardinals beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.

    Advice: The Cardinals went on to win on a game-ending error from catcher Jordan Pacheco in the ninth. Heyward's homer was his third in 10 games and fifth overall. He's had a miserable season, which is why he was batting eighth against a right-hander tonight, but he's still playing quite a bit better now than he did in April. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Brad Ziegler blows save in ninth
    Brad Ziegler took a blown save and a loss after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Ziegler blew the save immediately, giving up a leadoff homer to Jason Heyward in the ninth. After that came a single, a groundout, an intentional walk, a walk and then what looked like an inning-ending double play ball. It turned out to be the game-winner for the Cardinals since a sliding Peter Bourjos hit catcher Jordan Pacheco's leg as he was making the home-to-first relay, sending the throw into right field. Ziegler should hang on to closing duties for now. It was his first blown save in three tries since he replaced Addison Reed. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Mark Trumbo hits eighth homer in loss
    Mark Trumbo hit his eighth homer and walked twice versus the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Trumbo hit two homers in the series against the Cardinals, one of several potential suitors for his services this summer. It wouldn't have seemed like a fit a day ago, but with Matt Adams (quad) out for a few months and perhaps the rest of the season, a power-hitting first baseman -- one better than Mark Reynolds -- might be a need for St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Gattis has three hits, homer against Orioles
    Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Gattis connected on a two-run homer against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez to tie the game in the seventh inning. The homer was his 10th of the year and his third in his last eight games. Gattis is still hitting just .218 but now has 30 RBI and 21 runs scored this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Moustakas homers but Royals fall to Yankees
    Mike Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: Moustakas gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead with a first-inning home run off of Michael Pineda. It's number five on the season for Moustakas, who maintains an excellent .329/.382/.494 batting line with 16 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated INF Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Flaherty is playing second base and hitting seventh for the O's Wednesday. He's battled a groin issue for over a month -- an injury that caused two DL stints -- but is convinced he's over it now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
     
    10:05 am vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Pence hits solo homer in win over Brewers
    Hunter Pence hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence hit the homer off Brewers starter Matt Garza in the first inning to get the Giants on the board. The homer was his second in 11 games this year. After missing the first month and a half with a broken forearm, Pence is now hitting .326/.370/.535 overall. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Mark Trumbo goes deep in Arizona's loss
    Mark Trumbo slugged a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: His blast after an Ender Inciarte single came off of terrific reliever Kevin Siegrist, as the D'Backs knotted things up before the Cards eventually won in the 10th. Trumbo has given Arizona pretty much what they should have expected this season with a .264/.303/.507 batting line and seven home runs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:49 pm
  • Pence has two-run double in comeback win
    Hunter Pence was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 comeback win over the Brewers.

    Advice: Pence also drew a walk and stole a base. He put the exclamation point on a seven-run sixth inning with his two-run double. He's batting .342 (13-for-38) with nine RBI in 10 games since coming off the DL earlier this month. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Heyward (hip) returns to Cards' lineup Monday
    Jason Heyward (hip) is in the Cardinals' starting lineup Monday versus the visiting Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Heyward sat out Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City with some lingering tightness in his left hip. He's starting in right field and batting seventh on Memorial Day. Matt Holliday is in left and Peter Bourjos is in center. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 am
  • Moustakas (clavicle) goes 1-for-4 in return
    Mike Moustakas (clavicle) went 1-for-4 in his return to the Royals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Moustakas made an early exit from Saturday's game after taking a bad hop off his collarbone at third base. He only suffered a bruise. The 26-year-old budding star is batting .333/.385/.491 in 40 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:37 am
  • Gattis powers Astros in slugfest win vs. DET
    Evan Gattis tripled, homered, knocked in three runs, and scored three runs as the Astros eked out a win in a slugfest with the Tigers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gattis brought in the Astros' first two runs with a triple in the first inning and later scored on a balk. He added a solo home run in the sixth inning. The slugger's bat has heated back up as the month of May nears its end, picking his triple-slash line up to .201/.233/.435 with nine home runs and 28 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:43 pm
  • Jason Heyward (hip) sitting out again Sunday
    Jason Heyward (hip) remained out of the Cardinals' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: He's now sat out two straight contests with tightness in his left hip. Heyward is considered day-to-day. Randal Grichuk is getting another start in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Pederson slugs 12th homer, Dodgers top Pads
    Joc Pederson slugged his 12th home run of the season Saturday in the Dodgers' defeat of the Padres.

    Advice: It was a first-inning solo shot off Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Pederson, 23, boasts a .943 OPS through 42 games this season and he's on pace for 46 homers and 100 runs scored. Just give him the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Moustakas exits game with clavicle contusion
    Mike Moustakas left Saturday's game against the Cardinals with a bruised clavicle.

    Advice: He got hit by a grounder in the top of the fifth inning. Christian Colon entered to play third base. Moustakas went 1-for-2 with a double before exiting. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Jason Heyward sitting out with hip tightness
    Jason Heyward (hip) is not in the Cardinals lineup Saturday.

    Advice: He started feeling tightness in his hip late in Friday's 5-0 loss to Kansas City. Manager Mike Matheny said Heyward is available off the bench and should be back in the lineup on Sunday. Randal Grichuk is getting the start in right field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:13 pm
  • Middlebrooks starting at shortstop Saturday
    Will Middlebrooks will make his first career start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Middlebooks played one inning at shortstop against the Diamondbacks on May 10. With Middlebrooks occupying shortstop, Cory Spangenberg will draw the start at third base. Alexi Amarista, who has started at shortstop for 31 of San Diego's 44 games this season, will get the night off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:50 pm
  • Joc Pederson hits 11th homer in victory
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-4 and hit a tiebreaking homer off Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning Friday as the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1.

    Advice: That's 11 homers for Pederson, so he's still on pace for right around 40. Of course, he's not going to keep that up, but he's the obvious Rookie of the Year favorite at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Zack Greinke strong against Padres
    Zack Greinke pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Padres on Friday.

    Advice: That was good enough to lower Greinke's ERA from 1.52 all of the way down to 1.48. He's allowed exactly one run in eaco of his last four starts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Richards wins despite shaky outing
    Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Alex Wood expected to make his next start
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Alex Wood will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Wood was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to a stomach virus. Gonzalez also noted that Wood could be available out of the bullpen the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Alex Wood scratched due to stomach virus
    Alex Wood has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Brewers due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Eric Stults will fill in. Wood should be feeling up to rejoining the rotation in a couple days, although it's unclear at the moment when the Braves will slot him back in. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Hunter Pence plates two to lead Giants
    Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Thursday, leading the Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pence delivered an RBI single off Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning to increase the Giants advantage to 2-0. He'd later add another RBI knock in the eighth to increase their lead. He doesn't look like he's missed a beat since returning from the disabled list, going 6-for-20 (.300) with a homer and four RBI in his first five games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:43 pm
  • Gattis shows off wheels with RBI triple
    Evan Gattis went 1-for-5 with an RBI triple in Thursday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Gattis' triple off of David Price drove home the Astros' first run of the game in the seventh inning. To that point, Price had been almost untouchable (he finished the game with 12 strikeouts). The Astros would eventually claw their way back from a 5-0 deficit only to lose in the eleventh inning. Not normally the nimblest of players, the triple was just the second of Gattis' career. Gattis has a potentially explosive bat, but he's been very up-and-down this season, hitting .196/.220/.413 with 8 homers and 24 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:04 pm
  • Heyward goes 0-for-3 in shutout loss vs NYM
    Jason Heyward went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Heyward's one strikeout was actually on the nice side of things, as all five of his teammates hitting above him whiffed at least twice. The 0-for-3 continued a disappointing season for Heyward in his new home, as the outfielder is hitting just .245/.300/.388 with four homers, 12 RBI and 23 runs scored. We hope for an upswing as the season rolls along, though we've tempered our expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • Flaherty (groin) expected to begin rehab soon
    Ryan Flaherty (groin) is expected to begin playing in rehab games with Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday or Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 12 because of a mild right groin strain. He should be ready to return when first eligible and will likely resume getting regular starts at second base for the Orioles, who will be without Jonathan Schoop (knee) until mid-July. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:22 am
     
    10:05 am vs CWS; 1:35 pm vs CWS
  • Grilli shuts down Rays to grab his 12th save
    Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth against the Rays, picking up his 12th save as the Braves won 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grilli allowed a two-out single to Brandon Guyer, but got Kevin Kiermaier to ground out to end the contest. Despite some struggles and some issues with back spasms, Grilli is 12-for-13 in save opportunities with a 4.73 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Heyward homers to help Cards trample Mets
    Jason Heyward had two hits and a walk in five trips to the plate, including a solo home run as the Cardinals routed the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Heyward swatted a solo home run to right-center in the fourth inning, helping to start a six-run outburst. The 25-year-old outfielder has a meager .250/.306/.396 triple-slash line with four home runs and 12 RBI on the year. The Cardinals are hoping the summer months heat up his bat. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:42 pm
  • Gattis slugs two-run homer, Astros top A's
    Evan Gattis slugged a two-run homer Wednesday in the Astros' defeat of the visiting A's.

    Advice: Gattis also drew a walk in the afternoon victory over Oakland. He still has an ugly .196/.221/.406 season slash line, but that has come with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 38 games. A little more consistency would be nice. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
  • Moustakas has three hits, two RBI vs. Reds
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: Moustakas had two RBI doubles in the affair, giving him 10 doubles and 15 RBI on the year. He's had multi-hit efforts in four of his past nine games, raising his overall line to .331/.388/.497. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Heyward not in Tuesday's lineup
    Jason Heyward is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

    Advice: He'll take a seat against southpaw Jon Niese. Peter Bourjos will start in center field and bat leadoff while Randal Grichuk will start in right field and bat second. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:38 pm
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