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  • 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.
    Today, 10:16 pm
    W, 3-2 ^ @LAD
  • 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.
    Today, 10:14 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Atl
  • 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).
    Today, 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.
    Today, 10:06 pm
  • Scherzer strikes out 13 Cubs in Nats victory
    Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 13 as the Nationals beat the Cubs 3-0 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's Scherzer's fifth career start with at least 13 strikeouts and first with the Nationals. He's won five straight starts since opening the season 1-3, and he has a 1.51 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP overall. He might have enough of a head start on Clayton Kershaw to qualify as the NL Cy Young favorite, though we'd still take Kershaw for the rest of the season.
    Today, 8:24 pm
  • Jon Lester strikes out 10 in loss
    Jon Lester fanned 10 Nationals on Wednesday, but he still lost after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings.

    Advice: Lester was outdueled by the one starter more sought-after last winter, Max Scherzer. It's his first loss since April 19, when his ERA stood at 6.89. He's turned in seven straight quality starts since that point.
    Today, 8:20 pm
    L, 3-0 vs ^ Was
  • McHugh allows nine hits, four runs vs. O's
    Collin McHugh allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Things fell apart for McHugh in the fourth inning, when the Orioles plated all four of their runs against the right-hander. That included back-to-back homers from Chris Davis and Steve Pearce. McHugh was otherwise pretty good, striking out five without walking a batter. He'll carry a 5-2 record and 4.24 ERA into Tuesday's rematch with the same O's.
    Today, 5:14 pm
  • Phil Hughes gives up four runs in win
    Phil Hughes won Wednesday despite allowing two homers and four runs in 6 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: Hughes improved to 4-0 with a 4.64 ERA in May after going 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in April. It's almost like wins and losses don't do a very good job of describing pitcher performance.
    Today, 1:01 pm
    W, 6-4 vs ^ Bos
  • Kyle Kendrick solid over 7 1/3 innings
    Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs but lasted 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 6-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Kendrick served up two homers and struck out only one, but he permitted just five hits in total and also issued just one free pass. The outing was his longest of the season in 10 trips to the mound. Kendrick will bring an ugly 6.38 ERA and 31/20 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings into next week's start versus the Dodgers.
    Today, 12:51 pm
  • Carlos Carrasco goes eight strong in win
    Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings of one-run ball and struck out eight as the Indians crushed the Rangers 12-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: It can be hard to see how Carrasco still has a 4.24 ERA with his 66/13 K/BB ratio and just five homers allowed in 57 1/3 innings, but then one remembers just how bad the Indians defense is and it's a bit easier to figure out.
    Today, 12:18 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tex
  • A.J. Griffin (elbow) to throw simulated game
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) will throw a simulated game on Thursday.

    Advice: Griffin's recovery from Tommy John surgery suffered a minor setback when he was shut down for a bit with shoulder soreness, but he's now getting back on track. The right-hander could begin a rehab assignment soon.
    Today, 10:50 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Det
  • Johnny Cueto (elbow) aiming to start Sunday
    The Reds are shooting for Sunday against the Nationals for Johnny Cueto's (elbow) return to the rotation.

    Advice: Cueto will play catch Wednesday before throwing a bullpen session Friday. If he feels good the next day on Saturday, he's expected to be cleared to take the ball Sunday. Cueto was cleared of any structural damage in his right elbow and the Reds hope he'll be fine after what would be 11 days of rest in between starts.
    Today, 8:07 am
  • Price blanks Athletics over 7 frames in a win
    David Price fired seven innings of scoreless baseball en route to a win on Tuesday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Price scattered five hits -- four of which were singles -- and a walk while striking out three on the night. The Tigers' offense had opportunities to provide him more run support, but they were caught stealing in three of four attempts. Luckily, the one run was good enough to net Price the win. He's 4-1 now with a 2.97 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Price finishes off a road trip against the Angels in his next start.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Buchholz allows two runs in loss to Twins
    Clay Buchholz allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Buchholz allowed back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, but he settled down to keep the Twins off the scoreboard for the rest of his time. Buchholz finished with seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss dropped him to 2-6, but Buchholz actually lowered his ERA to 4.33 in the start. He'll try to get back in the win column Sunday at the Rangers.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Kershaw goes seven scoreless to beat Braves
    Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win on Tuesday versus the Braves.

    Advice: As strange as it sounds, Tuesday's outing was Kershaw's first in which he held the opposition scoreless. Kershaw scattered only four hits while striking out 10 and issuing no walks. He entered the game with a .347 BABIP and a 4.32 ERA, suggesting some of his struggles may just be bad luck. Kershaw's ERA is down to 3.86 with a 1.16 WHIP and an 83/16 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings. The lefty goes up against the Rockies at Coors Field in his next start.
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) plans to play catch Wednesday
    Johnny Cueto (elbow) will play catch Wednesday.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from his last turn in the Reds' rotation due to stiffness in his pitching elbow, but an MRI taken Tuesday showed no structural damage. It's unclear when he will make his next start, but this is all obviously good news. The ace right-hander has registered a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season for the Reds.
    Yesterday, 1:13 pm
  • Cueto (elbow) has no structural damage
    Johnny Cueto underwent an MRI on Tuesday which showed no structural damage in his throwing elbow.

    Advice: The Reds and Cueto were optimistic that it wasn't anything serious, but he was sent for tests just to be on the safe side. It's unclear whether he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, but this is encouraging news.
    Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Johnny Cueto to undergo MRI on elbow
    Johnny Cueto will undergo an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but his agent Bryce Dixon said the right-hander is optimistic he's only dealing with fatigue. We should have a better idea about his status soon. In the meantime, the Reds and fantasy owners will cross their fingers.
    Yesterday, 8:01 am
  • Cueto (elbow) expected to miss just one start
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that he doesn't expect Johnny Cueto (elbow) to miss any more starts.

    Advice: Cueto had to be scratched from an outing Sunday due to a stiff pitching elbow, but the club doesn't consider the ailment to be serious. He'll throw a bullpen session in a few days and be cleared to rejoin the rotation presumably this weekend against the Nationals.
    Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Cueto to miss next start with elbow stiffness
    Johnny Cueto will miss his scheduled start on Sunday due to elbow stiffnesss.

    Advice: Cueto believes that it's a minor issue and that he should only miss the one start. Raisel Iglesias will start in his place on Sunday against the Indians. If he indeed misses just the one start, he'll work next Saturday against the Nationals.
    Saturday, 10:51 am
  • Johnny Cueto has next start pushed back
    Johnny Cueto's scheduled start on Sunday has been pushed back.

    Advice: Raisel Iglesias will start in Cueto's place against the Indians on Sunday. Cueto has been bothered by general stiffness since his last start, but doesn't appear to be a major issue. It's unclear if he'll just be pushed back one day until Monday, or if he'll work later in the week.
    Saturday, 8:10 am
  • 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.
    Friday, 9:56 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Atl
  • 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.
    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.
    Friday, 8:40 pm
    W, 3-2 ^ @LAD
  • Carrasco goes six innings in win over Reds
    Carlos Carrasco yielded two runs over six innings in Friday's 7-3 win over the Reds.

    Advice: Carrasco struck out the side in his final inning of work and finished with seven punch-outs. He held the Indians to just four hits and two walks. Carrasco improved to 5-4 with the victory and has a 4.74 ERA over nine starts. That's not exactly what fantasy owners were hoping for, but his 58/12 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings indicates that he's doing just fine.
    Friday, 7:49 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tex
  • McHugh logs quality start in loss to Tigers
    Collin McHugh logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing three runs on nine hits over seven innings of work.

    Advice: McHugh struck out a pair on the night while walking one. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat, as J.D. Martinez launched a two-out three-run home run in the third inning. He'll carry a 3.43 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 47/11 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Orioles in Baltimore.
    Friday, 7:09 pm
  • Max Scherzer bests Phillies to earn fifth win
    Max Scherzer fired eight innings of one-run ball against the Phillies on Friday, picking up his fifth victory of the season.

    Advice: The All-Star right-hander allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out six. He has been everything that the Nationals had hoped for when inking him to his massive free agent deal this winter, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 72/9 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep things rolling on Wednesday when he does battle against the Cubs in Chicago.
    Friday, 7:00 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.
    Friday, 12:51 pm
    W, 3-2 ^ @LAD
  • Clay Buchholz solid in defeat
    Clay Buchholz yielded three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Boston's pitching has come around just as the offense has evaporated. Buchholz has turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 6.03 to 4.56. He has a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings.
    Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Kershaw struggles again in loss to Giants
    Clayton Kershaw struggled again in Thursday's loss to the Giants, allowing four runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Kershaw punched out seven on the afternoon while issuing a pair of walks. Two of the four runs scored after Kershaw had departed in the eighth inning, though he did allow a solo homer to opposing hurler Madison Bumgarner in the third inning. Now 2-3 on the season, he'll look to improve upon his troublesome 4.32 ERA when he does battle against the Braves on Tuesday.
    Thursday, 4:35 pm
  • Price whiffs season-high 12 against Astros
    David Price had everything working in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday afternoon, striking out 12 and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The Tigers gave Price a 5-0 lead, but despite a very, very strong start, he faltered late (the Astros scored three times in seventh before Price was lifted) and did not factor in the decision, though his team did manage to eke out a 6-5 win in 11 innings. Despite the late disappointment, the 12 strikeouts marked a season high for Price, who now holds a strong 54/13 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings. He allowed just five hits while walking one in the contest. With the outing, Price dropped his ERA and WHIP to 3.32 and 1.21, respectively. A road start against the A's is up next for the ace southpaw.
    Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) throwing 'pen
    A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown from a mound since he was shut down for nearly two weeks after feeling some shoulder soreness. If all goes well, Griffin could begin a rehab assignment next week. He's tracking towards a return sometime in June.
    Wednesday, 9:46 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Det
  • Cueto allows three runs in loss to Royals
    Johnny Cueto allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Cueto was uncharacteristically hittable in the loss, allowing nine hits while striking out just four. The loss dropped him to 3-4 despite a strong 3.03 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. He'll attempt to get back in the win column Monday against the Rockies.
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Kendrick limits Dodgers to one run in 7 IP
    Kyle Kendrick worked his way around five walks to pitch seven innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers on Sunday.

    Advice: The only run against Kendrick--indeed, the only run scored in the game--came on a Yasmani Grandal single to score Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth inning. Kendrick managed to last seven innings despite walking five batters. It helped that he allowed just three hits, which allowed him to work around the walks without incurring much damage. Even with the strong outing, he holds a 6.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and a 26/16 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He should remain off the fantasy radar, but he'll at least attempt to knock that ERA under 6.50 when he faces off with the Giants next weekend.
    May 17, 3:53 pm
  • Carrasco pitches complete game in loss to TEX
    Carlos Carrasco allowed five runs in an eight-inning, complete-game loss to the Rangers on Sunday.

    Advice: Carrasco struck out nine, but he also served up seven hits and five runs. The Rangers scored in the second, third, sixth and eighth innings. With the loss, Carrasco's record stands at an even 4-4. He has the stuff to dominate, but he's been inconsistent this season and now holds a 4.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 51/9 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings. He'll try to limit the runs when he takes on the Reds on Friday.
    May 17, 3:12 pm
    W, 12-3 vs ^ Tex
  • McHugh strikes out nine Blue Jays in win
    Colin McHugh had the strikeout working against the Blue Jays in Sunday's 4-2 win, fanning nine batters over seven innings while allowing two runs.

    Advice: McHugh bounced back nicely from the seven-run shellacking the Giants handed him in his last start, as the Blue Jays were unable to dent the scoreboard outside of sacrifice flies in the third and fourth innings. McHugh allowed six hits and walked just one on the other side of those nine strikeouts. He boasts a 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 45/10 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings. His next start could be a toughie, though, as he'll be tossing on the road against the Tigers.
    May 17, 1:39 pm
  • Richards pitches well in a tough-luck loss
    Garrett Richards took a tough-luck loss on Sunday, yielding two runs over 7 2/3 innings to the Orioles.

    Advice: Richards allowed only one run through six innings, which came about on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. He started the eighth inning and got two quick outs before serving up a single to Manny Machado, forcing his exit. Mike Morin came in and allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run Adam Jones double. Richards gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Richards seems to get stronger and stronger with every start, now carrying a 2.29 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP, and a 36/17 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He'll match up against the Red Sox in Boston his next time out.
    May 17, 1:05 pm
  • Griffin (elbow, shoulder) resumes throwing
    A.J. Griffin (elbow, shoulder) has resumed a throwing program.

    Advice: Griffin was shut down for a bit after feeling some shoulder soreness, but an exam came back clean and he's been cleared to throw again. He had been slated to begin a rehab assignment soon before the shutdown period, but the A's will obviously proceed cautiously with him.
    May 17, 6:46 am
    60-Day DL
    L, 3-2 vs Det
  • Greinke takes first loss Saturday vs. Rockies
    Zack Greinke took a loss Saturday despite tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Rockies.

    Advice: Greinke struck out five, walked none, and gave up only four hits, but the Los Angeles offense provided only one run of support and the Los Angeles bullpen was dreadful once he departed. It was the first loss of the season for Greinke, who stands 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings. He faces the Padres at home next time out.
    May 16, 9:15 pm
    L, 3-2 vs ^ Atl
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