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  • Smith homers in rout over Royals
    Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning against the Royals in Saturday's 6-0 victory.

    Advice: When shielded from left-handed pitching, Smith is a quality big-league player. He's currently hitting .298/.423/.544 in 71 plate appearances, and Saturday's solo shot was his fourth home run of the year. Guys like Smith are useful plug-and-play options in daily leagues when the matchup is favorable. He perhaps has become viable in weekly leagues, too, as fantasy owners can be confident that manager Scott Servais won't ruin his batting average by allowing him to face many southpaws. In a strict platoon like this, though, he's certainly not a top-50 fantasy outfielder, no matter how pretty the overall slash line may look. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Moustakas doubles in loss to the Mariners
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year in Saturday's defeat to the Mariners.

    Advice: Moustakas used to never be a viable starting option against a left-handed pitcher like Wade Miley, but he's really come into his own as a player. He's now hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer against southpaws this year and was the only offensive threat against Miley all night. Overall, the 27-year-old has a .273/.333/.580 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI in 22 games. Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Escobar goes scoreless in loss to Mariners
    Alcides Escobar went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The speedy shortstop is mired in a bit of a slump, going 4-for-35 (.114) over his last eight games. Manager Ned Yost continues to pencil him in atop the lineup, though, which is about the only good thing the 29-year-old has going for his fantasy value at the moment. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Seager goes deep in win over Royals
    Kyle Seager launched fifth home run of the season off Yordano Ventura in Saturday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Seager capped off a huge four-run first inning for the Mariners with a three-run blast. He followed it up with a double and a walk later in the game, making it a very productive night overall. The 28-year-old is only hitting .159/.266/.378 on the year but his .129 BABIP is by far the worst in the majors among qualified players. Expect his performance to skyrocket in the coming months, as that batted-ball luck sorts itself out. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Miley throws complete-game shutout vs Royals
    Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.

    Advice: The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Rodney picks up fourth save of year
    Fernando Rodney picked up his fourth save of the year in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers, working around a two-out walk to maintain his perfect 2016 campaign.

    Advice: Rodney hasn't surrendered an earned run in 8 1/3 innings this year. That's not to say he's been perfect, of course, as he's scattered six hits and four walks, but the 39-year-old is once again shooting arrows into the sky with regularity. It would be nice if the Padres would present him with more save opportunities, though. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Utley homers in loss to the Padres
    Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, which accounted for the only runs that the Dodgers scored in Saturday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: It's been a tough stretch of games for the 37-year-old. He's hitting 2-for-21 (.095) in his last six games, but his crazy-hot start to the campaign means he still boasts a .286/.375/.440 slash line and bats lead-off for the Dodgers. Despite that, he currently ranks outside the top-20 fantasy second basemen and isn't a desirable option outside of deep mixed leagues and standard NL-only leagues. In fact, if Howie Kendrick can find any success whatsoever at the plate, he'll probably start to eat into Utley's playing time as the season progresses. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Myers doubles twice in win over Dodgers
    Wil Myers enjoyed a big day at the plate in Saturday's win over the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, an RBI and a stolen base.

    Advice: Many hoped that a permanent defensive home at first base would allow his hitting talent to finally shine through. After Saturday's banner performance, he's now batting .302/.343/.510 with five doubles, five homers and three stolen bases. His .375 BABIP suggests some regression is in the future; however, he owns a career .322 BABIP, which means any expected drop-off may not be as steep as we'd otherwise assume. He has been a top-five fantasy first baseman and finally appears to be fulfilling his top-prospect pedigree at 25 years old. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Stripling rocked for five runs in loss to SD
    Ross Stripling couldn't escape the fifth inning in Saturday's loss to the Padres, getting rocked for five runs on seven hits and two walks in just 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Stripling announced himself to the baseball world with a near no-hitter in his major-league debut. Since then, he's allowed 12 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings (5.49 ERA) and has lost back-to-back games. The right-hander has done a nice job limiting the home runs, but the Padres combined for four doubles on Saturday, which did more than enough damage. He'll have a tough matchup against the Blue Jays in his next scheduled start. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Rea allows two runs over six innings in win
    Colin Rea picked up a quality start and his second win of the season on Saturday versus the Dodgers, allowing two runs in six innings.

    Advice: This is realistically what Rea can be at the big-league level, a guy who throws strikes, eats innings and collects quality starts. He'll struggle when he falls behind in counts -- like he did to Chase Utley in the third inning -- but he always seems to be just effective enough. The right-hander has allowed more than three runs in just one outing this year and now owns a 4.61 ERA in 27.1 innings with an unimpressive 22/13 K/BB ratio. He'll next get the red-hot Mets at home. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • McGee navigates shaky inning to grab 5th save
    Jake McGee continued to walk a tight rope on Saturday, working around two hits to secure his fifth save of the season in a 5-2 victory over the Rockies.

    Advice: When McGee gave up a lead-off single to Paul Goldschmidt, everyone had flashbacks to his disastrous outing against the Dodgers on April 24. The lefty quickly erased the threat with a double-play ball, but made life hard on himself when Welington Castillo doubled in the next at-bat. Luckily, Nolan Arenado made a nice play on a high chopper to retire David Peralta for the third out. McGee has a 7.04 ERA in 7 2/3 innings with a 3/3 K/BB ratio. He's a low-end closer in fantasy leagues at the moment. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Story doubles and triples in win over DBacks
    Trevor Story went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple, driving in three runs in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Story has his unsightly warts, but he calls Coors home and hits for enough power to potentially be an upper-crust option at the shortstop position. His two-run triple in the ninth proved to be the go-ahead hit for the Rockies. He's now hitting .261/.324/.696 in 21 games and has a combined 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. Of course, he has those 37 strikeouts in just 102 PA lurking in the background as a potential ball-and-chain. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Drury launches two-run homer in loss to COL
    Brandon Drury temporarily tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Rockies on Saturday, but the Diamondbacks ultimately lost it in the ninth.

    Advice: Drury is hitting .294/.310/.588 with four homers and 10 RBI, and he has now started seven-consecutive games at four different positions. The top-100 prospect is worth adding in deeper leagues, as he's a sneaky power option with second-base eligibility. It's worth noting, though, that he only has one walk in 71 PA. Patience has never been his forte in the minors, and big-league pitchers have a funny way of exploiting that weakness. His leash won't be too long, either, as the Diamondbacks have plenty of good hitters jockeying for playing time. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Greinke strikes out eight in no-decision
    Zack Greinke threw seven strong innings against the Rockies on Saturday night, striking out eight and surrendering just two runs in a no-decision.

    Advice: Greinke has had a roller-coaster start to his Diamondbacks career, but threw the ball well against a tough opponent. He probably feels hard done by his second run allowed, too, as it came on a jam-shot blooper with two outs in the third. Still, he has 32 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings this year and will likely see his 5.50 ERA drop closer to his 3.74 FIP as the season progresses. The right-hander has a wonderful matchup looming against the woeful Braves on Friday. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Rosenthal: Braun trade becoming more realistic
    According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the possibility of the Brewers trading Ryan Braun is becoming "more realistic."

    Advice: If the Brewers want to sell high, now would be the time to do it. Braun has gotten off to a great start, hitting .333 with five homers and 18 RBI over his first 22 games. The Brewers are sitting at 8-15 right now and things probably aren't going to get much better as the season wears on. Braun still has four years left on his contract so there's no immediate incentive to move him, though trading him to acquire prospects wouldn't be a bad move as Milwaukee looks to rebuild. The 32-year-old has the power to veto a trade to any team except the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals and Rays. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Trevor Story hits 10th homer versus Arizona
    Trevor Story went 2-for-4 and hit his 10th homer of the year against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Advice: Story took over sole possession of the major league lead in homers with his fifth-inning blast off Robbie Ray... for about a minute and a half. Then Nolan Arenado hit his 10th homer, going back-to-back with Story. With the homer tonight, Story has five homers in four games at Chase Field, to go along with four in 11 games at Coors (and one in three games at Great American). Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Seth Smith hits third homer
    Seth Smith homered for the only run of the game in the Mariners' win over the Royals on Friday.

    Advice: Smith also walked twice. He's usurped Kyle Seager's position as the No. 2 hitter against righties, and with a .424 OBP to date, he's running away with the spot now. It still doesn't give him much in the way of mixed-league value, though, at least not unless we're talking OBP leagues. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Drury to keep seeing regular playing time
    Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.

    Advice: "We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started five of the last six games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position. Friday, 5:45 am
  • Trevor Story not in Rockies' lineup Thursday
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Story slugged his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday night, but he also tallied his 32nd, 33rd, and 34th strikeout as part of a 1-for-6 showing. Christian Adames will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday afternoon against Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio. Thursday, 9:58 am
  • Wil Myers cracks three-run homer in loss
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Myers connected for a three-run homer off Giants reliever Steven Okert in the seventh to draw the Padres to within 13-8. That score would stand as the final. The homer was Myers' fifth of April. He comes away from the game slashing a healthy .303/.333/.506 in 89 at-bats. Wednesday, 4:13 pm
  • Moustakas clubs solo homer in loss to Angels
    Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

    Advice: Moustakas opened the game promisingly enough, burning Angels starter Jered Weaver for a solo home run in the first inning. It would be his only hit on the evening, though, and an ineffective Edinson Volquez would ensure that the four runs scored by the Royals in the contest would fall in vain. Moustakas is hitting a shiny .267/.337/.613 with five doubles, seven homers and 11 RBI over his first 75 at-bats. Tuesday, 11:10 pm
  • Braun has two-run, pinch-hit double vs. Cubs
    Ryan Braun hit a two-run, pinch-hit double Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Getting a rare day off, Braun still found a way to contribute when he sliced a Pedro Strop fastball to the right field corner. The double cut the Cubs' lead to 4-3, but that's as close as the Brewers would get. Braun has been terrific this year even if his team has not -- the 32-year-old is hitting .373/.440/.657 with five homers, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored in his 19 games played. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Ryan Braun getting day off Tuesday vs. Cubs
    Ryan Braun is getting a day off Tuesday.

    Advice: Milwaukee's scheduled team off-day on Monday allows the veteran outfielder to get two consecutive days of rest. Braun told reporters Tuesday that his back is holding up fine. He's slashing .364/.432/.636 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 18 games played. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Trevor Story gets first game off against Bucs
    Trevor Story is out of the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: It's the first day off this season for the 23-year-old Colorado shortstop. Story got off to a ridiculous start in 2016, but he is currently in a 2-for-22 rut. He also leads the major leagues in strikeouts with 31. Christian Adames will get the nod in his place Tuesday. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • Zack Greinke gives up seven runs, wins anyway
    Zack Greinke won despite giving up seven runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday against the Cardinals

    Advice: It's the first time this year that a starting pitcher has given up seven runs and won and the first time Greinke has done it in his career (he had two wins with six runs allowed). Greinke has allowed seven runs twice this year after never doing so in 2015. He's allowed four or more runs three times after doing so just twice last season. Monday, 11:01 pm
  • Kyle Seager hits fourth homer
    Kyle Seager hit his fourth homer of the year Monday off the Astros' Doug Fister.

    Advice: Seager is still hitting just .141, but his slump might be nearing its end. It's not like he's been striking out a ton or struggling to hit for power... he should be just fine. Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Ross Stripling takes first loss
    Ross Stripling took his first loss after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Stripling shouldn't have been in there to start the sixth after giving up single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Dave Roberts stuck with him and let him allow two more hits and another run. Stripling ended up allowing eight hits, walking three and striking out three on the night. He gave up his first career homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth inning. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Colin Rea allows three runs vs. Cardinals
    Colin Rea gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Rea walked Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter to open the game and would yield two earned runs in the opening frame. In the top of the fourth, he served up a triple to Jedd Gyorko and an RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Leake. Rea will carry a 5.06 ERA and 1.69 WHIP into his next start on the road versus the Dodgers. Apr 24, 5:04 pm
  • Kyle Seager slugs three-run homer vs. Halos
    Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer in the Mariners' 9-4 defeat of the Angels on Sunday.

    Advice: The three-run shot off Angels starter Matt Shoemaker capped off a four-run opening frame for the visiting team. Seager has gotten off to a sluggish start at the plate this season, batting just .134/.227/.299, but he does have three home runs and nine RBI in 17 games. He'll get it all working eventually. Apr 24, 4:10 pm
  • Miley pitches into eighth, nets first win
    Wade Miley gave up four earned runs in 7 1/3 innings but picked up his first win of the 2016 season on Sunday afternoon against the Angels.

    Advice: Miley was spotted a big 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning, then gave three of those runs right back in the bottom of the first on an Albert Pujols two-run homer and a Geovany Soto run-scoring double. The left-hander did settle in from there and managed to pitch into the bottom of the eighth inning, when Yunel Escobar launched a one-out solo shot. Miley will take a 7.04 ERA into his next start at home against the Royals. Apr 24, 3:56 pm
  • Braun socks solo homer to help beat Phillies
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Phillies.

    Advice: Braun connected for his solo shot in the fourth inning, taking a Jerad Eickhoff offering for a run-scoring ride. The bomb was his fifth of the season. The veteran slugger is off to a fantastic start, slashing .364/.432/.636 with the five homers, 15 RBI and three doubles over the course of 66 at-bats. Apr 24, 2:35 pm
  • Utley collects three hits in win
    Chase Utley collected a double and a pair of singles on Saturday against the Rockies, increasing his batting average to .317.

    Advice: Utley has thrived in the leadoff role for the Dodgers, hitting .317/.377/.460 in 69 plate appearances. And although he hasn't homered yet this year, the fact that he has five doubles and two triples suggests that the power hasn't disappeared. Fantasy owners shouldn't dwell on his .212 batting average from a year ago, either. A guy with a career .300 BABIP wasn't going to have a .230 BABIP two seasons in a row. He could hit double-digit home runs this year with a solid, but unspectacular, batting average. Apr 23, 8:49 pm
  • Braun hits two-run shot in loss to Philly
    Ryan Braun went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.

    Advice: Braun appears fully over his thumb and back issues. He's hitting .355/.429/.597 and looking like his pre-suspension self. His fourth homer of the year briefly tied the game in the third inning for the Brewers, but the Phillies eventually poured it on and put the game out of reach. It will be interesting to see if Braun starts running more in the coming weeks. He stole 24 bases a year ago, yet doesn't have a single steal in 2016. Apr 23, 8:34 pm
  • Wil Myers goes 3-for-3, hits fourth homer
    Wil Myers went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and three RBI to lead the Padres past the Cardinals 4-1 on Friday.

    Advice: Myers is hitting .304 with four homers early on, which seems very encouraging. Still, the 24/2 K/BB ratio in 69 at-bats isn't so promising. We're not saying he isn't going to be worth owning in mixed leagues all year long, but it would seem to be a stretch to project him as a major asset. Apr 22, 10:27 pm
  • McGee throws perfect inning to pick up save
    Jake McGee picked up his fourth save of the year with a flawless inning against the Dodgers in a 7-5 victory.

    Advice: The Rockies took a chance that a fastball-centric pitcher like McGee would be less affected by the altitude than other pitchers. The preliminary results suggest the theory is sound. He has a 1.80 ERA in five innings, and he's only allowed three hits all year. Pitching for the Rockies downgrade's anyone fantasy stock, but the savvy owner realizes that McGee is not like many other pitchers. Apr 22, 10:12 pm
  • Moustakas homers once, doubles twice in win
    Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run homer, driving in three runs in Friday's win over the Orioles.

    Advice: It's five or six years after it was supposed to have happened, but Moustakas has asserted himself as a quality big-league third baseman at the plate. He's now hitting .290/.343/.661 with six homers, and his strikeout rate (10.4 percent) has dropped for the third-consecutive season. All in all, the 27-year-old has shown that his breakout performance a year ago wasn't all smoke and mirrors and, now, maybe the prodigious is finally arriving. Apr 22, 9:22 pm
  • Myers fans twice as Padres fall to Pirates
    Wil Myers went 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

    Advice: Nobody on the Padre offense was able to generate much of any offense. They finished Thursday's contest with just five hits as a team -- none of the extra-base variety. Despite the uneventful game, the 25-year-old Myers is still off to a promising start for the season as a whole, slashing .273/.290/.439 with three homers, two doubles and six RBI over 66 at-bats. Apr 21, 9:29 pm
  • Escobar has RBI, steal, run against Tigers
    Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Escobar's steal was one of four for the Royals on the night as they ran wild on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey. The stolen base was his fourth of the season. The shortstop is batting .254/.271/.328 with five RBI and just four runs scored, but with the Royals continuing to win, he'll inexplicably stay atop their lineup for the foreseeable future. Apr 21, 8:03 pm
  • Moustakas hits fifth home run against Tigers
    Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

    Advice: Moustakas hit the home run, a solo shot, off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning. That seems to be the only way he gets them this year -- all five of his home runs this season have come with the bases empty. Moustakas is hitting .259/.317./569 with six RBI and seven runs scored in total. Apr 21, 7:33 pm
  • Zack Greinke earns first win for Arizona
    Zack Greinke held the Giants to one run in 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time for the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Greinke struck out seven and walked one to get the victory in his fourth start of the year. He's allowed a total of three runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, dropping his ERA from 9.90 to 5.25. Apr 20, 10:31 pm
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