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  • Cozart drives in winning runs in ninth Wed.
    Zack Cozart ripped a single to left that plated the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning as his club beat the Indians 4-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He came up with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Arismendy Alcantara was on third and Billy Hamilton was on first. Cozart drilled a line drive that bounced right in front of left-fielder Michael Brantley, who blocked the ball in front of him on a dive. Alcantara scored easily from third while Billy Hamilton blazed around from first base on a ball that no other player in baseball could have scored on. Cozart went 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. He is having an excellent season, sporting a .340/.420/.563 triple slash with four homers, 26 runs and 23 RBI in 39 games. He has missed a few games here and there with a nagging wrist injury that doesn't seem to have affected his hitting. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Duvall smacks two-run bomb vs Tribe Wed.
    Adam Duvall ripped a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Indians.

    Advice: His blast in the fourth inning accounted for all the runs his team would muster against starter Trevor Bauer, but they added two more against closer Cody Allen to win in the ninth inning. Duvall finished 1-for-4 in the contest and is batting a swell .259/.305/.500 with 10 longballs and 37 RBI on the season. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Bonilla yields three runs in five innings Wed
    Lisalverto Bonilla gave up three runs in five innings during his start versus the Indians on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was in line to take a loss until the Reds came back and won in the ninth inning. He gave up six hits and three walks while striking out two. Two of the runs he allowed came on a Carlos Santana bomb in the third inning. Bonilla has a 6.17 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. The Reds' rotation is wide open due to injuries and poor performances but Bonilla will need to make some improvements if he wants to stick around. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Mike Leake goes eight to beat Dodgers
    Mike Leake limited the Dodgers to one run over eight innings to win Wednesday.

    Advice: Mike Leake brought his ERA back under 2.00 to 1.91 tonight. He's allowed just 47 hits and four homers in 61 1/3 innings. In his first year in St. Louis, he had similar strikeout and walk rates to what he does now, but he gave up 203 hits and 20 homers in 176 2/3 innings. Maybe he remains above average, but he's a definite sell-high candidate. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Rich Hill walks seven in loss to Cardinals
    Rich Hill walked seven and allowed five runs in four-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Just 40 of Hill's 82 pitches were strikes, which makes one wonder if his finger issues creeped back up. Manager Dave Roberts wasn't willing to comment about that immediately following the game. Most likely, we'll be hearing more about it tomorrow. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Yadier Molina extends hitting streak
    Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

    Advice: Most hitting streaks like this come with averages in the .350-.400 range, but Molina is hitting just .263 during his; he's collected exactly one hit in 11 of the 13 games and, since he hasn't drawn a walk in any of them, he's always getting four or five at-bats. At least he does have three homers during the streak; he had just one in his first 25 games. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Pirates' Frazier homers, reaches six times
    Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a homer and four walks as the Pirates beat the Braves 12-5 in 10 innings Wednesday.

    Advice: That sure is a nice game. Frazier joins J.D. Martinez as the only players this year with a homer and four walks in a game (Martinez actually had two homers in his). George Springer was the lone player to do it last year. Frazier is now batting .370 in his 92 at-bats. He doesn't have the home run or steal ability to be a major asset in mixed leagues, but he seems poised to remain a fine leadoff man for the Pirates. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Trevor Williams gives up three runs to Braves
    Trevor Williams pitched five-plus innings and yielded three runs Wednesday against the Braves.

    Advice: All three runs came in the sixth after Williams gave up three straight singles to open the frame and was pulled. The Pirates seem pretty content with mediocrity lately, so Williams, who has given up 13 earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in his four starts, will probably get additional opportunities. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Conforto goes 2-for-3 with a run and RBI Wed.
    Michael Conforto continued to rake as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

    Advice: He delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead that would soon be blown by their pitching staff. Conforto began the season without an everyday starting role but has forced himself into the lineup by batting .341/.437/.712 with 13 homers, 35 runs scored and 32 RBI in 41 games. He hasn't shown any signs of cooling off any time soon. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Jose Ramirez blows save for Braves
    Given a save chance with Jim Johnson needing the day off, Jose Ramirez gave up two runs in the ninth to blow a save Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Both Johnson and Arodys Vizcaino had worked the last two days and four of the previous five days, so Ramirez got the call. An overturned call gave the Pirates an infield single to open the inning, and they got another single, a walk and a two-run single afterwards to tie the game. Ramirez probably won't get any additional save chances in the near future. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Flores goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Padres
    Wilmer Flores went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stroked a base-loaded double to plate three runs in the third inning, then came around to score on a Curtis Granderson single. He also worked a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old Flores now has a .307 batting average with three home runs and 14 RBI in 91 plate appearances. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Jordy Mercer goes 3-for-5, homers
    Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk against the Braves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Mercer hit the third of back-to-back-to-back homers off Josh Collmenter in the 10th, following David Freese and Jose Osuna. Mercer was hitting just .203/.317/.268 this season before arriving in Atlanta this week. He's gone 7-for-13 with two homers in three games since. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Rio Ruiz goes 2-for-5, doubles
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored Wednesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: It'd be nice to see Ruiz stick around as the Braves' primary third baseman after Adonis Garcia is ready to return, but we're guessing that won't happen. The Braves will eventually give up on Garcia, but it seems unlikely that they're ready to do so right now. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Gsellman gives up three runs in six innings
    Robert Gsellman allowed three runs in six innings and did not get a decision against the Padres on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yangervis Solarte did all the damage, driving in one run in the third inning and two more in the fifth. Gsellman surrendered six hits and one walk while fanning three batters in the quality start. The Mets skipped his last start but gave him another chance today. He 2-3 record remains unchanged to go with a 6.45 ERA in 10 games, including seven starts. He has 33 strikeouts and 15 walks in 44 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Kyle Hendricks goes seven in victory
    Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's the first time this year that he's completed seven innings. The velocity is still down, but Hendricks has a 1.94 ERA in his last six starts after coming in at 6.19 in his first three. We'd still be a whole lot more confident about him over the rest of the season if he were throwing a couple mph harder. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Mercer swats solo home run, drives in three
    Jordy Mercer mashed a solo homer and drove in three runs Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: Mercer took R.A. Dickey over the boards in the sixth inning and has now reached base in five of nine career plate appearances versus the knuckleballer. He then put the Pirates ahead in the top of the ninth following a long rain delay, but Pittsburgh coughed up the lead in the bottom of the frame. Mercer is sporting an unappetizing .215/.323/.299 batting line on the season. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Conforto hits two home runs, knocks in four
    Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in the Mets' 9-3 victory over the Padres on Tuesday.

    Advice: We thought the Mets made the wrong choice between Conforto and Jay Bruce this spring. It turns out that they're really fortunate to have both. Conforto now has 13 homers, 31 RBI and 34 runs scored in just 129 at-bats. HIs OPS stands at 1.138. The Mets' franchise record for OPS in a season is 1.024, established by Mike Piazza in 1998. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Zack Cozart starts, knocks in two
    Zack Cozart started Monday and went 1-for-4 with two RBI against the Indians.

    Advice: Cozart didn't play Sunday because of lingering soreness in his left wrist. Monday, 8:25 pm
  • Jordy Mercer leaves game with hand discomfort
    Jordy Mercer was removed from Monday's game against the Braves due to discomfort in his right hand.

    Advice: Mercer is considered day-to-day. He sustained the injury when he was hit in the hand by a groundball. Look for him to return to the Pirates' lineup in a day or two. Monday, 7:26 pm
  • Zack Cozart (wrist) sitting out on Sunday
    Zack Cozart is absent from the Reds' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Cozart was supposed to be off Sunday regardless, but his left wrist is sore again. Consider him day-to-day. The Reds have Jose Peraza at shortstop and Arismendy Alcantara at second base. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Ruiz hits two-run bomb off Max Scherzer
    Rio Ruiz went 2-for-4 and cranked a two-run homer off Nationals' ace Max Scherzer on Saturday.

    Advice: His second-inning blast jumped the Braves out to an early lead they would never relinquish. Ruiz got the call to the majors on Thursday and the homer was the first of his major league career. He got two hits in a five game cup of coffee last year. Ruiz will turn 23 years old on Monday. He could get regular playing time as the Braves try to compensate for the loss of Freddie Freeman to a broken wrist. Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Duvall has two RBI, two runs against Rockies
    Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Duvall had an RBI single in the Reds' six-run sixth inning, and he also plated a run with a groundout in the seventh. The steal was also his third of the year, after he stole six in 2016. Duvall has just one homer since May 1, but he's found other ways to contribute at the plate, compiling a .259/.306/.500 line overall. Saturday, 5:40 pm
  • Frazier goes 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run
    Adam Frazier went 3-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in a win over the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: He stroked a single to left in the sixth inning that plated two runners. The stolen base was his first of the season. Frazier has a .358 batting average with one homer and 12 RBI in 87 plate appearances. He missed three weeks with a hamstring injury and stands to be the primary beneficiary of Starling Marte's 80-game PEDs suspension. Saturday, 4:28 pm
  • Bonilla hit hard in loss to Rockies on Friday
    Lisalverto Bonilla was hit hard in Friday's loss to the Rockies, allowing six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

    Advice: The right-hander walked three and struck out three on the night. The Rockies scratched out a pair of runs in the first inning then Bonilla was able to keep them off the board until an uprising in sixth. There, a three-run homer by Alexi Amarista provided the bulk of the damage. He'll carry a 6.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Indians in Cleveland. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes. Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Conforto homers in victory over Angels
    Michael Conforto had another strong night at the dish on Friday against the Angels, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, and two runs scored.

    Advice: The Mets snapped their seven-game losing streak in the process. Conforto is now up to 11 home runs on the year, one shy of his total from all of last season. Originally expected to be the odd-man out in the Mets’ outfield, the 24-year-old has been one of the game’s best hitters so far this season. He’s batting .319/.403/.664 through 37 games. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Williams gives up three runs in loss
    Trevor Williams yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: The Pirates gave Williams an early lead, but he coughed it up in his final frame before being pulled. He gave up four hits and walked a pair while failing to strike out any of the 23 batters he faced. The 25-year-old has allowed 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings in three starts since joining the Pirates’ rotation. He’s not a fantasy option. Friday, 7:16 pm
  • Adam Frazier not in Friday's lineup
    Adam Frazier is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Frazier drove in four runs Thursday but is on the bench a day later. Danny Ortiz is getting the first start of his career in left field. Friday, 11:43 am
  • Adam Frazier drives in four as Bucs rout Nats
    Adam Frazier finished 3-for-5 with four RBI in the Pirates' 10-4 rout of the Nationals on Thursday.

    Advice: Frazier singled and scored in the first inning, hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, and added a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. With a shiny .347/.395/.467 batting line in 21 games, the 25-year-old should continue to get regular starts for the Bucs. He hit leadoff on Thursday. Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Braves recall Rio Ruiz from Gwinnett
    Braves recalled INF Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Ruiz could see regular starts at first base for Atlanta while Freddie Freeman recuperates from a fractured left wrist. Ruiz, 22, was batting .262/.305/.447 with four home runs and 16 RBI through 37 games this season at the Triple-A level. He is doubtful to carry significant mixed-league fantasy value. Thursday, 12:25 pm
  • Hendricks gives up two runs in six innings
    Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs in six innings in a 7-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out four in the ballgame. He surrendered a solo homer to Reds shortstop Zack Cozart in the third inning. Hendricks has been smooth and steady with no frills and no ills through his eight starts. He improves to 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. He lines up for two starts next week -- at home versus the Giants and on the road versus the Dodgers. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Mike Leake gives up two runs to Red Sox
    Mike Leake wasn't involved in the decision after allowing two runs in seven innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Leake is still sitting pretty with a 2.03 ERA, but he has given up four homers in his last three starts after going without one in his first five. We all know Leake isn't really a 2.00-ERA kind of guy. His owners should just hope he remains a respectable mixed-league SP the rest of the way. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Cozart goes 3-for-5 with a solo home run
    Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been one of the biggest surprises in the season's first six weeks and has served as one of the best fantasy shortstops to date. He is batting a very strong .350/.437/.608 with four homers, 24 runs scored, 17 RBI and two steals. He could be on the move this summer as the rebuilding Reds look to cash him in for prospects in a trade with a contender. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Conforto slugs two-run home run in loss
    Michael Conforto went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Conforto cranked a two-run home run off Patrick Corbin in the first inning to supply Matt Harvey with an early 2-0 advantage. Three of his 10 home runs on the season have come in his last 10 games. In addition, Conforto is hitting a beautiful .310/.393/.638 and has driven in 26 runs across 36 games played. Despite all this fine work, the Mets are now in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Rich Hill (blister) tosses five sharp innings
    Rich Hill (blister) yielded one run on six hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Hill made his last start exactly a month before his Tuesday showing against the Giants. An ever-pesky blister issue sidelined him from action for four weeks. In his return to the mound, he struck out six and did not walk a batter. He threw 82 pitches (53 strikes) in the outing. Brandon Belt took him deep for a short home run to right, one which required a replay to confirm, but Hill was otherwise able to keep the rival Giants off the scoreboard over his five innings of work. He figures to have a longer leash pitch-count-wise next time out, in a home start against the Cardinals. Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Gsellman to be skipped on his next turn
    Robert Gsellman will indeed be skipped on his next scheduled turn in the Mets' rotation.

    Advice: Upcoming off days give the Mets the ability to roll with four starters for a bit, and they'll do just that with Gsellman sitting on an ugly 7.07 ERA through 35 2/3 innings this season. Gsellman will work in long relief until the Mets need him back in the rotation. Tuesday, 6:02 pm
  • Cozart (wrist) in Reds' lineup on Tuesday
    Zack Cozart (wrist) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: Cozart sat out Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco with a sore left wrist. It's something that has been bothering him off and on for much of the 2017 regular season, but he is starting at shortstop and batting second Tuesday versus Cubs right-hander John Lackey. Tuesday, 1:37 pm
  • Dodgers activate Rich Hill off the 10-day DL
    Dodgers activated LHP Rich Hill from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hill has been sidelined for a month due to his ongoing blister issues, but he's slated to make his return Tuesday against the Giants. How long he'll be able to stick around is the lingering question, but he's capable of big things if he can stay on the field. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Wilmer Flores slugs pinch-hit homer in loss
    Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the Mets' loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Flores went deep off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the top of the ninth inning, but Arizona held on to win the game 7-3. Flores has three home runs and nine RBI in 23 games this season for New York. Monday, 9:49 pm
    4:10 pm vs SD
  • Mets likely to skip Robert Gsellman
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are considering skipping Robert Gsellman's next turn in the rotation.

    Advice: They can easily do it with off days coming up Thursday and next Monday. Gsellman would pitch out of the bullpen a couple times before his next start in hopes that it might help get him back on track but also to fortify a tired bullpen. The young righty holds an ugly 7.07 ERA. Monday, 5:51 pm
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