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  • Walsh goes 1-for-3, draws RBI walk against Rays
    Jared Walsh went 1-for-3 with an RBI walk against the Rays on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Walsh drove in the only run of the day for the Angels on an RBI walk in the third inning after Ryan Yarbrough intentionally walked Mike Trout to load the bases. The 27-year-old later added a base hit to bring his batting average to .333 with six home runs and 22 RBI through 114 plate appearances. While he's unlikely to hit for such a high average on the year, a 21.9 percent strikeout rate suggests a lot of what he's doing early on is legit.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:26 pm
    6:38 pm vs TB
     
  • Brandon Lowe slugs three-run homer versus LAA
    Brandon Lowe went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and a walk against the Angels on Wednesday. 

    Advice: The Rays were held scoreless through six innings until a walk and a base hit put two runners on for Brandon Lowe before he slugged a three-run shot off of Junior Guerra. It would turn out to be the only runs the Rays would score in the 3-1 victory. The 26-year-old second baseman is off to a slow start hitting just .193 with five home runs through 125 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:21 pm
    6:38 pm @LAA
     
  • Jeffrey Springs records second save versus Angels
    Jeffrey Springs allowed no walks or hits and struck out one batter to record a four-out save against the Angels on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Springs came in with a runner on third and two outs in the eighth inning to finish the game and record his second save of the season. The 28-year-old southpaw did not allow a base-runner and struck out one batter. Springs likely got the opportunity due to the team placing Diego Castillo on the injured list with groin tightness. The Rays are likely to use multiple relievers to cover the ninth inning until Castillo returns.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Kittredge tosses two scoreless frames as opener
    Andrew Kittredge struck out one batter with one hit and one walk allowed over two innings against the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kittredge started the game as the opener for the Rays on Wednesday and held the Angels scoreless over two innings. It was the second time this season the 31-year-old right-hander has been used as an opener. He's been an effective, versatile arm for the Rays and holds a 1.32 ERA over 13 2/3 innings.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Ohtani whiffs seven over five scoreless frames
    Shohei Ohtani allowed just one hit and walked six batters over five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ohtani was effectively wild in his first start since April 26. The 26-year-old right-hander walked six batters and tossed just 47-of-84 pitches for strikes but generated 15 whiffs to strike out seven and keep the Rays off the board. Ohtani was averaging 96 miles per hour on the fastball and touched 99.8. He carries a 2.41 ERA and 1.39 WHIP due to a high walk rate, but has struck out 30 batters over 18 2/3 innings on the year. Ohtani is currently projected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Astros in Houston. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Ohtani whiffs seven over five scoreless frames
    Shohei Ohtani allowed just one hit and walked six batters over five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the Rays on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ohtani was effectively wild in his first start since April 26. The 26-year-old right-hander walked six batters and tossed just 47-of-84 pitches for strikes but generated 15 whiffs to strike out seven and keep the Rays off the board. Ohtani was averaging 96 miles per hour on the fastball and touched 99.8. He carries a 2.41 ERA and 1.39 WHIP due to a high walk rate, but has struck out 30 batters over 18 2/3 innings on the year. Ohtani is currently projected to make his next start on Tuesday against the Astros in Houston. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Laureano homers, doubles in three-hit day vs TOR
    Ramon Laureano went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and one RBI against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Laureano took Robbie Ray deep in the first inning for his seventh home run of the season and his fourth in five games. The 26-year-old outfielder added a base hit in the third and a double in the sixth. The recent hot stretch brings his batting average to .254, but has helped fantasy managers tremendously with seven homers and eight steals over 125 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Grichuk collects three hits and two RBI vs Oakland
    Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI against the A's on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Grichuk made it 2-0 in the first inning with a single off of Chris Bassitt to drive in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He later scored Guerrero Jr. again on a base hit in the eighth inning. The 29-year-old outfielder is hitting .302 following the the three-hit day and has a strikeout rate under 20 percent. Grichuk made an effort to make more contact last season and has picked up where he left off. He's been hitting in the middle of the Toronto lineup and should be rostered in all formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Cubs' Duffy collects three hits in 11-inning win
    Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 with a game-tying single in the 11th and a stolen base Wednesday as the Cubs edged the Dodgers 6-5.

    Advice: After Duffy tied the game in the 11th, Anthony Rizzo won it with a single to left. Duffy's steal was his third of the year, which is quite a surprise. He was sneaky fast in his younger days, stealing 12 bases for the Giants in 2015 and again for the Rays in 2018, but at age 30, after going without a steal in 2019 and not playing in the majors last year, he certainly seemed an unlikely candidate to contribute in that category this year.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:52 pm
     
  • Guerrero Jr. doubles, drives in two runs vs OAK
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and a walk against the A's on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Guerrero Jr. singled in the first inning off of Chris Bassitt and scored on a base hit by Randal Grichuk. He'd later draw a walk in the eighth and drove in two insurance runs in the ninth with a 114 mile per hour double to left field. The 22-year-old first baseman has broken out to a .347/.484/.622 slash line with seven homers, 21 runs scored, 22 RBI, and one steal over 124 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Cubs' Alzolay strikes out seven Dodgers
    Adbert Alzolay threw five innings and gave up two runs in his start Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Alzolay struck out seven and walked just one. He's been throwing better than his 4.50 ERA suggests, and he should be an option as a spot starter in mixed leagues going forward. We'd be more excited about his progress if the Cubs weren't as worried about monitoring his innings this year. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Ray allows three runs, fans six in no-decision
    Robbie Ray allowed three runs on six hits and no walks with nine strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the A's on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ray pitched well against the A's on Wednesday, holding them to three runs over six frames to post a quality start. He allowed a solo home run to Ramon Laureano in the second inning. Matt Chapman would take him deep in the fourth for Oakland's second run before a base hit by Sean Murphy in the sixth would score one more. The 29-year-old southpaw went his third straight start without walking a batter. The improved control has made a significant difference as he carries a 3.14 ERA into his next start against the Braves in Atlanta next week. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
     
  • Dodgers' Buehler strikes out eight against Cubs
    Walker Buehler allowed two runs over six innings and struck out eight versus the Cubs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Buehler gave the Dodgers a quality start for the fifth time in six tries. One would think that'd have gotten him three or four wins by this point. Instead, he's stuck at one, which was a 1-0 game against the Nationals on April 9. Maybe he'll have better luck with the Mariners next on the schedule. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Dodgers' Jansen charged with blown save in 10th
    Kenley Jansen was charged with his second blown save of the year after giving up an unearned run in the 10th Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Charging a reliever with a blown save in these extra-inning situations has never really seemed fair since the ghost runner was added a year ago. Jansen did walk the first batter he faced tonight and threw a wild pitch, which resulted in a tie game when the next batter, Joc Pederson, flew out to deep right. After that, two intentional walks were added to Jansen's total, as the Dodgers decided to load the bases and set up a double play with Willson Contreras up. Jansen got the double play ball, sending the game to the 11th. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Cubs' Heyward goes 0-for-5 against Dodgers
    Jason Heyward went 0-for-5 and struck out three times versus the Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Heyward has struck out 28 times in 104 plate appearances this season, which is about double his rate from 2017-18 and 30 percent higher than where he was the last two years. He is hitting the ball harder when he makes contact, but it hasn't been a fair trade for him thus far, as he's batting just .188/.250/.344. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Ohtani (elbow) to start for Angels on Wednesday
    Shohei Ohtani (elbow) will start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ohtani missed a scheduled pitching appearance on Monday after getting struck on the elbow while batting on Sunday, but he felt fine while throwing a light bullpen session Tuesday in Anaheim. The two-way star has registered a 3.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings of work this season for the Halos. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Ohtani (elbow) to start for Angels on Wednesday
    Shohei Ohtani (elbow) will start for the Angels on Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Ohtani missed a scheduled pitching appearance on Monday after getting struck on the elbow while batting on Sunday, but he felt fine while throwing a light bullpen session Tuesday in Anaheim. The two-way star has registered a 3.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings of work this season for the Halos. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Ohtani (elbow) throws bullpen session Tuesday
    Shohei Ohtani (elbow) threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ohtani was scratched from a scheduled pitching appearance Monday versus the Rays after getting hit on the elbow while batting on Sunday, but it sounds like he should be able to return to the rotation later this week. The two-way star has a 3.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings (three starts) this season. Oh, and he's also sporting a .959 OPS with nine home runs, 22 RBI, six stolen bases, and 20 runs scored in 26 games played. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Ohtani (elbow) throws bullpen session Tuesday
    Shohei Ohtani (elbow) threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ohtani was scratched from a scheduled pitching appearance Monday versus the Rays after getting hit on the elbow while batting on Sunday, but it sounds like he should be able to return to the rotation later this week. The two-way star has a 3.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings (three starts) this season. Oh, and he's also sporting a .959 OPS with nine home runs, 22 RBI, six stolen bases, and 20 runs scored in 26 games played. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Ohtani slugs ninth homer of year with two-run shot
    Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Monday in a loss to the Rays. 

    Advice: Ohtani's homer was absolutely smoked off Tyler Glasnow; traveling an estimated 427 feet and coming off the bat at 110.3 mph. The 27-year-old was scratched from his start on Monday, but it didn't affect the bat at all as he has his ninth homer of the 2021 season. The question now becomes when he'll be back on the mound, but it's expected to be later in this series against the Rays.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Ohtani slugs ninth homer of year with two-run shot
    Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer on Monday in a loss to the Rays. 

    Advice: Ohtani's homer was absolutely smoked off Tyler Glasnow; traveling an estimated 427 feet and coming off the bat at 110.3 mph. The 27-year-old was scratched from his start on Monday, but it didn't affect the bat at all as he has his ninth homer of the 2021 season. The question now becomes when he'll be back on the mound, but it's expected to be later in this series against the Rays.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:16 pm
  • Guerrero Jr. picks up three hits in loss to A's
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a run scored on Monday in a loss to the Athletics. 

    Advice: He scored the run on a wild pitch from Lou Trivino. Vladdy Jr. continues to rake, as this is his second three-hit effort in the past week and improves his average to .356 with an OPS of 1.140. Not bad for someone who doesn't turn 23 until next March -- or anyone else.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Laureano hits go-ahead two-run homer vs. Blue Jays
    Ramón Laureano hit a go-ahead two-run homer on Monday to give the Athletics a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. 

    Advice: With the score tied at 3-3, Laureano gave the Athletics a two-run lead with his homer off of Steven Matz. It gives the outfielder six on the season, and he's driven in 14 runs. While he's hitting just .246 on the season, Laureano has certainly helped fantasy managers with the aforementioned power and eight steals over these first 28 games. Tough to complain too much about that.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Dodgers-Cubs postponed by inclement weather
    Monday's game between the Dodgers and Cubs has been postponed due to inclement weather.

    Advice: It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Walker Buehler -- who had been scheduled to start Monday -- will now start Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer will start Games 1 and 2 of the doubleheader, respectively. From the Cubs' side, Kyle Hendricks will just be pushed back a day. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani (elbow) scratched from Monday start
    Shohei Ohtani has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start versus the Rays after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch while batting Sunday.

    Advice: Angels manager Joe Maddon had indicated that Ohtani having his start pushed back was a distinct possibility. He is, however, well enough to serve as the designated hitter Monday. It's not clear when he will make his next start on the mound, although it does seem like the club is just being extra cautious here. Jose Quintana will start Monday in Ohtani's place. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani (elbow) scratched from Monday start
    Shohei Ohtani has been scratched from Monday's scheduled start versus the Rays after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch while batting Sunday.

    Advice: Angels manager Joe Maddon had indicated that Ohtani having his start pushed back was a distinct possibility. He is, however, well enough to serve as the designated hitter Monday. It's not clear when he will make his next start on the mound, although it does seem like the club is just being extra cautious here. Jose Quintana will start Monday in Ohtani's place. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Laureano launches go-ahead homer versus Orioles
    Ramon Laureano went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in a 7-5 win over the Orioles on Sunday. 

    Advice: Laureano had himself an excellent inning all around as he blasted a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the frame off of Travis Lakins. In the top of the inning, the 26-year-old saved a run with an incredible leaping catch at the wall. He earlier singled in the first inning and now has a .233/.301/.456 slash with five home runs and eight steals across 113 plate appearances to start the season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:35 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani (elbow) sore after HBP on Sunday
    Angels manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's game that Shohei Ohtani was sore after being drilled in the right elbow by a pitch during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Ohtani took out his frustration over being hit on the base paths -- immediately swiping second and third base -- before being stranded there. The unbelievably-talented two-way player was on tap for two starts next week (vs. Rays, vs. Dodgers), but that could be in jeopardy now. Maddon said postgame that it's too early to make a determination on whether or not he'll be able to make his start on Sunday. Fantasy managers should be sure to have a contingency plan in place in the event that his start gets pushed back. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani (elbow) sore after HBP on Sunday
    Angels manager Joe Maddon said after Sunday's game that Shohei Ohtani was sore after being drilled in the right elbow by a pitch during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Ohtani took out his frustration over being hit on the base paths -- immediately swiping second and third base -- before being stranded there. The unbelievably-talented two-way player was on tap for two starts next week (vs. Rays, vs. Dodgers), but that could be in jeopardy now. Maddon said postgame that it's too early to make a determination on whether or not he'll be able to make his start on Sunday. Fantasy managers should be sure to have a contingency plan in place in the event that his start gets pushed back. NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 4:26 pm
  • Grichuk hits walk-off single against Braves
    Randal Grichuk went 2-for-5 with two RBI while hitting a walk-off single against the Braves on Saturday. 

    Advice: Grichuk's first RBI was on a single to shallow center in the sixth. The much more notable run driven in, however, came in the 10th, as Grichuk's single up the middle gave Toronto the victory in extras. It's been a very nice start to the season for the 29-year-old, as he's slashing .289/.337/.500 with 19 RBI over the first month of the 2021 campaign.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:14 pm
  • Ohtani launches eighth homer against Mariners
    Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Mariners on Friday. 

    Advice: Ohtani took Chris Flexen deep in the third inning for his eighth home run of the season. The 26-year-old two-way star is putting together the season at the plate and on the mound that we've wanted to see since he made his major league debut. Ohtani is hitting .283 with 19 RBI and three steals in addition to the eight homers over 97 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:19 pm
  • Ohtani launches eighth homer against Mariners
    Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Mariners on Friday. 

    Advice: Ohtani took Chris Flexen deep in the third inning for his eighth home run of the season. The 26-year-old two-way star is putting together the season at the plate and on the mound that we've wanted to see since he made his major league debut. Ohtani is hitting .283 with 19 RBI and three steals in addition to the eight homers over 97 plate appearances.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 11:19 pm
  • Jays' Ray allows two runs in win over Braves
    Robbie Ray held the Braves to two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a victory Friday.

    Advice: Ray has somehow gone consecutive starts without walking batters, which is nothing short of amazing. After all, the lefty led the NL in walks last year despite being traded with over a month left to go in the season. Also, he walked nine in 10 innings during his first two starts this season. If Ray could somehow keep avoiding walks, he'd be an excellent fantasy starter going forward. It's too early to count on that, though. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:11 pm
     
  • Alzolay throws six solid in win over Braves
    Adbert Alzolay threw six innings of two-run baseball on Thursday in a win over the Braves. 

    Advice: Alzolay allowed just four hits, and he struck out six against one walk. The right-hander gave up a solo homer to Marcell Ozuna, but outside of that, the 26-year-old was excellent in what was easily one of the most impressive appearances of his young career. He's struck out 13 hitters in his last two starts over 10 2/3 frames, and he's pitched better than his 4.71 ERA suggests. Alzolay will look to keep this up going forward, but would be better left on fantasy benches for Tuesday's start against the Dodgers.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Rays' Lowe hits fourth homer in loss
    Brandon Lowe homered and was hit by a pitch Thursday against the A's.

    Advice: Lowe is still batting just .167, but he is up to four homers in 24 games. The batting average should begin to come up soon, though strikeouts are always going to be a problem here. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:26 pm
    6:38 pm @LAA
     
  • Buehler strikes out 10 in no-decision versus Reds
    Walker Buehler recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts, but was charged with five runs over 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds.

    Advice: Buehler generated an eye-popping 17 swinging strikes and finished with a stratospheric 40 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs), but was victimized by some hard contact in this one. He surrendered seven batted balls with an exit velocity over 95 mph, including a leadoff homer to Jesse Winker. The hard-throwing 26-year-old righty had surrendered two earned runs or fewer in four consecutive starts to open the 2021 campaign. He'll carry a 3.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 31/2 K/BB ratio across 31 1/3 innings (five starts) into a road tilt against the Brewers on Sunday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Vlad Jr. has first career three-homer game
    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had his first career three-homer game and drove in seven runs in the Blue Jays' 9-5 win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Amazingly, Vladimir Guerrero Sr. never had a three-homer game in his Hall of Fame career, but his 22-year-old son has now accomplished the feat. He hit long balls to each part of the field, with the biggest one being a grand slam to left off of Max Scherzer in the third inning. It's already the third grand slam of Vlad Jr.'s career. His second dinger went to center field and was his longest of the three at 436 feet. Finally, Guerrero capped off his night with a two-run shot to the opposite field in the seventh. Guerrero had the three hardest-hit balls in this game and one of them wasn't even a hit but rather a double play ball. Vlad Jr. is now up to seven home runs and 19 RBI on the season and his OPS sits at 1.177. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani in Angels' lineup as DH on Tuesday
    Shohei Ohtani is in the Angels' lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Ohtani is good to go after allowing four runs over five innings for the win in his start on Monday. He developed a bit of a "hot spot" on his right middle finger during the start, but he doesn't think it will impact him at the plate. Ohtani holds a ridiculous .300/.341/.675 batting line with seven home runs over 20 games as a hitter this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani in Angels' lineup as DH on Tuesday
    Shohei Ohtani is in the Angels' lineup as the designated hitter Tuesday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Ohtani is good to go after allowing four runs over five innings for the win in his start on Monday. He developed a bit of a "hot spot" on his right middle finger during the start, but he doesn't think it will impact him at the plate. Ohtani holds a ridiculous .300/.341/.675 batting line with seven home runs over 20 games as a hitter this season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:03 pm
  • Jansen takes loss after allow two-run homer
    Kenley Jansen was charged with the loss on Monday after allowing a two-run homer in extra innings against the Reds. 

    Advice: Only one of the runs was earned, as there was a runner on second because of the extra-innings rule. The homer was allowed to Jesse Winker, and while it wasn't a great pitch, it was also a terrific piece of hitting by Winker as he took Jansen deep to the opposite field. He also issued a walk, but he was able to keep that runner at bay and didn't allow any more damage. Damage was indeed, done, however, and Jansen sees his ERA rise to 2.61 after allowing the earned run. He'll remain the closer, but there's going to be some bitter with the better it appears in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 11:00 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani developed "hot spot" on finger
    Angels manager Joe Maddon said he removed Shohei Ohtani from Monday's start after five innings in part because he started to develop a bit of a "hot spot" on his right middle finger.

    Advice: It's the same finger that Ohtani had a blister on before but is in a different spot. For what it's worth, the two-way player isn't worried and said that he wants to be in Tuesday's lineup at designated hitter. It sounds like they caught it before it became a real issue, but it's certainly not ideal that Ohtani is having recurring problems with this. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani developed "hot spot" on finger
    Angels manager Joe Maddon said he removed Shohei Ohtani from Monday's start after five innings in part because he started to develop a bit of a "hot spot" on his right middle finger.

    Advice: It's the same finger that Ohtani had a blister on before but is in a different spot. For what it's worth, the two-way player isn't worried and said that he wants to be in Tuesday's lineup at designated hitter. It sounds like they caught it before it became a real issue, but it's certainly not ideal that Ohtani is having recurring problems with this. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Walsh picks up three hits in LAA win over Rangers
    Jared Walsh went 3-for-5 with two RBI on Monday in a win over the Rangers. 

    Advice: Walsh got the Angels off to a 1-0 start with a single that scored Shohei Ohtani in the first off a completely ineffective Jordan Lyles. His second RBI came on a double in the eighth, and he added a base hit in between those knocks. It's still early, but thus far Walsh has shown his impressive -- albeit limited -- look in 2020 was no fluke, as he's slashing .319/.395/.556 in 72 at-bats with four homers and 16 RBI.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:16 pm
    6:38 pm vs TB
     
  • Ohtani strikes out nine, drives in two in victory
    Shohei Ohtani went five innings and allowed four runs with nine strikeouts while going 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored on Monday in the Angels' 9-4 win over the Rangers. 

    Advice: This did not look like it was going to be a very good start for Ohtani, and by definition it wasn't a Quality Start. All things considered? It was pretty dang good. The two-way star gave up four runs in the first -- three of them in the first -- but settled down very nicely over the next four frames whiles striking out the aforementioned nine hitters. He helped his own cause by doubling in two runs in the bottom of the first, and he also reached via walk and single. Ohtani lowers his ERA to 3.29, and he improves his slash to .300/.341/.675. Those numbers don't tell the story of how fun he is to watch, but they're pretty good numbers over this first month. It looks like he'll be back on the mound again next Monday against Tampa Bay.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Ohtani strikes out nine, drives in two in victory
    Shohei Ohtani went five innings and allowed four runs with nine strikeouts while going 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored on Monday in the Angels' 9-4 win over the Rangers. 

    Advice: This did not look like it was going to be a very good start for Ohtani, and by definition it wasn't a Quality Start. All things considered? It was pretty dang good. The two-way star gave up four runs in the first -- three of them in the first -- but settled down very nicely over the next four frames whiles striking out the aforementioned nine hitters. He helped his own cause by doubling in two runs in the bottom of the first, and he also reached via walk and single. Ohtani lowers his ERA to 3.29, and he improves his slash to .300/.341/.675. Those numbers don't tell the story of how fun he is to watch, but they're pretty good numbers over this first month. It looks like he'll be back on the mound again next Monday against Tampa Bay.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Rays' Lowe goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Brandon Lowe went 0-for-4 and struck out twice Monday against the A's.

    Advice: Lowe's gone hitless in three in a row and is hitting just .158 for the season. His power seems intact, but he's not showing any further improvement in the strikeout department after taking a nice step forward there last year. He'll surely bounce back and turn into a solid mixed-league second baseman, but those hoping for a .275-35 HR year might be disappointed. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:12 pm
    6:38 pm @LAA
     
  • Kenley Jansen likely unavailable on Sunday night
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated that closer Kenley Jansen would likely be unavailable for Sunday night's showdown against the Padres.

    Advice: Jansen threw 23 pitches while recording the final four outs to earn a save on Saturday night, so it sounds like Roberts wants to avoid going back to him on Sunday. Scott Alexander is also likely unavailable for the Dodgers on Sunday. Should a save situation arise, Blake Treinen seems like the logical candidate to get the call. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 1:32 pm
  • Laureano blasts third homer in loss to Orioles
    Ramon Laureano walloped a solo homer on Sunday as the Athletics' epic 13-game winning streak ended in a blowout loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Laureano tattooed a solo shot to center field off Orioles' lefty John Means in the fourth inning to supply the Athletics' lone run of the one-sided affair. It was his lone hit in four at-bats. The 26-year-old outfielder is only hitting .227 through 19 games, but he's already up to three round-trippers to go along with a major league-leading eight stolen bases this season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 25, 1:02 pm
  • Dodgers' Jansen slams door on SD for fifth save
    Kenley Jansen earned his fifth save of the year on Saturday night; the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 5-4.

    Advice: Jansen’s final out was earned by luring Trent Grisham into a swinging strike, with a 94.9 mile per hour cutter. Jansen’s fifth save of the year was a four out save; he’s now almost halfway to his 2020 save total of 11. The 33-year-old closer now has a 1.93 ERA in 9.1 innings pitched over eight appearances. NBCSportsEDGE.com Apr 24, 10:26 pm
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