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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
  • 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
  • Jedd Gyorko goes 3-for-4 in win
    Jedd Gyorko finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gyorko's surprising 30-homer season last year came with just a .243 average. This year, though, he's at .331 over 136 at-bats. There's no way he keeps that up, but he probably will make another run at 30 homers now that he's a regular. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • Santana goes 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI
    Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: He hit a two-run dinger off starter Lisalverto Bonilla in the third inning, then ripped an RBI double in the fifth. As usual for the veteran, Santana sports a low batting average but is solid in all the other measurements. He is slashing .230/.332/.410 with five homers, 25 runs scored and 26 RBI. The first baseman has started five games in the outfield to gain new positional eligibility in some fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 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
  • Bauer allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wed.
    Trevor Bauer took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Reds on Wednesday.

    Advice: He left the game with a lead but the bullpen blew it in the ninth inning. The two runs Bauer allowed came on a two-run blast by Adam Duvall. He gave up four hits and two walks while punching out six. This was one of Bauer's best outings of the season and lowers his ERA to 6.30 through nine starts. His nice 59/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 50 innings indicates better things could be in store as the season unfolds. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Yasiel Puig goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Yasiel Puig remained in the starting lineup Wednesday, but went 0-for-3 against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Because he's a truck, Puig was able to stay in and finish Tuesday's game after his scary collision with Joc Pederson in right-center. He couldn't have been 100 percent physically tonight, either, but he's doing his best to play while banged up this year. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Solarte goes 2-for-4 with three RBI vs Mets
    Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead his club to a 6-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His third-inning single to left drove in the game's first run. He laced a two-run double to right center field in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest. Solarte had a hot April but has hit the skids in May. Overall he has a .241 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Hand survives stressful ninth for save Wed.
    Brand Hand escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning to earn a save versus the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: After closer Brandon Maurer pitched a clean eighth inning, Hand was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the ninth. He promptly surrendered a single, a walk and another single to load the bases with nobody out. He was able to punch out the next two batters before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to end the game and notch his first save of the season. It is possible this game indicates the Padres have promoted Hand into the closer role to replace Maurer. Today's results were a mixed bag for Hand. He was able to close out the game without allowing a run but pushed everything to the breaking point in the process. Hand has a 1.73 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 26 innings compared to Maurer's 6.50 ERA. Much of that disparity is explained by Maurer's .400 BABIP compared to Hand's .222 BABIP. Yesterday, 9:50 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
  • 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
  • Anthony Rizzo homers twice in Cubs' win
    Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk as the Cubs edged the Giants 5-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rizzo has four homers in his last four games, taking his OPS from .757 to .846. He's still batting just .238, but that won't last for much longer, either. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Anthony Rizzo knocks two-run homer
    Anthony Rizzo smashed a two-run homer Tuesday against the Giants.

    Advice: Rizzo had one of three dingers off of Johnny Cueto, with his being the only that wasn't a solo shot. His .224/.363/.424 batting line to this point has certainly been a disappointment, but Rizzo now has nine homers and 26 RBI on the year, with two of those homers coming over his last three contests. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • Puig (back) returns to Dodgers lineup Tuesday
    Yasiel Puig (back) is in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Puig missed some action this weekend with mild back tightness. He will start in right field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Carlos Santana in right field again Tuesday
    Carlos Santana will make another start in right field Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Santana had quite the scare in right field on Monday, but fortunately he's fine. He'll move back to first base on Wednesday when the series shifts to Cleveland. Tuesday, 11:49 am
  • 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
  • Carlos Santana starting in RF on Monday
    Carlos Santana will start in right field Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

    Advice: Santana will be pushed to right field with the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules. This will be Santana's fourth start in right field this season. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Bradley Zimmer is on the bench. Monday, 11:26 am
  • Puig (back) strikes out as pinch-hitter
    Yasiel Puig (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Sunday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: Puig was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day due to back tightness, but it seems like he's moving in the right direction. Consider him day-to-day. Monday, 5:30 am
  • 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
  • Yangervis Solarte's slide continues
    Yangervis Solarte finished hitless in four at-bats in Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Solarte has had an awful time since flipping the calendar from April to May, collecting just eight hits over 64 at-bats (.125) with three extra-base hits and five RBI across 18 games. Sunday, 1:54 am
  • Jedd Gyorko records multi-hit game
    Jedd Gyorko finished 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and two strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Advice: Gyorko has been red hot in the month of May, hitting safely in six straight and 13 of his past 14 outings. After hitting .333 in the month of April he is doing even better in May. The former standout at West Virginia University is hitting .328 with three homers and 10 RBI through 16 games in May. Saturday, 10:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Jedd Gyorko StL - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    7:10 pm @LAD
  • 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
  • Yasiel Puig (back) sitting against Marlins
    Yasiel Puig (back) is not in the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

    Advice: He'll get the night off after exiting Friday's game with back tightness. Enrique Hernandez will replace Puig in right field and bat eighth against Marlins right-hander Dan Straily. Manager Dave Roberts said Puig is available off the bench so we could see him pinch-hit. Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Puig (back) hopes to avoid disabled list
    Yasiel Puig was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins due to tightness in his back.

    Advice: Puig said afterwards that he hopes to avoid the disabled list. He initially felt tightness in his back during batting practice and it progressed throughout the game. While the dynamic outfielder has his sights set on returning to the lineup on Saturday or Sunday, the Dodgers' may be best served holding him out for a game or two to err on the side of caution. Saturday, 12:25 am
  • Yasiel Puig leaves game with apparent injury
    Yasiel Puig was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins due to an apparent injury.

    Advice: Puig appeared to tweak something in his side while checking his swing as he drew a walk in the fourth inning. He remained in the game to run the bases for himself but was subbed out for a defensive replacement the following frame. Look for an update on his status from the Dodgers shortly. Friday, 8:52 pm
  • Bauer gives up three runs in win over Astros
    Trevor Bauer gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Astros on Friday.

    Advice: Bauer gave up five hits (including home runs to Josh Reddick and Carlos Correa) and one walk while striking out a season-high nine batters. He trailed early before the Indians pulled away in the middle innings. The club’s dominant bullpen made the lead hold up. Bauer has now allowed 10 home runs in 44 2/3 innings this season to go along with a 6.65 ERA. He can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues at this time. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • Puig's two-run homer helps fuel win over MIA
    Yasiel Puig went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Puig teed off on an Edinson Vasquez offering with one out in the second inning, clubbing the ball an estimated 441 feet. The home run was his eighth of the season and it is well within play that Puig could top the career-best 19 home runs he socked as a rookie in 2013. Thursday, 10:50 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
  • 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
  • Anthony Rizzo hits seventh homer
    Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Tuesday versus the Reds.

    Advice: Rizzo hadn't homered since April 29 or had a multihit game since April 27. His batting average, which peaked at .299 on April 22, was at .213 coming into this one tonight. Still, the numbers should be there in the end. Tuesday, 8:59 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
  • 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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