Player Notes

  • Kyle Finnegan notches sixth save versus Dodgers
    Kyle Finnegan was perfect in the ninth against the Dodgers on Monday, picking up his sixth save in the process.

    Advice: Hunter Harvey has looked better than Finnegan for the most part this season, but he gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings tonight. Then again, he did face better competition than Finnegan, who was up against Gavin Lux and Taylor Trammell before getting Mookie Betts to ground out to end the game. Finnegan is tied for the MLB lead with six saves in seven chances. Rotoworld 15 minutes ago
  • Notches fifth save
    Helsley earned a save against the Athletics on Monday, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of work.

    Advice: Helsley had no trouble slamming the door on Oakland in the bottom of the ninth frame, retiring the side on just 10 pitches, four of which were swinging strikes. After blowing his first save chance of the campaign against the Dodgers on March 30, the right-hander has been successful on each of his subsequent six attempts, and he's held the opponent scoreless in seven of his past eight outings. On the season, Helsley has an impressive 11:1 K:BB over nine innings. 37 minutes ago
  • Frankie Montas gives up five runs in defeat
    Frankie Montas was charged with five runs in two-plus innings against the Mariners on Monday.

    Advice: Jorge Polanco and Mitch Haniger homered off him. Montas averaged just 92.6 mph with his fastball tonight, which seems concerning. He averaged 95.4, 93.7 and 94.3 in his first three starts of the year, and he was working on five days’ rest tonight. Montas came into the game 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA, but we don’t entirely trust him even at full strength and now it doesn’t look like he is at full strength. Rotoworld 44 minutes ago
  • Nick Martinez goes four innings in relief
    Nick Martinez pitched four innings of one-run ball in relief Monday against the Mariners.

    Advice: It was his first appearance since his last start on Apr. 6. He was due to start again last Thursday, but that game was postponed, and the Reds chose to bypass him afterwards. Martinez was hoping to avoid the bullpen when he signed with Cincinnati in the offseason, but it looks like the Reds will go with their younger starters for now. Odds are that they’ll need Martinez back in the rotation at some point. In the meantime, he’ll be a threat for wins in middle relief. Rotoworld 44 minutes ago
  • Earns four-out save
    Doval picked up the save Monday, allowing one hit and no walks with two strikeouts across 1.1 scoreless innings.

    Advice: Doval retired four of the five batters he faced Monday to earn his second save of the campaign. After racking up 39 saves a season ago, Doval has only seen two save chances and has only made four appearances this far. however, he'll likely have opportunities to enhance those numbers with two more games coming against the 3-14 Marlins and a four-game series against the Diamondbacks left this week. Today, 9:06 pm
  • Earns win in season debut
    Lorenzen (1-0) allowed zero runs on three hits while walking five to earn the win Monday against the Tigers. He struck out four.

    Advice: Lorenzen struggled with his command as evidenced by the five walks allowed but induced a fifth-inning double play by Mark Canha to close out his night unscathed and earn the victory in his first start of the season. The veteran righty signed with the Rangers in late March after coming off a career-high 153 innings split between the Tigers and Phillies last season. He tossed 79 pitches and will look to increase that total while improving his control during his next start, tentatively slated to take place over the weekend in Atlanta. Today, 8:59 pm
  • Posts one strikeout in no-decision
    Perez did not factor into the decision Monday against the Mets, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out one.

    Advice: Perez was pitching well again through his first five innings until being chased by three Mets hits and a walk in the sixth inning. The 33-year-old veteran has provided stability to the rotation during his first year in Pittsburgh, pitching to the tune of a 2.55 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 16:7 K:BB over 24.2 innings. Perez is scheduled to make his next start at home against the Red Sox. Today, 8:41 pm
  • Gathers fourth save
    Diaz picked up the save Monday against the Pirates. He pitched one shutout inning, allowing no hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

    Advice: Diaz posted his second save in as many days, using 18 pitches to close out the Pirates. The 30-year-old reliever bounced back Monday to fire a scoreless inning after yielding a home run Sunday. Diaz has returned to his role as an elite closer with a 1.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 10:2 KK:BB over his first seven innings. Today, 8:35 pm
  • Earns fourth save
    Kimbrel tossed a perfect ninth to earn the save Monday against Minnesota. He struck out two.

    Advice: Kimbrel earned a save for the second-consecutive day, but after allowing two hits to the Brewers on Sunday rebounded with a perfect inning Monday, needing just 13 pitches to close out the contest. The veteran closer now has four saves to go along with two wins through seven appearances this season. Today, 8:28 pm