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News From Yesterday’s Slate
St. Louis Cardinals – 5
Chicago Cubs – 6
- The rough outings keep coming for SP Yu Darvish, who only lasted four innings and displayed the same scattershot command that has defined all but one of his starts this year. He walked five and only struck out four, leaving his K/BB ratio at 37/27 in 32 2/3 inning this year. He also allowed five runs on six hits and threw 40 of his 81 pitches for strikes. At this point, if you’re in a shallow league, not only is Darvish unusable, he’s unrosterable. Go find a lottery ticket that you can stream with more confidence.
Minnesota Twins – 7
New York Yankees – 3
- On a day when SP James Paxton was placed on the IL with left knee inflammation, SP J.A. Happ did not do his best to take the mantle of staff ace, getting tagged for four runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. Happ allowed two home runs and has now allowed a homer in six of his seven starts and nine in total on the season.
- One bit of good injury news for the Yankees, who had 3B Miguel Andujar return from what was originally feared to be a season-ending shoulder injury. We say “bit” because while Andujar went 1-for-3 with a walk, he committed two errors, including a throwing error to second base on a double play attempt. The fear with Andujar was that the shoulder injury would hamper his throwing and worsen an already brutal defensive profile, so he’s likely to get more regular turns at DH in the near future. That’s not going to be tenable if the Yankees ever get fully health, though, as they now have five outfielders worthy of playing time in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier, and Brett Gardner. You could debate Gardner’s viability, but it isn’t easy to see how the Yankees bench him regularly.
Boston Red Sox – 15
Chicago White Sox – 2
- Red Sox 2B Michael Chavis went 4-for-6 with two homers, three RBI, and three runs scored. He’s hitting in the middle of the order more regularly now and has earned it, with five multi-hit games in his last seven and a stretch of 13-for-28 at the plate in the last week, with four homers, nine RBI, and eight runs scored.
Oakland A’s – 4
Pittsburgh Pirates – 6
- Pirates SP Jameson Taillon was placed on the IL before the game with a right elbow strain. He will see a specialist this week to determine the damage, and he will not throw at all for the next four weeks. Best-case scenario, Taillon is looking at a late June/early July return to the rotation.
Washington Nationals – 10
Philadelphia Phillies – 8
- Nationals OF Juan Soto was placed on the 10-day IL with a back issue, which has been bothering him since Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Rays – 0
Baltimore Orioles – 3
- RP Mychal Givens got the save chance for the Orioles with a three-run lead in the ninth, and he converted for his third save of the season. He’s not a bad option for save-desperate mixed league owners.
Kansas City Royals – 15
Detroit Tigers – 3
- Kansas City 3B Kelvin Gutierrez went 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base, upping his triple slash to .344/.364/.531 in the first eight games of his major league career. Gutierrez is showing the solid bat-to-ball skills that made his the prized prospect in last year’s trade of RP Kelvin Herrera to Washington.
Houston Astros – 14
Los Angeles Angels – 2
- Astros SS/3B Alex Bregman hit his seventh and eighth homers of the year, part of a 3-for-5 day that included four RBI and three runs scored.
Seattle Mariners – 4
Cleveland Indians – 5
- A very weirdly effective start for Cleveland SP Carlos Carrasco, who allowed four solo home runs but still walked away with a no decision, because he only allowed three baserunners otherwise over 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine. Opponents are pulling the ball and putting in the air more this year against Carrasco, which is why he’s already allowed eight homers this season, but there’s nothing else in his profile this season to worry about. Carrasco now has a 50/7 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings.
Atlanta Braves – 9
Miami Marlins – 2
- Marlins SP Trevor Richards had a major command problem in this game, and because of that he was only able to work 4 1/3 innings since it took him 90 pitches to get that far. Five of the 19 batters he faced went to a 3-2 count. For the game, Richards did not allow a run and only gave up two singles, but he walked three. He also struck out three. Richards is still seeking his first win of the season and will get another shot at it on Thursday at the Cubs.
San Francisco Giants – 2
Cincinnati Reds – 9
- The Reds gave OF Matt Kemp his outright release. With 2B/OF Nick Senzel now on the roster and 2B Scooter Gennett likely a month or so away from returning, this does clear up some concern that 2B/SS Jose Peraza would lose playing time when everyone gets healthy. In the near time, OF Scott Schebler has played in seven of the 11 games since Kemp got hurt on April 22, and he should continue to get regular playing time.
Toronto Blue Jays – 5
Texas Rangers – 8
- Texas 1B/3B Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored, and a walk. He has five multi-hit games in his last eight starts and has 17 hits total in that span; while is he swinging a little more freely, he’s still posted a strong 23/13 K/BB ratio in his first 96 plate appearances this year.
New York Mets – 3
Milwaukee Brewers – 4 (18 Innings)
- Before this game went deep in to the night, Milwaukee SP Gio Gonzalez was much sharper in his second start of the season, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed only one run on three hits.
- Mets SP Zack Wheeler struck out 10 in his seven innings of work, allowing two runs of six hits and a walk. Wheeler has struck out seven or more in four of his seven starts, and this outing was his second double-digit K outing of the year. He should be trusted in all situation despite the previous rocky start to his season.
Arizona Diamondbacks – 9
Colorado Rockies – 2
- Arizona 1B/2B Wilmer Flores went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, and C Carson Kelly reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a solo homer, a single, and two walks.
Los Angeles Dodgers – 7
San Diego Padres – 6
- The Dodgers were able to get to Padres RP Kirby Yates, tagging him with the loss after he allowed a run on two walks and a hit in the top of the ninth inning. Yates did earn all three of his outs via strikeout, but for the first time this year he threw more balls (14) than strikes (13) in an outing.
Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Sunday, May 5 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)
- High-priced option: Mike Zunino ($4,000)
- There is a heavy chance of rain in this TB @ BAL game.
- Low-priced option: Tyler Flowers ($3,700)
- High-priced option: Mike Zunino ($4,000)
- First Base
- High-priced option: Eric Thames ($4,800)
- Low-priced option: Ryan O’Hearn ($3,400)
- Second Base
- High-priced option: Robinson Cano ($4,000)
- Low-priced option: Daniel Robertson ($3,700)
- Third Base
- High-priced option: Rafael Devers ($4,400)
- Low-priced option: Jose Ramirez ($4,200)
- High-priced option: Francisco Lindor ($4,700)
- Low-priced option: Carter Kieboom ($3,600)
- There is a heavy chance of rain in this WAS @ PHI game.
- Outfielder (three required)
- High-priced option 1: Andrew Benintendi ($4,600)
- High-priced option 2: Michael Conforto ($4,800)
- High-priced option 3: Khris Davis ($4,300)
- Low-priced option 1: Leonys Martin ($3,900)
- Low-priced option 2: Brandon Nimmo ($3,800)
- Low-priced option 3: Ender Inciarte ($3,600)
- Pitcher (two required)
- High-priced option 1: Brad Keller ($8,000)
- High-priced option 2: Julio Teheran ($9,000)
- Low-priced option 1: Anibal Sánchez ($7,400)
- Low-priced option 2: Spencer Turnbull ($7,900)
Today’s Best Bets
- Our favorite favorite: Houston Astros (-190) over LOS ANGELES ANGELS
- Our favorite underdog: Kansas City Royals (+115) over DETROIT TIGERS
- Our over/under play: New York Mets/MILWAUKEE BREWERS OVER 9.5 Runs
Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.