Wednesday Night Rampage

Wednesday Night Rampage
The most comprehensive fantasy review in the industry takes on one of the biggest nights of the year in fantasy hoops. The Breakdown is here.
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Johnny Cueto fired two scoreless innings on Thursday but the Reds lost to the Indians.

Cueto allowed one hit and struck out a pair of batters in the effort. The right-hander finished as a runner-up to Clayton Kershaw in NL Cy Young balloting thanks to his 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio in 243 2/3 innings. Though he isn't likely to match those numbers again in 2015, he should still rank among the league's best pitchers once again. As Cueto can become a free agent after the season, the Reds may trade him by the July 31 deadline.
Mar 5 - 6:51 PM

Yan Gomes went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Indians' win over the Reds Thursday.

Gomes took Burke Badenhop deep in the fifth inning, capping off a five-run frame for the Tribe. The 25-year-old backstop is coming off of a very productive 2014 campaign, his first as an everyday player, and should be counted on for similar numbers going into 2015.
Mar 5 - 6:48 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed two runs in two innings Thursday as the Padres fell 9-4 to the Mariners.

Robinson Cano doubled, then Nelson Cruz homered in the third inning. Overall, Kennedy allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two. The right-hander was productive over 201 innings last season, finsihing with a 3.63 ERA and a 207/70 K/BB ratio.
Mar 5 - 6:43 PM

Andrew Cashner gave up a run on three hits in Thursday's start against the Mariners.

Cashner got the first two outs of the first inning easily enough, but then allowed three straight singles to bring in the Mariners' first run. The right-hander was very productive last season, but battled both elbow and shoulder problems during the season. Fantasy owners should be wary of his injury history.
Mar 5 - 6:41 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that "serious concern exists" that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera could need Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament.

Yikes. Olivera got through multiple private workouts without any apparent issues, but subsequent physicals evidently revealed the bad news about his elbow. Typical recovery time for a position player coming back from Tommy John surgery is 6-9 months, which means Olivera would miss the 2015 campaign. Passan notes that Olivera is believed to have at least one offer of more than $50 million, though it's not clear what the status of that offer is now. The report lists the Dodgers, Braves, Padres, A's and Giants as the clubs that have shown the most interest in Olivera.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Mar 5 - 6:38 PM

Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored Thursday versus the Padres.

Cano singled and scored in the first inning, then doubled and scored in the third. The 32-year-old's power dropped off last year, his first in Seattle, but posted robust numbers in the average and on-base percentage departments. The Mariners are hoping to see him get back into the 20-homer club this season, the second year of his ten-year contract.
Mar 5 - 6:37 PM

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League victory against the Padres.

Cruz made his 2015 Cactus League debut in style, homering off of Ian Kennedy in the third inning to bring in teammate Robinson Cano. Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40 last season. Despite a move to a more pitcher-friendly park, the slugger is still expected to provide plenty of offense this year.
Mar 5 - 6:33 PM

Hunter Strickland allowed a run in an inning of work as the Giants defeated the Cubs 8-6 Thursday in Cactus League play.

Strickland's spring has started poorly, as he allowed three runs in an inning on Tuesday. This time, he allowed just one run -- a lead-off home run to Billy McKinney. The right-hander has a blazing fastball but as his 2014 post-season performance illustrated, he runs into problems at times with a propensity to allow home runs.
Mar 5 - 6:30 PM
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