Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.
Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats.
Jesse Chavez allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a loss Saturday at Texas.
Chavez threw just 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had recorded two straight quality starts entering play but he struggled with his location in this outing. He'll look to bounce back next Friday against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros.
Delino DeShields was hitless in three at-bats with a walk Saturday against the Angel.
It was DeShields' first start against a right-handed starter this season and it didn't go well. The outfielder was rewarded with another start after posting a pair of multi-hit games against two southpaws. Until he proves he can hit right-handed pitching his fantasy appeal is rather limited.
Yu Darvish allowed two runs - one earned - with three hits and four walks allowed over six innings while recording 10 strikeouts in a win Saturday against the Angels.
After a bit of a sluggish start Darvish is starting to round into ace-like form. He has struck out 12 batters over his past 26 1/3 innings while allowing a total of just seven earned runs and 16 hits. The 30-year-old has re-emerged as a must-start fantasy option across the board after a couple of difficult and injury-marred campaigns.
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday against the Angels to complete the cycle.
It was Gomez's first time hitting for the cycle since May 7, 2008 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins. There's something about Saturday that brings out the best in Gomez, as he has collected seven hits over his past two games on a Saturday. He is 13-for-34 (.382) over his past nine games to raise his average from .155 to .239 just since April 19.
Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI to lead the Braves past the Brewers 11-3 on Saturday.
Kemp was an equal opportunity masher, hitting his three homers off three different pitchers from the fifth to the eighth inning. Remarkably, it was the first time in his career that the 32-year-old had a three-homer game. The output doubled his season total and gave him 15 RBI with seven runs scored in just 12 games, after he missed 10 games with a right hamstring strain. In case anyone was wondering, it appears he's over that now.
Tyler Flowers finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's lopsided win over the Brewers.
All four of Flowers' hits in the game were singles. If there is a knock on a guy hitting .391 with a .916 OPS, it's that the 31-year-old still has yet to homer. Even so, Flowers is on fire right now and hits in the latter third of what's proving to be a pretty good lineup. He's worth a look in deeper two-catcher leagues.
Jimmy Nelson gave up 11 hits and five runs over five innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday.
Not much went right for Nelson on this day -- four of the Braves' 11 hits went for extra bases, and he struck out just two of the 24 batters he faced. It was his third straight subpar start and dropped him to 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.53 WHIP overall. Nelson will have another tough assignment Thursday when the Brewers visit the Cardinals, the club he lost to his last time out.