Felix Hernandez shut out the Royals for 7 2/3 innings to earn his second win of the year on Friday.
Hernandez's velocity remains down a bit and he's walked 18 batters in 32 2/3 innings, yet here he is with a 1.38 ERA after five starts. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four in this one. We're still not all that optimistic about him finishing the year as a top-20 SP.
Kris Medlen lost despite holding the Mariners to one run and one hit in 5 1/3 innings on Friday.
The one hit was a Seth Smith homer, dooming Medlen to a loss in a 1-0 game. The right-hander also walked five batters, which shortened his night but didn't lead to any additional runs. He's still on shaky ground in the Royals' rotation, but tonight's performance should help his cause a bit. He's 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA.
Seth Smith homered for the only run of the game in the Mariners' win over the Royals on Friday.
Smith also walked twice. He's usurped Kyle Seager's position as the No. 2 hitter against righties, and with a .424 OBP to date, he's running away with the spot now. It still doesn't give him much in the way of mixed-league value, though, at least not unless we're talking OBP leagues.
Alex Gordon went 0-for-3 with a walk in the loss to the Mariners on Friday.
He struck out against Steve Cishek with the team down one in the ninth. Gordon was a lousy bet for fantasy purposes entering the season, in part because the Royals were planning on hitting him fifth in the order, but his .213 average and five RBI through 22 games are still rather unexpected. He's struck out 29 times already.
Adam Conley fired 7 2/3 no-hit innings in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Brewers.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly made the bold call to pull Conley after 116 pitches. Jonathan Lucroy eventually broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single off Jose Urena in the bottom of the ninth. While Conley didn’t get a chance to finish off the no-hitter, it was still a very encouraging outing. The southpaw walked four and struck out seven while inducing 14 swinging strikes. While he’s been a bit up and down in the early part of the season, he continues to show why he deserves consideration in mixed fantasy leagues. Conley lines up for a start against the Diamondbacks at home next week.
A.J. Ramos escaped trouble on Friday against the Brewers for his seventh save of the season.
It looked like the Marlins wouldn’t need Ramos at all, as they held a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth while trying to finish off a no-hitter. However, Jose Urena ended up surrendering three runs before Ramos got the call. After walking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Domingo Santana to load the bases, Ramos struck out Jonathan Villar swinging to finally put the game to bed. The 29-year-old has walked eight batters in 9 1/3 innings this season, but he also has 13 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA.
Justin Bour had a monster night Friday against the Brewers, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high five RBI.
Bour slugged a three-run homer in the first inning before adding an RBI double in the third inning and a solo homer in the sixth. This was his second career multi-homer again. The 27-year-old entered the day with one home run through his first 70 plate appearances. Perhaps this will finally get him going.
Zach Davies was touched up for four runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Friday.
Davies dug himself an early hole by giving up a three-run bomb to Justin Bour in the first inning. While the 23-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over six starts as a rookie last season, his secondary numbers indicated that he was walking a fine line. He has dropped all three of his starts this season and owns an ugly 8.78 ERA. Fantasy owners have better options to choose from.