Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news including several minor injuries and an impending controversy.
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Tyler Wilson only allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings against the Yankees on Wednesday, but still suffered his first loss of the season.

Wilson contributed to his own downfall in the sixth inning. His throwing error allowed the third run to cross, but he got the ever-struggling Aaron Hicks to ground out to limit the damage. It was nice to see him throw 96 pitches in his third start since transitioning from the bullpen. However, the right-hander has a 4.94 K/9 and isn't fantasy relevant in any league, as his margin for error is just too small to work over an extended period of time. If he gets another start, he'll face the Twins on the road on Monday.
May 4 - 11:05 PM

After sitting against a left-hander Tuesday, Corey Seager started against one Wednesday and contributed a double and two walks against the Rays.

Seager is hitting .252/.322/.398 in 103 at-bats, which, while not up to expectations, is hardly a disaster. He still has some work to do before earning an everyday spot near the top of the Dodgers' lineup, but he'll get there before the year is out.
May 4 - 11:04 PM

CC Sabathia tossed seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's win over the Orioles, striking out six, in what was his best outing of the year.

Sabathia needed only 99 pitches to span seven innings. Things got dicey in the bottom of the fifth, as he had runners on the corners with only one out, but he got Joey Rickard swinging and Manny Machado to line out sharply to center field to escape unscathed. After that scare, he retired the minimum in the next two innings. Sabathia's ERA has come down to 3.81, but his 21-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio indicates that his palatable ERA belies the issues underneath. He'll next get the Royals at home.
May 4 - 10:59 PM

A.J. Ramos struck out a pair as he locked down his ninth save of the year in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Ramos doesn't always pound the strike zone, but has struck out 16 batters in just 11 1/3 innings this year. He has nine saves in nine chances and a sparkling 0.79 ERA. His slider is devastating, and his strikeout rate has only increased in each of the past three seasons, as he's featured it more and more often. The command pushes him out of the top class of closers; however, the right-hander is beginning to push for consideration nonetheless.
May 4 - 10:54 PM

J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 with a double on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and occupied the lead-off spot for the second-consecutive night.

Realmuto has rare athleticism for a catcher. He once stole 18 bases in a single year while in the minors and swiped eight bags a year ago, so it would be incorrect to view him as a stereotypical plodding catcher. After his three base hits on Wednesday, the 25-year-old now holds a .329/.341/.482 slash line and could be the Marlins' new lead-off man with Dee Gordon on suspension. That would certainly raise his fantasy value.
May 4 - 10:49 PM

David Peralta blasted a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

Peralta tracked a changeup from Jose Fernandez very well and laced it over the right-center fence for his third homer of the year. He's only 5-for-27 (.185 AVG) in his last eight games, so it was nice to see the 28-year-old get the monkey off his back. He's hitting .255/.311/.455 on the season and should continue to be a fruitful source of RBI batting clean-up with regularity.
May 4 - 10:45 PM

After being hit on the right elbow by a pitch in Wednesday's win over the Orioles, Brett Gardner's X-rays came back negative.

Gardner was plunked on the elbow in the top of the eighth inning. It actually resulted in an RBI for the run-hungry Yankees, as the bases were loaded at the time. He would stay in the game before being lifted for defensive replacement Dustin Ackley in the ninth. After the win, manager Joe Girardi said that the speedy outfielder was "pretty sore." Consider him day-to-day moving forward unless the Yankees indicate otherwise.
May 4 - 10:41 PM

Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 with double, a two-run homer, and a walk in Wednesday's victory over the Diamondbacks.

Stanton is killing the baseball these days. He has six homers in his last nine games and, overall, is hitting .258/.374/.596 in 107 plate appearances. The strikeouts will prevent him from competing for a hitting title, but at 6-foot-6 and with 80-grade power, that's not what he's programmed to do. The 26-year-old is meant to crush homers to all parts of the field. He has an outside shot at hitting 50 this year, if he remains healthy.
May 4 - 10:38 PM
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