Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23
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Trevor Bauer yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks.

Bauer struck out eight, but he walked three and gave up seven hits, including a David Peralta home run in the bottom of the third. The right-hander holds a 4.74 ERA in 24 2/3 innings (six starts) this spring, after finishing with a 4.26 ERA in 2016 and a 4.55 ERA in 2015. There are better fantasy options out there.
Mar 26 - 6:18 PM

Robbie Ray was ejected from his Cactus League start on Sunday for arguing balls and strikes.

The issue wasn't with the calls that he was getting on the mound; Ray took exception to a called third strike that he took while at the dish, prompting the argument. Before getting tossed, the southpaw allowed six runs on six hits over his four innings of work. Perhaps the frustration from his poor outing boiled over.
Mar 26 - 6:13 PM

Trevor Cahill struck out eight batters over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Cubs.

Chicago plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on a Jeimer Candelario single and a Munenori Kawasaki groundout, after Matt Szczur reached base on a fielding error by Ryan Schimpf. Cahill gave up just two total hits over his five frames, though he did walk four. The right-hander is expected to open the 2017 season in the Padres' starting rotation after posting a 2.74 ERA in one start and 49 relief appearances last year for the Cubs.
Mar 26 - 6:12 PM

Matt Garza was charged with five earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Sunday in a rough Cactus League start against the Athletics.

Garza held the A's scoreless through two, but in the top of the third he yielded two doubles, three singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch before getting yanked. The veteran right-hander now has an 8.59 ERA in 14 1/3 innings (five starts) this spring. He had a 4.51 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 19 starts last season for Milwaukee.
Mar 26 - 6:09 PM

Cole Hamels delivered five innings of one-run ball Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Dodgers.

The one run he gave up came on a fielder's choice out by Scott Van Slyke in the top of the second inning. Hamels struggled early on in the Cactus League, but he's been very sharp in his last two outings. The veteran lefty looks like a safe top-20 fantasy starter for 2017.
Mar 26 - 5:59 PM

Scott Kazmir surrendered three earned runs in his three-inning Cactus League start Sunday versus the Rangers.

Kazmir walked five and gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Rangers first baseman Mike Napoli in the bottom of the third inning. The veteran left-hander had been held out of Cactus League action for nearly three weeks due to hip discomfort and mechanical issues, and he had trouble topping 85 mph with his fastball on Sunday. We can't recommend drafting Kazmir in any standard fantasy format.
Mar 26 - 5:56 PM

James Shields yielded three earned runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Giants.

All three of those runs came in the top of the second, with Tim Federowicz slapping an RBI single that deflected off White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino and Eduardo Nunez adding a two-run double. Shields struck out three but walked two in the so-so outing. The veteran right-hander makes for a poor fantasy bet in 2017 after posting a rough 5.85 ERA across 181 2/3 innings in 2016.
Mar 26 - 5:51 PM

Tim Adleman gave up six earned runs in the first inning of his Cactus League start Sunday versus the Cubs.

Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora both went deep. Adleman didn't allow another run after the first inning, but his outing ended in the middle of the fourth. The 29-year-old right-hander is probably going to be ticketed for Triple-A Louisville when Reds camp comes to a close.
Mar 26 - 5:46 PM
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