The Rays have officially announced Jake Odorizzi will be Monday's starter against the Blue Jays.
The move won't be made official until Sunday, but the Rays have confirmed what was suspected since David Price went on the disabled list. The Blue Jays aren't the most pitcher-friendly opponent for a spot starter, but Odorizzi is good enough that he warrants a look in deeper mixed leagues. The right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham this year.
Jim Johnson blew his second consecutive save in epic fashion Saturday as the Orioles fell to the Rays.
Johnson entered with the O's leading 6-4 and promptly surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks. He was among the best closers in baseball last season and started off strong this year, but his past two outings have been very troubling. The Orioles may want to give him a few days of mental rest.
Jair Jurrjens surrendered four earned runs over five innings Saturday in the Orioles' loss to the Rays.
It was his debut for the O's and he did not look sharp. Jurrjens gave up six hits and a walk, throwing only 75 pitches (51 of which were strikes). He's not even worth stashing outside of deep AL-only leagues.
Adam Jones tallied three RBI but the Orioles lost to the Rays on Saturday at Camden Yards.
Jones hit a two-run homer in Baltimore's four-run first inning and drove in his third run in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice ground ball. The 27-year-old is on track for another sensational season.
Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's 10-0 defeat of the Phillies.
Votto also drew two walks, reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. He boasts a ridiculous .346/.473/.531 slash line in 43 games this year and is probably the best pure batter in the majors right now. It's just gravy that the power is starting to come around.
Bronson Arroyo rattled off 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help the Reds blank the Phillies on Saturday.
Alfredo Simon finished off the combined shutout with 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Arroyo scattered four singles and a double, striking out six. He'll carry a 4-4 record, 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next scheduled start against the light-hitting Cubs and makes for a fine option right now in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Delmon Young finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Phillies' loss to the Reds on Saturday.
Young is now batting .208/.286/.333 with 11 strikeouts in 15 games with Philly. He has good raw power, but the 27-year-old isn't worth the trouble in most mixed leagues.
Kyle Kendrick was hammered for four runs in six innings Saturday as the Phillies fell to the Reds.
Kendrick gave up eight hits and walked four while watching his ERA balloon from 2.47 to 2.82 and his WHIP from 1.06 to 1.15. It's no surprise that the shine is starting to wear off here in mid-May. The 28-year-old right-hander owns an underwhelming 4.18 career ERA.