NFL Draft Needs: Raiders

NFL Draft Needs: Raiders
Josh Norris and Evan Silva look at the Raiders' biggest needs and project each of their 2015 NFL Draft selections.
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Scott Feldman pitched a solid game on Sunday, scattering six hits and two runs over six innings against the Angels.

Feldman struck out three without walking a batter. Outside of a two-run homer by C.J. Cron in the fourth inning, Feldman pitched a clean game. It marked a huge improvement on his previous start, in which the A's battered him around for eight runs. Feldman has posted a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the last two seasons, but he doesn't strike out batters (career K/9 of 5.5) and his WHIP of 1.303 last season is higher than ideal. He's little more than injury filler for deep AL-only leagues. Feldman will face the A's in his next start.
Apr 19 - 6:53 PM

Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.

Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with two singles in Sunday's loss to the Royals.

Reddick hit his first home run of the season on Saturday and kept the good times rolling on Sunday despite hitting out of the eight-hole. He has now recorded four hits in his last eight at-bats and appears to be putting a spring oblique injury behind him. There's no doubting Reddick's offensive ability. When he's healthy, his bat is good for power, though he won't add much in terms of average. Reddick hasn't played in more than 114 games in either of the last two seasons.
Apr 19 - 6:40 PM

Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save of the season in Sunday's win over the A's.

Davis was the beneficiary of Kendrys Morales' go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning. After the Royals took a 4-2 lead, Davis shut the door on the A's, striking out two. He's fanned seven and allowed just one hit over six innings thus far. As long as Greg Holland (right pectoral strain) is on the shelf, Davis figures to see save chances. He should be owned in mixed leagues.
Apr 19 - 6:26 PM

Danny Duffy pitched five innings of two-run ball in Sunday's win over the A's.

While Duffy allowed just four hits and struck out five, he also handed out five free passes. The two runs came courtesy of Ben Zobrist, who hit him up with an RBI single in the third and an RBI single in the fifth. Duffy's 1.112 WHIP last season would seem to indicate that the walks will come down eventually, though it should be noted that prior to 2014, he had never put up a WHIP lower than 1.35. We don't see him as mixed-league dependable at the moment, but he's a pitcher who could trend in a positive direction over the course of the season. He'll toe the mound against the White Sox next.
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

Scott Kazmir pitched another great game on Sunday, flustering the Royals with five strikeouts and holding them to two runs over 7 1/3 innings in the A's eventual loss.

In a game that saw four ejections, Scott Kazmir rose above the fire with another great outing. The two runs marked the most he's allowed in any of his three starts. For the season, he's given up just three runs on 10 hits over 20 1/3 innings, good for a 1.33 ERA. He's also fanned 23 and walked just six. The 30-year-old lefty will put these numbers up against the hapless Houston Astros (.202 team batting average) in his next start.
Apr 19 - 6:13 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Carlos Rodon will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday.

Rodon will pitch out of the bullpen initially, but it's only a matter of time before he replaces Hector Noesi in the team's rotation. If he's unowned in any mixed leagues, now is the time to scurry to the waiver wire and secure the studly young left-hander.
Apr 19 - 6:05 PM

Justin Verlander won't resume throwing until the pain in his triceps subsides.

While there are currently no plans for the right-hander to undergo an MRI, you'd have to believe it's on the horizon. At this point, it appears that he's in for an extended absence and shouldn't be counted on to help fantasy owners anytime soon.
Apr 19 - 6:02 PM
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