Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning against the Royals in Saturday's 6-0 victory.
When shielded from left-handed pitching, Smith is a quality big-league player. He's currently hitting .298/.423/.544 in 71 plate appearances, and Saturday's solo shot was his fourth home run of the year. Guys like Smith are useful plug-and-play options in daily leagues when the matchup is favorable. He perhaps has become viable in weekly leagues, too, as fantasy owners can be confident that manager Scott Servais won't ruin his batting average by allowing him to face many southpaws. In a strict platoon like this, though, he's certainly not a top-50 fantasy outfielder, no matter how pretty the overall slash line may look.
Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with his sixth double of the year in Saturday's defeat to the Mariners.
Moustakas used to never be a viable starting option against a left-handed pitcher like Wade Miley, but he's really come into his own as a player. He's now hitting .375 with a pair of doubles and a homer against southpaws this year and was the only offensive threat against Miley all night. Overall, the 27-year-old has a .273/.333/.580 slash line with seven homers and 11 RBI in 22 games.
Alcides Escobar went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Mariners.
The speedy shortstop is mired in a bit of a slump, going 4-for-35 (.114) over his last eight games. Manager Ned Yost continues to pencil him in atop the lineup, though, which is about the only good thing the 29-year-old has going for his fantasy value at the moment.
Kyle Seager launched fifth home run of the season off Yordano Ventura in Saturday's win over the Royals.
Seager capped off a huge four-run first inning for the Mariners with a three-run blast. He followed it up with a double and a walk later in the game, making it a very productive night overall. The 28-year-old is only hitting .159/.266/.378 on the year but his .129 BABIP is by far the worst in the majors among qualified players. Expect his performance to skyrocket in the coming months, as that batted-ball luck sorts itself out.
Yordano Ventura only lasted four innings in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, giving up five runs on three hits and a whopping six walks.
Ventura seemingly walked the world on Saturday. He set the tone for the night when he issued back-to-back walks with two outs to Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind in the first inning, a self-inflicted mess that was immediately followed up with a three-run bomb from Kyle Seager. That was all the Mariners needed. This actually was the second six-walk outing of the year for Ventura, who now owns a 22/20 K/BB ratio. Still, his ERA only sits at 3.67 and this was the first time he allowed more than two runs in a start. It's far too early to be jumping ship, even if his walk rate is becoming untenable.
Wade Miley dazzled the home crowd with a complete-game shutout against the Royals on Saturday night, allowing just five hits and walking no one.
The lefty entered the game having allowed 18 earned runs in 23 innings through his first four starts, but he was brilliant on Saturday night. He didn't allow a Royals batter to reach second base after the third inning, and he retired the last eight batters that he faced. He lowered his ERA to 5.06 on the year. Miley now has two wins in a row and will take that winning streak on the road to Houston for his next scheduled start.
Fernando Rodney picked up his fourth save of the year in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers, working around a two-out walk to maintain his perfect 2016 campaign.
Rodney hasn't surrendered an earned run in 8 1/3 innings this year. That's not to say he's been perfect, of course, as he's scattered six hits and four walks, but the 39-year-old is once again shooting arrows into the sky with regularity. It would be nice if the Padres would present him with more save opportunities, though.
Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, which accounted for the only runs that the Dodgers scored in Saturday's loss to the Padres.
It's been a tough stretch of games for the 37-year-old. He's hitting 2-for-21 (.095) in his last six games, but his crazy-hot start to the campaign means he still boasts a .286/.375/.440 slash line and bats lead-off for the Dodgers. Despite that, he currently ranks outside the top-20 fantasy second basemen and isn't a desirable option outside of deep mixed leagues and standard NL-only leagues. In fact, if Howie Kendrick can find any success whatsoever at the plate, he'll probably start to eat into Utley's playing time as the season progresses.