Brandon McCarthy was tagged for four runs, eight hits and a walk over just five innings in a no-decision Saturday against Philadelphia.
The Dodgers offense got McCarthy and his fantasy owners off the hook for the loss with three consecutive homers off of Phillies closer Hector Neris to give the home team a miraculous comeback victory. McCarthy has yet to take a loss in five starts. He has 25 strikeouts over 29 innings and continues to be a solid fantasy option. He faces a favorable matchup next weekend in San Diego.
Andrew Knapp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's road game against the Dodgers.
Knapp, a California native, was pumped for this start back in the Golden State. He delivered his first Major League homer with a career-high three hits to push his batting average to .304. Knapp won the backup gig behind Cameron Rupp in the spring and he has done nothing to change management's mind. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper NL-only play unless Rupp does down with a long-term injury at some point.
Zach Eflin allowed two earned runs, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Saturday at L.A. Dodgers.
Eflin threw 68 of his 103 pitches for strikes and he deserved a better fate. Fantasy owners can send their hate mail to closer Hector Neris, as he served up three consecutive homers en route to a blown save to cost Eflin a victory. Eflin is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday at Chicago Cubs.
Hector Neris allowed four earned runs while recording just one out Saturday at L.A. Dodgers, blowing his first save chance of the season.
Neris served up back-to-back-to-back homers to Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, blowing what looked to be an easy save chance. He had converted each of his three save chances, but he has been anything but rock solid. Neris has been dinged for at least one run in four of his past five appearances. It might just be a matter of time before management forces skipper Pete Mackanin to pull the plug on Neris and use Joaquin Benoit for ninth-inning duties.
Eduardo Nunez finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in Saturday's loss against the Padres.
Nunez kicked off the season with three straight multi-hit games, but he has just three multi-hit performances over his past 20 outings. He has tailed off tremendously, but perhaps Saturday's outing is a sign he is about to turn things around. Nunez remains useful in deeper NL-only formats, especially as a cheap source of steals.
Conor Gillaspie finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored in Saturday's loss against the Padres.
Gillaspie accounted for the team's only extra-base hit in a lopsided loss at home. The former Wichita State standout is showing some signs of life at the plate after a terrible start. He remains useful only in the deepest of NL-only fantasy formats until this type of production becomes the norm.
Matt Cain allowed one earned run, six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against San Diego.
Cain threw 57 of his 86 pitches for strikes before giving way to Chris Stratton and Neil Ramirez, two relievers who were pounded for a total of 11 runs while recording just six total outs. The good news is Cain did not show any ill effects of the right hamstring injury which ended his last start prematurely.
Manuel Margot finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and three strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Giants.
You have to take the good with Margot. He has collected two or more hits in five of his past nine games, and he has 10 multi-hit games overall on the season. However, he has also struck out nine times over the past six outings, including at least once in each game.