Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs and drove in three in the Pirates' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Saturday.
We've seen this dance from Alvarez before, as the third baseman now has 10 homers and 25 RBI but just a .199 average on the year. He finally put it all together to hit 30 bombs last season, and we're expecting a similar output again this year. A slow starter, Alvarez is heating up with the weather and is a buy-low candidate if you're in the market for cheap power.
Carlos Gomez went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs as the Brewers lost to the Pirates on Saturday.
The multihomer game was Gomez' first in his career, but he was the only one able to do any damage against the Pirates on Saturday. He now has eight home runs on the year and a .331/.376/.586 line to go with nine stolen bases. The average is still likely to come down quite a bit when all is said and done, but he's showing last season's breakout was for real.
Jeff Locke threw six scoreless innings to pick up his fifth win of the season Saturday as the Pirates beat the Brewers.
It was Locke's second-consecutive scoreless start, and his season ERA is now down to 2.45 through 10 total outings this season. The left-hander yielded just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. He hasn't taken a loss since his first start of the year on April 7. He'll take the mound again Thursday against the Tigers.
Mike Fiers allowed four runs -- including three homers -- in four innings Saturday in a loss to the Pirates.
It was only Fiers' second start of the year and his first since April 6. And he looked out of place. Fiers allowed homers to Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker in his four innings, and the right-hander now has a 6.62 ERA on the year. He is not fantasy-relevant.
P.J. Walters held the Tigers to two runs over seven innings Saturday in a 3-2 Twins victory.
The Twins had a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning so Walters simply pounded the strike zone, allowing eight hits but issuing only one walk against the dangerous Tigers attack. Walters had some solid numbers at Triple-A Rochester and should get some more looks in Minnesota, but he's never going to be a good fantasy option. The Twins' losing streak is over at 10 games.
Chris Sale (shoulder) played catch on Saturday and has deemed himself ready to make his Tuesday start.
"Everything is on track and I’ll be ready to go on Tuesday," Sale said, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. He was scratched from his turn this past Wednesday due to mild tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder but is feeling better after a few days of rest. It's great news for Sale owners, as the left-hander has a 5-2 record and 2.53 ERA through nine starts this season.
Doug Fister allowed three runs over seven innings Saturday in the Tigers' loss to the Twins.
Fister surrendered all three runs in the top of the first inning. He settled in nicely after that and wound up striking out a total of seven batters, but the Tigers' offense was unable to rise past the early deficit. Fister will carry a 5-2 record, 3.65 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into his next start against the Pirates.
Jake Westbrook (elbow) will seek a second opinion next week, likely from Dr. James Andrews.
It's certainly not good news after Westbrook claimed to feel fine after playing catch on Friday. He had cut a previous bullpen session short earlier in the week due to discomfort, so there's definitely something amiss with the elbow. The Cardinals were originally hopeful he would miss the minimum 15 days, but at this point there isn't even a timetable for his return.