Justice for Miller?

Justice for Miller?
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Brett Wallace's double was the only extra-base hit the Padres managed in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

Tyler Chatwood more or less erased the Padres' bats from the face of the earth. As a team, they managed just three hits -- singles by Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr., plus Wallace's double. It was his third two-bagger of the season. Through his first 32 at-bats, the 29-year-old former top prospect is slashing .219/.390/.406 with one homer and five RBI. He makes for a dicey fantasy play.
May 4 - 6:35 PM

Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Blackmon missed a large chunk of April with a toe injury, but since his return to the lineup at the end of the month, he already has three two-hit games. Wednesday's double was his third of the season. While he is slashing a middling .240/.321/.400 through his first 50 at-bats, those numbers figure to rise as he re-acclimates to regular playing time. Last season, he hit .287/.347/.40 while cracking 17 homers, driving in 58 runs and swiping 43 bases.
May 4 - 6:25 PM

Tyler Chatwood pitched marvelously in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Padres, tossing eight innings of shutout ball.

Chatwood allowed just three hits on the afternoon. He also struck out seven against one walk in what was an ultra-efficient outing. The 26-year-old right-hander finished his eight innings having thrown 99 pitches (61 strikes). Relying on anybody in the Rockies' pitching staff for fantasy purposes carries its own set of risks, but there is no denying Chatwood's overall body of work. Through 37 2/3 innings, he holds a 2.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
May 4 - 6:23 PM

Cesar Vargas was on the wrong side of a tough-luck defeat in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies, surrendering one run on four hits over six innings.

Vargas struck out three and walked three on the afternoon. The only run to score against him came via an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Cristhian Adames in the fifth inning. Through his first three major league starts, the 24-year-old Vargas has pitched to a 1.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 12/9 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings. NL-only leaguers should feel free to give him a look. His next start figures to be a difficult one, though, as he will take to the road to face the Cubs' deadly offensive machine.
May 4 - 6:19 PM

Garrett Richards (fatigue) will see a doctor.

Richards was battling with signs of dehydration this past weekend and MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez relayed earlier on Wednesday that hard-throwing right-hander "seems questionable" for his scheduled start on Friday. Richards, himself, indicated that he continues to feel fatigued. His visit to the doctor should help shed light on his short-term starting status.
May 4 - 6:03 PM

Daniel Murphy finished 4-for-5 with three RBI in the Nationals' 13-2 rout of the Royals on Wednesday.

Murphy hit a two-run double -- his 10th double of the year -- in the Nationals' six-run first inning, singled and scored in the Nats' four-run third inning, slugged a solo shot in the fourth inning, and then singled again for good measure in the sixth. Murphy has ridden his remarkable 2015 postseason into a fantastic opening month of 2016, now with a .398/.449/.663 batting line, four homers, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 26 games.
May 4 - 5:43 PM

Stephen Strasburg moved to 5-0 on Wednesday after limiting the Royals to two runs in six innings.

Strasburg got a six-spot from his offense in the top of the first inning and went into cruise control from there, scattering two runs and five hits over his six frames. He issued just one walk and struck out seven. The right-hander is off to a terrific start in his big contract year. A home start against the Tigers is next.
May 4 - 5:31 PM

Kris Medlen was crushed for nine runs -- six earned -- over two-plus innings Wednesday in a loss to the Nationals.

Washington pounced for six runs in the top of the first inning and four more in the third, eventually winning 13-2 in the matinee at Kauffman Stadium. The ugly, ugly loss pushes Medlen's record to 1-3 and his ERA to 6.85. He simply needs to be better next week at Yankee Stadium.
May 4 - 5:28 PM
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