Todd Frazier doubled and connected for a solo homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.
Frazier came into Monday’s action hitting just .161 (5-for-31) with zero homers this spring, so it was nice to see some of signs of life with Opening Day rapidly approaching. The 31-year-old is going to be a batting average risk unless he cuts down on the strikeouts, but he provides enough power and speed to be one of the first half-dozen third basemen off the board in fantasy leagues.
Yasmani Grandal had a two-run single Monday against the White Sox.
While Grandal has cooled down a bit in recent days, he has enjoyed a fine spring, hitting .314 (16-for-51) over 18 games. We don’t expect the .238 career hitter to maintain an average like that during the regular season, but his power and on-base ability comes in handy out of the catcher position.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be part of the team's rotation.
The Dodgers really had no idea what to expect from Ryu as they entered spring training after he missed virtually all of the last two seasons with shoulder and elbow injuries. However, he's gone out and posted a 2.57 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio across 14 Cactus League innings and, most importantly, feels great physically. Ryu obviously remains a big health risk, but the lefty put up a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts in his two healthy seasons with the Dodgers so he needs to be considered in mixed leagues. Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood will battle for the final spot in the Dodgers' rotation.
Derek Holland yielded two runs in six innings of work against the Dodgers on Monday.
Holland gave up a two-run single to Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the first, but otherwise he kept the Dodgers off the board. The southpaw allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The White Sox signed Holland with the idea of eating up some innings while their young pitchers get some seasoning in the minors, but he’s off the mixed league radar.
Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed three runs over five innings Monday against the White Sox.
Ryu surrendered a pair of homers, but he was fine otherwise, striking out four and walking none. The southpaw has managed to stay healthy this spring while putting up a 2.57 ERA. He's on track to begin the year with a rotation spot.
Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.
It's the mildest of the strains, and the Royals haven't even officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there's hope that he won't miss much time.
Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.
Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day.
Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Monday in a 14-2 victory over the Reds in Cactus League play.
Bumgarner gave up a sacrifice fly and a solo homer in the fifth inning, but otherwise he was on point. The Giants’ ace struck out nine and walked none and also went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk at the plate. Like pretty much everyone, he’s ready for the real games to begin