NFL Draft Needs: Raiders

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Josh Norris and Evan Silva look at the Raiders' biggest needs and project each of their 2015 NFL Draft selections.
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Jake Smolinski went 2-for-4 and blasted his first home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Smolinski entered the game just 1-for-17 on the young season, so this was a breakout performance for him. His two-run blast off James Paxton came during a seven-run uprising in the third inning, but wouldn't prove to be enough to overcome the M's.
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM

Ross Detwiler was abused over 2 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk.

Detwiler also failed to record a strikeout in the abbreviated outing. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Nelson Cruz blasting a pair of home runs and Austin Jackson adding on a solo shot. With an 11.68 ERA and 2.51 WHIP through three starts, it's very possible that this is the final start Detwiler makes for the Rangers.
Apr 19 - 7:58 PM

Eddie Butler pitched five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on six hits.

He struck out four and walked one in the contest. Scott Van Slyke and Joc Pederson burned him with RBI doubles in the second inning. It was another in a line of OK, but unspectacular starts for Butler, who has yet to last six innings (but also has yet to allow more than two runs in a start). It's difficult to see much on the fantasy front here, at least in the short term. Long term, Butler is just 24 years old and has shown that he can hang with major league hitters, which isn't nothing.
Apr 19 - 7:58 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
Apr 19 - 7:49 PM

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer against the Giants on Sunday.

Goldschmidt smacked the first inning shot off of Giants starter Tim Hudson. The first baseman would finish the game 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Goldschmidt's numbers are Mike Trout-esque to this point. He's hit five home runs, knocked in 15 and is slashing .313/.421/.667. If Goldschmidt stays healthy (he played in just 109 games in 2014), he should post monster numbers.
Apr 19 - 7:41 PM

Jeremy Hellickson picked up his first win of the season, allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Giants on Sunday.

This was Hellickson's best start of the season. Angel Pagan got things off to a decent start for the Giants with a first inning sacrifice fly, but the team wouldn't be able to plate another run against the former AL Rookie of the Year. Hellickson scattered eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Despite the fine effort, Hellickson offers little fantasy value.
Apr 19 - 7:31 PM

Tim Hudson allowed five runs over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt touched Hudson up for a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was the third inning where Hudson really lost things. After allowing a single and walking two batters, Hudson hit catcher Jordan Pacheco to score a run. Chris Owings promptly followed that up with a two-run single to put the Giants down 5-1. Neither team would score the rest of the way. Hudson's a veteran pitcher and the tough outing shouldn't be more than a bump in the road. Even with the wild day, he still holds a 3.93 ERA. He'll try to put things back on track when he rolls into Denver to face the Rockies in his next start.
Apr 19 - 7:23 PM

Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with three singles in Sunday's contest with the Angels.

Altuve is more or less the only Astro doing anything offensively at this point in the season. His three hits represented half of the team total and the 3-for-5 day brought his slash-line up to .320/.370/.400. For comparison's sake, no other regular starter on the team is hitting over .267. The diminutive hitter could use a little help.
Apr 19 - 7:08 PM
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