Are Fantasy RBs in Decay?

Are Fantasy RBs in Decay?
Graham Barfield takes an in-depth look at fantasy scoring among running backs and notes key trends at the position.
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Alex Wood recorded seven strikeouts but only lasted five innings Monday, allowing two runs in a loss to the Cubs.

Wood gave up only one extra-base hit on the day, but he also permitted six singles and issued three free passes. The good news is that the tight triceps which forced him to be scratched from his last start didn't appear to be an issue. Wood will be back on the hill this weekend against his former team, the Braves, at home.
May 30 - 8:46 PM

Anthony Rizzo notched an RBI double in Monday's win over the Dodgers.

The Cubs plated two runs in the fifth on a Jason Heyward infield single and Rizzo's double and that wound up being enough. Rizzo also reached on a hit by pitch. The first baseman has really been fighting it over the last few weeks but has reached base five times over the last two days.
May 30 - 8:43 PM

Yasmani Grandal went hitless in three plate appearances Monday, watching his season batting line drop to .188/.281/.357.

The Cubs managed to hold the Dodgers to just one hit on the day even after losing starter Jason Hammel to a hamstring cramp after two innings. Grandal can't wait to flip the calendar to June, as he's batted an ugly .123/.183/.292 in May after a .295/.426/.477 April.
May 30 - 8:39 PM

Collin McHugh went the distance against the Diamondbacks on Monday allowing three runs while striking out eight in an 8-3 victory.

It wasn't the prettiest outing as far as complete games go, as McHugh served up a couple home runs among the three runs he yielded. However, he also walked just one to go along with his eight punchouts and at Chase Field it was certainly an impressive effort. It's baby steps, but McHugh boasts a 26/3 K/BB ratio over his last 21 1/3 innings. He faces the A's at home this weekend.
May 30 - 8:28 PM

Miguel Rojas left Monday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury.

No official word yet on the injury or its severity, although Rojas appeared to be be favoring his shoulder after swinging. The Marlins should release an update on his status soon. Derek Dietrich replaced Rojas at second base.
May 30 - 8:26 PM

Edwin Escobar's first start in the majors didn't go well, as he was lit up for eight runs -- seven earned -- over just 3 1/3 frames in a loss to the Astros.

The D'Backs surely didn't want to have to turn to Escobar in this one,as his numbers in the upper minors have been rather lackluster. But, with Shelby Miller (finger) and Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) on the shelf, they didn't have many options. There's a good chance Arizona will go with someone else this weekend against the Cubs. If Escobar gets trotted out there again, it will be ugly.
May 30 - 8:23 PM

Jake Lamb belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Astros.

Lamb's longball was ultimately inconsequential, as he took Collin McHugh deep with one out in the ninth to cut the Astros' lead to five, which was as close as the D'Backs got. He's sitting regularly against lefties, but Lamb has been very productive in what has mostly been a platoon role, batting .280/.367/.537 with eight homers and 27 RBI.
May 30 - 8:17 PM

The Cubs believe Jason Hammel (hamstring) will be fine for his next start.

Hammel left Monday's start against the Dodgers after pitching only two innings. He was unable to continue after experiencing a cramp in his hamstring. Fortunately, the injury is believed to be minor and shouldn't cause him to miss his next start.
May 30 - 8:14 PM
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