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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that early June would be the "best-case scenario" for Scott Van Slyke's return to action from a back injury.
Van Slyke has been doing exercises to strengthen his core, but he has yet to resume baseball activity. He hit the disabled list in early April with lower back tightness. The 29-year-old outfielder is a strong option against southpaw pitching when he is healthy. Once he has been cleared for baseball activities, we should have a more concrete idea of his recovery timetable.
Bryce Harper slugged his 10th home run of the season on Wednesday afternoon against the Royals.
Harper opened the game's scoring in the top of the first inning with an RBI single to center field, kicking off a six-run frame for the visiting Nats. The 2015 National League MVP then went deep off Dillon Gee for a solo shot in the top of the fifth inning. He's sporting a 1.021 OPS on the season, even after wading through a mini slump last week.