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Chad Kuhl had to settle for a no-decision after allowing just one run to the Reds in six innings on Wednesday.

Scooter Gennett touched him up for a solo bomb in his last inning of work. Kuhl was brilliant through five innings and probably could have pitched deeper into the ballgame - he was relieved after just 78 pitches. Considering the bullpen blew his lead and the game went 12 innings it is tempting to second-guess manager Clint Hurdle's decision to pull him early. Kuhl is 4-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 10 starts. He will start on Monday against the Cubs.
May 24 - 12:35 AM

Scooter Gennett went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in an extra-inning loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

He took starter Chad Kuhl over the wall in the sixth inning as the Reds began their climb out of a four-run hole. The second baseman also walked twice in the long contest. He has an excellent .328/.368/.544 slash line with nine homers and 34 RBI. He's hit seven of those longballs in the last two weeks. He is following up his 2017 breakout with another strong season at the plate and could be an attractive trade chip this summer for the rebuilding Reds.
May 24 - 12:29 AM

Jurickson Profar posted a bases-clearing three-run double in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Yankees.

The big knock off of reliever David Robertson was enough to push the Rangers over the hump as they held on for a wild 12-10 victory. Profar is still slashing .237/.313/.410 so far this season, but he also has 26 RBI through 45 games, which ties his career-high in the category. He's finally healthy and seeing regular playing time with Elvis Andrus sidelined, but there's still not enough here for him to be worth a pickup in most mixed fantasy leagues.
May 24 - 12:22 AM

Jared Hughes allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning with the game tied in a non-save situation versus the Pirates on Wednesday.

This is significant because it is a clue that Hughes is likely to take over as the closer while Raisel Iglesias (biceps) is on the disabled list. Hughes got a save on Saturday while getting the last five outs of a ballgame against the Dodgers. Reds manager Jim Riggleman talked about using a committee in the ninth inning but fantasy owners should expect Hughes to get the bulk of the save opportunities. He has been the primary set-up man all year and his main competition for the closer job is the left-handed Amir Garrett. David Hernandez has also been solid since starting the season late. Hughes has a 1.26 ERA with 22 strikeouts and six walks in 28 2/3 innings in his first season with the Reds.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Isiah Kiner-Falefa finished 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in Wednesday's 12-10 slugfest victory against the Yankees.

The 23-year-old utility player racked up a career high in RBI in a single game and he has collected two or more hits in back-to-back games for the first time as a major leaguer. He is 7-for-21 (.333) across the past seven outings to raise his average from .245 to .260 just since May 15. Kiner-Falefa has some decent speed, but he is still only worth considering in deeper AL-only fantasy leagues at this point.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Ronald Guzman finished 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in Wednesday's 12-10 victory against the Yankees.

Guzman has swatted homers in three straight outings, as there is something about Yankees pitching that agrees with him. He is still slashing just .218/.288/.426, but the power lately has been nice. If it continues he could be worth a look in deeper mixed formats. For now, he remains useful only in AL-only fantasy play and as a low-end DFS option while running hot.
May 24 - 12:13 AM

Homer Bailey allowed four runs on 10 hits in five innings and took a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.

He teed up a two-run tater to catcher Francisco Cervelli in the first inning. Bailey notched three strikeouts and issued three free passes in yet another dismal effort. The Reds eventually tied the game before falling in extra innings. Bailey is 1-6 with a 6.21 ERA and 1.69 WHIP after 11 starts. The Reds have starter Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) expected to come off the disabled list soon and may decide to send Bailey to the bullpen despite his massive contract.
May 24 - 12:12 AM

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth inning while striking out the side Wednesday against the Yankees to nail down his 10th save.

Kela needed just 12 pitches, throwing nine for strikes, as he converted his 10th save in as many opportunities. Many will look to his 4.50 ERA, which is very unsightly for a closer, but all nine of the runs he has allowed have come in non-save situations. While they still count against the fantasy bottom line, he is lights out when working in save situations.
May 24 - 12:08 AM
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