Week That Was: Prince Charging

Week That Was: Prince Charging
Nick Nelson recaps the week's biggest fantasy storylines, including Prince Fielder's continued domination.
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Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in Saturday's win over the Nationals.

Votto hit the two-run homer off of Gio Gonzalez in the second inning. He also chipped in a single to finish 2-for-3. After going over a month without a home run, Votto has now hit long balls in back-to-back games. A rough May has seen his batting line drop to a still respectable .282/.378/.494.
May 30 - 7:56 PM

Khris Davis was diagnosed with a torn right meniscus and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury while batting Saturday against the Diamondbacks. There's no timetable for his return but it should be a lengthy absence. Gerardo Parra will start in left field with Davis sidelined. Davis is hitting .250 this year with five homers and 16 RBI.
May 30 - 7:56 PM

Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Taylor hit his shot off of Reds starter Raisel Iglesias in the sixth inning. It was his fourth homer of the season and pushed his RBI total to 16. He also struck out twice in the contest. Over 102 at-bats, Taylor is hitting .216/.273/.392. With outfield injuries, he should continue to see his share of plate appearances, though we'd steer clear at the fantasy level.
May 30 - 7:52 PM

Raisel Iglesias didn't pitch well in Saturday's win over the Nationals, allowing five runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Iglesias had the game in hand heading into the sixth inning, but he got into trouble and served up a three-run homer to Michael Taylor before leaving the game. Iglesias has shown flashes of promise, as evidenced by his eight strikeouts. He also has yet to put everything together, though, and holds a 5.11 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 25/9 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. If he gets another start, it'll be against the Padres.
May 30 - 7:47 PM

Gio Gonzalez struggled at times in Saturday's loss to the Reds, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Reds smacked Gonzalez in the mouth early with a two-run homer by Joey Votto in the third, then drove the starter out of the game with another two runs in the sixth inning. Gonzalez struck out six and walked two. We like him better than his 4.73 ERA and 1.53 WHIP, but he has yet to put together any sort of consistent stretch. He'll try to work toward that end in a home start against the Cubs next Thursday.
May 30 - 7:40 PM

Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in Saturday's 9-5 win over the Mets.

Stanton cranked his first homer in the third inning, off of Jonathan Niese, then hit another bomb in the ninth inning. With the big game, the slugger is now hitting .232/.326/.524 with 15 homers and 44 RBI. The power numbers are outstanding, obviously, but the average still has room to rise, as Stanton is a career .267 hitter.
May 30 - 7:39 PM

Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.

Tejada stepped up against Tom Koehler in the fourth with the bases loaded. He proceeded to unload them, doubling to center to tie the game at 5-5. The Mets wouldn't find much traction moving forward, though, ultimately losing 9-5 to the Marlins. Tejada is hitting .245/.344/.377 with a homer and seven RBI over 53 at-bats this season and isn't a relevant fantasy piece.
May 30 - 7:32 PM

Tom Koehler struggled mightily in Saturday's win over the Mets, allowing five runs on seven hits over just 3 1/3 innings.

Koehler was given a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but that didn't last. He served up a pair of singles to start the inning before things really unraveled. The key blow was a bases-clearing double by Ruben Tejada which tied the game at 5-5. Koehler found himself watching from the dugout shortly thereafter. He struck out one and walked four in the contest. The 28-year-old right-hander is currently pitching in the place of Jarred Cosart (vertigo) and holds a 4.01 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 39/25 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings. A road start against the Rockies is up next on the docket.
May 30 - 7:26 PM
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