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Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the third inning of Friday's win over the Giants.

Blackmon finished the game 2-for-5. In addition to the home run, he also hit a single. Blackmon's slashing .269/.342/.478 in April, with two home runs, eight RBI and nine runs scored. He continues to have value in mixed leagues thanks to his position in the lineup leading off and his speed, though he was thrown out trying to steal in Friday's contest. In 2014, Blackmon swiped 28 bags in 38 attempts.
Apr 25 - 3:33 AM

D.J. LeMahieu hit an RBI single and an RBI double in Friday's win over the Giants.

LeMahieu picked up both of his RBI against Giants starter Chris Heston. He finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single. Despite the hot game, LeMahieu hits seventh in the Rockies lineup and his current .414/.452/.552 slash bears little resemblance to any of his career marks. Outside of NL-only leagues, he's not fantasy relevant.
Apr 25 - 3:23 AM

Justin Maxwell hit a two-run home run and finished 2-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

Maxwell's been swinging a happy bat as of late. On Tuesday, he tripled and homered, scoring three times. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to slay the Dodgers. And on Friday, he launched a massive, 436-foot home run off of Eddie Butler in the second inning. Over 33 at-bats, Maxwell is now hitting .333/.436/.606.
Apr 25 - 3:15 AM

Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
Apr 25 - 3:05 AM

Eddie Butler improved to 2-1 on Friday, though he did allow four runs on nine hits over six innings.

It wasn't a great outing for the 24-year-old Butler, but Chris Heston was slightly worse and the Rockies managed to come away with a 6-4 win. Butler struck out three and walked two in the contest. The Giants scored runs on a two-run homer by Justin Maxwell in the second, an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the third and an RBI double by Brandon Belt in the fifth. Butler currently holds a 3.27 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP across 22 innings. If you're willing to dance on the edge of a WHIP knife, the pitcher does have some upside. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a road outing next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 25 - 2:56 AM

Chris Heston was knocked around over 5 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing six runs on 11 hits to the Rockies.

Heston fell to 2-2 with the tough outing. The Rockies put up two runs in the second inning, another run in the third, then finished Heston off with a three run sixth. Coming into the game, Heston--who is filling in for the injured Matt Cain--had an ERA of just 0.87. The poor outing bumped it to 2.77. He's is still usable in NL-only leagues, though owners should watch him closely to see if the bloom has begun to wear off the rose. The 27-year-old right-hander is set to face the Dodgers in his next start.
Apr 25 - 2:44 AM

Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run and went 3-for-4 in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Peralta launched the solo home run off of Matt Garza in the sixth inning. The big game jumped his batting line up to .317/.344/.500. All was not roses for the shortstop, as he did commit an error in the field. Such things do not lead to runs when you're playing the Brewers, though, and the Cardinals still came away with a 3-0 win.
Apr 25 - 2:35 AM

Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season.
Apr 25 - 2:28 AM

Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Braun also struck out twice. The former MVP has yet to hit anything other than a single. With 58 at-bats in the books, the small sample size is growing larger day-by-day. Braun's slashing just .241/.279/.293. The extra-base knocks should come eventually, but his days as a middle-of-the-lineup star could be fading.
Apr 25 - 2:20 AM

Jean Segura went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Segura had two singles in the game and is now slashing .302/.333/.398. The Brewers, as a team, managed just five hits. While Segura's putting up decent stats, there's only so much that a relatively light-hitting shortstop can do when everybody around him is struggling. To whit, Segura and Adam Lind are the only two regulars currently hitting over .246.
Apr 25 - 2:12 AM

Robbie Grossman delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to help the Astros beat the A's 5-4 on Friday.

This one was completely scoreless for nine innings before the Astros and A's both came through with two runs in the 10th. Grossman's single through the left side of the infield in the 11th made him the hero when he could have easily been a goat; he was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from a pitcher in Eric O'Flaherty who had walked the first two guys he faced and whose only out came on a sac bunt. Plus, Jose Altuve was on deck. Grossman, though, found the hole and knocked in both runners, raising his average from .148 to .179. Fortunately, the Astros went on to add one more run from there, because the A's again came back with two runs, leaving them just a bit short.
Apr 25 - 2:09 AM

Dallas Keuchel was denied a victory after throwing nine scoreless innings Frida against the A's.

The game was still scoreless when the Astros finally came through with two in the top of the 10th. That would have put Keuchel in line for the victory, but Luke Gregerson couldn't nail down the save. Keuchel has given up runs in just one of four starts to date and is sporting a 0.64 ERA. So, maybe he's a little over his head, but he should remain a solid mixed-league starter all year long.
Apr 25 - 2:04 AM

Matt Garza lasted six innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Garza surrendered solo home runs to Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta, plus an RBI ground-out to Yadier Molina. He struck out six and walked two in the contest. While Garza held the Cardinals in check for the most part, the Brewer offense was unable to muster much of anything against Carlos Martinez and Garza was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Garza's been bad in the early going, posting a 5.16 ERA and a hide-the-children WHIP of 1.72 over 22 2/3 innings. Next up, a date with the Dodgers. That could end up being a very, very bad date.
Apr 25 - 2:04 AM

Luke Gregerson blew his first save Friday after giving up two runs in the 10th against the A's.

Gregerson came in after the Astros scored twice in the top of the inning, but he faltered for the first time this year. Part of the blame goes to Jose Altuve, who should have had Stephen Vogt at first for the final out of the game, except he made a high underhand toss of the wet ball, giving Vogt time to race down the line and beat it out. The two runs Gregerson allowed were the first he's given up this season.
Apr 25 - 2:02 AM

Chad Qualls retired the only batter he faced Friday to pick up his second save against the A's.

Qualls was the third pitcher of the 11th, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to center to end the game with the tying run on second. It's Qualls' second save in four days, but the Astros won't be replacing Luke Gregerson anytime soon.
Apr 25 - 2:00 AM


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