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Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's 4-0 victory against the Nationals.

Grandal has hit safely in 10 straight games, going 14-for-40 (.350) with six runs scored, two homers, 11 RBI and five walks during the impressive streak. He'll work against RHP Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday in the series finale. He doesn't have a long history against the righty, but he is 3-for-6 with a double and a solo home run in their brief encounters.
Apr 22 - 3:21 AM

Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs, five hits and two walks with a season-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a road loss against the Dodgers.

Strasburg's only two mistakes were solo homers to Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez, but that was enough to turn a quality start into a loss. Hyun-Jin Ryu was tossing up donuts on the other side and was just a touch better. Strasburg has three quality starts in five outings this season, and he'll look to keep it going on Friday against Zack Godley and the Diamondbacks at Nationals Park.
Apr 22 - 2:59 AM

Joc Pederson finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's home win against the Nationals.

Pederson's homer was impressive, as it came off of fireballer Stephen Strasburg in the second winning to open the scoring. After a 4-for-27 (.148) start over his first 13 games he has picked up the pace with a pair of multi-hit outings over his past three contests. While he still isn't worth touching outside of deeper NL-only fantasy leagues right now, watch his progress this week. If he stays hot he'll be worth plucking off the waiver wire in all NL formats.
Apr 22 - 2:45 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed just two hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out eight batters Saturday against the Nationals.

Ryu has posted three consecutive quality starts, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.95 ERA, six hits, four walks and 25 strikeouts over 19 innings during the impressive span. The southpaw will look to continue his winning ways in his next scheduled start in a favorable matchup against Derek Holland and the Giants at AT&T Park on Friday.
Apr 22 - 2:39 AM

Jefry Marte finished Saturday's 4-3 win against the Giants with a solo home run in two at-bats.

Marte was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, but not before he raised his season average to .371. After a blistering start to the season Marte has cooled off a bit, although this was his first homer of the 2018 campaign. He'll look to keep it going in Sunday's series finale against RHP Johnny Cueto.
Apr 22 - 2:22 AM

Mike Trout finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run in Saturday's 4-3 victory against San Francisco.

Trout entered the game with three total extra-base hits over his past eight outings. The three extra-base hits were his most in a single game since he also had two doubles and a home run in a game June 27, 2016 against Houston. RHP Johnny Cueto will look to cool off Trout in Sunday's series finale. Trout is just 1-for-6 (.167) with a strikeout in their brief dealings.
Apr 22 - 2:19 AM

Albert Pujols finished Saturday's game against the Giants with a two-run home run across four at-bats.

Pujols is up to 2,992 career hits, and his latest hit was a homer off of Derek Holland, a familiar face from his days in Texas. The slugger is 12-for-40 (.300) with three doubles, five homers and 11 RBI in his career against the veteran southpaw Holland. Next up is a date with Giants RHP Johnny Cueto in the series finale on Sunday.
Apr 22 - 2:14 AM

Keynan Middleton allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings while recording three strikeouts for his fifth save of the season Saturday against the Giants.

Middleton has thrown 58 pitches over his past two appearances, but those outings have come over the span of four days. If a save chance pops up on Sunday he should likely be available. While he has allowed 10 hits with four walks over 12 innings across his 10 appearances, he has converted all five of his save chances and is useful in all AL-only fantasy leagues and some mixed formats.
Apr 22 - 2:10 AM

Garrett Richards allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts over six innings in a victory on Saturday against San Francisco.

Richards matched a career best with his 11 punchouts, and nine of his strikeouts came via the slider. He threw 69 of his 103 pitches for strikes to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 3.46 with his first quality start in five outings this season. Richards will look to keep it rolling next Saturday against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at the Big A.
Apr 22 - 2:04 AM

Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-3 road setback against the Angels.

Belt has homered in three consecutive contests, posting five RBI during the run. He has tied a season best by hitting in four straight games, too. Belt is slashing .259/.369/.519 overall this season while driving in six runs across the past five outings. He is a solid play in standard fantasy leagues and a must-have in DFS while running hot.
Apr 22 - 1:55 AM

Derek Holland allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a loss on the road against the Angels on Saturday.

Holland threw 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes, but he slipped to 0-3 while his ERA rose to 4.98. The Giants are 0-4 in his four outings this season and the San Francisco offense has posted a total of eight runs of support for him. He'll try to get back into the win column in Friday's scheduled start against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.
Apr 22 - 1:50 AM

Chris Owings (head) finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Saturday's game against the Padres.

Owings and A.J. Pollock collided in the third inning Thursday and the outfielder was diagnosed with a head contusion. While he was back in the starting lineup, he still hasn't posted an RBI across the past 10 games. Owings got off to a quick start and can be a fantasy asset, but give him a game or two to straighten out before plugging him back into the active lineup.
Apr 22 - 1:44 AM

Manuel Margot (ribs) returned to the lineup Saturday in Arizona and he was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.

Margot might be back, but he is still hitting just .146 overall on the season. He looked a bit rusty after his nearly two-week layoff, and he might also be a bit gunshy, too, after taking one to the ribcage in his last game action. Give him a game or two to round back into form before taking a chance on him in NL-only fantasy play.
Apr 22 - 1:40 AM

Paul Goldschmidt finished 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Saturday's 6-2 victory against the Padres.

Goldschmidt started out a bit slow by his standards, posting just one double for his only extra-base hit in his first nine games. Since April 9 he has managed four doubles, two triples and four homers in 10 games to give his fantasy owners what they expect. He'll look to keep it rolling in Sunday's series finale against rookie southpaw Joey Lucchesi.
Apr 22 - 1:21 AM

A.J. Pollock (hand) was back in the lineup Saturday against the Padres and he finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI.

Pollock was not in the starting lineup on Friday due to a right hand injury, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury on his oppo smash in the third inning off of Clayton Richard. It appears safe to plug Pollock back into the active fantasy lineup if you haven't already done so.
Apr 22 - 1:05 AM


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