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    Blake Snell May 25 3:10am ET

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell produced a very strong outing Thursday versus the Red Sox. He went six scoreless innings while striking out eight. He has been the Rays best pitcher this season with his record now being 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA. Snell just recently turned 25 years old but already had 218 1/3 innings pitched in the majors going into 2018. The most obvious strength of Snell's young career has been his 217 strikeouts coming into the season, showing that he is a power pitcher that can make a difference in fantasy lineups. He seemed like a fourth or fifth starter for fantasy coming into the season but is currently vastly outperforming that.

    From RotoBaller

    Wilson Ramos May 25 2:50am ET

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (left hand) returned successfully to the lineup Thursday versus the Red Sox. He took a shot to his hand Tuesday but returned Thursday to the lineup. Ramos would go 3-for-4 while driving in two runs in the game. He now has six home runs and 24 RBI to go with a very fantasy friendly .301 batting average. His 2015 season was a success as he hit 22 HRs with 80 runs batted in and a .307 batting average over 131 games played. He has never been a major source of runs scored, but if he can stay healthy, he has the upside of a starter in most fantasy leagues. If you have the bench space, the smart play is to pair Ramos with a steady catcher.

    From RotoBaller

    Carlos Gomez May 25 2:40am ET

    Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez (groin strain) is close to returning this weekend. He will play an extended spring game Friday and if all goes well, he could return to the team either Saturday or Sunday. He passed an important test Wednesday when he did some baserunning and said it went well. The baserunning test is so notable because his injury was to his groin. Gomez was a superstar back in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, he combined for 47 home runs and 74 steals with a .284 average in both seasons. He has since struggled and has not played more than 118 games in any of the past three seasons while playing for three teams. Gomez still has some upside to become relevant, as he was on pace for 20 home runs and 12 steals before the injury, but he needs to raise his .200 batting average. Also, you will need to keep an eye on how he runs when he comes back since steals are part of his appeal.

    From RotoBaller

    Ryan Braun May 25 12:50am ET

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 in the 5-0 loss to the New York Mets. The fact that Braun going 1-for-4 ups his batting average shows how lackluster his season has been so far. In 130 at-bats this year, he's now batting .223 with a .676 OPS and is batting at a .135 rate in May. It looks like age and injuries are starting to catch up with Braun now and his career could start to head downhill. The Brewers outfield is already crowded containing Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Domingo Santana and they're all going to need up to 500 at-bats each. Add in Jesus Aguilar swinging a hot bat and Eric Thames needing first base at-bats when he returns from injury, it could result in a major decrease in playing time and could also result in a demotion from his usual three-hole hitting spot. He should still be owned in all formats, however, if he continues to struggle through June, he won't hold much shallow league value. In all formats though, he should be on the bench until he can string some good starts together.

    From RotoBaller

    Zach Davies May 25 12:40am ET

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies went four innings, giving up six hits, four runs, and two walks while striking out two in the 5-0 loss to the New York Mets. Davies returned from a shoulder injury in this start that has kept him out since May 3 and had trouble limiting the baserunners. Him pitching four innings was only because he had trouble getting batters out, rather than an inning or pitch number limit from returning on an injury as he threw 81 pitches. Despite this start, Davies still holds promise and will look to bounce back in his next projected start against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 29. Now on the year, he owns a 2-4 record, 4.74 ERA, and 27 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched. He should only be owned in deep formats and makes for a potential streaming candidate in shallower leagues when in favorable circumstances.

    From RotoBaller

    Blake Treinen May 25 12:20am ET

    Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen earned his 11th save of the season Thursday in a 4-3 win over the Mariners. Treinen entered the game in the eighth inning with a 4-2 lead, two outs, and runners on first and third. He gave up a double and RBI to Kyle Seager but was able to get the next batter out and went on to pitch a clean ninth inning with two strikeouts and no walks. This was Treinen's sixth multi-inning save of the season. He has now converted 11 of 13 saves with a minuscule 1.08 ERA, 32 strikeouts and just eight walks in 25 innings of work. He should continue to be a reliable source of saves for the A's with those numbers.

    From RotoBaller

    Starling Marte May 25 12:10am ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte (oblique) has resumed baseball activities less than one week after being placed on the 10-day disabled list. The 29-year-old strained his right oblique while swinging the bat on May 15 and has been held out of action since. His absence shouldn't last much longer, however. Marte is eligible to return on Saturday and has been swinging the bat, throwing, and running the bases this week. Austin Meadows, who has impressed in his short stint as the Pirates' starting center fielder, will likely be the odd man out when Marte returns.

    From RotoBaller

    Austin Meadows May 25 12:00am ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. The blast was his third in four games, already giving him more than he had in 32 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. While he's been a nice boost to fantasy owners in recent days, Meadows may soon return to the minor leagues or, at the very least, have his playing time reduced. Regular center fielder Starling Marte (oblique) has already resumed baseball activities and should return to action soon.

    From RotoBaller

    Ivan Nova May 24 11:50pm ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ivan Nova allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday en route to his fifth loss of the year. The home run ball did Nova in, as he allowed a grand slam to Eugenio Suarez in the third inning and a solo blast to Jesse Winker in the fifth. He allowed seven hits in total, walked two, and struck out four. Nova now holds a 7.61 ERA over his last five starts and has allowed six home runs in that span. Given his lack of strikeout stuff and his place near the top of exit velocity leaderboards, he's a hard pitcher for fantasy owners to trust moving forward. Coming into Thursday, only two pitchers with 100 or more batted balls allowed had given up a higher average exit velocity than Nova (91.4 mph). He'll hope to turn things around against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

    From RotoBaller

    Yoenis Cespedes May 24 7:50pm ET

    It seems that help is around the corner for the New York Mets. Both third baseman Todd Frazier (strained hamstring) and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip flexor) took batting practice on Thursday. The pair traveled with the team to Milwaukee, although it is still unknown whether either player is close to returning. Frazier has batted .237 with five homers and 21 RBI this season. Likewise, Cespedes has a .255 average with eight homers and 28 RBI. Both players will be viable fantasy options upon return.

    From RotoBaller

    Dylan Bundy May 24 7:30pm ET

    Baltimore Orioles starter Dylan Bundy has had an unpredictable 2018 campaign. Just a couple weeks ago, Bundy gave up seven earned runs and was pulled before he even recorded a single out. Today, Bundy tossed a complete game, giving up only two hits and three runs, while tacking on 14 strikeouts en route to his third win of the season. This outing signifies the seventh time this season that Bundy has given up three earned runs or less, but he has also had four starts where he has given up five earned runs or more. He is a volatile fantasy commodity, although the talent he possesses shines through with performances like today. He is capable of racking up strikeouts, but he is prone to a high ERA. Proceed with caution.

    From RotoBaller

    Jesse Winker May 24 7:10pm ET

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo home run on Thursday in a win over the Pirates. The blast to straightaway center field was Winker's first of the year. The 24-year-old has held his own as a regular in the lineup, batting .257 with a .353 on-base percentage and a .340 slugging percentage. While he does not provide much power or speed, Winker has great plate discipline (12% walk rate and 14.4% strikeout rate over 167 plate appearances), which should manifest itself in a higher batting average and a high OBP over time. Winker will spend the next series in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field against the Rockies.

    From RotoBaller

    Alex Gordon May 24 7:10pm ET

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a stiff neck and a sore hip. It seems likely that Gordon will be day-to-day, avoiding a trip to the disabled list. He injured himself during a diving catch that he made on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gordon, who has dealt with injuries earlier in the season, is a carrying a .270 average across 137 plate appearances to go along with four homers and 10 RBI. In regards to fantasy, there is not a lot to like about Gordon's situation. Ramon Torres will replace him in the lineup and bat ninth.

    From RotoBaller

    Jared Hughes May 24 7:00pm ET

    Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jared Hughes picked up his second save of the season on Thursday in a 5-4 win against the Pirates. Hughes entered the game up by a run with one out in the ninth and the bases empty, recording the final two outs with no walks or strikeouts. Reliever Amir Garrett started the ninth inning with the Reds up by three, but proceeded to give up a single and a two-run home run before Hughes replaced him. The Reds closing situation has been up in the air since Raisel Iglesias was placed on the 10-day DL with a left biceps injury. While interim manager Jim Riggleman said that five different relievers could see time in save situations, it appears that Hughes would be the guy to pick up on waivers if fantasy players were to speculate on Reds saves while Iglesias is out.

    From RotoBaller

    Jonathan Villar May 24 7:00pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar (rest) will not play on Thursday against the New York Mets. Villar is only hitting .208 against lefties this year compared to his .308 against righties so with LHP Steven Matz taking the mound for Thursday, it only makes sense to give Villar his day-off against a lefty. Tyler Saladino will take his place at second base. With Villar showing signs of his 2016 self in terms of contact and now continuing to get consistent starts at second base, he should be owned in all deep formats and should be added in shallower format players in need of a second baseman.

    From RotoBaller

    Domingo Santana May 24 6:50pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Domingo Santana (rest) will sit out on Thursday against the New York Mets. With Ryan Braun returning to the lineup, this leaves Santana as the odd outfielder to sit out the majority of the games. With Jesus Aguilar performing at top level right now as well, Santana or Braun may sit out a lot more games than originally planned. Christian Yelich will move to right field while Lorenzo Cain will stay in center field. Santana shouldn't be owned in any shallow formats now.

    From RotoBaller

    Travis Shaw May 24 6:50pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (rest) will not play on Thursday against the New York Mets. This is just customary rest for Shaw and considering the fact that the Brewers want to stack up with right-handed batters against LHP Steven Matz, it works out for Shaw. Hernan Perez will take his place at third base for the game. He should still be owned in all formats, however, benched tonight.

    From RotoBaller

    Luis Castillo May 24 6:40pm ET

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo performed well yet again on Thursday against the Pirates, picking up his fourth win of the season. Castillo pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts. The young hurler has been dominant in his last five starts, going 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA, 31 strikeouts, and nine walks in 28 2/3 innings pitched. Castillo is slated for a favorable matchup next Tuesday at the Diamondbacks, so look for his strong numbers to continue.

    From RotoBaller

    Jurickson Profar May 24 6:40pm ET

    Texas Rangers shortstop/outfielder Jurickson Profar (rest) is out of the starting lineup against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Profar went 3-for-8 with six RBI over his last two games. It's surprising to see him get a day off after it looks like he's finally found his groove. Hanser Alberto will play shortstop against lefty Danny Duffy. Profar is worth owning in deeper leagues, but that is about it.

    From RotoBaller

    Ryan Braun May 24 6:30pm ET

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (back) has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and plugged into Thursday's starting lineup. Braun was out the minimum 10 days with middle back tightness. He should be owned in most leagues despite his early struggles this season.

    From RotoBaller

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