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  • StandingsExpanded
    ReachFortheTop78.0
    Skullcrushers74.5
    Shark Attack74.0
    Freepete54.0
    Ballers XX751.0
    North Correa51.0
    Warning Track Power45.5
    Moses' Mashers44.0
    Caffine Junkies39.0
    H Town Nights39.0
  • Player Notes
    Gregory Polanco May 23 9:10pm ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Thursday's 14-6 win over the Rockies. Polanco hit the first of four home runs on the afternoon for Pittsburgh. Polanco has been hitting the ball well after starting the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury, carrying a career-high .278 batting average through 90 at-bats. He is no longer a 20-steal threat but can still play at a 20-10 pace over a full season.

    From RotoBaller

    Starling Marte May 23 9:00pm ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Thursday's 14-6 win over Colorado. Marte was going through a rough stretch of late, recording just two hits in his last six games prior to Thursday's outburst. He's having a down season by his standards, hitting just .244, but is still providing owners with the power/speed combo that has made him one of the most valuable fantasy players over the last five years.

    From RotoBaller

    Kevin Cron May 23 9:00pm ET

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the verge of promoting first baseman/third baseman Kevin Cron from Triple-A. Cron is tearing the cover off the ball in Reno this season, hitting 21 home runs in 44 games, owning a slugging percentage of an even .800. In four years of full-season baseball, Cron has never hit fewer than 22 home runs. Triple-A numbers have been inflated a bit this year, but Crons history of power proves that this year is not a fluke. While first base is his natural position, he has spent some time at third base as well in the minor leagues. Christian Walker started the year hot at first base but has hit just .197 in the month of May. The Diamondbacks are likely looking for an infusion of power, and anyone with Crons type of bat is an interesting player in Arizonas hitter-friendly park.

    From RotoBaller

    Josh Bell May 23 8:50pm ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Pittsburgh's 14-6 trouncing of the Rockies on Thursday. The home run was Bell's 16th of the season and is already four homers ahead of last year's total. His rebound season has been astounding thus far, as his 47 RBI now lead the league. It remains to be seen if Bell can continue this pace, but he isn't showing signs of slowing down at the moment.

    From RotoBaller

    Alex Reyes May 23 8:50pm ET

    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes (finger) allowed two hits and an earned run while walking two and striking out six in five innings for High-A Palm Beach in a rehab start on Thursday. Reyes is getting back into the flow after fracturing his pinkie finger and looked good on Thursday. He'll need to prove it in the minors before the Red Birds consider bringing him back up to the majors at some point this year, and even then he wouldn't be guaranteed a rotation spot. Reyes was baseball's top prospect just several years ago and still has intriguing upside if he's starting in the majors.

    From RotoBaller

    Oscar Mercado May 23 8:43pm ET

    Cleveland Indians OF Oscar Mercado (hip) exited against the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday, May 23, with a right hip contusion.

    Jordan Lyles May 23 8:40pm ET

    Pittsburgh Pirates starter Jordan Lyles (5-1) fell apart late in his start on Thursday, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. The Pirates provided 14 runs of support, helping Lyles escape with his fifth win. Lyles was working on a shutout through 5 2/3 but was unable to get the final out, allowing all six runs before being pulled. Despite the poor start, Lyles' ERA sits at a sterling 2.81.

    From RotoBaller

    Jon Jay May 23 8:40pm ET

    Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that outfielder Jon Jay (groin), who has yet to play in 2019 due to a groin strain, has played nine innings in extended spring training. "He'll play some back-to-back games, and if he responds well to that well get him on a rehab assignment in the not-too-distant future," Hahn said. Jay is slowly recovering and might be an option for the Pale Hose next month. However, he won't help fantasy owners much at all even if he's playing regularly. Jay hit .268 last year with three home runs, 40 RBI and four steals in 143 games with the Royals and Diamondbacks.

    From RotoBaller

    Matt Harvey May 23 8:40pm ET

    Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus said the team hasn't considered removing starting pitcher Matt Harvey from the rotation. They probably should start considering it after Harvey was torched for seven hits (four home runs) and eight earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Twins in his latest outing on Thursday to raise his ERA to 7.50 on the year in his 10 starts. Harvey is striking out just 6.56 hitters per nine innings and has surrendered 11 home runs in 48 innings for the Halos. He shouldn't be owned in any mixed leagues the way he's looked so far in 2019.

    From RotoBaller

    Oscar Mercado May 23 8:30pm ET

    Cleveland Indians outfielder Oscar Mercado (hip) left the game early on Thursday with a right hip contusion after a collision in the outfield with Leonys Martin. It was a scary collision and Mercado looked to be in some pain, but he may have dodged a bullet. Consider him day-to-day until we find out more. The 24-year-old had a single in two plate appearances before departing and has six hits in his 26 plate appearances (.261) but is still looking for his first career homer. Mercado hasn't done much yet in his first taste of the majors but is still worth holding in deep mixed and AL-only setups.

    From RotoBaller

    Daniel Robertson May 23 8:30pm ET

    Tampa Bay Rays infielder Daniel Robertson left the game early on Thursday due to an allergic reaction. Robertson had a single in two plate appearances before leaving and is hitting just .197/.315/.287 on the year with two home runs. Consider him day-to-day for now. With Yandy Diaz (hand) on the injured list, Robertson and Andrew Velazquez will likely split time at the hot corner. Neither are very attractive to fantasy owners outside of AL-only affairs.

    From RotoBaller

    Cavan Biggio May 23 8:20pm ET

    The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second baseman Cavan Biggio. Cavan, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, will be making his Major League debut. The younger Biggio was a fifth-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2016 after playing college baseball at Notre Dame. In 41 Triple-A games with Buffalo this year, Biggio is hitting .306 with six home runs and an OPS of .948. The 24-year-old has also shown a keen eye at the plate, drawing 32 walks while striking out just 26 times. Biggio is a player to watch and see how his bat translates to the big league level. Second base is not very deep, so Biggio is worth an add in AL-only leagues at the very least.

    From RotoBaller

    Max Kepler May 23 7:50pm ET

    Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (knee) left the game on Thursday after crashing into the outfield wall, and he's being listed as day-to-day with a bruised right knee. Luckily for his fantasy owners, his injury occurred late in a blowout and he had three hits (one double), a homer, four runs scored, two RBI, a steal and a walk before leaving. It boosts his slash line to .260/.338/.491 with 10 homers, 31 runs and 25 RBI on the season. Kepler is relevant in all leagues while leading off for a potent Twins lineup. Hopefully this injury won't keep him out of the lineup for too long.

    From RotoBaller

    Cole Hamels May 23 7:40pm ET

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Cole Hamels, who will become a free agent after the 2019 season, would be open to returning to the Phillies, where he began his 14-year career. The 35-year-old has a nice 3.38 ERA in 10 starts this year with the Cubs and still owns a home in Delaware County after being away from the Phillies the last four years. The veteran left-hander has pitched well for Chicago ever since he left the Rangers and also has 60 strikeouts in his 58 2/3 innings. It remains to be seen if the Cubs will want to keep him around beyond this season, but he's still plenty relevant in mixed leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    Max Kepler May 23 7:33pm ET

    Minnesota Twins OF Max Kepler (undisclosed) was removed from the game Thursday, May 23, against the Los Angeles Angels after hitting the outfield wall in the ninth inning, and was replaced in center field by OF Byron Buxton.

    Byron Buxton May 23 7:33pm ET

    Minnesota Twins OF Max Kepler (undisclosed) was removed from the game Thursday, May 23, against the Los Angeles Angels after hitting the outfield wall in the ninth inning, and was replaced in center field by OF Byron Buxton.

    Roberto Perez May 23 7:30pm ET

    Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez (concussion), who was removed from the game on Tuesday with a mild concussion, felt much better on Wednesday and passed all his impact testing. He was scheduled to take part in a full-team workout on Thursday. Perez hasn't done much for fantasy owners in deep two-catcher and AL-only leagues, hitting .228/.319/.426 with six home runs and 14 RBI on the year, and he'll continue to split time with Kevin Plawecki when he is fully cleared to catch again.

    From RotoBaller

    Dylan Bundy May 23 7:10pm ET

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy turned in a respectable start in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Bundy pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits (including a solo home run) and two walks with five strikeouts. The 26-year-old is now 2-5 with a 4.67 ERA, 52 strikeouts, 21 walks, and 12 HR allowed in 52 IP. Bundy has some potential but his propensity for allowing long balls limits his fantasy ceiling. He will next face a favorable Tigers matchup at home and could be a decent streaming option if fantasy players were in a pinch.

    From RotoBaller

    Mychal Givens May 23 7:10pm ET

    Baltimore Orioles closer Mychal Givens fell to 0-2 in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Yankees. Givens entered the ninth inning with the score tied and proceeded to get two quick strikeouts before things fell apart. Givens allowed a walk, a single, and then two consecutive walks (walking what would be the winning run in) before getting the final out of the inning. The 29-year-old has converted four of six save opportunities and now has a 4.91 ERA in 22 innings pitched. The good news is that Givens' 3.21 SIERA indicates that he has been unlucky to this point and he still has the closer role for now, but fantasy players should try to avoid relying on him in all but the deepest of leagues.

    From RotoBaller

    George Springer May 23 7:00pm ET

    Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that outfielder George Springer (back) could return to the starting lineup on Friday. Springer hasn't played since Sunday due to lower back tightness, but he's been taking batting practice and appears close to returning. The 29-year-old ranks eighth in the American League in batting average (.313), second in runs scored (41), fifth in hits (57), first in home runs (17) and first in RBI (42), so his fantasy owners will surely be ecstatic when he comes back. Jake Marisnick will go back to a bench role when Springer returns to the lineup.

    From RotoBaller

  • MLB SCOREBOARD - Thu May 23FULL
    FinalRHE
    WSH4131
    NYM672
    FinalRHE
    NYY681
    BAL580
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    COL6111
    PIT14151
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    BOS8150
    TOR251
    FinalRHE
    MIA570
    DET2112
    FinalRHE
    PHI9120
    CHC7111
    Final/13RHE
    ATL5110
    SF470
    FinalRHE
    MIN16171
    LAA7100
    FinalRHE
    TB7140
    CLE240
    Top 6RHE
    CWS480
    HOU021
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