Good luck to everyone. This was my first auction and I made a couple of big mistakes that pretty much guaranteed I wouldn't win. I tried to pump up Tatis a bit and didn't expect to get him. That was my last bid but he fell to me. Then I tried to pump up Soto, again thinking someone would outbid me at that price, but no. Then I placed a bid for Bichette when it was showing that it was at 20 or 21, but when I tried to get him at that price I guess someone outbid the earlier bid when I pressed the button it was showing $27. I didn't want him at that price. That pretty much sealed my fate at that point. Too much $$$ for so few players. But it was fun anyway and I learned for next year. Congrats to the eventual winner.
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Seattle Mariners utility man Sam Haggerty entered Friday's game against the Boston Red Sox as a pinch runner in the eighth inning and immediately made his presence felt. After taking over for Luis Torrens at first base, Haggerty stole second and then scored on an Adam Ottavino throwing error to tie the game. He later drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the top of the tenth. Haggerty won't get too much playing time, but he can steal a base, with two already this season in only 27 at-bats. For fantasy managers in AL-only and deep mixed leagues, Haggerty could be worth a flier for speed.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger hit a big three-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to secure the win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Haniger went 1-for-3 in the game with two walks, three RBI, and two runs scored. It seems Haniger simply cannot be stopped, as he has reached base in all but one game this year, and now has collected a whopping 46 total bases through 76 at-bats. Haniger has established himself as a reliable fantasy contributor with considerable upside.
Seattle Mariners designated hitter Ty France returned to the starting lineup on Friday and drove in two runs. France seemed in fine form after being drilled on the forearm Tuesday, going 1-for-4 in the contest, with a walk, a double, and two RBI. Since 2019, Ty France has had the highest OPS in the major leagues with runners in scoring position, a whopping 1.187 that narrowly edges out Mike Trout's 1.176. France is clearly entrenched in the advantageous two-spot in the lineup. Even as that number comes back down to earth, he'll continue to be a very solid producer for fantasy managers and should be rostered in all leagues.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justin Dunn had a solid outing against the first-place Boston Red Sox on Thursday, throwing five innings and allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five. He took a no-decision in the contest. Dunn now carries a a solid 3.68 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over three starts. Limiting walks is the key to Dunn's success. Since giving up eight free passes in his first outing of 2021, he's only allowed three total in the two starts since. Dunn remains a fantasy streaming option for the time being.
Minnesota Twins 1B Miguel Sano (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring injury Thursday, April 22.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Trevor Williams went five innings in a no decision on Thursday versus the New York Mets. Williams allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out six on the evening. The veteran has now allowed two runs or less in three of his four starts and owns a 4.66 ERA. Williams has performed well with his new club and is worth a look in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues, but is best served as a streamer. His next start will be on Tuesday versus a tough Atlanta Braves lineup on the road.
Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant continued his hot start to the season on Thursday versus the New York Mets. Bryant went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He was also caught stealing in the bottom of the ninth inning. The upcoming free agent has now hit five doubles on the season. Bryant has looked healthy and has been off to a great start. He is now hitting .283 with five home runs and 12 RBI. Managers have to be pleased with what they are getting from the former National League MVP this season.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria exited Thursday's matchup against the Miami Marlins. After getting the day off to rest on Wednesday, the 35-year-old made a premature departure, although the reason is unknown as of right now. Longoria has been dealing with plantar fasciitis since the beginning of the season, so it wouldn't be surprising if his foot were acting up again. The veteran has been producing some of his best numbers in years, batting .291 to go along with 16 hits, four home runs, nine RBI, and seven walks throughout 17 games. A trip to the disabled list would be a blow to those who have been capitalizing on Longoria's production that has been beyond his preseason ADP.
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman/outfielder Zach McKinstry (back) was held out of Thursday's matchup against San Diego. McKinstry was a late scratch after reportedly dealing with stiffness in his lower back and was subsequently replaced by Luke Raley out in right field. The 25-year-old has been putting up respectable numbers during the 2021 campaign, compiling 16 hits (five doubles), 14 RBI, and three home runs through 17 games. Although the injury doesn't appear serious, fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on things during the team's weekend series against the visiting Padres.
Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout (elbow) exited against the Houston Astros after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow Thursday, April 22.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (elbow) left Thursday's contest against the Astros. A Cristian Javier slider hit the 29-year-old, and though it didn't look good initially, Trout was observed informing Alex Bregman that the pitch had mostly made contact on his protective elbow pad. While it appears that the former MVP was removed for precautionary reasons, fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on the situation as more information becomes available.
New York Yankees infielder Rougned Odor came up big for his team in a 6-3 win over the Indians on Thursday. Odor came up with the bases loaded and the game tied at three- and delivered a two-RBI single to give the Yankees the lead for good. It's his first multi-hit game since joining New York's roster- hopefully, it gives him some confidence moving forward, as he was 1-for-13 heading into Thursday's game. Odor should see a healthy amount of at-bats for the next couple of weeks with Luke Voit (knee) sidelined- and DJ LeMahieu playing first- though he might struggle to find playing time once Voit returns.
New York Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka cranked his third home run of the season in Thursday's victory over Cleveland. Higashioka's homer was a no-doubter, a 420-foot blast that left the bat at an exit velocity of 105.6 MPH. He doubled in the third inning and scored on a DJ LeMahieu single. The 31-year-old is quietly having an excellent season, as he's batting .353 with three home runs and a 1.476 OPS in nine games so far in 2021. Higashioka will likely take a seat on the bench on Friday, with Gary Sanchez expected to be behind the plate for the second game of the series.
New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in a 6-3 victory over the Indians. Torres was in the midst of a slump and took some heat for not hustling out a grounder on Wednesday night- though he bounced back nicely in Thursday's contest. He came up with a big hit in the third inning, driving in one run, with another scoring on a throwing error to tie the game. Torres now has four hits in his last two games- and his fantasy managers are hoping this gets him going on a hot streak. He'll face Indians' left-hander Logan Allen on Friday.
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman locked down his third save of the season in Thursday's win over Cleveland. Chapman entered the ninth with a three-run lead and sandwiched a walk in between three strikeouts in a 14-pitch inning. The veteran closer still has yet to allow a run and owns a very impressive 16:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six innings of work in 2021. Chapman has been lights out and should see more and more save opportunities as the Yankees begin to string together wins. He's one of the best closers to roster in fantasy baseball.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German notched his first win of the season in Thursday's 6-3 defeat of the Indians. German pitched six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits while fanning six batters with one walk. He ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing a series of hits- and all three runs, though he settled in nicely after that, retiring seven straight batters to finish his outing strong. German struggled to keep the bases clean but kept the runs off the board, for the most part, a big improvement from his first two starts. He'll look to build off the strong effort in his next outing on April 27 against a strikeout-prone Orioles' lineup.
Miami Marlins RHP Jorge Guzman (elbow) suffered a setback during a bullpen session Thursday, April 22, and won't throw again until next week.
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers OF Chris Taylor (back) was scratched from the lineup Thursday, April 22, because of lower back stiffness.
Free-agent INF Greg Garcia signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, April 22. The contract includes a May 2 opt-out clause.
Miami Marlins INF Brian Anderson (oblique) will be placed on the 10-day injured list because of an oblique injury.
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