Paul Goldschmidt has just one hit in 11 at-bats the last three games at San Francisco … The SFPD can retract the all-points bulletin they had out for Matt Cain … the Giants starter struck out six Diamondbacks over five innings of work and allowed just one earned run to one of the better offensive teams in baseball … Mariners shortstop Taylor Motter and outfielder Mike Freeman who had 94 and 26 at-bats in their careers, respectively, both homered in their game against the Astros … Reds rookie starter Amir Garrett has been impressive so far … in two quality starts he’s allowed just seven hits and is currently carrying a 1.42 ERA … huge waiver potential as he is owned in only 26.8% of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues
Don't sleep on Semien
A’s shortstop Marcus Semien swiped his fourth bag of the season Wednesday … Semien is a nice stop gap if you have Trea Turner on your team ... he is currently owned in 29.2% of FOX fantasy baseball leagues … How did Brandon McCarthy stifle one of the best lineups in baseball? … he owns a career 4.13 ERA over 12 seasons and completely smothered the Cubs offense to the tune of six scoreless innings
Red Sox Wright rocked by O's
The Orioles beat the Red Sox in a 12-5 slugfest Wednesday. Red Sox starter Steven Wright made it just 1 1/3 innings before he was yanked. Wright surrendered eight runs to one of the better offenses in the major leagues. The Orioles are the fifth-best offensive team in the American League and certainly weren't shy on Wednesday.
Mancini goes deep twice
Baltimore smashed five homers in the first three innings including two by prospect Trey Mancini. In his five-game cup o' coffee debut last year, Mancini mashed three home runs. His minor league track record suggest the power is no joke as Mancini hit 20 homers and drove in 60 RBI with a 22 percent strikeout rate.
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Despite violent inning, Piscotty still knows
Since Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty was plunked three times while rounding the bases on April 4, he’s batting .278 with a 21.1% strikeout rate.
Cardinals starter Mike Leake threw seven shutout innings to prevent a Nationals’ sweep of the Cardinals. The 6-1 victory over the Nats featured seven strikeouts and no walks. One of Leake’s most promising early trends has been his propensity to keep the ball on the ground. He is sporting a 48.7% ground ball percentage and he has yet to allow a home run.
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Tribe's Slow Start: Jose Ramirez
The Indians have fallen victim to early offensive slumps. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez are working their way out of early-April funks. In 2016, Ramirez was one of the breakout stars in baseball. His batting average ticked up from .219 to .312 and powered his way to career highs in home runs (11) and RBI (76).
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Tribe's Slow Start: Edwin Encarnacion
Encarnacion’s home run exploits have been well documented, but his 2017 has been weak so far. The 42 homers and career-high 127 RBI last season make his early .172/.273/.301 triple slash discouraging. If I’m an Encarnacion owner, my primary concern would be his strikeouts. He struck out a career high 127 times last season and already has 12 in eight games.