Is Griffin the most surprising 4-0 pitcher of the season? He posted a smelly 5.07 ERA over 23 starts last year. Griffin threw a complete game shutout in an 11-0 win over the Padres. The effort was his third quality start of the year. His 2.45 ERA and 0.85 WHIP are dampened slightly by a 4.27 xFIP. Griffin is owned in 36 percent of FOX leagues.
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Four Rangers tallied two or more RBI in the win … Joey Gallo smacked his 11th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning … Nomar Mazara broke a three-game hitless streak with a two-RBI double … Robinson Chirinos continued his solid backup work at catcher with his fifth homer of the season … the Rangers as a team were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
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Broxton short of cycle
Keon Broxton fell a double short of the cycle in Milwaukee’s 11-7 win over the Red Sox. He went 3-for-3 and knocked in four RBI. He’s registered hits in eight of his last nine games, stole three bases and scored eight runs. The strikeouts are way too high at 37 percent (and a .408 BABIP indicates some eventual regression), but if he continues this level of production he’ll outplay his 25.6 percent fantasy ownership.
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Going, going, Gomes
Gomes went 2-for-3 with a three-run dinger. He struggled mightily to start the season, but since April 17 he’s hitting .378. The Indians catcher dealt with multiple injuries last year, which limited him to 74 games. The Tribe needs the offensive jolt as they’ve only scored more than two runs twice over the past week.
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela is arguably the most impressive rookie pitcher in fantasy baseball. He held the Cubs offense in check to the tune of two runs in six innings striking out 4 and walking 3. The 22-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He’s also notched five quality starts in seven opportunities. His 4.91 K/9 leaves something to be desired, but pitchers who keep minimize the damage the way Senzatela does are valuable in almost any format.
Lackey conquers Rockies
In the second game of the Cubs-Rockies double header, John Lackey turned back the clock with a seven inning gem. He fanned 10 in his third quality start of the season. Lackey has been hit or miss this season with four starts of three or fewer earned runs and three starts where he allowed four-or-more. His current K/9 of 9.86 is higher than it’s ever been. The mark against Lackey is the long ball – he’s served up eight taters in seven starts.
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The Rockies have a dilemma at first base … the team signed Ian Desmond to a 5-year, $70-million contract to play the position … Mark Reynolds’ 12 homers and 30 RBI are ahead of schedule considering he hit 14 in 118 games last season … Desmond has played well since returning from a fractured hand on April 30 … he’s batting .308 and scored seven runs in 39 at-bats … could he be in the mix at shortstop if Trevor Story (.180.289/.389) continues to struggle? … David Dahl’s home is the outfield for now … when Dahl returns, manager Bud Black will have to figure out a way to best utilize all three.
Gamel vs. Righties
The Mariners outfielder has seen limited action with 47 at-bats. He’s hitting .362 overall with a .455 on-base percentage. Gamel’s real value comes against righties as he’s beating them up at a .368 clip with two homers and eight RBI. Slide Gamel into the right DFS matchup as a sleeper.