The Orioles outlasted the Tigers in a 13-inning slugfest … Chris Davis was 3-5 with two homers, four RBI, two walks and capped off his monster night with a game-winning dinger … JD Martinez went yard twice and drove in five in three at-bats … Tigers starter Matt Boyd was touched up for seven earned runs in 2 1/3 innings … though his record was not impacted by the disastrous outing, his ERA and WHIP have ballooned to 5.18 and 1.61, respectively … Detroit reliever Justin Wilson was stuck with the blown save - his first of the season.
Sabathia sinks Royals
After an abysmal stretch in which he surrendered 22 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings, CC Sabathia bounced back to toss a gem against the Royals. He held the Royals scoreless for 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. It’s worth noting that the Royals have struggled mightily on offense this season, but it’s encouraging to see Sabathia can still piece together a quality start. He has four of them on the season. I’d recommend saving him for favorable DFS matchups.
Triggs quiets Mariners
Andrew Triggs snuffed out the Mariners offense Tuesday night for his fifth quality start of 2017. Though he didn’t earn the victory, Triggs continues to be one of the more consistent fantasy pitchers in the majors. The key to Triggs success is his low home runs rates. He’s allowing just 0.39 homers per nine innings with a 4.9 percent home run to fly ball rate. Those figures put him in the company of 5-1 starters like Jason Vargas and Dylan Bundy. His 4.05 xFIP means regression may come at some point, but why leave the party early?
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Sogard perfect against Padres
Eric Sogard’s daughter was very upset about the result of the Padres-Brewers game on Monday night. Maybe that video propelled him to his 4-for-4 effort in Milwaukee’s victory on Tuesday. The Brewers infielder was perfect at the plate with two doubles and one RBI. Sogard was batting .330/.421/.516 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, but fantasy baseball owners shouldn’t get too excited about PCL stats. At age 30 it’s unlikely he’s going to have a breakout season.
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Ramirez's vanishing K'S
JC Ramirez was scorching in April with 25 strikeouts in his final 17 2/3 innings before the calendar flipped to May. Since then, he’s tallied just eight K’s over 20 innings. This isn’t to say that Ramirez hasn’t been effective, but he simply must regain his strikeouts to fulfill his fantasy potential.
Speaking of pitchers struggling in May, Phil Hughes has been a mess in his last two starts. Opposing hitters have tagged him for nine earned runs and 14 hits over 9 2/3 innings. Surrendering four or more earned runs in five starts this season is no way to embolden fantasy baseball owners. Avoid him in all formats.
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Schwarber goes long
Did someone finally tell Kyle Schwarber the season started? He went 2-for-5 in a 9-5 victory over the Reds including a massive 450-foot homer. He was finally able to break out of a ragged 0-for-17 slump. The Cubs outfielder has struggled to produce in his role as leadoff man this season with .187/.315/.367 splits. The fact that he's been able to muster six homers and 15 RBI is impressive given his average. It’ll be up to Joe Maddon to find where he’s most comfortable.
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Quick Hits: Angels/White Sox
The Angels and White Sox battled it out in an extra-inning affair of their own … Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin was the star of the night … he went 5-for-6 with two RBI … Maybin had more hits in Tuesday’s game than he did in his previous 15 games combined … Mike Trout, on the other hand, didn’t register a hit for the first time in four games … his streak of four straight games with a tater also ended … Albert Pujols delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 11th … Avisail Garcia doesn’t stop hitting … he added two more and is tied for ninth in the league with 46 total.