The last couple games have been a pleasant reminder of what Zack Greinke is capable of on the bump. He’s surrendered just one earned run in each of his last two outings. It’s still early, but it’s also nice to see Greinke has given up only two homers this April. In April 2016, opposing batters hit five taters during Greinke’s disastrous start to the season.
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Cain sharp, exits early
Matt Cain’s resurgence continued Monday night with another solid game. Though the evening was dimmed by Cain’s early exit due to an injury, he improved to 2-0 shutting out the Dodgers over six innings, dropping his season ERA to 2.42. The start was Cain’s third straight performance with one-or-fewer earned runs allowed. Owned in just 4.4 percent of FOX Fantasy leagues, perhaps owners are aware that his 6.6 K/9 and 5.38 xFIP are indicators that Cain’s start is a bit of a mirage.
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Heyward keeps hitting
Jason Heyward launched his third home run in four games last night in a victory over the Pirates. After struggling offensively in 2016, Heyward has been impressive this season with a .294 average and a hit in all but two games. He has 20 hits in 68 at-bats and looks more like the player who hit .293/.359/.439 in his last season with St. Louis. Heyward is also available in about 70 percent of FOX Fantasy leagues and is a solid option if your roster has been bitten by the injury bug.
Urias to pitch Thursday vs. Giants
The Sourthern California News Group is reporting that starting pitcher Julio Urias will start Thursday against the Giants. Urias had been held back in an extended Spring Training, but has been recalled after the Dodgers lukewarm start to the season. Urias went 5-2 in 15 starts last season for LA. He struck out 9.6 per nine innings and sported a 7.9 percent home run to fly ball ratio during a year when many pitchers were giving up double digit figures in that category. His numbers in Triple-A have been solid with a 1.93 ERA.
Quick Hits: Part I
Miguel Gonzalez pitched another gem for the White Sox … Gonzalez is 3-0 with three quality starts in his last four games … Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer voiced his frustrations with the Royals offense … Hosmer is hitting just .192 with 11 strikeouts this season … Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the season last night … he hit 42 homers last season, 28 of which came after the All-Star break.
Swanson staying in majors
Despite his struggles, Dansby Swanson will not be demoted to the minors according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Swanson is slashing a feeble .139/.162/.194, but the Braves seem to think the second year shortstop has been a victim of bad luck. His .173 BABIP would appear corroborate that theory.
Thames tormenting Reds
What are the odds Bryan Price wakes up in a cold sweat as he dreams of another Eric Thames bomb to center? The Brewers revelation crushed his league-leading 10th home run last night - his seventh against Cincinnati. Thames’ OPS against them is 2.162. I didn’t know that number could go that high. Hey, Reds -- maybe just walk him next time. Cincinnati has struggled with the long ball this April. They’ve allowed 28 homers, tied for third in the majors.
Rich Hill (finger) will throw without a bandage on his blister on Tuesday, as reported by MLB.com. Hill is currently on the 10-day DL.
Joc Pederson has been placed on the 10-day DL due to a groin issue. The Orange County Register is also reporting that Brett Eibner will replace Pederson in centerfield for the time being.
According to the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller is seeking a second opinion on his forearm tightness. Miller is currently on the 10-day DL, but we’ll keep an eye on Miller’s status after he receives an update on his arm.
Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond took live batting practice for the first time since breaking his hand. Desmond should be back by early May if he continues to progress.