Fantasy Baseball News & Notes: Bundy shines in debut
Lets take a look at some of the fantasy baseball news for April 6.
Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy continues his comeback story after a dominant start against the Blue Jays Wednesday. In Bundy’s latest chapter he was masterful, fanning eight batters and allowing just one earned run in seven innings. Bundy is owned in only 20.9% of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues and is an intriguing waiver wire possibility. It was just the 15th start in five years for Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013. Bundy suffered another setback when a right shoulder issue caused him to miss most of the second half in 2015. Bundy started 14 games last season posting a 4.52 ERA and 10-6 record.
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Dyson blows save
Rangers reliever Sam Dyson fell to 0-2 Wednesday after he blew a save against the Indians. Francisco Lindor’s grand slam in the top of the ninth magnified Dyson’s early season struggles. Dyson, who tallied 38 saves last season, now has an ERA of 72.00 after allowing eight earned runs in two appearances against Cleveland. Despite the closer's struggles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting manager Jeff Banister will keep Dyson on as the closer. Dyson’s next opportunity will presumably come against the A’s who owned the league’s fifth worst offense in 2016. Should Dyson continue to play poorly, reliever Matt Bush would be next in line for any potential save opportunities.
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Pineda's two-strike woes continue
Yankees starter Michael Pineda only lasted 3 2/3 innings in his season debut against the Rays. Rays’ leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson deposited Pineda’s third pitch of the game into the left field seats. In the second inning, Pineda surrendered two two-out, two-strike hits, for a total of 4 earned runs. Pineda has been plagued by two-strike hits allowed. He allowed 130 hits (8 homers) with two strikes against opposing hitters in 2016. If this performance is any indication of what’s to come, fantasy owners may want to steer clear of Pineda for the time being.
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Colón and deGrom duel in NYC
Former Met (and current Brave) Bartolo Colón and current Met Jacob deGrom dueled for six innings in which they combined for just four hits, one earned run, and 12 strikeouts. One of the more popular waiver wire pick-ups in 2016, Colón (average draft position of about 389) went pitch for pitch with deGrom, who came off the board about 375 spots earlier in most drafts.
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Leon wins it for Red Sox
Sandy Leon belted a three-run walk off home run to give the Red Sox a 3-0 win over the Pirates. After playing well in a part time role (.310/.369/.476 in 78 games) for the Sox last year, Leon has been locked in so far with five hits in his eight at-bats including a double and home run. Leon is owned in just about 24% of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues and would appear to carry some fantasy value if he continues to receive at-bats.
Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-4 and sparked the Red Sox comeback against Pittsburgh ... Mitch Moreland has struggled mightily to start the season and is 0-for-9 with five strikeouts.