Let's take a look around the league at some of the fantasy baseball news and notes from around the league for April 7.
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Weaver poor in debut
Jered Weaver was roughed up in his season debut for the Padres Thursday. Dodgers hitters smacked five hits, two homers and scored four earned runs in five innings. The start earned Weaver a 7.20 ERA as he looks to recover from a subpar season with the Angels in which he struggled. The 34-year-old veteran went 12-12 with a 5.06 ERA and an ugly 1.46 WHIP. Fantasy owners should steer clear until Weaver proves he can produce a quality outing.
Nava carries Philles
Phillies outfielder Daniel Nava was on fire Thursday. Nava went 2-for-3 with two dingers and three RBI in a 7-4 loss to the Reds. Nava might be a cheap daily fantasy option with a career .369 OBP against right handers. Nava is currently second on the Phillies depth chart in left field, and will platoon at both corner outfield spots. He might also see some time at first base, but most likely won’t see consistent playing time unless there’s an injury.
Seager past injury
Corey Seagerplayed a big role in dismantling Weaver with a double, two walks, two RBI, and a stolen base. Seager seems to be past the preseason oblique issue that ailed him near the end of spring training. Through four games, Seager is hitting .313, with five RBI and a 1.014 OPS.
Puig's stock rising?
That low rumble in the distance is the sound of thousands of baseball fantasy owners scrambling to claim Yasiel Puig from their respective free agent pools. Puig’s ownership ratings (currently at 33.5% in FOX Fantasy baseball leagues) are bound to surge over the next couple days. The Dodgers embattled outfielder (For more on Puig’s roller coaster career, check out this feature fantasy editor Ryan Fowler published last night.) clubbed two home runs for four RBI against Weaver and the Padres. Puig’s once promising career hit rock bottom last year when he was sent down to the minors. I’d hold off on rushing to buy his stock. Two of his league leading five home runs came against the aforementioned Jered Weaver.
Lackey shaky early, rebounds later
Cubs starter John Lackeygot banged around for six hits and three earned runs, but picked up the quality start in his first appearance of 2017.
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Schwarber puts Cubs over the top
Kyle Schwarber blasted his first homer – a three-run shot – against the Cardinals on Thursday. The tater was Schwarber’s only hit of the game, but batting leadoff has served him well this season with .300/.500/.700 splits in 10 at-bats. Small sample size, but encouraging as he is almost exactly one year removed from an ACL tear.
Gonzalez hurls six scoreless
Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (SP-78) tossed six shutout innings Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins. Though the Nationals were ultimately failed by their bullpen, Gonzalez managed to strikeout seven batters with just one walk during his start.
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Treinen blows first save
Dusty Baker’s new closerBlake Treinen blew his first save of the season when pinch hitter Tyler Moore hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth. Treinen’s first blown save comes just three games into the season. Reliever Koda Glover was the preseason favorite to earn the gig, before Treinen won the job.
Buxton whiffing early
Twins Manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that he is not considering moving Byron Buxton out of the third spot in the batting order just yet. Buxton is 1-for-14 with a 7/1 K/BB ratio in 2017. Buxton has yet to put it together at the major league level. His career triple slash is .215/.270/.388 in 141 major league games. These are not numbers that back the Mike Trout comparisons floated about Buxton when he was drafted.
Mark J. Rebilas
An illness continues to plague the Red Sox as both Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez are not in Friday’s lineup, according to the Providence Journal. Both are day-to-day. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is also on the bereavement list.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton sustained a small nasal fracture after he was hit by a pitch, but won’t require any time on the DL.