Noah Syndergaard – who left his first start with a blister – was lights out against the Marlins showing no signs of any injury issues. The Mets number one struck out nine in seven innings allowing just one earned run. In two starts, Syndergaard has looked worthy of his status as one of the top five pitchers in fantasy baseball (13 innings pitched, no home runs, 16 strikeouts and a 0.69 ERA).
Kluber improves upon first outing
Indians ace Corey Kluber – who also dealt with a blister issue during Opening Day – bounced back for his first quality outing of the season. Despite ultimately suffering the loss, Kluber (ADP of 24 overall) survived six innings with four strikeouts, one walk and two earned runs. Kluber also allowed just one home run; a vast improvement over the three he surrendered in his previous start against the Rangers. Considering the Diamondbacks scored seven and 11 runs in the two previous games, Kluber definitely held the offense in check.
Braun knocks in three vs. Cubs
Ryan Braun chipped in three RBI in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Braun starts 2017 with a .250/.348/.550 triple slash, two homers and four RBI. After posting career lows in batting average and on-base percentage in 2014, Braun returned to form in 2015 and 2016. Braun is one of only three players to produce 40 or more stolen bases and 50 or more homers over the past two seasons. Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt are the other two.
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Maeda still not sharp
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda had his second consecutive sub-par outing when he surrendered four earned runs and five hits in five innings to the Rockies. The start raises Maeda’s season ERA to 6.30 and perhaps most disturbingly his home run to fly ball ratio has climbed from 11.8% to 15.4%. It’s still early, but an inability to keep the ball in the park can be the kiss of death for major league pitchers.
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Feldman Stifles Cards
Reds starter Scott Feldman (SP-172) bounced back from an Opening Day loss to the Phillies with an impressive outing against St. Louis. Feldman struck out six and didn’t allow an earned run over six innings in the Reds 8-0 victory. Feldman was not projected to have a great season (4.17 xFIP in 2016 and a career 4.38 ERA in 13 seasons), but it’s at least encouraging the veteran was able to shut down such a solid lineup.
In that same game, the struggles of Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (SP-15) were a surprise especially considering his great Opening Day (10 strikeouts, no earned runs, 7 1/3 innings pitched). On Sunday, he surrendered five earned runs in five innings pitched while tallying only three strikeouts.
Gallo, Chirinos carry Rangers
The Texas tandem of Joey Gallo (3B-35) and Robinson Chirinos (C-45) combined for a stellar eight RBI, with four hits and three home runs. Both Gallo and Chirinos were filling in for their superior counterparts of Adrian Beltre and Jonathan Lucroy. Once Beltre returns from the DL, Gallo's fantasy value will come mostly as a DH. He strikes out a ton, but has major power.
Santana lifts Twins again
Veteran pitcher Ervin Santana moved to 2-0 after his second consecutive strong outing. Ervin shut down the White Sox en route to a 4-1 victory. Santana pitched six innings, struck out four, and allowed no earns runs. Before the season, Santana ranked 320th in ADP and is currently owned in just 44% of FOX fantasy baseball leagues.
Gomez flops against Nationals
Jeanmar Gomez’s (RP-36) closer job might be in jeopardy according to MLB.com. The news comes after his blown save Sunday in which he allowed a three-run home run to Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman. Gomez also had trouble in his Opening Day outing when he gave up a two-run home run before eventually closing out the game to earn a save.
Gomez is not the only closer experiencing early season struggles. Notable closers like Sam Dyson (RP-19) and Edwin Diaz (RP-6) also failed to shut the door on opposing teams. Most recently, Diaz allowed three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning which capped off an incredible comeback that saw the Angels beat Seattle after trailing by six to win 10-9.
Jackie Bradley will not play Monday due to a hyperextension of his right knee, according to The Boston Globe.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that Adrian Beltre (calf) was not activated Sunday. Sunday was the first day that Beltre was eligible to come off the DL and he will accompany the team on its West Coast trip.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson left Sunday's game with cramping in his forearm per CSN Philadelphia. Hellickson is day-to-day, but he believes it is not serious. The Phillies have two of the next eight days off which should provide him an opportunity to rest.