How about an Eric Thames resurrection, folks? After playing in Korea for the past three seasons, the Brewers first baseman has had an impressive start to the 2017 campaign. Slashing .360/.448/.720 through nine games, Thames has been a steadying force in the top half of the Brewers lineup. He was a career .250 hitter before spending time in the minors and overseas, but Thames 2.0 is offering a .391 batting average vs righties. Welcome back.
Peraza steady for Reds
Reds second basemen Jose Peraza is enjoying a solid start to his first full season of major league action. The 22-year-old second baseman is producing; in 10 games he has three multi-hit games. Peraza (2B-10), has also shown great patience with just two strikeouts in 41 at-bats.
Rizzo pushes Cubs past LA
Anthony Rizzo lifted the Cubs over the Dodgers, knocking in two RBI in a 4-0 victory … Rizzo’s best good friend Kris Bryant struck out twice last night bringing his season total to 12 … Bryant struck out 199 and 154 times in his first two seasons … he appears to be on target for that neighborhood again … Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig managed to get a hit batting fourth for LA; he’s actually offering a nice on-base percentage at .390 … Puig has three homers on the season but hasn’t hit any in his past seven games off a pitcher not named Jered Weaver.
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Darvish mystifies Angels
If you’re like me and were a little disenchanted with Yu Darvish’s first two starts, he offered a much tastier fantasy outing last night. Darvish pitched seven innings and punched out 10 batters in an 8-3 victory over the Angels. Darvish did surrender five hits, but was able to prevent any earned runs.
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Mazara avoiding sophomore slump
Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara’s skills have been on full display in just his second season. The 21-year-old has five games with two or more hits and 11 RBI. Mazara’s triple slash of .368/.415/.658 must be a welcome sight for an offense missing Adrian Beltre. Mazara hit 20 home runs and drove in 64 last year.
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Calhoun offers DFS value
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun continues to be reliable in 2017. He has at least one hit in all but two games and a gaudy .381 OBP. Calhoun’s value might be most apparent in daily settings as he is currently boasting a .393 average against righties.
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Hughes: fantasy stopgap?
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is owned in just 1.43% of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues, but is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a quality start under his belt … he could be a temporary streaming option if you’re in a pinch due to early pitcher injuries … Avisail Garcia has been on a tear this season with a 1.145 OPS, knocking in three more RBI against the Indians Thursday … Conversely the Indians Josh Tomlin (SP-115) has been abysmal … he was yanked after just 1 2/3 innings and seven earned runs … in two starts he’s garnered an 18.47(!) ERA and a putrid 2.68 WHIP.
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Cespedes vs. NL East
Yoenis Cespedes continues tormenting NL East opponents launching two more taters against the Marlins. Five of Cespedes’ league-leading six homers have come in his last three games. For what it’s worth, all of his homers have come against NL East opponents.
Blue Jays third baseman re-injured his right calf Thursday against the Orioles, per Sportsnet. Donaldson exited the game in the sixth inning and is listed as day-to-day.
Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond (hand) took infield practice Thursday and is scheduled to start batting practice next week, according to the Denver Post.
Pitcher Jon Gray is day-to-day after aggravating a toe injury in Colorado’s win over the Giants. Gray is day-to-day while Desmond is on the 10-day DL.
Buster Posey (head) could return from the disabled list as he has resumed weight lifting and conditioning, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.