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Luke Gregerson allowed one earned run on two hits in one inning of relief against the Tigers on Sunday. He also struckout two in the appearance.

Fantasy Impact: Gregerson did give up the long ball, but it was to Miguel Cabrera, and he earned his 12th save nonetheless. Sunday's save keeps him tied for tenth in MLB in the category, and while he's been inconsistent recently, Gregerson remains a top-tier closer.

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Chris Carter went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk, and a run scored against Detroit on Sunday. He also struckout twice in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Carter continues an incredibly slow climb to fantasy relevancy. He's still batting a terrible .170, but the slugger has hit five homers in May, coupled with 14 RBI and eight runs scored. Carter is a very low end option in AL-Only, but at least he's still getting consistent playing time.

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Luis Valbuena went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts against the Tigers on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Valbuena just hasn't been able to get any consistency this season, batting .199, and even ten homers can't save that. His fantasy impact is minimal at this stage, and even deep AL-Only owners should look to other options if possible.

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On Sunday, Jon Niese struggles against the Pirates in the Mets 9-1 loss. Niese went 4 2/3 innings,striking out six and walking four. Niese gave up four runs on seven hits. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Niese has struggled in his last few outings, with three consecutive losses. In each of his loses he has given up four runs or more, while working less then seven innings. After the loss today, Niese is now 3-5, with a 4.08 ERA in 53 inning pitched this season. Niese's recent struggles are a huge concern for the Mets and fantasy owners, Niese had started the season hot and cold almost splitting the wins and loses every other game. But Niese has struggled recently getting hit around, and looking less and less like a starting Major League pitcher. For Niese to turn this around he needs to gain more confidence in his pitches. Right now if you own Niese i would bench him and hope that he can figure it out. Maybe even drop him and see what you can pick up, Matt Barnes could be a good Reliever option for a team, also so could Brian Matusz after he comes back. Niese has been a disappointment this season and we will have to wait and see if he can get his season back on track.

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Jimmy Paredes with another RBI

Sun, May 24th 11:07pm EDT
By James McGowan

BAL

Jimmy Paredes got his 25th RBI, on Sunday in a 5-2 loss to the Marlins. Paredes has been very consistent recently, in the last six games Paredes has seven RBI, and a home run. (Source: Baltimore Orioles Official Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jimmy Paredes has been a huge surprise this season for the Orioles. Paredes has struggled to stay healthy, and consistent. But this season Paredes has absolutely gone off, he has a .344 batting average, with six home runs, and 25 RBI. Paredes is also tied with Adam Jones for the Orioles RBI and home run lead. Paredes has continued to produce for the Orioles since being activated off the, the DL after a back injury. I would pick him now if you still can, because in a few weeks he will be gone. Paredes will continue to stay hot and continue to produce, as long as he keeps seeing the ball the way he is right now.

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Gomez batted third and went 0-for-3 but reached base in the seventh inning after being struck by a pitch. He ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Elian Herrera.

Fantasy Impact: Gomez is batting .278 this season and .333 in his last 10 games. Even though the Brewers have struggled to score runs at times this season, Gomez remains a threat to produce home runs and steals every night.

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Sonny Gray blanked the Rays over five innings before leaving his start early after getting hit on the ankle by the ball. Gray struck out four and picked up the win in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: Gray was only at 67 pitches when he was forced to leave early. He now has a 5-2 record and 1.77 ERA on the year. The injury is being called an ankle contusion and shouldn't prevent him from making his next start.

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Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez dropped to 2-2 on the season after losing to Oakland on Sunday. Ramirez snapped a two-decision winning streak, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks in six innings. He struck out four and allowed two home runs.

Fantasy Impact: Ramirez now has a 2-2 record along with a 6.52 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. His next start is scheduled for Saturday, at Baltimore. Ramirez has no fantasy value and should be left alone.

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Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Brewers 2-1 loss to the Braves Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Even though Davis managed to get one of the Brewers three hits on the day, his struggles continue this season. He is batting just .228 this season and only .125 in his last 10 games.

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Angels pitcher Hector Santiago took the loss on Sunday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 6-1 defeat against the Red Sox. Santiago (3-3) threw a whopping 124 pitches in the outing. He gave up a two-run home run in the second inning but limited the Red Sox to just an RBI sacrifice fly before his exit to earn a quality start.

Fantasy Impact: If there is anything that you can take from this loss it's that Santiago can work a deep pitch count when needed. 124 pitches was a career high for Santiago and it allowed the bullpen to only have to pitch 1 1/3 innings today. Even though he gave up three runs, the offense gave him no run support to work with as they didn't get a runner on until the fifth inning. Santiago owns a 2.47 ERA and 50:22 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Tigers on Friday.

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Sardinas batted leadoff Sunday and went 1-for-4 in the Brewers 2-1 loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Sardinas is filling in for the injured Jean Segura who is due back Friday. He is batting .324 in nine games this season for the Brewers.

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Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth in a tight game on Sunday, recording his thirteenth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although he allowed a walk in the ninth, Grilli also struck out the side en route to his thirteenth save. If he continues to have save opportunities and come through as he did on Sunday afternoon, he will remain a very valuable reliever option throughout the season.


After getting hit hard by the Rays earlier this week, Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz bounced back in a big way, relinquishing only one run to the Brewers in seven and two thirds innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Foltynewicz was close to unhittable on Sunday, allowing only three hits in 7.2 innings pitched and striking out seven to only one walk. Foltynewicz is showing he has the stuff to be fantasy-relevant with seven Ks in each of his last four starts, but I would wait just a bit longer and hope for some consistency before considering him as a streaming option.


Marcell Ozuna contributed in a big way on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Ozuna continues to hit and produce runs for the Marlins, but owners are right to be concerned with his complete lack of power in 2015. While he's hitting at a .281 clip, his slugging % is hovering around a meager .388.


Jeremy Hellickson (2-3) got the win Sunday after giving up three runs on four hits. He lasted 6.2 innings against the Chicago Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: The Diamondbacks need Hellickson to make a strong impression on them before the return of Patrick Corbin. Hellickson will pitch next against the Milwaukee Brewers and is only five strikeouts from the 500th of his career.

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Christian Yelich had two hits in Sunday's win versus the Orioles, a welcome sight for frustrated owners. He also had his first RBI since May 11th.

Fantasy Impact: After returning from the DL on May 8th, Yelich has struggled to break out. However, he has four hits in his last four games and may finally be turning the corner. Sunday was only the second time since his return that he's had two hits.


Wade Miley hurled a strong start in a 6-1 win over the Angels on Sunday, tossing eight innings of one-run ball and allowing just four hits.

Fantasy Impact: In April, Wade Miley had a horrible start with the Red Sox posting a 8.62 ERA in five starts for the month. May has been just the opposite as Miley has a 3.04 ERA over 26 2/3 innings. The biggest difference is Miley is finding the strike zone and walking less batters. The way he is currently pitching he is worth looking at if he is on the waiver wire in any leagues.

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Aaron Sanchez leads the majors in walks, but you wouldn't have known it watching him dominate the Mariners on Sunday. Sanchez went 6 2/3 innings, walking only two batters and allowing seven hits, beating Seattle 8-2 for his fourth win of the season. He decreased his walks allowed for his fourth straight start and not coincidentally lowered his ERA to 3.98 with a 1.52 WHIP

Fantasy Impact: Nobody questions Sanchez' ability or potential. What you should question is if the rookie can consistently show this kind of command for he remainder of the season.

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He has a nice nine-game hitting streak going. His average sits at .257 and has done pretty well batting second in the Braves lineup.

Fantasy Impact: For the month of May he is batting .306 with an wOBA of .369. Ride the hot hand if you can.

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Carlos Frias gets pummeled

Sun, May 24th 5:31pm EDT
By Stan Son

LAD

The San Diego Padres took out their frustrations, of getting one-hit by Mike Bolsinger last night, on Carlos Frias Sunday. They tallied 12 hits (2 home runs with one being a grand slam) and scored 10 earned runs in four innings. 47-of-69 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Frias had a 2 ERA coming into the game. He now sports a 5+ ERA. As we saw with Bolsinger last night, it's all about location, location, location. Frias possesses explosive stuff but major league hitters will tee off when pitches aren't located well. Chalk this game up to one of those days. Frias has shown he's mentally tough and should be able to rebound. Last year, he got lit up in Colorado and was able to shrug it off. Frias could be useful in a spot-start but he is now the number five starter for the Dodgers. He would probably be the first one out of the rotation if a trade is made for another pitcher.

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