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Joel Peralta notches his third save

Sun, Apr 19th 12:21am EDT
By Stan Son

LAD

Joel Peralta pitched a clean inning for his third save of the season. He did not allow a hit but walked one. Six of his 11 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Justin Morneau just missed hitting a homer to centerfield and then Peralta walked Nolan Arenado on four pitches. He then buckled down and induced two pop-ups. Peralta is the closer until Kenley Jansen returns. That's not for another month so he can accumulate plenty of saves until then. He's earned Mattingly's trust, pounds the strike zone, and is mentally tough.

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Andre Ethier failed to record a hit in four plate appearances on Saturday night and struck out once.

Fantasy Impact: Ethier's confidence at the plate is still light-years ahead of last season, and he continues to warrant fantasy consideration as a streaming option and DFS play when he's in the Dodgers' starting lineup. He's still not an everyday player, so it's tough to own him in standard leagues.

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Zack Greinke earned his second win of the season Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowed three earned runs, walked one, and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: This wasn't the sharpest game for Greinke. He threw two wild pitches and only 63 of 103 pitches were thrown for strikes. In the first inning, he allowed a double, a single, and hit a batter but was able to escape only giving up one earned run. He cruised the rest of the game until the seventh when he was approaching the 100 pitch mark. After Mattingly came out for a visit, he struck out Hundley then allowed a two-run home run to LeMahieu. Even when Greinke is not at his best, he is still freaking good. He's set up for a huge season.

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Yasiel Puig batted 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in Saturday's victory over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Just like that, fantasy owners are starting to get what they paid for, as Puig's batting line is up to .267 / .353 / .533 after a very sluggish start. He may not be completely out of the woods with his sore hamstring, as he was seen limping slightly on the base paths, but he was able to finish the game in right field.

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Brandon Belt hit a single and went 1-for-3 Saturday night, raising his season average to .103.

Fantasy Impact: Belt was supposed to be poised for a breakout 2015, as many thought he would put together his power and plate discipline that he had displayed at different points in his career. Going into the game he had two hits, both singles, and eight strikeouts, so that tells you all you need to know about his struggles thus far.

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Santiago Casilla gave up a hit and struck out one batter en route to earning his fourth save in four opportunities.

Fantasy Impact: Casilla was a value closer in the draft, going late in twelve teams and not at all in some ten team leagues. He lowered his ERA to 3.18 and kept steady with a 1.50 WHIP. His WHIP is concerning but he seems to be steadily locking down the saves for the woeful World Champions

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Chris Carter went 0-for-2 with two walks against the Angels on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Well, if Carter can't get his bat to connect this season, perhaps he'll just earn some walks to make it on base instead. Carter should remain on the bench in all formats except AL-Only until he regains his stroke.

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David Peralta belted his second home run of the season against the San Francisco Giants in what was the only run of the game scored for the Dbacks.

Fantasy Impact: Peralta ended the night going 1-for-4 with his homer coming off of Chris Heston in the 4th inning. Peralta's batting line sits at .267/.324/.533 in his first 30 at-bats of the year.

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Jed Lowrie went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Angels on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: It was another off day for Lowrie as fantasy owners saw his average drop again, this time to .222. There is no reason Lowrie shouldn't remain in your lineup, however, as his power has been worth the tradeoff thus far.

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Pat Neshek gave up no runs on one hit in one inning against the Angels on Saturday. He also struckout one batter.

Fantasy Impact: Neshek wasn't in a hold situation after Grossman hit a three-run bomb in the seventh, but he did look good in the inning of work. Neshek only has value in fantasy leagues that count holds, but even then he is only working the seventh inning, not the eighth.

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In his fourth career start and third of the season, Chris Heston went 7.2 innings, allowing one run on a home run to David Peralta. He struck out six, scattered five hits and walked one batter.

Fantasy Impact: Heston has been the lone bright spot for the Giants this season, and he helped snap their seven game skid. The strikeouts were especially impressive, given his stuff. He's worth a flier in twelve-team or deeper leagues. He has a tall order his next time out as he takes on Colorado in Coors.

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Luke Gregerson allowed no runs on no hits against the Angels on Saturday. He also struckout two.

Fantasy Impact: Gregerson has been giving fantasy owners nearly perfect counting stats so far this season, but still has only one save in the lone chance he had thus far. Gregerson should be active in all fantasy formats with the hope that the Astros can get into some save situations soon.

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Steve Pearce went 2-for-5 against the Red Sox and scored an important run in the top of the 9th. He also made a nice diving catch in right field. He is currently batting .175/.267/.325

Fantasy Impact: Pearce has hit a little bit of a cold streak after starting the season hot. Look for him to bounce back in the next couple weeks.

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Grandal started for Greinke the night after he caught for Kershaw. Tonight he called a decent game and also got a hit with a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: It's important to note that Grandal caught for Kershaw and then Greinke back to back so clearly the Dodgers have faith in him. Grandal rewarded the Dodgers with a RBI so it will be interesting to see where he goes to from here

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Dallas Keuchel allowed no runs on two hits in six innings pitched against the Angels on Saturday. He also walked three and struckout seven in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Keuchel was excellent through six innings of work against the Angels. The walks were the only issue, and they weren't too excessive, so it looks like Keuchel is well on his way to repeating last year's breakout performance. Fantasy owners should have Keuchel active in all formats.

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Caleb Joseph currently has a 5 game hitting streak after going 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI against the Red Sox Saturday. He is currently batting .370/.452/.630.

Fantasy Impact: Caleb Joseph is doing an outstanding job filling in for the injured Matt Wieters. Joseph is likely to be available in a league if you are in need of a catcher.

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Rubby De La Rosa lasted 6.2 innings while striking out seven and giving up 4 runs (3 earned).

Fantasy Impact: De La Rosa was going for his third win in as many starts but was unable to against the San Francisco Giants Friday. After an impressive start in his last outing, De La Rosa ran into some early trouble despite a season-high seven strikeouts. Friday’s start was his longest of his three starts as De La Rosa is still finding himself in the NL West and as a middle of the rotation starter for the Diamondbacks.

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Jimmy Paredes went 2-for-5 and scored a run in his season debut against the Red Sox. He was brought off of the DL to replace the injured Jonathan Schoop.

Fantasy Impact: Paredes seems to be picking up right where he left off during Spring Training. He seems to be performing well offensively. Depending on the severity of Jonathan Schoop's injury, look for Paredes to get some good playing time.

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Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a homerun in Saturday's game against the Red Sox. He is currently hitting .235/.297/.412.

Fantasy Impact: This game might be the spark Chris Davis needed to get out of his rough start to the season. He took some good pitches and worked the count in this game. Look for him to get some better at bats.

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Evan Gattis had another struggling day at the plate. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, a pop out, and 2 fly outs in the 4-0 shutout of the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday evening. His batting average remains stagnant at .125 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, any struggles that Gattis still may be facing can easily be attributed to league change and added pressure from batting in the cleanup spot. El Oso Blanco has been making great strides with his swing as of late, but will still have the occasional dry spell. The ups and downs of this game do seem a bit battling at times, but they are battles that Evan Gattis can confidently win and overcome as the season, and his career, goes on.

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