Fantasy Baseball Daily Update: Monday (5/23)

May 23, 2016

Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner did it all for the Giants in Sunday’s victory

Here’s the fantasy baseball daily update for Monday, May 23, 2016.

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Recap

Dodgers win marathon against Padres
The Dodgers scored four runs in the top of the 17th inning and held on to win 9-5 in this Sunday marathon. Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley, and Howie Kendrick all had at least three hits, with Kendrick and Justin Turner each hitting home runs for the Dodgers. Melvin Upton Jr. finished 3-for-7 with a double, RBI, and stolen base, while Wil Myers drove in three runs for San Diego.

Giants win behind complete performance from ace
Madison Bumgarner pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and drove in the only run with a double in a 1-0 win for the Giants over the Cubs. Bumgarner (6-2) allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Joe Panik finished 2-for-4 with a double. Kyle Hendricks (2-4) only allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, but he only had one strikeout in the Cubs’ loss.

Mets sweep Brewers behind ace
Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters without a walk over seven innings of one-run ball, no earned runs, as the Mets beat the Brewers 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Syndergaard moved to 5-2 on the season with a 1.94 ERA and is now fourth in the National League with 76 strikeouts. Michael Conforto hit a home run and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in two runs for the Mets. Hernan Perez was the lone standout for the Brewers, finishing 3-for-4, as Milwaukee was swept by the Mets after taking a series from the Cubs.

Nationals take series with Marlins behind solid pitching performance
Max Scherzer struck out eight batters without a walk over eight innings, allowing two runs, in the Nationals’ 8-2 win over the Marlins. The offensive stars for Washington were Anthony Rendon with a triple and three RBI and Ben Revere with three hits, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Scherzer (5-3) continued his hot May, where he has a 3.32 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. Justin Bour provided the offense for the Marlins, clubbing a two-run home run, while Adam Conley (3-3) allowed six runs in five innings, walking seven batters.

Lone star showdown of aces is one sided
Cole Hamels struck out 11 batters in eight innings while allowing two runs, one earned, as the Rangers beat the Astros 9-2 on Sunday afternoon. Hamels (5-0) now has a 2.83 ERA this season while Nomar Mazara finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, one of four Rangers with a multi-hit game (Ian Desmond, Ryan Rua, Bobby Wilson). Dallas Keuchel (2-6) continued his descent from the top pitcher in the American League in 2015, as he allowed seven runs in six innings to see his ERA jump to 5.92 on the season.

What to Watch For

The NL West matchup of Drew Pomeranz and the Padres and Johnny Cueto and Giants will be the best of the Monday slate. Cueto has proven that he is worth the money for San Francisco, ranking top-10 in the National League in wins (6), innings pitched (66 2/3), strikeouts (61). He is coming off a complete game against San Diego. Pomeranz has a sparkling 1.96 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, averaging 10.96 K/9, this season, but is only 4-4 and averages 5.75 innings pitched per start. Gio Gonzalez, Vincent Velasquez and Clayton Kershaw will also pitch today.

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Chris Zolli is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from Chris, check out his archive and follow him @thezman2010.

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