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Michael Pineda allowed two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Saturday. Pineda walked one and struck out eight, leaving in the sixth inning after throwing 101 pitches. He has a 3.77 ERA this season and will face the Cubs in Chicago on May 5.

Fantasy Impact: A high pitch count killed Pineda, as he had a shutout into the sixth before allowing a run to Baltimore and leaving. The biggest thing for fantasy owners is that Pineda now has 37 strikeouts and only four walks in 28 2/3 innings this season, showcasing ridiculous ratios this early. Current Cubs only have 17 at-bats against Pineda, with Ben Zobrist going 2-for-12 and Anthony Rizzo knotching a triple, and he has never pitched at Wrigley Field.

Salvador Perez knocked in his sixth home run of the year Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. He went 2-for-4 from the plate and grabbed 2 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Since April 20th, Perez has gone 3-for-24, bringing his average down to .247 for the season. Hopefully, this game starts Perez on another hot streak. In the first six games of the season, the catcher his four home runs while batting .292.

Mike Napoli's 1-for-4 performance on Friday night against the Angels included an RBI single in the sixth inning that helped tie the game at the time. Despite aiding in the run production last night, he is still hitting a poor .155 to start the year with merely six total extra base hits at this point in the season over 94 plate appearances.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli is clearly starting slow but can afford to take his time heating up as Adrian Beltre remains without a clear time table in his return. However, if Napoli fails to turn things around, the production from Joey Gallo may cut into his playing time upon Beltre's return. Napoli owners should begin thinking of backup plans now in case age has finally caught up to the struggling slugger.

Jharel Cotton lasted only 4.1 innings giving up a career high 10 hits, six runs (three earned), recording four strikeouts and a walk against the Astros on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Cotton couldn't figure things out on Friday giving up a pair of early leads in part due to giving up too much hard contact and some bizarre sloppy play by the A's including catcher Stephen Vogt's two catcher interference calls. As a result, Cotton was saddled with his third loss of the season to go with an unsightly 5.00 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and a 19/12 K/BB ratio. Until Cotton shows an improvement in his control, fantasy owners can move on from the pre-season hype.

Kyle Gibson lasted slightly more than five innings on Friday, keeping the Twins in the game until the offense came through in later innings. Gibson surrendered three earned runs in the effort.

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Gibson was able to return to the unexciting form we are accustomed to as fantasy players after being smacked around in his last outing. Nothing has really changed regarding Gibson's fantasy outlook for either DFS or season long mixed leagues.

Jed Lowrie finished 2-for-4 in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Lowrie has been a bright spot for the A's during their five game skid, hitting .444 and scoring seven runs over the last ten games as a table setter. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Lowrie doesn't give you much else as his line now sits at .296/.363/.420 with 12 runs scored but only one home run and four RBIs.

Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season for the Rockies on Friday. His batting average now sits at .179 through 24 games.

Fantasy Impact: Trevor Story's slump continues, but he is showing some signs of life. Story has at least one hit in five of his last seven games, and he has launched two home runs over that span. Fantasy owners knew he wasn't going to repeat his ridiculous April from last season when he hit 10 home runs, but they were likely hoping for a batting average closer to the .260 he posted in April 2016.

Nick Castellanos was 2-for-4 and a scored a run in an error-filled loss to the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Friday. (Source)

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos is batting .333 in 12 ABs with one HR and three RBIs against the Chicago White Sox this season. Castellanos has never faced Derek Holland (1.99 ERA), but expect his success against the White Sox to continue in today's matchup.

Jaff Decker's slump continues

Sat, Apr 29th 11:55am EDT
By Waleed Hawatky


Jaff Decker went hitless in five trips with a pair of strikeouts in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Since starting his year on a nice roll atop the A's lineup, Dacker has now gone hitless in back-to-back games going 2-for-20 during Oakland's five game skid. With Rajai Davis shelved with a left hamstring strain, the A's don't have many options to head their lineup but fortunately fantasy owners do.

Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs for the Twins on Friday. The home run was Sano's sixth of the season, while his RBI total now sits at 20.

Fantasy Impact: Miguel Sano is off to a great start to the season, and he has eight hits, two home runs, and six RBIs over his last three games to bring his slash line to .297 / .435 / .649 through his first 22 games. Perhaps the best sign for Sano and his fantasy owners is his new-found patience and approach at the plate, as he already has 18 walks on the season. Sano's previous career high for walks in a season is 54, and he is on pace right now to more than double that.

Khris Davis finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Charlie Morton was mowing down A's on Friday night but Khris Davis was not one of them despite recording a strikeout himself. Davis launched a pair of home runs off Morton including a three run 423-foot monster in the first inning that put the A's ahead quickly. The Astros tied it up in the bottom frame before Davis again gave the A's the brief lead with a solo shot in the third. That would account for all of Oakland's runs in the losing effort. With the big game, Davis now sports a .276/.374/.658 line to go along with nine home runs and 16 RBIs.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday to close out a game against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed one hit and struck out the side.

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox offense has been struggling, but Craig Kimbrel has been locking down the leads they have given him so far. He has eight saves and has already struck out 20 batters on the year, putting him on pace for career bests in both categories through the first month of the season.

Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 for the Mariners on Friday, hitting his fourth home run and driving in his 16th and 17th runs of the season.

Fantasy Impact: It has been a relatively slow start to the season for Robinson Cano and for a Mariners team that is being decimated by injuries. He does have two home runs and eight hits in his last six games, though, so he is showing signs of heating up.

Blake Snell (0-2) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three to take a no-decision in Friday's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: If only Snell could get his control issues solved he would be a potential ace for the Rays. His 3.42 ERA is solid, but the 24-year-old lefty's 18:18 K:BB through 26.1 innings needs to be fixed if he wants to be successful. Snell's next start will come Wednesday at home against the Marlins.

Charlie Blackmon is red-hot at the dish right now, and on Friday he went 1-for-4 with a RBI to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.

Fantasy Impact: Through the first month of the season, Charlie Blackmon is showing that his breakout 2016 season was no fluke. He already has seven home runs and 24 RBIs on the season, and he is on pace to have an even better year in 2017 than he did in 2016.

Nolan Arenado continued his hot start to the 2017 season on Friday, hitting a double and going 1-for-3 with a walk. Arenado hit his seventh home run on Thursday, and he is now batting .315 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Through the first month of the season, Arenado has been as-advertised for fantasy owners. He is slashing .315 / .374 / .663 and is on pace to meet or surpass career bests in nearly every offensive category.

Mark Melancon picked up his fifth save of the year Friday night, pitching a scoreless inning without any strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Melancon hasn't received too many save opportunities this year but he has been very good since his Opening Day meltdown. He now has a 2.08 ERA for the season thought fantasy owners would like to see more K's.

Jeff Samardzija posted a quality start Friday night, pitching seven innings of three run ball at home against the Padres. He also gave up four hits, one walk, and struck out five.

Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately for those streaming Samardzija the Giants offense couldn't muster enough runs for the win, but it was an encouraging outing nonetheless. He now has a 6.32 ERA on the year, which make him tough to trust in anything other than a great matchup.

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals on Friday, and Brandon Kintzler added to his save total which now sits at six.

Fantasy Impact: Kintzler still has not allowed an earned run in 2017. He is perfect in save opportunities and owners should sit back and enjoy the production while it lasts.

Edwin Diaz earned his fourth save of the season and second his two nights. Diaz logged the final four outs of the game and added three strikeouts to his totals as the Mariners downed the Indians on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: For any owners that were concerned about Diaz's rocky start to the season, his recent string of performances should quell any fears. Diaz remains an elite closing option with electric stuff.