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Game Recaps

Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with a single and double in the Brewers' 1-0 loss to the Cubs Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Braun has now raised his average to .275 and OPS to .835. He also returned to first base for the first time since March 30th. Braun will presumably see more playing time at first with Eric Thames set to miss an extended period of time. Braun now has three games at first, so he'll be picking up first base eligibility in most leagues soon and get a little bump in value.

Alexander Colome pitched a scoreless inning in a non-save situation against the Orioles. He allowed two hits while striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: Although Colome gave up two hits, this was still a positive outing. After such a bad start, Colome has now lowered his season ERA to 6.30. He will continue to close for the Rays going forward.

Chris Archer registered his second win of the season while allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles. He gave up 11 hits and walked one while striking out seven.

Fantasy Impact: This was hardly Archer’s best start but he wound up with a win, showing just how meaningless that stat can be. The Rays' offense has been hot as of late and it was good to see Archer take advantage of it. Archer has been disappointing thus far and looks to rebound in his next start on the road against Detroit.

Ozzie Albies went 2-for-5 with a double, homer, three RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's 7-4 win over Cincinnati. His stat line sits at .288/.333/.635 to go with a stout .968 OPS.

Fantasy Impact: Albies is just another solid addition to the Braves lineup but he offers considerable game-changing talent as well. Just another Braves player to target in trades, he'll fetch a high price but would be well worth it, especially in keeper formats.

Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. He carries a .326/.455/.584 line thus far with a 1.040 OPS.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman leads the majors with 11 doubles and is rolling along towards another fantastic year.

Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Reds. The homer was his first as a major-leaguer.

Fantasy Impact: This is exactly what all the hype was about, except you'll come to realize that it wasn't really hype. He's primed to become a generational player. 5-tool plus guy.

Drew Hutchison pitched very well in relief in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. He allowed only a run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one. Hutchison's outing lowered his ERA to 3.27 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Hutchison has pitched reasonably well with the exception of a poor outing on April 4 against the Mets. In 11 innings, he's struck out 10 and allowed only one home run. On the downside, he has a tendency to get wild, issuing seven walks.

Ben Lively failed to get out of the third in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. He allowed seven earned runs on seven hits, two home runs and four walks. Lively dropped to 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA for the season.

Fantasy Impact: It would not be surprised if Lively were sent to the minors. He's gone six innings only once in his five starts. Lively has allowed 34 hits in 23 1/3 innings and opponents are hitting .337 against him.

Sean Newcomb allowed five hits, four runs (all earned), and three walks while fanning seven in Thursday's no-decision start against the Reds, a game the Braves won, 7-4. He will face Noah Syndergaard and the Mets next, Wednesday in New York.

Fantasy Impact: Newcomb was doing great until the 5th inning when he surrendered the four runs, including a three-run shot by Joey Votto. Newcomb will be fine, he's still rounding into form and working on his command but is also continuing to show promise.

Brock Holt was pulled from Thursday night's game vs the Blue Jays with an apparent hamstring injury. He was 1-for-1 in the game with a double.

Fantasy Impact: Holt was injured running out a double in his first at-bat of the game. After he rounded first base you could see him grab the hamstring area of his leg, as he walked gingerly into second base. It didn't look serious and he tried to stay in the game, but manager Alex Cora took the conservative route.

Cespedes provided a spark in the offense, but it wasn't enough for the New York Mets. He finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Fantasy Impact: Cespedes now has a three game hitting streak. He's hitting a paltry .211 for the season, but has five homeruns and 23 RBIs. If he can improve on the hitting, his overall numbers should pop higher. He should be fine going forward.

Bruce got two more hits in the New York Mets loss to the St, Louis Cardinals. He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: He's still only hitting .238 for the season, but has really picked up his hitting in this series. He continues to hit at the heart of a potent Mets lineup so his fantasy owners need to be patient.

Nimmo got the start for the Mets and finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and one run scored.

Fantasy Impact: This game marked the first start in the outfield for Nimmo in two weeks. He will likely continue to come off the bench for the Mets. He has little upside in season long leagues and is only useful as a punt option in DFS.

Felipe Vasquez allowed no runs on two hits and one walk to pick up the win Thursday vs. the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: It was not the clean inning Vasquez and fantasy owners were hoping for, but they will take the win. The Pirates' closer does not seem to be the dominant player we saw last season but has pitched well after a rough start. He should rack up plenty of saves for this surprisingly competitive Pittsburgh ball club.

Ivan Nova allowed no runs on six hits, no walks, and five strikeouts over eight innings in a no decision Thursday vs. the Tigers

Fantasy Impact: Nova is having a solid season having earned a 3.32 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 33 innings. The veteran has only walked one during that span and has quickly become a very streamable pitcher in mixed leagues. Nova will take on the Nationals on the road next week.

Gregory Polanco went 1-for-3 with a double and walk Thursday afternoon vs. the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: Polanco has continued his up and down start to the 2018 season with a solid performance today. The Pirates' young outfielder will need to make a step forward this year if is to deliver on the promise of his potential.

Corey Dickerson went 1-for-4 with a walk-off solo home run Thursday vs. the Tigers.

Fantasy Impact: The home run was Dickerson's second of the year. Fantasy owners should continue to deploy him in mixed leagues whole he is healthy and hitting.

Brandon Finnegan gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Braves. Finnegan gave up one home run, walked one, and struck out four in 77 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Finnegan pounded the zone Wednesday as 52 of his 77 pitches went for strikes, and he only walked one batter. That being said, he was roughed up for seven hits over five innings. Finnegan and his 8.03 ERA should be avoided until he can start missing some more bats.

Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Astros. Pujols now has five home runs on the year through 101 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: At this point in his career, Pujols' value mainly lies in his power numbers. He probably won't approach his career average of .305 this year, but he should still put up 20+ home runs and 80+ RBIs while keeping the average around .250. He's worth a roster spot but probably won't win your league for you.

Doug Fister gave up two earned runs on four hits while striking out three over 4.2 innings in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the A's. Fister's ERA dropped slightly to 3.93 in 18.1 innings pitched so far this year.

Fantasy Impact: Fister threw 105 pitches on Wednesday night, 20 more than his previous season-high of 85. That being said, he still wasn't able to make it past the sixth inning and hasn't yet in any of his four starts so far this season. Unless you're in dire need of a starting pitcher, leave Fister on the waiver wire for now.