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Edwin Encarnacion walks in win

Sat, May 25th 5:51am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-4 with a walk on Friday against Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: Encarnacion is hitting .249/.364/.503 with 13 homers to his part this year. He's been better than expected for the Mariners.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitch Haniger walks on Friday

Sat, May 25th 5:49am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Mitch Haniger went 0-for-4 with a walk on Friday against the A's.

Fantasy Impact: Haniger's slashing .228/.322/.480 with 12 home runs through this point. He's been disappointing with the batting averages but the power has been solid.

Category: Game Recaps


Wade LeBlanc takes second loss

Sat, May 25th 5:47am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Wade LeBlanc allowed four runs on five hits, one walk, and four strikeouts through five innings on Friday against the A's.

Fantasy Impact: LeBlanc's got a 7.33 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts through five starts this season. It's just been awful for him this season, he may be out of the rotation soon.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Piscotty homers in win

Sat, May 25th 5:44am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Stephen Piscotty 3-for-4 with a home run, two singles, one RBI, and two runs scored on Friday against Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Piscotty's .268/.339/.419 with six home runs through 50 games. He's been improving as of lately for the club, he's a decent option moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Matt Olson homers in win

Sat, May 25th 5:40am EDT
By Kamran Hoda

Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a walk, home run, three RBI, and one run scored on Friday against Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Olson's hitting .250/.360/.531 with five homers to his part. He's been decent to open up his 2019 campaign. He's got some fantasy appeal but isn't an ideal option.

Category: Game Recaps


Daniel Mengden allowed one run on five hits, five walk, and four strikeouts through four innings on Friday against the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Mengden's got a 3.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 13 strikeouts through 16 1/3 innings. He's been decent for Oakland so far but isn't a super trustworthy option.

Category: Game Recaps


Steven Brault allowed two runs on three hits over 5.2 innings in the Pirates' 10-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. He walked three and struck out one in the no decision.

Fantasy Impact: While technically one of Brault's better outings of the year, this wasn't exactly encouraging from a fantasy perspective. Brault's poor control and home run issues make him hard to trust, and his short leash limits his upside. He's not mixed league material. If he makes another start it would likely come Wednesday at Cincinnati.

Category: Game Recaps


Steve Cishek was charged with his second blown save after serving up a two-run home run in the top of the ninth in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday. He also took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Cishek was on borrowed time as the Cubs' closer anyway with Pedro Strop nearing a return, but one has to wonder whether he'll get another chance after this one. Cishek's value is fading, and he'll probably be dropped by most owners in a week's time.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a leadoff home run and two runs scored in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Schwarber led off the game with a homer off Anthony DeSclafani, which was one of three long balls given up by the Cincinnati righty. Schwarber has taken well to the lead off spot, having knocked at least one hit in seven of nine games atop the Cubs' lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


Kris Bryant went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant returned from a day of rest for his third consecutive multi-hit game. He's bounced back from a slow start and looks to be one of the game's elite hitters once again. Owners who rode out his down April are being rewarded for their patience.

Category: Game Recaps


George Springer, who left Friday's game against the Red Sox with a hamstring injury, is likely heading to the injured list according to A.J. Hinch. (Source: Brian McTaggart on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Both Springer and Hinch did not seem optimistic after the injury, so this appears like something that will take Springer out of action for awhile. Fantasy owners would be wise to immediately add Yordan Alvarez or Kyle Tucker, just in case one of them gets called up to take Springer's place.

Category: Injury Updates


Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: There aren't many players hotter than Rizzo right now, who has homered in three straight games and now has eight bombs in May. He's consistently an elite run producer, and owners can simply sit back and enjoy the hot streak while it lasts.

Category: Game Recaps


Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs on six hits over six innings in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday. He walked one and struck out nine in the no decision.

Fantasy Impact: The bullpen blew the win for Hendricks, but he still notched a quality start and put up his second-best strikeout rate in any start this year. Hendricks is a reliable, if low-upside SP2 and should be started in all matchups. His next outing comes Wednesday at Houston.

Category: Game Recaps


Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: That double was the first extra-base hit in ten days for Votto, who now has a paltry .128 ISO on the year along with a .215 AVG. His track record suggests Votto can turn things around, but his age and power decline from last season should be cause for concern. In deeper leagues, owners are stuck with him, but patience is wearing for those that own him in shallow leagues. Don't drop Votto yet, but there's a spot on the bench with his name on it.

Category: Game Recaps


Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and three RBI in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: This was Puig's first game since Sunday due to a shoulder ailment, and he made an impact right away in his return. He now has eight home runs on the year, but his .213/.258/.379 triple slash leaves much to be desired. Hopefully, the time off not only got Puig physically healthy, but gave him a much-needed mental break which will help him produce at a high level once again.

Category: Game Recaps


Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez took Steve Cishek deep in the top of the ninth for the game-winning home run, completing the come back for Cincinnati. The powerful third baseman now has 14 home runs and a .286 ISO on the year, making him a reliable source of run production in the middle of the Reds' lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


Anthony DeSclafani allowed four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings in the Reds' 6-5 win over the Cubs on Friday. He walked three and struck out two in the no decision.

Fantasy Impact: This game was vintage DeSclafani, in the worst way possible. He allowed three home runs and only had a 55% strike rate, and failed to work deep into the game. This is the second straight game where DeSclafani has allowed three home runs, and the third straight game where he's pitched fewer than five innings. His next start comes Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh, but he cannot be trusted in any matchup right now.

Category: Game Recaps


Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Andrew Heaney (elbow) will return from the IL to make Sunday's start against the Rangers. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The righty registered 10 strikeouts in 4.1 innings during Monday's Triple-A rehab outing. He's an intriguing add after striking out a batter per inning last season, but wait a turn or two before inserting him into starting lineups.

Category: Injury Updates


The Mets have signed Matt Kemp to a minor league contract. (Source: New York Mets on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Having recently sent Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil to the IL, the Mets need warm bodies in the outfield. Kemp was hitting .200/.210/.283 with a -0.8 fWAR in 20 games before getting cast aside by the Reds, so he's likely just organizational depth who could at most receive some reps against lefties down the road. He's no more than a deep-league add if ever promoted.

Category: Transactions


Christian Yelich (back) is batting second and playing right field on Friday versus the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Yelich hasn’t played since Sunday because of a back issue but is good to go for the weekend series in Philadelphia.

Category: Injury Updates