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Kevin Gausman pitches well

Sat, May 27th 9:36am EDT
By Brendan Tuma

BAL

Kevin Gausman looked good Friday night in Houston, allowing two runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched. He also struck out two and walked none.

Fantasy Impact: This makes two straight starts that Gausman has surrendered just two runs despite allowing a combined 18 hits. His ERA on the year is still an ugly 6.17 but he could be headed in the right direction.


Brad Brach allowed just a walk in a scoreless inning Wednesday afternoon. Brach also struck out two in the non save situation.

Fantasy Impact: The Orioles were losing but wanted their closer to get some work. It's good to see him pitch well after struggling earlier this month. He remains a top 10 closer in fantasy leagues.


Chris Tillman takes loss

Wed, May 24th 4:08pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

BAL

Chris Tillman picked up his first loss of 2017 on Wednesday afternoon against the Twins, allowing four runs on nine hits over five innings. Tillman also walked two and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Tillman now has a 4.43 ERA on the season and isn't pitching as well as he has in past years. The lack of strikeouts prevent him from being a streaming option at the moment. For now, Dylan Bundy is the only Baltimore starter who can be relied on in fantasy leagues.


The Twins beat the Orioles 2-0 on Tuesday. Jonathan Schoop reached base twice and finished 1-for-2 with a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the loss, this was a productive day at the plate for Schoop. He is hitting .270 on the year, which is a little higher than his career average. His other numbers like BABIP and SLG percentage are all in line as well. Schoop should be owned in larger leagues, but he has more value as a cheaper option in DFS.


Dylan Bundy pitches well in loss

Tue, May 23rd 10:56pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

BAL

Dylan Bundy was effective Tuesday night against the Twins, allowing two runs over seven innings. Bundy also struck out seven, walked three, and allowed six hits.

Fantasy Impact: Bundy certainly pitched well tonight, however, he fell victim to a brilliant outing from Twins starter Ervin Santana. Still, it was nice to see Bundy getting back to piling up strike outs. He can safely be started in fantasy lineups moving forward.


Adam Jones went 1-4 Monday, the lone hit being a three-run bomb. This was his 125th homer at Camden Yards, the most by one player of all time.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been on a hot streak recently, which is helping his numbers get in line with his career norms. Jones is now up to 8 homers, 23 RBIs, and 21 runs.


Ubaldo Jimenez struggled once again Monday night against the Twins, allowing six earned runs over four innings pitched. Jimenez gave up nine hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: Jimenez now has an ERA of 7.17 on the season. He shouldn't be anywhere near your fantasy team.


Mark Trumbo is having himself a very productive may with 16 runs scored, 11 RBIs and four HRs

Fantasy Impact: The HR numbers are down a bit so far this year, but Trumbo is finding other was to contribute for owners. The HR will come around as he remains a must own, must start player in most formats.


Chris Davis went 0-for-4 in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. He went a combined 1-for-14 in the three game weekend series.

Fantasy Impact: Davis was bad over the weekend. He struck out a whopping nine times in 14 at-bats against Toronto pitchers. Davis will get a favorable match-up tonight to try and get it together as the Twins send 0-4 right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson to the mound to open a three game series in Baltimore.


Manny Machado will get x-rays of his hand after being hit by a pitch in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. The x-rays are said to be precautionary. He was hit in his final at-bat of the three game series in which he went 2-for-11 with a solo home run and two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Machado stayed in the game which may lead people to believe he is going to be fine. However, if anything shows up or any soreness is felt, the precautionary x-rays may lead to a precautionary day or two off. Keep an eye out for the results and if Machado is set to miss any time.


Wade Miley pitches well in loss

Sun, May 21st 5:06pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

BAL

Wade Miley allowed three runs (zero earned) over seven innings on Sunday afternoon, striking out three while giving up six hits and one walk.

Fantasy Impact: Miley entered the contest averaging more than a strikeout per inning so the lack of K's was somewhat surprising. Still, he continues to pitch well and somehow has a 2.59 ERA on the season through nine starts. It's difficult to trust him, however, as he was leading the American League in walks allowed before this start. He isn't a recommended fantasy option at the moment.


Welington Castillo went 1-3 with a three-run bomb to help the Orioles propel past the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Castillo continues to stay hot off his return from the DL, mashing three homers in his past two games. His average is up to .364 with four homers and 16 RBIs. He is a great play in all formats right now, especially DFS. He will bat as the DH on Sunday.


Seth Smith went 2-4 Thursday, which included a solo homer, his fourth on the year. He also hit an RBI single.

Fantasy Impact: Even though he has been playing in a platoon role, Smith has thrived at the top of the Orioles lineup when given the opportunity. His average is .310, and he has 10 RBIs and 16 runs scored over 84 at-bats. Smith still is not relevant for fantasy purposes, however.


Trey Mancini keeps on hitting

Thu, May 18th 12:38pm EDT
By Carmen Maiorano

BAL

Trey Mancini went 2-3 against the Tigers Wednesday. He also had a sacrifice fly.

Fantasy Impact: Mancini now has his average up to an even .300 with 7 homers, 22 RBIs, and 9 runs scored. He has hit well in the minors, so the average is likely to stay. He also has shown a bit of power, hitting 23 homers across all leagues last year (including three with the big-league O's). Give Mancini a test drive in your outfield if he's still available.


Francisco Pena had two homers on Saturday against the resurgent Nathan Karns, both solo hots.

Fantasy Impact: Pena made the most of a rare start, as he did some damage against the Royals Saturday. He promised his mom that he would hit a homer for her for Mother's Day weekend, and she was fortunate enough to see him hit two. Unfortunately for him, he is unlikely to keep playing, as he is currently second on the depth chart, and will drop to third once Welington Castillo is back.


Caleb Joseph went 3-3 Friday, a few days after going 4-4. He hit a double off of Danny Duffy and a triple off of Kelvin Herrera.

Fantasy Impact: With Welington Castillo sidelined, Joseph has stepped up of late. Hopefully the Orioles can find time to keep Joseph in the lineup when Castillo gets back.


J.J. Hardy went 1-for-3 with a run scored on Wednesday as the Orioles fell to the Nationals 7-6.

Fantasy Impact: Hardy has had a decent series against Washington going 4-for-11 in three games, but his .209 average and .248 OBP for the season still has him off of the fantasy radar.


Zach Britton out 45-60 days

Tue, May 9th 6:13pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

BAL

Zach Britton is going to be sidelined for at least 45-60 more days after visiting Dr. Neil ElAttrache this past weekend.

Fantasy Impact: This means Brad Brach is going to be a top 5-10 closer for at least the next couple of months. In shallow leagues Britton can be dropped, though the Orioles hope he can return around the all-star break.


Joey Rickard flashed his talent Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Rickard has been hitting atop the Orioles leadoff spot recently, and today he took advantage of it. There are much more intriguing options on your league's waiver wire, so don't look to roster Rickard just yet.


Darren O'Day picked up the save Saturday night against the White Sox, pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Closer Zach Britton is going to be on the DL for a while, but Brad Brach is expected to see most the save opportunities while he's out. Still, O'Day will get some opportunities here and there. He should be owned in leagues with holds.


Tyler Wilson earned the win Thursday night against the Red Sox, pitching six innings of three run ball while striking out one.

Fantasy Impact: It was nice to see Wilson post a quality start, but the lack of strikeouts make him irrelevant in fantasy leagues moving forward.