Cincinnati Reds

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Raisel Iglesias picked up his third save on Thursday in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Padres on Thursday. He struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning.

Fantasy Impact: This was a nice bounce back after Iglesias served up a walk-off home run in his previous outing. It's been a rough start to the year, but the right-hander lowered his ERA to 5.87 after this game. Iglesias should come around, and it's not like the Reds have anyone to push him for save opportunities in their bullpen anyway.

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Tanner Roark allowed one run on four hits over 5.1 innings in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Padres on Thursday. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 1-0.

Fantasy Impact: This start is almost identical to his previous start, where he allowed one run in 5.1 innings against the Cardinals. It would be nice if Roark could last six innings, because then he'd be notching quality starts in these outings. Still, Roark is inching his way back towards streamer territory depending on the matchup. His next start comes Wednesday against Atlanta.

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Tucker Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Barnhart had been searching for his first for a while, and was able to take Chris Paddack deep in Petco for a two-run bomb. He now has a .263 AVG and .132 ISO on the year, which is decent for a catcher in deep leagues, but his .404 OBP makes Barnhart great in points and OBP formats.

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Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' 4-1 win over the Padres on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: This was just Votto's second home run of the season, and it came on Chris Paddack's third pitch of the game. He raised his average to .228 and his ISO to .197 after this game. Votto should turn things around with the average, but he's no guarantee to rebound in the power department given his age. He still deserves a long leash because of his outstanding track record.

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Sonny Gray allowed three runs on two hits over six innings in the Reds' 3-2 loss to the Ddogers on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out nine while falling to 0-3.

Fantasy Impact: Gray left his previous start early with a calf contusion, so it was nice to see him go six innings and throw 87 pitches. Even though Gray took the loss, he did enough for the quality start and delivered a season-high nine strikeouts. His next start comes Tuesday vs. Atlanta.

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Eugenio Suárez is not in the starting lineup for the Reds afternoon game against the Dodgers Wednesday. (Source: Cincinnati Reds on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Just a routine day off for Suárez, who's batting .260 with 3 HR and 6 RBIs through his first 50 at-bats.


Tyler Mahle allowed four runs on 11 hits over six innings in the Reds' 6-1 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday. He walked none and struck out three while falling to 0-1.

Fantasy Impact: Mahle had delivered two solid outings prior to this game, but those came against the Pirates and Marlins. He shouldn't be used against a top offense like the Dodgers. This start was so bad from a run prevention standpoint, but allowing 11 hits in six innings really puts a dent in his WHIP. His next start comes Sunday at San Diego, and he could be a low-end streaming option in that game.

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Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 with an RBI single as the Reds fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Kemp is off to a dismal start to 2019, hitting just .195 with 14 strikeouts.

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Luis Castillo allowed two runs on four hits over five innings in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Monday. He walked five and struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: The five walks aren't very encouraging, and this inefficiency limited Castillo to just five innings. This start wasn't so bad all things considered, and Castillo had been so good coming into this game that we'll excuse a the five walks against the league's top offense this one time. His next start comes Saturday against San Diego.

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Yasiel Puig went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Reds' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Puig homered off former teammate Clayton Kershaw in the first, and now has two home runs in two days. He is known for his streakiness, and hopefully these two home runs are a sign of things to come after a miserable start to the year.

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Alex Wood (sore back) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday for the first time since experiencing a setback on March 24. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: The Reds initially hoped to have Wood back in mid-April prior to his setback, but they have not set a revised timetable for him to join the team. Perhaps that will change if Wood has a successful bullpen session on Saturday. Once he's healthy, Wood will be have to adjust to pitching in a more hitter-friendly home ballpark, but with a 3.29 ERA in over 800 career innings, he should be able to remain useful in standard mixed leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Nick Senzel (ankle) played three innings in an extended spring training game on Monday. (Source: Bobby Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Senzel played center field and got two at bats. He is planning to play five innings on Wednesday with the hopes of moving to Triple-A soon. Once Senzel has a couple of weeks in Triple-A the Reds will likely promote him to the big leagues, but that might not be until sometime in May.

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Curt Casali is starting at catcher and batting leadoff for the Reds on Monday against the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: This is Casali's first start at leadoff since high school, so things should be interesting. Casali should make a fine, cheap DFS play on Monday given his lineup spot.


Jesse Winker is not in the Reds' lineup for their Monday game against the Dodgers. Matt Kemp will start in left field and bat fourth.

Fantasy Impact: This looks like just a day off for Winker who, along with Joey Votto, will get a rest on Monday. Winker, who has been hot of late, should be back in the lineup tomorrow.


Jose Peraza went 0-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout in the Reds' 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Peraza reached on an error and scored, but he hasn't secured a hit since April 9. He is hittng .178 with no walks and 13 strikeouts in 46 PA thus far. His stolen base ability makes it hard to cut bait on Peraza in a Roto league, but there isn't much to be encouraged by here.

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Anthony DeSclafani allowed four runs on five hits over four innings in the Reds' 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. He walked three and struck out three.

Fantasy Impact: DeSclafani also served up a pair of home runs in this one. The long ball has been a huge problem for the right-hander over his career and he's already allowed four in three starts this season. He shouldn't be started in mixed leagues right now, even with his next start coming Friday in San Diego.

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Derek Dietrich went 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, and three RBI in the Reds' 5-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Dietrich's power has been insane to start the year, as he has a .500 ISO in 32 PA. He's just not doing anything else well. He has a 1:7 BB:K ratio and .233 AVG on the year. He also has a .158 BABIP, so Dietrich's poor average could be the result of bad luck, however it's hard to have a high BABIP with a 56.5% flyball rate. The Reds might want to give Dietrich a little more playing time considering Jose Iglesias is their starting shortstop, but until that happens Dietrich doesn't have much fantasy value.

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Jose Iglesias went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in the Reds' 2-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Don't expect this often, as Iglesias had just 21 home runs and an .094 ISO in 2408 career PA coming into this game. Iglesias is a glove-first shortstop that has fallen into playing time due to injury, and only has value in NL-only leagues.

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Scott Schebler went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI in the Reds' 14-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: It was nice to see Schebler homer off a lefty, even if it was Wei-Yin Chen. It's been a rough start to the season for Schebler, he's struck out 12 times in 37 PA, but he's now homered in back-to-back games and could hopefully be on the precipice of a hot streak. He hit 30 home runs and had a .252 ISO in 2017, so he is certainly capable of putting up power numbers.

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Kyle Farmer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' 6-5 extra innings loss to the Reds on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Farmer punished a Trevor Williams slider that got too much of the plate for a 414-foot bomb in the third. This was the first career home run for Farmer in 111 plate appearances, which tells you all you need to know about his fantasy upside. He'll continue to serve in a bench role for Cincinnati going forward.

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