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Ian Kennedy rusty again

Sun, May 28th 1:08pm EDT
By Carmen Maiorano


Ian Kennedy is still struggling after being activated from the DL two starts ago. He pitched five innings, surrendering four runs on three hits and two walks. He also struck out four batters.

Fantasy Impact: Kennedy's ERA has ballooned to 4.43 over these past two starts, and he has not had a win yet. He has struck out 36 batters in 42 2/3 innings, and has a decent 1.15 WHIP. His 5.12 xFIP shows that Kennedy may have had a lot of luck in the early going, as his ERA was sub-3 prior to going on the DL. Owners should definitely consider dropping Kennedy until he can turn it around.

Brandon Moss launched a two out, three-run homer Friday. It was his only hit on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Moss is having a very up-and down season, as he is only batting .195. His nine homers are impressive, but he only has 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored. Moss is not worth rostering at this point.

Kelvin Herrera has had a nice weekend so far, converting both of his save chances against the Indians. He has pitched two innings, struck out three hitters, and allowed two hits.

Fantasy Impact: Herrera had a few rough outings in a row last week, but has bounced back nicely. Herrera has finally brought his ERA back down to sub-4 levels (3.86), and striking out 22 batters in 21 innings. His 3.27 xFIP shows that his stats are likely to get even better. Herrera's eleven saves are tied for eighth in all of major league baseball.

Jason Vargas squared off against Danny Salazar Saturday, scattering nine hits. Those nine hits resulted in two runs. He walked two and also struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Vargas did not do anything particularly special during this outing, but he did enough to earn the win. Vargas has probably pitched worse than his numbers indicate this year, but overall he has a 2.39 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 51 Ks in 60 1/3 innings. His 4.39 xFIP indicates some negative regression is in order.

Eric Hosmer was ejected in the first inning on Saturday after arguing a called third strike on a checked swing with the bases loaded. Manager Ned Yost was immediately ejected after arguing the same call.

Fantasy Impact: Well, that was disappointing for Hosmer owners, a big fat zero. Hopefully, he can stay in the game on Sunday, when Hosmer and the Royals finish their three-game series against RHP Josh Tomlin and the Indians.

Mike Moustakas finished 3-for-4 with a home run, run scored, RBI and walked once as the Royals take the second consecutive game against the Indians with a 5-2 win on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Moustakas is having a great series against the Indians so far. In two games, he is hitting 5-for-9 (.555) with two home runs, double, two RBI, two runs scored and walked once. He will look to continue his Cleveland dominance as the Royals take on RHP Josh Tomlin to close out the three-game series on Sunday. He definitely should be in all lineups.

Miguel Almonte will make his first start of his career against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees Friday. (Source: Rustin Dodd from the Kansas City Star)

Fantasy Impact: Almonte was once a highly touted prospect, but endured a rough 2016 (5.92 ERA, 46 walks in 76 innings). Almonte is not a streaming option- you should look elsewhere.

Nathan Karns to the DL

Wed, May 24th 10:25pm EDT
By Carmen Maiorano


Nathan Karns was sent to the DL today, retroactive to May 21, with stiffness in his right forearm. He is eligible to return next Wednesday. (Source: Rustin Dodd on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This move was essentially made to get Alex Gordon back from paternity leave. Karns is likely to miss only one start. He has been a great source of strikeouts this season, with 51 Ks in 45 2/3 innings. Look for him on the waiver wire once he returns.

Jason Hammel had yet another losing performance against Luis Severino and the Yankees, dropping his record to 1-6. He actually pitched well, allowing only three runs on six hits over six innings. He even struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: It seems that this was vintage Chicago Cubs Jason Hammel, with a nice quality start. He is not worth rostering until he can perform like this on a consistent basis. He has an unsightly 6.20 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 2017.

Less than a week after dominating the Yankees, Danny Duffy came back to stymie the Yanks yet again. Duffy fired seven innings, allowing six hits and three walks. Two of those hits were solo homers. He struck out seven batters as well.

Fantasy Impact: Duffy has been on fire the past couple starts, and his fantasy owners are finally getting the value they expected out of him when he was drafted. Duffy is now 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 52 Ks in 64 2/3 innings.

Lorenzo Cain went 1-for-3 hitting his second home run of the season in a 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. Cain struck out once and also issue a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Cain finally broke out of his cold spell. He was 0-for-12 his previous three games.

Jorge Soler went 1-for-3 Monday night in a 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Soler struck out twice while walking once.

Fantasy Impact: Soler is now hitting .170 on the season. He has one home run and two RBIs with a 8:14 H:K ratio. Leave him on waivers.

Jake Junis fared much better than the ever-aging Chris Young in a spot start against the Twins on Sunday, going 4 2/3 innings in a no decision. He surrendered two runs on five hits and three walks. He also struck out four batters.

Fantasy Impact: Junis was then promptly optioned to Triple A to make room for Ian Kennedy to start the second game of the double header. If Nathan Karns goes to the DL, expect Junis to be called back up, as he has performed much better than Chris Young. Junis would only be a stream play once he gets called back up, however.

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs Sunday night in a 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. It was Perez's 10th and 11th home runs of the season

Fantasy Impact: Perez had a big offensive game hitting fourth in the lineup at DH. Unfortunately, the one and two hitters in the lineup (Alcides Esscobar and Lorenzo Cain) combined to go 1-for-8.

Jorge Bonifacio went 1-for-5 hitting his fourth home run of the season in a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Bonifacio has now hit home runs in his last two games.

Fantasy Impact: Bonifacio is hitting .270 on the season and has been getting quite a bit of playing time since getting called up in April. With only four home runs and 10 RBI to show for a month of work, hold off before you clamor the waiver wire to pick him up.

Royals backup C Drew Butera was 3-for-4 in Sunday's 9-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Butera hit a solo HR and scored three times and drove in two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Great game aside, Butera has zero fantasy value playing behind Salvador Perez, who catches more games than anyone else in baseball. Barring an injury to Perez, who Butera ironically injured in the World Baseball Classic this winter, Butera won't be seeing any extra playing time.

Alcides Escobar continues to hit leadoff for the Royals and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI in the Royals 9-8 win over the Orioles on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: While Alcides Escobar is only hitting .226 (7-for-31) and 4 RBI since being placed in the leadoff role, the Royals has won six of seven since moving him into that role. He has not gained any fantasy value since the move, and don't see any positive movement in the future.

Chris Young allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed two homers, struck out three, and walked one.

Fantasy Impact: For some unknown reason, Ned Yost keeps trotting Young out there every fifth day while Ian Kennedy is on the DL. The Royals offense has bailed Young out twice recently, but Young is nowhere near rosterable in any fantasy format.

Alex Gordon went 0-for-4 in Kansas City's 6-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. Gordon now has one hit in his last eight games.

Fantasy Impact: Alex Gordon is now hitting .158 on the season, batting a putrid .103 in May. He only has 19 hits and seven RBIs this season to match his 28 strikeouts.

Whit Merrifield batted leadoff and hit a home run, his second of the season. He finished 1-for-5 with a run scored and one rbi in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Merrifield has been getting the majority of the starts at second base, since Raul Mondesi's demotion. Merrifield has not stepped up since being placed in the lineup. He is only hitting .214. Fantasy owners should not look here for any help for their teams.

Raul Mondesi failed to show any sign of life after he struggled to begin the season after being named the starter after spring training. In 39 at-bats, he hit .103/.167/.179 and the Royals had seen enough and he was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.

Fantasy Impact: Look for Whit Merrifield, Chester Cuthbert and Christian Colon to vie for playing time at second base. Whit Merrifield could become valuable in AL-only leagues.