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Fantasy Baseball Week 3: Weekend Roundup - Major League Baseball's Significant Storylines

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Adam Ronis wraps up this weekend's biggest storylines across Major League Baseball.


Clearly, something is wrong with Kenta Maeda and he might get his next start pushed back a day. He allowed six runs on nine hits, including four home runs in five innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He has an 8.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 19 innings. Maeda has allowed seven home runs. The 19:5 K:BB ratio is fine, his velocity is up, he's not allowing a lot of hard contact and he has a 14.7 percent swinging strike rate. He's pitched in Coors Field and in Arizona, but he's still pitched poorly. Hold him in 12-team leagues or more and bench for now. If Maeda gets pushed back to Friday, there's a good chance Julio Urias is called up to pitch Wednesday or Thursday so add him now if he's available.


Just when it appeared Miguel Cabrera was heating up and over his back injury, a right groin strain put the Tigers first baseman on the 10-day DL. Cabrera was 12-for-28 with three home runs over his last eight games. The Tigers expect him to return in the minimum 10 days.

The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on paternity leave. He is scheduled to start Tuesday in Colorado and will likely have the start pushed back as his wife is set to give birth.

Yoenis Cespedes missed the weekend series against the Nationals with a hamstring injury, but he was on deck to pinch hit when the final out was recorded Sunday. Cespedes said he will be ready when the Mets play Tuesday.

Troy Tulowitzki and Cameron Bedrosian landed on the 10-day DL. Bud Norris looks like the leading candidate to get saves for the Angels. He recorded a clean save on Saturday. He has 11 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.

Joc Pederson left Sunday's game with a tight groin. He will be re-evaluated Monday.

Dustin Pedroia will have an MRI on his knee and ankle.

Ryan Zimmerman hit his sixth home run against the Mets Sunday night. He's batting .387 with a .774 slugging percentage and 16 RBIs. He should be owned in all leagues and it's all a matter of health for him.

Playing time was the biggest concern for Michael Conforto with the Mets having no place to play him, but he's hitting too well to sit. He went 3-for-4 with a home run off Max Scherzer on Sunday and is batting .361 with a .722 slugging percentage with four home runs and eight RBIs and should be owned in 12 team leagues and more. 


Brandon McCarthy went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in Arizona to get the win. He has a 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and a 22:8 K:BB ratio in 24 innings.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was transferred to the 60-day DL. There's a lot of concern here as the biceps hasn't improved and he had an elbow injury last season and elected rehab instead of surgery.

Tyler Skaggs pitched well for the second straight start. He pitched seven innings and allowed seven hits, two earned runs, and struck out four to get a win over the Blue Jays.

Matt Bush pitched a scoreless inning to get a win on Saturday and threw another scoreless inning to get the save on Sunday. I expect him to succeed and keep the job as the closer.

If you got a discount on Carlos Carrasco due to his elbow issues in the spring, it has been a great return so far. He pitched eight shutout innings and allowed three hits, one walk and struck out eight in a win over the White Sox and has a 1.65 ERA.

Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer of the season.

Nelson Cruz is starting to heat up. He homered and drove in five Sunday.

Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs on Saturday and has seven home runs with 15 RBIs and a .300 average.

After getting 10 strikeouts in 13.2 innings to open the season, Marlins pitcher Dan Straily struck out 14 in seven innings and allowed four hits, no walks and two earned runs against the Padres.

Ivan Nova was terrific against his former team on Sunday. Nova pitched seven innings and allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out seven in a win over the Yankees. He is 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and a 15:1 K:BB ratio in 27 innings.

Cesar Hernandez was supposed to steal a lot of bases. Surprisingly, he has supplied power, too. He hit his fourth home run and is batting .338.

Mike Foltynewicz had two good starts this week. On Sunday, he pitched seven innings and allowed four hits, two walks, one run and struck out nine in a no-decision. He has a 3.20 ERA.


Andrew Triggs' streak of 17.2 scoreless innings came to an end in the first inning on Sunday against the Mariners. He allowed five hits and six runs in 4.2 innings and has a 2.42 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.

Shelby Miller left Sunday's start early with tightness in his forearm.

Marcus Stroman went the distance on Sunday in a win over the Angels. He allowed seven hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out five.

Ryan Madson picked up a save on Saturday, but Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolittle had worked three of the previous four days.

Jose Altuve got off to a poor start, but he's picked it up recently. He went 3-for-5 with a homer on Sunday and is hitting .324 with 11 runs, two home runs, seven RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Stephen Souza hit his fourth homer Sunday and is hitting .347 with 17 RBIs.

Kyle Seager was scratched from the lineup on Sunday with a sore hip. It was bothering him for a few days and doesn't appear to be serious.


The Mariners designated Leonys Martin for assignment. He was batting .111 with a .130 slugging percentage. Jarrod Dyson will move to center field and it could put Tyler Motter in the outfield mix with Jean Segura expected to be activated from the DL Tuesday. Daniel Vogelbach was called up and he should see some time at first base against right-handers.

Koda Glover picked up a save on Saturday by getting one out and got another save Sunday night against the Mets. Shawn Kelley had pitched three of the previous four days, so it was surprising to see him sit for two straight days. Both should be owned.

After a shaky start, Seung-hwan Oh saved games on three straight days.

Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Sunday and is 9-for-10. He is batting .225 with a .273 on-base percentage. 

Joey Gallo homered again on Sunday. It was his fourth homer in the last five games, giving him six for the season with 14 RBIs, although he's batting .213.

Not much is going right for the Royals offense, but Mike Moustakas has been a bright spot. He is hitting .286 with six home runs and nine RBIs after hitting a homer off Yu Darvish on Sunday.

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Yu Darvish pitched well against the Royals on Sunday, going eight innings, allowing five hits, two runs, and one walk with eight strikeouts. He is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 31:13 K:BB ratio in 32.2 innings.

Austin Hedges began the season 0-for-24. I drafted him in two leagues and stayed patient. He homered for the third straight game Saturday and has five for the season.

Rajai Davis missed his third straight game Sunday with a hamstring injury.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said J.D. Martinez will be activated from the DL in late April or early May.

Robbie Ray is 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA, but he hasn't pitched well. He allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings to get a win over the Dodgers. He walked two and struck out six. While he has an 11.41 K/9, he has a 5.32 BB/9 and a 47.4 percent hard hit rate.

Astros outfielder George Springer left Saturday's game with a hamstring injury and missed Sunday's game. He's not expected to miss much time. He had played 205 consecutive games.

Brandon Phillips is off to a good start and was moved to the second spot in the batting order on Sunday. Dansby Swanson batted eighth for the third straight game.

Didi Gregorius began his rehab assignment and is expected to return in early May.

Sonny Gray made his first rehab start on Saturday and pitched five scoreless innings in Single-A. He allowed one hit, no walks and struck out six.

Lance Lynn continued his strong start by allowing three hits, two walks one run and struck out seven in  six innings. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and a 20:8 K:BB ratio in 23.1 innings.

Francisco Lindor hit his fifth homer of the season on Sunday. He is batting .315 with 12 RBIs.

Craig Kimbrel has been one of the best closers so far. He picked up save No. 7 on Sunday and has a 17:2 K:BB ratio in 9.1 innings.

Andrew Benintendi went 5-for-5 on Sunday. He is batting .347 with 10 runs, one home run, 11 RBIs and two steals.

Chase Anderson allowed an unearned run in a no-decision against the Cardinals. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out six in six innings. He has a 1.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

Ian Kennedy pitched well again, but has no wins with the Royals offense struggling. Kennedy allowed four hits, three walks, one run and struck out three in Texas. Kennedy is 0-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.

Kyle Freeland allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three in seven scoreless innings against the Giants. He has a 3.32 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and a 14:10 K:BB ratio in 21.2 innings. He allows too much contact to succeed in Coors Field. 

Jeff Samardzija had another bad outing on Sunday. He allowed seven runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings at Coors Field. He has a 7.40 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.

Mike Leake picked up another win to improve to 3-1. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out six against the Brewers. He has a 1.32 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and a 20:4 K:BB ratio in 27.1 innings.

Anthony Rizzo has homered in three straight games.

Kevin Gausman allowed the first four hitters of the game to score and was awful again. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, eight hits, three walks and three home runs against the Red Sox. He has a 7.50 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. Don't drop him yet but keep on the bench.

Eduardo Rodriguez threw six scoreless innings in a win against the Orioles. He allowed one hit, walked five and struck out seven. He has a 3.12 ERA and 22:12 K:BB ratio in 17.1 innings.

Aaron Sanchez threw on Saturday for the first time since undergoing a finger procedure last Monday.

Howie Kendrick is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with an oblique injury. Aaron Altherr will benefit and he homered on Sunday. Add him in leagues of 12 teams and more.

Chris Tillman will make another rehab start on Thursday. He could join the Orioles following that game if things go well.

Zach Britton's MRI showed no structural damage on his forearm.

Hunter Pence didn't start on Saturday due to a sore knee, but returned the next day and went 2-for-3.

Kendall Graveman will throw a bullpen Monday and if all goes well, he will be activated from the DL on Thursday.

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