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Fantasy Baseball Week 4: 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.

The Nationals offense was crushing it. The Nationals have been one of the most potent lineups in baseball, but they took a huge loss over the weekend. Adam Eaton stumbled over the first base bag on Friday and had to be carried off the field. Right away, it was apparent the injury was serious and it was confirmed on Saturday.

Eaton has a torn ACL and is expected to miss 6-9 months to end his season. He has a left ACL tear, meniscus tear and a high ankle sprain. Michael Taylor will get most of the at-bats in Eaton's place. Taylor strikes out a lot, but he will steal bases. He batted .231 with seven home runs and 14 steals in 76 games last season.

Noah Syndergaard had biceps tendonitis last week and was scratched from his scheduled start. He threw a bullpen and said he was good to go on Sunday. He started, allowed five runs and grabbed his arm after a pitch in the second inning and left the game. An MRI Monday showed Syndergaard has a partial tear of his right lat muscle. There is no timetable for his return. Steven Matz missed two months with a partial lat tear in 2015.

Anthony Rendon has been ice cold. When the Nationals put up a bevy of runs at Coors Field this past week, Rendon was quiet. He made up for it in a huge way Sunday, going 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 with two home runs and is batting .301 with four home runs.

Ian Desmond returned from the DL Sunday and started in left field, going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

J.D. Martinez took nine at-bats in extended spring training Friday and was sore as he comes back from a foot fracture. Martinez got treatment over the weekend instead of more at-bats.

Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola still felt soreness in his lower back after throwing a bullpen on Friday. Nola was scheduled to return Monday and that won't happen.

The A's placed Sean Manaea on the 10-day DL with a left shoulder strain. He is expected to miss one start. Sonny Gray is scheduled to return this week, potentially Tuesday.

Ivan Nova's dominance continued with a gem on Saturday. He threw a three-hit shutout, walked none and struck out seven. He needed 95 pitches and has 22:1 K:BB ratio in 36 innings. In 100.2 innings with the Pirates, Nova has walked four batters.

Aaron Judge hit two home runs on Friday and another on Saturday. He has 10 home runs and 20 RBIs and has been one of the biggest surprises.

Michael Pineda is finally showing some consistency. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed two runs – both unearned – five hits, one walk and struck out eight against the Orioles on Saturday. He is 3-1 with with a 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 37:4 K:BB ratio in 28.2 innings.

The Dodgers said that Cody Bellinger will return to the minors when Joc Pederson returns from the DL. Bellinger could change that decision and he took a step in that direction with two home runs on Saturday.

Hector Neris has struggled since taking over as closer and allowed three straight home runs to the Dodgers on Saturday night to blow a three-run lead. He has allowed at least one run in four of his last five games. Joaquin Benoit could return to the closer role.

Just when it looked like Roberto Osuna could be in danger of losing his job, he converted two saves over the weekend without allowing a run.

Many were concerned about Zack Greinke's velocity drop in the spring, but it hasn't hurt him. Greinke pitched six innings and allowed seven hits, two walks, three runs and struck out nine. He was in line for the win before Fernando Rodney blew the save. Greinke is 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.82 K/9 and 1.96 BB/9.

Speaking of Rodney, he allowed three runs, two walks and two hits in his second blown save. He has allowed two home runs in 10 innings and has a 6.8 BB/9. Rodney has a 12.60 ERA. It sounds like the Diamondbacks might stick with Rodney as closer. Archie Bradley has been more valuable in a multiple inning role and could also potentially start with Shelby Miller out for the season. J.J. Hoover or Tom Wilhelmsen could be next in line to close.

Shelby Miller will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Matt Kemp hit three home runs on Saturday.

Congrats if you drafted Dallas Keuchel. He's back. He pitched 7.2 innings on Sunday and allowed three hits, two walks, one run and struck out nine in a win over the A's. He is 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and a 36:11 K:BB ratio in 44.2 innings.

Michael Brantley looks like he's back, too. He hit his fifth home run and it was his third in the last six games.

Nelson Cruz hit his seventh homer Sunday and has five in the last six games.

Wil Myers had two home runs and six RBIs over the weekend. He is batting .310 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and two stolen bases.

Yu Darvish threw 125 pitches on Saturday and went six innings, allowing three hits, two runs – one earned – four walks and stuck out 10. He is 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA.

Carlos Gomez is starting to heat up and he hit for the cycle on Saturday. 

Rajai Davis is on track to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Andrew Triggs bounced back from a bad outing with an excellent performance on Saturday. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks and struck out nine. He is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA.

Howie Kendrick worked out at first base over the weekend. Tommy Joseph is struggling and Aaron Altherr has been hitting. This is excellent news for Altherr getting consistent at-bats.

Gary Sanchez is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday and could return as early as Friday.

David Price is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Monday and a simulated game on Thursday.

The Pirates placed David Freese on the 10-day DL with a strained right hamstring retroactive to April 25.

The Angels placed Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day DL with an oblique injury.

The Giants placed Brandon Crawford on the 10-day DL with a groin injury.

Ryan Braun left Sunday's game with a sore trapezius. He doesn't expect to be out more than a day or two.

Avisail Garcia was removed from Sunday's game with groin tightness. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said it was precautionary and Garcia could play Monday.

Aaron Sanchez returned from the DL Sunday and left after one inning due to a cracked fingernail.

Domingo Santana hit two home runs on Sunday and is up to five. He is batting .197 and also has three stolen bases.

Mike Foltynewicz took a loss on Sunday, but pitched well as three of the four runs were unearned. He went six innings and walked none with six strikeouts. He has a 2.81 ERA and should be owned in leagues of 12 teams or more.

Freddie Freeman hit his ninth homer of the season Sunday.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six innings and allowed five hits, one run, two walks and struck out nine in a no-decision against the Cubs. He has a 2.70 ERA.

Hanley Ramirez appears to be heating up. He homered in two straight games. I mentioned him as a buy low in the Stock Watch Friday and that window is closing.

Wade Davis hasn't allowed an earned run yet and picked up his sixth save on Saturday.

Bud Norris has been excellent as the Angels' closer. He recorded a four-out save on Sunday, striking out each one. He has five saves in the last nine days. He has a 2.57 ERA.

Miguel Sano has two home runs and nine RBIs the last two game. He is batting .316 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.

Brandon Kintzler allowed his first earned run of the season, but converted his seventh save of the season.

Danny Salazar allowed three runs in the first inning on Saturday, but didn't allow one the rest of the way. He went six innings and allowed three hits, three walks and struck out six. Salazar is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 42:14 K:BB ratio in 29 innings.

Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the season Saturday. He had 30 home runs last season and has been one of the most consistent players over the last few years. Buy low.

Jose Abreu missed Friday's game with a groin/hip issue and returned Saturday to hit his first two home runs of the season.

David Robertson blew his first save of the season on Saturday. He has a 2.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a 15:3 K:BB ratio in 9.2 innings.

Michael Conforto is making it difficult for the Mets to take him out of the lineup. He hit two home runs on Saturday and has been one of the best players for them. He should be owned in all leagues.

Jeurys Familia retired the side in order for his first save of the season on Saturday.

Ryan Zimmerman's great month keeps getting better. He hit his 11th homer of the season on Saturday.

The Angels placed C.J. Cron on the DL with a foot injury.

Ty Blach had another good start. He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one in a no-decision against the Padres. He won't get a lot of strikeouts. He has three in 12 innings as a starter.

Patrick Corbin pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and allowed two hits, two walks and struck out six. He has a 2.29 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 30:11 K:BB ratio in 35.1 innings.

Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his first win since 2014. He allowed one earned run, on three hits, and three walks with nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

Angels starter JC Ramirez struck out nine in 5.1 innings to get a win. He has 25 strikeouts in his last three starts over 17.2 innings.

Kevin Kiermaier went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday and is down to a .210 batting average.

Justin Turner only has one home run, but he's been smashing the ball. He is batting .404 with 12 RBIs.

Didi Gregorius returned from the DL on Friday and went 7-for-15 with five RBIs.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sandy Leon will only catch for Chris Sale and Rick Porcello.

Josh Bell is starting to heat up. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Sunday.

Chris Tillman won't be ready to pitch for the Orioles on Tuesday. Alec Asher will make the start.

Justin Bour went 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs on Sunday.


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