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Fantasy Baseball Week 6: Weekend Roundup

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Adam Ronis goes around the MLB, revealing all the critical news from this past weekend!

Chris Sale has been dominant making the transition to the Red Sox. He had his seventh straight game with double-digit strikeouts on Saturday in a win over the Rays. He went seven innings and allowed two hits, three runs, two walks and struck out 12. He is 3-2 with a 1.92 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and a 73:11 K:BB ratio in 51.2 innings.

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Another top closer landed on the DL with Aroldis Chapman sidelined for one month left rotator cuff inflammation. Dellin Betances will close for the Yankees, and he's owned in most leagues.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia had surgery on Friday to repair a blockage in an artery in his right arm. He can begin throwing in six weeks, but he's expected to miss 3-4 months. He can be dropped if you don't have a DL spot for him. Addison Reed will close in Familia's absence, and Reed should be owned in all leagues.

The Twins finally called up Jose Berrios after he pitched really well at Triple-A. Berrios was awful for the Twins when getting the call last season, but he got off to a much better start on Saturday against the Indians. Berrios pitched 7.2 innings and allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out four for the win. He's worth an add in leagues of 12 teams or more.

J.D. Martinez made his season debut Friday and went 3-for-4 with two home runs Saturday.

A.J. Pollock left Sunday's game with a right groin injury. A left groin injury ended his season last year after he came back with elbow surgery and it forced him to miss time in the spring. Pollock was frustrated after the game, and it didn't look good when he ran to first base. Expect a DL stint.

The Dodgers starting rotation is crowded, and it led some to believe Alex Wood might not stay in it long term. As always, if you perform well then you stay. Wood is dominating and will remain a starter. He pitched six scoreless innings Saturday in Coors Field and allowed five hits, one walk and struck out 10.  He is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA.

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Bryce Harper signed a $21.65 million contract extension on Saturday and then hit a walk-off two-run homer. He hit his 12th homer the next day. He is batting .384 with a .752 slugging percentage, 12 home runs, and 34 RBIs.

Brandon Kintzler picked up a save on Saturday for the third straight day. The Twins closer has 10 saves in 11 chances despite 10 strikeouts in 17 innings.

Keon Broxton has been on fire the last few weeks after a terrible start to the season. He homered Sunday and is batting .270 with four home runs, 12 RBIs, and nine stolen bases.

Michael Conforto is making sure the Mets don't consider benching him when they are at full strength. He was a single short of the cycle Sunday and went 3-for-4. He is batting .343 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs.

Jacob deGrom was in line for a win Sunday, but the Mets bullpen blew it. He went six innings and allowed eight hits, four runs, one walk and struck out seven.

Seung-hwan Oh was on the precipice of losing his job as closer, but he has bounced back and picked up his 10th save Saturday. He has a 2.89 ERA but has just 13 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.

The Cubs called up Ian Happ on Saturday with some Cubs banged up and Kris Bryant ill. Happ's first major league hit was a home run. He's expected to return to the minors shortly.

The Giants needed innings from Matt Moore following a 17-inning game Friday night, and Moore went 7.1 innings to get the win. He allowed eight hits, three walks, one run and struck out seven. He threw 120 pitches and is 2-4 with a 5.67 ERA.

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Derek Law has converted two saves since taking over for the injured Mark Melancon. He allowed two runs in his first save chance against the Mets but allowed one walk without a run in his second one against the Reds.

Scott Schebler continued to flash his power with his 10th homer Saturday.

Jose Bautista is finally heating up. He homered on Friday and Saturday and drove in five runs.

Kelvin Herrera allowed a run in the ninth inning Sunday but held on to get a save for the third straight day. He has converted eight of nine saves.

Aaron Sanchez returned from the DL Sunday and pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run, five hits, two walks and struck out four. He has a 3.44 ERA.

We haven't seen a lot of strikeouts from Marcus Stroman this season. He had the strikeouts going on Saturday with nine in six innings to get a win. He allowed two runs, two walks, and eight hits. He has a 3.33 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.

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In a year of inconsistency and injuries at the closer position, Craig Kimbrel has dominated. He retired the side for his 11th save Saturday. He has a 1.08 ERA, 0.48 WHIP and a 31:2 K:BB ratio in 15.2 innings.

We have seen several different, surprising sources of power, and Logan Morrison is one. He hit his 10th home run Saturday. He is hitting just .242.

Jason Kipnis finally did something with a big game Sunday, going 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs.

Blake Snell had another bad outing and was sent to the minor leagues after Saturday's game in which he allowed six hits, six runs, and three runs over 5.2 innings.

Luis Severino didn't have it on Sunday and couldn't get out of the third inning. He went 2.1 innings and allowed three runs, three walks, and six hits.

Yonder Alonso keeps hitting homers with No. 12 on Saturday.

Aaron Judge hit another monster home run on Sunday giving him 14 for the season.

Aaron Altherr remains sizzling with his eighth homer Sunday. He has five home runs in his last five games. He is hitting .350 with 20 runs, and 22 RBIs in 27 games.

The Nationals bullpen is a mess. Shawn Kelley converted a save on Saturday, but blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning, allowing three runs on Sunday in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Koda Glover replaced him getting two outs, but also allowed two hits. Matt Albers picked up a save in Game 2. The blown save cost Gio Gonzalez a win. Gonzalez went 6.2 innings and allowed four hits, one run, three walks and struck out five. He has a 2.47 ERA.

Hector Neris recorded his fourth save for the Phillies.

Elvis Andrus has been under the radar putting up good numbers. He went 5-for-8 over the weekend with five RBIs and a stolen base. He is batting .289 with five home runs, 18 RBIs, and seven steals.

Leury Garcia has also been quietly performing well. He went 2-for-5 with two RBIs Sunday and is batting .307 with four home runs, 14 RBIs, and two stolen bases.

Yadier Molina hit a pair of home runs Sunday and is batting .270 with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

Adam Wainwright had a rare good start against the Cubs. He pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed four walks, four hits, and three strikeouts to lower his ERA to 5.31.

The struggles continued for Jake Arrieta against the Cardinals. He allowed four runs, seven hits, one walk and struck out five. His fastball was sitting mostly around 90-91. He has a 5.44 ERA.

Kevin Pillar hit a walk-off homer to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win Sunday. He is batting .314 with 24 runs, five home runs, 11 RBIs and six steals.

Paul Goldschmidt hit two home runs with three RBIs Sunday. He is batting .314 with 10 home runs, 32  RBIs, and nine stolen bases.

Robbie Ray allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Ray has a 4.57 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. He has 56 strikeouts in 45.1 innings, but he gets hit hard and allows too many walks. In a stock watch a few weeks ago, I mentioned selling high. He's overvalued in fantasy.

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Nate Karns has been piling up the strikeouts lately. He added 12 more on Saturday while allowing two runs, five hits and one walk in a no-decision. Karns has 29 strikeouts over his last 17.1 innings and is likely available in many leagues.

Matt Bush hasn't had many save opportunities, but he converted his third Saturday. He has two saves in the last week.

Justin Bour homered in his third straight game Saturday and has seven.

Travis Shaw hit his 8th homer Saturday and has 31 RBIs.

Julio Teheran had his best performance in a while on Saturday in a win over the Marlins. He pitched six innings and allowed three hits, no runs, two walks and struck out four.

Justin Wilson struck out the side to get a save on Saturday. The new Tigers closer has been great with a 1.15 ERA and 0.51 WHIP and a 26:4 K:BB ratio in 15.2 innings.

George Springer hit a pair of home runs in the second game of the doubleheader against the Yankees. Springer is batting .261 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs.

Alex Bregman hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam against the Yankees.

Charlie Morton improved to 5-2, striking out 10 in 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs, four hits and walked four. He has a 3.97 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

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Masahiro Tanaka was hammered Sunday night against the Astros. He went 1.2 innings and allowed seven hits and eight runs. Tanaka allowed four home runs and had a 5.80 ERA and 1.44 WHIP.

Good luck trying to figure out the erratic Trevor Bauer. He got the win against the Twins, going six innings and allowed three runs, seven hits, no walks and struck out seven. His ERA is 6.92.

A.J. Ramos hasn't had many save chances, but he converted his fourth Sunday.

After a great start earlier in the week, Kevin Gausman had a bad game again. He allowed five runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three and has a 7.19 ERA and 1.86 WHIP.

Pat Valaika, filling in for the injured Trevor Story, hit two home runs Sunday.

Mike Trout homered for the third straight game Sunday and stole two bases. He is batting .352 with 11 home runs, 24 RBIs, and seven steals.

Amir Garrett will return to the Reds' rotation this week.

Mark Melancon could throw a bullpen session Monday.

Drew Pomeranz left Sunday's game with left triceps soreness. Pomeranz was bothered by it in the spring, too.

Gregory Polanco left Sunday's game with hamstring discomfort.

Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game with hamstring tightness. He said he felt fine and could have continued playing, but the Reds were behind by a lot.

Robinson Cano missed all weekend with a quad injury and has missed four straight games.

Travis Shaw left Sunday's game with a right index finger injury.

Dodgers second baseman Logan Forsythe will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Chris Iannetta suffered a lacerated upper lip, fractured teeth, and a broken nose after getting hit in the face Friday. He was placed on the 7-day concussion DL.

Mets starters Steven Matz and Seth Lugo threw two innings in an extended spring training game on Saturday.

Carlos Gomez left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and will have an MRI Monday.

David Price threw 75 pitches in a simulated game Sunday after his rehab start was rained out. Price will make a rehab start on Friday and could return to the Red Sox next week if that start goes well.

Troy Tulowitzki played in a simulated game Sunday and will begin a rehab assignment Monday.

Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen felt something in his elbow and had his bullpen cut short on Saturday. He could go for another MRI. He has pitched with a partially torn UCL since last season.

There's still no timetable for the return of Corey Kluber, who is out with a back injury.

Hisashi Iwakuma is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with right shoulder inflammation.

David Price's rehab start was rained out Sunday. He will throw 75 pitches and then make a rehab start Friday. If that start goes well, his next one could be with the Red Sox.

David Peralta left Sunday's game due to tightness in his right glute.

Asdrubal Cabrera aggravated his thumb injury Saturday and wasn't in the lineup Sunday. He has a torn ligament. He's day-to-day but could land on the DL.

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is aiming for an August return.

Yunel Escobar will be miss 2-4 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Angels activated C.J. Cron from the DL on Sunday.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Jason Heyward would be activated from the DL soon after he's eligible to be activated on Tuesday.

Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.

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