Heading into the weekend like:
Albert Pujols Collects 3,000th Hit
Albert Pujols became the 32nd member of the 3,000 hit club on Friday night after notching a single off Mike Leake in the fifth inning.
— Angels (@Angels) May 5, 2018
Pujols may not be the fantasy player he once was, but from 2002-2012 he was a top-tier fantasy player that was taken as the first overall pick a lot of the time. Let’s all give a salute to one of the greatest of all time.
Walker Buehler/Dodgers No-Hitter
Walker Buehler combined with three Dodgers relievers to no-hit the Padres in Friday’s game against the Padres (Mexico Series).
Walker Buehler strikes out Javy Guerra swinging to notch his eighth strikeout of the game in the bottom of the 6th (00:26)
— Ballpark Videos (@BallparkVids) May 5, 2018
Buehler in particular went 6 IP, throwing 93 pitches (59 of them for strikes), notching 8 K and 3 BB. The Padres are an amazing matchup, but Buehler showed us all in one outing why he’s viable for every format. Tony Congrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore were the three relievers who helped pull off the feat — combining for 5 K and 2 BB in their three frames.
Gerrit Cole Unleashes Fury
Gerrit Cole remained absolutely lethal against the Diamondbacks on Friday – firing a one-hit complete game shutout — notching 16 K and allowing 1 BB. The impressive outing drops his ERA to 1.42 for the year, with a 13.7 K/9 to boot. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER in any start this season and has amassed double-digit strikeouts in five-of-seven outings overall. Suffice it to say, Cole is in the midst of a breakout and easily a top-10 starter until further notice.
Various News and Notes
Matt Harvey has refused his minor league assignment and was subsequently DFA’d by the Mets.
BREAKING: The Mets have requested that Matt Harvey agree to a minor league assignment. He refused to accept, and will be DFA’d.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 4, 2018
It was just three short years ago when Harvey posted a 2.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Now he’ll have to pass through waivers on his way to free agency (more than likely). Harvey has been ineffective in every sense of the word thus far, so another organization will likely not be the solution to his problems (Calloway a historically great pitching coach). Either way, Harvey’s value remains the same as it was a week ago – nothing.
The Braves have placed Dansby Swanson on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation. Preston Tucker – who was demoted earlier on Friday – has been recalled in a corresponding roster move. The Braves will go to battle with Jose Bautista manning third base and Johan Camargo handling shortstop. Swanson’s injury isn’t too serious. He should have a decent shot at returning when first eligible.
Byron Buxton took batting practice and did some light running in the outfield on Friday.
As promised, that’s Byron Buxton testing his fractured toe Friday by doing some light running in the outfield, as athletic trainer Tony Leo watches. pic.twitter.com/g6VX9RPE3K
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) May 4, 2018
According to Twins beat reporter Rhett Bollinger, Buxton is still having issues cutting left while running.
Byron Buxton took BP on the field and ran in the outfield for the first time since his left toe injury. But still having some issues when cutting to his left while running.
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 4, 2018
He goes on to mention in another tweet that Buxton believes he’s only a few days away from returning and would like to avoid a rehab assignment If possible. He is currently rehabbing a hairline fracture he endured on his left big toe a few weeks back. Robbie Grossman will continue to see an increase in playing time until Buxton returns.
John Gant – not Jack Flaherty – will receive a spot-start for Adam Wainwright on Monday against the Twins. Flaherty is not eligible to be recalled since he was optioned six days ago. Gant boasts a 2.40 ERA over 30 IP with a 22/11 K:BB ratio spanning 5 GS at Triple-A Memphis thus far.
According to Jordan Bastian, the Indians will have Andrew Miller throw two more bullpen sessions with the hopes that he’s ready for the Indians next series against the Brewers.
Francona: Long-toss today for Miller today, bullpen session Saturday. Training staff wants to get two mound sessions in before possible activation. So, Yankees series seems unlikely. Possibly ready in Milwaukee.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 4, 2018
I mentioned yesterday that he traveled with the team and could possibly be activated Sunday if the Indians deemed him ready. Obviously, they want him to get a couple of successful sessions in before activating him.
Anthony Rendon expects to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his first rehab game on Thursday and will be on his way to the Nationals if everything went well on Friday. Rendon made an early exit on April 13th due to a toe issue and hasn’t been in the lineup since. Wilmer Difo will go back to a bench role once Rendon returns.
Scooter Gennett will be back in the starting lineup for the Reds on Saturday. He’s been nursing a shoulder injury since last week, but has pinch-hit on multiple occasions while waiting for it to heal.
Miguel Cabrera was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain. There’s currently no timetable for his return. John Hicks and Nick Goodrum stand to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective, but neither are particularly viable at this moment in time.
According to Mark Bowman, Atlanta prospect Mike Soroka will receive another start, this Sunday against the Giants. He averaged 94 mph with his fastball in his first start – giving up 1 ER (1 HR) over 6 IP with 5 K and 0 BB. He tallied 13 swinging-strikes on 80 total pitches (16% SwStr) and got ahead in the count at a 65% clip. Soroka ranked 34th on Eric Longenhagen’s Top-100 prospects in the preseason and could cement a permanent role in the Braves rotation if the results warrant it. He’s worth an add in all formats right now if he’s still available.
The Braves purchased the contract of Jose Bautista on Friday. He started at third base for the first time since 2011 and hit fifth in the lineup – going 1-for-4 with a double and 2 K. He hit .256/.396/.372 with 3 XBH (1 HR), 7 R, 5 RBI, and an 8/8 K:BB ratio at Triple-A Gwinnett (129 wRC+). Bautista dropped off last year in fantasy, but still hits over 40% of his batted-balls in the air. If his ISO/Hard% numbers can get back up then it’s not farfetched to see him hit 25 HR this season. Fantasy owners in deeper formats (15 team or larger) can take a stab at him and see what happens.
Miguel Sano participated in workouts on Friday but did not travel with the team on their current road trip. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but will likely require additional time as he recovers from a left hamstring strain.
Updating a blurb from yesterday – according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi is aiming to rejoin the Rays rotation during the May 22nd-224th series against the Red Sox (elbow surgery). Despite having a strong Spring Training, he’s still only worth stashing in AL-Only formats at best for now.
Yoan Moncada was removed from Friday’s game with left hamstring tightness.
Yoán Moncada left tonight’s game with left hamstring tightness.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 5, 2018
This has been plaguing him for a couple weeks now and is something that fantasy owners need to monitor moving forward. He’s likely day-to-day right now, but expect the White Sox to be overly cautious with their prized second baseman.
Dominic Leone was removed in the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Cubs during his warm-up tosses.
Dominic Leone left with right biceps cramping
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) May 5, 2018
The Cardinals have yet to give any updates on the situation as of the time of this article, but this is something for NL-Only owners to monitor nonetheless. The Cardinals bullpen hasn’t been the most stable and Leone has legit skills. He’s worth holding on to in deeper formats for now.
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