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Frankie Montas quieted the Diamondbacks' bats Sunday in his season debut, holding them to one run over six innings in a 2-1 Athletics win.

Montas, who owned 4.39 ERA in nine starts with the A's Triple-A affiliate, dominated an admittedly diluted Diamondbacks lineup, but they all count the same. He gave up just three hits and walked two while punching out seven in the debut, earning the win for his efforts. The A's made the move to give Trevor Cahill another day of rest between starts, but given Montas' success it will be interesting to see how they handle their rotation going forward. It's a situation worth watching, and given Sunday's performance and the 25-year-old's history as a top prospect just a few years ago he could be a speculative add for fantasy owners with a roster spot to burn.
May 27 - 9:04 PM

Ketel Marte went hitless in four at-bats Sunday and is now hitting .212 on the year.

Marte was given a golden opportunity as the starting second baseman for a good (at least in theory) offensive team, but he's never managed to get anything going this year. He's got just one homer and one steal in 49 games, and Marte is hitting .212/.271/.299 in 184 at-bats. The D'backs aren't rife with better options, but they could surely find someone -- anyone -- who could replicate his offensive output to date.
May 27 - 8:57 PM

Matt Chapman went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

With a pair of runners on in a tied game in the sixth inning, Chapman yanked a Zack Greinke pitch to left field, bringing in the eventual game-winning run. The two-hit game broke an 0-for-17 slide coming into the game. It's been an up and down year for the 25-year-old, who was one of the best hitters in baseball for the first few weeks before going ice cold at the start of May. Overall, Chapman is hitting .237/.329/.437 with eight homers, 22 RBI and 32 runs scored and is really only a fantasy consideration in deep mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
May 27 - 8:54 PM

Blake Treinen worked a perfect ninth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks to earn his 12th save of the year.

Tasked with preserving a one-run lead, Treinen struck out Jake Lamb, induced a fly out from Daniel Descalso and got Ketel Marte to ground out to end the game. He's been terrific through 20 appearances on the year, putting up a microscopic 1.04 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 33/8 K/BB ratio over 26 innings. A year after struggling in the Nationals' closer role, the 29-year-old is proving his ability, and ability to close, in a big way.
May 27 - 8:49 PM

Zack Greinke allowed two runs over six innings but took the loss Sunday against the Athletics.

Greinke gave up six hits and walked three while striking out five in the game. Despite the effort, his offense couldn't figure out spot starter Frankie Montas, saddling him with his fourth loss. That's been the story for the 34-year-old of late, as he's 0-2 in his last five starts despite a 2.64 ERA in those starts. Overall, Greinke is 3-4 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 72/10 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings. A Saturday matchup with the Marlins could prove friendlier for the right-hander.
May 27 - 8:45 PM

Jonathan Lucroy connected for his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Lucroy turned on a Zack Greinke offering in the third inning for a solo homer, giving the A's the early lead. The power deficiency to date was somewhat surprising, given Lucroy's past as an offensive force. His struggles last year suggested those days might be gone, but he's been at least passable -- he's hitting .261/.323/.359 after Sunday -- at the plate this year, even if the power production has been absent. Sometimes that first one is the hardest to get, so perhaps Lucroy is ready to muscle up on a more consistent basis.
May 27 - 8:40 PM

Hunter Renfroe is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Monday.

The Padres have given Renfroe an extended rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso to find his rhythm at the plate. He'll take the place of Franchy Cordero on the Padres' active roster once he's placed on the disabled list on Monday.
May 27 - 8:38 PM

Franchy Cordero is likely to be placed on the 10-day disabled list with lingering forearm soreness.

It's an issue that has bothered Cordero for awhile, but the Padres just recently noticed that it's affecting his swing. He's going to be asked to rest for at least 5-6 days. Hunter Renfroe is expected to be activated from the disabled list to take his place on the Padres' roster.
May 27 - 8:36 PM

Walker Buehler struck out eight over seven innings, yielding just one run, as the Dodgers bested the Padres 6-1 on Sunday.

Buehler was close to lights-out in this one, allowing just four hits without issuing a walk. In two starts against the Padres this year, the 23-year-old has thrown 13 innings, allowing one run, four hits, three walks with 16 strikeouts. Not bad. Overall he's been only slightly less dominant, posting a 2.20 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 48/9 K/BB ratio over 41 innings in seven starts. Even if he wasn't shoving, the Dodgers' injury woes would likely guarantee the right-hander a long leash in the rotation. As it is, he's locked in to a starting spot for the foreseeable future, and is all systems go for his Friday start against the Rockies.
May 27 - 8:33 PM

Jose Pirela went 3-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.

Pirela was hitting .260 on May 15, and he's hitting a stout .389 (14-for-36) in nine games. That includes a weekend series against the Dodgers in which he was 8-for-13. Pirela is still without a homer, severely limiting his fantasy upside, but he's hitting .282/.336/.368 in 53 games and is firmly entrenched in the Padres' outfield rotation. That's definitely NL-only worthy, if not much more.
May 27 - 8:28 PM

Chris Taylor went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Padres.

For the second game in a row, Taylor collected a pair of hits, three of which went for extra bases. On a disappointing note, he was also caught trying to steal in Sunday's game, making him a miserable 2-for-6 in stolen base attempts this year. It's been a bit of a down year all around for Taylor after a breakout 2017 -- following Sunday's game, the 27-year-old is hitting .248/.338/.450 with seven homers, 19 RBI and 36 runs scored. The 36 runs, fourth-most in the National League, redeem him a bit, and fantasy owners shouldn't lose faith even with his relative struggles.
May 27 - 8:24 PM

Max Muncy hit a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Muncy entered as a pinch-hitter for Enrique Hernandez in the fifth inning and struck out, but he enjoyed a different fate in the eighth. The two-run shot off Tyler Webb was his sixth in 83 at-bats, and the 27-year-old has proven to be a valuable utility player and pinch-hitter for the Los Angeles club this year. Muncy is hitting .241/.354/.518 on the year.
May 27 - 8:00 PM

Matt Strahm pitched two scoreless innings in his first start of the season Sunday against the Dodgers.

Strahm gave up two hits and a walk while striking out two in what amounted to a bullpen day for the Friars. It is noteworthy that he drew the start, though, considering that the thought was that he would eventually start for the Padres after the acquired him from the Royals last July. The 26-year-old has a 3.86 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings overall this year and isn't a fantasy consideration for the time being, but he's a player to remember for his potential.
May 27 - 7:57 PM

Trevor Bauer gave up five hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings Sunday in the Indians’ come-from-behind win over Houston.

He issued two free passes while producing a season-high 13 strikeouts. Despite a high pitch count—he was at 113 pitches through seven—Bauer surprisingly came out for the eighth. That turned out to be a bad decision by manager Terry Francona as Bauer gave up a double to George Springer and walked Alex Bregman before passing the baton to Evan Marshall, who allowed both inherited runners to score. That gave Houston the lead, though the Indians would later come from behind for a dramatic walk-off victory in the 14th inning. This was Bauer’s first time squaring off against his former UCLA teammate/rival Gerrit Cole. Obviously, neither factored in the decision. Bauer has pitched much better than his record (4-3) would indicate, contributing a strong 2.61 ERA along with a 10.7 K/9 over 72 1/3 innings this season. He’ll get the ball again Friday at Minnesota.
May 27 - 7:43 PM

Greg Allen delivered a walk-off home run Sunday in the Indians’ 14-inning victory over the Astros.

This has to be an early favorite for game of the year. Houston took back the lead with a six-run eighth inning but the Indians stormed back to tie it with a five-run ninth, sending the game to extras. After both sides scored in the 13th, Allen came up with a chance to win it in the bottom of the 14th. And that’s exactly what he did, slugging a walk-off homer off Brad Peacock as Cleveland escaped with a 10-9 victory. In addition to his walk-off, Allen also contributed a walk and an RBI double. The 25-year-old has hit .231 over 52 at-bats for the Tribe this year while filling in for an injured Bradley Zimmer (chest) in center field.
May 27 - 7:43 PM



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