Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez could avoid the disabled list according to the Providence Journal.
Insight: Manager John Farrell said after the game Monday night that Ramirez's should injury is not a "clear-cut DL" situation. Ramirez ran into the side wall and has a left shoulder sprain. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre scored the winning run in the, 2-1, victory over the Astros on Monday.
Insight: Beltre was 1-for-4 in the game, hitting a double in the ninth and scored the game-winner in the frame. He is hitting .218 with two home runs and just four RBI in 101 at-bats this season. It's been another very disappointing year for Beltre.
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the, 6-4, victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: Desmond hit his homer in the eighth to tie the game at four. The Nationals then took the lead on Yunel Escobar's two-run single. Desmond was 1-for-4 in the game and has two home runs this season.
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar went 5-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 6-4, victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Insight: All five of Escobar's hit were singles. Even after four singles, Washington needed the fifth hit to score the winning run in the eighth. The single scored two and gave the Nationals the, 6-4, lead. Escobar is hitting .311 with two home runs and seven RBI this season.
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the, 3-1, victory over the Yankees on Monday.
Insight: Donaldson was the only player in the game with multiple hits. Donaldson scored on Edwin Encarnacion's double in the eighth. Donaldson is hitting .314 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 105 at-bats this season.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has been diagnosed with a shoulder sprain according to CSN New England.
Insight: It is not yet known how serious the injury is, but fantasy owners are holding their breathe for the time being. Ramirez is second in the league with 10 home runs and would be a huge loss for any owner. Ramirez hurt his shoulder crashing into the side wall on Monday versus the Rays.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday's game versus the Rays after running into the side wall at Fenway Park.
Insight: The Boston Globe speculates that Ramirez has a left arm or shoulder injury. This is a huge concern for fantasy owners as Ramirez is off to a great start. He is hitting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs. Check back for updates on Ramirez's status.
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is just 1-for-14 with five strikeouts against Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Freeman was 2-for-4 on Sunday, getting an RBI-double in the first inning. Freeman is hitting .284 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season, but Harang has pitched well all season and should win this matchup ... again.
Description: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had three hits in the, 1-0, loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Insight: Goldschmidt had a double and two singles, but obviously did score or drive in a run since his team didn't score in 13 innings on Sunday. Goldschmidt is hitting .356 with six home runs and 22 RBI this season.
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had a solo home run in the, 3-2, victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
Insight: Carpenter hit his solo bomb in the first, and it appeared that would be all the Cardinals would need until the Pirates tied the game at one in the top of the ninth. Each team scored in the 12th, and then St. Louis won in the 14th. Carpenter is hitting .365 with four home runs and 16 RBI this season.
Description: Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez was 1-for-2 with four walks in the extra-inning lost to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Insight: Sound familar? Pittsburgh lost all three games this weekend in extra innings to the Cardinals. It appeared that Alvarez was going to give the Pirates a, 2-1, victory when he hit a solo bomb in the top of the 12th, but the Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the inning. St. Louis won on a walkoff home run in the 14th. Alvarez is hitting .227 and sadly, has a higher batting average than teammates Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen, and Jordy Mercer. Alverez also has five home runs and 12 RBI.
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong hit a walkoff home run in the 14th inning to lift St. Louis to a, 3-2, victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Insight: The Cardinals won again in walkoff fashion versus the Pirates. St. Louis swept Pittsburgh and won all three games in extra innings. Wong was 3-for-4 in the game. Four of the five runs were scored on solo home runs. Wong is hitting .294 with two home runs and eight RBI this season.
Description: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon should be avoided on Saturday.
Insight: Gordon is a career 0-for-9 with five strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. It's hard to steal bases and score runs if you can't get on base. Update: Gordon is leading off for the Marlins.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy had a bases-loaded double in the eighth to seal the victory over the Nationals on Friday.
Insight: Murphy was 2-for-3 with the three-run double. Maybe this will get him going. He is hitting just .212 this season, but Murphy does have 17 RBI. That is the exact opposite production fantasy owners thought they were getting before the season.
Description: The Royals have placed shortstop Alcides Escobar on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Insight: Escobar took a pitch in the cheek on Wednesday and hasn't played since then. The results of his concussion test are not back yet, but the club went ahead and put him on the DL anyway. Christian Colon will start for the Royals at second base until Escobar returns.
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is not playing on Friday against the Indians.
Insight: This is a regular day of rest for Travis. Ryan Goines will start at second base, and third baseman Josh Donaldson is leading off. This could be interesting. Donaldson has never ledoff in the major leagues.
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will get the day off on Friday.
Insight: Rodriguez has gotten a lot of rest recently as he sat out Tuesday, and the Yankees didn't play on Thursday. He barely plays anyway because all he does is DH. Garrett Jones will be the designated hitter on Friday, though, and Rodriguez will play on Saturday.
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was not in the lineup on Thursday and is doubtful for Friday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Escobar has a left cheek bruise, which he suffered when he took a pitch in the head on Wednesday. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be too serious. Alex Gordon will likely lead off for Kansas City until Escobar returns.
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, true, but is in an unfavorable matchup on Friday.
Insight: Teixeira never hit for high average and that is again true this season, but he's already hit eight homers this spring. However, he's just 2-for-17 against Indians hurler Justin Masterson. You should avoid this one today.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a walkoff single to lift Houston to a, 3-2, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Who would have thought the Astros would be sitting in first place at 15-7 on May 1. That's tied for the best record in the American League. Altuve went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI on Thursday, and he has eight straight games with at least two hits. Over that stretch, Altuve is 19-for-39 (.487).
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run in the, 12-2, victory over the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Mauer drove in the first run of the game with an RBI-single in the first and then had another RBI-single in the eighth. Mauer has really turned it on lately, going 6-for-10 with four RBI in the last two games, but he is still looking for his first home run.
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar was 3-for-5 with three runs in the, 8-2, victory over the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: Escobar had three singles and scored in the fourth, sixth and ninth in his first game back from his hand injury that kept him sidelined on Tuesday and Wednesday. Escobar is hitting .306 with two home runs and nine runs in 72 at-bats this season.
Description: Athletics left fielder Mark Canha was 3-for-4 with a home runs and three RBI in the, 6-5, loss to the Angels on Thursday.
Insight: Canha began the Oakland comeback with a two-run homer in the seventh and then drove in another run on a single in the ninth. At one point, the Athletics trailed, 6-0, but behind Canha, they nearly tied it in the ninth. Canha is hitting .279 with two home runs and 10 RBI.
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will undergo right thumb surgery on Friday according to Root Sports.
Insight: Lowrie tore a ligament in his thumb on Monday, and he isn't expected to be back before the All-Star break. Too bad because he was hitting .300/.432/.567 with four home runs and 10 RBI before the injury.
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar will return to the lineup on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: Escobar didn't play on Tuesday or Wednesday due to a hand injury he suffered on Monday when Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons spiked him. Escobar is hitting .284/.351/.418 with two home runs and five RBI this season.
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is not in the lineup on Thursday against the Tigers.
Insight: Escobar has a left cheek bruise, which he suffered when he took a pitch in the head on Wednesday. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be too serious. Alex Gordon will lead off for Kansas City on Thursday.
Description: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon had two hits and an RBI in the, 7-3, victory over the Mets on Wednesday.
Insight: Gordon had two singles and also hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gordon doesn't hit for power and he has been caught stealing six times, but he is hitting .409 with 11 RBI, 11 runs and eight stolen bases.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the, 4-1, victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez hit the two-run bomb in the third to give Boston its first lead of the game. He also had three strikeouts but is now hitting .292 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 82 at-bats this season. The power from Ramirez has been a huge surprise considering he only had 13 homers last season.
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the head with a 96 mph fastball against the Indians according to the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Escobar was able to walk off the field on his own, but he left the game. It will be interesting to see if the Royals respond. Kansas City has already fought two American League clubs this season, which one of them stemmed from an injury.
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs versus the Twins as Detroit won, 10-7.
Insight: Cabrera nearly had three different home runs in three different directions, but his opposite field drive hit off the way in right field. Cabrera hit two other bombs, one to left and another to deep center. He is hitting .370/.453/.630 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 81 at-bats this season.
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a big day Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: With the stadium not open to the public, this game was very weird to watch. Machado went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored. He is now hitting .254 with four homers and 16 RBI this season.
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .471 hitter against Phil Hughes.
Insight: Surprise, surprise, Cabrera hits an opposing pitcher well. He is 16-for-34 with five homers and 12 RBI against Hughes and should be able to continue his hot hitting against him on Wednesday afternoon.
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 4-for-6 with four RBI in the, 13-12, loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.
Insight: Freeman also had three runs scored as Atlanta jumped out to a, 9-1, lead in the second innning. Washington slowly chipped away, and finally took the lead in the ninth. Freeman is hitting .286 with four home runs and eight RBI this season.
Description: Nationals second baseman Dan Uggla hit the game-winning home run in the top of the ninth as Washington completed one of the most improbable comebacks ever, beating Atlanta, 13-12.
Insight: Uggla was 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs. In the second inning, Washington trailed Atlanta, 9-1. Uggla hit a two-run double in the seventh and then scored to bring the Nationals within a run, but the Braves responded with another run in the bottom of the inning. That just set up Uggla's dramatics in the ninth as his three-run bomb gave Washington a one-run lead. Must have been extra special for Uggla, who was released by the Braves last summer.
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked rib according to Roto World.
Insight: Reyes attempted to play through the injury, but the pain became too much. That could be why he is hitting only .250 in his first 60 at-bats. Ryan Goins will start most of the games at shortstop for Toronto while Reyes is out.
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just a career .125 hitter against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier started the season hot, but he cooled off after the first week. He is 3-for-12 in his last four games and is hitting .250 with five home runs this season. If owners have a better option, it's alright to sit Frazier on Tuesday.
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion will not be given any help in his attmpt to end his early season slump.
Insight: While he does have four homers and eight RBI, Encarnacion is hitting just .173 this season. He will face Clay Buchholz on Tuesday who he is 4-for-28 against during his career. The positive thing though is that two of hits are home runs.
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is a career .304 hitter with two home runs and five RBI against Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood.
Insight: Walker is one of many Pirates hitters who have had success versus Wood. Pittsburgh tagged Wood for three runs in five innings last week and scored a total of eight runs in that game. Start Walker and any other Pirates offensive player because it could be a nice night for the team's offense.
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier is hitting just .059 against Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in his career.
Insight: Dozier is 1-for-17 versus Sanchez. Dozier is off to a slow start, hitting .205 with one home run and six RBI in 73 at-bats this season, so it would be better if fantasy owners had a different second baseman start on Tuesday.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is feast or famine against Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Gonzalez is hitting only .114 against Bumgarner, but two of his four hits have left the yard. Gonzalez is so hot to start the year, it is hard to sit him, but the matchup on Tuesday is not in his favor.
Description: Mariners LF/1B Logan Morrison should probably get Monday off based on his current cold streak and his poor matchup with Texas starter Yovani Gallardo. Update: Morrison is getting the night off.
Insight: Morrison is hitting .159 this season through 17 games and he's a career 1-for16 (.063) with five strikeouts versus Gallardo.
Description: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was 4-for-5 in the, 6-2, victory over the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Gordon didn't score or drive in any runs. He was also caught stealing for a league-ealding sixth time. Fantasy owners must still be happy with his start, though, as he is batting .390/.407/.463 with 10 runs, 10 RBI and eight steals.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has a favorable matchup versus Cardinals starter Lance Lynn on Sunday.
Insight: Segura is 9-for-20 with two extra-base hits in his career against Lynn, so he should remain in all fantasy lineups. Segura has started 2015 very well, hitting .324 with one home run, eight runs and five RBI. Start him as long as he hits first or second in the order.
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has a great chance to keep his recent hot streak going on Sunday against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco.
Insight: Kinsler is 4-for-8 in his last two games and is 5-for-16 (.313) in his career versus Carrasco. Three of those five hits are doubles. Kinsler is hitting .296 with nine RBI this season, but he is still waiting for his first home run.
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 2-for-5 with a RBI-double and two runs in the, 8-5, victory over the Mariners on Saturday.
Insight: Dozier hit his double in the seventh to give the Twins some insurance runs late. Dozier hasn't been great to start 2015, so perhaps this game gets him going. He is hitting .215 with one home run and five RBI this season.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the Dodgers, 11-8, victory over the Padres on Saturday.
Insight: Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored. That was his seventh homer of the season. He is hitting .403/.459/.851 with 18 RBI too. If owners want to sell high on Gonzalez now would be the time, but it is tempted to just ride out this hot streak. He leads the National League in home runs and RBI and is second in average.
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 with a home run in the extra-inning loss to the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Tulowitski hit a solo home run in the third inning to give Colorado a, 2-1, lead, but the Rockies had to comeback to tie the game in the ninth in order to force extra innings. San Francisco, however, won, 5-4, in the 10th. Tulowitzki is hitting .303/.309/.530 with two home runs and nine RBI this season.
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker was 2-for-4 with two doubles and both of the Pirates runs as Pittsburgh beat Arizoma, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: The Pittsburgh offense is really struggling to start the season, but the team has been able to win games. The Pirates fell behind, 1-0, on Saturday, but Walker scored in the fourth and ninth as Pittsburgh came back to win, 2-1. Walker scored on two-outs hits each time. He is hitting .273 with seven RBI but just one home run this season. The Pirates have won four straight and seven of the last nine.
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura continued his hot start, going 3-for-4 with a run in the, 5-3, loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Insight: Segura had two singles and a double, which was his fourth of the season. He is batting .324 with one home run, five RBI and eight runs. Without Carlos Gomez in the lineup, Segura is leading off. It would be better if Jonathan Lucroy was still hitting behind him, but as long as Segura is hitting at the top of the lineup, he is fantasy relevant.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in the, 5-2, loss to the Braves on Saturday.
Insight: Howard's homer came in the fourth inning to give Philadelphia a, 2-0, lead, but Atlanta scored the final five runs of the game. Howard went 1-for-3 and is hitting .189 with two home runs and six RBI this season. Not exactly fantasy relevant.
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had two hits in the loss to the Rays on Saturday.
Insight: Donaldson had an RBI-single to score Devin Travis in the first inning as Toronto took an early lead, but Tampa Bay answered in the bottom of the inning. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the seventh on Russell Martin's homer, but the Rays scored three runs in the eighth. Donaldson is hitting .352 with four home runs and 14 RBI this season.
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria went 4-for-4 with a RBI-double in the, 4-2, victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: Longoria hit a RBI-double in the first to score Steven Souza Jr. Longoria also had three singles. He is hitting .271/.380/.441, but fantasy owners would like to see more power. Longoria has just one home run and four RBI.
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run in the, 8-2, loss to the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: Teixeira had the only Yankees RBI of the day with a solo home run in the seventh. The team's other run came on a Jacoby Ellsbury's double play. Teixeira started the season very slowly, but he is 5-for-8 in the last two games with three home runs.
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .517 hitter (15-for-29) versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: The most important thing for fantsy owners is that Pedroia looks healthy so far this season. He's batting .250, but with power - four homers and seven extra-base hits in 68 at-bats. He's a must start on Saturday.
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon (knee) had no problems in his first minor league stint and should be back with the Nationals for their series with the first-place New York Mets on Thursday.
Insight: With the return of Rendon next week, the Nationals will finally have their regular starting lineup on the field for the first time this season. Denard Span and Jayson Werth just recently returned to the action.
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney (right oblique strain) is in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Loney comes back to a tough matchup, against R.A. Dickey. He's just a .182 hitter (6-for-33) against the knuckleballer. Loney has always hit for a decent average, but lacks the power fantasy owners like from the first base position, so his fantasy value is limited.
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Rodriguez is just getting the day off. A-Rod has been one of the Yankees best hitters this season, hitting .265 with four home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored. Carlos Beltran will DH and Garrett Jones is starting at first base.
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche hit his second home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Marlins and might be able to repeat that feat on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Asche has been a solid option this season and now is hitting .340 with overall, but the key to him going deep again is the wind blowing out to right field at about 20 mph today. All he has to do is hit it in the air solidly and it should go out of hitter-friendly Citizen's Bank Park.
Description: San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso is a career 6-for-8 (.750) with two doubles and a pair of home runs versus Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Alonso is off to a hot start, batting .365 this season. Add in the game is in Colorado and the wind will be blowing out to center and Alonso should be in every starting lineup despite the small sample size.
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 3-for-24 (.125) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier has been productive this season despite a low .237 batting average with four homers and 13 RBI through the first 15 games. However, Thursday doesn't look like a good matchup for the third baseman.
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was not in the lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs and is questionable for Thursday's game.
Insight: Mercer took a fastball in the ribs from Brewers starter Matt Garza on Sunday and hasn't played since then. Jung Ho Kang is 3-for-6 with four RBI over the past two games so there is no need to rush Mercer back before he's ready.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will miss three weeks with his hamstring injury according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: Wright has been out for over a week since suffering a right hamstring strain. The good news is manager Terry Collins says Wright is right where he should be with his rehab although he hasn't started baseball activities yet.
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is a 3-for-27 lifetime versus Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: It's not a huge surprise because lots of players struggle against Kershaw, but Belt's .111 batting average is less than desirable for fantasy owners. Find someone else to start at first base on Wednesday.
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano is finally starting to find a groove this season.
Insight: Many fantasy owners have complained about Cano's slow start, but he does have hits in eight straight games. Cano is also a .423 career hitter with five RBI versus Astros Roberto Hernandez, so Cano is doing just fine.
Description: It might be time to finally sit the struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.
Insight: Pujols is batting below the Mendoza Line in the first 52 at-bats this season, and against Athletics starter Sonny Gray, Pujols is just 1-for-13 in his career. Pujols does have two 2-for-4 games in the last three days, so there's always a chance he breaks out, but if owners have a better option, it is alright to sit Pujols.
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer has nine hits, including three home runs, against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Mauer is 9-for-25 overall with four RBI and six walks versus Guthrie. It would be nice for Mauer to show some of that power on Wednesday because he still doesn't have a home run in 52 at-bats in 2015.
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante has 15 singles in his career versus Twins starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Infante is 16-for-39 (.410) against Pelfrey, but only one hit was extra bases. Infante is only hitting .250 this season, however, he has a nine-game hitting streak and went 2-for-2 in his last start on Sunday.
Description: Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is just 3-for-17 in his lifetime against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Alvarez wasn't in the lineup on Tuesday with Cubs lefty pitcher Travis Wood starting, but Alvarez should start versus the right-handed Hammel on Wednesday. That doesn't mean he should go back into fantasy lineups as Alvarez is hitting just .176 versus Hammel in his career. Two of Alvarez's three hits against Hammel, however, are home runs.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was just 1-for-5 on Tuesday but had three RBI in the, 6-3, victory over the Mariners.
Insight: Altuve had the game-winning three-run double in the eighth. Altuve is off to an average start, hitting .288/.333/.373 with three extra-base hits on seven RBI and five stolen bases in 59 at-bats this season.
Description: Angels third baseman David Freese went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the, 14-1, victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
Insight: Freese had a two-RBI single in the sixth to really open up things up against Oakland. After the inning, the Angels led, 10-1. Freese is hitting .236 with three home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and run scored in the, 7-1, victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Insight: Fielder had a ground rule double in the first inning and then hit a two-run homer in the eighth. It was Fielder's first home run of the season. He is also hitting .386 with nine RBI this season.
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit yet another home run in the, 16-10, offensive slugfest against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Votto has three home runs in the last five games and six on the season. He was 2-for-5 on Tuesday with the solo home run, walk and three runs scored. Votto is hitting .377/.492/.792 with 13 RBI as well.
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI in the, 6-5, loss to the Royals on Tuesday.
Insight: Mauer had an RBI-single in the fourth to score Danny Santana. It was his fifth RBI, but he still doesn't have a home run. Because of the lack of power, Mauer is only fantasy relevant in very deep leagues.
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored in the, 6-5, victory over the Twins on Tuesday.
Insight: Moustakas hit a two-run bomb in the fifth to give the Royals a two-run lead, and then the third baseman capped off an eighth inning rally with a single to score the winning run. Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .327 with three home runs and five RBI.
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 with four RBI including the game-tying hit in the ninth as Chicago rallied to beat Pittsburgh, 9-8.
Insight: Castro hit a chopping ground ball over the third baseman's head with the bases loaded in the ninth to tie the game. He also had an RBI-single in the third and solo home run in the sixth. Castro is hitting .352 with two home runs and 10 RBI this season.
Description: Pirates infielder Pedro Alvarez is an ugly 1-for-18 (.056) with seven strikeouts against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Alvarez is still an all-or-nothing hitter with four homers this season and a .233 batting average including 13 Ks in 43 at-bats. Avoid this matchup. Update: Alvarez is not in the starting lineup.
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts against Rays starter Chris Archer.
Insight: Napoli is off to an ectremely slow start and doesn't figure to get "healthy" in this unfavroable matchup. Expect Allen Craig to be out there and Napoli with a day off. Update: Napoli is getting the day off, but it's Daniel Nava at first.
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was not in the lineup on Monday against the Cubs due to a rib injury and will not play Tuesday either.
Insight: Mercer took a fastball in the ribs from Brewers starter Matt Garza on Sunday, so Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop. Too bad, as Mercer is 5-for-11 with two homers versus Tuesday's starter Travis Wood.
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 5-for-10 with a couple of doubles against Seattle starter Taijuan Walker.
Insight: Altuve is also 2-for-2 in steals against Walker. he's batting .296 this season , but had a nine-game hitting streak end Monday night. he should get right back on the horse in this favorable matchup.
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday morning's game due to illness.
Insight: At least the oft-injured star isn't hurt - it's the flu bug. Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .895 OPS through the first 11 games. beat writer Gordon Edes expects him to play on Tuesday.
Description: Cubs third Kris Bryant proved on Monday why he is being considered the next Mike Trout.
Insight: Bryant went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the, 5-2, victory over the Pirates. Bryant had an RBI-single in the fifth and then doubled in two runs in the seventh. Bryant is hitting .429/.571/.1.150 with four RBI although it has been just 14 at-bats this season.
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit another home run as he continued his strong start to the 2015 season.
Insight: Votto was 2-for-4 versus the Brewers on Monday, hitting a two-run bomb in the seventh that pretty much sealed the win. Cincinnati won, 6-1. Votto is hitting .375/.492/.771 with five home runs and 12 RBI this season.
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is not in the lineup on Monday against the Cubs due to a rib injury.
Insight: Mercer took a fastball in the ribs from Brewers starter Matt Garza on Sunday, so Jung Ho Kang will start at shortstop. Mercer had an X-ray, which came back negative, so he is dealing with a bruise.
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is a career 4-for-7 versus Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer.
Insight: That's not a big deal except that the wind will be blowing out to left at at 17 mph tonight in a hitter's park and Abreu went 4-for-9 over the past two games. It all adds up to a nice play on Monday night.
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota due to a sprained left knee.
Insight: Escobar had not missed a game since 2013 and has averaged 158 games per season over the past four years, so missing two games and possible more is obviously a rarity. Christian Colon is his replacement, but has no fantasy value.
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is questionable for Monday's game against the LA Angels due to a sore left knee.
Insight: Zobrist left late on Sunday and could get some time off, but it doesn't appear to be serious. He's not a high-average guy, but he's effective. He is batting .267 with one homer, eight RBI, eight runs and a stolen base.
Description: If you installed Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty into your lineup over the weekend, you did well for yourself as he went 4-for-8 with a double and home run over the weekend.
Insight: Flaherty has played shortstop for the injured J.J. Hardy and now is playing second base for Jonathan Schoop. If he continues to hit like this there will be no need to find a long-term replacement down the road.
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in Monday morning's starting lineup.
Insight: Sandoval has played through a left foot bruise, but will not start in the Patriots' Day game. He's batting .289 through the first 11 games, but with a low .696 OPS and zero homers. Utility man Brock Holt, who has already played at 2B, SS, 3B and OF this season, will start at the hot corner.