Infield Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS5/4/2015 11:14:00 PM
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.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX5/4/2015 11:03:00 PM
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.
Hector Gomez, SS, MIL5/4/2015 10:49:00 PM
Description: Brewers infielder Hector Gomez was 2-for-3, with a solo homer in the, 4-3, victory over the Dodgers on Monday.
Insight: Gomez scored in the sixth inning on Gerardo Parra's sixth-inning triple and then hit his bomb in the eighth. Gomez is hitting .250 with one home run and five RBI this season.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM5/4/2015 10:38:00 PM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria had an RBI-double in the first inning against the Red Sox on Monday.
Insight: The Rays won, 5-1. Longoria was 1-for-4 in the game. He is hitting .273 with one home run and six RBI this season. Those numbers are alright, but owners would like more power from Longoria.
Ian Desmond, SS, WAS5/4/2015 10:21:00 PM
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.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS5/4/2015 10:17:00 PM
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.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR5/4/2015 9:42:00 PM
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.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR5/4/2015 9:01:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will have an MRI this weekend to see the progress his body has made on his cracked rib according to MLB.com.
Insight: Hopefully, the MRI revels some progress, and Reyes can return to baseball activities. Check back this weekend for another update.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS5/4/2015 8:24:00 PM
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.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI5/4/2015 8:10:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb will get out of his walking boot on Tuesday and could return by May 13 according to AZ Central Sports.
Insight: Arizona picked that day because that is the end of their current homestand. He will probably take a short rehab assignment in the minors before joining the major league club.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS5/4/2015 7:32:00 PM
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.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS5/4/2015 5:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon has flown back to Washington D.C. and will have his side examined according to CSN Washington.
Insight: Rendon hasn't play this season due to an oblique injury. There is no set date for a return, but hopefully this examination will give owners a more definitive time frame.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL5/4/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: No surprise after taking a pitch to the head on Sunday. Segura is hitting .289 with 10 RBI so far this season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI5/4/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Howard is still hitting below the Mendoza line, just .193, with 12 RBI overall.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK5/4/2015 1:18:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) was playing catch this weekend.
Insight: He was riding a stationary bike the day after his April 28 arthroscopic knee surgery. Still, he's not expected back until June.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS5/4/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is 10-for-26 (.385) with a pair of homers against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Gonzalez also added five doubles for a 1.256 OPS in their matchups.Gonzalez is on a modest four-game hitting streak and is batting .362 this season with eight homers and 20 RBI. Start him.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL5/4/2015 9:59:00 AM
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.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI5/3/2015 8:20:00 PM
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.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL5/3/2015 7:38:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit a pair of bombs, going 3-for-5 in the loss to the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Arenado hit a solo home run in the fourth and then a two-run homer in the fifth. Arenado has six home runs and 17 RBI while hitting .314 in 86 at-bats this season.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STLHot5/3/2015 7:06:00 PM
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.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT5/3/2015 7:04:00 PM
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.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL5/3/2015 7:00:00 PM
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.
Joe Panik, 2B, SFG5/3/2015 6:58:00 PM
Description: Giants second baseman Joe Panik was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in the, 5-0, victory over the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Panik hit a solo home run in the first inning and later singled. Panik is hitting .293/.348/.415 with one home run and eight RBI.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX5/3/2015 6:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder had two hits and two walks in the, 7-1, loss to the Athletics on Sunday.
Insight: Despite reaching base four times, Fielder did not produce a run. He is hitting .358 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS5/3/2015 6:25:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF/1B Ryan Zimmerman had the only RBI in the, 1-0, victory over the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Zimmerman singled to score Jayson Werth in the top of the first and that was the only run of the entire game. Zimmerman is hitting .221 with two home runs and 16 RBI.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL5/3/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had an RBI-double in the, 5-0, victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Freeman was 2-for-4 on the day, getting his RBI-double in the first inning. Freeman is hitting .284 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN5/3/2015 6:04:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had a grand slam, going 3-for-5, with five RBI in the, 13-3, victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Plouffe hit his grand slam in the third inning and then drove in another run on a single in the fourth. That was Plouffe's fifth homer of the season. He also had 15 RBI while hitting .278.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN5/3/2015 5:58:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was 4-for-5 with an RBI in the, 13-3, victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
Insight: Dozier scored on Trevor Plouffe's grand slam in the third inning. Dozier also had his first triple of the season. He is hitting .240 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET5/3/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera smacked a home run Sunday against the Royals.
Insight: Cabrera continues to do his thing. He is now hitting .366 with six homers and 19 RBI this season.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR5/3/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis smashed a grand slam Sunday against the Indians.
Insight: It was his lone hit in five at-bats, but it was a big one. The prized rookie is hitting .318 with seven homers and 23 RBI so far this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE5/3/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a homer Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: He scored three runs and had two RBI as well. Kipnis is hitting .283 with three home runs and 11 RBI overall.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET5/3/2015 3:57:00 PM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias departed Sunday's game with groin tightness.
Insight: Groins are tricky, so he could miss a game or two. Stay tuned.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI5/3/2015 3:53:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had two RBI sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season. Howard is still hitting just .193 with 12 RBI overall.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN5/3/2015 3:05:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game with a finger injury.
Insight: Hopefully it is not too serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL5/3/2015 2:10:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Rafael Ynoa will start at short. Tulo will be back in there next time out.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL5/3/2015 2:05:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is out Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso will start at first.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL5/3/2015 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: Just a routine day off. Pete Kozma will start at second.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL5/3/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: He missed a few games, but is ready to get back at it. Start him as you normally would.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT5/3/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker is out of the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Walker. Josh Harrison will slide over to second, with Jung Ho Kang manning third.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, TAM5/3/2015 10:54:00 AM
Description: Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is out on Sunday.
Insight: Tim Beckham is filling in at short to give Cabrera a little rest.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA5/3/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Marlins 3B/OF Martin Prado is getting the day off on Sunday.
Insight: After posting a homer and four RBI on Saturday, Prado will get Sunday off. Reid Brignac will start at third base.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA5/3/2015 10:52:00 AM
Description: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon is not in the lineup Sunday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Gordon. Donovan Solano will get the nod at second base.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CWS5/3/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche is an absurd 10-for-15 lifetime against Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: That includes one homer and seven RBI. Laroche is a solid daily option for Sunday.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN5/3/2015 10:42:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 23-for-58 lifetime against John Danks.
Insight: Despite Danks being a southpaw, Mauer has had his number. Expect a nice day from the Twins' franchise player.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN5/3/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is just 5-for-22 lifetime against Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: He has just one RBI against Sanchez, making him a very iffy option for Sunday afternoon.
Freddy Galvis, 2B, PHI5/3/2015 10:34:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Freddy Galvis is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Galvis. Cesar Hernandez will start at short.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN5/2/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart had a big game Saturday againt the Braves.
Insight: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs. He is hitting .308 with five homers and 12 RBI so far this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU5/2/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had a three-run homer Saturday versus Seattle.
Insight: It was his lone hit in fout at-bats. Altuve is hitting .371 with three homers and 19 RBI this year.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA5/2/2015 6:46:00 PM
Description: Marlins 3B/OF Martin Prado had four RBI Saturday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He went 2-for-3 with a homer, and a walk. Prado is hitting .286 with two homers and 14 RBI this season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI5/2/2015 5:58:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins will get Saturday off versus Arizona.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest for Rollins. Enrique Hernandez will get the start at shortstop.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL5/2/2015 5:23:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura had a big game Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: He went 4-for-5 with two RBI, one run, and one stolen base. Segura is hitting .298 with 10 RBI so far this season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS5/2/2015 4:23:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia smacked a homer Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: It was his only hit in four at-bats. He now has five homers, 11 RBI, and is hitting .290 this season.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA5/2/2015 2:40:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is back in the lineup versus for Saturday's game
Insight: Pujols must be much better because he'll play first back and bat in his customary No. 3 spot. There had been speculation that he would miss the series in San Francisco.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA5/2/2015 1:07:00 PM
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.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL5/2/2015 11:56:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Adams has been hot, raising his average to .297, but will sit for Mark Reynolds. Fantasy owners should ignore Reynolds who is 1-for-12 against starter Francisco Liriano.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPCold5/2/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: If you are looking for a crazy one-day out-of-the-blue selection, how about Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, a career .226 hitter who is batting .135 this season.
Insight: Gyorko is 11-for-16 (.688) against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. If he's in the starting lineup he's worthy a flier.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold5/2/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is just 1-for-16 (.063) with six strikeouts versus Houston starter Collin McHugh.
Insight: Seager has a "banged up thumb" according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and has just one hit in his last four games. Avoid him today.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot5/2/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a career .714 hitter (5-for-7) against Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers.
Insight: Rizzo is batting .324 with nine RBI, 16 runs scored and a .944 OPS. He's a must start candidate.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWSCold5/2/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is 6-for-12 with a couple of doubles and a home run versus Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Ramirez has started slowly, batting .197 for the first 20 games, so may not be swinging well enough to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS5/2/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a stunning 10-for-14 (.714) with a home run and 10 RBI against Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Sandoval has been hot, with eight hits in his last four games, and should jump all over this favorable matchup.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, BOS5/1/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the, 4-3, victory over the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Johnson's two-run homer gave the Braves a, 4-3, lead in the fifth and no one scored after that. Johnson is hitting .250 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM5/1/2015 10:24:00 PM
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.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR5/1/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs hitting in the lead off spot for the first time in his career.
Insight: Donaldson also walked twice. He actually led off the game with a home run. Donaldson is hitting .330/.390/.585 with six home runs 17 RBI in 94 at-bats.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG5/1/2015 6:33:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is not in the starting lineup versus the Angels on Friday.
Insight: The Angels are starting C.J. Wilson, and coach Bruce Bochy has sat Belt this season versus lefties. Buster Posey is playing first base and Andrew Susac will start at catcher.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN5/1/2015 5:41:00 PM
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.
Addison Russell, SS, CHC5/1/2015 5:35:00 PM
Description: Cubs SS/2B Addison Russell hit his first home run of his young MLB career to lead the Cubs to a, 1-0, victory over the Brewers on Friday.
Insight: Russell hit his solo bomb in the third inning. He was 1-for-3 on the day. He is hitting just .194 with six RBI in 31 at-bats, but perhaps this gets him going.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR5/1/2015 5:06:00 PM
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.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY5/1/2015 5:02:00 PM
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.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN5/1/2015 5:00:00 PM
Description: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar will not play again on Friday.
Insight: Escobar hasn't played since he left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the cheek with a fastball. The Royals hope he returns at some point over the weekend.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL5/1/2015 12:46:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not in Friday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a day off for the veteran. Luis Jimenez will get a rare start, but has no fantasy value at this time.
Jason Rogers, 3B, MIL5/1/2015 12:42:00 PM
Description: Brewers just called up 1B Jason Rogers will get a rare start on Friday.
Insight: Lucky him, he gets to go up against Jon Lester. Rogers is 5-for-13 (.385) this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN5/1/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup versus the Braves due to illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Skip Schumaker will start at second. Phillips could be back on Friday, but certainly by the weekend.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA5/1/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was not in the lineup versus the Athletics on Thursday and is expected to miss Friday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Pujols will probably not start over the weekend either because the Angels are headed to San Francisco, and they play real base there with no designated hitter.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN5/1/2015 11:01:00 AM
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.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL5/1/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is just 1-for-13 with four strikeouts versus Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Adams is on fire going 8-for-13 with a home run, six RBI and three runs in the last three games. Buth this is an unfavorable matchup.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN5/1/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is 9-for-21 (.429) with a pair of home runs versus White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Insight: 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. Perhaps Friday in this favorable matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET5/1/2015 9:58:00 AM
Description: It's a rarity when Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera doesn't hit a pitcher well, but Friday's matchup is one of them.
Insight: Cabrera is just 2-for-15 with five strikeouts versus the Royals Chris Young. He is hitting .373/.465/.627 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 83 at-bats this season.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY5/1/2015 9:50:00 AM
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.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM5/1/2015 9:45:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is 14-for-36 (.389) with six big homers against Baltimore starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Longoria is batting .293, but doesn't seem to have the home run power with just one long ball and seeven doubles. Perhaps this matchup will help him find his power stroke.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC5/1/2015 9:38:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is a lifetime .458 hitter (11-for-24) against Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: He also has a pair of home runs against the right-hander. At 25-years old, Castro is now the "veteran" of the Cubs and is doing his part by batting .325. Start him.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot5/1/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a career .458 hitter with five home runs against Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta
Insight: Peralta might be wise just to walk him as he is owned by Rizzo. Rizzo is batting .324 with a .948 OPS. Those numbers figure to improve on Friday. Hot
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/30/2015 11:34:00 PM
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).
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/30/2015 11:22:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a two-run home run against the Tigers in the, 8-1, victory on Thursday.
Insight: That was Hosmer's third home run of the season as he went 1-for-4. He is hitting .310/.404/.488 with 15 RBI in 84 at-bats this season.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN4/30/2015 11:10:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the, 12-2, victory over the White Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Dozier had an RBI-single in the second and then a three-run bomb in the third as Minnesota took a, 9-2, lead. Dozier is hitting .220 with two home runs ad 10 RBI in 82 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN4/30/2015 11:05:00 PM
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.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/30/2015 10:58:00 PM
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.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/30/2015 10:47:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 2-for-5 with an RBI-double in the, 5-1, victory over the Braves on Thursday.
Insight: Votto broke a scoreless tie with his double in the sixth. He is hitting .317 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 82 at-bats this season.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR4/30/2015 10:37:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the, 5-1, victory over the Indians on Thursday.
Insight: Encarnacion scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning. He is hitting just .208 this month, though, with four home runs and 10 RBI.
Mark Canha, 1B, OAK4/30/2015 7:32:00 PM
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.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU4/30/2015 6:20:00 PM
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.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN4/30/2015 6:10:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is a late scratch from Thursday's lineup versus the Braves due to illness according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Skip Schumaker will start at second. Phillips should be back on Friday.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/30/2015 5:33:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in the, 9-3, victory over the Phillies on Thursday.
Insight: Adams is on fire. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning and an RBI-single in the fifth. Adams is 8-for-13 with a home run, six RBI and three runs in the last three games.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/30/2015 5:15:00 PM
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.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN4/30/2015 5:13:00 PM
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.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/30/2015 5:05:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols told reports on Thursday his hamstring feels OK, but he is not in the lineup versus the Athletics according to the Ocean County Register.
Insight: Pujols will probably not start over the weekend either because the Angels are headed to San Francisco, and they play real base there with no designated hitter.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/30/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will add a hamstring issue to his early season woes.
Insight: Pujols is likely to miss a couple of games, but at least should avoid a trip to the DL. He's batting just .208 with a very un-Pujols-like .654 OPS.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/29/2015 11:03:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit a solo home run, going 1-for-4 on Wednesday versus the Cardinals.
Insight: That was Howard's fourth homer of the season, but he is batting just .191 with a .659 OPS.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/29/2015 11:01:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was 2-for-4 with a RBI-double in the fifth as St. Louis beat Philadelphia, 5-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Adams is 5-for-8 in his last two games. He is hitting .281/.319/.438 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA4/29/2015 10:33:00 PM
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.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS4/29/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa had four hits with two RBI and two runs in the, 13-4, victory over the Braves.
Insight: Espinosa had a two-run single in the seventh and scored in the fourth and ninth. The second baseman is hitting .277 with two home runs and five RBI this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/29/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was 2-for-4 with a RBI and run in the, 13-4, loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Insight: Freeman had a RBI-single in the third to put Atlanta ahead, 3-1, but Washington scored 12 of the game's last 13 runs. Freeman is hitting .296 with four home runs and nine RBI this season.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/29/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had a two-run home run against the Indians in the, 7-5, loss on Wednesday.
Insight: Hosmer went 1-for-4 in the game with the homer. It was his second round-tripper of the season. Hosmer is hitting .313 with two home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/29/2015 9:18:00 PM
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.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN4/29/2015 7:53:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/29/2015 6:23:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-2, victory over the Padres on Wednesday.
Insight: Altuve had a sacrifice fly in the third to drive in the first run and then an RBI-double in the ninth. Altuve is hitting .355 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 93 at-bats this season.
Josh Harrison, 3B, PIT4/29/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison will not be in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Jung Ho Kang will start at third base. It's a day of rest for Harrison, who is hitting just .213/.250/.363 through 20 games this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA4/29/2015 5:26:00 PM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will not play on Wednesday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Seager has a "banged up thumb" according to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. He could come off the bench and may start Thursday. It's not a serious injury.
James Loney, 1B, TAM4/29/2015 5:21:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney hit the game-winning single in the top of the 13th inning to lift Tampa Bay over the New York Yankees, 3-2.
Insight: Loney was 2-for-6 with a run and RBI in the victory. He i shitting .333 with one home run and four RBI in 24 at-bats this season.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN4/29/2015 4:48:00 PM
Description: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Insight: Mauer raised his average back to .300 with the strong Wednesday afternoon. He also has 11 RBI, but he is still searching for that first home run.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET4/29/2015 4:46:00 PM
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.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL4/29/2015 4:05:00 PM
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.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/29/2015 2:37:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Insight: He missed the past two games with an illness, but is ready to roll for Wedesday.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/29/2015 10:56:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is getting the day off on Wednesday.
Insight: Kristopher Negron is getting the start at first base. Votto should be back in action next time the Reds take the field.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/29/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has a career .353 BA against Marlins' starter Mat Latos.
Insight: He is 6-for-17 lifetime against Latos with two doubles and two RBI. Look for that continue on Wednesday.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN4/29/2015 10:47:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has just one hit in 11 at-bats against Danny Salazar, but the one was a homer.
Insight: Moustakas has gotten off to a hot start this season, so maybe he can break his rough trend against Cleveland's starter on Wednesday night.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/29/2015 10:46:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is just 3-for-16 lifetime against Yordano Ventura.
Insight: He has no extra base hits against him, along with five strikeouts. Those are numbers owner do not want to see heading into Wednesday's contest.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR4/29/2015 10:44:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is 6-for-15 lifetime against opposing starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: He has not taken Porcello deep, but does have four doubles and three RBI against him. Look for Encarnacion to help fantasy owners in this one.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/29/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a rough .185 career hitter against R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Pedroia apparently cannot figure out the kuckleball. He has just on extra base hit against Dickey, and could be in for a rough game on Wednesday night.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET4/29/2015 10:40:00 AM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/29/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve had four hits Tuesday versus San Diego.
Insight: He had two doubles, two runs, one RBI, and a stolen base in six at-bats. Altuve is batting .348 with 13 RBI.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI4/29/2015 9:23:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and three RBI on Tuesday night.
Insight: He also scored two runs in five at-bats. Goldshmidt looks good early on and is hitting .315 with 19 RBI.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC4/29/2015 9:07:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro went 3-for-5 on Tuesday night.
Insight: He also scored two runs and knocked in a run. Castro is hitting .342 with 12 RBI so far this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/28/2015 10:57:00 PM
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.
Dan Uggla, 2B, WAS4/28/2015 10:47:00 PM
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.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/28/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez continued his solid start to the season.
Insight: Ramirez went 2-for-5 with his ninth home run of the season. He is now hitting .295 with 20 RBI so far.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR4/28/2015 10:15:00 PM
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson had three hits, including his fifth homer Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Toronto won a shootout, 11-8, with Donaldson going 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. He now has a .349/.402/.602 line with five homers and 16 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, TAM4/28/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Insight: Cabrera had an RBI-double in the third. It was a nice night for the shortstop, who is hitting .225 with no home runs and eight RBI this season.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/28/2015 9:33:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto had two hits, including a home run, Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: It was his seventh homer of the season, and Votto now has a .316/.429/.645 line this season.
Jed Lowrie, SS, HOU4/28/2015 6:29:00 PM
Description: Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He is dealing with a right thumb injury. Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez will split time and fill in at short.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN4/28/2015 4:37:00 PM
Description: Twins second baseman Brian Dozier will get some rest on Tuesday night.
Insight: Eduardo Escobar is starting at second base. Dozier should be back in the lineup Wednesday after a routine day off.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY4/28/2015 3:52:00 PM
Description: Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will get the day off on Tuesday.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest. Look for Rodriguez to be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORCold4/28/2015 3:43:00 PM
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.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/28/2015 3:40:00 PM
Description: Nationals 3B/LF/1B Ryan Zimmerman is 3-for-17 versus Braves starter Julio Teheran in his career.
Insight: One of Zimmerman's hits is a homer, but he is hitting just .176. Find a better option for Tuesday.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/28/2015 3:38:00 PM
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.
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE4/28/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Indians first baseman Carlos Santana is 10-for-21 lifetime against Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Santana has had nice success against Guthrie and should be active in all lineups for Tuesday's game. He has three doubles and two homers lifetime versus the Royals' starter.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TORCold4/28/2015 3:36:00 PM
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.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/28/2015 3:36:00 PM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis could be line for a nice game Tuesday against Kansas City.
Insight: He will face off against Jeremy Guthrie, who Kipnis has a career .550 BA against (11-for-20). Two of those hits are homers and Kipnis has nine total RBI versus Guthrie as well.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/28/2015 3:32:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a lifetime .354 hitter with five home runs and 11 RBI against Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Ramirez has to have one of the highest averages versus the Reds No. 1 pitcher. His OPS against Cueto is 1.206. Start him.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/28/2015 3:30:00 PM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder has been very good against Mariners starting pitcher J.A. Happ in his career.
Insight: Fielder is hitting .364 versus Happ with four doubles and five RBI. His OPS against the lefty is .937. Start Fielder as you normally would.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/28/2015 3:28:00 PM
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.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN4/28/2015 3:25:00 PM
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.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/28/2015 3:23:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks 2B/3B Aaron Hill is 8-for-12 in his career against Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: It's a small sample size, but Hill has eight hits including four doubles, one RBI and one steal versus Kendrick. Start him on Tuesday.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/28/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has had very little success versus Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray in his career.
Insight: Pujols is 1-for-16 with one RBI versus Gray. That's a 0.63 batting average. Pujols' OPS against Gary is .121. It would be wise to find another first baseman for Tuesday night.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS4/28/2015 3:16:00 PM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS4/28/2015 3:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (neck) will play Tuesday versus Toronto.
Insight: Great news for owners, as Sandoval left Monday's game after going 2-for-2 with a homer. Get him back into lineups ASAP.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR4/27/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis hit his sixth homer of the season.
Insight: This rookie is impressive, He nw is hitting .368 with six homers and 18 RBI so far this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/27/2015 9:17:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy hit a huge home run Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: With New York trailing 1-0 in the ninth, Murphy took Steve Cishek deep for a three-run shot. It was his lone hit in four at-bats, who is still hitting just .174 with two homers and 14 RBI.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/27/2015 8:53:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar left Monday's game with an apparent hand injury.
Insight: Andrelton Simmons spiked Escobar sliding into third base. Stay tuned.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS4/27/2015 8:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval left Monday's game with a neck injury.
Insight: This is unfortunate for owners, as Sandoval was 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI before departing. Allen Craig took over.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEACold4/27/2015 4:31:00 PM
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.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will get the night off on Monday.
Insight: Napoli is dealing with an illness, so Boston is giving him some rest. Daniel Nava will start at first base, with Brock Nelson manning right field.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET4/27/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is batting leadoff instead of his normal No. 2 spot.
Insight: He's batting .313 off of Tommy Milone and Rajai Davis injured his groin over the weekend.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS4/27/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ramirez hasn't started the season well batting .203 for the first 17 games. Gordon Beckham will get the start at shortstop.
Jimmy Paredes, 3B, HOUHot4/27/2015 3:28:00 PM
Description: Orioles infielder Jimmy Paredes is pounding the ball and fantasy owners should be looking at him to help their offense.
Insight: Paredes is batting .429 with three homers and a 1.302 OPS through eight games. He's played once at 2B once at 3B and the rest of the games at DH.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC4/27/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is just 1-for-11 with six whiffs against Pittsburgh right-hander Vance Worley.
Insight: Castro appears to be enjoying this season surrounded by talented youngsters and being the "veteran." He is hitting .329 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season. Avoid this matchup.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEACold4/27/2015 11:25:00 AM
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.
Insight: Morrison is hitting .159 this season through 17 games and he's a career 1-for16 (.063) with five strikeouts versus Gallardo.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KANHot4/27/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is a career .381 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.149 OPS against Indians right-hander Corey Kluber.
Insight: Moustakas is off to a great start, hitting .310 with three home runs, six RBI and 14 runs scored. Apparently the No. 2 hole agrees with him. He batted mostly seventh and eighth last season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN4/27/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas had four hits Monday against Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas also had two runs and one RBI in five at-bats. He has a solid .342/.419/.526 line with seven RBI so far this season.
Jose Reyes, SS, TORCold4/27/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is hitless in eight at-bats versus Joe Kelly.
Insight: Since returning from a rib issue on April 21, Reyes is just 2-for-19 (.105). He doesn't figure to turn it around in this unfavorable matchup.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/26/2015 8:04:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had three hits and two RBI sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: Walker is off to a nice start this season. He has a .300/.333/.457 line with one homer and nine RBI overall.
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS, MIA4/26/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had three RBI versus Washington.
Insight: Hechavarria has gotten off to a strong start, and now is hitting .333 with 16 RBI overall.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS4/26/2015 4:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a nice afternoon Sunday against the Orioles.
Insight: He hit his first homer with the team, scored two runs, and walked three time. The home run was a three-run shot, and Sandoval is now hitting .273 with eight RBI overall.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL4/26/2015 4:50:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis launched his fourth homer of the season Sunday against the Red Sox.
Insight: It was a solo shot, but Davis also had two other hits including a double and two more RBI. He is npw hitting .269 with 13 RBI overall.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET4/26/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 during Sunday's win against the Indians.
Insight: One of those hits was a two-run homer. Cabrera is now hitting .377 with three home runs and 13 RBI overall.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/26/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard slugged a homer during Sunday's win over the Braves.
Insight: It was his second home run in two days and his lone hit in four at-bats on Sunday. Howard now has three diners and nine RBI overall.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA4/26/2015 4:20:00 PM
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.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/26/2015 4:09:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the, 5-2, loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
Insight: Frazier went 1-for-4 in the game. That was his fifth homer of the year. He is hitting .254/.329/.537 with 14 RBI in addition to the home runs this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/26/2015 3:33:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-17 with two doubles and a home run versus Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Maybe this will get Murphy going. He is hitting just .145/.217/.242 in 62 at-bats this season.
Erick Aybar, SS, ANA4/26/2015 3:18:00 PM
Description: Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is hitting just .143 versus Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago.
Insight: Aybar is off to a very slow start as well, so it would be wise for fantasy owners to go with someone else on Sunday. He is hitting just .190 in 24 at-bats this year.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/26/2015 12:19:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Insight: Ramirez is just getting a normal day off. Ryan Braun is also not playing. Hector Gomez will be at third base for the "Brew Crew".
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/26/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is 8-for-22 against White Sox pitcher John Danks in his career.
Insight: All eight of those hits are singles, but Hosmer is off to a good start in 2015, hitting .323 with one home run and 10 RBI. Make sure he is in the lineup on Sunday.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, CWS4/26/2015 11:34:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche has six hits, including two doubles and a homer against Royals starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: LaRoche is a career .316 hitter versus Volquez, so there's a great chance for a good Sunday for LaRoche owners. That would certainly be nice as LaRoche is hitting .207/.303/.397 this season.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL4/26/2015 11:30:00 AM
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.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, BOSCold4/26/2015 11:28:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Kelly Johson is 8-for-21 in his career against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Insight: All eight of those hits are singles, but owners are in a pinch, Johnson is servicable on Sunday. He is batting fourth in the Braves lineup against Williams.
Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL4/26/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop Everth Cabrera is a .476 hitter against Red Sox starting pitcher Wade Miley.
Insight: Cabrera is leading off for Baltimore on Sunday. He is 10-for-21 with three extra-base hits versus Miley in his career, so he is worth a flier in daily leagues.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/26/2015 11:11:00 AM
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.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA4/26/2015 9:33:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Insight: Cano started the season slowly but has raised his average to .304 with an 11-game hitting streak. He has six multi-hit games during that stretch. Continue to start Cano as usual.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MIN4/26/2015 9:30:00 AM
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.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX4/26/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had two hits and a stolen base in the loss to the Angels on Saturday.
Insight: Andrus was the only Rangers hitter with two hits. Andrus is off to a slow start to the season, however, hitting .208 with one homer, six RBI, six runs and three steals.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS4/26/2015 9:15:00 AM
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.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/26/2015 9:12:00 AM
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.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/26/2015 8:59:00 AM
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.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL4/25/2015 10:44:00 PM
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.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold4/25/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the, 5-4, loss to the Orioles on Saturday.
Insight: Napoli hit the homer in the second inning off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen. Napoli also had two singles. He is still just hitting .183 with one home run and four RBI this season.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/25/2015 9:38:00 PM
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.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR4/25/2015 9:14:00 PM
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.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM4/25/2015 9:11:00 PM
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.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/25/2015 7:28:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the, 9-3, victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Altuve hit the three-run bomb in the second as Houston scored the first eight runs of the game. Altuve is hitting .315 with two home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/25/2015 7:08:00 PM
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.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL4/25/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will get Saturday off. Update: Morneau appears to be back in the starting lineup.
Insight: Morneau hasn't done much this season, batting just .250 with a home run and three RBI.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/25/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is not in Saturday's starting lineup
Insight: No surprise as Adams is just a career .158 hitter (3-for-19) against starter Wily Peralta. He should be back in the lineup Sunday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/25/2015 12:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) returned to the lineup on Friday, but apparently it didn't go well because he's been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's dealing with a knee injury. Surgery is a possibility. Eric Sogard will start in his place, but doesn't have much offensive ability.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/25/2015 11:22:00 AM
Description: Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder is 6-for-12 with a home run versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Fielder is hitting .375 with a home run and 10 RBI this season. It's a solid combination of a hot hitter, a favorable matchup and the wind blowing out to right field tonight. Start him.
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STLHot4/25/2015 11:14:00 AM
Description: Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) against Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: Carpenter has been on fire this spring, batting .387 with three homers and a 1.119 OPS. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/25/2015 11:08:00 AM
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.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS4/25/2015 10:37:00 AM
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.
Dee Gordon, 2B, MIA4/24/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon had a nice game Friday versus Washington.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Gordon is hitting .370 with 10 RBIs and eight stolen bases on the year.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/24/2015 9:44:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira smacked two home runs Friday against the Mets.
Insight: He is hitting just .218 this season, yet has seven homers and 17 RBIs thus far. Owners will definitely take that.
James Loney, 1B, TAM4/24/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney hit his first homer of the season.
Insight: He did so in a 12-3 win over Toronto. Loney is hitting .286 with two RBIs this season. He is not much of a fantasy option.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, TEX4/24/2015 7:43:00 PM
Description: Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland (elbow) will return to the lineup on Friday night.
Insight: He is starting at first base and hitting second, while Prince Fielder is serving as the DH.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/24/2015 5:53:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) will return to the lineup on Friday.
Insight: It will be his first start since Sunday. He will start at the DH spot, but should be back int he field at some point this weekend.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN4/24/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante will return to the lineup on Friday night.
Insight: He has not played since Sunday, but is ready to roll for Friday's contest. Infante should improve on his .250..244/.350 line quickly.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/24/2015 4:36:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is not in the lineup for Friday's game.
Insight: He is getting a routine day of rest. Daniel Descalso will get the start at shortstop.
James Loney, 1B, TAM4/24/2015 3:40:00 PM
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.
Rey Navarro, 2B, BAL4/24/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: Baltimore just called up infielder Rey Navarro and he's being pushed right into the starting lineup for Friday night versus Boston
Insight: Ryan Flaherty joined Jonathan Schoop on the injured list Friday, leaving manager Buck Showalter without many options. Navarro was batting .429 in two games at Norfolk (INT).
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS4/24/2015 3:34:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's not a complete surprise considering he's just 1-for-10 with four strikeouts versus Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHICold4/24/2015 1:52:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins is hitless in nine at-bats versus Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Rollins is batting just .193 and has yet to play up to expectations in his new uniform. This matchup won't help.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/24/2015 1:47:00 PM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is 11-for-22 with four extra-base hits and a couple of steals versus Oakland southpaw Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Altuve is off to an average start, hitting .297 with three extra-base hits, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 59 at-bats this season. We expect more.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/24/2015 1:42:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams is a career 7-for-12 (.583) against Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza.
Insight: Adams is off to a slow start, batting just .233 with a .678 through the first 13 games, but he's been better of late and should be able to jump on this favorable matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/24/2015 12:07:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career 1-for-11 with three strikeouts versus Phillies starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Freeman struggled against the tough Mets pitching staff and doesn't figure to get healthy in this unfavorable matchup.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR4/23/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Ble Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson smacked a homer during Thursday's win over Baltimore.
Insight: He finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Donaldson is now hitting .400 with four homers and 13 RBIs.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL4/23/2015 9:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had a big night Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs. Owners are praying this breaks Machado loose.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS4/23/2015 8:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his sixth homer of the season.
Insight: Gonzalez is hitting an impressive .414 with 15 RBIs thus far this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/23/2015 4:33:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy produced four RBIs on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: This was much needed for fantasy owners, as Murphy is batting just .170 this season. He finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and the four RBIs.
Addison Russell, SS, CHC4/23/2015 4:19:00 PM
Description: Cubs SS/2B Addison Russell picked up his first major league RBI on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Russell had an RBI double in the fourth inning, and while he is hitting just .154 so far, the sky is the limit for Chicago's top prospect.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/23/2015 4:16:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez smacked his first home run of the season.
Insight: It was his lone hit in three at-bats. Ramirez took Homer Bailey deep in the fifth, and owners are hoping that wakes him up, as Ramirez is batting just .167 with four RBIs thus far.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIAHot4/23/2015 4:07:00 PM
Description: With three more hits on Thursday, Marlins 3B/OF Martin Prado has raised his average to .300.
Insight: That's five multi-hit games in the last seven contests. You could do a lot worse at the hot corner.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/23/2015 3:35:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez is getting Thursday off.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .869 OPS through the first 14 games. The Red Sox outfield will be a bit weak without both Ramirez and Shane Victorino.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI4/23/2015 1:43:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Rollins had played in the first 14 Dodgers games and will finally get a day off. He's batting just .200, but does have seven RBI and seven runs scored.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPCold4/23/2015 12:09:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, a career .229 hitter who is batting .163 this season, continues to sit even though second baseman Yangervis Solatre is starting at 3B on Thursday.
Insight: Gyorko will sit in favor of Cory Spangenberg. Gyorko has fallen a long way from 2013 when he hit 23 homers and fantasy owners were excited about his future.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL4/23/2015 12:06:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will get Thursday afternoon off.
Insight: Just a routine day off, no injury here. Morneau hasn't done much this season, batting just .231 with a home run and three RBI. Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY4/23/2015 11:31:00 AM
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.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/23/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 3-for-24 (.125) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse and is not in the Thursday starting lineup.
Insight: Frazier has been productive this season despite a low .237 batting average with four homers and 13 RBI through the first 15 games.
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET4/23/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will get Thursday afternoon off.
Insight: No injury that we know of, just a day of rest. He's batting a hot .396 this season and also added four steals. Hernan Perez will start at shortstop.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHCHot4/23/2015 10:50:00 AM
Description: Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant will get a second straight start in the outfield on Thursday.
Insight: The much-heralded Bryant could end up being eligible at two positions. He's batting .409 in the six games since being called up. For a change. the player is equal to the hype.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI4/23/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: When you are 36 years-old and struggling, you get days games off after a night game. Utley is batting just .120 this season. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/23/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career 6-for-13 versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Freeman has yet to take the right-hander deep, but that could change today with the favorable winds blowing out to right field at around 15 mph.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI4/23/2015 10:40:00 AM
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.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/23/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: Struggling Angels first baseman Albert Pujols gets a favorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Pujols is batting below the Mendoza Line thorugh his first 56 at-bats this season, but does have three home runs. He's a career 7-for-14 versus Oakland's Thursday starter Jesse Chavez.
Yonder Alonso, 1B, SDPHot4/23/2015 10:26:00 AM
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.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/23/2015 10:25:00 AM
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.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/23/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is expected to take batting practice and run the bases Thursday and could return as soon as Friday.
Insight: Zobrist needed a cortisone shot earlier in the week. He's batting .267 with one homer, eigth RBI and eight runs scored.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN4/23/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is still questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox due to a strained left groin.
Insight: Infante is only hitting .250 this season, however, he had a nine-game hitting streak when we last saw him playing (Sunday).
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT4/23/2015 9:59:00 AM
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.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/22/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira blasted a home run Wednesday against the Tigers.
Insight: It was a three-run shot and he now has five homers and 13 RBIs so far this season. Teixeira is hitting just over .200 however.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/22/2015 10:11:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a homer Wednesday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was a two-run shot in the third inning. The most important thing for fantsy owners is that Pedroia looks healthy so far this season.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR4/22/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis should be owned everywhere.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 on Wednesday with his fourth homer, and is now hitting .388 with 14 RBIs on the season.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL4/22/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong had a big game Wednesday versus Washington.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Wong is now hitting .325 with one home run and five RBIs overall.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHI4/22/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche hit his second home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.
Insight: Asche has been a solid option this season and now is hitting .340 with overall. He should be picked up everywhere.
Martin Prado, 3B, MIA4/22/2015 9:55:00 PM
Description: Marlins 3B/OF Martin Prado went 2-for-5 Wednesday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He had a double and one RBI and is now hitting .273 on the season overall.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/22/2015 6:35:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist (knee) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: Zobrist needed a cortisone shot and is expected to miss a few days. Stay tuned.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS4/22/2015 6:32:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will get the day off Wednesday versus San Francisco.
Insight: He will get the day off against Madison Bumgarner. Justin Turner will get the start at first base.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL4/22/2015 5:57:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (wrist) will play on Wednesday night.
Insight: This is great news or owners. Get Arenado back into your lineups immediately.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot4/22/2015 5:54:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu smacked his fifth homer of the season on Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Abreu took Corey Kluber deep in the first inning for a solo shot, and he also had two more RBIs on the day as well. He now has 12 RBIs and is hitting a solid .291 overall.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR4/22/2015 4:11:00 PM
Description: X-rays on Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis will return to the starting lineup on Wednesday.
Insight: Travis missed Tuesday's game after he took a pitch in the ribs on Sunday. He is hitting second, though, versus Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT4/22/2015 3:15:00 PM
Description: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer is still not in the lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Mercer took a fastball in the ribs from Brewers starter Matt Garza on Sunday and hasn't played since then. Jung Ho Kang, who had a three-run double on Tuesday, will again start at shortstop.
David Wright, 3B, NYM4/22/2015 11:59:00 AM
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.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFG4/22/2015 11:31:00 AM
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.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA4/22/2015 11:27:00 AM
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.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/22/2015 11:24:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is 7-for-21 in his career versus Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: Zobrist also has two doubles, triple and home run with four RBI against Weaver. Zobrist is hitting .267 with a home run and eight RBI in 45 at-bats.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/22/2015 11:21:00 AM
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.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL4/22/2015 11:15:00 AM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has four career home runs versus the Padres starter James Shields.
Insight: Morneau is also 15-for-47 (.319) with six doubles and 11 RBI against Shields, so he is a strong play on Wednesday.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/22/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is a .356 lifetime hitter with five home runs and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats versus Reds ace Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Ramirez also has four doubles versus Cueto. Ramirez wasn't in the lineup on Tuesday, but as long as he is Wednesday, he is alright to start versus Cueto.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN4/22/2015 11:09:00 AM
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.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN4/22/2015 11:04:00 AM
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.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT4/22/2015 10:52:00 AM
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.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/22/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar is 9-for-24 with two doubles and an RBI in his career versus Cardinals starter John Lackey.
Insight: Escobar also has hits in the last three games. He also has two home runs in that stretch, so make sure Escobar is in the lineup on Wednesday.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS4/22/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie has solid numbers against Indians ace Corey Kluber in his career.
Insight: Gillaspie is 6-for-16 with a double versus Kluber, so don't be afraid to leave him in the lineup on Wednesday.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA4/22/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Mariners second basman Robinson Cano had an RBI-single in the, 6-3, loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Insight: Cano also had an RBI on a groundout in the first. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBI. Cano is hitting .293 with one home run and six RBI this season.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/22/2015 9:56:00 AM
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.
David Freese, 3B, ANA4/22/2015 9:50:00 AM
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.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/22/2015 9:42:00 AM
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.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/22/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a grand slam in the, 16-10, victory over the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Frazier was 2-for-4 and his grand slam in the fourth put Cincinnati ahead, 8-4. He also had two walks and three runs. Frazier is hitting .250 with four home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/22/2015 9:23:00 AM
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.
Joe Mauer, 1B, MIN4/22/2015 9:19:00 AM
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.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN4/22/2015 9:18:00 AM
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.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/22/2015 9:12:00 AM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the loss to the Indians on Tuesday.
Insight: Abreu drove in the only two runs for the Chicago White Sox. Cleveland won, 6-2. Abreu hit his fourth home run of the season on Tuesday and he is also hitting .275 with nine RBI.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/21/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar hit a walkoff homer Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He did so in the 10th off Carlos Villanueva. It was Escobar's lone hit in the game in fuve at-bats, and he now has two home runs and two RBIs overall.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC4/21/2015 10:34:00 PM
Description: Cubs third Kris Bryant had another nice night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the, 9-8, victory over the Pirates on Tuesday.
Insight: Bryant had an RBI-double in the first and another RBI in the third. He is hitting .444/.583/.611 with six RBI this season.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC4/21/2015 10:32:00 PM
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.
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR4/21/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion smacked two homers Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: He now has four home runs on the year, along with a total of eight RBIs. Jose Bautista also wet deep in the contest.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/21/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard finally hit his first home run of the season.
Insight: He did so in the sixth inning off Dan Haren. Howard finished the game 2-for-3 with the two-run dinger and two runs scored. He has just four RBIs on the season.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/21/2015 5:48:00 PM
Description: Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will get some rest Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: Jason Rogers will start at third base and bat sixth. Ramirez should return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI4/21/2015 5:34:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks have sent third basman Jake Lamb to the 15-day disabled list due to a foot injury according to Roto World.
Insight: This is too bad as Lamb was doing very well this season, hitting .414/.514/.690 with one home run and nine RBI in 10 games. Yasmany Tomas will start at third base on Tuesday.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL4/21/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (wrist) will not play Tuesday versus San Diego.
Insight: Arenado missed Monday's contest as well, but was able to swing a bat on Tuesday. He should be able to pinch-hit and likely return on the Wednesday.
Addison Russell, SS, CHC4/21/2015 4:46:00 PM
Description: Cubs top shortstop prospect Addison Russell has been called up to the big club in time for Tuesday's game and he'll start and bat ninth.
Insight: Russell will take over the second base role, for now, but is a natural shortstop. He was batting .316 at Triple-A Iowa.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, WAS4/21/2015 4:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon (knee) will begin his rehab assignment on Friday.
Insight: He played three innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday, and came out of it feeling good. Rendon should be back with the Nationals by the beginning of May, if not sooner.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/21/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar (groin) will play Tuesday night.
Insight: He was questionable coming in after missing the past two games. Escobar will bat sixth against Lance Lynn and the Cardinals.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/21/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (fracture left ribs) will return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Reyes will reportedly hit exclusively from the right side, due to small rib fracture. It is not idea, but he is avoiding the disabled list for the moment.
Tim Beckham, SS, TAM4/21/2015 3:59:00 PM
Description: Rays backup shortstop Tim Beckham will get the start Tuesday night.
Insight: Asdrubal Cabrera isn't injured, just ineffective so far this season, batting .192 with a .472 OPS. Beckham is batting .267 with two homers and an .836 OPS.
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B, TAM4/21/2015 3:58:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cabrera isn't injured, just ineffective so far this season, batting .192 with a .472 OPS. Tim Beckham will get the nod at shortstop. Beckham is batting .267 with two homers and an .836 OPS.
Pedro Alvarez, 1B, PIT4/21/2015 3:55:00 PM
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.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/21/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez left Monday morning's game due to illness, but is back in Tuesday's starting lineup batting cleanup.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a strong start with five homers, 12 RBI and an .895 OPS through the first 11 games.
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS4/21/2015 3:50:00 PM
Description: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will get Tuesday off.
Insight: Bogaerts is hitting .319 through 12 games with eight RBI and eight runs scored. Utility man Brock Holt will start at shortstop and bat eighth.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold4/21/2015 3:49:00 PM
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.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT4/21/2015 3:48:00 PM
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.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL4/21/2015 1:52:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20.
Insight: Gennett wasn't hitting at the moment (.207 with 12 Ks in 29 at-bats) so maybe this is a good thing. Hector Gomez is likely to start the next few games. He's batting .286 with a .786 OPS.
Hector Gomez, SS, MIL4/21/2015 1:52:00 PM
Description: Brewers infielder Hector Gomez will get some consistent at-bats at second base with Scooter Gennett placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Gomez is batting .286 in his 14 at-bats this season. He showed decent power at Triple-A Nashville last season, blasting 15 homers, with an .808 OPS.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOUHot4/21/2015 11:08:00 AM
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.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA4/21/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is hitless in 13 at-bats against Houston starter Collin McHugh.
Insight: Seager is on fire with seven hits in his last three games to raise his average to .306, but this matchup should cool him off.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN4/21/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is just 1-for-12 against Minnesota starter Tommy Milone.
Insight: Moustakas has started off the season batting .300 and scored 12 runs, but he's only knocked in two, both on home runs. Avoid this matchup.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLECold4/21/2015 10:58:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hitless in 13 at-bats against White Sox starter Hector Noesi.
Insight: Kipnis has been sidelined by back spasms recently and is hitting just .224 this season. Avoid this matchup.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOSCold4/21/2015 10:53:00 AM
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.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC4/21/2015 10:47:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Castro is batting .327 this season and is one of the veterans of the very young, but talented Chicago lineup. He isn't a good play on Tuesday.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/21/2015 10:11:00 AM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist was not in the lineup on Monday against the Angels and is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the LA Angels
Insight: Zobrist is dealing with soreness in his left knee and was given a cortisone shot so should miss a couple more days, according to Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/21/2015 10:06:00 AM
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.
Yunel Escobar, SS, WAS4/21/2015 10:04:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Yunel Escobar is questionable for Tuesday's game against St. Louis due to a groin issue.
Insight: Escobar is hitting .286 with a home run and RBI in 11 games this season. his last game was Friday night so he's had four days to rest.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL4/21/2015 9:56:00 AM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett should miss a couple of days after cutting his hand in the shower on Sunday.
Insight: Gennett wasn't hitting at the moment (.207 with 12 Ks in 29 at-bats) so maybe this is a good thing. Hector Gomez is likely to start the next few games for the 2-11 Brewers.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, COL4/21/2015 9:43:00 AM
Description: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado missed Monday due to a sore wrist and is still questionable for Tuesday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Arenado is batting .311 with three homers and a 1.024 OPS, so hopefully this won't effect his swing or power. Rafael Ynoa took over at the hot corner on Monday.
Addison Russell, SS, CHC4/21/2015 9:36:00 AM
Description: Cubs top shortstop prospect Addison Russell is expected to be called up to the big club in time for Tuesday's game.
Insight: Russell is expected to take over the second base role, for now, but is a natural shortstop. He was batting .316 at Triple-A Iowa.
Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC4/20/2015 10:51:00 PM
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.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/20/2015 9:54:00 PM
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.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/20/2015 6:13:00 PM
Description: Athletics infielder/outifelder Ben Zobrist is not in the lineup on Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Zobrist left Sunday with soreness in his left knee. Consider him day-to-day.
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT4/20/2015 4:58:00 PM
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.
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL4/20/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett should miss a couple of days after cutting his hand in the shower on Sunday.
Insight: Gennett wasn't hitting at the moment (.207 with 12 Ks in 29 at-bats) so maybe this is a good thing. Hector Gomez is likely to start the next few games for the 2-10 Brewers.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/20/2015 1:40:00 PM
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.
Marwin Gonzalez, IF, HOU4/20/2015 1:37:00 PM
Description: Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez could get a rare start on Monday.
Insight: If he does, be prepared to jump on the opportunity as he's 7-for-12 (.583) with a couple of extra-base hits versis Seattle's scheduled starter Hisashi Iwakuma.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP4/20/2015 1:30:00 PM
Description: Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, a career .229 hitter, hasn't proven he can handle major league pitching on a day-in, day-out basis, but he can hit Rockies starter Jorge de la Rosa.
Insight: Gyorko is 10-for-15 (.667) with four walks and a 1.604 OPS against de la Rosa.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CINCold4/20/2015 1:26:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 1-for-11 with three strikeouts against Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta.
Insight: Frazier has hit three homers this season, but they were in the first five games. Since then he's gone 5-for-29 (.172) with just a couple of doubles. Avoid this matchup.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DETHot4/20/2015 1:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is a career .345 hitter with two homers and 12 RBI versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Cabrera is only batting .426 this season with a 1.150 OPS. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS4/20/2015 12:07:00 PM
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.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN4/20/2015 11:49:00 AM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante is doubtful for Monday's game against Minnesota due to a strained left groin.
Insight: The Royals added Orlando Calixte from the minors to help their middle infield depth, but neither batter holds much value for fantasy owners.
Alcides Escobar, SS, KAN4/20/2015 11:48:00 AM
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.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, OAK4/20/2015 11:23:00 AM
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.
James Loney, 1B, TAM4/20/2015 11:10:00 AM
Description: Rays first baseman James Loney (right oblique strain) will play in a rehab game this week and should be ready to return to Tampa's lineup when eligible on Wednesday.
Insight: 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.
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR4/20/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis were negative after he was hit in the left ribcage by a pitch.
Insight: Travis has been impressive through the first 13 games, hitting .356 with three home runs and a 1.053 OPS. If you need second base help, he's your guy.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/20/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (fracture left ribs) could return to the lineup on Tuesday, according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
Insight: Reyes is expected to bat from the right side only at the beginning, but at least the oft-injured shortstop appears to have avoided the disabled list.
Ryan Flaherty, 2B, BALHot4/20/2015 9:29:00 AM
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.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS4/20/2015 9:25:00 AM
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.

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