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Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWS4/24/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is just 4-for-42 (.095) against Detroit ace Max Scherzer.
Insight: Ramirez is off to a quick start, batting .352 with four homers, 15 RBI, 15 runs and a .944 OPS. he's hit safely in 21 of 22 games this season. All these numbers are well above his six-season averages and he's a "sell high" candidate. Don't start him against Scherzer.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/23/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche went 3-for-5 with one RBI Wednesday against the Angels.
Insight: LaRoche missed Tuesday's game with a sore quad but was back in there hitting cleanup on Wednesday. He's batting .315 with three home runs and an .898 OPS this season.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR4/23/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie raised his average to .165 with three hits Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Lawrie hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman in the second inning. Despite the low average, the third baseman has five home runs and 18 RBI because he has been opportunistic with runners on base.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes hit his first home run Wednesday against the O's.
Insight: Reyes has picked up a hit in all four games since he returned from a strained hamstring along with four RBI and three runs.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL4/23/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his second home run of the season Wednesday at Toronto.
Insight: Davis (.246, .771 OPS) didn't have one in his first 11 games of the season and went seven games without one between his first and second. However, if there's one thing we aren't worried about with Davis, it's his power hitting.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/23/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana has picked up zero hits in his last 14 at-bats and two in his last 45.
Insight: He went 0-for-3 Wednesday, has just one homer and is batting .130 this season.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KAN 4/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas homered for the second straight game Wednesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Moustakas has drilled four homers and driven in 10 runs over his last eight games but he's still just 11-for-69 (.159) this season. This is the second straight year he raked in spring training and then got off to an ice cold start.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/23/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Extra innings certainly helped owners of Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau Wednesday, as he started off 0-for-4 but went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBI in his last two at-bats.
Insight: The move to Coors Field has led to the resurrection of Morneau, who struggled in Target Field the last four years and PNC Park briefly in 2013. The 32-year-old now has a .346 average, a .984 OPS, five home runs and 17 RBI in 78 at-bats.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COLHot4/23/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki raised his average to .388 and his OPS to 1.195 with three hits Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: One of the hits left the park. Tulo has gone 11-for-21 with three homers, 10 RBI, nine runs and nine walks over his last seven games.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/23/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill had four hits, including a double and a triple, in five at-bats Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Hill is still hitting just .240 with one home run and a 23/4 K/BB in 96 at-bats this season.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEA 4/23/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager hit two homers, including a walk-off three-run shot, Wednesday afternoon against the Astros.
Insight: Seager drove in all five runs for Seattle to help end an eight-game losing streak. The third baseman came into Wednesday's game with zero homers and two RBI all season.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS 4/23/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is getting a routine day off Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That will allow him to avoid lefty Cole Hamels. Gonzalez has a .722 OPS against lefties this year, compared to a 1.039 OPS against right-handers.
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, NYY4/23/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Yankees infielder Yangervis Solarte is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox. Kelly Johnson is starting at third base.
Insight: Solarte is in the midst of a 0-for-12 slump. Now that Mark Teixeira is back, Solarte will probably go back to a utility role and won't start enough to help fantasy owners.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/23/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Insight: The Cardinals will start Allen Craig at first and Shane Robinson in right field. The 25-year-old Adams is hitting .346 with an .858 OPS this season, though he only has one home run and five RBI.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/23/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche has returned to the starting lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore quad. SOURCE: Nationals on Twitter
Insight: He'll bat in the cleanup spot tonight against Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 4.74 ERA). LaRoche is currently on a six-game hitting streak (.300 AVG with one RBI during the streak).
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/23/2014 3:47:00 PM
Description: O's shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: He strained his hamstring over the weekend but only wound up missing two games. Hardy is hitless against the Blue Jays this season (0-for-9).
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/23/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre will be activated from the disabled list on Friday. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: Beltre (.286, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has been out with a strained quad. Friday will be the first day he's eligible to return after being placed on the DL retroactive to April 9.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP4/23/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera won't have an easy time Wednesday versus Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Cabrera has just one hit in 12 career at bats against him. Mostly known for his speed, Cabrera (.305, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has been caught stealing on three of his five attempts this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/23/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Though it hasn't kept him out of the lineup yet, Braves 1B Freddie Freeman admitted he's been struggling with dry eyes. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's an issue Freeman has dealt with on and off throughout his career. He said he cleaned his eye lids out and should be back to normal by Friday. The issue hasn't affected Freeman's performance (.346, 5 HR, 14 RBI) so fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.
Zack Cozart, SS, CINCold4/23/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hasn't done much versus Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Cozart has only managed one hit in 13 at bats against the right-hander. With a .149 average through 18 games, Cozart hasn't been on the fantasy radar.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/23/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier has had good success against Pirates starter Charlie Morton (5-for-9).
Insight: Frazier has had his moments this year (four homers, ten RBI) but he's probably just an average fantasy third baseman. Today, however, he should definitely be starting.
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, CLE4/23/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is having a pretty awful season (.205, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 20 games) but he could be worth a look Wednesday against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: He's hitting .500 against him in ten career at bats. Two of those five hits went for extra bases so this matchup does have potential. Cabrera still has time to turn things around this season but the clock is ticking.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFGCold4/23/2014 11:25:00 AM
Description: San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval owns a .417 career average against today's starting pitcher, Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 2.77 ERA).
Insight: Judging by his paltry .169 average this season, Panda hasn't found his stroke yet. But for once, Sandoval does have a favorable matchup with Chatwood throwing for Colorado today. We'll see if he can take advantage of it.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI4/23/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Arizona infielder Martin Prado is not a preferred fantasy option Wednesday against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Samardzija has limited Prado to just two hits in 13 career at bats (.157 AVG). Prado has been pretty useless this season (.247 AVG, zero homers in 22 games) and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS4/23/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon injured his head Tuesday against the Phillies but has already passed all his concussion tests. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: He suffered the injury while sliding into second for his 12th stolen base of the season. That total leads the major leagues. Gordon's .369 average won't last but fantasy owners can always rely on his blazing speed. We wouldn't expect this ailment to sideline him for more than a day or two.
James Loney, 1B, TAMHot4/23/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stayed hot with three hits Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: He's been ridiculous over his last four games, providing nine hits over that span (.563 AVG). Loney, who has never been a big power guy, is on pace for 97 RBI this season. Fantasy owners in the market for a corner infielder could do a lot worse than Loney (.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI).
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/22/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler had two doubles, two RBI, two runs and a walk Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Kinsler is batting .319 with 14 runs, 13 RBI, three steals and a 7/5 K/BB in his first 72 at-bats with the Tigers.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot4/22/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu socked a solo homer over the center-field wall off Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning Tuesday night.
Insight: That's the center-field wall at Comerica Park, 420 feet away from home plate, if you were wondering. Abreu went 2-for-3 with two runs in the game and has six homers on the young season. He's done a good job to shake off his first MLB slump, going 8-for-20 with three doubles and two homers after a 1-for-25 stretch.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer blasted four hits Tuesday in an 8-2 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer hasn't found his home run stroke yet (still homerless in 74 at bats) but who needs the long ball when you're hitting over .300? Here's another thing Hosmer owners should be thrilled about: the 24-year-old has just six strikeouts in 19 games. With a contact rate like that, Hosmer should be in for a great season.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET4/22/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Cabrera is off to a slow start but fantasy owners should know better than to panic.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/22/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli is hitting .286, but his average will soon tumble. He has struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances and hit .370 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is just 11.8 percent.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot4/22/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit home runs No. 499 and 500 Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: "The Machine" is officially back up and running. Pujols has eight homers, 19 RBI and a .956 OPS in his first 20 games this season. He didn't hit his eighth homer last year until May 23.
Gordon Beckham, 2B, CWS4/22/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham should be activated from the disabled list later this week. SOURCE: WhiteSox.com
Insight: He's hoping to play this weekend against the Rays. Beckham missed the first few weeks of the season with a strained oblique. His return will probably mean less playing time for Marcus Semien (.227, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Conor Gillaspie (.302, 0 HR, 12 RBI).
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/22/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill won't be in action Tuesday versus the Cubs. SOURCE: Diamondbacks on Twitter
Insight: We haven't heard of any injury so we're assuming it's just a routine off day for the 32-year-old. Martin Prado (.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI) is getting the nod at second base.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WASHot4/22/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Rendon is hitting .304 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs in 79 at-bats this season and will hit behind Jayson Werth and in front of Ian Desmond. He's hit in every spot in the order this season other than third and the pitcher's spot.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHIHot4/22/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will get the night off Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: A lefty, Hyun-Jin Ryu, is on the mound, but Utley has two homers in four at-bats against him. Utley is hitting .391 with nine doubles, three homers, 12 RBI and 11 runs so far.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL4/22/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick on Friday. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Machado will probably miss all of April after undergoing offseason knee surgery but he could be back in the big leagues sometime in early May. Ryan Flaherty (.213, 0 HR, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Schoop (.259, 1 HR, 9 RBI) have been splitting third base duties in his absence.
Conor Gillaspie, 3B, CWS4/22/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie will miss the next few games due to soreness in his left hand, according to Dan Hayes of csnchicago.com.
Insight: The 26-year-old is quietly hitting .302 with seven doubles, 12 RBI and a .760 OPS in 16 games for the White Sox this season.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/22/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy left Sunday's game with a mild right hamstring strain. He has played just 11 games this season due to injuries.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL4/22/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is back in the starting lineup, batting eighth.
Insight: Mark Ellis has been starting at second base the past few games. Wong has shown little this year to get fantasy owners excited, batting .237 with zero homers, five RBI and four runs scored.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup due to a sore quad.
Insight: LaRoche is off to a solid start, batting .294 with three homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs scored. Tyler Moore (.214, 1 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at first base.
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, CLE4/22/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Cleveland's top first base prospect, Jesus Aguilar, is off to a torrid start, batting .386 with five homers and a 1.190 OPS.
Insight: Aguilar smacked 16 homers with 105 RBI last season at Double-A Akron. Nick Swisher (.197) had better start hitting the ball or could eventually find himself in a platoon situation down the road.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/22/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-11 (.545) against Cardinals ace right-hander Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Murphy is off to a decent start, batting .293, but without much power (.650 OPS).
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYYCold4/22/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is 1-for-15 (.067) against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Johnson has stuggled of late, going 2-for-18 over the past five games and given this unfavorable matchup should grab a seat on the bench.
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT4/21/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh first baseman Ike Davis launched his third career grand slam Monday in a win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Davis (.270, 2 HR, 9 RBI) already has two grand slams this season. This was his first home run as a Pirate after being traded to Pittsburgh on Friday.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot4/21/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is a .500 career hitter (11-for-220 versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke, posting a .969 OPS through his first 19 games. He and Hanley Ramirez (also a .500 hitter against Lee) make for a solid option on Monday.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS4/21/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a stunning 8-for-16 with three homers and a 1.750 OPS versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Insight: Not many guys have that kind of consistent success against Lee, but the Dodgers has two - Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. Ramirez is off to a bit of a slow start batting .246 with a couple of homers this season and missed some time with a hand injury.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX4/21/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is hitless in 14 at-bats against Oakland starter Dan Straily.
Insight: Andrus is hitting .296 with a AL-leading nine stolen bases, but its hard to add to your stolen base total if you can't get on first.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK4/21/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .333 hitter with three homers against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Insight: Moss has just a couple of homers this season, but he is still driving in runs (15). He hit 30 homers last season with 87 RBI.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/21/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, on fire over the past weekl, has a rare bad matchup on Monday.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 2 HR, 12 RBI) is hitless in 10 at-bats against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. He has nine hits in his last 17 at-bats.
Luis Valbuena, SS, CLE4/21/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena should be in fantasy lineups on Monday.
Insight: Valbuena is a career .462 hitter (6-for-13) off Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo with a pair of homers and a 1.764 OPS. Then add in a wind blowing out to right at Wrigley Field and the left-hander is set up for success despite a .219 season batting average.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/21/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .387 hitter with four home runs and a 1.295 OPS versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: In his first season leading off for the Tigers, Kinsler is off to a hot start batting .317 with a pair of homers, 12 runs and 11 RBI. Hot start, favorable matchup, equals must start.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE4/21/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisheris 14-for-40 (.350) with a pair of homers and a 1.101 OPS versus Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: Swisher is "up" to .181 after going 3-for-11 over the past three games. We've come to expect a low average with Swisher's power, but not this low. Swisher has hit at least 21 homers in nine consecutive seasons.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLEHot4/21/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is 5-for-10 (.500) with a homer versus Royals right-hander jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: The 2008 first-round draft pick is finally starting to show his ability, batting .448 this spring. He's hit safely in eight of nine games he's played this season.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/21/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Insight: The career .268 hitter is batting just .230 through his first 18 games, including four hitless games in the last five, so this may not be the time to jump on this favorable matchup.
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT4/21/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Pirates newly-acquired first baseman Ike Davis should probably get the day off as he's just 1-for-11 (.091) versus Cincinnati starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Davis is 3-for-9 since coming over to the Pirates who hope he can find the swing that produced 32 homers in 2012.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/21/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring and is not in Monday morning's lineup.
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Ryan Flaherty will make the start at shortstop, but he holds little fantasy value batting .209 with a .540 OPS this season.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/21/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia is a career .500 hitter versus Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen (11-for-22).
Insight: Pedroia (.260, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is just starting to get it going with five hits in his last three games. He's a premier fantasy second baseman in a favorable matchup who is just finding his batting stroke. Make him a must start on Monday morning.
Brock Holt, 3B, BOS4/21/2014 9:12:00 AM
Description: Red Sox infielder Brock Holt will lead off for the first time this season.
Insight: Holt (.232, 0 HR, 2 RBI) normally bats near the bottom of the Red Sox order. Center fielder Grady Sizemore, who led off Sunday night, gets the day off.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/20/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Justin Morneau's resurgence continued Sunday in a loss to the Phillies.
Insight: He plated five of the Rockies' nine runs. Clearly the move to hitter-friendly Coors Field has been beneficial to Morneau's fantasy value. The former Twins slugger is hitting .367 with ten RBI at home this year.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI4/20/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins belted three hits in Sunday's win against the Rockies.
Insight: Rollins has been surprisingly effective this season with 13 RBI and a .292 average through 16 games. Last April he hit just .260 with seven runs driven in. We'll see if he can stay hot Monday when the Phillies travel to Chavez Ravine to begin a four-game set with the Dodgers.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/20/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy left Sunday night's game against Boston after straining his hamstring. SOURCE: Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Insight: Hardy exited after the sixth inning. Stephen Lombardozzi is now in at second base with Ryan Flaherty at shortstop. Though Hardy led all major league shortstops in HR last season (25), he's still searching for his first long ball of 2014.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/20/2014 9:16:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker contributed three hits Sunday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: Walker's batting average hasn't been up to snuff (.250 through 19 games) but he's hitting the ball with plenty of power. His 394-foot blast in the fourth inning Sunday was his sixth of the season. That leads all big league second basemen.
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN4/20/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart broke out for three hits Sunday in a win over the Cubs.
Insight: He also drove in three runs with two of those coming on a homer in the seventh. Cozart hasn't been very productive this season (.153 AVG in 59 at bats) so maybe Sunday is a sign that he's close to getting back on track.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COLHot4/20/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki exploded for three hits Sunday in a 10-9 loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 2 HR, 12 RBI) has been out of his mind lately. Over the last week, he's gone 11-for-22 with four doubles, one homer and six runs batted in. He's the best shortstop in fantasy and we don't see that changing any time soon.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/20/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard delivered a monster effort Sunday in a win over Colorado.
Insight: His four hits were a season-high. Howard certainly isn't the player he once was but at 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, he can still strike fear in opposing pitchers. Howard's average for the season is now up to .262, which is very close to what he hit last season (.266 in 80 games).
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/20/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: It didn't take long for Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu to break out of his 1-for-25 slump. He's gone 5-for-9 with three RBI over his last two games.
Insight: Three of those hits came in Sunday's blowout win over Texas. Up to this point, Abreu has performed about the way you would expect him to. He's provided strong power numbers for the White Sox (five HR, 17 RBI) but has not been able to hit for a high average (.243 in 19 games this season).
Marcus Semien, 2B, CWS4/20/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Chicago second baseman Marcus Semien had his second four-hit game of the season on Sunday.
Insight: Semien's bases loaded triple in the sixth inning was the first of his career. Eight of his 18 hits this season have come over two games.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK4/20/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson logged three hits in Sunday's win over Houston.
Insight: Donaldson just keeps plugging away. He's tied for third among major league third basemen with 13 RBI and is fifth among AL third basemen in batting average (.272). He should be starting in all fantasy leagues.
David Wright, 3B, NYMHot4/20/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright stayed hot with four hits Sunday in an extra inning win over Atlanta.
Insight: That runs Wright's hitting streak to 11 games. During that span, he's hit .380 (19-for-50) with two doubles and eight RBI. All four of his hits on Sunday were singles.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/20/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe bashed three hits Sunday in a win over Kansas City.
Insight: All three of his hits went for extra bases. Plouffe is on pace for 117 RBI, which would easily be a career-high. He's owned in 66 percent of ESPN leagues.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS4/20/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Danny Espinosa paced Washington with three hits Sunday in a win against the Cardinals.
Insight: It's Espinosa's first three-hit game since September 24, 2012. He's hitting .313 with a .521 slugging percentage in 17 appearances this season.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANAHot4/20/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick torched the Tigers for three hits on Sunday afternoon.
Insight: It was Kendrick's second three-hit performance in the last three games. He's gone 10-for-23 (.435) during his five-game hitting streak.
Will Middlebrooks, 3B, BOS4/20/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks will begin a rehab assignment on Monday.
Insight: Lauber didn't mention where the rehab assignment will take place but we're betting he'll end up in Triple-A Pawtucket. The plan is for Middlebrooks, who has been out with a strained calf, to return to the majors by next weekend. With Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) also close to returning, Boston has some important roster decisions to make.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/20/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Texas GM Jon Daniels said third baseman Adrian Beltre (quad) will be ready to play next weekend against the Mariners.
Insight: Beltre is on the DL with a minor quad strain. Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit .395 with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI as Beltre's replacement, but he'll either go back to the bench or the minors when Beltre returns.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI 4/20/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is getting a day off Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Prado hasn't hit a homer or stolen a base and is batting .260 in 77 at-bats this year.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDPCold4/20/2014 2:05:00 PM
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Gyorko has gone just 9-for-61 (.148) with 21 Ks this season.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG4/20/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is not in the lineup Sunday for the first time this season.
Insight: Sandoval is hitting .171 with two homers in 70 at-bats, so he could use the day off.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/20/2014 11:53:00 AM
Description: The Cubs lifted Anthony Rizzo from Saturday's game because of back spasms, but he's in the lineup Sunday, according to Jesse Rogers of espnchicago.com.
Insight: Rizzo started every game this season for Chicago and is hitting .333 with two homers, eight RBI and just nine strikeouts in 60 at-bats. He struck out 127 times and hit .233 in 606 at-bats last season.
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL4/20/2014 11:50:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is not in the lineup Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Mark Ellis is starting at second base. With just a .237 average, zero homers, four runs, five RBI and three steals, Wong hasn't offered much fantasy value in his first 59 at-bats this season.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Alvarez has gone 3-for-18 with eight strikeouts against Marco Estrada and he went 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. Josh Harrison is starting in his place.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/20/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez was hit in the arm by a pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night, but he's fine. His day off on Sunday was already planned and unrelated to the HBP, according to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com.
Insight: Ramirez has driven in 15 runs in 18 games this season and is batting .352 with an .860 OPS. Jeff Bianchi is starting at third.
Brad Miller, SS, SEACold4/20/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller is not starting Sunday at Miami.
Insight: A tremendous spring and a hot start to the regular season has turned into a .194 average and a .598 OPS pretty fast for the 24-year-old Miller. He has gone 9-for-57 (.158) with 16 Ks in his last 14 games. Nick Franklin will start in his place Sunday.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold4/20/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: Seager is 9-for-56 (.161) with zero home runs this season and will get a day off. Willie Bloomquist is starting at the hot corner.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/20/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (hamstring) has been activated from the disabled list.
Insight: Teixeira spent the minimum amount of time on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. In his absence, the Yankees used Kelly Johnson, Scott Sizemore and Francisco Cervelli at first base.
Alex Gonzalez, SS, DET4/20/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: The Tigers have released shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Insight: Gonzalez went from hitting a walk-off single on Opening Day to off the team in three weeks. The 37-year-old hit just .167. Andrew Romine will take over the starting shortstop job.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BALCold4/20/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has had a tough time getting anything going against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Peavy has limited Hardy to one hit in 17 at-bats, a .059 average. Hardy, who has dealt with back spasms on and off this year, is hitting .244 with zero round-trippers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/20/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has collected seven hits in 13 at-bats against Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
Insight: Pedroia (.250) has gone 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles and four walks since he returned to the lineup from wrist inflammation, and he'll face a struggling Jimenez Sunday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CINCold4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips has mustered three hits in 24 at-bats (.125) against Carlos Villanueva of the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips is one for his last 11 and will face Villanueva on Sunday, so avoid him.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has taken 38 at-bats against Dodgers starter Josh Beckett and come away with 15 hits (.395), including seven doubles and one homer.
Insight: Hill has struck out 20 times in 82 at-bats and is hitting .232 with one homer, but seeing Beckett Sunday should wake up his bat.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC 4/20/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro hasn't performed well against Reds starter Homer Bailey in the past.
Insight: Castro, who is hitting .292 with two homers and nine RBI this season, has gone 5-for-27 (.185) against Bailey.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITCold4/20/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Brewers starter Marco Estrada has held Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez to three hits in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Alvarez struck out eight times against Estrada, Sunday's scheduled starter against Pittsburgh. The third baseman is stuck in one of his typical extended slumps, going 3-for-33 (.091) with 13 Ks in his last nine games. He's tied for the NL lead with six homers but is batting .162.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA4/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick hasn't gotten the better of Tigers starter Rick Porcello when they've faced off in the past.
Insight: Kendrick (.264, 2 HR, 11 RBI) is 5-for-22 (.227) with eight strikeouts against Porcello, who will toe the rubber Sunday against Los Angeles.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has gone 4-for-27 (.148) with eight Ks against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow.
Insight: Swisher is hitting .174 with 18 strikeouts in 69 at-bats this season and facing Morrow Sunday won't help matters.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/20/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana will carry a 3-for-40 (.075) slump into Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, but he'll face a pitcher he's had success against in the past.
Insight: Santana has gone 5-for-10 with two doubles and four walks against Brandon Morrow in their previous meetings. That may help him break out of this frigid stretch.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEXHot4/19/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has hit safely in all 10 of his games this year.
Insight: Kouzmanoff, who has been filling in for Adrian Beltre (quad), is back in the majors for the first time since 2011 and has gone 15-for-38 (.395) with five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSCold4/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had two singles, a walk and two runs in four plate appearances Saturday at Texas.
Insight: Abreu went 1-for-25 with 11 Ks in his previous seven games.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COLHot4/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hit his third homer in the last seven games Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: It was Morneau's first home run at home this year. The 32-year-old hasn't hit 20 home runs since 2009, but he should get there this year; Coors Field is a much better hitter's park than either Target Field or PNC Park.
Mark Reynolds, 1B, MIL4/19/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds hit his fourth homer of the sesaon Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Reynolds starts against lefties as part of a first-base platoon with Lyle Overbay. Reynold's numbers are nothing out of the ordinary for the slugger -- .208 average, four homers, 19 Ks in 48 at-bats.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEACold4/19/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has collected two hits in his last 21 at-bats.
Insight: One of them was his first home run of the season. He's hitting .254 after going 0-for-3 Saturday, and the M's have lost seven of their last eight games, but we aren't worried about the star second baseman.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/19/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: The Cubs lifted Anthony Rizzo from Saturday's game because of back spasms, but he's expected to play Sunday against the Reds, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Rizzo started every game this season for Chicago and is hitting .333 with two homers, eight RBI and just nine strikeouts in 60 at-bats. He struck out 127 times and hit .233 in 606 at-bats last season.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B, CHC4/19/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Cubs IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-5 with a steal and two runs Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Bonifacio entered play 2-for-24 over his last six games, but he's still batting .358 due to his extremely hot start (19-for-38 first eight games). The 28-year-old has 11 runs and eight steals in 15 games and should be owned in all leagues.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot4/19/2014 7:08:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols launched his sixth homer of the season Saturday against the Tigers.
Insight: All six have come in the last 10 games. The 34-year-old Pujols is in a much better physical condition than last season and it has shown at the plate. He's hitting .282 with 11 extra-base hits, 14 RBI, 11 runs, a .960 OPS and a 7/7 K/BB in his first 17 games this year.
Carlos Santana, 3B, CLECold4/19/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Cleveland C/3B Carlos Santana is two for his last 35 (.057).
Insight: He hit his first homer Friday night but went 0-for-4 Saturday against the Blue Jays and is hitting .153. His only positive is a 13/16 K/BB.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/19/2014 6:22:00 PM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in the lineup Saturday night against the Rays, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN. Dean Anna is starting in his place.
Insight: Jeter started the last three games after sitting out three straight with a quad injury. He's hitting .286 with three runs and two RBI.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/19/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley (biceps strain) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Giants, according to Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune.
Insight: Headley didn't start the last three games. He's hitting just .176 with one homer and four RBI this season after a down year in 2013. At this point, 2012 looks like a massive aberration.
Juan Francisco, 3B, MIL4/19/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Just brought up Juan Francisco will start at DH for the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Insight: He'll take the spot of injured Adam Lind. Francisco batted .221 with 13 HR and 32 RBI in 240 at-bats with Milwaukee last season, but lost his job to Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/19/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is in the starting lineup for Saturday against Cleveland.
Insight: Reyes injured a hamstring in the season opener. He'll be the leadoff hitter with Melky Cabrera dropping into the No. 2 hole.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG4/19/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is a career .545 hitter against Padres left-hander Eric Stults.
Insight: Sandoval is struggling to get the bat going, hitting just .179 through the first 17 games, so may not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA4/19/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano has a career .545 batting average with two homers against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Cano is batting .266 this season which is below expectations after hitting over .300 for the past five years. This matchup may help, but what would really help is some better protection in the lineup.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/19/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .368 (21-for-57) with two home runs against Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: He's off to a great start, batting .358 with 14 RBI so seems primed to take advantage of this matchup.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT4/19/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is 6-for-13 (.462) against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The 27-year-old leads the NL in homers with six, but he's also batting .172 with 18 strikeouts. This is an all-or-nothing pick.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .375 hitter with a pair of home runs against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The 2010 National League MVP is off to a fine start, batting .309 with four homers and a 1.025 OPS. All of his home runs have come in the past seven days.
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, MIN4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is 8-for-24 (.333) with three homers and a 1.235 OPS versus Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.
Insight: Plouffe is off to a solid start, batting .288 with an .801 OPS, but his long ball stroke is missing. He's hit one home run this season. He hit 24 homers over 119 games in 2012 and just 14 last season.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAMHot4/19/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria belted his second homer of the season and drove in four runs Saturday against the Yankees.
Insight: Longoria has gone 7-for-10 over his last three games and scored four runs in his last two after not scoring a run for 10 straight games before that. He's hitting .348 with 10 RBI.
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DETHot4/19/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler is a career .444 hitter with four extra base hits and a 1.379 OPS versus Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Insight: In his first season leading off for the Tigers, Kinsler is off to a hot start batting .351 with a pair of homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI. Hot start, favorable matchup, equals must start.
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE4/19/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher is 11-for-27 (.407) with a couple of homers versus Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Two items may put an end to this trend. Swisher is batting just .185 this spring and there will be a brisk wind blowing in at 12 mph at Progressive Field.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, CLEHot4/19/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall is 3-for-8 (.375) with a pair of homers versus Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
Insight: The 2008 first-round draft pick is finally starting to show his ability, batting .481 this spring. He's hit safely in all eight games he's played this season
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA4/18/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Howie Kendrick found his home run stroke on Friday.
Insight: Kendrick belted two homers in the Angels' 11-6 victory. Friday marks Kendrick's first multi-homer game since April 23rd of last season.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BALHot4/18/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop crushed four hits Friday in an 8-4 win over Boston.
Insight: The Baltimore rookie has hit .429 during his seven-game hitting streak. Schoop has seven RBI during that span. We'll see how he does Saturday against Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront (1-2, 6.75 ERA).
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT4/18/2014 8:08:00 PM
Description: New York traded first baseman Ike Davis to Pittsburgh Friday for right-hander Zack Thornton.
Insight: Take a hike, Ike. Davis hit a walkoff grand slam on April 5th but other than that, his season has been a disaster (.208, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 12 games). He might be an upgrade over the Pirates' current first baseman, Gaby Sanchez, but not by much.
Ryan Roberts, 3B, BOSCold4/18/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: The Red Sox have designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.
Insight: Roberts went just 2-for-19 during his brief tenure with the Sox. His roster spot will be filled by Brock Holt.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN4/18/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game because of back spasms. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: He went 1-for-2 before exiting in the third inning. Consider Phillips (.313, 1 HR, 3 RBI) day-to-day.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/18/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley will miss his third consecutive game Friday against the Giants. SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Insight: Headley strained his biceps earlier this week. Utility man Alexi Amarista (.276, 1 HR, 4 RBI) has been starting in his place.
Matt Adams, 1B, STL4/18/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams will take a seat Friday against Washington. SOURCE: Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: It looks like it's just a routine day off. Allen Craig (.158, 1 HR, 5 RBI) will handle things at first base.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/18/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Rangers 1B Prince Fielder is 4-for-8 with a pair of homers and five walks against White Sox starter Felipe Paulino.
Insight: Fielder has struggled with his new team, but appears to be finiding his stroke. He's 4-for-14 over his last four games, including his first homer of the season.
David Wright, 3B, NYM4/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .458 hitter (11-for-21) with a 1.267 OPS against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright is off to a slow start, batting just .258 with a .641 OPS, but this favorable matchup could get him going. Daniel Murphy, Wright, Eric Young Jr. and Ruben Tejada all have good histories against Harang which could mean plenty of scoring opportunities.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYMHot4/18/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-14 (.428) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Five of Murphy's six hits against Harang have gone for extra bases. He's posted three consecutive multi-hit games entering Friday's action and with a favorable matchup is a must start.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM4/18/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .417 hitter (5-for-12) versus Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Zobrist's five hits have all been of the extra base variety, including two homers and a 1.783 OPS. He's batting .268 this season with a .388 OBP due to walking 11 times already. He's a solid play on Friday.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/18/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is just 3-for-20 (.150) against Boston right-hander John Lackey.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years, but he's never had an extra base hit against Lackey. He's also still looking for his first homer this season. It won't likely come on Friday. Avoid this matchup.
Todd Frazier, 3B, CIN4/18/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has a pair of homers and a career .375 batting average versus Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Frazier isn't batting for much of an average, but he has scored six runs in the past four games. His fantasy owners are hoping he'll rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign (.234 AVG in 531 at bats).
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET4/17/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler bopped his second home run of the season Thursday in a win over Cleveland.
Insight: Kinsler, who finished with four RBI, has gone 7-for-17 over his last four games. The former Ranger recorded his third stolen base of the season on Thursday, though he was also caught stealing.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/17/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is hoping to be back in the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: George King III, New York Post
Insight: That's when Teixeira is first eligible to return from the disabled list. He's sat out the last week and a half with a strained hamstring.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS4/17/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is hoping to return Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: He sat out Thursday's game with a hand injury. Ramirez is off to a so-so start with two homers and seven RBI in his first 15 appearances (.281 AVG).
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/17/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a dislocated finger. SOURCE: Ian Browne, MLB.com
Insight: He's hitting in his usual cleanup spot behind David Ortiz and ahead of Jonny Gomes. Napoli's .302 batting average leads the team.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/17/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is getting the night off Thursday against the Red Sox. SOURCE: Doug Padilla, ESPN Chicago
Insight: He's ice cold at the moment with just one hit in his last 21 at bats. Paul Konerko (.111, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will get the nod at first base.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/17/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley missed his second straight game Thursday against Colorado. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, Union-Tribune San Diego
Insight: He's still out with a strained biceps. Alexi Amarista (.296, 1 HR, 4 RBI) will be filling in at third base.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS4/17/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was forced out of Wednesday's game after being hit in the hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch. Ramirez is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Ramirez had X-rays which came back negative, but he'll still miss some time. He's off to a slow start (for him), batting .281 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and 22 runs scored.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLECold4/17/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: It was a short day for Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis as he was ejected in the third inning for arguing a strike call.
Insight: Not much was expected of Kipnis anyway, as he was just 3-for-24 (.125) in his career against Detroit's right-hander Justin Verlander, so this shouldn't hurt too many lineups.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/17/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes was expected to be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland, but bad weather is going to push his return to Saturday, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
Insight: Reyes injured a hamstring in the season opener. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Munenori Kawasaki, SS, TOR4/17/2014 10:55:00 AM
Description: Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki will start at 2B on Thursday
Insight: He's made one start this season going 2-for-5 with a double. With Ryan Gions batting .152 and Macier Izturis sidelined by injury the Jays have nothing to lose.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/17/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard gets to avoid the left-left matchup. Not a bad idea considering he's batting .176 this season against left-handers.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY4/17/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts' MRI came back negative and he is questionable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Roberts hasn't played since Saturday due to a back injury. The 36-year-old is hitting just .129 with one RBI this season and shouldn't be owned in most leagues.
Eric Hosmer, 1B, KAN4/17/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Kansas City 1B Eric Hosmer is just 1-for-10 versus Houston starter Scott Feldman.
Insight: Hosmer is batting a respectable .286, but is still looking for his first home run. Avoid him on Thursday.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAM4/17/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .395 hitter with six homers, 12 walks and a 1.364 OPS versus Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia.
Insight: Longoria is batting .286, but without much power (.748 OPS) through 15 games. This historically favorable matchup could help.
Jean Segura, SS, MILCold4/17/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is hitless in nine at-bats versus Pirates starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Segura isn't off to a great start, batting .211 after a big April last season (.367). We're begining to think what we saw in the second half of 2013 (.241, 1 HR, 13 RBI in 54 games after the break) is what we're going to get in 2014. He's also been caught stealing a league-high three times already.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT4/17/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-22 (.045) with 10 strikeouts against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and 10 runs despite a .161 batting average. But this is an extremely unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOS4/17/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez is just a .130 career hitter versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (3-for-23).
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke, posting a .944 OPS through his first 15 games, but has an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG4/17/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford didn't start in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers and probably shouldn't be in Thursday's lineup based on an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: He's been dealing with a tight hamstring. He's also hitless in 10 at-bats versus Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Joaquin Arias will likely fill in at shortstop, but has shown little value with a bat in his hand.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLECold4/17/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is an ugly 3-for-24 (.125) in his career against Detroit's right-hander Justin Verlander.
Insight: That includes 11 Ks. Kipnis is hitting .220 with two homers, three steals and 11 walks in 14 games this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL4/17/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson is 4-for-8 with two doubles and a home run versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 14 hits in his first 50 at bats (.281, .708 OPS). He batted .321 last season with an .816 OPS.
Hanley Ramirez, SS, LOS4/17/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was forced out of Wednesday's game after being hit in the hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch.
Insight: Ramirez had x-rays which came back negative, but he might still miss some time. He's off to a slow start (for him), batting .281 with a pair of homers, seven RBI and 22 runs scored.
Brandon Crawford, SS, SFG4/16/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford won't participate in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers. SOURCE: Hank Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He's out with a tight hamstring. Joaquin Arias (.167, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will fill in at shortstop. It's only his sixth start of the season.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDPCold4/16/2014 7:26:00 PM
Description: San Diego third baseman Chase Headley won't be on the field Wednesday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, Union-Tribune San Diego
Insight: Headley has been diagnosed with a strained biceps. He's gotten off to a brutal start this season (.160, 1 HR, 4 RBI in 13 games) but it's too early for fantasy owners to give up on him.
Jonathan Villar, SS, HOUCold4/16/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar is sitting out for the first time this season Wednesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Villar is just one for his last 19 and has now struck out in 32.6 percent of his at bats this year. Marwin Gonzalez is playing shortstop on Wednesday and could see more time there in the future if Villar's struggles continue.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KANCold4/16/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas won't be in the starting lineup Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: He's off to a miserable start with just four hits in his first 40 at bats. Danny Valencia hasn't been much better (.125 AVG) but he'll get the start at third base on Wednesday.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/16/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia has returned to the starting lineup. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been out with inflammation in his wrist. Pedroia will bat leadoff tonight for the 92nd time in his career. He's a .262 lifetime hitter from that spot in the lineup (98-for-374).
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS4/16/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Boston first baseman Mike Napoli won't be available Wednesday against the White Sox. SOURCE: Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Insight: He's out with a dislocated finger. Daniel Nava (.152, 2 HR, 3 RBI) will step in at first base.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA4/16/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: The Mariners have placed 1B/OF Logan Morrison on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Morrison left Monday's game with a right hamstring strain. He's 3-for-20 this season and isn't a fantasy option. Nick Franklin was called up and could see time in the outfield.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHICold4/16/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is getting the day off Wednesday against the Braves, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Freddy Galvis is starting at third base for Asche, who has gone 4-for-33 (.121) with 13 Ks since he went 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs on Opening Day.
Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL4/16/2014 1:01:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is out of the lineup Wednesday. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter will get his first day off of the season. He went 0-for-5 over his last two games to drop from .295 to .265 but has 11 runs, nine RBI and 11 walks this season.
Nick Franklin, 2B, SEA 4/16/2014 11:54:00 AM
Description: The Mariners have called up SS Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin went 17-for-43 (.395) with four homers in his first 11 games at Triple-A to earn a callup.
Insight: Brad Miller, who won the shortstop job with a hot spring, hit two homers in the second game of the year but has batted .214 with a 19/1 K/BB in 56 at-bats this season. Franklin is a former first-round pick and top prospect who started off with a .277 average and 10 HRs in his first 52 games last year but hit .167 with two homers in his final 50. He could see some outfield duty with Logan Morrison (hamstring) out, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/16/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (quad) will play in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, according to Bryan Hoch of mlb.com.
Insight: Jeter (.286) missed the last two games with a sore quad. He'll miss a third straight Wednesday afternoon but will be back for the nightcap against the Cubs.
Neil Walker, 2B, PITHot4/16/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has hit four home runs over his last five games but he'll run into Johnny Cueto Wednesday against the Reds.
Insight: Walker has five homers in 14 games after blasting six in his final nine last year. He didn't hit his fifth homer in 2013 until his 51st game. Cueto has limited the second baseman to six hits in 28 at-bats (.214), however.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, SFG4/16/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is the owner of a .375 average against Dodgers starter Paul Maholm.
Insight: Sandoval is 6-for-16 with two homers and a double against Maholm. The third baseman has batted .164 with two homers in 55 at-bats this season, but he's also shown more plate discipline (12.7 BB%). The low average is mainly the result of a .171 BABIP, which he's posted despite having a 25.6 percent line-drive rate.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP4/16/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a sore knee and he has a poor matchup Wednesday.
Insight: If Cabrera plays, he'll face Jorge De La Rosa of the Rockies. He's gone 3-for-18 with seven strikeouts against the left-hander. The 27-year-old is batting .340 with six doubles this season, but he has struck out 17 times in 53 at-bats.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDPCold4/16/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is 8-for-36 (.222) with zero extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts against Jorge De La Rosa of Colorado.
Insight: Another cold start (.160, 1 HR, 11 Ks) has us skeptical we'll ever see the 2012 version of Headley (.286, 31 HR, 115 RBI) again. Remove that season and Headley has just 50 career homers in 683 games.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP4/16/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko only has seven at-bats against Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa, but he collected six hits, including two doubles.
Insight: Gyorko, who just got a new contract extension, is 8-for-50 (.160) with one home run so far after hitting .249 with 23 homers in 486 at-bats as a rookie.
Howie Kendrick, 2B, ANA4/16/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has gone 9-for-20 (.450) with two homers and seven RBI against Oakland's Tommy Milone.
Insight: Kendrick is hitting . 241 with zero home runs and 12 Ks in 58 at-bats this season but he may be able to get his bat going Wednesday against Milone.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA 4/16/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is 7-for-14 with six doubles against Oakland's Tommy Milone.
Insight: Don't be fooled by Pujols' .237 average. The 34-year-old has hit four home runs in his last seven games and flew out to the deepest part of Angels Ballpark in dead center Tuesday night. He also has struck out just four times and physically looks much better than he did last year.
Justin Smoak, 1B, SEACold4/16/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak started off 6-for-13 with two homers and seven RBI but he's gone 6-for-36 (.167) with zero homers and 11 Ks since then.
Insight: Smoak also is 2-for-16 against Texas starter Yu Darvish, who will oppose the Mariners on Wednesday night.
Kyle Seager, 3B, SEACold4/16/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager has had some success against Texas starter Yu Darvish.
Insight: Seager has been a disaster so far, hitting .146 with zero homers and two RBI. He does have a .316 average, four doubles and seven RBI in 19 career at-bats against Darvish, however, so maybe he'll get it going Wednesday despite facing the tough right-hander.
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, TEXHot4/16/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Rangers third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff has gone 9-for-20 (.450) with three doubles, one homer and five RBI in six games while filling in for Adrian Beltre (quad), but he's been terrible against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Kouzmanoff is back in the majors for the first time since 2011. He's 3-for-24 (.125) with nine Ks against Hernandez.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX4/16/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has taken 67 at-bats against Seattle's Felix Hernandez and posted a .299 average (20-for-67).
Insight: Andrus is hitting .309 with three doubles, eight runs and four steals this season. Don't avoid him Wednesday just because King Felix is on the mound for the M's.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/16/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is 3-for-17 in his career against Detroit's Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: That includes six Ks. Kipnis is hitting .234 with two homers, three steals and 10 walks in 13 games this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL4/16/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .242 hitter versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee and hasn't provided any power whatsoever against him.
Insight: Freeman has struck out a dozen times against Lee, who will oppose Atlanta on Wednesday.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARICold4/16/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is 4-for-23 against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Prado is off to a cold start for the second straight season. He'll take a .231 batting average, zero homers and a .552 OPS into Wednesday's game versus Gee and the Mets.
Kelly Johnson, 3B, NYY4/16/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Yankees utility man Kelly Johson is 8-for-27 (.296) with two home runs against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Johnson has gone 10-for-38 with three homers, seven RBI and a .938 OPS in his first 12 games with New York.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK4/16/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie went 3-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Lowrie is still hitting just .262 but his 6/15 K/BB and 27 percent line-drive rate suggest he's about to heat up.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TOR 4/16/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie blasted a ninth-inning grand slam Tuesday at Minnesota.
Insight: Lawrie has more infield fly-balls (three) than line drives (two) this season and is hitting just .100 on balls in play and .132 overall. However, he has hit three homers and driven in nine runs.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/16/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: If Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (wrist) can return to the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, he'll face a pitcher he's gone 2-for-17 against in John Danks.
Insight: Pedroia had a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist on Tuesday and didn't start for the second straight game. He pinch ran in the ninth inning. The 30-year-old has zero homers, one RBI and a .236 average this season.
Adam Dunn, 1B, CWS4/16/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: White Sox DH Adam Dunn walked three times and hit a solo homer Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Dunn has a 14/11 K/BB, three home runs and eight RBI in 11 games this season. He's hitting .294 due to a .389 BABIP. Dunn had a BABIP of .266 or lower in each of the previous three seasons.
Mike Napoli, 1B, BOS 4/16/2014 9:17:00 AM
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger during Tuesday's game, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. He's day-to-day.
Insight: He suffered the injury when he slid head-first into second base in the ninth inning. The finger looked pretty mangled but he managed to escape without a fracture or strain.
Neil Walker, 2B, PITHot4/15/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker continued his home run binge with another long ball Tuesday in the second game of a double-header.
Insight: That gives Walker five blasts in 58 at bats this season. Last season, Walker didn't hit his fifth home run until June 12th. Walker's .310 batting average is a noticeable improvement from the .265 clip he hit for in 2013.
Prince Fielder, 1B, TEX4/15/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Rangers 1B Prince Fielder hit his first homer of the season Tuesday.
Insight: Fielder is batting .185 with nine Ks and seven BBs. His bat slowed down last season and he displayed reduced plate discipline. Moving to a better hitters park in Texas won't do anything to reverse that decline, but he should be able to put up solid numbers once he gets out of his slump.
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/15/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 4-for-4 in Tuesday night's win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: None of Votto's hits went for extra bases. The 2010 National League MVP is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak (.471, 3 HR, 6 RBI).
Joey Votto, 1B, CINHot4/15/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto homered for the third time in his last four games Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: The game was suspended due to rain after six innings and completed on Tuesday. Votto went into Tuesday night's game with a .277 average and a 1.003 OPS.
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT4/15/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Pirates second baseman Neil Walker finished 3-for-5 with two homers in Monday's game against the Reds, which was suspended due to rain and completed on Tuesday.
Insight: Walker hit six homers in his final nine games last year and now he has started off with four in his first 13 games this season.
Everth Cabrera, SS, SDP4/15/2014 9:02:00 PM
Description: Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera won't play Tuesday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Dennis Lin, Union-Tribune San Diego
Insight: A sore knee caused him to be a late scratch. Alexi Amarista, who has mostly played outfield this season, will make an emergency start at shortstop.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/15/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes should be ready to return from the disabled list Friday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star
Insight: Reyes has missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He'll be a solid source of runs and steals as long as he can stay healthy.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/15/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won't need surgery to repair his broken thumb. SOURCE: James Wagner, Washington Post
Insight: His timetable of 4-to-6 weeks remains the same. Anthony Rendon (.346, 2 HR, 12 RBI) will fill in at third base while Zimmerman recovers.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS4/15/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was given a cortisone shot in his injured wrist. He expects to return Wednesday against Chicago. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, ESPN Boston
Insight: Pedroia played all of last season with a torn muscle in his thumb and only wound up missing two games. You have to admire Pedroia's toughness, though it's a little concerning he only has nine home runs in his last 758 at bats.
Mark Ellis, 2B, STL4/15/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Cardinals second baseman Mark Ellis has been activated from the disabled list (knee).
Insight: Kolten Wong should continue to be the Cardinals starter with Ellis filling a backup role. Ellis used to have low-end value when he played with Oakland, but hasn't produced an OPS above .700 since 2011.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA4/15/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones is 1-for-15 (.067) with nine strikeouts versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: While Jones has homered in his last two games, the unfavorable matchup is likely to win this battle.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX4/15/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is just a .133 hitter (2-for-15) against Mariners starter Blake Beavan.
Insight: Andrus had an 11-game hitting streak end on Sunday, but got bat on the hit wagon Monday. Still, this is an unfavorable matchup to be avoided as even if he gets on base the struggling Rangers offense (two runs or less in five of last seven) will have problems knocking him in.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MILHot4/15/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .500 (5-for-10) with a home run against Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: He's off to a great start, batting .358 with 11 RBI so seems primed to take advantage of this matchup.
Jean Segura, SS, MILCold4/15/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is hitless in 12 at-bats versus Cardinals' young right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Segura isn't off to a great start, batting .261 after a big April last season (.367). We're begining to think what we saw in the second half of 2013 (.241, 1 HR, 13 RBI in 54 games after the break) is what we're going to get in 2014. He's also been caught stealing a league-high three times already.
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK4/15/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is a career .462 hitter with four extra base hits and a 1.423 OPS versus Angels starter Garrett Richards.
Insight: Moss hasn't started hitting the long ball yet (1 HR) but is batting .295 with 11 RBI this season. He didn't start on Monday as the A's gave Daric Barton a start, but should be ready to go Tuesday.
Chase Headley, 3B, SDP4/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Padres third baseman Chase Headley is a career .500 hitter (6-for-12) with a pair of long balls against Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Insight: He's off to a slow start (.174, 1 HR, 4 RBI). We're still not sure which Headley we're going to see in 2014 after his disappointing 2013 season and MVP-worthy 2012 season.
Dee Gordon, 2B, LOS4/15/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is just 1-for-13 (.077) against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Gordon beat out Alex Guerrero for the second base job this spring and has continues to play well, batting .400 through the first 11 games with a league-leading nine steals. Proceed with caution on Tuesday based on the unfavorable matchup with Lincecum.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM4/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .105 hitter (2-for-19) versus Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.
Insight: Zobrist is a career .277 hitter left-handed (.256 right-handed), but hasn't had any success versus Gonzalez. Add in a strong wind blowing in from left field on Tuesday and you have all the ingredients for a low output evening.
Matt Adams, 1B, STLHot4/14/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams only has one homer and two RBI in 50 at-bats this season but he's hitting .360 with six doubles.
Insight: Adams went 3-for-4 with a two-base hit Monday at Milwaukee. The homers will come eventually for the stocky first baseman.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/14/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went yard for the second straight game Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard already has 18 Ks in 49 at-bats and is batting .224 with three HRs and seven RBI.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATLHot4/14/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons had both a triple and a homer for the second straight game Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Simmons went 3-for-5 and is hitting .341 with zero Ks in 41 at-bats this season.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL4/14/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla hit two homers, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth, Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Uggla entered the game with a .195 average, zero homers, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this season.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/14/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy had two doubles and a single in four at-bats Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Hardy has averaged 25.7 HR per season over the last three years. He missed six games due to a bad back and is still hunting for his first home run this year.
Matt Carpenter, 2B, STL4/14/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter is done for the rest of the night on Monday. He was ejected for arguing a called third strike. SOURCE: Jenifer Langosch, mlb.com
Insight: Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk against the Brewers. He's hiting .283 with a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs this season.
Logan Morrison, 1B, SEA4/14/2014 9:00:00 PM
Description: Mariners 1B/OF Logan Morrison left Monday's game with a tight right hamstring, according to Greg Johns of mlb.com.
Insight: Morrison left before he even got his first at-bat and was replaced by Michael Saunders in right field. Morrison is 3-for-20 this season and isn't a fantasy option.
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR 4/14/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will miss 4-to-6 months with a complete tear of the LCL in his left knee, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Izturis tripped down the dugout steps during Sunday's game and tore the ligament. The 33-year-old has been getting most of the starts at second base but the job will now go to Ryan Goins (3-for-28 this season).
Brandon Moss, 1B, OAK 4/14/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss is getting a breather Monday against the Angels.
Insight: Daric Barton is starting at first with LHP Hector Santiago on the mound for Los Angeles. Moss has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .311 with one homer and 11 RBI in 45 at-bats this season.
Rafael Furcal, 2B, MIA4/14/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Miami second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will start his minor league rehab assignment on Monday, according to Joe Frisaro of mlb.com. The Marlins anticipate using all 21 days for Furcal's assignment.
Insight: Furcal is one of the rare position players who underwent Tommy John surgery. He missed all of 2013 following the procedure and hasn't been a worthwhile fantasy option since he got off to a hot start in the first two months of 2012. His hamstring injury and advanced age mean he won't be looking to run much when he does make his 2014 debut.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold4/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has no fracture or structural damage in his left wrist, according to Rob Bradford of weei.com.
Insight: Pedroia should avoid the disabled list and may even rejoin the lineup Tuesday at Chicago. The 30-year-old missed Sunday's series finale against the rival Yankees and went 7-for-45 (.156) over his last 10 games.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS4/14/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is not in Monday night's starting lineup. Tyler Moore will get a start.
Insight: The noted second-half hitter is batting .311 this April with three homers and 10 RBI. This could be a good year to play LaRoche early as well as late ... just not on Monday night.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL4/14/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will sit out a second consecutive game.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday, Ramiro Pena (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Casey McGehee, 3B, MIA4/14/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee will sit out Monday and give way to Jeff Mathis.
Insight: McGehee is batting .263 with 10 RBI, but is still searching for his first home run. He spent 2013 in Japan, but has 20 HR and 80 RBI talent. Mathis holds little fantasy value.
Manny Machado, 3B, BAL4/14/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: O's third baseman Manny Machado did some running on Monday after taking a few swings in a simulated game on Saturday.
Insight: We hope to see Machado (.283, 14 HR, 71 RBI) back on the field in May now that he seems to be making progress.
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM4/14/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-13 (.462) against Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Murphy missed some time due to paternity leave, but he's back and a viable fantasy option on Tuesday. He's hit safely in eight of 11 games this season.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL4/14/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is a career .440 hitter (11-for-25) against Milwaukee hurler Matt Garza.
Insight: Peralta hasn't found his swing yet this season, batting just .111 through his first 11 games.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/14/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting just .125 (2-for-16) against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.
Insight: He's off to a great start, batting .380 with 11 RBI, but this is an unfavorable matchup.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/14/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto is a career .352 hitter (19-for-54) with seven extra base hits and a .952 OPS against Pittsburgh left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Both of Votto's home runs this season came off left-handers (David Price, Cesar Ramos). Beware, however, that there is rain forecasted for Cincinnati for most of the day and night and they may have trouble getting the game in.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAMHot4/14/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist is a career .435 hiiter (10-for-23) versus Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
Insight: Zobrist is coming off a two-homer afternoon and has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to .277 with an .871 OPS. Add in a strong wind blowing out to left field on Monday and you have all the ingredients for another solid day with the bat.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, LOSHot4/13/2014 11:13:00 PM
Description: Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth straight game Sunday at Arizona.
Insight: Gonzalez has rediscovered the power stroke he used to hit 33 homers per season from 2007-11. He averaged just 20 per season and a .462 slugging percentage the past two years.
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY4/13/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: Yanees second baseman Brian Roberts' MRI came back negative and he'll be reevaluated in a few days. SOURCE: Jeff Roberts, Bergen Record.
Insight: Roberts missed Sunday's game with a back injury. The 36-year-old is hitting just .129 with one RBI this season and shouldn't be owned in most leagues.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWSHot4/13/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit another homer Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Ramirez went 2-for-4 and is now hitting .420 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs and three steals despite batting mostly out of the seven- and eight-hole. His home run total declined in each of the last three years down to six in 2013 but his steal total increased in the last two up to 30 in 2013. Maybe he can finally put the 20-homer power he flashed as a rookie in 2008 together with baserunning ability he displayed last year.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, SDP4/13/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko belted his first home run of the 2014 season Sunday against the Tigers.
Insight: He took 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer deep in the second inning. The 25-year-old had 23 homers in 486 at-bats last season but is batting .163 with 16 strikeouts in his first 43 at-bats this year.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAKHot4/13/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has homered in three of the last four games.
Insight: His 15/1 K/BB is a little disconcerting, but he has three longballs, eight RBI and eight runs in 12 games.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANAHot4/13/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered for the third time in his last five games Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Pujols is hitting just .240 so far, but he extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday and hasn't struck out in his last seven. Overall he looks much better and healthier than he did in 2013.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC4/13/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit his second homer of the year Sunday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Rizzo has hit .319 with eight RBI, nine runs and eight Ks in 47 at-bats. He batted .224 with eight home runs in April last season and went on to bat just .233 with 23 longballs and 80 RBI.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHIHot4/13/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Three more hits Sunday against Miami has Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley's average up to .500 (20-for-40).
Insight: He hit his sixth double and three homer Sunday and suddenly looks like vintage Utley. The 35-year-old has just two strikeouts so far.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI4/13/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: One day after Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with a walk-off homer, he was 0-for-5 Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Rollins got his average up to .316 after Saturday's performance but he's back down to .279. He has good numbers -- two homers, 10 RBI, seven runs, two steals -- and is worth owning in 12-team leagues because shortstop is so shallow, but we aren't confident he'll keep this up after a horrible 2013 season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATLHot4/13/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in four runs Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Freeman has hit .442 with four doubles, four homers, 10 RBI, a 4/6 K/BB and 10 runs this season. He's well on his way to his first 30-homer season and should contend for NL MVP.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL4/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer and three RBI Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Simmons missed two games this week with a jammed wrist but he appears to be fine. The defensive wizard is off to a.306 start.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASHot4/13/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday at Atlanta after getting a Golden Sombrero Saturday.
Insight: LaRoche hasn't encountered one of his typical extended April slumps yet. He's hitting .311 with three longballs, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 12 games.
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL4/13/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles first baseman Chris Davis crushed his first homer of the season Sunday afternoon.
Insight: Davis went 11 games without one to start the year, but we know his homers come in bunches and he could have a big week ahead.
Brett Lawrie, 3B, TORCold4/13/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie had two hits and his second homer of the season Sunday but is still hitting just .122.
Insight: Lawrie is just 6-for-49 in 13 games. He still hasn't lived up to the promise he showed in 2011 and is facing a make-or-break year as far fantasy owners are concerned.
Ben Zobrist, 2B, TAM4/13/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Rays 2B/SS/OF Ben Zobrist went yard from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Zobrist is batting .277 with three homers, six RBI and an .871 OPS so far. As usual, he's walking a ton (8 BBs, 7 Ks). The utilityman is a career .238 hitter in April, but he's off to a nice start for a change.
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN4/13/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had three singles in five at-bats Sunday against the Rays and is hitting .327 with a homer and three RBI this season.
Insight: Phillips has 11 Ks in 52 plate appearances and has benefited from a .405 BABIP. He's not a .300 hitter and fantasy owners shouldn't expect this to continue. He also doesn't run much anymore (five steals last year, zero this year).
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/13/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto hit his second homer of the season Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Both of his home runs this season came off left-handers (David Price, Cesar Ramos). He hit just .251 with nine homers against lefties last year.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOSCold4/13/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in Sunday's lineup and is going back to Boston for tests on his sore left wrist. SOURCE: Gordon Edes, espnboston.com.
Insight: If Pedroia has to go on the disabled list, the Red Sox would probably fill the spot with Ryan Roberts, though they may go the bold route and call up Mookie Betts from Double-A Portland. Betts is hitting .457 with six extra-base hits and four steals in 35 at-bats this season and is ranked as Boston's No. 6 prospect by MLB.com. We'll see how Pedroia's tests go.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/13/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he gave Derek Jeter off Saturday and Sunday due to a sore quad, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Insight: The Yankees have a day off Monday, so he'll end up getting three full days of rest. The 39-year-old is 10-for-35 with one RBI and three runs this season.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/13/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: New York shortstop Derek Jeter is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Boston. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: Well this is strange. Jeter will watch from the sidelines for the second game in a row, though the Yankees haven't provided any injury news regarding the 39-year-old. Dean Anna (.214, 1 HR, 1 RBI) will start in his place.
Danny Espinosa, 2B, WAS4/13/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: It looks like Danny Espinosa is going to be Washington's everyday second baseman for the next 4-6 weeks while Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) is on the DL.
Insight: Zimmerman broke his thumb Saturday. Espinosa averaged 19 homers and 18 steals per season in 2011-12 but played through an injury and hit just .158 in 44 games last year. He came into Sunady with a .316 average in 19 at-bats this season and could help out NL-only owners looking for middle-infield help.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/13/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: According to Richard Durrett of espndallas.com, the Rangers have placed Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quad.
Insight: The move was backdated to April 9, so Beltre can come off the DL on April 24. It's a Grade 1 strain so he should be able to return when he's first eligible.
Martin Prado, 3B, ARI4/13/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado (rest) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Prado got off to a 3-for-25 (.120) start, but he has gone 12-for-31 (.387) with two doubles over his last eight games.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK4/13/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: A's shortstop Jed Lowrie won't start Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: Lowrie hasn't gotten it going yet this season, batting just .242 through 11 games. Nick Punto (.214, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will give it a try Sunday in the series finale.
Dan Uggla, 2B, ATL4/13/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game versus the Nationals. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Uggla's low batting average becomes a lot more tolerable when he's producing good power numbers. However, that hasn't been the case this season as he's now homerless in 41 at bats. Tyler Pastornicky will draw the start at second base.
Chris Johnson, 3B, ATL4/13/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will take a seat Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: It's Johnson's first absence of the season. He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Ramiro Pena (.222, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/13/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman left last night's game with a broken thumb and will now miss 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: Mark Zuckerman, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic
Insight: It's a really tough break for the Nats as Zimmerman had been off to a great start (.364, 2 HR, 6 RBI in ten games). Anthony Rendon (.372, 2 HR, 9 RBI) should see time at third base while he's out.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/12/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy is good to go for Saturday's game against Toronto. SOURCE: Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun
Insight: He's missed most of the last week because of back spasms. Hardy led all AL shortstops in homers last season (25) but he has yet to leave the yard in 2014 (15 at bats).
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/12/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: According to Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest, the Rangers are leaning toward placing third baseman Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: A quad strain has kept him out since Tuesday. If Texas makes the move retroactively, Beltre (.286, 0 HR, 4 RBI) could be eligible to return as early as April 25th against the Mariners.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/12/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: The Rangers will again be without third baseman Adrian Beltre Saturday against Houston. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: It's his third absence in a row after suffering a quad strain earlier this week against the Red Sox. Kevin Kouzmanoff (.400, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is filling in at third base.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/12/2014 3:17:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) did not play Friday, but fantasy owners hope he'll be ready for Saturday because of a favorable matchup. Update: He's in the starting lineup
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 1 HR, 5 RBI) is a career .328 hitter (19-for-58) with four homers and a 1.046 OPS against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Brandon Belt, 1B, SFGHot4/12/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will sit Saturday with Buster Posey getting the nod at 1B.
Insight: Belt has been so hot, fantasy owners will hate to see him out of the lineup. He's batting .292 with a league-leading five homers.
Michael Cuddyer, 1B, COL4/12/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Cuddyer is off to another good start, batting .386 with 3 homers and 10 RBI. Cuddyer hit .331 with 20 homers, 84 RBI and a .919 OPS last season - so its not a fluke.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, NYY4/12/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: New York first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained hamstring) said he expected to return as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.
Insight: Teixeira has been an injury-prone mess for the past year and can't be counted on this season. He's no longer the 30-plus homer guy he was from 2009-2011.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, STL4/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Peralta's home run totals have been all over the place in his career. He hit 21-24 in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 but 11-15 in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. So far this season he's hit two homers, but they are his only hits this season (batting .063). Daniel Descalso will get the start.
Derek Jeter, SS, NYY4/12/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Jeter has missed only one of the first 11 games so far this season, not bad for the 39-year-old. He's batting .286, though has scored just three runs and knocked in one.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT4/12/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez is just 1-for-20 (.050) with nine strikeouts against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and eight runs. But this is an extremely unfavorable matchup to be avoided.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/12/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) did not play Friday, but fantasy owners hope he'll be ready for Saturday because of a favorable matchup.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.393, 1 HR, 5 RBI) is a career .328 hitter (19-for-58) with four homers and a 1.046 OPS against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Evan Longoria, 3B, TAMHot4/12/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is a .308 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.280 OPS against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Longoria has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .359 through the first nine games and this favorable matchup should allow him to stay hot.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, PHI4/11/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has taken five walks over his last four games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a steal Friday and is up to .273 with eight RBI and two steals this season. He hasn't struck out since April 6.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHIHot4/11/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley had another two-hit game Friday against Miami.
Insight: Utley is hitting .469 with two homers, seven RBI and just two strikeouts in 32 at-bats.
Joey Votto, 1B, CIN4/11/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto blasted his first homer of the season Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Votto (.257) took David Price to left field to break a shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning. Votto has just two RBI this season because opponents pitch around him with men on base and he refuses to expand the zone.
Jose Reyes, SS, TOR4/11/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (hamstring) felt "comfortable" running Friday and will push his hamstring further on Saturday, according to Shi Davidi of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Reyes strained his left hamstring near the end of spring training and aggravated it on Opening Day. If he gets past Saturday without an issue, Reyes will go out on a rehab assignment.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/11/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (quad) will not play Friday, according to Thomas Harding of mlb.com. He was initially in the starting lineup.
Insight: Tulowitzki (.407, 1 HR, 5 RBI) will miss his second straight game due to right quad tightness in hopes that he can play both games this weekend.
Justin Morneau, 1B, COL4/11/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is getting Friday's game off to rest with left-hander Madison Bumgarner on the mound for San Francisco, the team announced.
Insight: Morneau doesn't have a home run yet but is hitting .387 with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and just two Ks in 31 at-bats.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL4/11/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/11/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past six games due to back spasms. He expects to play Saturday.
Omar Infante, 2B, KAN4/11/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Royals second baseman Omar Infante (jaw) is in the starting lineup Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Infante suffered a sprained jaw and required six stitches when he was hit in the face by a Heath Bell pitch on April 7.
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TORHot4/11/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Jays infielder Maicer Izturis will make his fifth consecutive start at second base.
Insight: Izturis seems to surpasses Ryan Goins in the pecking order. That will happen when you are batting .385 with an .852 OPS.
Jace Peterson, SS, SDP4/11/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Padres minor league prospect Jace Peterson is off to a hot start, batting .345 with a .958 OPS and a couple of steals in his first seven games at Double-A San Antonio.
Insight: Peterson batted over .300 last season and has averaged 44 steals over the past three minor league seasons. He's very similar in game to Evereth Cabrera which may be a problem since that's who he would be replacing.
Garin Cecchini, 3B, BOS4/11/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Red Sox minor league 3B Garin Cecchini is off to a fast start, batting .320 through his first nine games.
Insight: Cecchini has batted over .300 for the past two seasons and on many clubs would be in the majors, but his way is blocked by Will Middlebrooks. It may take an injury or trade to get him to the majors.
Aledmys Diaz, SS, STL4/11/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Cardinals minor league prospect Aledmys Diaz is off to a blazing start at Double-A Springfield. The young shortstop is batting .458 with six extra base hits and a 1.273 OPS.
Insight: The Cuban signed a four-year deal with St. Louis and figures to join or replace Jhonny Peralta before his contract is up. Particularly if he keeps pounding the ball as he's done in his first minor league action.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAKCold4/11/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson is a career .111 hitter (2-for-18) with eight strikeouts against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Insight: Donaldson has not started out the season like last year, batting just .220 through the first nine games. Last season he was a huge fantasy surprise batting .314 in April, .330 in May and .303 in June before cooling off a bit. This unfavorable matchup isn't going to help.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARIHot4/11/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is a career .500 hitter (8-for-16) versus Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: It's not quite as good as his numbers against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, but its still pretty nice. He's a must start.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHC4/11/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo doesn't have much success against St. Louis right-hander Joe Kelly.
Insight: Rizzo is 1-for-13 in their matchups. Normally Rizzo hits right-handers 55 points better than left-handers (.259 vs. .204), but this matchup is the exception. Although Rizzo is off to a flying start (.371 through nine games) avoid this matchup.
Brian Dozier, 2B, MINHot4/11/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier is a .556 hitter against Royals starter Bruce Chen (5-for-9) with three extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS.
Insight: After starting 0-for-13 to start the year, Dozier is starting to hit the ball with authority. He's homered in his last two games and leads the league in runs scored (9). Add in the favorable matchup and he's a solid play on Friday.
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU4/11/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Houston third baseman Matt Dominguez is not normally on many fantasy radar screens, but he's faced Texas ace Yu Darvish 11 times and has taken him deep three times.
Insight: Dominguez is an all or nothing option. He doesn't hit for much of an average, but can hit the long ball. He's batting just .129 in 10 games this season, but does have a pair of homers after blasting 21 last season.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/11/2014 9:50:00 AM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitless in 11 career at-bats versus Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran.
Insight: Zimmerman should be avoided on Friday and knowing the condition of his arthritic shoulder should probably be avoided completely as it's just a matter of time before it gets in the way of his playing the game.
Greg Dobbs, 3B, MIA4/11/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if Marlins utility man Greg Dobbs gets a rare start on Friday versus A.J. Burnett and the Phillies
Insight: Dobbs is a stunning 7-for-11 (.636) against Burnett over his career.
Ryan Howard, 1B, PHI4/11/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has yet to produce a hit against Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Insight: Howard is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts against Fernandez. He's not alone. Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown and Chase Utley are also hitless. It would probably be best to avoid all Phillies hitters on Friday.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI4/11/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is hitless in six at-bats against Miami ace Jose Fernandez.
Insight: The two games Utley missed due to illness didn't cool off his bat as he added two more hits to raise his average to .464. This unfavorable matchup might.
Alexei Ramirez, SS, CWSHot4/10/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has started the season on fire.
Insight: Ramirez is 16-for-38 (.421) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBI, two steals, eight runs and a 2/3 K/BB. He has driven in seven runs over the last five games. The 32-year-old's homer total decreased in each of the last three seasons down to six last year but his steals increased from seven in 2011 to 30 last season.
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWSHot4/10/2014 11:00:00 PM
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu had his second two-homer game in three days Thursday against the Indians.
Insight: Abreu is the latest Cuban position player to get off to a fast start in the majors, following Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig. He's hitting .300 with three doubles, a triple, four homers, an MLB-leading 14 RBI and seven runs in 40 at-bats.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHCHot4/10/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has gone 11-for-21 with two homers and six RBI over his last five games.
Insight: Castro batted .297 over his first three MLB seasons but Cubs brass tried to get him to be more patient last year. His first-pitch swinging percentage was .296 over his first three years but just .211 last season and his new approach resulted in a .245 average. He's back to unloading on the first pitch more often this season.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITHot4/10/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-5, but his one hit was a big three-run homer Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Alvarez' shot came in the top of the seventh inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-4. The 27-year-old, who tied for the NL lead with 36 bombs last season, already has five homers, 10 RBI and eight runs. Alvarez also has a 6/6 K/BB (14.6% K rate) in 41 plate appearances; his K rate ranged from 30.3% to 30.7% in each of the last three years.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, OAK4/10/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson went 2-for-22 over his first five games this season but he's 7-for-19 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI and five runs over his last four.
Insight: Donaldson hit his first homer of the season Thursday at Minnesota. However, he also struck out two times and has a 13/1 K/BB in 41 at-bats. Donaldson's K/BB in 2013 was 110/76 and he batted .301 with 24 HRs and 93 RBI.
Ian Desmond, SS, WASHot4/10/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the season and drove in four runs Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Desmond hit .286 with an average of 22 homers, 76 RBI, 74 runs and 21 steals in the previous two seasons and he's well on his way toward reaching those numbers again.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WASHot4/10/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche had two more hits Thursday and is hitting .344 with two homers, two doubles, nine RBI, eight runs and a 5/7 K/BB so far.
Insight: LaRoche is typically awful in April but this year he's been locked in from the start.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/10/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has a Grade 1 quad strain, which is the least severe one. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: The Rangers pushed back Colby Lewis' promotion from Saturday to Monday or Tuesday so they can keep Beltre, two backup infielders and seven relievers on the active roster to give Beltre a few more days to get healthy before they place him on the DL.
Andrelton Simmons, SS, ATL4/10/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons jammed his right wrist Wednesday night and is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets, the team announced.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI4/10/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is back in the lineup on Thursday after missing a couple of days due to illness.
Insight: Cesar Hernandez (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) started at second base while Utley was sidelined. Hopefully, Utley will be as hot now as before he got ill (.458, 2 HR, 6 RBI).
Brian Roberts, 2B, NYY4/10/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Yanees 2B Brian Roberts will get Thursday night off with Dean Anna batting ninth as his replacement.
Insight: Roberts can use the day off as he's batting just .160 for the first nine games. Anna isn't any better with one hit in seven at bats, though he did bat .331 at Triple-A Tucson last season.
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, MIL4/10/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa (.238, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will sit on Thursday in favor of Gaby Sanchez.
Insight: This is not the time to try Sanchez as he's just 1-for-12 with four strikeouts versus Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI4/10/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: D'Backs second baseman Aaron Hill is a must start on Thursday against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Hill is 9-for-16 (.563) with a 1.424 OPS in their matchups. Hill didn't start on Wednesday, but did knock out a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE4/10/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is a .385 hitter with a 1.246 OPS versus White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Insight: Kipnis is struggling so far, batting just .194, but has a favorable matchup.
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU4/10/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is hitless in seven at-bats against R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Insight: Altuve is hitting .303. with five RBI, three runs and three steals, but should be avoided on Thursday.
Garrett Jones, 1B, MIA4/10/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones is 1-for-12 (.083) with seven strikeouts versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: We're still waiting for Jones to produce the home run power he showed us in Pittsburgh. He's yet to go deep for Miami and the home park is not conducive to the long ball.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PIT4/10/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had another two-homer game Wednesday against the Cubs, but has an unfavorable matchup on Thursday.
Insight: Alvarez is just 1-for-15 (.067) with six strikeouts against Cubs starter Travis Wood. The Pirates slugger has continued where he left off last season (36 HR), but this matchup should be avoided.
Anthony Rendon, 2B, WASHot4/9/2014 11:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon has hit safely in all eight games this season.
Insight: Rendon had a triple and a single Wednesday and is batting .419 with five extra-base hits, eight RBI and six runs.
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, WAS4/9/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) had two hits in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Zimmerman has been dealing with shoulder inflammation for at least two and a half years, and Washington manager Matt Williams said Monday night that the third baseman has an "arthritic shoulder." He's working on throwing the ball sidearm to first base to avoid another injury.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHICold4/9/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) doubled during a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Insight: Asche was out of the starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, but it must not be too serious. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he has managed just four hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Aramis Ramirez, 3B, MIL4/9/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez is batting .400 in 35 at-bats this season.
Insight: He's 14-for-35 with seven RBI but only has one extra-base hit and no home runs.
Jean Segura, SS, MIL4/9/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Brewers shortstop Jean Segura has gone 7-for-13 over his last three games.
Insight: Segura is batting .320 with a double, a triple, and three steals so far.
Pedro Alvarez, 3B, PITHot4/9/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez had another two-homer game Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: He also hit two round-trippers on April 4 and has gone 6-for-15 with four homers, seven RBI and a 1/6 K/BB in his last five games.
Cody Asche, 3B, PHICold4/9/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is not in the starting lineup Wednesday because of a tweaked hamstring, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Asche went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he's managed just three hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL4/9/2014 5:03:00 PM
Description: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (back) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday night, according to Brittany Ghiroli of mlb.com.
Insight: Hardy has played just one of the past five games due to back spasms.
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI4/9/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley won't be available Wednesday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: He's still battling the flu. Cesar Hernandez (.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will grab another start at second base. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in yesterday's game.
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL4/9/2014 1:17:00 PM
Description: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki won't start Wednesday's game against Chicago. SOURCE: ESPN Denver
Insight: Tulowitzki (.407, 1 HR, 5 RBI) strained his quad Monday but was able to play yesterday without issue. We'll consider this a maintenance day for the three-time All-Star until we hear otherwise.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX4/9/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Boston. SOURCE: John Blake, Rangers VP of Communications
Insight: Beltre will head back to Texas to have his quad looked at. Josh Wilson (.455, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will continue to fill in at third base.
Jed Lowrie, SS, OAK4/9/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Oakland shortstop Jed Lowrie is back in the lineup after leaving Monday's game with a bruised leg. SOURCE: Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: He was taken out as a precaution and was never expected to miss any time. Fantasy owners like Lowrie (.286, 1 HR, 4 RBI) because he's eligible at both second base and shortstop.
Anthony Rizzo, 1B, CHCHot4/9/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo still doesn't have a home run this season but he collected multiple hits for the fourth straight game Wednesday.
Insight: Rizzo went 4-for-5 with two doubles Wednesday and is 10-for-15 over his last four games.
Albert Pujols, 1B, ANA4/9/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Angels first baseman Albert Pujols drove in two runs Tuesday against the Mariners, giving him 1,501 RBI for his career.
Insight: Only 52 players in MLB history have reached that milestone. Among active players, he's second behind New York's Alex Rodriguez. Pujols (.219, 1 HR, 3 RBI) could realistically move into the top-40 before the end of this season.
Marcus Semien, 2B, CWS4/9/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien ripped four hits Tuesday in a victory over Colorado.
Insight: It's the seventh multi-hit game of Semien's career and his first of the four-hit variety. The jury's still out on Semien's fantasy potential but at least he's hanging in there with a .273 average in the month of April (9-for-33).
Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS4/9/2014 9:58:00 AM
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu showed off his power by swatting two long balls Tuesday in a blowout win against the Rockies.
Insight: Coors Field, aka Hitter's Paradise, was up to its usual tricks on Tuesday night. In total, seven balls left the yard with six of those round-trippers belonging to the White Sox. Abreu is tied with Minnesota's Chris Colabello for the league-lead in RBI with 11 through eight games.
Starlin Castro, SS, CHC4/9/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro launched two homers Tuesday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: This is the Castro we all know and love. We're not sure what happened to him in 2013 (.245, 10 HR, 9 SB in 161 games) but Castro has looked like an All-Star through his first seven games (.310, 6 RBI, .552 SLUG).


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