Description: Giants ace Madison Bumgarner outdueled Clayton Kershaw on Thursday.
Insight: Not only did Bumgarner defeat Kershaw, but he took him deep as well in the third inning. Bumgarner did not allow a run on seven hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and is now 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Description: Rays starter Drew Smyly will need at least eight weeks to rehab his torn labrum.
Insight: The Rays are optimistic Smyly will return this season, which is great news, as he was originally expected to miss the remainder of 2015. Smyly has been great since coming over to Tampa Bay, posting a 1.96 ERA and 0.76 WHIP.
Description: Cubs starter Jason Hammel allowed just two unearned runs in the, 4-3, loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Insight: Hammel only allowed three hits, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter, but the two unearned runs led to a no-decision. Hammel is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Padres right-hander James Shields had a nice outing, allowing two runs in seven innings against the Cubs on Tuesday.
Insight: Shields tossed up two solo home runs, but that was it. He yielded six hits, struck out 11 and walked one in the no-decision. Shields still doesn't have a loss as he is 5-0 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 55 1/3 innings.
Description: Phillies starter Aaron Harang threw six innings and allowed just three unearned runs against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Harang didn't have a run charged to his name, but he still received a no-decision as the Phillies lost, 6-5. Harang allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three. He is 4-3 with a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in 59 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis picked up his seventh save in the, 3-0, victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
Insight: It is unclear why Greg Holland wasn't out there. He hasn't pitched since Thursday, so he should have been well rested for an appearance on Tuesday. Nevertheless, Davis owners will take it. Davis is 7-for-7 in save chances with 16 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings this season.
Description: Houston brought up Double-A pitching prospect Lance McCullers Jr. to pitch Monday night and the 21-year-old right-hander held his own against the Oakland A's.
Insight: McCullers went 4 2/3 IP yielding just one run and three hits. He did walk three while striking out five batters. He dominated at Double-A (3-1, 0.62 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, 43 Ks in 29 IP), but we aren't sure if he's ready to help your fantasy roster. We will know more if he gets another start because he'd be tested by the strong Tigers lineup in a weekend start.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa threw nine innings and allowed two runs on six hits, but received a no-decision versus the Marlins.
Insight: De La Rosa couldn't hold the, 2-0, lead the Diamondbacks gave him, so with it tied, 2-2, the game went into extra innings. Arizona eventual won in the 13th. De La Rosa is 4-2 with a 4.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 53 innings this season.
Description: Mariners left-hander James Paxton was very impressive on Sunday, holding the Red Sox to five hits and no runs over eight innings.
Insight: Paxton didn't strike out many, just two, but he also walked just two. The lefty evens his record at 2-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.59. We are expecting a lot more from the hard-throwing left-hander.
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was a bit wild (five walks), but it didn't stop him from shutting down the Cubs offense on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett threw seven innings and yielded just three hits while striking out seven. He's yet to yield more than two earned runs in any game this season and is a valuable fantasy option with his stunning 1.38 ERA.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw finally won his 100th game of his career.
Insight: Perhaps Kershaw has been nervous about trying to capture his 100th victory. Regardless, Kershaw hasn't been himself yet this season. He is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 51 innings this season.
Description: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz pitched eight innings and allowed one run on three hits in a no-decision on Friday.
Insight: The Red Sox finally received a stellar start from Buchholz, and they wasted it by scoring just one run. Buchholz struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter. Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come.
Description: Royals right-hander Chris Young continues to excel in his spot starter role.
Insight: Young has made three starts this month because of suspensions and Jason Vargas' injury. On Friday, Young allowed just one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings versus the Yankees. He also had two strikeouts and two walks. The 35 year old is 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA and 0.63 WHIP this season.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda lost his first game of the season on Friday, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Royals.
Insight: Pineda didn't walk a batter, but he had just one strikeout. That coming after he had 16 strikeouts on Sunday. He is 5-1 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 55 strikeouts and just three walks in 51 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel improved to a perfect 5-0 with a victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Insight: Keuchel did give up four runs on eight hits in six innings, but it was enough to win, 8-4. He also had five strikeouts and three walks. Keuchel has a 1.87 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched 5 2/3 innings on Saturday, allowing two runs, one earned in the victory over the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Teheran yielded nine hits, struck out five and walked one, but he did not receive the win. Teheran left with the lead, but the Braves had to reclaim it in the eighth. Teheran is 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, so his numbers are somewhat less than desirable.
Description: Angels right-hander Jered Weaver pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just one run on three hits to win his second game of the year, 3-1, versus the Orioles.
Insight: Weaver allowed a solo home run to J.J. Hardy in the eighth. That was the only run Baltimore scored in the game. Weaver isn't the same pitcher he used to be. His ERA is 4.44 and he doesn't strikeout a ton of people anymore, 24 on the season, but he is a serviceable fantasy starter in deeper leagues. He is 2-4 with a 1.18 WHIP in addition to his other numbers in 50 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon lost his second game of the season as the Brewers roughed him up on Friday night.
Insight: Colon pitched just five innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits. He, however, did extend his walk-less streak to 45 1/3 innings.Colon is 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and one walk in 51 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly pitched 6 1/3 solid innings as he allowed just one run on five hits in the, 2-1, victory over the Mariners on Thursday.
Insight: Kelly received the no-decision because Boston scored the winning run in the ninth, but it was encouraging to see him pitch well. He is 1-2 with a 5.58 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Giants starter Tim Lincecum broke his scoreless innings streak on Thursday as he allowed three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings this season.
Insight: Those numbers are too terrible, but he did have five walks. Lincecum has pitched pretty well this season and prior to allowing a run in the fourth inning on Thursday, he didn't allow a run for 18 innings. He is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
Description: Rays right-hander Erasmo Ramirez had his first really good outing of the year, pitching five innings and allowing no runs on one hits in the, 6-1, victory over the Yankees on Thursday.
Insight: Ramirez also had four strikeouts and two walks. This was his third start and the first one where he went more than four innings. Ramirez, however, still has a 6.66 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings. He needs to show more before being fantasy relevant.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey threw seven shutout inning versus the Cubs on Wednesday, but he wasn't able to get the win as New York lost, 2-1.
Insight: The Mets bullpen allowed a run in the eighth and then another in the ninth to cough up the lead. Harvey also struck out nine and walked two. He is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed just one unearned run in the, 6-1, victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Insight: The one run for Toronto was scored on a passed ball in the eighth. Gonzalez pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits. He also had five strikeouts and three walks. He is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA
Description: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels pitched well on Wednesday, allowing two runs in seven innings as Philadelphia held on versus Pittsburgh, 3-2.
Insight: The Pirates had the tying run at third with one out when Jordy Mercer hit a fly ball to foul ground in right field. Right fielder Jeff Francoeur gunned out pinch runner Steve Lombardozzi at home for the final out of the game. Hamels allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one. He is 3-3 with a 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 55 strikeouts this season.
Description: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber finally had a good game. It was a stellar one as he pitched eight innings, allowed no runs on one hit, struck out 18 and walked none.
Insight: Kluber joins Kerry Wood as the only other pitcher with 18 strikeouts, no walks and one hit in a single outing. Kluber came into the game 0-5, so this was not only his first good performance of 2015 but also his first win. He is now 1-5 with a 4.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Giants pitcher Chris Heston pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on two hits, struck out 10 and walked none as San Francisco beat Houston, 8-1.
Insight: Heston only allowed a solo home run. In five of his seven starts, Heston has allowed one earned run or fewer, but he has allowed five or more runs in the other two. He also has had to deal with errors. Heston is 3-3 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 46 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Pirates starter A.J. Burnett had another great start and finally received run support as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia, 7-2.
Insight: Burnett threw seven innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits, struck out five and walked one. His ERA was 1.66 coming into the game and somehow it dropped. Burnett is 2-1 with a 1.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 45 innings this season.
Description: Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle threw six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits for his fifth victory of the season.
Insight: Toronto beat Baltimore, 10-2. Buehrle also had four strikeouts and one walk. His season totals are very good, 5.54 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 18 strikeouts versus nine walks, but Buehrle finds ways to get wins. He is 5-2 this season.
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma will be shut down and will not resume throwing for 10-14 days according to The Tacoma News Tribune.
Insight: Iwakuma has been throwing on flat ground the last week, but he his strained right lat became stiff, so he isn't going to throw again. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him returning before June.
Description: Rays starter Jake Odorizzi allowed just one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings versus the Rangers on Sunday.
Insight: Ordorizzi received a no-decision as the game was tied at one when he exited. The only run Ordorizzi allowed was a solo bomb in the fourth. He is 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 47 1/3 inning this season.
Description: Yankees right hander Michael Pineda struck out 16 batters in seven innings as he moved to 5-0 on the season Sunday.
Insight: Pineda also scattered six hits over his seven innings, allowing just one solo home run to J.J. Hardy in the second. Pineda is 5-0 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Indians starter Danny Salazar pitched seven great innings on Sunday versus the Twins.
Insight: Salazar struck out 11 batters and didn't walk one, allowing just one run on one hit. The home run was a solo bomb from Brian Dozier. Salazar has reached double-digit strikeouts in three of his five starts. He is 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 33 innings this season.
Description: Mariners starter J.A. Happ pitched very well versus the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Happ allowed one run on four hits in five innings versus Oakland. He also had eigth strikeouts and two walks. Happ is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Astros starter Dallas Keuchel stayed undefeated, winning his fourth game of the season on Saturday, 6-5, over the Angels.
Insight: Keuchel didn't pitched as well in this start, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, but it was enough to win as the Astros spotted Keuchel six runs in the first three innings. Los Angeles had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth but wasn't able to bring him in as they lose by a run. Keuchel is 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Padres starter Tyson Ross allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in Saturday's, 6-4, extra inning victory against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Ross left trailing, 2-1, but the Pades took the lead in the eighth. Closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save, but San Diego won in the 12th. Ross is 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Phillies starter Aaron Harang pitched well, but it wasn't enough as the Phillies lost to the Mets, 3-2.
Insight: Harang allowed just three runs, two earned, on eight hits in seven innings. He gave up a two-run homer n the seventh after allowed an unearned run in the fifth, which proved to be the difference. Harang is 3-3 with a 2.38 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto wasn't able to record the CG, but he did throw 8 1/3 and allowed four runs on six hits in the Reds, 10-4, victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus the White Sox.
Insight: Fantasy owners probably wish Cueto wouldn't have gone for the complete game. He allowed just one run through eight innings, but yielded two hits, a walk and three runs in the ninth. J.J. Hoover came in to mop up the mess in the final frame. Cueto is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran continues to struggle this season.
Insight: Teheran threw five innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits versus the Nationals on Saturday. Luckily, his offense bailed him out, so he didn't receive a decision. He is 3-1 with a 4.74 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 34 strikeouts and 17 walks in 38 innings this season.
Description: Twins starter Phil Hughes pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits to win his second game of the season.
Insight: Hughes pitched better than his final line indicates. He only allowed one run through six innings, but in the seventh, he yielded four hits in the first five batters, including a home run to David Murphy. Nevertheless, Hughes owners have to be frustrated because he is just 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in 44 innings this season.
Description: Orioles starter Wei-Yen Chen won his first game of the season, allowing just one run on five hits in the, 6-2, victory over the Yankees on Saturday.
Insight: Chen gave up the run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. He also had seven strikeouts and one walk. Chen is 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 27 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings pitched this season.