2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner: Week 4
Howard Bender
Jason Hammel Headshot

Hammel (0-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five Rangers in Sunday's loss.

The right-hander delivered a terrible start at an inopportune time. With the Royals' bullpen already taxed from a 13-inning affair earlier in the series, Hammel dished the shortest outing for any Royals starter so far this season. Through four starts with his new team, the 34-year-old owns an unsightly 5.30 ERA and 1.77 WHIP with a career-worst 4.82 BB/9. Hammel will look to right the ship when he takes the hill for his next start Saturday versus Minnesota.
7:19 am (EST)
Hanley Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

Hidden beneath the early-season story lines of the flu and David Price's elbow injury has been Boston's lack of home runs. The Red Sox entered Sunday's game last in all of baseball with just eight -- they're still last after a three-homer explosion Sunday. Ramirez's first-inning homer was his first of the season and leaves him with a meager .306 slugging percentage after 15 games.
7:01 am (EST)
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes was ejected from Sunday's 6-2 win in Baltimore after a pitch that sailed up and in to Manny Machado, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. The pitch was viewed as a retaliation for what Boston perceived as Machado's reckless slide into second base Friday that injured Dustin Pedroia (calf).

The Red Sox had been simmering since Friday, and we expected them to take revenge at some point, but it never happened Saturday. It wasn't until Sunday's eighth inning, in what could have been Machado's final at-bat of the series, that Boston retaliated. The ball sailed toward Machado's head, which is not typically how frontier justice is handled in baseball, and the Orioles third baseman was clearly displeased with its location. Making the situation somewhat bizarre was Pedroia who could be seen from Boston's dugout telling Machado that it was the team's decision to throw at him, not Pedroia's. At any rate, Barnes could be facing some disciplinary action.
6:50 am (EST)
Craig Kimbrel Headshot

Kimbrel came on to get the final out and notch his seventh save in Boston's 6-2 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

Fernando Abad had been brought in to finish off what looked like an easy win but was tagged for three hits and a run before Kimbrel got the dangerous Manny Machcado to pop up. Kimbrel has not generated any tense moments for Boston since his scary save April 9 in Detroit. The right-hander has retired 18 of the last 19 batters faced, striking out 12 over 6.1 innings.
6:32 am (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez Headshot

Rodriguez (1-1) allowed one hit and five walks while striking out seven over six shutout innings in Sunday's 6-2 win over Baltimore.

The left-hander benefited from a four-run explosion of offense in the first inning when Boston's power bats woke up. Rodriguez took it from there, retiring the first nine Orioles he faced and didn't allow a hit until the fifth. He tired in the sixth, walking the bases the loaded before getting out of it unscathed. After a couple of middling starts to open the season, this was the best Rodriguez has looked. He's next scheduled to pitch Saturday at home against the Cubs.
6:15 am (EST)
Joely Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez picked up his first career win Sunday with a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in a 5-2 victory over the Braves.

Rodriguez has a 5.73 ERA after allowing seven runs over his first four games, but he has settled in and hasn't allowed a run in his last five appearances. He has seen most of his work in the sixth and seventh innings, but will occasionally be asked to work the eighth inning as he did Sunday.
5:53 am (EST)
Zach Eflin Headshot

Eflin allowed one run on three hits over seven innings Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Braves. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Eflin didn't strike many batters out, but the Braves were not able to make solid contact on his pitches. He generated six groundouts to first base and six shallow pop-ups to the outfield. The young righty has allowed just three runs in his first two starts this season. He'll try to keep rolling against the Dodgers in his next start.
5:39 am (EST)
Marcus Johansson Headshot

Johansson scored the game-tying goal and also scored in overtime in Sunday's series-clinching Game 6 win over Toronto.

A clutch effort from Johansson, who had managed three helpers in the previous five games. He plays on the second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams, but has never been known for being a big-time playoff performer. That could change now, however, as he scored one of the biggest goals of his career Sunday and should look to build upon that in Round 2 against Pittsburgh. After netting a career-high 58 points this season, Johansson is destined to be a key part of Washington's playoff run this year.
3:21 am (EST)
Drake Caggiula Headshot

Caggiula finished Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose with a shot, two penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating.

In the two games since Caggiula was moved to Connor McDavid's line, he posted a total of six shots and no points. As long as Caggiula stays on the top line he's got value as a player that may come cheap while playing alongside an MVP candidate.
2:53 am (EST)
Andrej Sekera Headshot

Sekera posted an assist, three blocked shots and 21:14 of ice time in Saturday's Game 6 win over San Jose.

Sekera finished the opening round by posting assists in back-to-back games. He saw lots of ice time in the series, topping out at 28:04 in Game 5. Even though he missed one of the six opening-round games, he led all Oilers' defensemen in power play ice time.
2:47 am (EST)
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