2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 – The Final Mock Cover Image
2017 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 – The Final Mock
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Stack the Deck: April 26 Cover Image
Anthony Rizzo Headshot

Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates.

His two-run shot off Daniel Hudson in the eighth inning brought the Cubs to within one, but they weren't able to complete the comeback. Rizzo now has five homers on the season -- four of which have come in his last six games -- and a strong 12:12 BB:K through 21 games has him on pace for a career-high .400 OBP.
6:59 am (EST)
Jon Lester Headshot

Lester (0-1) gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.2 innings in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates.

After a strong beginning to the season, the veteran lefty's now been tagged for 10 earned runs and 19 hits over his last two outings, sending his ERA soaring to 3.68 and saddling him with a 1.43 WHIP. Lester will look to get those ratios under control in his next start at home against the Phillies on Tuesday.
6:56 am (EST)
Aaron Nola Headshot

Manager Pete Mackanin said Nola's back is feeling much better, Ben Harris of MLB.com reports.

Nola is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Monday, but his spot in the rotation is not due up until next Friday. It is possible the Phillies will have him start earlier than Friday and push back the rest of their rotation. Mackanin said no decisions have been made until they are certain Nola is healthy enough to come off the disabled list next week.
5:43 am (EST)
Pedro Báez Headshot

Baez gave up a run while striking out two in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Giants.

The 29-year-old had tossed seven shutout innings before giving up a game-tying home run to Michael Morse. Fellow reliever, Sergio Romo, also gave up a homer Wednesday, so Baez's role as manager Dave Roberts' right-handed setup man appears to be safe, making him the most-appealing target for holds on the Dodgers.
3:41 am (EST)
Sergio Romo Headshot

Romo recorded just one out before surrendering a two-run home run in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Giants.

Romo was brought into the game to protect a three-run lead against his former club, but he served up a two-run blast to Christian Arroyo, which sparked a late-inning comeback for the Giants. The veteran reliever technically earned his third hold of the season Wednesday, but with a 10.57 ERA in 10 appearances, even owners in holds leagues will find it hard to roster him until he settles down.
3:34 am (EST)
Alex Wood Headshot

Wood tossed six shutout innings Wednesday, holding the Giants to one hit and one walk while striking out five in a 4-3 loss.

The 26-year-old carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a single to Drew Stubbs. He would be lifted in next inning after throwing just 77 pitches, a move that proved to be costly for the Dodgers and Wood's chances at earning a win. The southpaw has been effective as a swingman early on, posting a 2.29 ERA in five appearances. With Julio Urias joining the rotation for the foreseeable future, Wood appeared to be the odd man out, but Wednesday's dominant outing will make Dave Roberts' rotation decision a difficult one next week.
3:27 am (EST)
Johnny Cueto Headshot

Cueto gave up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a walk-off win over the Dodgers.

Despite Wednesday's game taking place in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park, the Dodgers -- who hit righties significantly better than lefties -- presented a tough matchup for the veteran. The 31-year-old was looking sharp through five innings, but Corey Seager led a three-run rally in the sixth that ended the righty's night. While he earned a quality start, Cueto's April has been anything but quality, finishing with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in five games. His velocity is on par with his marks during last year's All-Star campaign, but his 1.80 HR/9 is the glaring outlier, likely due to a career-high 18.8 HR/FB ratio. Cueto has posted HR/FB ratios below 10 percent over his previous two seasons, so his current mark should regress to the mean, which should reveal the Cueto we are used to seeing as the season progresses.
2:54 am (EST)
Daniel Murphy Headshot

Murphy went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.

The Nats have been enjoying themselves at Coors Field, but Murphy's been feasting in general, as evidenced by his .330 average, four homers and 22 RBI -- 12 of which he's accumulated in the last four games. Last season was no outlier; he's this good.
1:12 am (EST)
Ryan Zimmerman Headshot

Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Isn't playing in Coors Field grand? The veteran first baseman's clearly enjoying it, as this was his second homer in the first three games of this series, and he now has five in his last eight contests overall -- a span in which Zimmerman has racked up a spectacular 14 RBI. Yep, he's suddenly killing it in his age-32 season after hitting just .218 last year. Considering his proclivity for injury and disappointing production in recent years, it's wise to sell high on Zimmerman now, before he runs out of pixie dust.
1:10 am (EST)
Clayton Kershaw Headshot

Kershaw said he's not concerned about his bruised right calf, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Kershaw had it wrapped to reduce swelling, but he was still able to do his usual outfield running the day after his start against the Giants -- a seven-inning effort of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He should be considered day-to-day for now, though it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. Unless something goes wrong this week, it appears Kershaw should be in line to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies.
1:10 am (EST)
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