Goldschmidt could finally be on the cusp of busting out. The All-Star slugger has gone 4-for-6 with two doubles, a homer and four RBI over the last two days. In addition, he has raised his batting average nearly 30 points while hitting safely in 8-of-9 gamers since May 20th. The Diamondbacks will battle Astros’ righty Collin McHugh on Monday afternoon. Goldschmidt is just 1-for-8 with three strikeouts against McHugh.
Owings continues his solid work with the bat, as he has now hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games. During that stretch, the versatile 24 year old has posted a .333 batting average with four doubles, two homers, a triple and five RBI. Owings’ multiple-position eligibility in most fantasy leagues only adds to his value. He is a nice option in most N.L. Only and deeper mixed formats right now.
The Padres feature arguably the weakest lineup in the league, but that should take little away from the superb effort that Bradley came up with Sunday afternoon. The young righty needed just 96 pitches (70 strikes) to work into the eighth inning of this contest and was baffling the San Diego bats all along the way. The Diamondbacks’ rotation is a bit jumbled right now, but Bradley could be back on the mound in a much tougher matchup at Wrigley Field on Friday or Saturday.
The first couple months of the season have largely been a struggle for Ramirez at the plate, but he is beginning to show at least some life with the bat in recent days. The veteran shortstop has hit safely in four of the last five games, going 6-for-19 with a double and a homer. Ramirez averaged 10 home runs and 23 steals while batting .269 over the past three years for the White Sox, so there is some hope that he can turn it around and put together a productive campaign for the Padres.
After posting an incredible 0.87 ERA across 31 innings over his previous five starts, Pomeranz came back to Earth a bit Sunday afternoon. The Diamondbacks got to the big lefty for one run in the first frame then put up a five spot in the second. Fortunately for fantasy owners, Pomeranz did settle down to string together three straight scoreless innings as well as register nine punchouts before exiting the game. He will look to bounce back Saturday night against the Rockies at Petco Park.
Travis, the No. 7 prospect in Boston's farm system, injured his left knee in a rundown play against Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates' top minor league team. The severity of the first baseman's injury is not yet known, so make sure to follow up if you are targeting the prospect for future fantasy use. Travis currently slashing .273/.333/.436 in Triple-A.
Harvey has been awful this season and he's been even worse of late, losing four of his last five starts while allowing 19 runs on 27 hits in just 13 2/3 innings "good" enough for a 10.54 ERA. Truly disappointing numbers for a guy who was expected to be one of the top pitchers in the NL East. Collins still believes Harvey can turn things around starting with Monday's start against the White Sox on Memorial Day. But Harvey, who says he is perfectly healthy, is sitting firmly on the hot seat and is running out of time before the Mets have to take measures such as sitting him or maybe even sending him down to Triple-A (although that's still a drastic measure at this point).
As Adrian Beltre goes, so do the Rangers. The team’s mercurial leader has stepped up his production recently and has a hit in seven of his last eight games. Through 50 games, Beltre has scored 25 runs with nine home runs and 34 RBI for Texas. He is on pace for a 29 home run and 110 RBI season. Beltre is three for seven in past at bats against Monday’s starter Josh Tomlin with a double and a home run with an OPS of 1.429.