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DFS MLB Rankings: April 29
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Matt Boyd Headshot

Boyd (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings but came away with a no-decision in Friday's 7-3 loss to the White Sox.

It was the left-hander's longest outing of the season so far. Boyd pounded the strike zone, throwing 70 of 97 pitches for strikes, but still walked multiple batters for the fifth time in five starts, and his 19:13 K:BB through 25.2 innings is far from impressive. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Cleveland.
7:22 am (EST)
Tim Anderson Headshot

Anderson went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

His two-run shot in the ninth inning off rookie reliever Joe Jimenez was Anderson's second homer of the season. The young shortstop also struck out twice, however, leaving him with a 2:20 BB:K through 20 games, and his .224/.250/.329 slash line may not improve much until he learns to control the strike zone better.
7:18 am (EST)
Avisail García Headshot

Garcia went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.

The second-inning solo shot was Garcia's fifth homer of the season and second in as many games. The 25-year-old continues to have a monster April and is now slashing .388/.430/.638 through 21 games.
7:15 am (EST)
Mike Pelfrey Headshot

Pelfrey (0-1) gave up three runs on six hits and four walks over 4.2 innings to come away with a no-decision in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers. He struck out two.

It was another short, inefficient outing for the 33-year-old, who needed 90 pitches (50 strikes) to record 14 outs. With James Shields (shoulder) potentially set to return to action next week, Pelfrey's stay in the rotation -- and on the White Sox staff entirely -- could be over.
7:12 am (EST)
Dustin Pedroia Headshot

Pedroia went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Hitting sixth in the order, Pedroia put together his first multi-hit game in two weeks. His .261/.333/.275 slash line is still well below his career norms, but the 33-year-old should be back near the top of the order soon enough if he keeps reaching base.
7:06 am (EST)
Craig Kimbrel Headshot

Kimbrel allowed a hit and struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his eighth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Cubs.

The strikeouts are coming in bunches once again for Kimbrel, who now has a ridiculous 20:2 K:BB through 10.1 innings to go along with a 1.74 ERA and 0.68 WHIP. The 28-year-old had looked almost human at times over the prior two seasons, but so far in 2017 Kimbrel seems to have returned to the form he showed in Atlanta that made him arguably the best fantasy closer in the league.
7:03 am (EST)
Drew Pomeranz Headshot

Pomeranz (2-1) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Cubs.

Both runs scored on solo shots by Kris Bryant and Albert Almora, but the lefty was otherwise able to keep Chicago's bats in check. Pomeranz's 4.15 ERA doesn't look impressive, but his 27:7 K:BB through 21.2 innings is exceptional. His next start will come Wednesday at home against an Orioles squad that he'll be facing for the third time already in 2017.
6:59 am (EST)
Cameron Rupp Headshot

Rupp's average exit velocity is down to 89.9 mph this season after averaging 92.2 mph last season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Rupp said he has been missing too many good pitches this season. He has more than doubled his walk rate from last season, but Rupp thinks that may actually be problematic. "I'm seeing the ball," Rupp said. "I feel I need to be more aggressive when I get my pitches to hit as opposed to maybe falling deeper into counts. I think I had success last year swinging earlier. I don't want to get to two strikes and start seeing 95 mph sliders." Rupp has been getting an opportunity to work his way out of his early season slump, but he could start to lose playing time to Andrew Knapp if he fails to get his bat going soon. The Phillies also have top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro at Triple-A and he could be an option to come to the majors later this year.
6:57 am (EST)
Jake Arrieta Headshot

Arrieta (3-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five over 4.1 innings in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

All five runs scored in the first inning, but Arrieta's command within the strike zone was shaky all night and it took a couple of nifty double plays behind him in the fourth and fifth to escape further damage. The 31-year-old has now given up at least three runs in four straight starts, saddling him with a 4.66 ERA, but his 34:8 K:BB through 29 innings suggests better days are ahead. Arrieta's next start will come Wednesday at home against the Phillies.
6:54 am (EST)
Jerad Eickhoff Headshot

Eickhoff allowed five runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. He struck out three and walked three.

Eickhoff told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia after the game that he struggled with his release point on his curveball all night. He's now 0-2 with a 3.56 ERA and a 28:11 K:BB in 30.1 innings. He'll face the Cubs in his next start.
6:45 am (EST)
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