Stack The Deck:  April 29 Cover Image
Stack The Deck: April 29
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Devon Travis Headshot

Travis is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Despite collecting hits in each of the last two games, Travis is batting just .137 (10-for-73) on the year. He'll take a seat for the third time in five games as Darwin Barney fills in at second base. It's still early, but Travis will need to turn things around at the plate if he intends to keep hold of his everyday role.
11:18 am (EST)
Jim Johnson Headshot

Johnson struck out two in a perfect ninth innings Friday to pick up his fourth save of the season in a 10-8 win over the Brewers.

It was a strong bounceback effort after Johnson had been tagged for four runs in his previous two appearances. His 4.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP are far from elite, but the 33-year-old's 12:2 K:BB through 9.2 innings suggests his spot as the Braves' closer isn't in any immediate jeopardy.
11:15 am (EST)
Bartolo Colón Headshot

Colon (1-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings while striking out five but came away with a no-decision in Friday's win over the Brewers.

The veteran righty was on the hook for the loss before the Braves scored six runs in the final three innings to produce a wild 10-8 victory. Colon has had two strong starts and three clunkers so far this season to saddle him with a 5.59 ERA, but his 7.1 K/9 through 29 innings is actually his highest mark since 2011. He'll look to get back on track Wednesday at home against the Mets.
11:13 am (EST)
José Abreu Headshot

Abreu is back in the White Sox's lineup Saturday, batting cleanup and playing first base, Scott Merkin of reports.

After being held out of the last two games with a mild hip flexor strain, Abreu is all systems go Saturday against the Tigers. The 30-year-old is off to a slow start, slashing .253/.309/.320 with no homers through 20 games this season, though he has collected four straight multi-hit games.
11:12 am (EST)
A.J. Pollock Headshot

Pollock went 1-for-3 with a pair of steals and a run scored in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Rockies.

It was uncertain how aggressive the Diamondbacks would be on the basepaths with first-year manager Torey Lovullo in charge, but much to the delight of Pollock's fantasy owners, the 29-year-old has had the green light to run all season. Pollock has collected a team-high nine of the Diamondbacks' MLB-leading 30 steals. Barring a dramatic collapse in his on-base percentage, Pollock's running opportunities don't figure to dry up anytime soon.
11:11 am (EST)
Robbie Ray Headshot

Ray (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season Friday against the Rockies, conceding three runs on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out nine batters in the outing.

Ray may have been on the losing side of the ledger, but he turned in his fourth quality start in five turns on the season while continuing to pile up the strikeouts. The lefty has now notched at least six strikeouts in all five starts, but will need to trim down his walk rate and cut out some homers if he hopes to maintain a mid-3.00s ERA for the entire season.
11:07 am (EST)
Matt Kemp Headshot

Kemp went 1-for-5 with a bases-loaded double in Friday's win over the Brewers.

After a couple of hitless efforts upon his return from the DL, Kemp has picked up where he left off earlier in April by going 6-for-23 over his last five games with a homer and six RBI. The Braves offense shows signs of being a strong unit this season, and should continue to provide its 32-year-old cleanup hitter with plenty of RBI opportunities going forward.
11:05 am (EST)
Michael Taylor Headshot

Taylor will bat second and start in center field Saturday against the Mets, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Taylor will start in center field for the injured Adam Eaton (knee), who was placed on the DL earlier Saturday. Though manager Dusty Baker hasn't confirmed a replacement for Eaton, Taylor seems to be in a good position to win a bulk of the center field duties.
11:05 am (EST)
Adonis Garcia Headshot

Garcia went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Hitting second in the order due to Brandon Phillips' groin injury, Garcia continued a mini-hot streak that has seem him put up a .321/.345/.464 slash line over his last seven games. Despite his recent success, expect the third baseman to be back in the bottom half of the order once Phillips is cleared to return.
11:02 am (EST)
Welington Castillo Headshot

Castillo is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Despite knocking his first homer of the season in Friday's slugfest with the Yankees, Castillo will head to the bench after catching a combined 21 innings over his last two games. Caleb Joseph will fill in behind the dish in his stead.
10:59 am (EST)
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