The now infamous video surfaced just minutes before the draft started on Thursday night and caused a slid into the middle of the first round from his projected spot at near the top. He made a statement saying that he believed his account was hacked, and now the Dolphins are backing him up on that assertion. He is in a financial based lawsuit with his stepfather at the moment and it's entirely possible that this scheme was cooked up as part of that to cost Tunsil money in his first contract. There are is surely more to come from this story but this is an interesting twist to the leak.
Not only did Jackie Bradley Jr. have a perfect day at the plate, but he joined Mookie Betts with two triples in a game this year already. This is the first time since 1967 two teammates have had a two triple game in the same season. Bradley is now hitting .272/.326/.481 in April with 13 RBI on the year. He has been hitting ninth for Boston. For perspective, the Yankees cleanup hitter Mark Teixeira has 10 RBI in April. Bradley broke out in the second half last year and may be maintaining the gains. He will be an interesting player to track in May.
In what is shaping up to be a very strong swan song, David Ortiz punctuated a Boston win with his fifth home run on Saturday night. Ortiz is hitting .321/.418/.654 with a month in the books with 19 RBI. He may start May off right as well. Ortiz is 3-for-6 against Sunday’s starter Nate Eovaldi in previous match-ups.
After a bit of a slow start, Mookie Betts has rebounded as April has progressed. Betts had two more hits on Saturday and drove in three runs. He is now hitting .266/.298/.459 on the year but has four home runs and 17 RBI as the lead-off hitter. Betts is on pace for 27 home runs and 41 stolen bases at the conclusion of April. While his pace will be difficult to achieve, the Boston offense is clicking and with Betts atop the lineup, the counting statistics will continue for the talented young outfielder. He is only 2-for-9 versus Sunday starter Nate Eovaldi for the daily game players.
Not only did Rick Porcello hurl seven shutout innings, but he now has a 13.1 consecutive inning scoreless streak. He won his fifth game of April for Boston and lowered his ERA to 2.76 on the season. It took Porcello 17 starts to win five games last year but he has already matched it in his first five this year. Porcello seems to have turned a corner and helps solidify the Boston rotation moving forward. He has now won five of his last eight starts against New York and will face them again next week.
When a team gets shutout, finding a player to highlight is tough. But Brian McCann was the only Yankee to have multiple hits and McCann accounted for two of their five on Saturday. McCann is slashing .262/.351/.415 with three home runs and seven RBI. But with the offense struggling, it is difficult for any Yankee hitter to have a strong month for fantasy. Looking ahead to Sunday, McCann is 10-for-29 with three home runs and seven RBI against David Price in previous match-ups.
In what could be an improvement, Michael Pineda survived five innings without his best stuff in Boston. But Pineda did allow three walks for the second time in his last four starts and has not been sharp in April. Pineda finishes April with a 1 - 3 record and 6.33 ERA. Not exactly the way he envisioned his season to begin. He will make his next start at home against Boston next week.
Hamilton is working his way back from a knee injury that has hampered him since last season. He was slated to play five innings but he played four instead making it on base once due to an error and flied out in the other at bat. He will have to play quite a few games before getting back to game shape and getting back to the Rangers outfield rotation and do all of that without suffering a setback. Hamilton should be back in Arlington in mid-May most likely.
Boehringer got attention in the pre-draft media coverage as he was gearing up to try and do something no one has ever done, getting drafted without playing a down in college football. He originally discovered football watching YouTube clips of Adrian Peterson and as luck would have it, he is now teammates with him. He has been viewed as a natural receiver by scouts and has all of the measurable they look for but he is clearly still raw and needs a lot of coaching up. Minnesota is thin at wide receiver leaving the door open for him to get on the field at some point this season.
When Sean Rodriguez hit his pinch home run it appeared Mark Melancon would lose the save opportunity. He did not start the ninth but when two hitters reached base, Melancon was summoned with two outs. He struck out the only batter he faced for his seventh save of April. Fantasy owners will take it. Melancon finishes April with nine strikeouts in 10 innings pitched and a 2.61 ERA.