Following up on a great effort against the Nationals this past Monday, Colon gave the Mets another solid performance Sunday night. The seemingly ageless, 43-year-old righty is putting together another nice season so far, as he sports a 4-3 record with a 3.39 ERA through 11 appearances (10 starts). Colon is nothing overly special in terms of fantasy value at this point in his career, but he can be really helpful in N.L. Only and deeper mixed formats. A matchup with the Marlins in Miami awaits on Saturday afternoon.
Gonzalez played the part of the hero Sunday night for the Dodgers. After the Mets tied the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the veteran first baseman promptly got his team the lead back with a two-run single in the top of the ninth. Gonzalez harassed Mets’ pitching all weekend, going 8-for-13 with a homer, a double, four RBI and three runs scored during that three-game set. The Dodgers will face Cubs’ right-hander Jason Hammel on Monday evening. Gonzalez has not fared well in his career against the veteran hurler, picking up just seven hits across 38 at-bats.
Granderson came up with a two-out, RBI triple off of Dodgers’ reliever Adam Liberatore in the bottom of the eighth inning that tied the game up at 2-2. The veteran outfielder was the only Mets’ player to come up with multiple hits in this one, as Clayton Kershaw dominated most of the way. Granderson went 4-for-12 with three extra-base hits over the weekend and could be finally getting into a rhythm at the plate. He and the Mets will face White Sox’ southpaw Jose Quintana on Monday afternoon.
Kershaw made history during yet another brilliant performance Sunday night, as he became the first pitcher to ever reach 100 strikeouts in a season while having just five walks. The three-time Cy Young award winner has now punched out 10 or more batters in seven of his last eight starts and surrendered more than two runs just once in that stretch. Kershaw is simply one of the best pitching talents the game has ever seen and his current stats are just flat out ridiculous. A matchup with the light-hitting Braves awaits on Friday night.
Taking the mound for the first time in four days, Jansen did not show any rust at all while disposing of the Mets in quick fashion Sunday night. The big righty is now 15-of-17 in his save chances this season while pitching to a 1.35 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 21-to-1 K/BB ratio across 20 innings. Simply put, he is one of the best finishers in the game.
After giving up one run or less in each of his previous six outings, Teheran made a mistake in the top of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon that cost him two runs with one swing of the bat by Marlins’ second baseman Derek Dietrich. Prior to that home run, Teheran had the held the Marlins to just a single run over five innings and appeared to be headed toward another strong stat line. The Atlanta ace may hold a 1-5 record on the year, but that is in no way indicative of how he has performed. Through 11 starts, Teheran has put up an excellent 2.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 across 68.1 innings. He will take the mound opposite Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday night.
Ozuna’s sensational month at the plate continued Sunday afternoon, as he now has a hit in 26-of-27 games and 15 multi-hit performances in May. Overall this month, the 25-year-old outfielder is batting .434 with seven home runs, eight doubles, 17 RBI and 25 runs scored across 113 plate appearances. Suffice it to say, Ozuna is going to have plenty to say about the N.L. Player of the Month award. The Marlins will face lefty Jeff Locke on Monday evening. Ozuna is 4-for-11 with two doubles against the Pirates’ hurler.
Koehler continues to walk batters at an alarming rate, but nobody has made him pay a big price for it lately. The 29-year-old righty has amazingly posted a 2.56 ERA despite issuing 22 free passes across 31.2 innings during his last five starts. It would seem to be only a matter of time before Koehler’s effectively wild approach catches up to him, but his houdini act is working right now. He does have some N.L. Only value headed into Friday’s matchup with the Mets.
Betances, Miller, and Chapman struck out seven of nine batters in the remaining three innings Sunday. If you are losing to the Yankees after the sixth inning, you may as well go home at this point.
For the second year in a row Britton has been a freak. His K/9 is over 10, he is 13-13 in save opportunities, he is everything you could want in a closer. The Orioles have a good club this year so expect him to see all the work he can handle.