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Erasmo Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez (3-0) limited the Angels to two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings in Wednesday's win, though he struck out just two.

The early returns from Ramirez retaking his spot in Tampa's rotation have been quite positive, as he's turned in a pair of solid outings. There's some good luck baked into his current 3.00 ERA and 0.89 WHIP, but even if he gets hit with some regression, Ramirez may be able to find a home on a wide variety of fantasy rosters in today's pitching-starved environment.
4:59 am (EST)
Dustin Pedroia Headshot

Pedroia went 1-for-4 with a walk and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's win over Texas.

He's hit safely in six straight, but that's not even Pedroia's longest hitting streak of 2017. While the veteran second baseman started slow, his last 24 games have seen him go 31-for-95 (.326) with 16 RBI and 11 runs. However, his power's remained modest (two homers) and his speed is all but gone at age 33 (1-for-3 in steals), so Pedroia's essentially a one-dimensional fantasy asset right now. His solid batting average certainly plays in fantasy, but he's a marginal starting second baseman in shallower formats.
4:56 am (EST)
Mookie Betts Headshot

Betts went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

Remember when Betts started the season in a 3-for-20 skid and was hitting just .267 as of May 6? Yeah, you can be forgiven for forgetting. After all, he's since returned to his normal self, as the last 15 games have seen Betts hit .318 with five homers, two steals, 17 RBI and 17 runs.
4:52 am (EST)
Sam Dyson Headshot

Dyson didn't record an out in Wednesday's appearance against Boston, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch.

Two of the walks were intentional, but there's no sugarcoating this outing, which saw Dyson and starter Martin Perez combine for a seven-run inning. A surprisingly valuable closer last year, Dyson has lost his ninth-inning role and is well into the process of pitching himself right out of the major leagues. His 14.1 innings this season have resulted in an 11.93 ERA and 2.65 WHIP -- numbers that make him extraordinarily hard to own in fantasy.
4:49 am (EST)
Martín Pérez Headshot

Perez tossed 6.1 innings in Boston on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

He had a 3-1 lead up until the seventh inning, when Perez and reliever Sam Dyson combined for a seven-run implosion. Perez would have a much shinier line if he'd been pulled after six frames, but so it goes. He's been surprisingly effective this year, posting a 3.77 ERA, but that statistic doesn't get along at all with Perez's 1.53 WHIP. An improvement in BABIP luck should help a bit, but Perez still walks too many hitters and doesn't strike enough out.
4:45 am (EST)
Chris Sale Headshot

Sale (5-2) gave up four runs (three earned) over 7.1 innings in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six.

Sale's offense had lain dormant for much of the game, but it awoke with a seven-run seventh inning that allowed him to leave a winner. His first season in Boston has been incredible so far -- this game broke a string of eight consecutive double-digit-strikeout efforts that stretched all the way back to April 10. Sale is the MLB leader in strikeouts by an enormous margin, as he has 101; the second-ranked Zack Greinke has just 78.
4:38 am (EST)
Carlos González Headshot

Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's road win over the Phillies.

It's been a slow start to the season for the veteran slugger, but keep in mind that he's only had 65 at-bats in the friendly confines of Coors Field; his numbers are bound to improve with more action in Colorado, where the Rockies will return Friday for a series against St. Louis. CarGo has also been hot lately, as his past 13 games have seen him put up a .392/.458/.608 batting line with a pair of homers, nine RBI and 11 runs. Most of that production has come on the road.
4:31 am (EST)
Jeremy Hellickson Headshot

Hellickson (5-2) gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks over just five innings in Wednesday's home loss to Colorado. He struck out just two.

This game wasn't played in Coors Field, but you wouldn't know it from Hellickson's end of the box score. Still, games like this have been the exception rather than the rule for him, as the righty's generally avoided big blow-ups. However, he hasn't been offering a whole lot of length or impressive stuff -- Hellickson has only finished six innings four times in 10 starts, and he has a putrid total of 22 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. That adds up to a 3.6 K/9, which is half of his whiff rate from the last four seasons.
4:25 am (EST)
Tyler Chatwood Headshot

Chatwood (4-6) gave up just a single hit and four walks over seven scoreless innings in Philadelphia on Wednesday. He struck out eight.

It's been a funny year for Chatwood, as he's turned in a few gems to go with a bunch of duds on the mound. This was his fourth start of at least seven innings with one or zero runs allowed, but he's also had six outings of four-plus runs. That volatility is owed in large part to Coors Field, and it makes him a tough guy to own in fantasy; however, you can get some mileage out of him if you only use him on the road.
4:20 am (EST)
Yangervis Solarte Headshot

Solarte went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI against the Mets on Wednesday.

He's put together a pair of two-hit games in a row since sitting out Sunday; that may not seem like much, but Solarte's last two-hit game before this came way back on April 29. It's been a scuffle for the fourth-year vet, but his impressive 16:19 BB:K and deflated BABIP suggest that better results could be in his future.
4:15 am (EST)
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