DFS MLB Hitting Coach: May 24
Kenneth Le

Update: Angel Pagan aggravated the same hamstring that kept him out Saturday, and he will have an MRI Tuesday.

Even if the MRI comes back clean, it would not be surprising for Pagan to wind up on the disabled list. Gregor Blanco and Kelby Tomlinson could platoon in left field if Pagan is out.
4 hours ago

Angel Pagan left Monday's game with an apparent injury.

Pagan appeared to hurt himself running to first base, and it seems reasonable to assume he aggravated the hamstring injury that kept him out Saturday. Gregor Blanco has been starting in right field with Hunter Pence out, and he could stay in the lineup if Pagan misses any time. If both Pence and Pagan are out, look for Kelby Tomlinson and Brandon Belt to get some more starts in left field.
5 hours ago

Dante Exum said he will be cleared to resume contact Thursday.

The only things holding the Jazz back last season were injuries and point guard play, and while the jury is still out as to whether Exum is the long-term answer at the point, there is little doubt he is better than Shelvin Mack, Trey Burke and Raul Neto. Exum will be a player to watch during Summer League, as he could be a fantasy sleeper if he stays healthy.
5 hours ago

Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored on Monday against the Rays.

The old man still gets it done. He is 10-for-13 in his last three games and while the counting stats aren’t there, don’t expect him them to be. Hitting atop the Miami order should give him a chance to score some runs, but don’t expect much power from the veteran outfielder. He is still trying to steal bases, but he was caught tonight. He is 3-for-10 in his career off tomorrow’s starter Jake Odorizzi.
6 hours ago

Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI against the Rays on Monday.

This guy continues to rake and when there is a southpaw on the mound, Ozuna is a near-lock in DFS. He now has nine home runs and 23 RBI on the season in the heart of the Miami order. Continue to start Ozuna in all formats, especially since it looks as if he is going to have his best year yet. He is 3-for-7 in his career off tomorrow’s starter Jake Odorizzi.
6 hours ago

A.J. Ramos allowed just one hit in the ninth inning to earn his 14th save of the season on Monday against the Rays.

Ramos had allowed runs in prior two appearances, but he was back on it tonight. Ramos tends to run into problems when his control isn’t there, but so far this season, it HAS been there. He has 14 saves on the season and has really been a dominant force in the backend of the Miami rotation. Continue to roll with him in all formats.
6 hours ago

Brandon Guyer went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and one RBI on Monday against the Marlins.

Guyer has seven hits, including tonight’s home run, over his last three contests. The injury to Kevin Kiermaier opens up regular time for Guyer in the Tampa Bay outfield, which bodes well for his fantasy value moving forward. Guyer is hitting .327 on the season with five home runs, 13 RBI and 19 runs scored on the season.
6 hours ago

Taylor Motter went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, three RBI and one run scored against the Marlins on Monday.

Motter recorded two extra-base hits in tonight’s contest, including his second home run of the season. Motter is in a platoon with Brad Miller at shortstop, in which Miller will face righties while Motter will garner the start against southpaws. Motter will head to the bench tomorrow against Tom Koehler.
6 hours ago

Matt Moore allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three in five innings on Monday against the Marlins.

It was an ugly outing for Moore in this one, allowing five earned runs in as many innings of work. Marcell Ozuna took him deep in the third inning for a home run, but nine other hits helped run up that run total. The Tampa southpaw hasn’t pitched more than five innings since his last start in April and the strikeouts haven’t been there either. After striking out 35 guys in 32 April innings, Moore has just 14 strikeouts in 19 innings this month. Command is always going to be an issue for Moore, so it’s just something we are going to have to live with at this juncture. His next start will come on Saturday against the New York Yankees.
6 hours ago

Wei-Yin Chen allowed five earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings of work on Monday against the Rays.

Not a good one for Chen tonight. The Rays took him deep twice in this one and Chen was never able to really get comfortable on the mound. He still went 5.2 innings to somewhat offset the lackluster numbers, but the low strikeout numbers are nothing out of the ordinary for the finesse southpaw. He is going to continue to start for Miami moving forward, but fantasy owners may feel inclined to start him on a per-matchup basis. His next start will come on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.
6 hours ago