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Jorge Alfaro Headshot

Alfaro is hitting .357/.379/.554 with two home runs and a stolen base in 56 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Alfaro's on-base percentage is being fueled by all the hits that are falling for him as he has just one walk thus far. He is also striking out at a slightly higher rate than at Double-A Reading last season, so expect his early BABIP-fueled average to fall in the coming months. The Phillies are expected to keep Alfaro at Triple-A for most, if not all, of this season. He will be out of options after this season, so he will need to be ready for at least a backup roll in the majors next year.
6:23 am (EST)
Aaron Nola Headshot

GM Matt Klentak said Nola (back) will likely miss only one or two starts, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Nola experienced lower back soreness during his start Thursday against the Mets. He received treatment, but felt tightness in side session Sunday. He is eligible to return from the disabled list May 1. Nick Pivetta is expected to take Nola's spot in the rotation while he is sidelined.
5:45 am (EST)
Fernando Rodney Headshot

Rodney pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out a batter to earn his sixth save in as many tries in Monday's 7-6 win over San Diego.

It hasn't been all roses for Rodney; he has a 6.48 ERA and has given up six earned runs in 8.1 innings pitched. The good news, though, is that he's yet to blow a save for Arizona when it matters. The five walks he's allowed show that he often pitches with runners on base and is prone to a blowup outing often. The 40-year-old has a perfect slate for saves now, but it's unlikely to last as a low-end fantasy closer.
1:58 am (EST)
Zack Greinke Headshot

Greinke (2-2) allowed one run on six hits while walking none and striking out 11 over six innings in Monday's 7-6 win over the Padres.

Greinke threw 97 pitches in the outing and lowered his ERA on the year to 2.93 in his fifth start. Not surprisingly, the right-hander has allowed just two runs in 14 innings to the Padres in his two starts against them in 2017. In 30.2 innings so far this year, Greinke has struck out 31 and walked just six. Another good sign that he'll bounce back in 2017 is the fact he's allowed just two long balls.
1:53 am (EST)
Chris Owings Headshot

Owings went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a stolen base in Monday's 7-6 win over the Padres.

The homer was his second on the season, and Owings has now driven in 13 runs and has five stolen bases to go along with a .319/.356/.464 slash line. The 25-year-old super-utility player is one of the more underrated fantasy commodities in baseball. He can contribute modestly in the home run and RBI departments while also providing 20-steal speed in deep mixed formats.
1:47 am (EST)
David Peralta Headshot

Peralta went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, stolen base and two runs scored in Monday's 7-6 win over the Padres.

Peralta is hitting .548 (17-for-31) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, three RBI and seven runs scored in his last eight games. The recent hot stretch has raised his slash line to .329/.366/.539 on the season, and the home run was his third of the season. There may be no hotter hitter in the big leagues right now.
1:42 am (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (2-3) allowed seven runs on eight hits (two home runs) while walking two and striking out six over six innings in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Five of the seven runs he gave up came via the long ball, with Chris Owings' grand slam in the fifth inning accounting for the major blow on Chacin's line. The 29-year-old right-hander has been hit or miss in his five starts this season. He's had a nine-run outing and has also posted two scoreless starts, showing fantasy owners that his volatility makes him hard to trust as a streaming option.
1:37 am (EST)
Ryan Schimpf Headshot

Schimpf went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.

How bad can it get for Schimpf? He now has 25 strikeouts in 59 at-bats and an equally bad .102 average. On the bright side, he has worked 15 walks to help his on-base percentage despite the rough start to the season. Schimpf's 20 home runs in just 89 games last year made him attractive power option eligible at both second and third base, but his low floor is rearing its ugly head. It'll be hard to stomach his one-dimensional profile in shallow leagues.
1:32 am (EST)
Damian Lillard Headshot

Lillard posted 34 points (12-24 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 42 minutes during a 128-103 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

Lillard was the only starter to reach double figures as the team's season came to an end in the blowout loss. He clearly wasn't part of the problem in the first round sweep, as he scored more than 30 points in three of the four games. There is no reason to expect that Lillard won't come back next season even better.
1:31 am (EST)
Al-Farouq Aminu Headshot

Aminu contributed 25 points (7-12 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 35 minutes during a 128-103 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

Aminu was just one point shy of his season high in scoring as he finished with 25 points and matched a season high with five three-pointers made. He was the only player on the team other than Damian Lillard to score more than 14 points. Aminu had an up and down season, and this performance came in a somewhat meaningless game, as the team was getting blown out for the entire game.
1:30 am (EST)
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