The Dodgers are apparently seeing something that everyone else is missing with this move as he goes from Double-A to Triple-A. Guerrero is 1-for-30 at Tulsa in his eight games there but that's good enough to move up the ladder. If he doesn't improve at the higher level, he will likely stay there instead of making it up to the big club at the end of the assignment.
Finally there are signs of life out of Diaz, as his average has plummeted 44 points over just the last week of hitless baseball. He now has two hits in his last nine; nothing to write home about, but numbers he can afford considering his average still remains at an incredibly hit .329. He may be a “sell high” candidate of sorts being that he has no proven track record, is beginning to slip offensively, yet still is posting some impressive numbers.
In a dreadful season so far, it was encouraging to see Espinosa go deep on Thursday night. The round tripper was his fourth of the year, while his .201 average is not worth owning in any fantasy format. Move along now…
The home run ended an 0-for-10 slump that the defending MVP had been in, and boy did he ever crush it in style, as it traveled a projected 434 ft and reached the top deck in Nationals Park. Hopefully this bomb is something that can pull Harper out of his prolonged offensive downturn, as his average currently sits at a disappointing .245 for the season. He is not someone that owners can afford to be worried about, so best is to assume that he will pull himself out of this slump going forward.
Despite the losing effort, Leake impressed on Thursday night, as he went seven innings, allowing only two runs, while he struck out five. After a rocky start to the season, Leake has churned out an excellent month of May, tossing four straight starts of two runs or less, three of which were quality starts. With his ERA trending downwards, Leake appears to be a buy now target for a reasonable price without a red flag raising irrational spike in production.
Ross continued his season of consistently solid outings on Thursday night, as he went seven innings, allowing only one run, while he struck out four. With a 2.52 ERA and a 4-4 record, Ross should continue to be an adequate fantasy starter going forward in most formats.
Patterson was diagnosed with a hand contusion in the last game but was able to return to play so this shouldn't come as a shock. It also should be mentioned that it is Game 6 and as long as you can walk you should play. Patterson has been a nice depth piece for Toronto but hasn't been the lynchpin of the Raptors offensive attack.
Hanigan is just dealing with a minor bug and it's not expected to keep him out of action very long. He will continue to see starts when Blake Swihart needs a day off.
Buchholz has been brutal this season and now owns a 6.35 ERA after Thursday's shellacking at the hands of the Rockies. He is definitely the most expendable member of Boston's rotation and if he doesn't get straightened out soon, he is likely headed to the bullpen. It's certainly possible that Buchholz could be dealing with an undisclosed injury, but there has been no chatter of that within the Red Sox organization. Rodriguez is expected to return to the majors sometime next week.