Fantasy Baseball Streaming Pitching: Week 9
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Lakers and 76ers will try and sign DeMar DeRozan this offseason.

Teams will make a run at free agent to be DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. But he has expressed a desire to stay in Toronto. The Raptors will be able to offer him a max contract of five years and $145 million whereas other teams can top out at $107 million. No matter where DeRozan and his 23.5 points average signs, he is line for a nice raise this offseason.
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Ben Zobrist was 1-for-4 with a three run home run (7) in the Cubs 7 - 2 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

To say Ben Zobrist is hot may be an understatement. His three run home run extended his personal hit streak to 15 games. Zobrist also has 40 hits in May and is the first Cub to do so since Alfonso Soriano in 2008. He is second in the National League in average (.351), second in runs (36) and fourth in OPS (.993). Zobrist has seven multi-hit games in his streak and will look to keep it going against Alex Wood on Monday.
38 minutes ago

Miguel Montero was 2-for-3 with a run, home run (2), two RBI and a walk in Sunday’s 7 - 2 win over the Phillies.

Miguel Montero hit his first home run since Opening Day and drove in two runs during the Cubs win on Sunday. He missed time this year due to injury but is rounding into form. Montero has four multi-hit games in his last seven played and he is an asset in any league which rewards OBP. Due to a platoon at catcher, Montero will likely get Monday off.
40 minutes ago

Anthony Rizzo was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and a walk in the Cubs 7 - 2 win against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Some fantasy owners may be frustrated by Anthony Rizzo’s .239 average but better days are ahead. He is coming out of a slump but his walk percentage higher than last year and his strikeout percentage is down in comparison. Rizzo’s BABIP is 70 points below his 2015 level as well. His two hits on Sunday are a good sign and Rizzo should in line for positive regression in the days ahead.
41 minutes ago

Kris Bryant was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk in the Cubs 7 - 2 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Many prognosticators were wary of Kris Bryant’s high number of strikeouts last year. But through his first 47 games, Bryant has cut his strikeout percentage from 30.6 percent last year to a much more manageable 19.3 percent this season. With two more hits on Sunday, Bryant is now hitting .286 with an OPS of .888 for the Cubs. He leads the National League in runs with 37 and is second in RBI with the same number. Bryant is also 1-for-3 in a prior match-up with a home run against Monday’s starter, Alex Wood.
42 minutes ago

John Lackey allowed one run on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts over seven innings in the Cubs 7 - 2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Not only did John Lackey win his fifth game of 2016, but his outing on Sunday was his sixth straight quality start. The Cubs pitching depth has propelled them to the first team to move 20 games over five hundred this year. Lackey now has an ERA of 3.16 this year and he will look to extend his quality start streak to seven at home against Arizona later this week.
43 minutes ago

Tyler Goeddel was 1-for-3 with a home run (2) and a walk during the Phillies five run loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

Not only has Tyler Goeddel hit safely in eight of his last nine games, but he is hitting over three hundred in May. Goeddel hit his second home run of the season Sunday. He is six for his last 20 for Philadelphia over his last six games with five runs. Goeddel should continue to see playing time as the Phillies forge ahead with their rebuild.
43 minutes ago

Tommy Joseph was 1-for-4 with a solo home run (3) in Philadelphia’s 7 - 2 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

With veteran Ryan Howard struggling to a .154 average, Tommy Joseph will continue to wrest away at bats at first base. Joseph has power upside and hit his third in 11 games with the Phillies this year. Be aware of his 11 strikeouts and one walk this year but in leagues where Joseph has catcher eligibility, his value increases.
46 minutes ago

Vince Velasquez allowed seven runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts over 4.2 innings in the Phillies 7 - 2 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.

This game about followed the script as Vince Velasquez entered Sunday’s tough match-up with a 4.50 ERA on the road versus a 0.74 ERA at home. Velasquez gave up seven runs on nine hits and his ERA now stands at 3.63 and his FIP is in direct line at 3.64. Fantasy owners will need to be aware of his innings cap this year. Velasquez will make his next start at home versus Milwaukee, so trading him after a strong start would be ideal.
47 minutes ago
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