DFS MLB Hitting Coach: May 3
Kenneth Le

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Rockies on Monday.

Kemp has been performing at a high level in the early going for both the Padres and his fantasy owners as he is now slashing .293/.311/.586 with seven home runs, 21 RBI and 14 runs scored through 99 at-bats. Although a few more walks (3 BB) would really help out his on-base percentage, as long as his power stroke remains consistent, fantasy owners should have no issues dealing with his deficiencies.
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Fernando Rodney earned his fifth save after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout against the Rockies on Monday.

Rodney has now converted all five of his save chances in the early going, while having yet to allow an earned-run through his first 9.1 innings. Coming off of a season in which he finished with a 4.74 ERA, 1.40 WHIP 58:29 K:BB rate through 62.2 innings, his first month as gone much better than advertised as he appears to have a strong hold on the ninth inning, at least for now.
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James Shields allowed just one run on nine hits and two walks while striking out five batters over six innings against the Rockies on Monday.

Shields managed to work around 11 baserunners on Monday night to allow jut one run on his first to his first win in six starts. Now sitting 1-4 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 26:15 K:BB rate through 39.0 innings, Shields still remains a must-start option every time he toes the rubber despite sporting a career-low 6.00 K/9 through the first month of the season. He will look to make it a winning streak when he takes on the Bartolo Colon and the Mets on Saturday.
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Jon Gray allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters over six innings against the Padres on Monday.

Gray was on top of his game on Monday night, as he managed to reach double-digit strikeouts for the second time in three starts this season. However, even with an impressive 14.11 K/9 through 14.2 innings, has has also allowed 13 earned-runs over that same stretch, so in this case the back certainly outweighs the good, so he will need to find a level ground before gaining fantasy interest outside of NL-only leagues. He will look to keep trending in the right direction when he takes on Johnny Cueto and the Giants on Saturday.
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Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI against the Mariners on Monday.

Despite a two-home run performance on Monday night, Davis has struggled in his first month with the Athletics, as he is now slashing a mere .234/.273/.436 through 94 at-bats. On the bright side, he does have five home runs, which keeps him on pace for his third straight 20-plus home run season, but at this point that is really the only category he is going to help his fantasy owners in until he finds a way to both raise his walk rate (3 BB) and stop striking out so much (28 K).
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Kendall Graveman coughed up four runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out six batters over 6.1 innings against the Mariners on Monday,

After allowing only four earned runs through his first three starts, Graveman has really hit a wall of late, having surrendered 10 runs over his last two trips to the mound. Now sitting 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 25:8 K:BB rate through 28.2 innings, Graveman remains strictly an AL-only play, although there is some optimism that he could stabilize himself at some point down the line if he can keep his walk rate down for an extended period of time. He will look to get moving back in the right direction when he takes on the Orioles on Sunday.
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Steve Cishek earned his seventh save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and three strikeouts against the Athletics on Monday.

Cishek has been superb through his first 12.0 innings with the Mariners, as he is now sitting on a 0.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and a 14:3 K:BB rate while having converted all seven of his save chances without any major issues. Considering his effectiveness early on, it is hard to imagine he will be in danger of losing his job anytime soon, even when Joaquin Benoit returns from injury.
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Nate Karns allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out five batters over six innings against the Athletics on Monday.

Karns has been a serviceable fantasy option this season and is now sitting 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and a 29:13 K:BB rate through 28.1 innings. The Mariners hurler is right on pace with the numbers he posted a season ago with the Rays, and as long as he can keep up his solid strikeout rate he will continue to gain ownership in deep league formats each time he takes the mound. He will look for win No. 4 when he takes on the Astros on Saturday.
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