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Vince Velásquez Headshot

GM Matt Klentak said the Phillies intend to continue to try to develop Velasquez as a starter, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

There has been plenty of speculation that Velasquez will end up in the bullpen someday, but at least for now, that is not in the cards. Velasquez has a dominant fastball, but has struggled to find consistency with his secondary pitches. He also struggles to get past the fifth inning due to high pitch counts. The young righty has the potential to be an ace if he puts everything together, which is why the rebuilding Phillies will give him every opportunity to figure things out.
5:53 am (EST)
Scott Schebler Headshot

Schebler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Monday's win over Cleveland.

It was the third straight game with a home run for Schebler, and the 26-year-old outfielder is now up to 13 homers, 27 RBI, three stolen bases, 20 runs and a .255/.324/.556 slash line for the year. While his early-season success is likely unsustainable, Schebler is locked into the middle of the Cincinnati order and has posted excellent power numbers in the minors.
12:44 am (EST)
Scott Feldman Headshot

Feldman (3-4) allowed just a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out a season-high nine batters through six innings during Monday's win over Cleveland.

The veteran has been hit or miss this season, as he's allowed 16 earned runs through 11.2 innings over just three starts but only nine runs in his other seven outings. As a result, his 3.99 ERA and 1.28 WHIP are a little misleading. Feldman has pitched reasonably well and is providing serviceable numbers for deeper settings. He projects to face the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in his next start this weekend.
12:40 am (EST)
Josh Tomlin Headshot

Tomlin (2-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits while striking out four batters over 6.1 innings during Monday's loss to Cincinnati.

After a two-outing stretch with just two runs allowed over 15 innings, Tomlin has now surrendered 10 earned runs through 8.2 innings in his past two outings. The veteran sports a disastrous 6.70 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.9 K/9 for the campaign, and considering Cleveland has championship aspirations, Tomlin's rotation leash has to be shorter than ever. He projects to face Kansas City in his next start.
12:31 am (EST)
Logan Morrison Headshot

Morrison went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Monday's loss to the Angels.

Morrison has had a breakout month in the power department with seven homers and 18 RBI through 18 May games. He sports a .248/.337/.538 slash line for the season, and with a 24.9 strikeout percentage, it'll probably be difficult for Morrison to show marked improvement in his batting average. Still, his 12 home runs, 32 RBI and 21 runs are high-end marks.
12:25 am (EST)
Kyle Gibson Headshot

Gibson (1-4) allowed six runs on seven hits and four walks across five innings during Monday's win over the Orioles. He struck out five.

Gibson was sent down to Triple-A Rochester earlier this month in hopes of turning things around after a rough start, but Monday's outing wasn't all that inspiring. He allowed five runs on five hits in the second inning and another on an RBI double by Manny Machado in the fourth. Gibson struggled to throw strikes and was battered at times, but he was allowed to labor through five frames as his team remained competitive, before earning him the win in the latter innings. He now owns a ghastly 8.62 ERA through 31.1 innings in 2017 and seems likely to be headed back to the minors.
12:24 am (EST)
Corey Dickerson Headshot

Dickerson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Monday's loss to the Angels.

The bomb was Dickerson's sixth during his current six-game hitting streak, as he continues to post elite May numbers. For the month, Dickerson has registered a hit in all but two games, and the heater has him up to 12 home runs, 23 RBI, 31 runs and a .345/.394/.644 slash line for the season. Counting on Dickerson cooling down is advised, but it would take a significant decline before it becomes a fantasy concern.
12:20 am (EST)
Jake Odorizzi Headshot

Odorizzi allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight batters over six innings during Monday's loss to the Angels. He didn't factor into the decision.

The eight punchouts were a season high for Odorizzi, and Monday's outing continued his strong run of starts to open the campaign. He sports a rock-solid 3.14 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 7.7 K/9 and is closing in on establishing himself as a matchup-proof fantasy option. Odorizzi lines up next for a road start against the Twins this weekend.
12:14 am (EST)
Ubaldo Jiménez Headshot

Jimenez (1-3) allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks across four innings during Monday's loss to the Twins. He struck out three.

Jimenez allowed a pair of runs through his first four innings, but he was chased with no outs in the fifth as four consecutive men reached base and later came around to score after his removal. Going deep into games has been a struggle for him this season, as six of his eight starts have spanned five innings or fewer after his latest meltdown. Jimenez has yielded fewer than four runs just three times this season en route to an unsightly 7.17 ERA and could face another rough outing in his next start Sunday against the Astros.
12:12 am (EST)
J.C. Ramírez Headshot

Ramirez (4-3) allowed just two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five batters over 6.2 innings during Monday's win over Tampa Bay.

Ramirez has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his eight starts and sports a respectable 3.81 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 7.3 K/9 for the campaign. The converted reliever is proving to be a serviceable fantasy asset, but it's still not out of the question to avoid starting him against daunting opponents. Ramirez lines up to make his next start on the road against the Marlins this weekend.
12:10 am (EST)
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