That's back-to-back saves for Maurer in two consecutive days after Brad Hand closed out the previous two chances. The hard-throwing right-hander managed to lower his ERA to 6.00, and he owns a nice 24:4 K:BB despite his struggles late in games. It looks as though manager Andy Green is content mixing and matching in the ninth, which will limit the fantasy appeal of both Maurer and Hand to those desperate for saves in deeper setups.
Cosart was making his first start since taking a liner off his foot May 18, so the Padres weren't pushing him in the 87-pitch outing. Regardless, the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched into the fifth inning just once in his five starts and sports a weak 4.5 K/9, ugly 7.2 BB/9 and shaky 4.50 ERA in 20 innings. Cosart would likely be in the bullpen or in the minors if he was on most other teams than the Padres.
Renfroe's 10th home run of the year and second grand slam of his career was all the Friars would need in this one. The young outfield prospect has hits in seven of his last eight games, including two home runs. His poor plate discipline (53 strikeouts, 16 walks in 205 plate appearances) will hinder his development in the short term, but Renfroe certainly has intriguing pop in most fantasy formats.
Most of the damage to Hendricks' line came on a grand slam off the bat of Hunter Renfroe in the fourth inning. After getting off to a strong start -- Hendricks retired the first 10 batters he faced -- he managed to allow seven of his final 11 hitters to reach base. The disappointing outing was the right-hander's worst of the year and comes on the heels of a streak in which he allowed two runs or fewer in six straight starts. Despite an average 7.5 K/9, Hendricks is valuable in all formats because of his solid control and groundball tendencies on one of the best all-around rosters in baseball.
To be fair, nobody in the Chicago lineup could muster much offense in this one, as they racked up just three knocks overall. Baez's big power stroke often leads to swings and misses (24.7 percent strikeout rate), so he'll have days like this. The young utility player has been better in May at the plate and has been one of Chicago's more consistent hitters this year. His power and stellar defense should continue to allow him to play regularly in this crowded lineup.
Heyward provided two of the team's three hits on the afternoon and drove in both of their runs. The two-hit effort was only his fifth multi-hit performance of the season and first in May, and he's hitting a very mediocre .258 with five homers, 21 RBI and one steal. He's hit fairly well since coming off the disabled list recently, but his fantasy owners would like more evidence of his five-tool abilities.
It was nice to see Reed bounce back after blowing his second save of the year Saturday in Pittsburgh. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth before retiring the next three batters. Reed is 7-for-9 in save chances and sports a healthy 10.1 K/9 and 3.38 ERA. He should be a high-end closing option for fantasy owners with a firm grasp on the ninth-inning duties.
Earlier in the day, skipper Terry Collins said Gsellman would move to the bullpen once Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (elbow) returned from the disabled list. Gsellman then proceeded to post his best start of the season and third quality start in nine tries. Despite two quality starts in a row, though, the 23-year-old's 6.6 K/9 and 5.75 ERA are better off in New York's bullpen.
Flores has done nothing but hit in part-time duty for the Mets in 2017. He's hitting .313 on the year in 100 plate appearances and sports a nice .393 average in May. His lofty .333 BABIP screams regression, but Flores can play mostly anywhere for New York and should remain a nice utility player to own in deeper leagues.
That's now back-to-back rough outings for the veteran right-hander, and he's surrendered 10 runs in his last 11 innings. Garza doesn't have the velocity he once did to blow hitters away and sports an uninspiring 6.9 K/9, making him an unattractive streaming option based on matchups in deeper leagues. He's already allowed six home runs in 40.2 innings, too, and is more vulnerable in his hitter-friendly home environment.
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