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Marcus Stroman Headshot

Stroman (2-2) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out five in Sunday's victory over the Angels.

Following a shaky start, an argument with home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus over an illegal quick-pitch ruling seemed to motivate Stroman. The fiery right-hander was angered when home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus awarded first base to Kole Calhoun in the third inning for throwing a 3-1 pitch before the batter was deemed to be ready. Toronto manager John Gibbons was ejected for arguing the call, and the Angels scored on back-to-back singles immediately afterward. Stroman took a few deep breaths and responded by keeping the Halos off base for the next five innings while retiring 17 consecutive hitters. The 25-year-old has now banked complete games in two of his last three starts. Despite a rather unlucky .320 BABIP, Stroman owns a great 3.10 ERA and 3.03 FIP through four starts. He'll toe the rubber next on Friday against the Rays.
9:11 am (EST)
Neil Walker Headshot

Walker went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

His third-inning shot off Max Scherzer, Walker's second homer of the year, actually brought the Mets to within a run, but they were never able to complete the comeback. Like most of his teammates the second baseman has had a slow start to the season at the plate, slashing just .206/.295/.338 through 78 plate appearances, and while both his home runs have come in the last four games, they're also his only hits during that stretch.
9:07 am (EST)
Odubel Herrera Headshot

Herrera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Sunday's win over Atlanta.

It's been a solid start to 2017 for the 25-year-old outfielder, and he's well on his way to turning in another strong campaign that moves the needle across all rotisserie categories. While his upside is likely capped, it's also rare to find five-category contributors like Herrera, and he provides a nice fantasy floor hitting in the heart of the Philadelphia lineup.
9:07 am (EST)
Michael Conforto Headshot

Conforto went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

The Mets only had six hits on the night, and it's scary to imagine what their injury-ravaged lineup might look like right now without Conforto in it. The 24-year-old is now slashing .361/.432/.722 with four homers in 44 plate appearances, and with Jay Bruce needed at first base while Lucas Duda (elbow) is out, Conforto should continue seeing a full workload at least through the end of the month.
9:03 am (EST)
Ryan Pressly Headshot

Pressly gave up three hits, including a home run, and allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's loss to Detroit. His ERA rose to 10.80

Pressly has struggled in April as he's given up three home runs in 6.2 innings. He does have six strikeouts and just one walk, so he can improve if he keeps the ball in the park. However, he's not going to compete for saves any time soon given his struggles and closer Brandon Kintzler's strong April.
8:59 am (EST)
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler (1-2) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over seven innings in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

He got ambushed in the first inning -- Adam Eaton reached on a HBP that barely grazed his elbow, followed in quick succession by a Trea Turner infield single, a Bryce Harper opposite-field single, and then a Daniel Murphy grand slam -- but Wheeler settled down nicely after that, holding the Nats scoreless for six more innings and giving the Mets a chance to get back into the game. The right-hander ended his night throwing 65 of 101 pitches for strikes in his longest outing so far this season and while Wheeler's 5.40 ERA isn't great, it isn't reflective of his 1.11 WHIP or 21:6 K:BB through 21.2 innings. He'll get a chance at revenge on the NL East leaders Saturday in Washington.
8:59 am (EST)
Kelly Olynyk Headshot

Olynyk posted 10 points (4-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-3 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block across 16 efficient minutes in Sunday's 104-95 Game 4 win in Chicago.

Coach Brad Stevens leaned on Olynyk and Marcus Smart as his two key bench players to even the series with Chicago. Olynyk and Al Horton are the only legitimate bigs seeing time in Stevens' playoff rotations, as both Amir Johnson and Tyler Zeller received Game 4 DNP's. Expect the Celtics to stay small during Wednesday's critical Game 5 back in Boston, with Olynyk's minutes staying in the 14-17 minute range, a slight decrease from his 21 minute regular season average.
8:57 am (EST)
Aaron Altherr Headshot

Altherr went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Altherr is sporting a seven-game hitting streak with eight runs, five extra-base hits, four RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.124 OPS. It's always important to be wary of small sample sizes, but the production is impressive nonetheless. Additionally, he's also started six of the seven games and has batted second in each of the past three.
8:56 am (EST)
Max Scherzer Headshot

Scherzer (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine over eight innings in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Mets.

Staked to a four-run lead before he even took the mound thanks to a Daniel Murphy first-inning grand slam, Scherzer pounded the zone even more than usual, throwing 77 of 110 pitches for strikes. As a result, all three runs scored on homers by Michael Conforto and Neil Walker, but Scherzer buckled down once the Mets crept close and gave up only one baserunner (erased on a double play) over his final five innings. The reigning NY Cy Young Award winner will next take the mound Saturday at home in a rematch with the Mets.
8:45 am (EST)
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown played only one minute during Boston's Game 4 win and was statistically shut out.

That's back-to-back one minute playoff games for the rookie Brown, who averaged 17 minutes per game during the regular season. Coach Brad Stevens clearly doesn't trust Brown versus crafty veterans Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. Instead, Stevens has turned to veteran wing Gerald Green to boost the starting line-up's scoring options. Avoid Brown in all DFS formats Wednesday as the C's return home to face the Bulls for a critical Game 5.
8:44 am (EST)
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