Jason Grilli Headshot

Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on Jason Grilli.

Added 11/04/16 7:50 pm (EST)   Source
Grilli will turn 40 years of age next week, but he has proven himself to still be an effective, late-inning reliever. After being dealt from Atlanta to Toronto in the middle of this past regular season, Grilli posted a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 58-to-19 K/BB ratio across 42.0 innings.
Johnny Cueto Headshot

Cueto gave up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a walk-off win over the Dodgers.

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Despite Wednesday's game taking place in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park, the Dodgers -- who hit righties significantly better than lefties -- presented a tough matchup for the veteran. The 31-year-old was looking sharp through five innings, but Corey Seager led a three-run rally in the sixth that ended the righty's night. While he earned a quality start, Cueto's April has been anything but quality, finishing with a 5.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in five games. His velocity is on par with his marks during last year's All-Star campaign, but his 1.80 HR/9 is the glaring outlier, likely due to a career-high 18.8 HR/FB ratio. Cueto has posted HR/FB ratios below 10 percent over his previous two seasons, so his current mark should regress to the mean, which should reveal the Cueto we are used to seeing as the season progresses.
Daniel Murphy Headshot

Murphy went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.

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The Nats have been enjoying themselves at Coors Field, but Murphy's been feasting in general, as evidenced by his .330 average, four homers and 22 RBI -- 12 of which he's accumulated in the last four games. Last season was no outlier; he's this good.
Ryan Zimmerman Headshot

Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Isn't playing in Coors Field grand? The veteran first baseman's clearly enjoying it, as this was his second homer in the first three games of this series, and he now has five in his last eight contests overall -- a span in which Zimmerman has racked up a spectacular 14 RBI. Yep, he's suddenly killing it in his age-32 season after hitting just .218 last year. Considering his proclivity for injury and disappointing production in recent years, it's wise to sell high on Zimmerman now, before he runs out of pixie dust.
Clayton Kershaw Headshot

Kershaw said he's not concerned about his bruised right calf, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Added 1:10 am (EST)
Kershaw had it wrapped to reduce swelling, but he was still able to do his usual outfield running the day after his start against the Giants -- a seven-inning effort of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He should be considered day-to-day for now, though it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. Unless something goes wrong this week, it appears Kershaw should be in line to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies.
Trea Turner Headshot

Turner went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and three runs in Colorado on Wednesday.

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He's been killing it in this series at Coors, as Turner's now 8-for-15 with three doubles, a triple, two homers, nine RBI and eight runs in three games. Great news: The Nats draw one more game at Coors on Thursday for Turner to keep padding his stats.
Bryce Harper Headshot

Harper went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run in Colorado on Wednesday.

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He's been an on-base machine in the mold of Barry Bonds early on here, as Harper's now hitting .432 with a .548 OBP (not to mention that .824 slugging percentage). All in all, it looks like he's poised to replicate or maybe even improve upon that ridiculous 2015 campaign he put up before last year's disappointing performance.
Tanner Roark Headshot

Roark (3-0) held the Rockies to two runs on five hits and four walks over five innings at Coors Field in Wednesday's win. He struck out four.

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It's not the most impressive stat line, but Roark did well to work around most of the Rockies' best hitters and get key outs, which is awfully hard to do in Colorado. Roark has given up either two or three earned runs in all five of his starts thus far, and there's value to that consistency even if he typically falls short of dominance.
Tyler Chatwood Headshot

Chatwood (2-3) gave up five runs on eight hits (three homers) in five innings against Washington on Wednesday. He struck out four and walked three.

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Chatwood has now surrendered four-plus runs in four of his five starts, including allowing a whopping eight homers; the fifth start was a complete-game shutout, just to keep you confused. While the righty turned in a surprisingly effective campaign last year with 12 wins and a 3.87 ERA, there was a lot of good luck in those stats that he hasn't been able to maintain despite a velocity increase this time around. As always, it's hard to own Rockies starters.
Nelson Cruz Headshot

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Wednesday's win over Detroit.

Added 12:54 am (EST)
That's now three straight games with a homer for Cruz, who has 10 RBI in that span. He also has a seven-game hitting streak going, and Wednesday's performance actually lowered his batting average during that span to .522. Father Time clearly has not come for the 36-year-old Cruz quite yet.
Guillermo Heredia Headshot

Heredia went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer against the Tigers on Wednesday.

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Five straight games in the lineup have seen Heredia produce seven hits over 21 at-bats, and he has a 2:3 BB:K in that span too. Heredia's track record in the minors is that of a contact hitter, and he's done little to dispel that notion so far this season. Don't look to him for much power or speed, but Heredia could help AL-only teams in batting average.
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