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Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a home run and four RBI on Wednesday night vs Detroit.

It’s good to see Melky finally get on the board this season, as his power drought rarely lasts this far into the second month of the season. At this point in the veteran’s career, it is fair to assume what we are going to get out of him in terms of offensive production. Even with the rather slow start, I would bank on numbers in the ball park of a .300 average, 15 home runs, and 65 RBI when the season is all said and done. Hang onto the player unless he gets suspended for PED’s again.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-3 with a home run on Wednesday night vs Detroit.

Gillaspie hit his first round tripper of the season on Wednesday night, and it tough to tell what to make of it. I wouldn’t bank on a sudden power surge from the third baseman, so stay away from Gillaspie unless he finds a way to raise his average and start driving in more runs.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Wednesday night vs the White Sox.

V-Mart finally registered his first home run of the season on Wednesday night, as it is becoming abundantly clear that he will likely fall well short of his 2014 total of 32 jacks. Besides for the power outage so far this season, Martinez has looked like an inferior hitter than ever before. His average sits at a mere .217, while his on base and slugging are .320 and .265 respectively. Currently, Martinez appears to be a far cry from last year’s player who was an All-Star and legitimate MVP candidate. Expect the veteran to get back on track quickly.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

David Robertson recorded his fifth save of the season on Wednesday night vs Detroit.

Houdini always makes it entertaining, as Robertson allowed two baserunners before maneuvering out of the ninth for his fifth save of the season. Impressively enough, his ERA still sits at a perfect 0.00, so once Chicago rights the ship and starts winning some ball games, expect Robertson to finish as one of the better closers in baseball.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chris Sale gave up five runs, on seven hits, and five walks, while striking out six, across 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night in no decision.

Sale got knocked around pretty good on Wednesday night, but luckily his offense picked him up with some clutch, timely hitting to help him avoid registering his second loss of the season. It is rather shocking to see how far Sale has fallen from grace, as typically, the slingshot hurling lefty has been a Cy Young contender year in and year out. His 5.93 ERA is jarring, but considering Sale’s immense talent, expect him to be pitching in the low 3’s once the season is all said and done.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Joba Chamberlain gave up four runs in the eighth inning on Wednesday night vs the White Sox.

Chamberlain blew his first save of the season on Wednesday night, as he allowed four runs in the eighth, including the would-be go-ahead run. It would be fair to say that Joba has been less than adequate so far this season, as his ERA now sits at an inflated 6.75. Besides for his struggles, the fact that Chamberlain is merely a setup guy with few save opportunities renders his fantasy value minimal.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Alfredo Simon pitched five innings, gave up three runs, five hits, and four walks in a no decision on Wednesday night vs the White Sox.

Simon has gotten off to a pretty solid start this season, as he sports a 4-1 record and a 3.45 ERA. The term solid is used here, because he is still a couple of notches below “must start” or “must own”. Ideally, Simon would find a way to better budget his stamina and pitches, as so far this season, he has struggled to reach the deeper innings. In any event, you could do much worse than Simon in the starting pitching department.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Kendrys Morales went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run on Wednesday night.

Morales has been one of the better free agent finds this season in both fantasy baseball and in reality for the Royals. His numbers won’t blow you away, but a .306 average, four home runs, and 23 RBI are exactly what Kansas City and many fantasy owners need in the middle of their order. Don’t be surprised if his average tapers off a bit as the season goes on, but the power numbers spike considering his potential as a slugger, effectively evening out his overall production. Consider Morales a solid option going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three RBI on Wednesday night.

Moss clubbed his fifth home run of the season on Wednesday night, as his ninth inning solo blast put a nice bow on his otherwise still impressive game. Take this performance for what it is however; as Moss’ numbers indicate that Wednesday night might just be an isolated occurrence rather than a sign of the arrival an elite hitting first baseman. Check his matchups going forward because if nothing else, Moss could prove to be a nice low budget daily league option.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Danny Duffy threw 45 pitches, gave up four runs, and allowed six hits in the first inning on Wednesday night, as he didn't manage to pitch any further in a loss to the Indians.

Duffy couldn’t make it out of the first inning on Wednesday night, as he threw an astounding 45 pitches, gave up four runs, and allowed six hits throughout the single inning. This start is a bit deflating, especially considering that Duffy was coming off a gem on April 30th. His ERA currently sits at 4.55, which is nothing to write home about, so until he can prove some consistency, don’t rely upon Duffy unless you are absolutely strapped for a spot start.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Carlos Carrasco went seven innings, gave up five hits, and three earned runs, while striking out six, in a victory over the Royals on Wednesday night.

Carrasco finally notched himself a quality start this year, even though his victory on Wednesday night was already his fourth of the young season. His ERA sits at a rather inflated 4.71, so he isn’t exactly a guy that you would want to enlist as a starter on your fantasy rotation. His quality start on Wednesday night was encouraging, but something tells me that Carrasco’s artificially high win total will begin to taper off as the season goes on. Stay away from him unless he begins to string together some more quality starts.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Chris Paul will work out on the court Thursday according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

Paul could still miss Game 3 in Los Angeles, but at the very least he appears to be making progress. If Paul cannot play, Austin Rivers will see heavy minutes yet again. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Scooter Gennett went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

Finally Gennett broke through, as his home run on Wednesday night was his first of the season, and arguably his only important hit of the season. Right now the numbers just aren’t there for the young second baseman, so unless he turns things around, consider Gennett unstartable.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs, and two RBI, on Wednesday night vs the Dodgers.

On Wednesday night, Lind connected with a hanging breaking ball in the first inning off Dodgers starter Joe Wieland for his fifth home run of the season. Quietly, Lind has become one of the more serviceable fantasy options at first base, as his slash line sits at an impressive .323/.396/.591, while his five home runs and 15 RBI are just enough power to render him an imposing bat in the middle of the Brewers order. It is tough to tell how long he will be able to maintain this type of production, but the promising sign is that once upon a time, Lind was a legitimate threat in the batters box while playing in Toronto, so he might just be returning to form.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Adrian González went 3-for-4 with a double in loss on Wednesday night vs Milwaukee.

A-Gon swatted himself another three hits on Wednesday night, raising his average to a very impressive .376 on the season. His overall stat line so far on the year makes him an early front-runner for the NL MVP, so anyone who drafted him got very solid value in the top half of their fantasy drafts. Expect the hits to just keep on coming for the veteran first baseman.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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