Updates & News
Rudy Gay (illness) and Marcus Thornton will not play Friday for Sacramento.
Ben McLemore will likely get the start at shooting guard and may get a few extra shots with these two players out of the lineup if you were looking for a dark horse discounted option to use in a GPP contest tonight. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Houston on Tuesday.
Good news. Fielder is making contact more regularly than he ever has. Bad news. Fielder is being less patient than he ever has. Good news. Fielder isn’t pounding the ball into the ground as often as he did in a short stint last year. Bad news. Fielder isn’t elevating balls out of the park. The good news is obviously good, but the bad news probably outweighs the good. Fielder needs to hit for power to have lasting value. Analysis: Brett Talley
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Texas on Tuesday.
Valbuena hit a bomb of an upper-deck shot off Wandy Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise coming off a left-hander as Valbuena struggles against left-handers and often sits against them. But it was a good example of Valbuena’s power as he now has seven home runs. His BABIP is an impossibly low .188, yet he’s still been six percent better than league average according to wRC+. When the BABIP turns around, he should have some average to go along with the power. Analysis: Brett Talley