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Jimmy Butler struggled from the field making just 1-of-11 shots, including 0-for-4 from the land of threes, for just five points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 38 minutes of the win over the Kings.
Butler had many daily league owners saying a few choice words as he was a bust for them Saturday night. He is shooting just 33.3% from the field and 37.5% from 3-point land over his last five games.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Justin Upton was 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, home run and 6 RBI against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Snapping a four game losing streak in grand fashion, Justin Upton hit a double and home run to drive in six of the eleven runs by the Padres in Los Angeles. This continues his strong season in which Justin Upton has 12 home runs and nine stolen bases with shades of 2011 dancing in his fantasy owners heads. In that season Upton had 31 home runs and 21 stolen bases. This year he is on pace for a similar stat line which would make Justin a rich man as he nears free agency. After today’s game, Upton has driven in 35 runs and is hitting .284/.343/.562 for San Diego. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Will Venable was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and a walk on Sunday.
Used sparingly early in the season, Will Venable has seen more playing time with Wil Myers on the disabled list and not able to swing a bat yet. It was only two seasons ago that Venable was a 20 home run and stolen base player. While that is his career year, he is a viable source of runs and occasional power in a platoon in center field while Wil Myers is out for the Padres. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Will Middlebrooks finished 2-for-5 with a run, home run and RBI on Sunday.
Will Middlebrooks had a nice start to the season but has been displaced by Corey Spangenberg along with Yangervis Solarte. But MIddlebrooks made the most of his start on Sunday hitting his fifth home run pushing his RBI total to 14 on the season. But his inability to make consistent contact limits his power upside and makes him a potential roster casualty with Yonder Alonso on the rehab trail. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Alex Guerrero was 1-for-4 with a two run home run on Sunday against San Diego.
If you had placed any bets that Cuban imports Alex Guerrero and Jose Abreu would both have seven home runs on May 24th you would be a rich person. Even though they have no connection or anywhere near the same playing time, as it stands they have the same amount of home runs. Guerrero tries to force his way into the lineup but his defense and lack of a position limits his playing time with the Dodgers. Guerrero is hitting an even three hundred with seven home runs and 18 RBI as a part time player but has gained third base and outfield eligibility in ten game leagues. Guerrero’s upside is tempered by his playing time concerns. Analysis: Greg Jewett
James Shields pitched seven innings allowing five hits, three earned runs, one walk and struck out seven for his sixth win this year.
All of James Shields trends continued during his sixth win versus the Dodgers on Sunday. He pitched seven innings with seven strikeouts but allowed a home run to Alex Guerrero to account for two of the three runs to score against him. This year Shields has seen his strikeouts per nine spike to a career high 11.8 along with his swinging strike percentage at 14 which is a career high as well. But he has already allowed fifteen home runs this year and even though his ERA is 3.75, his FIP of 4.59 and xFIP of 2.78 are two extremes. Just like Shields this year. Cash in the six wins but be aware of his propensity to the long ball in smaller venues. Analysis: Greg Jewett