Freddie Freeman returned to the Braves' lineup on Wednesday afternoon with the confidence that his latest left thumb ailment is not nearly as serious as last year.
Freeman should still be drafted with the utmost confidence this season though expecting another nearly .320 batting average from him might be expecting too much.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
Alfredo Simon allowed four earned runs on four hits with five walks while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday against the Athletics.
Simon was cruising through this one until the seventh inning. He allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch before Angel Nesbitt took over, only to watch him serve up a grand slam to Ben Zobrist. Those runs were all charged to Simon, negating him of earning a quality start and a win. Simon has been stellar here in the early going of the season, but we saw this in 2014. Before the All-Star break last season, Simon was 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA. However, after the break was a different story. He went on to go 3-7 with a 4.52 ERA after the festivities. If you own Simon, he could be a great sell high candidate, seeing that his track record doesn’t typically equate to much success in the latter parts of the year. His next start will come on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. Analysis: Colby Conway