Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the Mets on Saturday.
Stanton has now blasted three home runs over his last 10 games as his hot start to the 2014 season continues. He is sporting a lofty 13.9 AB/HR in the early going, which would put him on pace to reach the 40 home runs handily if he was to keep up that incredible pace. Even if he slows down a bit as the season progresses, his power stroke is the real deal and will continue to be a force to be reckon with in the middle of the Marlins lineup and fantasy lineups alike. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter