LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers to a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets Sunday as he had a game-high 29 points with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, and four blocks of the 123-120 overtime victory.
Aldridge posted his third double-double of the series on Sunday night after converting 52.2 percent of his shots from the field, which was the third time he shot over the 50 percent mark over the same time frame. Without Aldridge the Blazers would likely either be down in the series or already eliminated, instead they are only one win away from advancing to the next round. If this type of production carries over to next season, there is no reason to think he should not be a first round pick in all fantasy formats. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Eddie Butler will start for the Rockies on Saturday, filling in for Jorge De La Rosa (hand).
Butler has had his struggles here in the month of May and just last week he gave up four runs over just three innings to these same Phillies. What's worse is that these Phillies are one of the worst offensive clubs in the majors right now. Even teammate Chad Bettis had a perfect game working through seven innings against them on Friday. Butler just hasn;t been able to steadily produce. While the numbers may look good for the match-up, he is not recommended at this time. Analysis: Howard Bender
The Jets have re-worked Brandon Marshall's contract, giving him a $1.3M raise for this season.
Marshall's new deal gives him the chance to earn $2.7 million more during the next two years. He was scheduled to earn up to $7.7 million this season in the form of a $7.5 million base salary and a $200,000 workout bonus, but his new deal includes a fully guaranteed base salary of $9 million for 2015, though his workout bonus has been eliminated. Marshall's 2016 base salary compensation rose from $7.9 million to $9.5 million, which is guaranteed for injury only. The Jets gave no reason for the raise, but obviously it's to compensate for the fact that it's going to be a tough season for Marshall having to deal with throws from Geno Smith all year. Perhaps the extra money will keep Marshall from acting out like a petulant child as he's done in the past. Analysis: Howard Bender
Jonathan Broxton is no longer the Brewers setup man.
Manager Craig Counsell believes that his relievers are interchangeable and he doesn;t need to designate anyone in particular as a primary set-up man. Broxton will work with Jeremy Jeffers, Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel as the team's right-handers with no one working designated innings moving forward. It makes predicting holds a little more difficult here. Analysis: Howard Bender
Matt Harvey downplayed 'dead arm' talk after the Mets loss to the Marlins Friday.
While Harvey fanned 11 during Friday's game, he did look reasonably hittable as he allowed four earned runs over eight innings. He's now allowed 11 runs over his last two starts (12 innings) and could be getting a bit fatigued. The Mets have handled his recovery extremely well, but they may have to force him to back off a little right now if they want to extend him through the whole season. The "dead arm" issues cannot be ignored and fantasy owners relying on him to be their ace should definitely be concerned. Analysis: Howard Bender