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Jeff Samardzija was forced out of the game in the third inning on Sunday after surrendering eight runs on eight hits and two walks against the Brewers on Sunday.
After allowing just 14 earned runs over his first 11 starts, Samardzija coughed up eight runs on Sunday lasting just three innings before getting the boot. He now falls to 1-5 on the year, but is still the proud owner of a 2.54 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 78.0 innings. As long has be can continue to limit his home runs allowed ( 4 HR) and keep his walks down (23 BB), there is no reason to think his hot start will be coming to an end. The Cubs ace will look to get back on track when he takes on the Marlins on Saturday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jose Abreu was 1-for-4 with a home run on Sunday.
What better way to rebound from losing a 17 game hitting streak on Saturday than to hit a home run on the following day. Jose Abreu hit his seventh home run of 2015 but it was the only run that the White Sox could muster. Chicago has scored fewer than three runs in their last seven games and are last in the league averaging 3.7 runs scored. With his home run, fantasy owners have to hope that Abreu heats up with the weather and just had a slow start. His peripheral stats are in line with last year but his home run per fly ball percentage is down ten percent and Abreu is off of his pace as he hit 36 last year. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Jose Quintana pitched six innings giving up seven hits, seven runs (six earned), a walk and struck out five during his loss to Minnesota Sunday.
After allowing a lead-off home run to Brian Dozier, Jose Quintana retired nine Twins in a row with four strikeouts. Then he allowed four runs in the top of the fourth before retiring eight more Twins in a row. Unable to string together the consistent innings needed to win, Quintana joins the White Sox staff who have allowed four or more runs eleven times this year. Five of those are by the Twins. Quintana’s final line was not helped by allowing to batters to reach in the seventh inning then he was replaced by Scott Carroll who gave up Brian Dozier’s second home run of the day. This loss drops Quintana to 2-5 on the season with a 4.67 ERA but his FIP of 3.37 and three to one strikeout to walk ratio suggests better times are ahead. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Francisco Cervelli was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI on Sunday.
Finding a second catcher in deep leagues or league only formats who do not hurt your teams batting average is rare but after 33 games, Francisco Cervelli is hitting .304 for the season. While his 11 runs and 10 RBI temper his overall value, his average does not hurt it so if you are looking for batting average that scores some runs as a second catcher, Cervelli is your guy. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Josh Harrison was 1-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.
After a tough stretch in which Josh Harrison saw his batting average drop to .173, he has raised his average to .261 after the game on Sunday thanks to his eleven game hitting streak. Harrison’s BABIP is thirty points below his career average so more correction could be coming as well. One concern though is that Josh Harrison has been caught stealing three times against two stolen bases on the year. With 21 runs scored, four home runs, fourteen RBI and two steals his stat line is solid but raising his average and being more efficient on the bases will raise his fantasy value going forward. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Starling Marte was 1-for-5 with a three run home run on Sunday against the Mets.
Starling Marte continues to hit for power in the early season hitting his ninth home run on Sunday versus the Mets. His home run drove in three and he is hitting .278 on the season. His home run pushes him within four of his career high and it is May 24th. While he may not keep up his present home run pace, his nine home runs along with seven stolen bases is why fantasy owners moved up to get him in drafts this preseason. Marte has added 22 runs and 30 RBI for good measure. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run, two RBI and two walks on Sunday.
In case you have missed it, Andrew McCutchen is 23 for his last 60 at bats with five home runs over that time. On Sunday, McCutchen homered for his second game in a row and is now slashing .261/.359/.464 for the season and could be primed for a hot streak. With a BABIP of only .268 in 2015 versus his career number of .332 and the fact that McCutchen has slugged over five hundred percent the three years prior, McCutchen is due for correction. And the time may be upon us which is good news for his fantasy owners. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday.
While his glove leaves much to be desired, Wilmer Flores continues to produce with the bat. His two hits and RBI drove in the Mets only run against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates. Flores raised his average to .252 on the season and in 40 games he has 18 runs, six home runs and 16 RBI making him a productive middle infielder for fantasy purposes. Analysis: Greg Jewett