UPDATES & NEWS
Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Orioles on Tuesday.
Tough night for the Angels as Trout was one of just two players to get a hit Tuesday against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez. Of course, Trout made his felt even more with a two-run blast, his 24th of the season, which ultimately sent Gonzalez to the showers. Just Trout being Trout, right people? Batting a cool .309 with 24 dingers, 76 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Could the stolen base total be higher? Sure. But complaining about Trout's numbers just makes you sound like jerk, not a savvy fantasy owner.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Rockies designated RHP Jorge Rondon for assignment.
This shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone, as Rondon has racked up an ERA of 90.00 in his two appearances for the Rockies, including surrendering five hits, two walks, and eight runs (seven of them earned) without recording a single out in his last outing on May first. Relief pitcher Ken Roberts has been called up to take his place in the bullpen. Analysis: Brad Costilo
RB Duke Johnson will be used separately from RBs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, according to head coach Mike Pettine.
The Browns were able to trade away the disappointing Trent Richardson last season (somehow convincing the Colts to part with a first round pick for him), and ended up cutting their "star" running back free agent acquisition Ben Tate, and spent the bulk of the season utilizing their two-headed rookie running back tandem of Crowell and West. The rookie backs combined to rush for 1280 yards and 12 touchdowns on 319 carries (which is solid production, mind you), but neither one was able to establish himself as an every down/primary back. The Browns decision to draft Miami running back Duke Johnson, who rushed for 1652 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, is another attempt to find a true primary back that will allow them to have some consistency in the backfield. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Kyle Blanks went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored against the A’s on Saturday.
Blanks is making the most of his first opportunity with the Rangers (was called up when Mitch Moreland was placed on the DL three days ago), hitting .417 with two home runs and four RBIs in three games. While there's never been a questions as to whether or not Blanks has power (he does), there have been plenty of questions as to whether or not Blanks will ever be able to put it all together at the major league level (Blanks hit .304 with 102 home runs in 603 minor league games since 2005, he's hit .237 with 32 home runs in 263 major league games since 2009). All signs point to this hot start being nothing more than a fluke that will probably end very soon, so you shouldn't invest too highly in his recent production. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored during the Rangers’ 8-7 win over the A’s on Saturday.
After averaging about .285/20/20/80 over his last six seasons (factoring in full, healthy seasons) Choo was one of the most disappointing free-agent signings in all of 2014 (which is really saying something if you dig into that free agent group), hitting 43 points lower than he did the year before, with his home run production dropped by 40% and his stolen base production dropped by a staggering 85%. Even with last night's solid outing, Choo continues to be one of the most surprisingly disappointing players in all of fantasy, hitting only .131 with two home runs and no stolen bases (hasn't even attempted a steal) through 18 games this year. At this point Choo is a player who can be dropped in most formats (although his prior production seems to be making him too hard to cut loose, as he is still owned in more than 50% of fantasy leagues), unless you are in a league with an unusually deep bench, in which case you can afford to hold on to the struggling Ranger for a little while longer. Analysis: Brad Costilo
Nick Martinez allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts over six innings against the A’s on Saturday.
The only thing keeping the 24-year-old Nick Martinez from being among fantasy baseball's elite pitchers through five starts this year, is his lack of strikeouts (it's actually really bad, with only 13 in 32 innings pitched). Otherwise, Martinez has been fantastic, going 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA (up from 0.35 after allowing two earned runs last night) and a 1.13 WHIP in 32 innings pitched. While it's unlikely that Martinez is going to become a fantasy ace with solid strikeout numbers anytime soon, there is a very real chance that he begins to produce at a more "acceptable" level, as he did strikeout 302 batters in 337 minor league innings from 2011 - 2014. Analysis: Brad Costilo