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Andrew McCutchen (rib) is in the Pirates starting lineup on Wednesday.

McCutchen re-aggravated his rib injury when he went crashing into the wall in the third inning of Tuesday's game. He is apparently fine for Wednesday as he returns to try and improve upon his three home runs in his last five days stretch he's in.ANALYST: Howard Bender

C.J. Cron was 4-for-4 with a double against Texas on Sunday.

The four hits push Cron’s average up to .275 from .213, which is a good reminder of how quickly things can change this early in the year. Because of where Cron is hitting in the lineup, he’s not racking much up in the counting categories, and he’ll need to hit for power to really have value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mike Trout went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and two walks against Texas on Sunday.

About the only area in which Trout has underperformed (slightly) is power, and his fourth home of the year on Sunday pushes his ISO to .227. He’s striking out less than 20 percent of the time after a 26.1 percent strikeout rate last year. Analysis: Brett Talley

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-5 with two RBI against the Angels on Sunday.

Moreland is off to a good start, but it’s primarily being driven by good fortune on balls in play. He’s striking out less and walking more than he has in the past, which is obviously good, but he needs to hit for a bit more power to really have value. Analysis: Brett Talley

Leonys Martin went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and a steal against the Angels on Sunday.

Martin was also caught stealing, but that’s his fifth steal of the season and he’s on his way to 25-30 steals again. This was just the fourth extra base hit of the season for Martin, and his average is a bit low, but stick with him as long as he holds on to the leadoff spot. Analysis: Brett Talley

Nick Martinez pitched six scoreless innings allowing seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts against the Angels on Sunday.

Martinez has allowed just one earned run in 26 innings, good for a 0.35 ERA. But his xFIP is an astounding 4.84. That’s one of the more insane ERA-xFIP gaps you’ll ever see. He has just 11 strikeouts along with eight walks. The collapse cometh and that right soon (h/t Shawshank Warden Norton). Analysis: Brett Talley

Hector Santiago allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings against Texas on Sunday.

Walks have always been Santiago’s biggest issue, and he now has 12 walks so far this year. If he can keep the free passes somewhat in check, he’s decent in terms of run prevention thanks to a good home park for his fly ball tendencies. But any time you use him you run the risk of him putting too many men on base or giving up a few home runs. He’ll start again next Saturday in another ballpark that fits his style in San Francisco. Analysis: Brett Talley

Update: Richard Jefferson (calf) will play on Sunday

Good news for the Mavs, who will be getting back one of their solid veteran role players. Jefferson might have a place on the Mavs roster, but not on any fantasy ones.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Brett Lawrie went 1-for-3 with a run and three RBI against Houston on Sunday.

After sitting out on Saturday as a precautionary move because of an injury sustained on Friday, Lawrie was back in the lineup on Sunday. He added another strikeout to the ledger and now has 25 strikeouts to just two walks. That’s pushed his batting average down to .219 despite a .313 BABIP. Analysis: Brett Talley

Ike Davis went 1-for-3 with a double, two runs and a walk against Houston on Sunday.

Davis is hitting .345 so far, but that’s a product of good fortune on balls in play. For Davis to maintain value, he’ll have to start hitting for a bit more power as he has just one home run so far. Analysis: Brett Talley

Jake Marisnick went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, two RBI, three runs and two steals against Oakland on Sunday.

That’s quite the line from Marisnick who now has two home runs, six steals and a .364 average. Perhaps most importantly, Marisnick’s strikeout rate is below 20 percent after being 28.3 percent last year. Marisnick could be headed for a 10/20 season, though his batting will fall along with his .389 BABIP. But he can mitigate that if he can keep the strikeouts off. Analysis: Brett Talley

Evan Gattis went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI against Oakland on Sunday.

The double was a two-run, go ahead double as the Astros trailed by one in the ninth. Gattis is off to a very rough start, partly because he’s striking out way too much, but also because he’s had some bad luck on balls in play. With his catcher eligibility, he’ll continue to be worth rostering given the shallow nature of that position.  Analysis: Brett Talley

Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals against Oakland on Sunday.

Those are Altuve’s sixth and seventh steals of the season, and he’s hitting .321 along with two home runs. The little engine that could is off to a very nice start in trying to follow up a spectacular 2014. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luke Gregerson recorded his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth against Oakland on Sunday.

Gregerson bounced back nicely from a blown save on Friday with a clean inning on Sunday. His job is safe if he doesn’t struggle again soon. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tyler Clippard blew his first save of the season allowing two runs, two hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings against Houston on Sunday.

It’s a small sample size, but Clippard hasn’t been great so far. He has seven strikeouts and six walks in 8 1/3 innings. He’s probably safe until Sean Doolittle retunrs because Oakland doesn’t have other great options, but Doolittle is now throwing short bullpen sessions. If you own Clippard and don’t also own Doolittle, Doolittle needs to be added if available. Analysis: Brett Talley

Drew Pomeranz allowed five runs (three earned) and six hits with three walks and four strikeouts against Houston on Sunday.

This wasn’t a great start and Pomeranz has a 4.50 ERA, but he’s actually been decent. He has a 21:5 K:BB ratio and a 3.39 xFIP. But his swinging strike rate and first pitch strike rate imply that his strikeout and walk rates may regress. Keep an eye on him, but his next start on Saturday in Texas may not be the best time to use him. Analysis: Brett Talley

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