2016 Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Review: Wk.5
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Jake Peavy allowed seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out eight over six innings in Wednesday’s loss against the Reds.

There’s no way around it; Peavy’s been atrocious in 2016. He’s allowed four runs or more in five of his six starts and after Wednesday’s start his ERA sits at 9.00. When a team begins to sense every fifth day is likely going to be a loss, they probably will consider removing the starting pitcher from the rotation. The Giants are likely nearing those crossroads and might consider other options that will actually give the team a chance to win.
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Conor Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with a home run (1), one RBI and one run scored during the Giants 7-4 loss against the Reds on Wednesday.

Gillaspie blasted his first homer of the year on Wednesday as he drew the start at third while Matt Duffy got the day off. Gillaspie began his career in San Francisco and has already hit as many homers this year and he did from 2008-2012 aka the time he spent with the Giants previously. Gillaspie won’t get many chances with Matt Duffy the everyday third basemen.
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Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with a home run (4), one RBI, one run scored and one walk during the Giants 7-4 loss against the Reds on Wednesday.

Earlier this season, the Giants and Belt agreed to a contract extension and Belt has made the Giants’ look like geniuses thus far. He’s tied with Buster Posey for second on the team in home runs and is also second in RBI. He leads the team, however, in getting on base at an outstanding .444 clip. Belt has broken out this year as he’s becoming an elite first base option in fantasy.
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Dan Straily allowed three earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four over 6.1 innings during the Reds 7-3 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s outing was Straily’s longest of the season and he’s been quite impressive in the four starts since entering the rotation. Although he’s only pitched into the sixth inning and beyond twice in those aforementioned four starts, he’s allowed three runs or less in each outing. That said, Straily is having a big problem keeping the ball in the yard which will come back to bite him sooner rather than later. He’s allowed four homers over his last three starts to be exact. Until he begins keeping the ball in the park, he’s not a very reliable fantasy pitcher to own.
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Zack Cozart went 1-for-4 with a home run (3), two RBI and one run scored during the Reds 7-4 victory against the Giants on Wednesday.

After an injury plagued 2015 season, Cozart has begun his 2016 season with a bang. After Wednesday’s outing, Cozart’s average sits at .342. He’s not just hitting for singles, either. He already has eight doubles and two home runs; both have him on pace to surpass his career-high’s that he set in 2012. Cozart is a sneaky good fantasy option right now now that his offense has come around. He’s putting the ball in play, rarely striking out, and good things are happening.
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Adam Duvall went 2-for-3 with a home run (4), one RBI, two runs scored and one walk during the Reds 7-4 win against the Giants on Wednesday.

After a very sluggish start to his 2016 season, the Reds left fielder has picked up the pace over the past two games – including Wednesday – blasting a home run in each outing. Duvall is going to shatter his previous career-high five home run season. He strikes out a boatload and if he can cut them down, he will begin to hit for a better average. He’s not a very reliable fantasy player as of now.
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Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins starting lineup on Wednesday.

Suzuki will sit tonight as the Twins take on Mike Fiers and the Astros. Suzuki has just four hits in his last 19 at-bats and is hitting .196 on the season. John Ryan Murphy will draw the start at catcher and has been even more abysmal than Suzuki as he is hitting just .083 on the season.
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Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a home run (2), one RBI and one run scored during the Reds 7-4 victory against the Giants on Wednesday.

Although Phillips is in a primary run-producing role hitting fourth for the Reds, he only has eight RBI on the season after his solo shot in Wednesday’s contest. Phillips has seemingly become a singles hitter with the occasional pop. 17-of-25 hits in 2016 have been singles. Second base is a weak position in fantasy so Phillips still possesses plenty of value.
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Eugenio Suarez went 3-for-4 with a home run (6), three RBI and one run scored during the Reds 7-4 victory against the Giants on Wednesday.

The Reds asked Suarez to make the move over to third base this season with Zack Cozart returning to full health to start at short and he’s done an excellent job for them. Suarez belted his sixth homer of the year in Wednesday’s game, which is well on the way of shattering his 13 home run career-high. Once the 24-year old begins cutting down on his strikeout total, his average will begin to creep towards, and consistently hover around .300. His two-position eligibility makes him an extremely valuable fantasy asset to own in all formats.
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