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Sam Dyson Headshot

Dyson didn't record an out in Wednesday's appearance against Boston, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch.

Two of the walks were intentional, but there's no sugarcoating this outing, which saw Dyson and starter Martin Perez combine for a seven-run inning. A surprisingly valuable closer last year, Dyson has lost his ninth-inning role and is well into the process of pitching himself right out of the major leagues. His 14.1 innings this season have resulted in an 11.93 ERA and 2.65 WHIP -- numbers that make him extraordinarily hard to own in fantasy.
4:49 am (EST)
Martín Pérez Headshot

Perez tossed 6.1 innings in Boston on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

He had a 3-1 lead up until the seventh inning, when Perez and reliever Sam Dyson combined for a seven-run implosion. Perez would have a much shinier line if he'd been pulled after six frames, but so it goes. He's been surprisingly effective this year, posting a 3.77 ERA, but that statistic doesn't get along at all with Perez's 1.53 WHIP. An improvement in BABIP luck should help a bit, but Perez still walks too many hitters and doesn't strike enough out.
4:45 am (EST)
Chris Sale Headshot

Sale (5-2) gave up four runs (three earned) over 7.1 innings in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six.

Sale's offense had lain dormant for much of the game, but it awoke with a seven-run seventh inning that allowed him to leave a winner. His first season in Boston has been incredible so far -- this game broke a string of eight consecutive double-digit-strikeout efforts that stretched all the way back to April 10. Sale is the MLB leader in strikeouts by an enormous margin, as he has 101; the second-ranked Zack Greinke has just 78.
4:38 am (EST)
Carlos González Headshot

Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's road win over the Phillies.

It's been a slow start to the season for the veteran slugger, but keep in mind that he's only had 65 at-bats in the friendly confines of Coors Field; his numbers are bound to improve with more action in Colorado, where the Rockies will return Friday for a series against St. Louis. CarGo has also been hot lately, as his past 13 games have seen him put up a .392/.458/.608 batting line with a pair of homers, nine RBI and 11 runs. Most of that production has come on the road.
4:31 am (EST)
Jeremy Hellickson Headshot

Hellickson (5-2) gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks over just five innings in Wednesday's home loss to Colorado. He struck out just two.

This game wasn't played in Coors Field, but you wouldn't know it from Hellickson's end of the box score. Still, games like this have been the exception rather than the rule for him, as the righty's generally avoided big blow-ups. However, he hasn't been offering a whole lot of length or impressive stuff -- Hellickson has only finished six innings four times in 10 starts, and he has a putrid total of 22 strikeouts in 54.2 innings. That adds up to a 3.6 K/9, which is half of his whiff rate from the last four seasons.
4:25 am (EST)
Tyler Chatwood Headshot

Chatwood (4-6) gave up just a single hit and four walks over seven scoreless innings in Philadelphia on Wednesday. He struck out eight.

It's been a funny year for Chatwood, as he's turned in a few gems to go with a bunch of duds on the mound. This was his fourth start of at least seven innings with one or zero runs allowed, but he's also had six outings of four-plus runs. That volatility is owed in large part to Coors Field, and it makes him a tough guy to own in fantasy; however, you can get some mileage out of him if you only use him on the road.
4:20 am (EST)
Yangervis Solarte Headshot

Solarte went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI against the Mets on Wednesday.

He's put together a pair of two-hit games in a row since sitting out Sunday; that may not seem like much, but Solarte's last two-hit game before this came way back on April 29. It's been a scuffle for the fourth-year vet, but his impressive 16:19 BB:K and deflated BABIP suggest that better results could be in his future.
4:15 am (EST)
Wilmer Flores Headshot

Flores went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBI and a run against the Padres on Wednesday.

He's gone exactly 2-for-4 in three consecutive games and is 12-for-26 (.462) with a homer and three doubles over the last eight contests. That stretch has lifted his average to .307, fully 40 points north of last season's .267 mark, but there's reason to think that might not be sustainable. Flores' BABIP is up, but his line-drive rate is down and he's hitting the ball in the air a lot -- not a promising combination. Still, he has the stick to provide fantasy value in deeper formats.
4:10 am (EST)
Robert Gsellman Headshot

Gselllman allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings in a no-decision against San Diego on Wednesday. He whiffed three.

He was in line to win, but stop us if you've heard this one before: The Mets' bullpen blew it. Gsellman's time as a reliever lasted just two appearances, but the team's hard up for starters right now, so he's likely to hold down a rotation spot at least until Steven Matz and Seth Lugo come back to offer reinforcements.
4:05 am (EST)
Brandon McCarthy Headshot

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed McCarthy is scheduled to start Saturday against the Cubs, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

With the Dodgers looking to possibly shift Hyun-Jin Ryu to the bullpen, McCarthy is now set to take his next turn in the rotation sooner than expected. The 33-year-old, who owns a 3.08 ERA and 1.18 WHIP through 40.2 innings (seven starts) this season, will face off against John Lackey and the Cubs.
1:31 am (EST)
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