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Mon May 2701:56Kenley Jansen Knocks Down Ninth SaveKenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Boston Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen shut the door on the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, earning his ninth save in a 2-1 win. Jansen made quick work of the Crew in the ninth inning, setting down all three batters he faced on just 10 pitches while striking out a pair. Although he's had some shaky outings, Jansen is now 9-for-10 in save opportunities and has a solid 3.06 ERA and 1.25 WHIP on the season. The 36-year-old remains a viable fantasy option and should be rostered in any league where saves matter.
Mon May 2701:45Chris Sale Dominates Pirates On SundayChris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale was magnificent once again on Sunday, throwing seven innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sale allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out eight. The veteran lefty improved to 8-1, lowering his ERA to 2.12 and his WHIP to 0.85. Those are Cy Young caliber numbers, and the guy was being drafted outside of the top 100. At this point, it seems that the only thing that can hold him back from being an ace for the rest of the season is an injury.
Mon May 2701:41Logan Webb Continues Solid StretchLogan WebbSPGiantsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Logan Webb threw seven innings of one-run ball against the New York Mets on Sunday, coming away with a hard-luck no-decision in a 4-3 loss. Webb's only run allowed was unearned, and he left with a 3-1 lead that was blown in the ninth inning. He only gave up three hits and one walk while striking out a season-high eight. He has now allowed two or less earned runs in four straight starts while working at least six innings in each of them. This is the workhorse that fantasy managers expected when they drafted him with a top 50 pick.
Mon May 2701:15Ian Happ Hits Pair Of Homers On SundayIan Happ2B/3B/CF/LF/PH/RFCubsFree Agent
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with two big flies in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night. Happ collected all three of the Cubs RBI's on Sunday and almost single-handedly brought them back after they went down 4-0 early. The 29-year-old doubled his season total with his third and fourth homers, which goes to show how poorly his season has gone to this point. The sorely needed long balls don't mean Happ is for sure back, but it is a good sign and should be a reason for fantasy managers who haven't dropped him to hold on for at least another week.
Mon May 2701:09Paul Goldschmidt Smacks Two Homers On Sunday NightPaul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 with two homers on Sunday, leading the Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. Goldy drove in all four of the Cards' runs with his pair of two-run shots. After a miserable start to his season, the veteran has quietly been turning things around recently, improving his average from .190 to .222 and his OPS from .530 to .643 over the past two weeks. After tonight's performance, Goldschmidt should probably be in most starting lineups next week. If he was dropped in any shallow leagues and is still sitting on waivers, be sure to grab him now.
Sun May 2622:35Ronald Acuna Jr. Diagnosed With Full ACL TearRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) has officially been diagnosed with a complete ACL tear in his left knee. He is set to undergo surgery at some point in the future and will miss the remainder of the 2024 season. It is a devastating blow for Acuna, the Braves, and fantasy managers alike as it marks the second time he has torn his ACL in the past four seasons. The 26-year-old was in the midst of an inconsistent season as he was slashing .250/.351/.365 with four home runs, 15 RBI and 16 stolen bases at the time of the injury. Nevertheless, he is still one of the brightest stars in all of baseball. Jarred Kelenic and Adam Duvall figure to see the bulk of the playing time that is now up for grabs.
Source: Atlanta
Sun May 2619:43Tyler Kinley Works Perfect Ninth InningTyler KinleyRPMarlinsFree Agent
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Tyler Kinley was tasked with holding a three-run lead versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The right-hander threw a scoreless final frame to earn his second save of the season. He needed only nine pitches to retire the red-hot Phillies lineup. Kinley holds an ugly 7.59 ERA this season but he has looked much better in May. It's worth noting that Jalen Beeks and Justin Lawrence both pitched on Saturday. That being said, both pitchers were probably unavailable which is why Kinley got the save chance. He might be working his way into more save chances, but this situation is a mess right now.
Sun May 2619:06Craig Kimbrel Tosses Scoreless NinthCraig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel was tasked with holding a three-run lead against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The 35-year-old was temporarily removed from the closer role due to struggles in early May. The veteran right-hander has reclaimed his role and has three saves this week. This game marked the seven straight scoreless appearance for Kimbrel. Fantasy managers can go back to trusting Kimbrel as an everyday option in fantasy lineups.
Sun May 2617:08Ronald Acuna Jr. Says He Is Heading To Injured ListRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) told reporters that he will be heading to the injured list after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The injury did not look great from the start as Acuna fell down in pain after faking an attempt to steal third base. There is still no word on the severity of the injury or a potential timeline to return, but it appears as though the former MVP will be sidelined for at least 10 days, if not longer. More information will surely continue to come out over the next day or two. Adam Duvall figures to be the biggest beneficiary if Acuna remains shelved for an extended period.
Source: Mark
Sun May 2616:24Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Tallies Four Hits On SundayVladimir Guerrero3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored during Sunday's wild 14-11 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The 25-year-old has come alive in recent weeks after a quiet start to the season as he is batting .439 with a 9:8 BB:K over his past 15 games. Overall, Guerrero Jr. is slashing .302/.393/.427 with five home runs, 25 RBI, 24 runs scored and one stolen base across 52 games. An uptick in the power department would be nice for fantasy managers but at least the hits are starting to fall with frequency.
Sun May 2616:17Jose Abreu Re-Joining Astros On MondayJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxFree Agent
Houston Astros first baseman Jose Abreu will return to the team on Monday to kick off their series against the Seattle Mariners. Abreu had most recently been with Triple-A Sugar Land after the Astros optioned him to the minors due to his early-season struggles. The veteran slugger had produced a dismal .099/.156/.113 slash line with no home runs, three RBI and a 3:18 BB:K through 22 games in 2024. While he had some production in the Florida Complex League immediately after his demotion, he actually went hitless across his seven at-bats in Triple-A. Even with Abreu returning, there is no guarantee he gets regular playing time over Jon Singleton. The former MVP is best left on the waiver wire at this point.
Source: Matt
Sun May 2616:09Martin Perez Leaves Sunday's Start With Groin InjuryMartín PérezSPRangersFree Agent
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Martin Perez (groin) left Sunday's start against the Atlanta Braves after three innings due to a groin injury. He surrendered one run on four hits while giving up two walks and striking out two. The veteran left-hander is undergoing further testing as the extent of the injury is not known at this point. It is unclear whether he will be able to make his next scheduled start on June 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Perez has compiled a 4.71 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 46:19 K:BB across 11 starts this season and is nothing more than a streaming option when healthy.
Source: Pittsburgh
Sun May 2615:59Jorge Polanco Exits Early On SundayJorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Seattle Mariners second baseman Jorge Polanco left Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals with right hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Josh Rojas who entered the game at third base while Dylan Moore shifted to second. It is a worrying injury for the 30-year-old as he had just missed time with an injury on the same hamstring. He has also dealt with similar ailments over the course of his career. Polanco has struggled at the plate this season with an underwhelming .195/.293/.302 slash line. He has also produced five home runs, 14 RBI, 15 runs scored and a stolen base through 46 games. Polanco is tough to justify rostering in the majority of formats with his injury frequency and limited production.
Source: Mariners
Sun May 2614:59Ronald Acuna Jr. Leaves Sunday’s Game With Left Knee SorenessRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) left Sunday's game in the first inning with left knee soreness, which was confirmed by the Atlanta Braves. Acuna attempted to steal third base but had to make a hard pivot back to second base. As a result he fell down in pain in the infield. He was able to walk to the dugout on his power but had to take several pauses. Fantasy managers will have to wait until Sunday night when the team returns to Atlanta to undergo any further testing. Acuna was named the 2023 NL MVP in unanimous fashion as he posted a .337/.416/.596 line with 41 home runs and 73 stolen bases. If the 26-year-old were to miss any extended time, Adam Duvall should be the favorite to see the majority of starts in right field.
Source: Atlanta
Sun May 2614:26Brad Keller Signs With BostonBrad KellerRP/SPRoyalsFree Agent
Free Agent starting pitcher Brad Keller was signed by the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, May 26. Zack Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Worcester in the corresponding move. Keller opened the season with the Chicago White Sox primarily in a long relief role but did make two starts. Through his two starts, he posted a hefty 8.32 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. As a reliever, he looked much better as he tossed eight innings to the tune of a 1.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. The 28-year-old should be expected to be in a similar role in Boston, as the Red Sox rotation currently has five designated starters. Keller could be worth adding if he makes spot starts during the summer in AL-only formats in the right matchup but should usually be left on all waiver wires as his projected role will not provide him much fantasy value.
Source: Pete
Sun May 2614:13Ronald Acuna Jr. Leaves Sunday’s Game Early With Apparent Knee InjuryRonald AcuñaCF/LFBravesFree Agent
Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) left Sunday's game early, suffering an apparent non-contact injury on his left knee. Acuna knocked a leadoff double and attempted to swipe third but had to take a hard pivot back to second base. Due to this, he went down in the infield in clear pain and even pointed toward his left knee. He was able to walk off the field on his power but had to pause several times before reaching the dugout. Acuna won the NL MVP Award last season with an incredible 41 long balls and 73 stolen bases. He has been off to a slow start this season with just four home runs and a .246 AVG. Currently, there is not any information on the severity of the injury, but if Acuna were to miss time, Adam Duvall would see the majority of starts in right field.
Source: Fox
Sun May 2613:50Blake Snell Reinstated From Paternity List, Starting MondayBlake SnellSPRaysFree Agent
San Francisco Giants starter Blake Snell (personal) was reinstated from the paternity list on Sunday afternoon. The 31-year-old is reportedly still awaiting the birth of his baby but will return to the team to start Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. It is possible that he goes back on the paternity list after the game. Snell has endured a rocky start to his first season with the Giants as he's posted an 0-3 record to go along with a bloated 11.40 ERA, 2.07 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB through four starts. It is tough to trust last year's Cy Young winner right now, especially against a powerful Phillies offense.
Source: Alex
Sun May 2613:15Byron Buxton Absent From Sunday's LineupByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. It appears to be a regular rest day for the 30-year-old as he has started each of the last five games. Willi Castro will take over duties in center field and bat second against Rangers right-hander Gerson Garabito. Castro is a budget DFS option for Sunday's slate as he is slashing .261/.393/.435 with one home run, two RBI and a stolen base over his last seven games.
Sun May 2613:10LaMonte Wade Jr. Remains Out On SundayLaMonte WadeCFTwinsFree Agent
San Francisco Giants outfielder/first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. (hamstring) remains out of the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Mets. Wade Jr. tweaked his hamstring during Friday's game and did not suit up on Saturday. The 30-year-old has been quite productive at the plate so far in 2024 and should be back sooner rather than later. In his absence, Wilmer Flores will start at first base and bat fifth. Flores is slashing a paltry .189/.228/.283 over his last 15 games, but he is 8-for-23 (.348 BA) with two doubles against Mets starter Sean Manaea in his career.
Sun May 2612:30Garrett Cooper Back In Action SundayGarrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Boston Red Sox first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Cooper (shoulder) is back in the starting lineup on Sunday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and pitcher Tobias Myers, serving as the designated hitter and batting third in the order. This will be the first time that Cooper has been in Boston's starting lineup in a week due to a shoulder injury. The 33-year-old right-handed-hitting veteran has played in only 16 games for the Red Sox this year after beginning the season with the Chicago Cubs. In his 16 games in Beantown, he's struggled by going 9-for-44 (.205) with no home runs, four RBI and 13 strikeouts in 48 plate appearances. Cooper is in a prime lineup spot in his return on Sunday, but fantasy managers can't realistic feel good about putting him into their lineups right now.
Source: The Boston Globe - Pete