Franchy Cordero accounts for only offense
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:42 PM
Franchy Cordero finished Saturday's game with a single, a double and a walk with two RBI across three at-bats.
Analysis: Cordero accounted for the team's only offense in the 6-2 loss. The left-handed hitting outfielder has given the team a nice injection of offense, posting seven RBI across his past 10 contests since returning from the 10-day disabled list. His strained left abductor strain is in the rear-view mirror and he is a decent NL-only fantasy option for his power, although his average is rather marginal.
Clayton Richard so-so in road setback
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:38 PM
Clayton Richard allowed three earned runs, five hits and three walks with six strikeouts over five innings in a loss at Arizona on Saturday.
Analysis: After turning in a quality start on March 29 in his first outing of the season he has allowed three or more runs while posting just five innings in each of his past four assignments. Walks have done him in and kept him from going deeper into the game, as he has yielded exactly three free passes in each of the past four outings. He'll look to get on track on Friday against the visiting Mets.
Reddick rocks grand slam on two-homer night
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:28 PM
Josh Reddick went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a grand slam to total five RBI in Saturday's 10-1 win over the White Sox.
Analysis: The Astros put up four runs on Lucas Giolito in the first inning via a single, a sacrifice fly and a two-run double. Reddick got four in all on his own just one frame later, slamming Giolito with the bases juiced to push his team out to an early 8-0 advantage. He would have one more loud moment before the end of the game, crunching a solo home run in the fourth inning. With this stellar showing in the books, Reddick is now working to a strong .267/.380/.583 triple-slash with six home runs and 15 RBI across 18 games played. He's gone yard in two of his last three games.
Chris Sale overshadowed in Saturday's loss
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:26 PM
Chris Sale allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a loss at Oakland on Saturday.
Analysis: Sale suffered his first loss of the season, but he turned in a quality start and his counterpart, Sean Manaea, tossed a no-hitter. The 10 strikeouts were also a season best for Sale. He has allowed just 22 hits with two homers and six walks while striking out 41 batters over 29 innings through five outings. The wins might not be flowing right now, but they're coming. He'll look to get back into the win column on Friday in his next scheduled start against the visiting Rays.
Marcus Semien sets table nicely in victory
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:22 PM
Marcus Semien finished Saturday's 3-0 victory against the Red Sox with a solo home run, a walk and three runs scored.
Analysis: Semien has been a nice table-setter at the top of the Oakland lineup, scoring 11 runs over the past nine outings. He also stole a base for the second time in three games to get things started, providing all of the runs in Saturday's special game for the A's. He has hit safely in 14 of the past 17 contests.
Marwin Gonzalez hits two-run double in win
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:20 PM
Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Saturday's win over the White Sox.
Analysis: Gonzalez put the exclamation point on a four-run first inning by the Astros via his two-run ground rule double. He later picked up a single. While he remains a very versatile player, Gonzalez has come out of the gates horribly flat after turning in a surprisingly robust body of work in 2017. This season, he's slashing just .200/.305/.300 with one home run and nine RBI across 70 at-bats.
Paxton inefficient, ineffective vs. Rangers
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:14 PM
James Paxton lasted just four innings Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits in a no-decision against the Rangers.
Analysis: Paxton walked three and struck out six, using 96 pitches to get through his four innings. It was the second time in five starts that he's gone fewer than five innings, and one other time he went just five. His 5.61 ERA and 1.44 WHIP through five starts speak to his struggles to be both efficient and effective thus far, but when he's on, like he was in his previous two starts in which he struck out 17 while allowing three runs combined, he's fantastic. It's the risk-reward fantasy owners must live with in Paxton. They'll hope the good one shows up Friday when the southpaw takes on the Indians.
Sean Manaea tosses no-hitter vs. Boston
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:13 PMSan Francisco Chronicle
Sean Manaea allowed just two walks with 10 strikeouts for his first-career no-hitter in Saturday's 3-0 victory against the Red Sox.
Analysis: Well, that's one way to cool off the red hot Red Sox. It was the seventh no-no in Oakland history and the first since Dallas Braden's perfect game back in 2010. Andrew Benintendi drew a walk with two outs in the ninth to make things a bit hairy, but Manaea got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to make history. His 10 strikeouts matched a career high as he threw 75 of his 108 pitches for strikes. He'll try to join Johnny Vander Meer with back-to-back no-hitters when he makes his next scheduled start Friday in Houston opposite Dallas Keuchel.
Colon yields seven hits, four runs versus M's
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:13 PM
Bartolo Colon allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Saturday.
Analysis: Colon clearly didn't have his best stuff -- he hadn't allowed four runs combined heading into the start -- but he left in line for his first win of the year before the Rangers bullpen let him down. Through five appearances, including three starts, the 44-year-old possesses a 2.59 ERA and 0.86 WHIP, but remains without a decision. He'll try for that elusive first win Friday against the Blue Jays instead.
Trayce Thompson hits first homer w/ White Sox
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:12 PM
Trayce Thompson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Astros.
Analysis: Thompson was just traded over to the White Sox from the A's on Thursday. That came after Oakland designated him for assignment. He went 0-for-1 in his new uniform on Friday before connecting on his first home run with Chicago on Saturday, when he took Dallas Keuchel deep in the fifth inning. While it's nice that he got that initial dinger out of the way in his new digs, there's no real fantasy intrigue here.
Tim Anderson works double in loss to Astros
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:07 PM
Tim Anderson went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Astros.
Analysis: Anderson came through with his second double of the season, one of just two extra-base hits the White Sox managed in what was a thorough domination by the defending champs. On the whole, the 24-year-old shortstop is hitting .238/.314/.413 with three home runs, five RBI and eight steals. He's already over halfway home to surpassing the 15 bases he swiped during the 2017 season.
Keuchel limits White Sox to one run in win
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 11:02 PM
Dallas Keuchel yielded one run on four hits over six innings in Saturday's win over the White Sox.
Analysis: Keuchel struck out six and walked two over his six innings of work. Outside of a solo home run allowed to Trayce Thompson in the fifth inning, the White Sox were unable to come through with any sort of offense against the southpaw. He'll carry a 3.10 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 25/12 K/BB ratio (29 innings) into a home start against the A's next time he takes to the mound. That WHIP mark figures to drop as the season progresses.
Mike Trout cracks his eighth homer in win
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 1:19 AM
Mike Trout finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run in Saturday's 4-3 victory against San Francisco.
Analysis: Trout entered the game with three total extra-base hits over his past eight outings. The three extra-base hits were his most in a single game since he also had two doubles and a home run in a game June 27, 2016 against Houston. RHP Johnny Cueto will look to cool off Trout in Sunday's series finale. Trout is just 1-for-6 (.167) with a strikeout in their brief dealings.
Albert Pujols continues to inch closer to 3K
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 1:14 AM
Albert Pujols finished Saturday's game against the Giants with a two-run home run across four at-bats.
Analysis: Pujols is up to 2,992 career hits, and his latest hit was a homer off of Derek Holland, a familiar face from his days in Texas. The slugger is 12-for-40 (.300) with three doubles, five homers and 11 RBI in his career against the veteran southpaw Holland. Next up is a date with Giants RHP Johnny Cueto in the series finale on Sunday.
Keynan Middleton earns four-out save vs. SF
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 1:10 AM
Keynan Middleton allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings while recording three strikeouts for his fifth save of the season Saturday against the Giants.
Analysis: Middleton has thrown 58 pitches over his past two appearances, but those outings have come over the span of four days. If a save chance pops up on Sunday he should likely be available. While he has allowed 10 hits with four walks over 12 innings across his 10 appearances, he has converted all five of his save chances and is useful in all AL-only fantasy leagues and some mixed formats.
Garrett Richards strikes out 11 in victory
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 1:04 AMMaria I. Guardado on Twitter
Garrett Richards allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts over six innings in a victory on Saturday against San Francisco.
Analysis: Richards matched a career best with his 11 punchouts, and nine of his strikeouts came via the slider. He threw 69 of his 103 pitches for strikes to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 3.46 with his first quality start in five outings this season. Richards will look to keep it rolling next Saturday against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at the Big A.
Brandon Belt homers in third straight outing
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 12:55 AM
Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-3 road setback against the Angels.
Analysis: Belt has homered in three consecutive contests, posting five RBI during the run. He has tied a season best by hitting in four straight games, too. Belt is slashing .259/.369/.519 overall this season while driving in six runs across the past five outings. He is a solid play in standard fantasy leagues and a must-have in DFS while running hot.
Derek Holland turns in mediocre outing
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 12:50 AM
Derek Holland allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a loss on the road against the Angels on Saturday.
Analysis: Holland threw 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes, but he slipped to 0-3 while his ERA rose to 4.98. The Giants are 0-4 in his four outings this season and the San Francisco offense has posted a total of eight runs of support for him. He'll try to get back into the win column in Friday's scheduled start against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.
Chris Owings back in the starting lineup
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 12:44 AM
Chris Owings (head) finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored in Saturday's game against the Padres.
Analysis: Owings and A.J. Pollock collided in the third inning Thursday and the outfielder was diagnosed with a head contusion. While he was back in the starting lineup, he still hasn't posted an RBI across the past 10 games. Owings got off to a quick start and can be a fantasy asset, but give him a game or two to straighten out before plugging him back into the active lineup.
Manuel Margot takes the collar in return
Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 12:40 AM
Manuel Margot (ribs) returned to the lineup Saturday in Arizona and he was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout.
Analysis: Margot might be back, but he is still hitting just .146 overall on the season. He looked a bit rusty after his nearly two-week layoff, and he might also be a bit gunshy, too, after taking one to the ribcage in his last game action. Give him a game or two to round back into form before taking a chance on him in NL-only fantasy play.