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|4/23/2017||Brett Gardner, NYY, LF|
|Gardner remained in a slump by finishing 0 for 3 in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The Yankees' leadoff hitter is 2 for 25 over his last eight games to drop his season average to .182, and he's still yet to drive in a run this season. On the positive side, Gardner has been drawing walks and has five steals and 10 runs scored through 15 games.
|4/23/2017||Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY, CF|
|Ellsbury accounted for the Yankees' lone run in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh with a solo homer in the seventh inning. The veteran outfielder ended 2 for 4 in New York's 2-1 defeat.
Analysis: Ellsbury went 6 for 13 with four runs scored and two steals during the three-game series and is now hitting an encouraging .333 thus far. The 33-year-old has hit safely in six straight and eight of his last nine games, producing a .371 average and four steals over that latter stretch.
|4/23/2017||Jordan Montgomery, NYY, P|
|Montgomery pitched well despite taking the loss Sunday in Pittsburgh, where he was touched for two runs on seven hits and struck out five in six innings.
Analysis: The rookie left-hander may not have a ton of fantasy upside, but he's cementing a place in the Yankees' rotation by posting a respectable 3.78 ERA through his first three major league starts. Next up is a first-ever meeting with the AL East-leading Orioles on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
|4/23/2017||Tony Watson, Pit, P|
|Watson worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth inning to close out Sunday's 2-1 win over the Yankees and earn his sixth save in as many chances.
Analysis: Though Watson hasn't been dominant - he sports a 1.63 WHIP in eight appearances - the lefty has been effective while posting a 1.13 ERA. His role as the Pirates' closer is secure.
|4/23/2017||Gregory Polanco, Pit, LF|
|Polanco paced the Pirates offensively in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Yankees, finishing 2 for 4 with a key RBI double.
Analysis: It's a needed confidence-builder for the struggling outfielder, who entered the contest 0 for 14 over his previous four games. Polanco has had a rough April, hitting just .236 with no homers and four RBIs and missing some time with a groin injury, but odds are he'll fare better in May.
|4/23/2017||Freddie Freeman, Atl, 1B|
|Freeman was 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.
Analysis: The Braves open a three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday, and Freeman is batting .442 with 12 extra-base hits in his last 13 contests there - including a three-hit game in the 2017 season opener.
|4/23/2017||Mike Foltynewicz, Atl, P|
|Foltynewicz allowed a run and four hits while striking out nine over seven innings in a 5-2 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, but didn't receive a decision.
Analysis: Foltynewicz has allowed two runs or less in each of his three starts, but has been backed by one total run of support. He'll make his next start Saturday at Milwaukee, and in two career starts against the Brewers, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA with 14 strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings.
|4/23/2017||Ivan Nova, Pit, P|
|Facing his former team for the first time, Nova defeated the Yankees on Sunday by yielding one run on four hits and a walk and striking out seven over seven strong innings.
Analysis: Nova (2-2) has posted a 2.00 ERA while beginning his 2017 campaign with four consecutive quality starts. He's now 7-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 15 starts since being acquired from the Yankees last August, numbers certainly worthy of fantasy consideration.
|4/23/2017||Zach Eflin, Phi, P|
|Eflin threw seven sharp innings and the Phillies beat the Braves 5-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Analysis: Eflin gave up one run and three hits in seven sharp innings in his second start since replacing injured righty Clay Buchholz. He allowed two runs and three hits over five innings in his season debut against the Mets on April 18.
|4/23/2017||Aaron Altherr, Phi, RF|
|Altherr homered and the Phillies beat the Braves 5-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Analysis: Altherr has hit safely in seven straight games, batting.400 with a homer, four doubles and eight runs.
|4/23/2017||César Hernández, Phi, 2B|
|Hernandez hit a two-run homer among his two hits in Sunday's win over the Braves.
Analysis: Hernandez, who leads the majors with 10 multihit games, has hit safely in all nine home contests, batting .436 with six extra-base and 12 runs scored. Last year, Hernandez hit six homers in 622 plate appearances. He has four in 85 this season. ''I feel stronger with more muscle on my body,'' he said. Manager Pete Mackanin joked he may move his leadoff hitter into the cleanup spot. Hernandez leads the team in homers.
|4/23/2017||Jason Heyward, ChC, RF|
|Heyward knocked in two more runs while finishing 1 for 4 in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.
Analysis: Heyward ended the three-game series 4 for 13 with two homers, seven RBIs and three runs scored, and he's hitting a very respectable .297 through his first 17 games. Though still a small sample size, the high-priced outfielder seems on the way towards atoning for last year's disappointing season.
|4/23/2017||Anthony Rizzo, ChC, 1B|
|Rizzo delivered a two-run homer in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching a career high.
Analysis: The All-Star first baseman has now knocked in eight runs while homering in three straight games, and he's batting .370 (17 for 46) with four homers, 11 RBIs, eight runs scored and three steals over the streak. Keep him in your lineup when the Cubs begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Monday.
|4/23/2017||John Lackey, ChC, P|
|Lackey recorded seven strikeouts in six innings Sunday in Cincinnati, but lost his third straight start after permitting seven runs, five of which were earned.
Analysis: Lackey owns a 6.75 ERA over a string of two straight shaky starts but has fanned 26 in 24 innings thus far, so there is some good to take with the bad. The 38-year-old next faces one of his former teams, the Red Sox, Saturday in Fenway Park in a potentially challenging matchup.
|4/23/2017||Billy Hamilton, Cin, CF|
|Hamilton stole two bases and finished 1 for 4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Analysis: The two steals give Hamilton a major league-leading nine on the season, and he'd likely have more if not for a subpar .273 on-base percentage. The speedster is just 4 for 31 (.129) over his last eight games.
|4/23/2017||Scott Schebler, Cin, LF|
|Schebler had a solo home run and an RBI single in four at-bats to help the Reds to Sunday's 7-5 win over the Cubs.
Analysis: Schebler entered the game in a 1-for-20 slump and is hitting just .175 thus far, though he has now homered four times in 63 at-bats. He's a potential cheap source of power but not much else.
|4/23/2017||Zack Cozart, Cin, SS|
|Cozart was scratched from the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs due to a sore left wrist.
Analysis: Cozart missed two games earlier this month with the same injury, so he's not certain to be back in the lineup when the Reds visit Milwaukee on Monday. The shortstop has gotten off to a great start, batting .370 with five doubles, three triples and nine RBIs through his first 16 games.
|4/23/2017||Bronson Arroyo, Cin, P|
|Arroyo put together his best start since returning from Tommy John surgery to beat the Cubs on Sunday. The 40-year-old struck out seven while yielding two runs, three hits and no walks over six solid innings.
Analysis: Arroyo, who missed all of the last two seasons recovering from elbow issues, entered Sunday's outing with an 8.40 ERA through three starts. He's now won two straight after losing his first two, however, and is beginning to shake off the rust from his extended layoff.
|4/23/2017||Wil Myers, SD, 1B|
|Myers went 2 for 5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: The former AL Rookie of the Year is batting a scorching .400 (20 for 50) while hitting safely in 12 of his last 13 games. Myers has three homers and eight RBIs during that time frame and is one of few San Diego hitters providing consistent fantasy value.
|4/23/2017||Austin Hedges, SD, C|
|Hedges homered in a third straight game and knocked in three runs in the Padres' 11-inning loss to Miami on Saturday.
Analysis: Hedges leads the Padres with five homers and clubbed 21 in 82 games for Triple-A El Paso last season, so there's some power in his otherwise-deficient bat. Just don't expect a high average out of the 24-year-old, who's a .166 hitter at the major league level.
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