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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Aaron Civale revamped his delivery and also developed a split-change this offseason, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Civale worked with assistant pitching coach Ruben Niebla to develop a new windup and pitch from a different arm angle. The result has been a shorter arm path with the hopes of making the action more repeatable. He also tinkered with his changeup, shifting from a traditional offering to a split-change. Civale has experienced plenty of success through 22 major-league starts, racking up a 2.69 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while posting a 115:32 K: BB. He should be locked into the Cleveland rotation this season. While his skillset may not be as flashy as some other young stars, Civale possesses good command. He also pitches in a favorable division and for a team that has had success grooming their young starters. He's a solid mid-round selection when looking to solidify a rotation in fantasy leagues.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge enjoyed a big day at the plate on Wednesday, going yard twice and picking up a single for a three-hit game. Judge has been characteristically excellent this season when healthy, but he's already missed a pair of games dealing with general side soreness and will probably always come with more injury risk than the average hitter. Still, games like Wednesday's show why Judge is so valuable when healthy as he's one of the league's best power hitters hitting in the upper third of one of its best lineups, and fantasy managers should continue starting him every day as long as he's playing.
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays. Judge had gone four games without a dinger but resoundingly snapped his homer-less streak with a couple of Statcast blasts, most notably his second, which traveled 426 feet at an exit velocity of 11.9 MPH. The California native seems to be past his side soreness- which had sidelined him for a couple of games- and seems ready to keep raking. He owns a 1.002 OPS and has some impressive underlying numbers, including a 12.5 percent walk rate compared to a 20 percent strikeout rate- the latter of which would be the lowest mark of his career- along with his usual excellence in hard-hit and exit velocity percentiles. Judge and the Yankees will get a day off before a three-game set against the Rays.
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez helped lead the team to a 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Perez went 2-for-4 in the game with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBI. He now has three home runs on the year and is slashing .333/.395/.641. Perez was a terror on Angels pitching all series. Over the three-game series, he went 8-for-12 with four RBI. Perez will look to stay hot as the Royals open up a four-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller was able to put together his first sold start of the 2021 season on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Keller pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out five. He earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year. Keller was shelled in each of his first two starts this year, allowing 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. Wednesday's start was encouraging to see, but he's still on thin ice for fantasy managers after the rough start to the year. He'll look to build off Wednesday's outing in his next start on Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson made his return to the lineup for the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader. Donaldson went 1-for-2 at the plate, walking once and scoring a run in the 7-1 loss. The 34-year-old answered any questions about the condition of his hamstring immediately. He singled in his first at-bat, went from first to third on a Nelson Cruz base hit, and then scored on a Kyle Garlick sacrifice fly, impressively showing the team that he's healthy. Donaldson is likely to be eased back into the action, which might cause some fantasy managers to grumble a bit, though it ultimately could be the best thing for his fantasy value long-term.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios was saddled with the loss in Wednesday's nightcap against the Red Sox. Berrios pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with five strikeouts compared to three walks. The 26-year-old hurler was cruising along through three frames before the wheels fell off in the fourth, as he loaded the bases and proceeded to walk a run in before giving way to Tyler Duffey, who promptly surrendered two runs. Still, Berrios owns an impressive 25:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio through three starts with a 3.38 ERA. He'll next pitch on Tuesday against the Athletics, who have been slumping to start the season.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings pitched in his first start as an opposing player with fans in Citi Field. The Mets got to Wheeler early with two runs in the first inning, but Wheeler settled in and didn't allow another run until the seventh inning when a runner he left on base scored after Wheeler's departure. He struck out six and is sporting a 30 percent strikeout rate early in the season. That rate will likely come down as the season goes on, but Wheeler is off to a nice start in his second season with the Phillies. Wheeler is a must-roster pitcher in all formats and can be started in his next outing versus the Giants.
The Cincinnati Reds moved right-hander Michael Lorenzen (shoulder) from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list on Wednesday to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for left-hander Phillip Diehl, who they claimed off of waivers. The move doesn't bode well for Lorenzen's recovery as he was originally only expected to miss one or two starts after suffering a shoulder strain during Cactus League play. Lorenzen will now be on the injured list until May 31 at the latest, with the Reds remaining hopeful that he will be able to return to action at that point. Lorenzen received a platelet-rich plasma injection and is expected to avoid having surgery.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Jose De Leon will be shifted to the bullpen this week to accommodate the return of Sonny Gray (back) from the injured list. Gray will be activated to start against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Gray was placed on the injured list at the beginning of the season after developing back spasms during Cactus League play in the spring. De Leon made two starts for the Reds, posting a 7.71 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts across 9 1/3 innings of work. The move to the bullpen zaps what little fantasy appeal De Leon had.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Tyler Mahle pitched well but took a hard-luck loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Mahle allowed just two runs (one earned) over five innings while striking out seven but the Giants went on to win 3-0. Mahle has been solid this season, but he has not been very efficient with his pitches as he needed 89 to get through the fifth inning on Wednesday and has yet to make it beyond the fifth inning in any of his three starts on the year. Fantasy gamers will take his production, however, as he has a 1-1 record, 1.93 ERA, and 22 strikeouts across 14 innings of work. Mahle lines up to start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.