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Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nick Neidert tossed two scoreless relief innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Houston Astros. Neidert tossed the third and fourth innings after lefty Trevor Rogers started the game. Those two and a few others are competing for the fifth spot in the Marlins starting rotation. Neidert projects as a solid big league starter, but he doesn't have the strikeout upside that Rogers does. Neidert seems just behind Rogers right now in the competition.
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yermin Mercedes continued his strong season by going 3-for-5 with a three-run homer on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Mercedes has been one of the early feel-good stories this season and he continues to hit on a nightly basis. Mercedes is now hitting an absurd .500 with a 1.383 OPS and three home runs to go along with 10 RBI. Mercedes will eventually come back down to earth, but managers should enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. Mercedes will look to continue his impressive run versus Aaron Civale and the Indians on Wednesday.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon threw a no-hitter on Wednesday versus the Cleveland Indians. Rodon retired the first 25 batters he faced, but Roberto Perez reached base from a hit by pitch. The lefty would then retire Yu Chang and Jordan Luplow to complete the no-hitter. He also recorded seven strikeouts on the evening. The veteran lefty was non-tendered by the White Sox this offseason, but felt he had unfinished business and returned with the team on a one-year, $3 million deal. The deal certainly looks to be paying off early on in the season. The lefty has always had good stuff, but injuries have come up too often for him to reach his full potential. Rodon hasn't allowed a run on the year in two starts and should be rostered in all fantasy formats. Next up for Rodon is a date with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
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 solid 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.