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Second-year hurler Trevor Rogers was in fine form on Friday. He threw two shutout innings against the Astros in a 1-0 victory and did not allow a hit. He struck out three batters and issued one free pass. The Marlins have six or seven hurlers vying for the five spots in the starting rotation. Rogers showed flashes of brilliance in 2020 but he allowed 15 of his 20 runs in three starts between Sept. 11 and Sept. 21. In total, he made seven starts with an ERA of 6.11 although his xERA was more promising at 3.53. Rogers struggled with his slider during his MLB debut but all three of his strikeouts on Friday came on the breaking ball which bodes well for 2021.
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Rafael Montero entered the game Saturday with an opportunity to collect his second save of the year, but instead registered his second blown save. Montero simply could not find the strike zone, walking two (one intentionally) while also hitting Byron Buxton with a pitch. Montero's job is not in any danger just yet - he's still only allowing a .69 WHIP over his 4.1 innings this year, but he'll have to avoid outings like this one if he wants to hold off the suddenly-stellar Kendall Graveman for the closer role.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had a solid outing Saturday against a tough Minnesota Twins lineup, throwing six innings of two-run ball while allowing five hits and two walks. Kikuchi also added six strikeouts. After managing to get out of trouble in both the first and fourth innings, the only blemish on Kikuchi's day was a two-run home run to ageless slugger Nelson Cruz. Kikuchi is now the first Mariners starter since Mike Leake in 2019 to open the season with consecutive quality starts. Kikuchi remains an under-the-radar solid fantasy option.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger hit a home run Saturday, launching a Michael Pineda slider over the left field fence to put the Mariners up 2-0 in the top of the third inning. The home run was Haniger's only hit in the contest, but he did also drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the tenth inning to give the Mariners the lead for good. Haniger has been very solid out of the leadoff spot thus far, posting an .868 OPS with two home runs and and six RBI. He's been a solid value, and is worthy of a roster spot in all leagues.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell hit his first major league home run Saturday afternoon, knocking a Michael Pineda fastball over the right field wall in the top of the third inning to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. For the afternoon, Trammell went 1-for-3 with the home run, a walk, and two runs scored. Trammell has struggled to a .136 batting average over his first 22 at-bats, but he still offers a solid floor with his speed and on-base skills. He is a solid bench add for the time being.
San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler is optimistic shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (shoulder) can be activated off the IL when eligible on April 16. Tatis performed hitting and fielding drills on Saturday as he mends from a partially torn labrum. The 22-year-old suffered a left shoulder subluxation on Monday that looked to be a serious injury but the team is confident it won't require immediate surgery. Off to a slow start in 2021 with just a .619 OPS and one home run, fantasy managers can tentatively expect Tatis back in about a week. Despite the subpar headline stats, Tatis has maintained an elite 64 percent hard hit rate and 95.4 mph exit velocity. Expect that luck to turn if he comes back healthy.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was the only source of run production in the team's 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Turner went 3-for-3 in the game and hit a solo home run, his second home run of the year. Turner is off to a fantastic start to the 2021 season. Through seven games, he is slashing .414/.455/.724. He has three doubles, eight RBI and six runs. He's a mainstay in the three-spot in one of the league's most potent lineups. He's one of the game's best contact hitters and has some power upside as well. Keep throwing him in your lineup without thinking twice.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross made his first start since October of 2019 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched well. He went five innings and allowed two hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four. Ross opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2019, he went 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and NL-only leagues, but isn't a must-add in any format at this point. His next start will be on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler (knee) is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Fowler suffered a knee injury in the second inning of Friday's game and was carted off the field. It sounds like he may need at least a few more days off or even require a trip to the injured list. Juan Lagares is getting the start in right field and batting ninth on Saturday. This is Fowler's first year with the Angels. Through seven games, he has gone 5-for-20 with a walk and no extra-base hits.
Los Angeles Angels first baseman Jared Walsh is absent from the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game against lefty Steven Matz and the Toronto Blue Jays. Albert Pujols is manning first base for the game and hitting fifth. Walsh is off to a strong start to the year. He's reached base in six straight games and is slashing .375/.464/.833 with three home runs, three walks, nine RBI and six runs. The left-handed Walsh performed relatively well against lefties last year, hitting .324, but he had a slugging percentage of just .471, compared to .738 against righties. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Sunday.
Colorado Rockies second baseman/outfielder Chris Owings (thumb) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain. Owings had been dealing with hamstring tightness earlier this week, causing him to sit two straight games, but this is a new injury. The team called up infielder Alan Trejo in a corresponding move. Owings has been fantastic so far this year, going 8-for-16 with three triples and three doubles. Trejo will have an opportunity for playing time while Owings is sidelined and outfielders Sam Hilliard and Yonathan Daza should see a bump in playing time as well.