Christian Yelich hit his 6th homer and his…wait for it….here it comes…where’d it go…did I  leave it in the car…no, it’s right here under my ass…and his 7th homer and his…crap, this one is in the car, isn’t it…nope, under the other cheek…and his 8th homer!  Add in 7 RBIs and he’s hitting a zillion.  Can we just crown him with back-to-back MVPs and sneak him into Ariana Grande’s room already?  After he wins his 2nd straight MVP, there will still (!!!) be someone next March who is saying something like, “Grey, you are wildly handsome, but I just don’t trust Yelich.  Can you talk me into him?”  Which they will say right after I’ve written 1,200 words on Yelich.  Doode is a beast who powers the Milwakuee’s Best.  Don’t funk up my jam!  Which is what Mr. Smuckers says to his wife when she messes up his DVR recordings of The Voice.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .241.  Moistasskiss!

Freddy Peralta – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 7.13 vs. Dakota Hudson – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 6.08.  Hudson-Peralta:  More like Nuts in Peroxide.  It was a good day to not have a starting pitcher going.  “Now you tell me!” exclaims guy chasing two-start starters.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .226.  Au Shizz!  Take away the homers Goldy’s hit in Milwaukee and he’d be hitting worse than Chris Davis.  Of course, we can’t take away his homers in Milwaukee.  That’s like saying take away the hits Nolan Arenado has in Coors and he’s Eric Hosmer.

Paul DeJong – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .303.  It was Colonel Mustard in Milwaukee with a can of Schlitz!

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .291.  Sure am glad I owned Ozuna last year.  Sure am glad.  *gargles with broken glass*

Francisco Lindor – Cleared to begin a minor league assignment in Triple-A Columbus.  Fun Fact!  Christopher Columbus landed in Columbus and originally called it the West Indies.

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a slam (1) and double legs (4, 5), hitting .150.  He’s fixed!  Kidding.  Sorry, if you own him.  You want to see a massive number of line drives not home runs.  He needs to lower his fly ball rate.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-3, 1 RBI as he was activated from the IL.  Kipnis goes well with borscht, not fantasy baseball.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-5, 2 runs as Jake Bauers took a seat.  Everywhere CarGo goes, he is a prospblock.

Trevor Bauer – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.05.  Literally, the only pitcher that has remembered that good pitching stops good hitting.

Omar Narvaez – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer, hitting .281.  Never nervous Narvaez is never nervous nor nefarious, nah’mean.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, as he was activated from the IL.  He returned a lot faster than I thought he would, so we have to push forward his next IL stint.  To paraphrase Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar, “Kershaw returned early from his boo boo!  He’s bound to get hurt again boo boo!  He’s had boo boos for the last few years, boo boo!  Good luck but will be boo boo’d!”  If it’s not clear, I don’t trust Kershaw to stay healthy, and would try to sell him.  His name value brings a lot more than his fantasy value.  Boo boo!

Joc Pederson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Told you on Friday the Hitter-Tron‘s number one guy (owned in less than 50% of leagues) over the next week was Pederson.  He’s had three homers since then.

Curt Casali – 1-for-4, 1 run as he leadoff.  Psycho Killer, Curt Casali!  In all seriousness, Casali leading off should unlock some kind of secret achievement where David Bell is automatically fired.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .191.  When Puig lets one fly!  Because he wants to.  Like Cartman, he do what he want.  I’m sure he was charged up being back in LA and it showed.

Raisel Iglesias – 0 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 6.75.  I don’t want to say he’s a majority stakeholder of useless, but I will say he’s about 49% useless.

Joey Lucchesi –  7 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.06.  Not feeling great about my Lucchesi shares, but it’s too early to panic.  Remember, the last time there was this Italian-sounding of a name in San Diego, it was when Tommy Lasorda trying to make Milanese out of the San Diego Chicken during a grueling Baseball Bunch filming session.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .222.  Okay, I’m back in.  He’s playing every day and he has three homers in the last five games.  Grab him!

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer.  Here is the actual feather Yankee Doodle Dandy stuck in his hat and called macaroni on loan from the Smithsonian, so I’m just going to haphazardly leave it by this open window…NOOO!!!!  Torenado!!!

Antonio Senzatela – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks in his 1st start.  This was a good matchup, but I would not go near Senzatela, or Senzatela-ela if Rihanna is reading.

Dan Straily – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 10.24.  This is less about Straily, and more about how awful the Sawx look in every aspect of the game.  The O’s have a better record than them!  The O’s are starting players being released by the Marlins.  And those pitchers are beating the Red Sox.  And Chris Davis is homering off the Red Sox.  Good start to the season, Sawx!

Chris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .089.  He is going to make it very difficult for Today’s Game Era Hall of Fame Committee.

Dwight Smith Jr. – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .270, batting third, and three homers in the last five games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Renato Nunez – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .293.  His average is up from .211 in the last week, but the O’s did get to beat up on poor pitching.  No, they’re done with split-league games.

Yu Darvish – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 6.11.  I think it might be harder to walk four Marlins hitters than strike out eight of them, so, is he all the way back?  Yu had a nice matchup, you.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .341.  Making a run for #1 overall catcher!  Dot dot dot.  Which would be 18 homers and a .270 average.

Trevor Richards – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.57.  Streamonator was negative on this matchup, but is a hair positive on his next one.

Mitch Garver – 0-for-4 as he led off, hitting .423.  Next spring, when someone comments something like, “Luis Urias is leading off in this random Spring Training game, what kind of projections do you expect from him?”  I’m going to point to this post.  Lineups are so fluid, and yesterday they were piss.

C.J. Cron – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .225.  Damn, I almost made him my batty call yesterday, but because he was going against my pitcher Matt Shoemaker (6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks) I didn’t want to go with Curtis Jackson.  It felt like I was playing the Don’t Pass Line.

Teoscar Hernandez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .245.  I have one team that is in 1st by about thirty points and everyone has done well there, except Tesocar.  Don’t let him get started!

Joey Gallo – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .217.  Alex Trebek, “.217.”  Contestant, “What happened to Joey Gallo caring about his batting average?”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 5th homer.  Someone yesterday asked about dropping Asdrubal.  When you’re dropping a guy with five homers in 14 games, you’re over-managing.

Shin-Soo Choo – 3-for-5 and his 1st homer, hitting .333.  Guarantee you he’s about to hit another five homers in the next two weeks.  That’s how Choo do.

Tyler Skaggs – Hit the IL with an ankle sprain.  He hurt it fielding a bunt.  Val from The Great British Bake-Off has more mobility when fielding bundts.

Shohei Ohtani – Cleared to face live pitching.  “Damn, he’s facing a young Sandy Koufax…wait, it’s Arya Stark!  Oh my God!”

Brian Goodwin – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Good one, Goodwin!  By the by, how much do the Angels hate David Fletcher?  He’s done nothing but hit ninth, and sometimes just not in the lineup at all.  Mean’s while, some scrub they picked up off waivers, like Goodwin, hits 5th.  I mean, Goodwin’s been okay, but there is no one in the Angels’ lineup besides Trout that needs to hit above Fletcher.

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 3rd homer, hitting .190.  Don’t like Calhoun at all, but he is the type to get scalding hot for a week at a time.

Heath Fillmyer – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 9.00.  Meh, I prefer Film (Russ) Meyer. He was the tits!

Brad Boxberger – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 9.72, and his 2nd blown save.  More like Bad Boxbooger!  Bring on Dick Lovelady!

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .300.  The hottest schmotato in schmotato land?  You best believe it!  But I’m also interested in Dozier beyond what he can do for a moment, or over a week.  I think Dozier could be a legit breakout this year.  I’m at least willing to grab him to find out.

Welington Castillo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  There’s the boeuf!

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 10.38.  At least Santana would likely admit this is like his Spring Training, unlike every other starter that is essentially doing the same in April.

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .241.  Nimmo found that pitch, for a little role reversal.

Noah Syndergaard – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.63 vs. Aaron Nola – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.32.  I was big-time out on both of these guys this preseason.  Had a lot to do with the price for both, but I was also concerned with Syndergaard’s 2nd half last year and Nola’s IP jump last year from previous year.  However (here’s where Grey throws out everything he’s ever said), Nola was getting pretty unlucky yesterday and Syndergaard just didn’t seem like he could locate.  His stuff didn’t look bad, just in the wrong spots.  However II: Grey Reverses His Reversal, I still wouldn’t go out and acquire either of them, but number one starters is just not how I roll.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Must’ve felt Kingery’s near-.500 batting average breathing down his neck, or maybe it was Kapler who looks like a close-breather.

David Robertson – Hit the IL after a long bout of “something ain’t right.”  Turns out that which ain’t right is his elbow, which is the most often thing not right when something ain’t right.  Like fresh peaches, it’s uncanny.  Unless you’re looking at peaches, and seeing someone’s can, then they’re very canny, fresh or canned.  Okay, just want to thank the Presidents of the United States for their guest blogging work.  No need to talk about lumps, and how she’s lump.  We all know she’s lump.  It’s obvious.  Any hoo!  With Robertson’s injury, it’s like giving Gabe Kapler Adderall, except he Adder’s all relievers into the closer role.  First up, is likely Hector Neris, because that is an itch that Kapler can’t stop scratching no matter how many times a doctor says it’s going to leave a scar.  After Neris, it’s likely Seranthony Hopkins Dominguez, who is more than capable, but always somehow finds his way into the 7th inning for a random two-thirds of an inning.  After that, I guess Neshek, who sounds like a chorus from a Missy Elliot song.  Then, maybe Victor Arano, but if you’re speculating this deep, you need to have your head checked more than Kapler.

 
  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Man has the starting pitching this year been wild. Seen more big walk numbers than I ever remember

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think even is either cold or in spring training mentally

  2. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    16 team H2H DYNASTY LEAGUE

    1.)  Mullins is CF eligible ONLY and my backup to Trout. He’s been horrible. Wire option for CF eligible ROS:

    -Leonys, Goodwin, DeShields, Schebler, Almira Jr., or hold/wait?

    2.) Chase Anderson’s replacement? (K’s, QS, big points in our league)

     ROS:
    -Brad Keller, Merrill Kelly, Margevicius, Brett Anderson, Mahle, or Lyles, or hold/wait?

    Current SP: Flaherty, Pineda, Maeta,  Arrieta, Luchessi, Caleb Smith. ** IL: Folty & Lester. 
    RP: Barnes, S. Greene, Doolittle, Diego Castillo, Swarzak.

    3.) To replace Dahl I picked up Jay Bruce who hasn’t done anything.

    Waiver wire hitters available (any position): ROS

    -Smoak, Renato Nunez, Hunter Dozier, Dwight Smith Jr., C.Frazier, Shin-Soo Choo,  Morales, Alonso, or hold/wait/pray?

    Current Hitters :
    Alfaro, Encarnacion, Carlos Santana, Trout, Winker, Mullins, Voit, Tatis Jr., A.Simmons, B. Dozier, N.Goodrum, Jay Bruce. IL: Dahl

    THANKYOU and Razzball team for daily articles and work you do!

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      1. Prob Leonys while he’s hot
      2. IDK
      3. Prob Smith or Choo while they’re hot

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        In looking more ROS, instead of hot streaks. I have little cash to pick up FA so I need to make it count.

        LOL Idk either for my second question.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Deshields for me
      2) I like Keller
      3) I’d see if Dozier can keep it going

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Specific reason you like Keller ROS over others?

        Thanks

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          23 yr old QS machine. None of those other guys are exciting…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Leonys 2. These are streamers, look at matchups 3. Dozier!

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thankyou both. Yep that’s problem, I’m asking for ROS picks when I know all are streamers.

        BTW : Start Maeta at home vs Reds?
        Start Flaherty at Brewers?

        • Grey

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          Start both

  3. toolshed says:
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    Jose Ramirez did a couple things today that was encouraging besides the homer and SB’s. He walked twice and he pulled the ball and even lined out. he wasn’t pulling the ball at all. He wasn’t walking and he wasn’t hitting line drives. Maybe he was pressing due to the quality if hitters around him. If lindor comes back it can only help. He started slow before. Not saying this is a turning point but it is a positive step in the right direction.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      He seemed to be seeing the ball really well, I think he’s about to get hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, pulling the ball is important, but if we all know he needs to pull the ball, where do you pitch him if you’re a pitcher?

  4. 183414 says:
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    Monday Morning Quarterbacking: Why didn’t I just take Yelich in all of my drafts in the 1st round. Well I could have in 7 of the 8. Only 1 Draft Champions in the bunch. Worst team of all time.
    At least I took Yelich in my last 2 drafts. Should have taken him in 7.

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      ::looks stoically in the mirror, pondering the razor as the tub fills up::

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Loved the write-up!

    a. My RCL team sucks big time, I’m hoping this denigrating talk can turn them around!! Well, that is until some geek in Northern India finds Iglesias’ ERA which they are still calculating after he gave up Joc’s HR in the 9th while retiring 0 batters.

    b. In a rush, sooo…..

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for April 16

    ‘Hey…..Abbott!’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Why says:
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      In a rush?? What gives haha

      :O

    • William Hung says:
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      and everyone thought Iglesias was turning things around after the last appearance, but now that seems like an outlier. Haven’t been watching his games in the past week, but 2 weeks ago, Cincy announcers were commenting on the following factors as to the reason for his early season struggles: low velo and lack of bite on his offspeed pitches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Ugh I know C. Nice

  6. Brett says:
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    Should I hold Migueal Cabrera? Or drop for….?

    Hunter Dozier, CJ Cron, Christian Walker

    Thanks!

    • Shane says:
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      Would you drop any of these guys for Hunter Dozier?

      Senzel, Tim Beckham, scooter gennett

    • Brett says:
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      Or just drop Pinder, Beckham… for one

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If position doesn’t matter then I’d go Pinder for Dozier. Would also consider swapping Beckham for Walker but that ones close…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  7. Evil Knebel says:
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    Loved that the day after I trade Yelich for Nola (part of a bigger deal, I’m not THAT stupid) they have those kind of days. Oh well, brighter days ahead.
    To the question. I have Yates Leclerc and Smith as closers and Pressly to help for ratios. Is it worth dropping Pressly for someone like Colome or Swarzak for the extra saves even if it hurts the ratios? Also only allowed 50 adds all season.
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d swap him for Colome

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch… Agree with DT

  8. Dr Chym says:
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    Morning,

    Not sure I trust Yelich just yet – should I drop him for….

    just kidding.

    I’ve been eyeballing Franmil and half our league reads you so I’m out of time: Voit or Braun? Or neither? Leaning, Voit but Braun feels a year older?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d swap Braun for Franmil. Keep Voit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ahhhhhh!

      Agree with DT

  9. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, SV+HD, K/9

    1) Need to drop Freddy Peralta. Drop for Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Mahle, or Drew Pomeranz?

    C: JT Realmuto
    1B: Josh Bell
    2B: Yoan Moncada
    3B: Manny Machado
    SS: Fernando Tatis Jr
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Tommy Pham
    OF: Austin Meadows
    UTL: Ramon Laureano
    B: Niko Goodrum

    P: German Marquez
    P: Zack Wheeler
    P: Jose Alvarado
    P: Will Smith
    P: Reyes Moronta
    SP: Freddy Peralta
    SP: Joe Musgrove
    B: Brandon Woodruff
    B: Max Fried
    B: Derek Holland

    IL: Mike Clevinger
    IL: Arodys Vizcaino

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Meh, Pomeranz if you need to

    • Savoy Special says:
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      let me also throw in Adam Wainwright and Brett Anderson. Thanks!

    • Bobbo says:
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      I’d be looking to drop Derek Holland before Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I guess Anderson, but these are streamers

  10. Drew says:
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    Morning. Grey! Thanks for the write-up!

    Thoughts on moving Conforto for Verlander in a 16-team keeper? I have Yelich, Starling, JD, and Laureano as my other OFs. Current SPs are Sale, Flaherty, JA Happ, Wheeler, and Peacock.

    • Drew says:
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      Also throw Merrill Kelly in to my current SP pool. He was a recent pickup.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Verlander for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Agree with DT, but fair

      • Drew says:
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        Thanks! Who’s the drop, Peacock, M. Kelly, or Happ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happ

  11. William Hung says:
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    I am really being tested this year by the fantasy baseball gods by all these injuries:
    1. Lindor gets hurt during spring training and I didn’t have anyone close to his talent level to replace as a keeper
    2. Clevinger, my fantasy ace is out till the ASB and I had to drop him
    3. Benintendi D2D dance cause he fouled a ball off his foot (2nd time he’s done that this year) – the first time he was able to stay in the game
    4. Dahl, who claims he can come back on the 18th but no word from Rockies on a return date
    5. aaannndddd now it’s Cody Bellinger who is keeping my team afloat and on the receiving end of a scary 95mph FB to the knee. Sounds like he’s D2D as well