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  • CWS Relief Pitcher #45
    Garrett Crochet recorded eight strikeouts and allowed one run over seven innings on Tuesday in a win over the Braves.
    Crochet was solid through his first three innings, striking out five of the first 10 batters he faced while allowing only one walk. His lone blemish came on a solo home run by Marcell Ozuna in the seventh inning, but Crochet now has a sparkling 1.38 ERA and 16/1 K/BB ratio through 13 innings. The central question for fantasy managers is how he’ll hold up with a starter’s workload over a full season, but he’s off to a phenomenal start. He’ll take the ball on Sunday at home against the Royals.
  • MIA Starting Pitcher #27
    Edward Cabrera (shoulder) will make his season debut on Monday against the Giants.
    A.J. Puk was scheduled to start, but the left-hander is dealing with an illness, so the Marlins will activate Cabrera off the IL to make the start instead. Cabrera looked good early on in spring training, showing improved command, but was then sidelined with a shoulder impingement. He was scheduled to start in Triple-A this week with the Marlins hoping to build up him to 90 pitches, so we should assume he’ll have a pitch count of around 85-90 pitches in this outing. It’s probably best to keep him on your bench for this one, but he should be added in most leagues given his upside.
  • CLE Shortstop #13
    Gabriel Arias will make his third straight start for the Guardians on Monday when they take on the Red Sox.
    Arias will start at third base for the Guardians with Jose Ramirez shifting to designated hitter. Arias has started at third base twice and shortstop once over the last three games. He’s hitting just .227/.261/.409 with one home run and one steal in six games, but with Brayan Rocchio and Will Brennan also struggling, it’s possible that Arias could work himself into a few more starts.
  • BOS Center Fielder #43
    Ceddanne Rafela is starting a shortstop for the Red Sox on Monday.
    Rafaela was originally a middle infielder as a prospect, but the Red Sox moved him to center field, much like they did with Mookie Betts when they wanted to clear a path for Betts to make the big leagues. While Rafaela has Gold Glove ability in center field he was also a pretty good defensive shortstop in the minor leagues as well. The rookie is hitting just .170/.226/.277 with one steal so far this season, but he hit .302/.349/.520 across two minor league levels last year with 20 home runs and 36 steals. If he gains shortstop eligibility, he should become a bit more valuable in fantasy leagues since he figures to have a long leash in Boston. The rest of the lineup is: Jarren Duran CF, Rafael Devers 3B, Tyler O’Neill LF, Triston Casas 1B, Masataka Yoshida DH, Wilyer Abreu RF, Enmanuel Valdez 2B, Reese McGuire C, Ceddanne Rafaela SS, Kutter Crawford P
  • BOS Third Baseman #11
    Rafael Devers (shoulder) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Monday against the Guardians.
    Devers had missed the previous four games while resting a shoulder injury. He injured the shoulder during spring training and reaggravated the injury early in the week on a swing. The Red Sox claimed he just needed a few days to fully rest so perhaps Devers is in the clear; however, this is the type of injury that can frequently pop up against, especially with a hitter who swings as violently as Devers does.
  • SEA Center Fielder #85
    Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reports that the Mariners plan to promote outfielder Jonatan Clase from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.
    Presumably, the corresponding move will be Dominic Canzone (shoulder) heading to the injured list. Clase, 21, has game-changing speed and swiped 79 bases over 129 games in the minor leagues during the 2023 season. He’s off to a strong start at the dish at Triple-A Tacoma this season as well — slashing .308/.404/.641 with a pair of homers, 11 RBI and two stolen bases (in five attempts) through his first 11 games. He could wind up as an intriguing option from a fantasy perspective if he works his way into the M’s lineup.
  • SD Left Fielder #10
    Jurickson Profar smacked a go-ahead three-run double off the center field wall in the seventh inning on Sunday night, propelling the Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers.
    Profar strolled to the bases with the score knotted up at 3-3 and the bases loaded with one out in the seventh inning. He responded by crushing a 1-0 fastball from J.P. Feyereisen 397 feet (102.8 mph EV) off the wall in center field, clearing the bases and giving the Padres a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The 31-year-old finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now slashing a sizzling .321/.424/.536 with two homers and 13 RBI in 18 games to begin the season.
  • SD Third Baseman #13
    Manny Machado launched his fourth home run of the season on Sunday night as the Padres topped the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
    Machado opened the scoring in Sunday’s game with a 415-foot (104.5 mph EV) solo shot off of James Paxton to begin the fourth inning. The 31-year-old superstar also singled in the sixth inning and scored as Luis Campusano bounced into a double play. With his 2-for-4 night, he’s now hitting .254/.329/.465 with four homers, 10 RBI and zero stolen bases through his first 18 games on the season.
  • SD Relief Pitcher #75
    Robert Suarez slammed the door on the Dodgers in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a three-run lead to earn his fifth save of the season.
    The 33-year-old right-hander did issue a one-out walk to James Outman, but then got Enrique Hernandez to bounce into a double play to end the ballgame. Suarez has been terrific in the closer’s role for the Padres — compiling a 1.08 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and an 8/3 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings while accumulating five saves. He’s completely stable and secure in his role right now and looks like he could be one of the top closers in all of baseball.
  • SD Starting Pitcher #11
    Yu Darvish pitched decently in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday night, allowing three runs on four hits across his five frames.
    The 37-year-old hurler walked two and struck out two batters on the evening. All of the damage done against him came in the fourth inning, as Will Smith dropped an RBI single into center field and Max Muncy followed with a two-run blast. Darvish got seven swings and misses on 92 pitches on the evening, posting an underwhelming CSW of only 17 percent. Still searching for his first victory of the season, he’ll bring a 4.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 22/10 K/BB ratio (23 2/3 innings) into Saturday’s tilt against the Blue Jays.
  • LAD Third Baseman #13
    Max Muncy slugged his fourth home run of the season on Sunday night, but it wasn’t enough to power the Dodgers to victory over the Padres.
    The 33-year-old third baseman tagged Padres’ starter Yu Darvish for his 382-foot (103.2 mph EV) two-run blast in the fourth inning, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. That would be his only hit in four at-bats on the night. He’s off to a strong start at the plate to begin the 2024 season — hitting .246/.342/.492 with four long balls and 12 RBI.