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  • HOU Relief Pitcher #71
    Josh Hader allowed two earned runs on two hits and one home run over one inning in Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Jays.
    Hader is now 0-2 on the year with a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. The lefty allowed a leadoff single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to kick off the ninth inning, but forced Bo Bichette to ground into a double play on the very next at-bat. He would then walk Justin Turner to keep the inning alive, and allowed a homer Davis Schneider to give the Blue Jays the lead. It was Hader’s first save opportunity in an Astros uniform, as he’ll now hope for a better outcome in his second save opportunity – whenever that may be.
  • BAL Shortstop #2
    Gunnar Henderson went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and three RBI in leading the Orioles to a 6-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday.
    It didn’t seem like anyone really expected Henderson to improve on his terrific rookie campaign this year, but he has in nearly every regard thus far. Boasting some of the game’s best exit velocity numbers, he looks like a legitimate superstar. He’s batting .309/.373/.649 with eight homers through 24 games.
  • BAL Starting Pitcher #64
    Dean Kremer fanned 10 while allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Angels, earning him his first win of 2024.
    Kremer matched his career high for strikeouts, which he established last July against the Yankees. His previous high in four starts this year was six. Kremer allowed six homers in 27 1/3 innings, which is why his ERA stands at 4.61, but he’ll be an occasional streaming option in mixed leagues.
  • BAL Relief Pitcher #46
    Despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth, Craig Kimbrel picked up his seventh save Wednesday against the Orioles.
    Kimbrel could have saved himself some trouble by handling Ehire Adrianza’s soft grounder to start the inning, but he missed it and second baseman Jorge Mateo threw wildly after picking up the ball, resulting in a single and a two-base error. Adrianza then came around to score on a groundout. Jo Adell walked with two outs, only to then end the game on a caught stealing. Replay suggested that he was safe at second, but the call stood after a lengthy challenge.
  • LAA Starting Pitcher #31
    Tyler Anderson pitched five innings of two-run ball Wednesday in a loss to the Orioles.
    Anderson struck out a season-high seven and walked a season-high four while throwing 105 pitches in five innings. He still has a nifty 1.78 ERA after five turns, and we still suggest staying far away from him in mixed leagues.
  • LAA Center Fielder #27
    Mike Trout became the first major leaguer to reach 10 homers this season when he took the Orioles’ Dean Kremer deep on Wednesday.
    Trout’s 10th homer came in his 25th game. He still has just 13 RBI, since he’s not hitting singles (.237 average) and he’s especially not hitting with men on base. Things don’t figure to get much better there if the Angels leave him in the leadoff spot.
  • SF Second Baseman #39
    Thairo Estrada was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Mets due to tightness in his left hamstring.
    The 28-year-old infielder tried to talk his way into staying in the game, so hopefully the injury isn’t that serious. The Giants should provide an update on his status after the game, but it sounds like Estrada should be considered day-to-day.
  • NYM Shortstop #12
    Francisco Lindor went 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI as the Mets topped the Giants 8-2 on Wednesday.
    The homers came off Sean Hjelle in the third and Mitch White in the ninth. The slumping Lindor raised his OPS from .538 to .652 today. At .206, it’s also the first time this season he’s boasted an average at or above the Mendoza Line.
  • NYM Starting Pitcher #59
    Even though the Mets had a six-run lead, a frustrated Sean Manaea was lifted after 4 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against the Giants.
    Manaea was inefficient in walking four and throwing 101 pitches today, but considering that he struck out the final man he faced, it seemed like he ought to have been given a chance to go for the win. And if managers simply don’t care about that kind of thing any longer, then why should any of us? Manaea has a 3.33 ERA in his five starts this season. The Mets are 3-2 when he pitches, but his record is 1-1.
  • NYM Center Fielder #15
    Starting for the first time in six games, Tyrone Taylor delivered a homer and a two-run double against the Giants on Wednesday.
    We took issue with the Mets starting Joey Wendle over Taylor last night, and this kind of thing is why. Taylor is a little short of being a quality regular, but not by much. He’s hitting .327/.358/.510 in 54 plate appearances this season.
  • SF Shortstop #49
    Tyler Fitzgerald hit his first homer of the year Wednesday against the Mets.
    The 381-foot homer accounted for the first earned run allowed this year by breakout Mets reliever Reed Garrett. Playing against lefties, Fitzgerald has hit .269/.321/.538 in his 28 plate appearances this season. An expanded role still doesn’t seem likely, but he does offer versatility if injuries strike.