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  • MIA Starting Pitcher #23
    Marlins optioned RHP Max Meyer to Triple-A Jacksonville.
    The move will clear room for Edward Cabrera to return from the IL. The movie is surprising considering Meyer has been one of the only bright spots for Miami this season, posting a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings across his first three starts; however, he also missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The team has been clear that they were going to limit Meyer’s innings this season, so it’s unclear what their plan is for him in the minors or how long he will be down for.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #43
    Slade Cecconi will work behind an opener when he takes on the Dodgers on Monday evening in Los Angeles.
    Diamondbacks’ skipper Torey Lovullo told reporters after Sunday’s win over the Tigers that Joe Mantiply will serve as the opener on Monday — giving him a chance to face both Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman in the opening inning. Not that Cecconi is a recommended streaming option against the Dodgers, but his chances of earning a victory do improve slightly working as the bulk guy out of the bullpen rather than starting.
  • ARI Left Fielder #3
    Joc Pederson went 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI on Sunday afternoon, leading the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 victory over the visiting Tigers to salvage the final game of their three-game weekend set.
    Pederson got the scoring started with an RBI double off of Matt Manning in the home half of the first inning. He also smacked a run-scoring single in the second inning — extending the Diamondbacks’ lead to 3-0. With his three-hit attack, the 32-year-old slugger is now hitting a robust .317/.421/.558 with five homers, 12 RBI and one stolen base on the season.
  • LAD Designated Hitter #17
    Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in a 3-2 win over the Reds in 10 innings on Sunday.
    With the game tied in the 10th, Ohtani laced a 100.3 mph single off of Alexis Diaz to score Jason Heyward and give the Dodgers the win. It was Ohtani’s 33rd RBI of the season to go along with a stellar .353/.423/.658 triple slash. He was likely underdrafted in fantasy leagues because he was listed at just UTIL in most formats.
  • ARI Relief Pitcher #38
    Paul Sewald slammed the door on the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, working a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a two-run advantage.
    The 33-year-old hurler picked up his third save of the season for his efforts. He made it look awfully easy in this one, needing just 10 pitches (nine strikes) to get Wenceel Perez on a fly ball, Spencer Torkelson on strikes and Javier Baez on a pop out to second base to end it. On the season, Sewald now holds a 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and a 5/1 K/BB ratio across his first five innings of work.
  • CIN Shortstop #44
    Elly De La Cruz went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in a loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
    After a tremendous first game of the series, De La Cruz finished the final three games against the Dodgers going 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts. He’s off to an absurd start to the season with 30 stolen bases and nine home runs in 47 games; however, he has started to give back some of his early plate discipline gains. De La Cruz now has 26 strikeouts to just five walks in May while going 14-for-65 at the plate for a .215 average. He’s an electric fantasy player and not somebody you’d ever take out of your lineup, but the 22-year-old remains a work in progress as far as his approach at the plate goes. While that gives him scary good upside, it also means that you should be ready for some prolonged cold streaks as well.
  • ARI Starting Pitcher #52
    Jordan Montgomery pitched decently in a no-decision against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, giving up four runs on five hits over his six-plus innings of work.
    The left-hander struck out three batters on the afternoon while issuing a pair of free passes. He served up a solo homer to Spencer Torkelson in the third inning, then kept the Tigers at bat until an RBI single by Javier Baez in the fifth. They tacked on another run in the sixth inning, then Montgomery issued a leadoff walk in the seventh before exiting, and that run came around to score as well. He got eight whiffs on 92 pitches on the night, posting a CSW of 25 percent. He’ll look to improve upon his 4.98 ERA and 1.37 WHIP when he toes the slab against the Marlins on Saturday.
  • DET First Baseman #20
    Spencer Torkelson clubbed his third home run of the season on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to power the Tigers past the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
    The 24-year-old slugger got the Tigers on the board in the third inning, crushing a 428-foot (106.5 mph EV) solo shot off of Jordan Montgomery in the third inning. He also reached on a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning and scored on an RBI triple off the bat of Kerry Carpenter that was nearly an inside-the-park home run. Torkelson finished the afternoon 1-for-4 and is now hitting .227/.291/.360 with three long balls and 17 RBI.
  • DET Starting Pitcher #25
    Matt Manning was hit hard in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, giving up four runs on 10 hits over his five innings of work.
    The right-hander also issued three walks on the day while recording only one strikeout. Woof. The Diamondbacks scratched out a pair of runs in the opening inning, then tacked on single runs in the second and fourth despite a parade of baserunners throughout the game. Manning got just four swings and misses on 86 pitches on the afternoon, posting a minuscule CSW of 21 percent. He’ll carry a 4.88 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and a 23/12 K/BB ratio (27 2/3 innings) into Friday’s matchup against the Blue Jays.
  • CIN Starting Pitcher #21
    Hunter Greene allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday.
    Greene struck out eight and walked just two on the day. He also posted a 35 percent whiff rate and 30 percent CSW as the four-seam fastball carved up the Dodgers on Sunday. Greene also allowed just one extra-base hit, but it happened to be a home run to Andy Pages. All of that pre-season talk of Greene adding another pitch was much ado about nothing, as Greene threw just eight splitters on the day and earned one whiff, but his slider command has improved and Greene has a 3.22 ERA on the season heading into a rematch against these Dodgers next week.
  • LAD Starting Pitcher #96
    Landon Knack allowed one run on three hits over 4 2/3 in a no-decision against the Reds.
    Knack also struck out five and walked one on the day. He was called on for a spot start with the Dodgers wanting to push Yoshinobu Yamamoto back to Monday. Knack delivered with a 36 percent whiff rate and 31 percent CSW. His four-seam and curveball carved up the Reds all afternoon, and he now has a 2.61 ERA on the year. He’ll likely head back to Triple-A, but if there is ever a full-time opening in the Dodgers’ rotation, Knack would certainly be worth an add.