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  • TOR Starting Pitcher #17
    José Berríos improved to 4-0 on the young season on Saturday, firing six innings of shutout baseball in a victory over the Padres.
    The 29-year-old hurler allowed just five hits and two walks while striking out six batters on the night. The biggest threat against him came in the fifth inning, as the Padres loaded the bases with two outs for Manny Machado, but Berríos was able to retire him on a pop out to third base to quell the rally. He got just four swings and misses on 91 pitches on the evening, posting a CSW of 30 percent. Now 4-0 on the season, he’ll carry a stellar 0.85 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 27/9 K/BB ratio (31 2/3 innings) into Thursday’s tilt against the Royals in Kansas City.
  • SF Catcher #14
    Patrick Bailey went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and stolen base in the Giants 8-7 win over the Mets on Friday.
    Bailey silenced the crowd in Queens and turned a three-run deficit into a lead the Giants wouldn’t relinquish. Fantasy managers certainly love the unexpected stolen base too, a heady move by Bailey with Edwin Díaz on the mound who struggles to hold runners on. Something seems to have clicked for Bailey who’s carrying an .847 OPS this season and has the underlying metrics to match this breakout.
  • SF Relief Pitcher #75
    Camilo Doval worked around two hits and an error to earn the save on Friday over the Mets. He struck out one.
    This was a treacherous ninth inning for Doval. The Mets rallied on him and then Marco Luciano butchered a tailor-made double play that would’ve ended the game. Then he intentionally walked Brandon Nimmo before punching out J.D. Martinez with a runner on third and one out. Then Matt Chapman made a herculean bare-handed play to end the game. He remains a super steady closing option despite this near collapse.
  • NYM Third Baseman #27
    Mark Vientos 1-for-4 with a walk, home run, and two runs scored in a loss to the Giants on Friday.
    Vientos has all but usurped Brett Baty at third base for the Mets, starting six out of nine games, homering three times, and sporting a 1.167 OPS in 35 at-bats this season. Manager Carlos Mendoza told the media Baty would get a start this weekend, but Vientos’ hot streak is giving him little choice in the matter.
  • NYM Relief Pitcher #39
    Edwin Díaz pitched a scoreless seventh inning on Friday against the Giants. He allowed one hit, struck out one batter, and earned a hold.
    The Mets’ closer role is fully in flux with Díaz’s struggles and Reed Garrett allowing a go-ahead grand slam to Patrick Bailey on Friday. It was nice to see Díaz pitch a reasonably clean inning, but Jorge Soler put one to the warning track and his command was still shaky. Keep an eye on his usage, especially if the Mets ever do win a game.
  • NYM Starting Pitcher #45
    Christian Scott threw six innings on Friday and allowed two earned runs while striking out four and walking one. He left with the lead but wound up with a no-decision.
    Scott had a strange start. He had just one swing and miss and no strikeouts entering the fifth inning of this one. His sweeper was off and the Giants were attacking his fastball. Yet, he still earned a quality start while retiring the final 12 batters he faced and punched out four of the last six. It’s starts like these, when a young pitcher clearly isn’t at his best, that instills so much confidence in the young right-hander. Bear in mind, he allowed another home run in this one. His third in 22 ⅔ innings after giving up seven in 25 ⅓ innings at AAA.
  • SF Starting Pitcher #45
    Kyle Harrison allowed four earned runs across five innings on Friday against the Mets. He struck out six and walked two.
    Harrison’s fastball was all over the place in this one and even hit Brandon Nimmo in the c-flap of his helmet. He still managed a fine outing despite plenty of traffic by the Mets and back-to-back home runs by J.D. Martinez and Mark Vientos. Harrison will take a 3.90 ERA into his next start against the streaking Phillies.
  • CLE Center Fielder #38
    Steven Kwan (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment at Single-A Lake County on Saturday.
    He’ll play two games there over the weekend, then if all goes well he’ll join the Guardians for Monday’s series opener against the Rockies in Colorado. Kwan has been sidelined since May 4 due to a left hamstring strain.
  • CHC Starting Pitcher #18
    Shota Imanaga will have his start pushed back until next week after Friday’s game against the Cardinals was postponed due to rain.
    The 30-year-old southpaw did all of his pregame work and was ready to go before the rains came and wiped out Friday’s contest. The Cubs will stick with Jameson Taillon and Javier Assad for the final two games over the weekend, with Imanaga now set to take the hill against the Brewers next week.
  • ATL Starting Pitcher #61
    Braves optioned RHP Darius Vines to Triple-A Gwinnett.
    Vines took it on the chin for the Braves on Friday night, giving up six runs on six hits over three innings of work to spare an overworked bullpen. The club will make a corresponding move to add another reliever to the roster prior to Saturday’s battle against the Pirates.
  • HOU Starting Pitcher #65
    José Urquidy was pulled from his minor league rehab start on Friday due to right forearm discomfort.
    That’s never what you want to hear. He’ll likely go for further testing on Saturday to determine the severity of the issue. Urquidy was expected to throw around 80 pitches in what should have been his final minor league rehab start, but was lifted after only 56 pitches after experiencing the issue. Look for the Astros to provide another update on his status before the weekend is through.