Matt Adams batted 2-for-4 with two runs, a home run and two RBIs in the Braves’ 9-0 blowout victory over the Giants.Adams is hitting over .300 on the season to go with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. He has provided plenty of production at the plate for Atlanta as Freddie Freeman’s replacement.
Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs in the Braves’ 9-0 win over the Giants.Swanson posted a hit in his third straight game and has his average up to .223 for the first time since the opening week of the season. He is a possible addition in fantasy leagues if you have a struggling SS. Swanson should continue to improve at the plate as the season progresses.
Johan Camargo posted his third consecutive two-hit game on Tuesday, batting 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI in Atlanta’s 9-0 blowout victory over the Giants.Camargo has gotten a hit in four straight games, including two hits in each of the last three contests. He is earning extra playing time at the expense of Rio Ruiz right now and can be used in DFS as a cheap play when he is in the starting lineup.
Patrick Beverley is a name to keep an eye on in trade discussions as the starting point guard for the Rockets is open to a trade. The team is actively shopping him and could easily swap a first round pick for him. Beverley could do well with a move to another team in terms of fantasy but we will have to wait-and-see. It would be a boost for Lou Williams and Eric Gordon if Beverley moved on.
Brook Lopez has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday in exchange for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. The Lakers will also receive the No. 27 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.Here we go, the first trade of the offseason is a blockbuster with Brook Lopez now going to the Lakers and becoming and even better fantasy option. Lopez should be selected in the third or fourth round of re-draft leagues. Russell will be the starting point or shooting guard depending on whether the team keeps Jeremy Lin.
D’Angelo Russell has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday in exchange for Brook Lopez and the No. 27 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. The Nets will also receive overpaid C Timofey Mozgov. Russell joins a team in desperate need of guards and will be in line for the lead role in Brooklyn. Russell’s value is only on the way up and will be starting either at the one or two depending on Jeremy Lin and what the team does in the draft. Mozgov could be waived in a corresponding move. Brook Lopez gets a bump in L.A. playing for Luke Walton.
Kristaps Porzingis was involved in trade discussions with the Suns in exchange for Devin Booker and the No. 4 overall pick in this upcoming draft. Phil Jackson wants to also include Joakim Noah in a possible trade as well as additional picks. At this time, the Celtics, Suns, Spurs and 76ers are all inquiring about KP and more should surface in the next 24 hours. The tough part is nobody wants to take on Noah’s large contract or his poor play plus injury history. If KP was moved to Phoenix, he would remain a solid fantasy option as well as Devin Booker.
Nikola Pekovic has been waived by the Wolves on Tuesday after missing the last season due to injury. Pekovic could hang it up or try to sign on for the minimum this summer.Karl-Anthony Towns is the center to own in Minnesota and should be a top-five pick in re-draft leagues.
Josh Lucas pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his fourth save of the season for the Memphis Redbirds. He struck out two batters on the night.With the Cardinals struggles this year we might be seeing an influx of young talent coming and going. If Lucas gets called up he probably wont be more than a filer.
Marco Gonzalez pitched six innings allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four on the night.After being sent back down after his awful start with the Cardinals, Gonzalez has pitched very solid for Memphis. We’ll probably be seeing Gonzalez again soon in St. Louis as the Cardinals pitching has been awful.
Jack Flaherty pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. He allowed two home runs.Flaherty has been pitching really well in Triple-A and is a very promising pitcher. We probably wont be seeing Flaherty this year but when he gets his call, he’s got the stuff to be a middle of the rotation starter.
Alex Reyes could begin a throwing program in the next four weeks. Reyes has already been ruled out for the year.Since Reyes is ruled out for the year his main objective is to gradually increase his throwing distance before starting any mound work.
John Gant was named PCL Pitcher of the week last week after pitching eight scoreless innings Friday.After spending a week in the Cardinals bullpen Gant was went back down and pitched very well in Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals are having a ton of troubles with hitting and pitching this year, but have plenty of players in the farm system that could provide a spark. At some point the Cardinals are going to have to stop putting in mediocre players and start giving their prospects a chance.
Dustin Pedroia (ribs) remains out of the Red Sox starting lineup Tuesday.
Pedroia took a pitch to the ribs on Sunday night and was in serious pain, but X-rays turned up negative.This will be the second game that Pedroia misses but is still considered day to day and it doesn’t look like a DL stint will be necessary. Josh Rutledge will start at second base in place of Pedroia.
Cody Bellinger had two HRs in his first two at bats, to help lead the Dodgers to a victory over the Mets. He ended the night 3-for-5 with four RBIs, two runs scored and the two HRs.Bellinger is now the quickest player to hit 21 HRs to start his career. He has exploded onto the scene and is showing no sign of slowing down.