Jake Arrieta SP CHC 50 minutes ago
Arrieta gave up four runs on eight hits -- including three home runs -- over seven innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday, walking none and striking out five.
The three home runs allowed matched Arrieta's career high and his total from his nine starts of the season combined. His five strikeouts matched a season low, but Arrieta's overall numbers are still very good. His 2.71 FIP ranks fifth in the National League.
D. J. Peterson 3B SEA 52 minutes ago
Peterson is slashing .211/.284/.298 with just two home runs in 190 plate appearances with Double-A Jackson.
It is a bit surprising to see Peterson struggle so much at the plate this year with the Generals, as he was impressive in 58 games at Double-A to close out the 2014 season. Last season in just 58 more plate appearances with Jackson the 23-year-old corner infielder hit 13 home runs -- 11 more than he has hit so far this season. There is not a big enough sample size or enough information to draw any significant conclusions from Peterson's struggles this season, but his prospect stock is certainly trending down.
Paulo Orlando CF/RF KC 1 hour ago
Orlando was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
With Alex Rios (hand) ready to return to right field, Orlando will head back down following a disappointing run as a regular in the Royals' outfield. The 29-year-old hit .241/.274/.384 in 117 plate appearances, notching one home run, 14 runs scored, seven RBI and two stolen bases.
Brandon Crawford SS SF 1 hour ago
Crawford continued his breakout season Friday, going 2-for-4 with his 33rd RBI and third stolen base of the season in the win over the Braves.
Surprisingly, Crawford has been far better against left-handed pitching (.417/.488/.722) that he has against righties (.269/.345/.438). There are a couple of red flags when looking at Crawford's underlying numbers. His BABIP is currently .352, which is more than 50 points higher than his career average. Also, his 14.0 HR/FB ratio is an extreme outlier. It's not inconceivable that he has simply developed into a well-polished hitter at age 28, but the numbers indicate there will be a slight regression as the season carries on. Regardless, owners should continue to enjoy the ride as Crawford has been the best shortstop in fantasy so far this season.
Alex Rios RF/DH KC 1 hour ago
Rios (hand) was activated from the 15-day DL on Saturday.
Rios will return Saturday, as expected, after missing close to eight weeks with a fractured left hand. He figures to immediately return to an everyday role in right field with Paul Orlando optioned down to Triple-A Omaha.
Taylor Hill SP WAS 1 hour ago
Hill has been recalled from Triple-A and is active for Saturday's game, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.
A corresponding move has not yet been announced, but it could signify Stephen Strasburg possibly ending up on the DL. Hill had a 4.14 FIP in nine starts at Triple-A, but he will work out of the bullpen with the big league club.
Will Smith RP MIL 1 hour ago
Smith's appeal of his eight-game suspension will take place Monday, Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman reports.
Upon the completion of the appeal he will begin serving whatever suspension is handed down. Look for him to be unavailable for all or most of next week.
Santiago Casilla RP SF 1 hour ago
Casilla was shaky Friday, surrendering a run on a hit and two walks, but still managed to pick up his 15th save of the season.
Casilla was spotted a three-run lead to begin the ninth, so his uncharacteristically wild inning did not cost the Giants' the game. The earned run ended a streak of thirteen consecutive scoreless appearances. Casilla still owns a sparkling 1.66 ERA on the year, and while his 3.80 FIP suggests regression, he has always kept his ERA around two runs lower than his FIP in his tenure with the Giants. So he may simply be an exception to the rule. Continue to roll Casilla out there with confidence.
Buster Posey C/1B SF 1 hour ago
Posey carried the Giants' offense Friday, driving in three runs with a double and his eighth home run of the season in the win over Atlanta.
Posey was looking like his former-MVP self Friday night, providing almost all of the Giants' offense against Braves' Mike Foltynewicz. The long ball ties Posey with Brian McCann for second in home runs among all catchers with eight on the season. Not that there is much you can nitpick at with Posey, but Friday's double was just his fifth of the season. He is currently on pace for a career-low 15 doubles on the year. He is still batting over .300, so he is seeing the ball well, but his owners would appreciate more extra-base hits in order to pad his RBI category.
Tim Hudson SP SF 2 hours ago
Hudson (3-4) picked up his third win of the season as he held his former team to just one run over seven innings. He struck out four while walking none in the win over the Braves.
Hudson bounced back after a rough start in Colorado with a gem at home. His 4.64 ERA and 4.3 K/9 won't inspire confidence in fantasy owners, but his 4.05 home ERA (0.68 ERA over last two) make him stream-worthy at AT&T Park in deeper leagues. Coincidentally, his next start comes against the Pirates at home this Wednesday.