Miguel Montero C CHC 3 hours ago
Montero went 2-for-4 Saturday with his first two home runs of the season and three RBI.
He doubled both his hit and RBI totals on the season, which tells you how slowly Montero's come out of the gate. Hopefully for his fantasy owners, Saturday's outburst signals the start of a hot streak.
Hector Rondon RP CHC 4 hours ago
Rondon blew the save on Saturday, entering the game with two on and none out in the ninth inning and promptly coughing up four hits, allowing both inherited runners to score while getting charged with two runs of his own.
The Cubs ended up winning in 11 innings, and it was Rondon's first rough appearance of the season, so he's still got a firm hold of the closer job. After pitching in back-to-back games though, he might get the day off Sunday in the series finale against the Padres.
Kyle Hendricks SP CHC 4 hours ago
Hendricks turned in a quality start on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings while striking out eight.
He didn't get a win in a game the Cubs ending up taking in 11 innings, but it was still a great rebound from Hendricks' rough first start of the season in Coors Field. He'll look to keep his momentum going in his next outing in Pittsburgh.
Matt Kemp OF SD 4 hours ago
Kemp went 2-for-5 Saturday with two runs scored, two RBI, and his first home run as a Padre.
He's now hitting a blistering .340 (17-for-50) through the first 12 games this season with nine RBI and eight runs scored. The Padres' offseason offensive makeover has worked out very well so far, and Kemp is thriving in the heart of their order.
Craig Kimbrel RP SD 4 hours ago
Kimbrel took the loss on Saturday, loading the bases on an infield hit and two walks in the 11th inning before Starlin Castro singled into left field.
It wasn't a blown save, but it was still a fairly ugly outing for Kimbrel. He still has a 1.42 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 6.1 innings though, along with four saves in four chances, and he remains one of the league's elite closers.
Tyson Ross SP SD 4 hours ago
Ross fought his control on Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks over 5.2 innings, striking out nine.
His fantasy owners probably like Ross' 21 K's in 17.2 innings so far, but 12 walks have helped fuel a less-than-thrilling 4.08 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Given his control woes so far, his upcoming start in Denver will make him a very unappealing option next week.
Peter Bourjos CF STL 4 hours ago
Bourjos replaced Matt Holliday (back) in Saturday's game, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.
He's still looking for his first hit of the season, but fantasy owners who picked Bourjos up for his speed have to be happy with his three steals so far. Holliday is expected to be in the lineup on Sunday, so Bourjos will likely head back to the bench.
Sean Doolittle RP OAK 4 hours ago
Doolittle (shoulder) is scheduled for his first flat-ground throwing session Friday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Doolittle has been playing catch on flat ground, recently extending out to 120 feet without issue, but he will move it in and throw his fastball to a catcher next week. It's an important step for the left-hander, but manager Bob Melvin indicated last week that Doolittle may not make it back until late May.
Matt Carpenter 3B STL 4 hours ago
Carpenter went 2-for-5 Saturday with two RBI and his seventh double of the season.
That's six straight multi-hit games for Carpenter, who's raking to the tune of .381/.435/.619 with nine runs and nine RBI through his first 10 games on the season.
Jason Heyward RF STL 4 hours ago
Heyward went 1-for-4 Saturday with a solo home run, his first bomb of the season.
He's had a slow start to his career as a Cardinal, hitting just .227 (10-for-44) with three RBI through his first 10 games. If Heyward doesn't pick up his pace soon, he may find himself bumped down from the two-hole in the batting order.