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A. Gomber - SP
Austin Gomber recorded seven strikeouts over six innings on Thursday in a no-decision against the Dodgers.
Gomber surrendered three runs on six hits, with all of the damage coming on a three-run homer by Justin Turner in the third inning. The 27-year-old lefty generated 10 swinging strikes, and finished with a 32 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs). More importantly, he managed to avoid any control issues, issuing only two walks in this one. He's compiled a 3.52 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 14/13 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings (three starts) to open the 2021 campaign. He's not a recommended fantasy option when he faces the Astros at home on Wednesday.
Added 1:32 am (EST)
J. Urías - SP
Julio Urias was charged with five runs (four earned) on Thursday in a no-decision against the Rockies.
Urias yielded solo homers to Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson early in the contest before coming unraveled in the sixth inning. He gave up an RBI single to C.J. Cron before two runs ended up crossing the plate, aided by a throwing error from shortstop Chris Taylor, on a two-out single by Yonathan Diaz. He finished with six strikeouts and only issued two walks. The 24-year-old southpaw generated 14 swinging strikes, resulting in a robust 31 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs). He'll carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 15/3 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings (three starts) into an extremely favorable road matchup against the Mariners on Tuesday.
Added 1:31 am (EST)
David Price fired a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Thursday to record his first career save.
Seriously. Price picked up his first-ever save in the 325th regular season appearance of his big-league career. The 35-year-old lefty, who did record a postseason save as a rookie with the Rays back in 2008, was summoned to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning, with Kenley Jansen presumably unavailable after closing out two of their last three games. He gave up back-to-back singles to open the frame, which put the tying runs on base, before striking out pinch-hitter Trevor Story. He appeared to settle in after that, whiffing Garrett Hampson, and also coaxing a game-ending ground out from Raimel Tapia to preserve the victory. Fantasy managers shouldn't count on Price converting too many save opportunities moving forward, but he's clearly embraced the non-traditional relief role the Dodgers have presented to him this season.
Added 1:28 am (EST)
Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday in the Rockies' loss to the Dodgers.
McMahon kicked off the scoring with a solo shot to right field -- his sixth round-tripper of the season -- off Julio Urias in the opening frame. He also doubled and scored a run in the sixth inning. The 26-year-old second baseman is hitting .306/.320/.755 with nine runs scored, six home runs, 10 RBI and one stolen base in 50 plate appearances this season.
Added 1:27 am (EST)
Max Muncy delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning on Thursday to propel the Dodgers to a comeback win over the Rockies.
Muncy put the Dodgers ahead with a clutch 405-foot blast to right-center field off Rockies' reliever Yency Almonte in the seventh inning. It was his third round-tripper of the season. The 30-year-old slugger owns an extra-terrestrial .366/.519/.683 triple-slash line with 10 runs scored, six extra-base hits, 10 RBI and a 7/12 K/BB ratio across 54 plate appearances.
Added 1:27 am (EST)
Garrett Hampson hit a solo homer on Thursday in the Rockies' loss to the Dodgers.
Hampson capitalized on a mistake from Dodgers' lefty Julio Urias, smashing a line-drive solo shot to left field in the third inning. It was his only hit in five at-bats in the back-and-forth contest. The 26-year-old utilityman doesn't offer much in terms of over-the-fence pop, but has sneaky pop when he pulls the ball.
Added 1:26 am (EST)
Justin Turner went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer on Thursday, leading the Dodgers to a 7-5 comeback victory over the Rockies.
Turner reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances as the Dodgers notched their seventh consecutive win, and completed a three-game series sweep against their division rivals. He put the Dodgers on the board by connecting on a 74 mph curveball from Rockies' southpaw Austin Gomber, launching a three-run homer to left-center field -- his fourth round-tripper of the season -- in the third inning. The 36-year-old veteran third baseman has already equaled his over-the-fence output from the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign and appears to be on his way to eclipsing the 20-homer mark for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He's shown zero signs of slowing down at the plate, slashing .432/.480/.841 with 10 runs scored, 10 extra-base hits and 14 RBI in 50 plate appearances. He remains an exceptional four-category fantasy contributor, when fully healthy.
Added 1:24 am (EST)
T. Skubal - SP
Tarik Skubal surrendered two runs (one earned) over four innings on Thursday in a loss to the Athletics.
Skubal was all over the place in this one, but allowed only two hits, including a solo homer to Stephen Piscotty in the third inning. He racked up five strikeouts, while also matching a career-high with four walks. He generated only nine swinging strikes and finished with a lackluster 25 percent CSW (called strikes plus whiffs). The 24-year-old lefty has compiled an underwhelming 6.08 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 12/9 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings (three starts) to open the 2021 campaign. He's in line for a tasty matchup against the Pirates at home in his next start on Wednesday.
Added 1:01 am (EST)