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Luis Arraez reached all four times he was up Monday, going 2-for-2 with two walks.


May 24   2:26 AM

Arraez is batting .349 with the league's highest OBP at .454. The incredible thing is just how much he's walking, especially since he never extends at-bats by swinging and missing. He has an 8/20 K/BB ratio in 130 plate appearances


Elvin Rodriguez surrendered four runs in five innings against the Twins in his first big-league start Monday,


May 24   2:26 AM

Rodriguez avoided the loss after the Tigers came back off the Twins pen, though Detroit did end up losing the game anyway. Rodriguez has given up eight runs over 7 2/3 innings in his two appearances for the Tigers. It's unclear if he'll get to fill in for Eduardo Rodriguez again next time through the rotation.


Emilio Pagan pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to get a relief win Monday against the Tigers.


May 24   2:26 AM

Pagan was brought into a 4-4 tie in the eighth and stuck around until the Twins won it in the bottom of the ninth, giving him his first win after six saves this year. He's sharing time with Jhoan Duran in the closer's role in Minnesota right now.


Chris Archer allowed one run and three hits over four innings Monday against the Tigers.


May 24   2:26 AM

That's the same line Archer had last time out, too. The right-hander hasn't thrown more than 4 1/3 innings in any of his eight starts, but he's been rather effective in amassing a 3.86 ERA. The Twins probably shouldn't push to get more out of him.


Max Kepler hit a grand slam and walked Monday as the Twins edged the Tigers 5-4.


May 24   2:26 AM

The Twins won on a Gio Urshela infield single in the bottom of the ninth. Kepler started that rally with a leadoff walk and scored the winning run. Still, what he did eight innings earlier will get a little more attention. The slam was the third of his career. He's been a very good regular this year, hitting .262/.368/.446 with six homers in 155 plate appearances.


Nick Castellanos went 0-for-5 and grounded into a double play against the Braves on Monday.


May 24   2:10 AM

The rest of the Phillies combined for 10 hits and eight walks tonight, making Castellanos the only player not to reach base. He's 7-for-50 with no homers and three RBI in his last 12 games, dropping his OPS from .906 to .737.


J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4, tripled and walked against the Braves on Monday.


May 24   2:10 AM

Realmuto, who hit first and second early on for the Phils, was in the seventh spot tonight after batting eighth in his previous start. He'll work his way back up if he begins to produce, and tonight seems like a start. He's at .232/.303/.341 for the season.


Tucker Davidson was pounded for five runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Phillies in a loss Monday.


May 24   2:10 AM

He walked four. Davidson snuck out of trouble in the first, but the Phillies went on to score three runs in the second and three more in the third, with one of those runs being charged to Jesse Chavez. Davidson pitched well in his first start after being recalled last week, but the dreadful outing tonight will have to be followed up by something better next time out if he's going to stick. He's due to face the Marlins on Saturday.


Zack Wheeler fanned 10 while allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings Monday in the Phillies' 7-3 victory over the Braves.


May 24   2:10 AM

Wheeler's strikeout total has either gone up or stayed the same with each subsequent start this year; he had three strikeouts in his first two starts, five in his third start, seven in each of his following three, nine last Wednesday against the Padres and now 10 here. He's up to 3-3 with a 3.38 ERA, which is pretty good considering that he was once 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA.


Jonathan Schoop homered and doubled versus the Twins on Monday.


May 24   2:10 AM

It's just the third multihit game of the year for Schoop, who came in batting .161. The fine performance pushed his OPS over .500 (all of the way to .501) for the first time since April 15.


Whit Merrifield stole a base and homered Sunday in a loss to the Diamondbacks. 


May 24   1:52 AM

He also scored two runs. Merrifield jumped on a Zach Davies pitch to leadoff the game with a homer, and it's the third homer of the season for the 33-year-old. The steal brings his total to seven, and fantasy managers who used an early pick on Merrifield have to be encouraged by what they've seen from him as of late. His hot play as of late has a .370 OPS at the end of April up to .555. Still ugly, but improvement is improvement. 


Tyrone Taylor drove in two runs while going 2-for-3 on Monday in an extra-innings loss to the Padres. 


May 24   1:52 AM


Nick Martinez didn't factor into the decision Monday while allowing two runs over five innings in his start against the Padres. 


May 24   1:52 AM


Adrian Houser gave up one run in six innings Monday against the Padres, but didn't factor into the decision. 


May 24   1:52 AM


Bobby Witt Jr. homered and went 2-for-5 Monday in a loss to the Diamondbacks. 


May 24   1:34 AM

Witt Jr. putt a charge into a Zach Davies offering in the first inning that gave the Royals a 2-0 lead. The 21-year-old has looked much more comfortable at the plate in May, and he now has five roundtrippers, six steals and a .649 OPS. It's hard to imagine that these numbers aren't going to continue to climb as we get deeper into the summer. 


Whit Merrifield stole a base and homered Sunday in a loss to to the Diamondbacks. 


May 24   1:34 AM


Zack Greinke allowed seven runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work Monday in a loss to the Diamondbacks. 


May 24   1:34 AM


Zach Davies gave up four earned runs -- five total -- in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Royals. 


May 24   1:34 AM


Cal Raleigh homered while going 2-for-4 Monday in a victory over the Athletics. 


May 24   1:18 AM

Raleigh scorched a line-drive homer from the right side of the plate off Zach Logue to give the Mariners a 7-3 lead. The backstop also ripped a single in the contest. Raleigh has some long-term potential, but isn't a recommended fantasy option for the 2022 season. 


Paul Sewald gave up a hit but didn't allow a run while picking up a save Monday against the Athletics. 


May 24   1:18 AM

Sewald allowed a two-out single, but he was able to get Sean Murphy to ground out to end the game. He added a strikeout, and the 31-year-old lowers his ERA to 2.40 while procuring his second save of the year. Sewald is likely to get the bulk of save chances for Seattle, but this is still more closer-by-committee. 


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