Fantasy Baseball: Weekend Recap – Shohei Ohtani Excellent in Debut

Senior Fantasy Baseball Expert Adam Ronis recaps the need-to-know, important MLB news and highlights from this past weekend.

  • After a rough end to the spring that saw his ADP trend downward in a major way, Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani was excellent in his major league baseball debut. Ohtani pitched six innings and allowed three hits, three runs, one walk and struck out six. He allowed a three-run homer to Matt Chapman in the second inning. Ohtani induced a lot of swings and misses and was throwing his fastball in the upper-90s.
  • Blake Parker picked up the first save for the Angels and came into a non-save situation Sunday trying to protect a 7-3 lead. He got one out, but allowed a walk and a pair of singles and was pulled for Kenyan Middleton. After he walked Chapman to load the bases, he got two outs to get the save. Cam Bedrosian pitched the seventh inning.
  • Jose Berrios was the first pitcher to throw a shutout in 2018 in a 7-0 win over the Orioles Sunday. He allowed three hits, one walk and struck out six.
  • Gerrit Cole was dominant in his Astros debut. After allowing a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the first inning, Cole shut the Rangers down, going seven innings, allowing two hits, three walks and struck out 11.
  • Miguel Cabrera is off to a fast start and hitting the ball hard. He went 3-for-8 in the doubleheader Sunday with two runs, two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. He is batting .357.
  • Bryce Harper hit two home runs Sunday and is batting .400.
  • After batting ninth on Opening Day and sitting in the second game, Billy Hamilton was back in the leadoff spot Sunday and went 1-for-5 with a run, an RBI and struck out twice.
  • Justin Smoak had two home runs and drove in six to lead the Blue Jays to a 7-4 win over the Yankees Sunday. He hit a grand slam in the eighth inning off David Robertson.
  • Mariners DH Nelson Cruz missed Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury. He slipped on the dugout steps Saturday and was in a walking boot after the game. The X-rays were negative, and they are waiting for the MRI results.
  • Edwin Encarnacion, Brian Dozier, and Paul DeJong each hit a pair of home runs Sunday.
  • Pirates closer Felipe Rivero allowed four runs in his first game of the season and struggled to throw strikes. He rebounded by striking out the heart of the order in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday and saved the nightcap.
  • Pirates starter Trevor Williams allowed no hits in six scoreless innings but walked five in a 1-0 win over the Tigers.
  • Christian Yelich went 5-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs on Saturday.
  • Kenta Maeda threw five scoreless innings and allowed five hits, one walk and struck out a career-high 10 in a win over the Giants Saturday.
  • Charlie Blackmon hit a pair of solo home runs Saturday and teammate Wade Davis pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the save in his debut as a Rockie.
  • Zack Greinke had a groin injury and velocity concerns in the spring. He alleviated any concerns by pitching 5.1 innings and allowing five hits, one run, no walks and struck out nine.
  • Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-8 over the weekend with a home run and started against a left-handed pitcher. He looks real good and had a great spring.
  • Yu Darvish struggled in his Cubs debut. He went 4.1 innings and allowed five hits, five runs, walked two and struck out four against the Marlins.


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  • Ian Desmond left Saturday’s game with knee soreness, and the Rockies were off Sunday.
  • Scott Kingery had a pair of hits in each of his first two games. He played third base and shortstop.
  • Miguel Sano hit two home runs over the weekend.
  • Adam Eaton went 5-for-5 with four runs, a home run, and three RBIs Saturday.
  • Kyle Gibson didn’t allow a hit in six scoreless innings and walked five with six strikeouts in a win over the Orioles Saturday.
  • Lance McCullers struck out ten and allowed four hits, one walk, and two runs.
  • Tyler Austin hit a pair of home runs and drove in three for the Yankees Saturday. They placed outfielder Billy McKinney on the DL with a shoulder strain and called up Miguel Andujar.
  • Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Michael Conforto could be activated Thursday.
  • Daniel Murphy took grounders at second base on Sunday. He had microfracture knee surgery in October and hopes to return in the middle of the month.
  • Mike Zunino was placed on the DL with an oblique injury.
  • The Diamondbacks placed outfielder Yasmany Tomas on waivers.
  • Jeff Samardzija, who is on the DL with a pectoral strain, threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen Tuesday. He could be back by the end of the month.
  • Yuli Gurriel, who broke his hamate bone in the spring, is serving his five-game suspension and could return Tuesday.

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