Joe Musgrove
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Joe Musgrove, Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners
Musgrove gave up 2 runs in five innings (3.60 ERA) in his first start of the year and was 4-4 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP last year. He had considerable success (28-11, 2.83 ERA) in the Minors. Seattle is averaging just 3.1 runs per game.
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Season Totals:  6 starts, 1-2, 38.2 IP, 25 Ks, 2.79 ERA (12 earned runs), 1.14 WHIP (34 hits, 10 walks)

Tyler Glasnow
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Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds were one of the teams that Glasnow pitched against last season. He had a 2.57 ERA and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Glasnow was 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA and 181 strikeouts in 152 innings at the Triple-A level.
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Season Totals:  6 starts, 1-2, 38.2 IP, 25 Ks, 2.79 ERA (12 earned runs), 1.14 WHIP (34 hits, 10 walks)

Ricky Nolasco Angels
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Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Angels vs. Seattle Mariners
Nolasco was 4-6 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 11 starts with the Angels last year. He struggled a little in his first start, but he gets to pitch at home where he was 4-3 with a 3.42 ERA last year. Seattle is averaging two runs per game through their first four.
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Season Totals:  4 starts, 1-1, 24.2 IP, 16 Ks, 3.28 ERA (9 earned runs), 1.30 WHIP (24 hits, 8 walks)

Yandy Diaz
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With Jason Kipnis going to the DL, Yandy Diaz should get extra at bats for the Cleveland Indians. Meanwhile in Texas, Joey Gallo figures to benefit from Adrian Beltre’s stint on the shelf.
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Diaz is hitting .250 through three games and 12 at bats. He has a double and three RBI to go along with three strikeouts. Last year he hit .286 with two home runs in 84 at bats for Double-A Akron and .325 with seven home runs and 44 RBI in 360 at bats for Triple-A Columbus. Diaz is only suited for large fantasy leagues as a bench player or spot player.
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Gallo is off to a slow start hitting .200 with seven strikeout in 10 at bats. He does have a home run and two RBI. His average of .200 this year has actually helped raise his lifetime average to .175. He is significantly better against right-handed pitching (.727 OPS compared to .472 against Southpaws), but he has still hit sub-.200 against them. Gallo has a career average of .224 at the Triple-A level. He’s only suggested to use in a spot start when your batting average category is not up for grabs.

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Mike Leake Cardinals
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Mike Leake, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Leake faces his former team in his season debut. He had a 4.69 ERA last year, but had a 4.50 mark in home starts. He has a career 4.05 ERA at Busch Stadium.
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Season Totals:  3 starts, 1-1, 19.2 IP, 13 Ks, 2.29 ERA (5 earned runs), 1.17 WHIP (17 hits, 6 walks)

Gerardo Parra Rockies
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The Colorado Rockies’ misfortunes have opened the door for a couple of veterans to have increased fantasy value in the early going. Yesterday we discussed Mark Reynolds getting extra time with Ian Desmond on the shelf. An injury to David Dahl (rib) should lead to extra at bats for Gerardo Parra.
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So far Parra has responded going five for nine (.556 batting average) with a run and four RBI in the first two games.
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Parra hit .253 with 45 runs, seven home runs, 39 RBI and six stolen bases in 368 at bats for Colorado last year.
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As I mentioned yesterday the Rockies have 13 home games in the next 21 games so that should play into Parra’s favor. Parra hit .294 at home last year (.210 on the road) with five home runs. For his a career he has a .289 average.
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April was by far his best month last year in terms of batting average as well as he hit .287 compared to .241 the rest of the way.
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So if you are looking for a good value in outfield for the first couple weeks of the season, Parra is a nice option.

Clay Buchholz Phillies
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Clay Buchholz, Philadelphia Phillies @ Cincinnati Reds
Buchholz makes his debut for the Phillies. He is 81-61 lifetime with a 3.96 ERA. He had a 4.78 ERA last year, but had a 3.90 mark away from Fenway Park. Throughout his career his ERA outside of Fenway is 3.79.
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Season Totals:  2 starts, 1-1, 13.2 IP, 9 Ks, 1.98 ERA (3 earned runs), 1.17 WHIP (12 hits, 4 walks)

Mark Reynolds Rockies
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Mark Reynolds went two for three in the Rockies’ opener with a double, a home run, three RBI and a walk. With Ian Desmond on the shelf with a hand injury, Reynolds should see his fair share of at bats. While it seems like ages ago (actually it was 2011) when he hit 37 home runs, he should be a nice early source of power.
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Reynolds hit 14 home runs in 118 games last year for Colorado in 393 at bats. He got off to a nice start last April, hitting .311 with two home runs, 11 runs and seven RBI in 61 at bats.
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Throughout his career April has been a pretty solid month.  Reynolds hit a home run in 6.03 percent of his at bats, which is his second highest ratio (August – 6.52%). He also has his highest RBI per at bat ratio (18.55 percent).
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Monthly AB HR HR/AB % RBI  RBI/AB% AVG
April 647 39 6.03% 120 18.55% 0.238
May 835 41 4.91% 129 15.45% 0.255
June 845 44 5.21% 131 15.50% 0.237
July 772 44 5.70% 107 13.86% 0.209
August 767 50 6.52% 137 17.86% 0.262
September 666 34 5.11% 91 13.66% 0.209
October 38 0 0.00% 2 5.26% 0.105

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Colorado plays 13 home games in their next 22 games, which plays into his favor. In 319 at bats at Coors Field Reynolds has a .301 average with 16 home runs and 56 RBI in 319 at bats.
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Reynolds is likely available in your fantasy league. If you can stomach his average and strikeouts, he could be a decent power source early on.

Charlie Morton Astros
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Charlie Morton, Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners
Morton makes his debut with Houston. Since 2011 he is 35-42 with a 3.97 ERA.
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Season Totals:  1 start, 0-1, 5.2 IP, 4 Ks, 4.76 ERA (3 earned runs), 1.59 WHIP (7 hits, 2 walks)

Clayton Richard
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Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers
Richard was 3-4 last year with a 3.33 ERA, but was 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA with the Padres. He had a 1.80 ERA at Dodger Stadium last year.
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2016 Season Totals: 134 Starts, 52-34, 779.2 IP, 649 Ks, 4.06 ERA (352 Earned Runs), 1.25 WHIP (765 hits, 208 walks)


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