Tom Koehler
Tom Koehler, Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves
Koehler gave up one run in five innings (1.80 ERA) in his first start of the season and follows it up with a nice home matchup against the Braves. He had a 4.15 home ERA (4.48 road) last year and a career home mark of 3.75 (4.49 road). He also has a career 3.40 ERA in April (4.24 the rest of the year). Koehler is 3-5 lifetime against the Braves with a 3.71 ERA
Season Totals:  7 starts, 1-3, 40.1 IP, 26 Ks, 3.79 ERA (17 earned runs), 1.31 WHIP (38 hits, 15 walks)

Yunel Escobar
If you’re looking to tinker your fantasy baseball lineups, these players are off to hot starts.
Cam Bedrosian, RP, Loas Angeles Angels – 2.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.38 WHIP, five Ks, two Saves
Yunel Escobar, 3B, Los Angeles Angels – 12 for 29 (.414), eight runs, one HR, four RBI
Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers – 4 for 20 (.200), four runs, two HRs, seven RBI, one SB
Freddy Galvis, SS, Philadelphia Phillies – 6 for 21 (.286), four runs, two HRs, six RBI
Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees – 7 for 25 (.280), four runs, three SBs
Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners – 6 for 28 (.214), eight runs, three HRs, four RBI, 1 SB
Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies – 7 for 26 (.269), seven runs, one HR, four RBI
Brandon Kintzler, RP, Minnesota Twins – 4.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, four Ks, four Saves
Chris Owings, SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks – 9 for 25 (.360), four runs, one HR, five RBI, four SBs
Gerardo Parra, OF, Colorado Rockies – 11 for 25 (.440), two runs, one HR, six RBI
Mark Reynolds, 1B, Colorado Rockies – 9 for 26 (.346), four runs, three HRs, eight RBI
Fernando Rodney, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks – 3 IP, 3.00 ERA< 1.67 WHIP, two Ks, two Saves
Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers – 7 for 25 (.280), three runs, one HR, six RBI
Andrelton Simmons, SS, Los Angeles Angels – 10 for 25 (.400), four runs, one home run, two RBI, 1 SB
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, San Diego Padres – 10 for 27 (.370), three runs, two HRs, eight RBI
Steven Souza Jr., OF, Tampa Bay Rays – 10 for 24 (.417), three runs, one HR, six RBI
Ronald Torreyes, 3B, New York Yankees – 6 for 20 (.300), one run, one HR, seven RBI
Jayson Werth, OF, Washington Nationals – 7 for 21 (.333), three runs, two HRs, six RBI
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals – 7 for 21 (.333), four runs, three HRs, six RBI

Joe Musgrove
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Season Totals:  3 starts, 1-1, 19.2 IP, 13 Ks, 2.29 ERA (5 earned runs), 1.17 WHIP (17 hits, 6 walks)

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Gerardo Parra Rockies
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.
So far Parra has responded going five for nine (.556 batting average) with a run and four RBI in the first two games.
Parra hit .253 with 45 runs, seven home runs, 39 RBI and six stolen bases in 368 at bats for Colorado last year.
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.
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.
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
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.
Season Totals:  2 starts, 1-1, 13.2 IP, 9 Ks, 1.98 ERA (3 earned runs), 1.17 WHIP (12 hits, 4 walks)

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