Description: Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija gave up two runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks but failed to pick up his first win because Chicago's bullpen blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning.
Insight: Samardzija is 0-2 despite throwing at least seven innings in all five starts this season and posting a 1.53 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Description: The Astros went to Josh Fields for a second straight save chance on Wednesday but he couldn't close out the Mariners.
Insight: Fields gave up a walk-off three-run homer to Kyle Seager. Three members of Houston's bullpen -- Fields, Anthony Bass and Chad Qualls -- have recorded a save this year, and the Astros will probably stick with a committee after Fields' blown save on Wednesday.
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is healthy enough to return but the team will wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Sean McAdam, csnne.com.
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox have opted to call up Alex Wilson rather than activate Victorino. The outfielder should be back Thursday and is expected to hit first or second when he returns.
Description: St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Insight: The Cardinals will start Allen Craig at first and Shane Robinson in right field. The 25-year-old Adams is hitting .346 with an .858 OPS this season, though he only has one home run and five RBI.
Description: Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.
Insight: Davis is hitting .304 with one homer, 11 runs and seven steals in 15 games this season, but he'll take a seat to give J.D. Martinez a second straight start. He has been leading off for the Tigers and should be added in deep leagues.
Description: San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan was not in Wednesday's lineup at Colorado due to a sore knee, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Pagan said he's fine, but manager Bruce Bochy said he thought the center fielder looked a step or two off while running down some flares to the outfield that dropped Tuesday night. Pagan went 0-for-5 with three Ks in the game and is two for his last 16.
Description: Padres starter Josh Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to Corey Brock of mlb.com.
Insight: It's the second time Johnson has had to undergo the surgery. He had a pitiful 6.20 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP while going 2-8 in 81 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season and may never throw an inning for San Diego because he's on a one-year deal.
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang pitched well in a no-decision Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: This wasn't the gem he threw last week against the Mets (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's) but Harang (3-1) was still plenty effective, racking up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowing just one run over six innings. His 0.85 ERA this season leads the National League.
Description: Texas left-hander Matt Harrison will make his season debut Sunday against Seattle. SOURCE: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
Insight: Harrison was originally slated to return on Friday but the team didn't want him batting during the team's upcoming interleague series against the Rockies so they pushed him back a couple days. Harrison missed most of last season with back issues. His last start in the big leagues came on April 6, 2013.
Description: M's right-hander Erasmo Ramirez may be close to losing his place in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Greg Johns, MLB.com
Insight: The right-hander has had a difficult time throwing strikes (1.82 K to BB ratio) and has given up way too many home runs (six in his last five starts). With Hisashi Iwakuma close to returning from a finger injury, it looks like Ramirez will be the odd man out in Seattle's rotation.
Description: The Red Sox have demoted outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: Right-hander Alex Wilson was called up in the corresponding roster move. Nava opened the year as Boston's starting right fielder but after hitting .149 in 17 games, it's clear he wasn't up to the task. Even if we see Nava back in the big leagues this season, he won't be a fantasy option.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is one of the rare hitters who actually likes facing Zack Greinke.
Insight: We don't actually know if he "enjoys" facing Greinke (3-0, 2.42 ERA) but we do know that Revere has six hits against him in 14 lifetime at bats (.429 AVG). That makes him worthy of a start on Wednesday.
Description: Though it hasn't kept him out of the lineup yet, Braves 1B Freddie Freeman admitted he's been struggling with dry eyes. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's an issue Freeman has dealt with on and off throughout his career. He said he cleaned his eye lids out and should be back to normal by Friday. The issue hasn't affected Freeman's performance (.346, 5 HR, 14 RBI) so fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.
Description: Boston right fielder Shane Victorino is healthy enough to return but the team may wait to activate him after Jon Lester lasted only 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday night. SOURCE: Alex Speier, WEEI
Insight: With the bullpen worn out, the Red Sox may need to call up an arm from Pawtucket to eat up some innings. Either way, Victorino (strained hamstring) should be back with the team later this week.
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is hitless in seven trips to the plate against Reds starter Alfredo Simon.
Insight: Martin, who is appealing a one-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing brawl this past weekend, has just one hit in 15 at bats against Cincinnati this season (.067). Tonight should be more of the same.
Description: Nats center fielder Denard Span has been brutal against Angels starter Jered Weaver throughout his career.
Insight: Span, who used to face the Angels on a fairly regular basis when he played for the Twins, just can't seem to figure Weaver out. In 22 at bats against him, he's logged just two hits (.091). Make sure to bench Span (.208, 0 HR, 5 RBI) on Wednesday.
Description: Indians left fielder Michael Brantley is still looking for his first hit off Kansas City starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: He's 0-for-9 against him, though bizarrely he has not struck out against the left-hander. Brantley has been killing it lately with five hits and four RBI in his last three appearances. With that said, the odds are definitely against him on Wednesday.
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Cleveland right fielder David Murphy on Wednesday.
Insight: That's because of his dreadful batting average against Royals starter Jason Vargas (.091 in 22 at bats). Murphy has gotten off to a nice start (.288, 2 HR, 15 RBI) but we wouldn't expect much from him on Wednesday.
Description: Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is having a pretty awful season (.205, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 20 games) but he could be worth a look Wednesday against Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas.
Insight: He's hitting .500 against him in ten career at bats. Two of those five hits went for extra bases so this matchup does have potential. Cabrera still has time to turn things around this season but the clock is ticking.
Description: New York right fielder Carlos Beltran hasn't made much success against Red Sox right-hander John Lackey (2-for-12).
Insight: We tell you that because that's who Beltran will be facing on Wednesday. Beltran has had a good season though (.296, 5 HR, 13 RBI in 18 games) so you may not want to take him out of your lineup.
Description: Giants right fielder Hunter Pence hasn't had the season he was hoping for and it's probably not going to get much better on Wednesday.
Insight: That's because he's facing Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood, a pitcher he's hitless against in his career (0-for-14). Pence is barely hitting .200 right now (.213) and doesn't deserve to be starting in any fantasy leagues until he breaks out of his season-long slump.
Description: San Francisco center fielder Angel Pagan will have his hands full Wednesday against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Insight: He has three hits in 17 career at bats against him (.176). Pagan has definitely slowed down after getting off to a great start. Over the last week, he's gone just 5-for-24 with one extra base hit (.208).
Description: San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval owns a .417 career average against today's starting pitcher, Tyler Chatwood (1-0, 2.77 ERA).
Insight: Judging by his paltry .169 average this season, Panda hasn't found his stroke yet. But for once, Sandoval does have a favorable matchup with Chatwood throwing for Colorado today. We'll see if he can take advantage of it.
Description: Wilin Rosario is one of the better offensive catchers in baseball, just not against Matt Cain.
Insight: The Rockies backstop owns a .167 lifetime average versus the Giants right-hander. Catcher isn't the deepest position in fantasy but we're guessing you'll have better options than Rosario (.265, 3 HR, 13 RBI) on Wednesday.
Description: Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez couldn't have asked for a worse matchup on Wednesday.
Insight: Gonzalez is facing Giants right-hander Matt Cain, a pitcher he's had almost no success against throughout his career (4-for-44 with 17 strikeouts). The idea of benching Gonzalez (.266, 4 HR, 14 RB, 2 SB) in fantasy is usually treated like sacrilege but on this rare occasion, it's actually the right thing to do.
Description: Arizona infielder Martin Prado is not a preferred fantasy option Wednesday against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Samardzija has limited Prado to just two hits in 13 career at bats (.157 AVG). Prado has been pretty useless this season (.247 AVG, zero homers in 22 games) and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Joe Frisaro, MLB.com
Insight: It's pretty common for catchers to sit out the day game after a night game so fantasy owners shouldn't be too thrown off by this. Saltalamacchia isn't one of the more exciting fantasy options at catcher but he did have a 25-HR season as recently as 2012.
Description: Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin could be activated from the disabled list as early as April 29th. SOURCE: Denver Post
Insight: He's been in the minors rehabbing a shoulder strain. Chacin logged an impressive 3.47 ERA last season though he was a completely different pitcher on the road (2.44 ERA in 81 IP) than he was at home (4.18 ERA in 116 1/3 IP).
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon injured his head Tuesday against the Phillies but has already passed all his concussion tests. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: He suffered the injury while sliding into second for his 12th stolen base of the season. That total leads the major leagues. Gordon's .369 average won't last but fantasy owners can always rely on his blazing speed. We wouldn't expect this ailment to sideline him for more than a day or two.
Description: New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury corked two hits in Tuesday's win over Boston.
Insight: Ellsbury received a mixed reaction from fans in his return to Fenway Park. Though he still hasn't homered yet, Ellsbury has collected a robust .342 average in his first 20 games as a Bronx Bomber. He also has eight thefts on ten stolen base attempts.
Description: Rockies starter Franklin Morales was lights out Tuesday in a win over San Francisco.
Insight: Morales surrendered just one run over seven innings, striking out seven with two walks. After losing his spot in the starting rotation earlier this season, Morales (2-1, 3.86 ERA) got it back last week when Brett Anderson underwent surgery to repair a broken finger. We'll see how long he holds onto his job this time around.
Description: Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney stayed hot with three hits Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: He's been ridiculous over his last four games, providing nine hits over that span (.563 AVG). Loney, who has never been a big power guy, is on pace for 97 RBI this season. Fantasy owners in the market for a corner infielder could do a lot worse than Loney (.302, 1 HR, 12 RBI).
Description: Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel was brilliant Tuesday in a win over Arizona.
Insight: Hammel (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 K's, 0 BB) has been practically unhittable this year, limiting opponents to a .151 batting average over 27 2/3 innings. He has, however, been susceptible to giving up the long ball. In fact, five of the eight runs Hammel (3-1, 2.60 ERA) has allowed this season have come on round-trippers. His next start will be Sunday against Milwaukee.
Description: Astros right-hander Collin McHugh picked up his first major league victory Tuesday against Seattle.
Insight: McHugh was spectacular, fanning 12 hitters and allowing just three hits in 6 2/3 shutout innings. He was called up Monday to replace the injured Scott Feldman (biceps tendinitis) in the starting rotation.
Description: Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu socked a solo homer over the center-field wall off Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning Tuesday night.
Insight: That's the center-field wall at Comerica Park, 420 feet away from home plate, if you were wondering. Abreu went 2-for-3 with two runs in the game and has six homers on the young season. He's done a good job to shake off his first MLB slump, going 8-for-20 with three doubles and two homers after a 1-for-25 stretch.
Description: Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer blasted four hits Tuesday in an 8-2 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Hosmer hasn't found his home run stroke yet (still homerless in 74 at bats) but who needs the long ball when you're hitting over .300? Here's another thing Hosmer owners should be thrilled about: the 24-year-old has just six strikeouts in 19 games. With a contact rate like that, Hosmer should be in for a great season.
Description: Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Napoli is hitting .286, but his average will soon tumble. He has struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances and hit .370 on balls in play even though his line-drive rate is just 11.8 percent.
Description: Rays starter David Price pitched a complete game Tuesday against Minnesota.
Insight: Joe Mauer hit a hard line drive off Price's leg in the fourth inning but it didn't seem to affect him as the left-hander still finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts over 113 pitches. Price's next start is Sunday against the White Sox.
Description: Back-to-back solo homers from David Ortiz and Mike Napoli were the only blemishes on New York starter Masahiro Tanaka's record Tuesday in his first taste of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.
Insight: Tanaka gave up three doubles and the two round-trippers but held Boston to two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking none. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.15 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and an impeccable 35/2 K/BB in 29 1/3 innings.
Description: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen homered for the second straight game Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: McCutchen went 5-for-6 with two homers, three walks and three runs in the first two games of Pittsburgh's series versus Cincinnati and is hitting .288 with a career-high 18.2 percent walk rate, up from 11.6 percent last year.
Description: Pirates starter Edinson Volquez tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: After walking 4.07 batters per nine innings last year, Volquez has issued just five total walks in 28 innings this season and owns a 1.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He has a 4.0 percent HR/FB and allowed one homer all year.
Description: Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hyperextended his knee Tuesday in a win against the Mets. SOURCE: Andy Martino, New York Daily News
Insight: Wainwright finished the inning so the injury couldn't have been that serious. He had another brilliant outing on Tuesday, allowing just four hits across seven shutout frames. Wainwright (1.46 ERA) is tied with Mark Buehrle and teammate Lance Lynn for the major league lead in victories (four each).
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a second straight complete game Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto (1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP) shut out the Pirates on three hits his last start, and he victimized them again Tuesday in a 4-1 win. The right-hander has given up 19 hits and six earned runs while striking out 39 in 39 innings this season.
Description: Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs worked around four walks Tuesday at Washington to grab his second win of the season.
Insight: Skaggs threw seven innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out five. The left-hander's velocity is back up to where it was when he was a top-10 MLB prospect prior to 2013, and he has a 3.21 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 28 innings.
Description: Marlins starter Jose Fernandez won a pitchers' duel against Alex Wood of the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.
Insight: The two hurlers combined for 16 innings, seven hits, one earned run, 25 strikeouts and zero walks. Fernandez accounted for 14 of those strikeouts over eight innings in a 1-0 win. After giving up six runs on eight hits with four walks in four innings April 11 at Philadelphia, Fernandez has surrendered zero earned runs and posted a 24/0 K/BB in his last two turns.
Description: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham should be activated from the disabled list later this week. SOURCE: WhiteSox.com
Insight: He's hoping to play this weekend against the Rays. Beckham missed the first few weeks of the season with a strained oblique. His return will probably mean less playing time for Marcus Semien (.227, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and Conor Gillaspie (.302, 0 HR, 12 RBI).
Description: Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) threw 58 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday and said he feels "pretty close" to returning. SOURCE: Bob Dutton, Tacoma News Tribune
Insight: Iwakuma was expected to begin his rehab assignment today but the team moved him to a simulated game due to inclement weather in Tacoma. The plan is to have Iwakuma throw roughly 75 pitches Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma at Las Vegas. If all goes well there, he could rejoin the Mariners.
Description: Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon is hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Angels.
Insight: Rendon is hitting .304 with six doubles, two triples, three homers, 14 RBI and 12 runs in 79 at-bats this season and will hit behind Jayson Werth and in front of Ian Desmond. He's hit in every spot in the order this season other than third and the pitcher's spot.
Description: Boston outfielder Daniel Nava won't be in the lineup Tuesday against New York.
Insight: Nava has had a very poor season offensively (.149, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and is unlikely to be an everyday player when Shane Victorino (strained hamstring) returns from the disabled list later this week.
Description: Somehow, Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was able to avoid a suspension despite his role in instigating a brawl Sunday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Cole took exception to Carlos Gomez admiring his triple and things escalated quickly from there. To Cole's credit, he only yelled at Gomez and didn't throw any punches. Some will say he got off too easy but Cole (2-1, 3.67 ERA) should be a decent fantasy play when he starts Friday against St. Louis.
Description: Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will start his rehab assignment with Single-A Frederick on Friday. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Machado will probably miss all of April after undergoing offseason knee surgery but he could be back in the big leagues sometime in early May. Ryan Flaherty (.213, 0 HR, 3 RBI) and Jonathan Schoop (.259, 1 HR, 9 RBI) have been splitting third base duties in his absence.
Description: The Yankees have promoted left-hander Vidal Nuno to the starting rotation. SOURCE: Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Insight: Nuno's start on Sunday at Tampa Bay -- five innings, zero runs, six strikeouts -- was supposed to be a spot start but ended up being an audition after Ivan Nova's MRI revealed a torn UCL in his elbow. Nuno has compiled a 2.84 ERA in 428 career minor league innings and went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in three starts for the Bronx Bombers last season, but he's a non-prospect who should only be added in very deep leagues.