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So it’s official I am off the Chris Colabello bandwagon. That ride appears to be over. He started off the season red hot, seeing his average near the end of April hit .346. He also hit 27 RBI, 3 home runs and scored 11 runs in April. Since then, he has done more than cool off. In the month of May he has only 7 hits in 52 at bats (.135 average). 1 home run and 3 RBI. I’m more than OK with you letting him go at this point.

Some big injuries have occurred in the last week. The biggest one is Jose Fernandez, who is yet another casualty to Tommy John surgery. Joey Votto, who has been struggling the last few weeks, is likely headed to the DL with a knee injury. MRI results have not been reported yet, but be ready to not have Votto for a while. As an owner of him, I’m praying for good news at this point.

In The Batter’s Box
Mesoraco
Devin Mesoraco (C – CIN) Owned in 35% ESPN, 53% Yahoo – After all the bad news about injuries, here is some good news. Mesoraco returns Friday from the DL. He started the year off great, hitting for a .468 average with 3 home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs in 47 at bats. That isn’t a sustainable pace, but I would gladly pick him up if he is available in your league.

Yan Gomes (C – CLE) 27% ESPN, 57% Yahoo – Gomes started the season off slow, .247 average with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in all of April. Already in May he has raised his average to .268, and hit 3 more home runs and 10 RBI. I realize that I’m recommending two catchers, but some of you are still holding onto catchers such as Jason Castro who is hitting just over .200 at this point. Pick up Mesoraco or Gomes and move on.

Seth Smith (OF – SD) 31% ESPN, 22% Yahoo – Overall on the year Smith is hitting .336.  In the last week he has really helped that average, going 11 for 21, with 7 RBI, 4 runs and a home run. Now this is San Diego, so the scoring and RBI will be limited, but if you are looking for a 5th outfielder, you could find one a lot worse than one batting .336.

From The Mound
Britton
Zach Britton (RP – BAL) 6% ESPN, 25% Yahoo – More closer changes. Is this giving anybody else a headache? After Tommy Hunter had a couple of bad outings, including two blown saves in a row, Buch Showalter inserted Zach Britton on Thursday to get the save. We don’t actually know if this is a permanent change, or if Buck is just giving Hunter a break, but Britton is absolutely worth a pick up.

Tyson Ross (SP – SD) 28% ESPN, 68% Yahoo – Ross had a very up and down start to the season leading to a 3.68 ERA, which isn’t terrible, but the 1.43 WHIP was very concerning. He has since righted the ship with three very nice starts in May. His ERA is now down to 2.81 on the year and he has won two of those three starts. He is still a much better pitcher at home than the road, so you’ll have to make sure you start him in the right spots on the road, if at all. Either way he is worth a roster spot.

Jordan Lyles (SP – COL) 45% ESPN, 42% Yahoo – Lyles sits at 5-0 on the season with a 2.66 ERA. Let me say that again. Lyles, a Colorado Rockies pitcher, sits at 5-0 this season with a 2.66 ERA. Those are numbers you don’t expect to see from a Rockies pitcher. What is even more strange is his home splits are actually better than his road splits. How is he doing it? A 55% ground ball rate and a 0.53 HR/9 rate. If he can keep up the ground ball rate, he might just be a useful pitcher, despite pitching most of his games in Colorado.

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