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Clayton Kershaw, Lance McCullers Jr., Bradley Zimmer, more!

A look at the fantasy performances from May 17, 2017

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  • Lance McCullers Jr. pitched well in an Astros 3-0 win over the Marlins. McCullers Jr. went 6 scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits. He had 2 BB and 3 Ks as well. The strikeout total is a bit low considering him having a 10.6K/9 entering the game but fantasy owners will take the solid game here. Jose Altuve was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 triples in the game.
  • Alex Cobb was solid in a winning effort against the Indians. He went 7 innings allowing 3 runs and striking out 7. Despite the 3.65 ERA, he has yet to allow more than 4 runs in an outing all season. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 5 with a 3-run HR. This follows his game yesterday where he had 2 homers. Bradley Zimmer picked up his first career hit (a RBI double) and later his first career HR in the loss. Zimmer warrants an add in nearly every format. His upside alone is worth taking if you have a roster spot. He has high potential with power and speed. His strikeout rate is the issue. This keeps his expectations more mild than that of a Cody Bellinger or even Ian Happ. That being said, he should remain with the Indians for much, if not all, of the 2017 season and beyond.
  • Speaking of Bellinger, he was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles in a Dodgers 6-1 win over the Giants. Bellinger has been crushing opposing pitchers so far to the tune of a .308 AVG 7 HR and 20 RBI. Clayton Kershaw was lights out for his 7th win of the year. He shares the lead for most wins with Dallas Keuchel. Kershaw pitched 7 scoreless innings with just 3 hits while getting 5 Ks. He’s quietly put up a 2.15 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 62 strikeouts over 62.2 innings this season. Kershaw being Kershaw.
  • Gerrit Cole shut down the Nationals offense allowing 3 hits and 1 run over 7 innings of work. He would also strike out 3. This start drops his season ERA to 2.84 and WHIP to 1.02. Josh Bell had a 3-run HR and Andrew McCutchen was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 SB.
  • Michael Fulmer improved to 5-1 on the year with a 7 inning outing against the Orioles. The Tigers starter allowed 10 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out 4. Justin Wilson nailed down the save pitching an inning with 2 Ks. Tyler Collins was 3 for 4 with a double, 2 HR and 4 RBI.