MLB In Full Bloom - Johnny Cueto Fans 12 Dodgers In Victory - 6/12/2014

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Johnny Cueto matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings leading the Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Cueto also allowed only three hits without issuing a walk. Cueto has looked more human in recent weeks, but it's tough to argue with what he against the Dodgers. He is now the proud owner of a 1.85 ERA through 102 innings, which he'll take into next week's road start against the Padres. Cueto faced the minimum 15 batters through five innings after Dee Gordon singled but was picked off. He also fanned 10 Dodgers during that span, including five in a row while getting up to 90 pitches. His 109 strikeouts on the season are the best in the National League as of Wednesday night, as Cueto continues to be one of the fantasy surprises of 2014.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Masahiro Tanaka struck out 11 while giving up just two runs in his second complete game of the year to beat the Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday. Tanaka pitched on an extra day's rest after Monday's game against the Royals was postponed, which pushed his scheduled Tuesday outing back a day. He required 110 pitches to finish off the Mariners. Tanaka improved to 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Tanaka will face the Blue Jays next Tuesday in the Bronx.
  • Yu Darvish improved to 7-2 in Wednesday's complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins. It was the first complete game of Darvish's career. He held the Marlins to six hits and three walks while striking out 10. Just another Cy Young-caliber season for Darvish, who has a 2.11 ERA in 85 1/3 innings. He'll face the Athletics in his next start in Oakland.
  • Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 and hit his 19th homer off Justin Verlander on Wednesday. Abreu has four homers and four doubles in eight games against the Tigers. He also has four homers in eight games since coming off the disabled list last week. He's now two homers behind Nelson Cruz for the major league lead and one back of Edwin Encarnacion in second place.
  • Francisco Liriano (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with an oblique strain. The Pirates have yet to disclose the results of Wednesday's MRI, but the team evidently determined that Liriano would have to miss more than one start on account of the injury to place him on the disabled list. It might make sense for most fantasy owners to cut bait with the left-hander in smaller formats.
  • Tyler Matzek held the Atlanta Braves to two runs over seven-plus innings Wednesday and he earned a win in his MLB debut. It was an impressive outing from Matzek, who hadn't exactly been lighting it up this season at the Triple-A level. He struck out seven Braves batters and did not issue a walk as he kept the shutout going into the eighth inning. He was once considered a top pitching prospect, but fantasy owners need to proceed with caution as he is considered risky fantasy play moving forward this season.
  • Jesus Montero is being called up by the Seattle Mariners today. He has provided reason for some optimism this season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .270 with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 59 games. He could see a decent amount of playing time between DH and first base while Justin Smoak (quad) is sidelined and may be worth a flier in some deeper mixed fantasy formats.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays finally scored a run and got a victory on the same day! Desmond Jennings had a two-run single during a four-run fourth inning and the Rays snapped a club-record 31-inning scoring drought en route to beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Wednesday night.
  • A Jayson Werth bobblehead that will be given away to the first 1,000 fans at the Washington Nationals High-A affiliate - Potomac Nationals - game this Saturday night has a real(ish) beard. Kind of cool - kind of weird....