Kenley Jansen (LAD) - Protecting a three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, Kenley Jansen came in to try to record the save. After a pair of groundouts, Jansen allowed both Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock to walk before giving up a game-tying home-run to Chris Owings. Much of Tuesday was spent by Jansen and the Dodgers insisting that he is healthy, although the radar gun paints a troubling picture. In his first two appearances to begin the year, Jansen's fastball velocity is down to 89-90 MPH compared to his usual 93-94 MPH average. For what it's worth, Jansen threw 4.2 innings during spring training while allowing just one hit, no walks, and striking out six batters. After the game, Jansen told reporters that he was working through mechanical issues. Any one of Pedro Baez, Josh Fields or Scott Alexander would be the next in line options. At this point, given the murkiness of the handcuffs and the leash of Jansen, it's probably not wise to panic.
Ian Happ (CHC) - Cubs manager Joe Maddon continues to sit outfielder Ian Happ against left-handed pitching, a frustrating reality for fantasy owners who drafted Happ within the top-100 after enjoying a strong spring training. While Albert Almora, the primary beneficiary, has a career .371 wOBA and 128 wRC+ against southpaws, Happ hasn't necessarily been terrible against left-handers with a .322 wOBA and 95 wRC+. Without everyday at-bats, it'll be difficult for Happ to return the value he flashed in the pre-season. It should be noted that since opening day, Happ has gone just 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts, so he hasn't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball while in the lineup either.
Bryce Harper (WAS) - Another day, another homerun for Bryce Harper. Harper has been on fire since the start of the season. In the final year of control with the Nationals, Bryce Harper is auditioning for the largest contract of all time. With four homeruns in five games, Harper certainly has a good shot at being among the leaders in power this season. Unfortunately, team are already terrified to pitch to him, meaning he's going to hold substantial value in on-base percentage leagues, but will also reduce the number of opportunities to add to his counting stats. The speed component also remains a question mark, but as long as he's healthy, Harper should perform like a first rounder this season.
Marcell Ozuna (STL) - Marcell Ozuna crushed a Chase Anderson pitch at 117.2 MPH and it traveled 479 feet, which set a new record for Miller Park. It was Ozuna's 5th hit of the season and 1st home run with his new team. The Cardinals bats have been hot over the last couple of games, so it's good to see Ozuna join in on the fun. The home ballpark isn't going to do him any favors, but it's certainly not any worse than his park last season.
Freddie Freeman (ATL) - Freddie Freeman continued swinging a hot bat on Tuesday as the Braves romped the Nationals 13-6. Freeman went 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored, a home run and 4 runs batted in. Freeman also added two walks. Like with fellow NL superstar Bryce Harper, many pitchers are afraid of pitching to him with little protection behind him in the Braves' lineup. The counting stats may suffer until Ronald Acura is called up, but once he does, the upside will be tremendous.
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