Pirates' Cory Luebke: Finding Triple-A groove
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(10:59 am ET) Luebke (hamstring) allowed three hits in three scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Prior to going on the DL, Luebke gave up three earned runs in 4.1 innings -- walking five. Kyle Lobstein has done well as the team's second lefty out of the pen in his absence, but the team is searching for quality help and has proven to be patient with the oft-injured Luebke.


Nationals' Blake Treinen: Fans two in scoreless inning Wednesday
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(9:57 am ET) Treinen struck out two and walked one in a scoreless ninth inning against the Royals on Wednesday.

It wasn't exactly a high-leverage situation, as the Nats were up 13-2 at the time, but the outing still dropped Treinen's ERA to 3.27. He also has five holds to go along with a 1.27 WHIP and 12:6 K:BB in 11 innings, but Dusty Baker seems to be using him more as a short-relief jack-of-all-trades than a consistent setup man, so Treinen may not be able to keep up that pace in holds even if he continues pitching well.


Cubs' Hector Rondon: Pitches perfect inning Wednesday
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(9:51 am ET) Rondon pitched a perfect inning in a non-save situation against the Pirates on Wednesday.

The Cubs' historic start to the season continued with a 6-2 win Wednesday, and once again Rondon was unable to get a save. He's been fantastic - a 15:0 K:BB makes him one of the most dominant ninth-inning pitchers in the league - but five out of his nine appearances this year came in non-save situations. The Cubs are not doing Rondon's fantasy owners any favors by blowing teams out.


Cubs' Adam Warren: Gives up first earned runs Wednesday
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(9:43 am ET) Warren gave up his first two earned runs of the season Wednesday when Matt Joyce hit a home run off him in the seventh inning.

The Cubs still won and Warren got his third hold. For the season he has a 1.74 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in nine relief appearances.


Rockies' Jake McGee: Shuts door on Padres with clean ninth
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(7:41 am ET) McGee notched his seventh save of the season, pitching a clea in Wednesday's 2-0 victory against the Padres.

His 5.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP are very deceptive as the left-handed closer has been very effective outside of a disastrous outing against the Dodgers on April 24 (five runs and five hits in less than an inning). McGee is 7-for-8 in save chances for his new team and looks like one of the better options at closer in the early goings of 2016.


Phillies' Hector Neris: Earns seventh hold Wednesday
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(7:15 am ET) Neris earned his seventh hold of the season with a scoreless inning in Wednesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Neris setup closer Jeanmar Gomez, who blew his first save of the season. Gomez will be given a chance to rebound because he has been effective to this point, but Neris is waiting in the wings for his shot to close. He has a 1.04 ERA and a 27:4 K:BB in 17.1 innings thanks to his nearly unhittable splitter.


Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Implodes in ninth against Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/4/2016) Gomez (2-1) melted down in the ninth inning Wednesday against St. Louis, giving up three hits, two walks and two runs en route to a blown save and his first loss of the year.

Considering Gomez came into this game 9-for-9 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, the Phillies will surely cut him some slack for one bad outing, but it's worth noting that we're talking about a guy who's had a career-long tendency to put too many men on base -- not a good attribute for a closer. Meanwhile, Hector Neris pitched a perfect eighth inning and has a 0.63 WHIP that's exactly half of Gomez's. Considering his lack of a closing track record, the leash can't be all that long for the 28-year-old Venezuelan, so his owners should look into scooping up Neris on a speculative basis.


Marlins' A.J. Ramos: Early dominance continues with ninth save
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(5/4/2016) Ramos nailed down his ninth save with a perfect frame Wednesday against Arizona, striking out two.

The Marlins may struggle to stick around .500, but it's clear they're going to play a lot of close games, which means plenty of work for Ramos. He's 9-for-9 on save chances to start the year and has only allowed a single run on five hits. The only small worry is that he's walked eight in 11.1 innings; Ramos posted a career-best 3.33 BB/9 last year, well down from prior seasons, but it's spiked back up again in the early going here. That said, he's always been effective even when walking a few too many because of just how hard he is to hit.


Marlins' Kyle Barraclough: Maintains perfect ERA with another scoreless inning Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/4/2016) Barraclough tossed a scoreless inning in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks and maintains a pristine 0.00 ERA through 10 appearance (8.2 innings pitched) this season.

Barraclough failed to earn a spot in the Marlins' bullpen out of Spring Training but the right-hander has been lights out since his mid-April promotion. Barraclough has a strong 14:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year while yielding .188 opponent batting average. He's compiled five holds on the young season and will continue to be tested in high-leverage situations so long as he continues to excel.


Reds' Dan Straily: Wins first game of season versus Giants
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/4/2016) Straily (1-1) allowed three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four over 6.1 innings in a 7-4 victory against the Giants on Wednesday afternoon.

The right-hander allowed two home runs, but overall, he looked good, throwing 72 of his 112 pitches for strikes. It helped that both homers he allowed were solo shots. Straily has yielded five bombs this season, but if he continues to throw this many strikes, he should remain in the Reds starting rotation. His next scheduled start is Monday against the Pirates.


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