After going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 of the series Tuesday, Garcia followed it up with another solid outing Wednesday. He's now up to a .373/.420/.600 slash line with 17 RBI and is well on his way to the breakout campaign many have been expecting for a few years now. It's unlikely Garcia holds off a statistical decline for much longer, but the 25-year-old outfielder will probably remain fantasy relevant in most settings.
It's been a dreadful start to the season for the first baseman, as Hosmer sports a .220/.273/.293 slash line. Patience will likely pay off, though. His three-year averages entering 2017 went to the tune of 77 runs, 17 home runs, 85 RBI and a .278/.338/.432 line, and he improved significantly each of the past two seasons. Expecting his 2016 numbers might be asking too much, but Hosmer's track record suggests this is a potential buy-low spot.
After a sluggish start to the campaign (6.17 ERA through four starts), Quintana found his form Wednesday and spun his best game of the season. He's been one of the more reliable mid-tier hurlers in the league over the previous four years, so it was encouraging to see the 28-year-old lefty right the ship with the strong outing. On tap for a two-start week, Quintana will look to keep the momentum going against the Royals again in his next trip to the hill.
Karns has allowed 10 runs through 10.2 innings over his past two starts and sports a 6.26 ERA for the season. He flashed potential during his rookie campaign in 2015 with a 3.67 ERA and 8.9 K/9, but he couldn't stick in the Seattle rotation last year and pitched out of the bullpen over the final two months of the season. It's probably best to wait for Karns to string together a few solid outings before relying on him in most fantasy settings.
It comes as no surprise that Dyson will be used in low-leverage situations initially, as he was a complete disaster in the closer role to start the season (27.00 ERA in 4.1 innings). Matt Bush is the closer and Jeremy Jeffress, Keone Kela, Jose Leclerc and Tony Barnette are all likely ahead of Dyson in the pecking order until he can put together a really solid stretch to make everyone forget about his first six appearances. He is still worth holding in really deep leagues, particularly dynasty formats, due to his history of closing, but it would not be surprising to see Bush keep the job for the rest of the season.
He landed on the DL with forearm tightness last week, so it is encouraging that he has already started throwing. Gustave is without a timetable to return.
He is attempting to work his way back from a bone bruise in his right elbow, but it seems like he is not making much progress. Most recently he threw a couple of 30-to-40 pitch bullpen sessions.
Santiago's next start would be Tuesday at home against the A's, and it does not sound like he is in jeopardy of missing that start. The Twins will likely recall a reliever to take his spot on the active roster in the meantime.
This has been a theme since he hit the DL, as any progress has been very gradual. He has not yet been cleared for on-field activities, and Joey Gallo will continue to start at third base in his stead.
Wednesday's simulated game went well, which was the final test for Odorizzi before he returned to the rotation. He has a 4.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 8:3 K:BB in 13 innings this season. Look for him to be activated Monday morning in advance of the start.