Taking a moment to say thanks to my Dad, who supported me and inspired me to write. He still works hard as a purchaser for his company, despite staff cutbacks making him work longer days. My father did commercial spots and tried new things, setting a strong example to take chances. So thanks for everything.
Fantasy owners could be thanking many players this season. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger come to mind. This season has been maybe the most volatile in regards to injuries and changing players values I can think of. Think pitching in the National League makes a difference? Adam Wainwright suffered the shortest start of his career giving up nine earned runs in 1.2 innings at Camden Yards, and they did not even have Chris Davis. Wade Miley benefited from the win despite allowing five earned runs.
Matt Shoemaker (forearm) and Andrew Cashner (oblique) landed on the disabled list Saturday, so adjust lineups accordingly. Could Masahiro Tanaka be far behind? If so, owners will want to see how the Yankees use Domingo German or Chance Adams going forward. Speaking of Yankees, their prized prospect, Gleybor Torres, left Saturday’s game at Triple-A due to a hyper extended elbow. His X-rays were negative, but monitor the news. He’s a very popular stash in redraft leagues for the second half. Off to the recaps.
Starting Pitcher Observations
One cannot stop Mike Pelfrey, one can only hope to contain him? Pelfrey won his third straight decision and lowered his ERA in June to 2.81, see note above about player valuation. Either Don Cooper’s vastly underrated as a pitching coach, or Pelfrey is on a hot streak. The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle, but I lean toward Cooper. Marcus Stroman took the loss, but did record a quality start giving up six hits, three earned runs and a walk against five strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Kyle Freeland won his eighth game keeping the ball on the ground and hitters off-balance in Coors. Freeland pitched six innings allowing eight hits, one earned run and two walks with three strikeouts. Eleven of the 12 outs he generated on balls in play were on the ground.
Zack Godley took a no-decision in Philadelphia, striking out eight over 5.2 innings and giving up five hits and three walks with an earned run. Masahiro Tanaka racked up 10 strikeouts, but only pitched four innings. This marks the fourth time this year he has lasted four or fewer innings. Jesse Hahn picked up his third win opposing Tanaka lasting five innings with six strikeouts.
Hyun-Jin Ryu followed up Alex Wood’s strong start with a win of his own, despite being less impressive. Ryu struck out seven in five innings allowing eight hits, two earned runs and two walks.
Once again, pitchers fared well in Milwaukee with Dinelson Lamet and Chase Anderson on the mound. Lamet worked six innings with 12 strikeouts on 22 swinging strikes. He allowed three earned runs, but fantasy owners will take the double-digit whiffs. Anderson also finished with a quality start giving up five hits and three earned run over seven innings with six strikeouts.
Chris Archer won his fifth game outlasting Michael Fulmer on the road. Archer lasted six innings allowing six hits, two earned runs and one walk with eight strikeouts on 15 swinging strikes.
Stephen Strasburg only lasted 5.2 innings in New York, but won his eighth game giving up six hits, two earned runs and two walks with five strikeouts on 13 swinging strikes.
David Paulino pitched six innings allowing three hits, one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts to defeat Boston. He only generated one swinging strike, so tread lightly.
Ivan Nova reached back for something extra to strike out the last batter he faced, Jon Jay, hitting 97 MPH on the radar. Nova lasted seven innings striking out six on 10 swinging strikes. He’s pitched at least six innings in all 14 of his starts this year.
Did Alex Meyer turn in the most impressive start of the night? He struck out nine on 22 swinging strikes with 18 courtesy of his curve. Over his last six starts, Meyer owns a 1.91 ERA and he won his third game last night.
David Robertson notched his 11th save striking out two in a clean inning of work. Sean Doolittle saved his second game this year striking out the side and allowing one hit.
Both Enny Romero and Alex Colome worked overtime to record saves. Each worked 1.2 innings with Colome saving number 19 after allowing a hit with a strikeout while Romero ceded three hits with a strikeout.
A.J. Ramos took the loss in Atlanta blowing the save in the ninth, then giving up the winning run in the 10th inning. Ramos finished with four hits against, two earned runs allowed, and one walk with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Brandon Maurer blew the save in Milwaukee, and rookie Phil Maton notched the first save of his career striking out both hitters he faced in the 11th inning.
Not saves news, but Cam Bedrosian returned to pitch the eighth inning in a blowout striking out one in a clean inning. There’s been no word as to how the Angels will handle the ninth inning moving forward with Huston Street also on the rehab trail. Stay tuned.
One day after watching the bullpen meltdown, Pittsburgh turned to Felipe Rivero to record the last five outs against the Cubs in a one-run game. Rivero answered the bell allowing a walk with a strikeout for his third save. He’s unquestionably the best arm in this bullpen.
Home runs for the White Sox by Jose Abreu (11), Todd Frazier (11) and Matt Davidson (15). Davidson has had a home run in five of his last six games after a deep slump.
Raimel Tapia hit lead-off giving, Charlie Blackmon the day off, and finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a run and his seventh stolen base. Over the last 11 games, Desmond’s 16 for his last 42 (.381) with five multiple hit games. Joe Panik recorded three hits in five at-bats for the Giants.
Daniel Descalso led off going 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, an RBI, and a walk. Paul Goldschmidt opened the game up with a two run double. Jake Lamb walked three times with a hit in two at-bats and an RBI. Tommy Joseph extended his personal hit streak to 13 during which he’s 18-for-52 (.346) with four doubles, a home run, and seven RBI.
Matt Joyce had a perfect day with three hits in as many at-bats, two walks, a home run (8) and an RBI. Ryon Healy continues to mash in June with two more home runs (17), and it’s his third multi-homer game this month.
Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game (12) and drove in three. Yadier Molina (7) and Paul DeJong (2) also went yard. Manny Machado made a tremendous play from foul territory and launched his 13th home run. Adam Jones (12) and Mark Trumbo (9) went back-to-back in the first inning, and Jonathan Schoop hit two homers (13) with four RBI. Schoop’s pacing for 31 home runs and 97 RBI this year with a .293 average.
Corey Seager went 2-for-2 with two runs, a double, an RBI, and walked three times. Cody Bellinger launched his 19th home run driving in three. Yasiel Puig hit two home runs (12) with three RBI, and Joc Pederson hit his fourth with homers in back-to-back games. Joey Votto recorded three hits with two doubles, and Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a triple.
Dee Gordon swiped his 24th base with two hits and an RBI. Tyler Moore stayed hot with his sixth home run and two RBI on Saturday. Brandon Phillips went 3-for-6 with two runs and the game winning RBI in the 10th inning. Tyler Flowers hit his fifth home run and scored three times. Matt Adams continues to rake with three more hits, his 10th home run, and four RBI. He’s hitting .313 on the season and now has four three-hit games with Atlanta this year.
Wil Myers homered for the second straight day hitting his 14th. Yangervis Solarte was not impressed since he launched two on Saturday (9) and has hit four over his last five played. Corey Spangenberg (4) and Chase d’Arnaud (1) hit solo shots in the 11th inning. Eric Thames hit his 20th home run and third in three days. Keon Broxton struck out three times and hit a two-run home run (11), a typical day. Orlando Arcia hit his fifth homer as well.
Mallex Smith stayed hot with two more hits and an RBI. Miguel Cabrera hit his seventh home run and second in three games for Detroit.
Trea Turner hit his seventh home run and scored twice. Both Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy scored a run, had two hits and an RBI. Adam Lind hit his sixth homer, and Jose Lobaton added his second. Yoenis Cespedes went 4-for-5 with three runs and his eighth home run. Jose Reyes had two more hits and a walk.
Mike Zunino kept the power surge up with his seventh home run and three RBI. He is 10 for his last 26 (.385) with three home runs and nine RBI. Shin-Soo Choo hit his 10th home run driving in two. Rougned Odor launched his 12th home run, and Mike Napoli hit two to raise his total to 13 this season.
Cameron Maybin stayed hot with a double, his fourth home run, two runs, and stole his 21st base of the season. Albert Pujols launched his 11th of the season, and Luis Valbuena added his fourth with three RBI.
With many ready to give up, Gregory Polanco showed signs of life going 2-for-3 with a double, his fourth home run, and two RBI on Saturday. Since moving to sixth in the lineup, Andrew McCutchen is 29-for-74 (.392) with five doubles, a triple, six home runs, and 17 RBI, hitting safely in 18 of 20 games. Addison Russell is heating up since staying home for a day to sort things out. He hit his sixth home run and has three over his last six played.
George Springer went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Jose Altuve hit his 10th home run with two RBI, and Carlos Beltran hit his ninth driving in three. Chris Young accounted for the only Red Sox run hitting his third home run.
During Game 1 of the doubleheader, Jason Kipnis tallied three hits and scored a run. Jose Ramirez became the ninth Indian player to homer from both sided of the plate to raise his total to 11 on the season. Edwin Encarnacion walked three times in five plate appearances with a run scored. Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI along with his sixth stolen base.
Game 2 belonged to Lonnie Chisenhall who homered twice (10) with four RBI. Austin Jackson added his third. Brian Dozier launched his 12th home run, and Byron Buxton stole his 13th base.
Statistical Credits: Fangraphs.com, BaseballSavant.com, MLB.com, ESPN.go.com
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