Fantasy Forward: Another one bites the dust….

It feels like everyday, this column ruins someone’s morning due to a player’s injury. Trea Turner will be the latest to join the disabled list, his second stint this season, with a fractured wrist after being hit by a pitch on Thursday. He did steal two more bases to push his league leading total to 35, but his owners will need to make plans to replace his recent spike in production. There’s no official word as to how long Turner will be out by the Nationals.

The hits seem to keep coming for Washington as Koda Glover is having shoulder issues as well while on the disabled list. Chicago promoted prospect Victor Caratini from the minors where he slashed .343/.384/.539 but comes with the same limitations on defense Miguel Montero possessed. Although the Yankees keep calling replacements, another injury to newly promoted Dustin Fowler who left last night’s game with a ruptured patellar tendon. It’s an unforgiving game at times.

By the way, I will be off this weekend to watch some baseball in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh along with seeing U2in Cleveland. Just a heads up. Off to the recaps.

Starting Pitcher Observations

Corey Kluber stifled the Rangers offense striking out 12 over eight strong innings with 21 swinging strikes. Kluber ceded three hits, one earned run and one walk on the way to his seventh win.

Michael Fulmer missed a complete game by one out, but held the Royals to seven hits, three runs (two earned) with seven strikeouts for his seventh win as well.

Wild yet effective? Brad Peacock only lasted five innings while striking out seven, but walking six. Of course, he only gave up two hits and one earned run, but he needs to become more efficient or return to the bullpen when starters return from the disabled list. Sell while you can.

Lance Lynn allowed one less hit but one more earned run than Patrick Corbin winning their match-up. Arizona’s bullpen imploded in the top of the seventh inning. Joe Ross suffered a similar fate as Corbin at home working 6.2 innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and three walks with seven strikeouts. Jon Lester turned in a quality start allowing three hits, one earned run and three walks with seven strikeouts over six innings.

Jameson Taillon continued his impressive comeback with his fourth win, tossing 6.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts.

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight Blue Jays over eight innings. No, really, he did. Jimenez hurled eight shutout innings allowing two hits and one walk.

Jimmy Nelson whiffed 11 in Cincinnati giving up three hits, two earned runs and a walk in seven innings on the road in Cincinnati. Nelson racked up 16 swinging strikes on the way to his sixth win.

David Price won his third, working six innings allowing six hits, three earned runs, and struck out seven with 18 swinging strikes. Tied for the second best total on the day with Clayton Kershaw who won his 12th game of 2017. Kershaw pitched seven efficient innings giving up three hits, one run (zero earned) and two walks with 12 strikeouts.

Seth Lugo pitched six innings and struck out four with only two earned runs allowed to win in Miami. Dinelson Lamet bounced back with a strong start at home striking out eight Padres over seven shutout innings allowing four hits.



Bullpen Musings

Either Dusty Baker is stubborn or out of arms in the bullpen. He tried deposed closer, Blake Treinen, to save the game on Thursday. Treninen blew his second save of the year giving three earned runs and taking the loss. Wade Davis swooped in for his 16th save with two strikeouts.

Time may be running out on Brad Brach, but he notched his 15th save giving up a hit with a strikeout. Addison Reed locked down his 12th save allowing a hit with two strikeouts.

Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen continued their dominant seasons. Kimbrel saved his 22nd game with two strikeouts and one hit allowed. Jansen worked 1.1 innings with a strikeout to lower his ERA to 0.79 on the season.

David Robertson gained a measure of revenge with his third save in three chances against his former team, the Yankees, last night. Robertson did give up a hit to Brett Gardner, but struck out Aaron Judge to preserve his 12th save.

Hitter Highlights

Michael Brantley finished a perfect night at the plate with two hits in two at-bats, both doubles, with two walks and a run scored. Edwin Encarnacion added a hit, run and RBI. Nomar Mazara accounted for the Rangers only run with his 11th home run. Rougned Odor stole two bases (9) as well.

Ramon Torres led off for the Royals and went 2-for-4 with a run. Ian Kinsler hit his ninth home run, scored three runs with two hits, and drew a walk. Justin Upton launched his 15th home run, and Andrew Romine added his third with two RBI.

Josh Reddick stayed hot with two more hits, scored two more runs with a double and an RBI. He’s pacing towards 97 runs this year with 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases. With the caveat of staying healthy. Carlos Correa hit two home runs (16) with four RBI. He’s on a four game hit streak with four multi-hit games, three home runs and 10 RBI.

Randal Grichuk continues his boom or bust ways with a three hit game including his seventh home run and third since his recall. He’s now seven for his last 23 (.304) with three home runs and nine RBI. Gregor Blanco tallied two hits with a run scored, a triple and an RBI. Paul Goldschmidt hit his 15th home run, and Jake Lamb added his 18th with two RBI.

Anthony Rizzo finished with two hits, a run and a double. Jeimer Candelario hit his first home run, but left the game after being hit on the knee with a pitch. Anthony Rendon crushed his 15th home run and drove in two. After a slow start, he’s pacing towards 33 home runs and 103 RBI.

In spite of their loss, Logan Morrison extended his personal hit streak to 10. He’s hitting .264/.360/.586 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. Josh Harrison went two-for-two with a run and his 10th stolen base. Andrew McCutchen stayed hot with three hits, a double, an RBI, and a walk. John Jaso and Gregory Polanco each hit their seventh home run. Not a typo.

Home run derby broke out for the Brewers in Cincinnati. Jonathan Villar hit two (8), Domingo Santana his 13th, Ryan Braun homered for the second straight day, his ninth, and Manny Pina added his sixth. Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double, his seventh home run, and four RBI. Joey Votto launched two home runs, his 22nd and 23rd this year. He is on pace for 48 with more walks than home runs this year and an OPS over 1,000. Can he still be underappreciated?

Brian Dozier went 2-for-4 with a run and a double. Mookie Betts also recorded two hits with his 13th home run. Hanley Ramirez showed signs of life with his 11th home run, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added three hits with a run scored, a double, and an RBI.

Curtis Granderson stayed atop the lineup and scored two runs with a double along with an RBI. Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and two RBI. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 21st home run. Christian Yelich, Martin Prado and J.T. Realmuto each tallied two hits.

Manuel Margot is back with a vengeance, off the disabled list with a three hit night. He also scored, doubled, and drove in two. Wil Myers hit his 16th home run and walked twice. Hunter Renfroe also hit his 16th home run among his three hits with two RBI.

Chase Utley hit his fifth home run, Joc Pederson his eighth, and Yasiel Puig bat flipped his way to his 15th homer of the year. Cameron Maybin finished 2-for-4 with a run for the Angels.

Statistical Credits: MLB.com, BaseballSavant.com, ESPN.go.com

 

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