Many wished to see what Giancarlo Stanton could do over a full season the previous two seasons. Bouncing back from his fluky injuries, Stanton is in the midst of a power binge, hitting his 18th home run over his last 30 games on Thursday. Stanton has already surpassed his career best in home runs in a season with 39 and is closing in on the Marlins record of 42 set by Gary Sheffield. It’s August 11th.
During the last 30 days, Stanton has played 25 games with 24 runs, 13 home runs, 27 RBI and a .267/.394/.767 slash line. This translates to an isolated power of .500, a .459 weighted on-base average, 186 weighted runs created plus metric, a hard contact rate of 47.7 percent, and home run per fly ball percentage of 39.4. Suffices to say, anyone who drafted Stanton at his preseason average draft position will continue to reap the benefits.
- Paxton’s win streak snapped, hope there’s no injury
Another player emerging with strong results and no injures of late, James Paxton. His talent’s been there, but he’s missed so much time to nagging injuries and elbow issues. Paxton won seven straight decisions entering last night’s start, but left the game with a reported left pectoral strain. He will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of the injury. Paxton reported a cramping in the area he tried to pitch through.
He still turned in a quality start, lasting 6.1 innings giving up five hits, three earned runs, and a walk with six strikeouts. Over his last eight starts, Paxton won seven games with a 1.91 ERA, 59:8 K:BB, and a 0.81 WHIP in 51.2 innings of work.
- Moncada walk-off
After a rough start, Yoan Moncada is showing signs of adjusting to the majors. He tied last night’s game with a home run off of closer Ken Giles along with driving in the game winning RBI on a single in the 11th inning. Moncada’s on a six-game hit streak with nine hits in his last 22 at-bats, four runs, a double, a homer and three RBI with eight walks against seven strikeouts. He’s also hitting .391/.548/.565 to start August. It’s a small sample size, but one worth watching while he develops in the majors in the second half.
- deGrom’s dominant again
Jacob deGrom seemed to be cruising last night, giving up four hits with nine strikeouts in 6.2 innings. His night did get cut short after taking a line drive off of his right triceps off the bat of Nick Williams. deGrom did record his 13th win of the season, and over his last 11 starts he’s 9 – 2 with a 1.82 ERA with 85 strikeouts. Only Corey Kluber’s recorded a better ERA in this same span of starts with a 1.81 mark.
This start also marks the 44th time in deGrom’s first 99 starts he has limited the opposing team to one earned run or less, the most since 1913. Clayton Kershaw’s third in this category with 41.
- Dexter’s slam
With the Cardinals surging in the standings, some of it coincides with the return of Dexter Fowler from the disabled list. He went 2-for-4 last night with two runs, a double, his 15th home run (Grand slam) and five RBI. In his four games back, Fowler is six for 13 with seven runs, three doubles, a triple, a homer, five RBI, six walks, and three strikeouts for a .462/.632/.1.077 slash line. He cannot keep up this pace of production, but if healthy, Fowler could be primed to finish the year strong and lead the team’s pursuit of a division title.
- Votto’s hit streak extends to 15
Yesterday focused on Odubel Herrera, who moved his hit streak to 13 last night, but time to check back in on Joey Votto. After a brief slump near the All-Star break, Votto has emerged with a 15-game hit streak in which he’s scored 13 runs with three doubles, five home runs, 14 RBI, 16 walks, and struck out a meager five times. Votto’s hitting .478/.625/.870 during the streak with a 1.495 OPS. He seems to be overlooked at times, although he’s closing in on a career best in home runs this year as well. Guy can rake.
- Rough night for closers
Both Ken Giles and Edwin Diaz turned in rough outings on Thursday. Prior to last night’s meltdown, Diaz saved seven games in a row in a 14-day span. Appearing in his third straight game, Diaz struggled with his command walking three hitters and ceding three earned runs. Giles allowed the home run to Moncada referenced above and also walked two despite striking out the side.
In the revolving door in the Angels ninth inning, Cam Bedrosian recorded his fourth save in Seattle in a clean inning with two strikeouts. During their last three wins, it’s been:
- Cam Bedrosian in the eighth and Keynan Middleton’s first save on Tuesday.
- Keynan Middleton in the eighth and Blake Parker in line for the save on Wednesday.
- Blake Parker in the seventh, Bud Norris in the eighth and Bedrosian with the save on Thursday.
Statistical Credits: Fangraphs.com, ESPN.go.com, MLB.com
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