Carlos Carrasco resides near Tropicana Field and loves pitching near his home. A mere 772 days removed from carrying a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth, Carrasco lost his no-hit bid on Friday night in the seventh. But, Carrasco did fire eight shutout innings giving up only two hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Through 32.1 innings in Tampa Bay, Carrasco’s won four games against no losses with a 1.11 ERA and 37:6 K:BB rate.
Another impressive outing occurred with Reynaldo Lopez making his White Sox debut. Lopez whiffed six over six innings of work allowing four hits, two earned runs (both on home runs) and three walks. He did generate 10 swinging strikes of his 102 pitches. Limiting walks and the gopher ball will decide his fantasy fate the rest of the season.
- Giancarlo homered, again
In what seems like a nightly event of late, Giancarlo Stanton launched his 40th home run becoming the second Marlin to reach the number. He’s within two of tying the team record set by Gary Sheffield and hit 19 homers over his last 31 games. Stanton’s hit 14 since the All-Star break debunking the Home Run Derby power sapping myth. Also, since moving to second in the batting order, Stanton’s 73-for-252 (.290) with 29 home runs and 56 RBI in 67 games. Last, Stanton became the first player to reach 40 home runs this year on August 11th, Mark Trumbo did so last year on the 28th.
- Votto extends his hit streak to 16 plus adds to another streak
On the surface, Joey Votto’s 16-game hit streak seems impressive. He’s slashing .467/.629/.837 in the streak and reached base at least two times in each game. Barry Bonds reached base at least twice in 20 games dating back to 2004. If Votto can accomplish this four more times, tying Bonds would be quite an achievement. During the streak, Votto’s walked 19 times against six strikeouts.
- Rookie shortstop home runs
Both Ozzie Albies and Amed Rosario hit home runs for their respective teams last night. Many move on the most recent prospects called up like Rhys Hoskins and Dominic Smith, moving on from the one’s recalled not too long ago. Albies first hit a home this year, a three-run home run, duplicated itself with his first hit on the road this year, a three-run homer. Albies average still looks shaky, but he’s homered twice, scored five runs and drove in six through nine games with four walks and three strikeouts.
Amed Rosario broke a tie in the ninth inning with his first major league home run to defeat the Phillies on the road. Rosario’s flashed some power with two triples and the home run but the three-hit game last night could be more impressive. He’s struck out 11 times with zero walks, so the plate discipline will be a work in progress, but his defense and burgeoning power should be noted.
- Nolan Arenado’s the first to 100 RBI
With Giancarlo Stanton garnering the headlines with his homer binge and the Marlins win, in the same game, Nolan Arenado became the first player to reach 100 RBI this year and it’s the third season in a row he’s done so in the National League. This ties a record set by Willie Stargell. Arenado’s made strides on the road this year as his splits indicate. Plus, his RBI total could be better if teammates would do the same:
- Arenado at home: 14 home runs, 61 RBI, .341 average, 1.036 OPS
- Arenado on the road: 12 home runs, 39 RBI, .292 average, .885 OPS
There’s never going to be a perfect Rockies hitter due to the overwhelming advantage Coors Field provides, but Arenado’s adjustments and power on the road this year make him a prospective top-10 pick in fantasy drafts going forward.
- Conforto’s not fatigued
During a slump in June, manager Terry Collins opined Michael Conforto looked tired. Conforto launched his 25th home run in 97 games last night and his 11th in 27 game in the second half. Since the All-Star break, Conforto’s scored 21 runs with the 11 homers and 21 RBI with a .299/.380/.654 slash line. Add in his 40.7 home run per fly ball percentage, .355 isolated power and 168 weighted runs created plus should convince Collins to leave Conforto alone.
- Closer notes
Raisel Iglesias held on for his 20th save last night working two innings. It’s his sixth save of at least two innings this year becoming the first reliever since 2000 to reach the mark. Iglesias did allow four hits and a home run in his appearance, but struck out four hitters as well to keep his ERA at 1.87 on the season.
It’s apparent Mike Scioscia does not care about any of our fantasy teams. Yusmeiro Petit became the third Angel to record a save this week in a four-game span. Remember, Blake Parker lost his save chance when his team scored a fourth go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth as he warmed up for the ninth inning. Trying to figure this out will require tea leaves, tarot cards and a magic eight ball. Stay tuned.
Mark Melancon will be activated on Saturday but Bruce Bochy announced he will be eased back into high leverage. San Dyson owners should hold on for one more week at least. Also, Kyle Barraclough is progressing in his rehab, but do not drop Brad Ziegler just yet.
Statistical Credits: Fangraphs.com, MLB.com, ESPN.go.com, BaseballSavant.com
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