Marcus Semien connects on 10th homer
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:58 PM
Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the Athletics' win over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Analysis: Semien led off the ballgame with a home run, his 10th of the year, against Mariners starter James Paxton. He also singled off reliever Felix Hernandez in the fifth. The 27-year-old shortstop is hitting .314 (28-for-89) with three home runs, 12 RBI and three steals since the All-Star break. It may have been unrealistic to forecast a full-repeat of his impressive 27-homer, 10-steal campaign back in 2016, but Semien has remained healthy and continues to add value for fantasy owners with his contributions (13 steals in 116 games this year) on the base paths. He has an outside shot at a 20-homer, 20-steal campaign.
Paxton (forearm) will miss at least one start
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:56 PMGreg Johns on Twitter
Mariners manager Scott Servais said late Tuesday night that James Paxton (arm) will miss at least one turn in the rotation.
Analysis: Paxton suffered a left forearm contusion when he got struck by a line drive off the bat of Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday in Oakland. He's presumably going to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday, though it does sound like it'll be a minimum 10-day stint. Felix Hernandez came on in relief of Paxton on Tuesday night against the Athletics and is the logical temporary replacement for him in the Mariners' rotation.
Cameron Maybin homers in loss to Athletics
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:49 PM
Cameron Maybin went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the Mariners' 3-2 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday.
Analysis: Maybin connected on an 83-mph changeup from Athletics starter Mike Fiers, sending a line-drive over the wall in left-field in the fifth inning, for his fourth home run of the year. The 31-year-old outfielder has been a massive letdown in the stolen base department for fantasy owners. He's racked up only nine steals in 111 games this season after swiping 33 in 114 last year.
Jed Lowrie swats two-run homer
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:40 PM
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to lead the Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Analysis: Lowrie has been on an absolute tear, hitting .538 (7-for-13) with five extra-base hits, including a pair of homers, and eight RBI over his last three games. He jump-started the Athletics' offense with a single against Mariners starter James Paxton in the first inning and swatted a two-run blast to right field off reliever Felix Hernandez in the third. The 34-year-old second baseman was mired in a dreadful slump at the plate for weeks following a mid-July collision with teammate Stephen Piscotty, which impacted his ability to drive the ball with his lower half. He appears to be fully healthy, and productive, once again. He's recorded a stellar .273/.351/.472 triple-slash line with 53 runs scored, 19 homers and 76 RBI in 504 plate appearances this season.
Buxton (wrist) plates four in return at AAA
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:37 PMPatrick Reusse on Twitter
Byron Buxton (wrist) went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in his return to the lineup at Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.
Analysis: Buxton just missed a little over two weeks of action with a lingering left wrist injury that actually dates back to early July. The 24-year-old outfielder will try to tear it up at Rochester and work his way back to the major leagues for the stretch run. It's not out of the question that he could provide meaningful fantasy value over the final month of the season.
Kevin Pillar homers to lead Jays
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:33 PM
Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to lead the Blue Jays past the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.
Analysis: The Jays won despite being outhit 12-6 in the contest. Pillar's homer came off Blaine Boyer, who was handed a one-run lead despite having amassed an 11.76 ERA in 20 2/3 innings this season. Pillar also had an RBI single earlier in the contest.
Ryan Borucki struggles versus Jays
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:31 PM
Ryan Borucki struggled through four innings against the Royals on Tuesday, giving up four runs and walked four.
Analysis: He struck out just one and allowed six hits in addition to the walks, so it could have been even uglier. It's the first time that Borucki has had a rough outing against a team other than the juggernaut Red Sox. Given that he's struck out just five and walked seven in three starts this month, the bloom is off the rose.
Yasiel Puig ejected for shoving Nick Hundley
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:30 PM
Yasiel Puig was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Giants after shoving catcher Nick Hundley.
Analysis: Hundley began chirping at Puig after a foul tip in the bottom of the seventh inning and the two went face-to-face in front of home plate before Puig shoved Hundley twice and then took a swipe at his mask as both benches cleared. Hundley also got tossed. Puig could be facing a suspension for initiating the physical contact.
Ken Giles gets save against Royals
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:27 PM
Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save against the Royals on Tuesday.
Analysis: It was a surprise that the Blue Jays started giving Giles save chances so soon after he gave up five runs in losing to the Red Sox, but he's converted two over the last three days, pitching perfect innings both times. He'll likely remain the closer until he gives the Jays some reason to make a change.
Heath Fillmyer walks five Blue Jays
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:26 PM
Heath Fillmyer allowed four runs and walked five in five innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Analysis: Fillmyer came into this one with a 3.13 ERA in five starts and four relief appearances, but with his 21/17 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings, he seemed like a poor bet to keep that up. Walks helped lead to three runs tonight, with the third coming on a bases-loaded HBP. He'll probably continue to start, but his fantasy value is likely to be very limited.
Danny Jansen hits first homer
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:22 PM
Danny Jansen hit his first major league home run Tuesday against the Royals.
Analysis: The homer came off Heath Fillmyer. Jansen is 3-for-7 in two games since getting the call to help out at catcher while Russell Martin spends some time at third base. He'll likely be a solid fantasy catcher if he gets to play fairly regularly.
Adalberto Mondesi swipes three bases
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:18 PM
Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three steals against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Analysis: It's a good thing Mondesi was hitting ninth for the Royals tonight or they just might have beaten the Blue Jays and damaged their chances of claiming the No. 1 pick in the draft. Mondesi still has a long way to go before he's a finished product, but with a .279/.295/.450 line in 129 at-bats, he's running circles around most of the guys ahead of him in the Kansas City lineup. He's up to 15-for-18 in steal attempts through 38 games.
Patrick Corbin fans seven in victory
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:12 PM
Patrick Corbin pitched seven innings of three-run ball in defeating the Rangers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Corbin fanned seven and walked none. In three starts this month, he's struck out 24 without walking a single batter. He's won all three of those starts, and he's now 10-4 with a 3.18 ERA overall.
Burch Smith demoted back to KC bullpen
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:11 PMMaria Torres on Twitter
Burch Smith has been demoted back to the bullpen.
Analysis: Smith lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last start Friday against the Cardinals, yielding five earned runs on six hits (two home runs) and a walk. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 6.97 ERA in 60 2/3 total innings (six starts, 24 relief appearances) this season. Jorge Lopez will be called up to take his spot in the rotation Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.
Alex Avila homers against Rangers
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:10 PM
Alex Avila homered and walked against the Rangers in Tuesday's victory.
Analysis: With John Ryan Murphy essentially out of the mix, Avila has started five of the Diamondbacks' last eight games behind the plate, and he's hitting .295 with three homers and 13 walks in 59 plate appearances since coming off the disabled list on July 7. He's not a bad second catcher in two-catcher mixed leagues right now.
Jorge Lopez to make Royals debut on Wed.
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:07 PMJeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Jorge Lopez will be called up to start for the Royals on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.
Analysis: Lopez, acquired from the Brewers as part of the Mike Moustakas trade, holds a 6.31 ERA in 117 career innings at the Triple-A level and has mostly worked as a reliever during his short stays in the bigs. The 25-year-old right-hander makes for a poor fantasy streaming option versus Toronto.
Jurickson Profar triples, doubles in loss
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 11:04 PM
Jurickson Profar tripled, doubled and knocked in two runs against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Profar has 27 doubles, six triples and 13 homers in 385 at-bats this year. He had 21 doubles, three triples and 12 homers in 633 major league at-bats prior to this season. He's also 9-for-9 stealing bases this year after going 5-for-11 previously. He's certainly on the short list for this year's most improved player.
Cardinals option Tyler Webb to Memphis
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 12:39 PM
Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Webb to Triple-A Memphis.
Analysis: Webb made six scoreless appearances during his two-week stay in St. Louis, but he'll get the boot to open a spot for Brett Cecil, who has been activated from the 10-day disabled list following a bout with foot inflammation.
Cardinals activate Brett Cecil from the DL
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 12:37 PM
Cardinals activated LHP Brett Cecil from the 10-day disabled list.
Analysis: Cecil will return to the St. Louis bullpen ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Nationals after missing three weeks with inflammation in his right foot. The 32-year-old left-hander holds an ugly 5.70 ERA, 1.99 WHIP, and 14/18 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings this season and will probably be limited to low-leverage appearances until he begins showing better results. The Cardinals still owe Cecil about $17 million on a contract that runs through 2020.
Mariners recall Christian Bergman from AAA
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 12:24 PM
Mariners recalled RHP Christian Bergman from Triple-A Tacoma.
Analysis: Bergman will presumably work in long relief during this stay with the big league club. He has posted a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings (two starts) this year for Seattle.