Steve Pearce hits three-run homer
Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 11:39 PM
Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer off Justin Anderson in the top of the ninth to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Angels on Saturday.
Analysis: Pearce pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson with a lefty on the mound in the seventh and flied out. The Jays would have rather had Granderson back out there against the righty in the ninth, but Pearce came through, hitting his fourth homer in 72 at-bats this season. There's a case for giving him more playing time, but that will be difficult as long as Kendrys Morales remains on the roster.
Marcus Stroman goes five scoreless
Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 11:37 PM
Marcus Stroman blanked the Angels for five innings Saturday in his return from the disabled list.
Analysis: Stroman scattered six hits, all of which were singles, and walked just one. He struck out five and got seven outs on the ground. It was definitely an encouraging first outing back after a six-week absence due to shoulder fatigue, and he should be worth using in mixed leagues with the Tigers next on the schedule.
Ryan Tepera notches sixth save
Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 11:35 PM
Ryan Tepera pitched a perfect ninth Saturday against the Jays for his sixth save.
Analysis: Tepera got the easier part of the lineup in a three-run game, retiring Kole Calhoun, Jose Briceno and Jose Fernandez in order. He's allowed one run and struck out 12 in 10 2/3 innings this month.
Justin Anderson gives up three-run homer
Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 11:31 PM
Justin Anderson took a loss after giving up a three-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Analysis: Anderson was brought into a tie game tonight after picking up a save Thursday and retired just two of the six hitters he faced. The homer off the bat of Steve Pearce was the first he's allowed since May 11. He'll remain an important late-game reliever for the Angels for now.
Marte drives in go-ahead run vs. Pirates
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:25 PM
Ketel Marte delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the 13th inning to lead the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Pirates.
Analysis: The go-ahead hit was set up by Jon Jay drawing a leadoff walk and moving to second base on a wild pitch by Tyler Glasnow. Marte went 1-for-6 on the night and his .244/.299/.412 batting line doesn't exactly stand out, but he's put together an impressive month and should be drawing more attention in mixed fantasy leagues.
Corbin blanks Pirates, strikes out 12 batters
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:24 PM
Patrick Corbin struck out 12 batters over seven scoreless frames against the Pirates on Friday, but was forced to settle for a no-decision.
Analysis: The 12 strikeouts matched a career-high. Corbin allowed just three hits (all of them singles) and didn't walk a batter. He racked up 25 swinging strikes in his 102 pitches, most of them coming on his slider. Corbin's season has been moving in the wrong direction for a while now, so this was nice to see. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he can keep it going in a favorable matchup against the Marlins next week.
Boxberger blows fourth save of season
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:22 PM
Brad Boxberger blew his fourth save of the season Friday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Holding a slim one-run lead in the 11th, Boxberger walked Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell to begin the frame before Josh Harrison dropped down a sacrifice bunt. The Diamondbacks then elected to intentionally walk Austin Meadows to set up a potential double play. It didn't happen, as Starling Marte hit a grounder to third baseman Jake Lamb, who made an errant throw to home plate which allowed the tying run to score. Boxberger has now blown back-to-back save chances and three out of his last five. He'll probably be happy to see June come to a close.
Nova tosses eight scoreless vs. D-Backs
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:22 PM
Ivan Nova was handed a no-decision after tossing eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts Friday versus the Diamondbacks.
Analysis: He had quite the duel with Patrick Corbin. Nova was very efficient, throwing 90 pitches over his eight frames while yielding just three hits and walking none. The 31-year-old has been on a great roll of late, allowing one earned run or fewer in three straight starts. His ERA is now under 4.00 (3.98 to be exact) for the first time since the end of April. He'll try to keep it rolling in a favorable matchup against the Mets next week.
Dyson collects 13th steal Friday
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:21 PM
Jarrod Dyson collected his 13th steal of the season on Friday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Dyson went 1-for-5 with a double on the night. The speedster has received a chance at playing time in center field with A.J. Pollock (thumb) sidelined, but he hasn't done much with the bat to take advantage. He's hitting just .182/.280/.260 through 60 games.
Meadows has two hits Friday vs. AZ
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:21 PM
Austin Meadows went 2-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.
Analysis: Meadows has cooled down somewhat from his torrid hot streak upon his promotion from the minors, but he's still proving himself useful as the Pirates try to juggle four outfielders for three spots. Playing time shouldn't be an issue in the short-term, as Corey Dickerson is on the family medical emergency list and will be away with the team until at least Saturday.
Tigers option Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:14 PM
Tigers optioned INF Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo.
Analysis: The 26-year-old struggled in his limited time with the Tigers, slashing just .083/.115/.083 with an 8/1 K/BB ratio in 26 plate appearances. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth.
Tigers recall Artie Lewicki from Triple-A
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:13 PM
Tigers recalled RHP Artie Lewicki from Triple-A Toledo.
Analysis: The 26-year-old hurler owns a 4.18 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 18/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings with the Tigers this season. He'll provide a fresh arm that's capable of working multiple innings out of the bullpen.
Tigers place Johnny Barbato on 10-day DL
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:10 PM
Tigers placed RHP Johnny Barbato on the 10-day disabled list with a strained rotator cuff.
Analysis: Barbato allowed five runs on three hits and a pair of walks in just 1/3 of an inning against the Indians on Friday, which couldn't have helped his cause. He admitted afterwards that his rotator cuff had been bothering him for awhile. Barbato will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of hte damage.
Yonder Alonso blasts grand slam in victory
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:08 PM
Yonder Alonso blasted a grand slam on Friday, helping to propel the Indians to a 10-0 victory over the Tigers.
Analysis: His towering blast came off of Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning, increasing the Indians' lead to 9-0. He also singled in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. The 31-year-old is finally starting to show signs of life at the plate and is now hitting .255/.327/.456 with 12 homers and 43 RBI.
Encarnacion plates three runs as Indians roll
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 11:05 PM
Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI as the Indians demolished the Tigers on Friday.
Analysis: Encarnacion tagged Tigers' starter Mike Fiers for a two-run blast in the third inning, increasing the Tribe's early lead to 3-0. He also tacked on an RBI single in the seventh. With the two-hit night, the veteran slugger is now hitting .233/.307/.470 with 17 long balls and 47 RBI.
Carlos Correa wins game for Astros
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:33 PM
Carlos Correa singled in George Springer in the bottom of the 12th to give the Astros a 4-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.
Analysis: Correa also had a sac fly in the contest. He's hit .290 with four homers and 11 RBI in 16 games this month, and he's very much in the driver's seat for starting at shortstop for the AL in the All-Star Game.
Lance McCullers strikes out nine Royals
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:30 PM
Lance McCullers allowed three runs in six innings and struck out nine against the Royals on Saturday.
Analysis: All of the runs came on Hunter Dozier's homer in the fourth. McCullers allowed a total of four hits and walked two. He's turned in five straight quality starts.
Ian Kennedy goes seven strong for Royals
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:29 PM
Ian Kennedy held the Astros to two runs and four hits over seven innings on Saturday.
Analysis: Kennedy left with a one-run lead, but he remained winless since April 7 after the tying run scored in the ninth. Since getting torched for eight runs on June 1, Kennedy has allowed a total of eight runs in four starts, lowering his ERA from 6.08 to 5.09. He'll get the Mariners next.
Brandon Maurer takes blown save in ninth
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:27 PM
Brandon Maurer gave up a one-run lead in the ninth to take a blown save Saturday against the Astros.
Analysis: It was a surprise that the Royals threw Maurer a save opportunity already and less of one that it didn't work out well. For what it's worth, neither hit against him was hit all that hard; there was a grounder through the right side and then a flare to shallow center. The tying run scored on a sac fly, and the best-hit ball of the inning ending the frame; Brian McCann laced a ball into the shift that was played in shallow right field and turned into an out. Maurer is a candidate to end up as a the Royals' closer, but we wouldn't expect him to get another save chance right away.
Whit Merrifield goes 0-for-5 in loss
Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 10:24 PM
Whit Merrifield went 0-for-5 and struck out four times Saturday against the Astros.
Analysis: Merrifield played center field tonight after Alcides Escobar started there Friday. It doesn't much matter where Merrifield plays; he'll be in the lineup somewhere every day. Still, as the Royals' one good middle infielder and arguably the team's most valuable player over the last 12 months, he might appreciate having one position all to himself.