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Chris Stratton lasts just three innings
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:58 PM
Chris Stratton followed up last week's shutout of the Rockies by giving up five runs in three innings against the Padres on Wednesday.
Analysis: On the plus side, he did have a three-run double in his lone at-bat. Unfortunately, the Giants mustered just one more run in the contest and lost 8-4. Stratton dropped to 10-10 with a 4.88 ERA. He'll get another chance against the Padres next time out.
Kipnis swats walk-off grand slam vs White Sox
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:55 PM
Jason Kipnis boomed a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 4-1 on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Indians trailed 1-0 and had just two hits in the ballgame as they headed into the final frame. They loaded the bases on a couple of cheap singles and a hit batsman to set the stage for Kipnis's heroics. He launched one off reliever Ian Hamilton down the right field line that stayed fair as the home crowd roared. It was a nice moment for Kipnis in what has been another disappointing season for the veteran and his fantasy owners. He is slashing just .229/.317/.388 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI. He was dropped down to the ninth slot in the batting order for the first time today. He has been bumped to the outfield due to the addition of Josh Donaldson and could see reduced playing time down the stretch.
Robinson Cano doubles twice in win
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:47 PM
Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI as the Mariners trounced the Astros 9-0 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Cano hit .287 with 10 doubles, four homers and 23 RBI in 39 games before getting banned this year. He's come in at .295 with 10 doubles, four homers and 19 RBI in 32 games since returning.
Dallas Keuchel gives up five runs in loss
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:43 PM
Dallas Keuchel gave up five runs in five innings to take a loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Analysis: It's Keuchel's worst start of the second half. He did give up five runs a month ago and again 10 days ago, but at least those starts were against the A's and Red Sox and he pitched a little longer in both. Tonight, he gave up hits to the first three batters he faced and three runs in all in the first. He was perfect the next three frames, but the Mariners broke through again in the fifth. Keuchel dropped to 11-11 with a 3.71 ERA.
Carrasco fans 11, allows one run vs White Sox
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:42 PM
Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 batters and gave up just one run in 6 1/3 innings of work against the White Sox on Wednesday.
Analysis: He pitched magnificently but was actually on the hook for the loss until the Indians scored four times in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a victory. The one blemish on his line was a solo home run off the bat off Daniel Palka in the sixth inning. Carrasco's record holds at 16-9 with a fine 3.35 ERA and 1.11 WHIP after 29 starts and one relief appearance. He has an elite 217:37 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 182 2/3 innings. The Indians will probably nurse him through one or two short starts as they prepare for the playoffs.
Kyle Seager homers against Astros
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:39 PM
Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI against the Astros on Wednesday.
Analysis: Seager is finally showing a little something this month; he's hit .255/.345/.451 with two homers in 51 at-bats. That's a pretty typical line for him pre-2018, but his high OPS in any month this year was .737 in June and he was under .600 in both July and August.
Palka whacks solo home run vs Indians
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:38 PM
Daniel Palka went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.
Analysis: His sixth-inning shot off Indians ace Carlos Carrasco was the only run of the game until the bottom of the ninth inning. The 26-year-old rookie is having a good season in terms of power but has a lot of trouble making contact. His 33% strikeout rate is going to make it awfully hard to have a decent batting average unless he makes some adjustments down the road. He is slashing .243/.295/.500 with 26 home runs and 62 RBI in 113 games.
Moncada goes 1-for-5 with three whiffs Wed.
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:34 PM
Yoan Moncada went 1-for-5 and struck out three more times in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.
Analysis: The one hit was a single. The three strikeouts enabled him to stay just ahead of Giancarlo Stanton (who also fanned three times today) for the major league lead in that category. He has now struck out 205 times this year. He is striking out at a higher rate than he did last year as a rookie. He owns a paltry .228/.306/.393 slash line, which is not a good look for a leadoff batter nor for a guy who was considered the top prospect in all of baseball not long ago. If he is ever going to live up to the hype he needs to start putting the bat on the baseball. He is still 23 years old, so his dynasty league owners shouldn't panic too much yet.
Covey shuts out Indians for six innings Wed.
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:25 PM
Dylan Covey had to settle for a no-decision despite shutting out the Indians for six innings in a game his team eventually lost on Wednesday.
Analysis: He held the Tribe batters to just two hits and three walks while striking out five in the gem outing. It was a rare excellent start for the struggling right-hander. He certainly deserved a win for his efforts today but the White Sox bullpen blew it for him in the ninth inning. His record holds at 5-13 with a 5.33 ERA after 19 starts and six relief appearances. He recently rejoined the starting rotation after Michael Kopech went down for Tommy John surgery.
Stewart clubs solo home run vs Blue Jays
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 11:01 PM
D.J. Stewart went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Analysis: He opened the scoring by ripping a Marco Estrada offering over the wall in the third inning for his first career longball. He doubled in the seventh and scored on a Cedric Mullins knock. The 24-year-old outfielder is getting a September cup of coffee with the big league club after recording a .235 batting average with 12 home runs and 55 RBI in 116 games with Triple-A Norfolk this year. The former first-round draft pick is not a highly regarded prospect.
Puig comes through off bench in Dodgers' win
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:57 AM
Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer off Scott Oberg in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie in the Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.
Analysis: As per usual, Puig was out of the starting lineup against a lefty. He made his presence known after the Rockies switched to the righty, though, and his homer resulted in Oberg's first loss after seven wins this year. Puig has six homers and 12 RBI in his last 18 at-bats.
Walker Buehler strikes out 12 in gem
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:55 AM
Walker Buehler fanned 12 while allowing just a pair of unearned runs over six innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Analysis: Both runs scored after a Justin Turner error in the first inning. It was enough to leave him with a no-decision, as Tyler Anderson pitched him to a stalemate, but the Dodgers went on to prevail thanks to Yasiel Puig. Buehler has a 1.58 ERA and a 79/18 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings in his last 10 starts. There won't be any managing his innings if the Dodgers make a deep run into the postseason.
Kenley Jansen earns 36th save
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:50 AM
Kenley Jansen turned in a perfect ninth for his 36th save Wednesday against the Rockies.
Analysis: It was the seventh scoreless inning in eight tries for Jansen this month. In spite of the missed time, he could get to 40 saves for the third straight season and fourth time in his career.
Gerardo Parra goes 0-for-2 against Dodgers
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:46 AM
Gerardo Parra went 0-for-2 as the Rockies' left fielder and No. 5 hitter before being removed from Wednesday's contest.
Analysis: Biggest games of the year and the Rockies have decided to dust off Parra for some reason. He has been doing a nice job of picking up singles off the bench, but that's all he should be doing; he hasn't had an extra-base hit in 76 at-bats since Aug. 1.
Stephen Piscotty homers, knocks in five
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:42 AM
Stephen Piscotty delivered his 25th homer and his 40th double as part of a five-RBI night Wednesday in Oakland's 10-0 rout of the Angels.
Analysis: It's been quite a turnaround for a player most everyone was rooting for. Piscotty had just five homers and 14 doubles through 67 games and 230 at-bats. He has 20 homers and 25 doubles in 75 games and 290 at-bats since.
Brett Anderson goes 6 2/3 scoreless
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:40 AM
Brett Anderson blanked the Angels for 6 2/3 innings in a victory Wednesday.
Analysis: Ryan Dull, Frankie Montas and Aaron Brooks finished the three-hit shutout. Anderson gave up the three hits, all of which were singles. It's the fifth time in 14 starts this year (excluding the one in which he left after an inning) in which he's gone without allowing a run. Incredibly enough, he could be Oakland's ace going into the postseason.
Felix Pena gives up six runs in defeat
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:36 AM
Felix Pena surrendered six runs in four innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.
Analysis: Pena retired the first nine batters he faced, only to allow seven straight to reach to begin the fourth; he gave up four singles, two doubles and a walk. He actually bounced back to retire three in a row afterwards, but the Angels decided to pull him after 58 pitches. The loss left him 3-5 with a 4.20 ERA.
Ramon Laureano goes 2-for-3
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:34 AM
Ramon Laureano went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a steal against the Angels on Wednesday.
Analysis: Laureano has scored seven runs in eight games as a leadoff man for the A's, but he was in the seventh spot tonight for the fourth time in five games. Nick Martini, who suddenly finds himself back in the team's good graces, went 1-for-5 with a run scored from the top of the order.
Aguilar cracks three run homer in win vs Reds
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:30 AM
Jesus Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead his team over the Reds 7-0 on Wednesday.
Analysis: He plated the first RBI by poking an infield single in the first inning. The rest of them scored in a more impressive fashion -- he blasted a three-run homer off Matt Harvey in the third inning. Gio Gonzalez and Christian Yelich came along for the ride. The big first baseman seems to be recovering from a late-season swoon and has boosted his line back up to .275/.351/.545 with 33 home runs and 103 RBI in just 455 at-bats on the season. Imagine what he could do with another 150 at-bats like a lot of other hitters will get this year.
Robbie Ray allowed just one hit in win
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, 12:23 AM
Robbie Ray held the Cubs to one hit over six innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 9-0 rout.
Analysis: If the Diamondbacks somehow sneak into the wild card game, they might have an awfully tough call about who to start; Zack Greinke is the ace Patrick Corbin has been the best pitcher this year, but Ray is pretty much untouchable right now. He's given up a total of seven hits over 23 2/3 innings in his four starts this month.