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Wade Davis
Wade Davis locks down M's for easy save
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:35 PM
Wade Davis tossed a scoreless inning of work to secure his 27th save in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
Analysis: Davis had a cushion to work with, as the Rockies were holding a 4-1 lead when he took the ball to start the ninth inning. He got the job done without drama, inducing a Mitch Haniger pop out and a Kyle Seager ground out before fanning Denard Span to secure the win for his team. The veteran reliever improved to 27-of-31 in save chances this year. He owns a 3.72 ERA and 42/19 K/BB ratio (38 2/3 innings) in addition.
Carlos Gonzalez
Carlos Gonzalez cracks two-run homer in win
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:25 PM
Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
Analysis: Gonzalez clocked a two-run home run off Wade LeBlanc in the second inning. We also saw a bit of a rarity, as he stole just his fourth base of the season on Saturday. Very quietly, the veteran outfielder is in the midst of a sturdy campaign, as he's now slashing .285/.337/.486 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 75 games played. He's even managed to shore up his lefty-righty splits a bit, having entered action on Saturday hitting a poor-but-not-catastrophic .250/.283/.398 against southpaws.
Chris Herrmann
Chris Herrmann manages RBI double in loss
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:17 PM
Chris Herrmann went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Analysis: Herrmann provided the Mariners their only run of the game in the 4-1 loss, hitting an RBI double off Jon Gray in the eighth inning. The two-bagger was just his second of the season. While the veteran backstop does have three extra-base hits in his last three games played, he's seen just 32 at-bats this year and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger takes the collar in loss to COL
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:13 PM
Mitch Haniger went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Analysis: Nothing doing for Haniger or the rest of the M's offense in this one, as they managed only one run in the defeat. On the whole this season, the 27-year-old outfielder is slashing a sturdy .269/.357/.488 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI across 93 games played. While his bat has cooled in the month of July, he'll still be heading to Washington D.C. for All-Star Game festivities once the M's wrap up this weekend set against the Rockies.
Wade LeBlanc
Wade LeBlanc uninspiring in loss to Rockies
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:07 PM
Wade LeBlanc surrendered four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Analysis: LeBlanc struck out three and walked two on the evening. The Rockies pounced on him for a pair of two-spots in the dismal affair, with Carlos Gonzalez burning him for a two-run home run in the second inning and two more runs scoring on his line after he trotted back out to start the fifth inning. While this was not the shiniest of outings, LeBlanc has pitched quite well on the whole and will enter the All-Star break holding a 3.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 66/18 K/BB ratio across 89 1/3 frames.
Jon Gray
Jon Gray sharp in return from Triple-A exile
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:05 PM
Jon Gray yielded one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Mariners.
Analysis: Gray was optioned to Triple-A on June 30 to cap the end of a brutal first three months of the season. Perhaps that humbling demotion lit a bit of a fire under his belly, as he came out in complete control of his arsenal on Saturday after being recalled. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked one in his return outing, with only an RBI double by Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning serving to prevent him from a shutout performance. He threw an efficient 93 pitches (64 strikes) on the evening. While Gray's ERA still sits at an unwieldy 5.44, with this outing in the books he at least has something positive to build on heading into the second half of the campaign.
Trevor Story
Trevor Story sinks Mariners with walk-off HR
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:31 PM
Rockies PR on Twitter
Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Mariners.
Analysis: The walk-off homer was the first of Story's career, and he extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the late-game heroics to tie a career long. Story wraps up the first half slashing .292/.353/.557 with 20 homers and 68 RBI. He is second behind Nolan Arenado for the team lead in homers, and tied with the hot corner man for the team lead in RBI. The duo are also tied for sixth in the majors in RBI.
Ian Desmond
Two more hits for Ian Desmond
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:23 PM
Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's 4-3 win against the Mariners.
Analysis: It wasn't all great, as he also grounded into a double play. However, the slugger continues to trend in the right direction in the batting average category. He dug himself a huge hole with a .154 average in April, and had a subpar .215 mark in May. However, he has come alive since the middle of June to raise his average from .195 on June 14 to .235 heading into the All-Star break. Fantasy owners would have dumped him long ago if not for his above-average power. He heads into the break with 18 homers and 56 RBI, making his low average a little more tolerable.
Zach Britton
Cubs interested in acquiring Zach Britton
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:20 PM
670 The Score
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs are one of eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton.
Analysis: Britton's market has perked up in recent weeks as the 30-year-old left-hander has seemed to have rediscovered his form. His velocity is up, his sinker is biting once again, and he was able to record saves on back-to-back days over the weekend for the first time this season. Levine notes that the Cubs also have interest in Padres' closer Brad Hand, though the asking price will be much higher there as Hand is under contract for two additional seasons while Britton is a free agent at season's end.
Tyler Anderson
Tyler Anderson strikes out six in no-decision
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:19 PM
Tyler Anderson allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.
Analysis: Anderson and Mike Leake were locked in a solid pitcher's duel, something you do not see very often in the rarefied air at Coors Field. The Colorado southpaw wrapped up the first half on a high note, posting four consecutive quality starts with a pair of wins and a 0.96 ERA across his past 28 innings. He also has five or more strikeouts in eight straight outings.
Mitch Haniger
Two more knocks for Mitch Haniger
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:16 PM
Mitch Haniger posted a pair of singles with an RBI across four at-bats in Sunday's 4-3 loss in Colorado.
Analysis: Haniger, who is heading to his first All-Star Game with teammates Nelson Cruz, Edwin Diaz and Jean Segura, wrapped up the first half slashing .272/.358/.488 with 37 extra-base hits, including 18 homers, and 67 RBI. His RBI rank eighth in the majors, and third in the American League. His numbers are especially impressive considering Safeco Field, his home park, ranks 27th in the majors in runs according to MLB Park Factors.
Blake Parker
Angels getting trade calls on bullpen arms
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:15 PM
Fox Sports
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels have been getting calls on relievers Blake Parker, Cam Bedrosian and Justin Anderson.
Analysis: Every contender is seemingly in the market for an extra arm to bolster their respective bullpen, and the Angels would like to capitalize, due to the volatile nature of relief pitching on a year-to-year basis. All three hurlers have multiple years of team control remaining, so they will be looking to land some quality prospects in return for any of them.
Cole Hamels
Mariners' interest in Cole Hamels overplayed
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:12 PM
Seattle Times
According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, the Mariners' interest in Cole Hamels earlier this month was "greatly overplayed"
Analysis: It sounds as though their reported interest in the Rangers' southpaw was merely the due diligence of general manager Jerry Dipoto, who according to Divish "checks in on every player and will never toss away any proposal immediately." Hamels wrapped up his first half of the season on Friday, registering a 5-8 record, 4.36 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 109 1/3 innings.
Dee Gordon
Dee Gordon posts two hits to wrap first half
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:02 PM
Dee Gordon finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's 4-3 loss in Colorado.
Analysis: Gordon is slashing .283/.283/.348 in the first half while posting 18 extra-base hits, 44 runs scored and 22 RBI with 22 steals on 28 attempts. Fantasy owners might be a little concerned with his lack of steals lately, going 11 straight games without a theft. Perhaps his hip and back is still bothering him a little bit. He'll use the All-Star break to rest up. Despite some lower-body ailments he still leads the American League with 22 stolen bases heading into the second half, one ahead of Chicago White Sox SS Tim Anderson.
Mike Leake
Mike Leake thrives in Coors Field start
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:47 PM
Mike Leake allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision Sunday in Colorado.
Analysis: Leake did a good job in a difficult place, throwing 53 of his 77 pitches for strikes. It wasn't a great outing, but he posted a quality start and gave his team a chance to pick up an important road victory. He finished the first half with a respectable 8-6 record, 4.22 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 121 2/3 innings with 75 strikeouts over 20 starts. He has served as a decent back-end option for most fantasy owners this season.
Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman has multi-hit effort in win
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:43 PM
Matt Chapman finished 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Sunday's 6-2 victory in San Francisco.
Analysis: Chapman is 11-for-44 (.250) in 12 games since coming back from the 10-day disabled list, and he is hitting .250 overall on the season, too. He has been a decent source of extra-base hits with 17 doubles, three triples and 10 homers across 288 at-bats. He strikes out a little much, whiffing 78 times, so he'll need to develop a more discerning eye to warrant usage in deeper mixed play.
Chase d'Arnaud
Chase d'Arnaud sets table nicely in loss
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:33 PM
Chase d'Arnaud finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-2 loss against the Athletics.
Analysis: The 31-year-old was leading off for manager Bruce Bochy, and he recorded his second straight multi-hit game, and the third in the past four games while swatting two solo homers during the span. The journeyman is making the most of his chance with Joe Panik on the shelf, but don't expect the good times to continue for long. He still warrants very little in the way of fantasy consideration heading into the second half.
Andrew Suarez
Andrew Suarez limps to first-half break
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:30 PM
Andrew Suarez allowed four earned runs, four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a loss against the Athletics on Sunday.
Analysis: Suarez labored to get through five frames, throwing 59 of his 90 pitches for strikes. The good news is that the left-hander has allowed just two homers over his past seven outings across the past 41 innings. The bad news is that he has issued six walks over the past 11 innings. Despite a 3-6 record he still has a solid 3.94 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in his first 84 innings in the majors.
Blake Treinen
Blake Treinen bounces back nicely Sunday
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:20 PM
Blake Treinen worked around a walk while striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 6-2 win in San Francisco.
Analysis: Treinen entered in a non-save situation, but he stayed focused and was able to bounce back from an uncharacteristic shaky performance in Saturday's outing when he walked two batters in a scoreless frame. Treinen can use the rest of the All-Star break after posting a 5-2 record, 24 saves across 27 chances and a sparkling 0.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with 61 strikeouts over 48 innings in 40 appearances. After throwing 41 pitches over the past two days it's uncertain if the All-Star will appear in Washington on Tuesday, but fantasy owners hope he rests up for a strong second half.
Stephen Piscotty
Stephen Piscotty belts his 12th home run
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:13 PM
Stephen Piscotty finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's 6-2 victory in San Francisco.
Analysis: It took Piscotty a little while to get acclimated to his new surroundings, and he also had to endure the terrible pain of his mother passing away during a trying first half. He has overcome so much adversity in the first few months, it's almost amazing to think he pulls into the break with a .264/.326/.457 slash line with 24 doubles, 12 homers and 46 RBI across 311 at-bats.