Blowing up: Bad day for closers
When scanning boxscores every day, you'll see a blown save from a closer on most days, but not every day. This morning ... ugh.
Cardinals' closer Trevor Rosenthal was pretty bad as well, walking three of the four Padres he faced before getting lifted for Seth Maness. At least the Cards held on for the win, right? Rosenthal has walked an unacceptable 33 batters in 56 1/3 innings this season, but manager Mike Matheny says he's still the closer.
Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman was the worst of the bunch. He entered Game 1 of a doubleheader with a four-run lead, walked four straight Rockies, and then watched as J.J. Hoover gave up a sac fly and a home run to lose, 10-9. Everyone has a bad day, right?
Sunday's studs & duds
Stud: OF Drew Stubbs, who hit that game-winning homer for the Rockies, went 4-for-7 with a home run, four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's doubleheader.
News & notes
Today brings plenty of news from the Pirates. Gerrit Cole is listed as Wednesday's probable starter; he'll take the rotation slot of Charlie Morton, who was placed on the DL with a hip injury. Also, while it sounds like OF Andrew McCutchen (ribs) could be activated this week, his owners should keep him on the bench to be safe.
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips had two hits in a Sunday rehab game, and could be activated as soon as Tuesday. Also, SP Homer Bailey was placed on the DL Saturday due to a forearm strain. Bailey's status for the remainder of the season is uncertain.
The Yankees activated C Brian McCann from the concussion DL on Sunday. McCann played as if he never left, going 0-for-4. Teammate Masahiro Tanaka had an encouraging weekend, and is still hoping for a September return.
Despite a strong outing on Sunday, Mets rookie SP Rafael Montero "could very well end up back at Triple-A Las Vegas with Jacob deGrom on track to return to the rotation next weekend," according to the team's website.
Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett (quad) hopes to be back at full strength soon, but with the Brewers off Monday/Thursday and Gennett probably sitting against a lefty on Tuesday, you should sit him in weekly leagues.
74-48 Brandon McCarthy was okay on Friday and Jon Niese was good enough on Saturday, but we're going to give Jeremy Hellickson a demerit for Sunday, so we're now 76-49 for the season. Today's pick is Bartolo Colon (owned in 34.7 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Cubs, while Tuesday's selection is Miami's Jarred Cosart (3.6 percent owned) at home against the depleted Rangers. Yes, I considered Mike Fiers as well.
See you back here tomorrow morning.