The Angels promoted Eric Young Jr. in the wake of Mike Trout’s injury. Young was mashing in Triple-A .354/.419/.528 with five dingers and 15 stolen bases. He was immediately inserted into the starting lineup Monday and went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases. Young figures to split time with Ben Revere during Trout’s absence. If you had the misfortune of drafting Mike Trout and him hitting the DL for the first time in his career, check out Ryan Fowler’s fantasy replacements HERE.
Roark silences Giants
Lost in the Harper vs. Strickland bout, Tanner Roark was able to shut out the Giants over seven innings on Monday. Roark was shellacked on May 18 for seven earned in Pittsburgh, but has been nearly flawless since. Over his last 14 innings pitched, he’s surrendered just one earned run, struck out 14 and walked just one batter. His six quality starts have come in large part because he’s been able to keep the ball in the park with a 9.8 HR/FB rate (19th in the league, just behind Lance McCullers).
Glover closing the door
Koda Glover has tallied three consecutive saves since he was officially named the Nationals closer on May 25. Glover hasn’t allowed an earned run since April 25 and hasn’t allowed a hit in his last four save opportunities. Glover’s play is a welcome sight for a bullpen that struggled to close out games early in the season and owns the third highest ERA in the majors at 4.91.
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Quick Hits: Part I
The Blue Jays exploded for 17 runs against the Reds Monday … Reds starter Lisalverto Bonilla lasted just 2 1/3 innings after he was bombarded for six runs … Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-5 and belted a grand slam in the fourth inning … Justin Smoak extended his hitting streak to five games with his 12th tater of the season … Toronto yielded three or more RBI from Smoak, Tulowitzki and Russell Martin … Marcus Stroman improved to 6-2 and picked up his seventh quality start of the season.
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Ray heads into Pittsburgh
Preseason darling Robbie Ray heads into a matchup tonight against the Pirates who are ranked 24th in the league in total offense. The Diamondbacks starter offers a healthy 11.10 K/9 and is ranked ninth in the league with 74 total strikeouts. The hope with Ray in 2016 was that his 3.45 xFIP would manifest into a better 2017. So far, that has been the case: his HR/9 is down from 1.24 to 1.05 and his HR/FB is down from 15.5 to 12.1. The fly in the ointment for Ray is his 4.35 BB/9 which is up from 3.67 last season. It will be interesting to see how Ray fares against Pittsburgh who roughed him up for four earned runs and six hits in four innings on May 14.
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Steven Souza knocked the ball all around the yard in Tampa’s 10-8 win over the Rangers Monday. Souza went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored four runs in his best performance in weeks. The injury issues that plagued Souza throughout the early portion of May seem better as he’s reached base safely in six straight games.
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Diaz earns ninth save
After briefly losing his closer job earlier this month, Diaz has rebounded in a big way. The 23-year-old tossed a clean ninth to close the door on the Rockies in Seattle’s 6-5 win Monday. He hasn’t allowed a run and has seven K’s over his last six innings pitched. Diaz’s tantalizing 11.39 K/9 makes him a closer with top-flight fantasy potential.
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Quick Hits: Part II
The Astros beat the Twins in a 16-8 shootout Monday … the Astros garnered multiple hits from six different players … the three-headed monster of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran delivered seven RBI and 18 total bases … The Astros climbed out of a six-run hole with an 11-run explosion in the eighth inning … the game-winning run was knocked in by Josh Reddick when he doubled to center and scored George Springer.