Jeremy Hellickson was shelled for seven earned runs in Philly’s 7-2 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night. Hellickson had gotten off to a surprising 5-1 start, but couldn’t hide from Colorado’s fearsome lineup. Hellickson was bound to be exposed sooner or later. His 3.62 K/9 and 5.62 xFIP are telltale signs his record was a mirage.
Trea Turner swiped two bags and drove in one run against the Mariners. Turner is tied for seventh in the league with 11 stolen bases, but slashing just .242/.269/.409. Outside of Coors Field (where he hit for the cycle April 25), he’s been terrible. He’s hitting sub-.230 in five of the seven ballparks he’s played in, including an anemic .224 at Nationals Park.
Quick Hits: Part I
There were some big games from star players last night … Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-3 and blasted two homers in Chicago’s 5-4 win over San Francisco … Jose Abreu was unstoppable for the White Sox … he went 4-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored … Carlos Gonzalez continues to heat up with another tater against the Phillies … Gonzalez has hits in 12 of his last 13 games.
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Rodney saves D-Backs
Fernando Rodney notched his 12th save of the season when he pitched a scoreless ninth in Arizona’s 8-6 win over the White Sox. Rodney continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats. He’s allowed at least one walk or hit in four of his last six save opportunities and owns an ERA north of 7.00. The 40-year-old Rodney is tied for third in the majors in saves and sporting a 9.17 K/9.
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Lamb stands out from the herd
Jake Lamb ripped a two-run dinger in the D-backs victory. Lamb is mashing with .287/.381/.587 splits with 13 homers and 40 RBI through 44 games. Lamb carries strong DFS value with a .336 batting average against righties.
Sonny Gray, ladies and gentlemen! Gray was nearly flawless in a seven-inning, 11-strikeout victory over the Marlins. Since returning to action May 2, Gray has shown signs of improvement. He’s engineered three straight quality starts since May 13, including 19 K’s over his last 13 innings. Gray’s regular season success is especially encouraging after he pitched just four innings and posted a 15.75 ERA in Spring Training.
Glover to close
Nationals manager said Wednesday that Koda Glover will be the team’s closer from here on out, according to MASN. Glover owns a 7.07 K/9 with four holds, and hasn’t allowed a home run this season.
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Quick Hits: Part II
The Pirates have struggled offensively all season, but exploded for 12 runs Wednesday night … four Pirates hitters yielded two or more RBI … Adam Frazier is the team’s only hitter who owns a .300 batting average … Frazier went 2-for-2 with three RBI and drew four walks … second baseman Gift Ngoepe knocked in the game-winning RBI … Ngoepe is the first African born player to play in the MLB.