Anthony Rendon continued his personal renaissance after he pelted the Dodgers with a solo shot, double and walk in Washington’s 4-2 win over the Dodgers. Rendon has 11 dingers, 11 doubles and 31 RBI. He is sporting a career low 14.3 percent strikeout rate and looks to be on pace for a career year.
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Manaea on fire
After a rocky beginning to the season, Sean Manaea has won four straight starts. The Oakland starter fanned seven over six innings against the suddenly-hot hitting Blue Jays Monday night. Manaea has been successful against some formidable lineups during his streak including the Red Sox, Yankees and Indians. Manaea owns an impressive 10.10 K/9 and has done well to avoid the long ball – he’s surrendered just four dingers over 54 1/3 innings pitched.
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Samardzija muzzles Milwaukee
The Department of Surprise Gems - who brought us the Volquez no-hitter - delivered another great performance by a 1-7 pitcher. Jeff Samardzija pitched 7 2/3 innings and punched out 10 in San Francisco’s 7-2 win over Milwaukee. Samardzija is striking out hitters at a career pace this season (10.62 K/9), but he routinely allows big numbers in the hit column. Opposing hitters have dinged him for 80 hits - eighth-most in the league. Every pitcher who’s given up more hits has a sub-.500 record.
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Colon falling off
Bartolo Colon was blasted for eight earned runs in the Braves 11-4 loss to Philly Monday night. Once a solid streaming option (19 quality starts in 2016), it looks like the other shoe has finally dropped for the 44-year-old pitcher. He’s been pasted for six or more earned runs five times this season and has been clobbered for 24 hits over his last three starts which only lasted a combined 11 innings.
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Quick Hits: Part I
Ender Inciarte scored another two runs for the Braves bringing his season total to 37 … he’s tied for 19th in the league in that category … He’s just behind Billy Hamilton who has 38 and is tied with Jose Bautista who, surprisingly, also has 37 … Paul Goldschmidt leads the league in runs scored with 48 … Bryce Harper is right on his heels with 46.
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Jays not hitting for Happ
J.A. Happ fell to 0-4 after Ryon Healy took him deep twice in Toronto’s 5-3 loss to the A’s. Happ won 20 games last season, but hasn’t been anywhere near that level in 2017. Opposing hitters are teeing off on Happ – he’s been bombed for two homers in four out of his five starts. Though the long ball is definitely an issue, it should be noted that last night’s start was the first time he’s given up more than four runs. In 2016, Happ ranked second among starting pitchers with 6.9 supporting runs per game. This season that figure has dipped to 4.25.
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Odubel Herrera was huge for the Phillies last night. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored three times in their 11-4 win over Atlanta. Herrera has had a miserable season at the plate (.243/.283/.403), but has been on fire over his last three games. He has eight hits and six doubles over that stretch. The outfielder is now second in the league in doubles as a result of his hot streak. Herrera has been markedly better against left-handers with a .302 average and .375 wOBA. Roster him against lefties in DFS games.
Quick Hits: Part II
Herrera was part of the Phillies big night at the plate … Aaron Altherr belted his ninth tater of the season with a two-run bomb in the eighth inning … each of the Phillies top four in the order posted multiple RBI … the only other player to knock in a run was catcher Andrew Knapp who batted seventh … Tommy Joseph poked the other home run for Philadelphia with a two-run shot … he’s hit 10 dingers with 28 RBI this season.