Not only has Dallas Keuchel been a monster for Houston, but Lance McCullers continues to amaze. McCullers posted his third straight scoreless outing over six innings. He struck out three and improved to 4-1. The third-year starter is 10th in the league with 60 strikeouts and owns a sturdy 2.65 ERA. Don’t run away from his 19.2 percent home run to fly ball ratio – four of the long balls he’s surrendered have come in two starts.
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Quick Hits: Part I
Zack Greinke has been one of the best pitchers in the league over the last two weeks … He’s notched two quality starts with 26 K’s in 21 2/3 innings … Alex Wood has 21 strikeouts and only allowed one earned run over his last 11 innings … Yu Darvish is hot with three quality starts in each of his last three outings.
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DeShields pummels Phillies
Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields banged the ball all over the yard against Philly Wednesday night. He went 4-for-4 with a run scored in Texas’ 9-3 victory. DeShields is crushing it at a .333 clip over the last two weeks with 14 hits in 12 games. The 24-year-old, who appeared in 74 games last year, may have to compete with Joey Gallo for playing time when Adrian Beltre finally returns.
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Chacin steady in loss
Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin was dominant in seven innings of one-run ball. Chacin fanned eight, but didn’t come away with the win as San Diego continued to struggle offensively. His 4.61 ERA is a little off-putting, but he’s rebounded averaging two earned runs allowed per start over his last four outings.
Bat flipping Bautista
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista fell a triple short of the cycle Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored. Bautista has been downright terrible for much of the season, but he’s flipped the switch of late. He’s slashing .360/.448/.840 with three homers and seven RBI over the last seven days.
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The News Tribune is reporting that Edwin Diaz will be utilized in a multi-inning, low-leverage scenario the next time he pitches. The Mariners reliever was demoted from his closer’s spot after his messy outing on Monday. Diaz walked four and surrendered two earned in his last outing before the switch. Tony Zynch and Steve Cishek appear to be next in line for any save opportunities. He pitches in the friendly confines of Safeco and could help your fantasy rotation if you’re dealing with injuries.
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Zimmer atones for debut
Indians top prospect Bradley Zimmer bounced back against Tampa Bay. Zimmer was punched out three times in his major league debut Tuesday, but went 2-for-4 with a double, a dinger and two RBI in Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the Rays. Strikeouts were a concern for Zimmer – he whiffed in 29.9 percent of his at-bats at Triple-A Columbus.
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MLB Quick Hits: Part II
Paul Goldschmidt is in the zone … he’s belted six taters, driven in 12 RBI and drawn nine walks in his last 50 at-bats … Mike Trout has five moonshots in his last six games … he’s third in the league with 13 on the season … Mike Napoli is turning it around after an underwhelming April … he’s poked four home runs and is slashing .316/.400/.789 in the last seven days.
Miguel Cabrera will not play Thursday with a strained oblique. The Tigers slugger is expected to miss two to three days.