Zack Greinke’s resurgence continued last night with a dominant performance against the White Sox. Greinke fanned 12 in 8 2/3 innings of work in Arizona’s 5-1 win. His dominance was matched with efficiency as 73 of 103 pitches landed for strikes in his third double-digit strikeout game of the season. The trouble Greinke had shutting the door on hitters earlier in the season has evaporated -- opposing hitters are now hitting .145 in 0-2 counts and .155 in 1-2 counts.
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Melancon steps up
Giants closer Mark Melancon earned his third save since returning from the DL on May 18. Melancon retired three of the four batters he faced in San Francisco’s win over the Cubs. He is now 9-for-11 on save opportunities. Melancon also owns left-handed hitters holding them to a .179 average.
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Inciarte clobbers Pirates
Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte peppered the Pirates with hits. He went 5-for-5 and drove in one run to cap off the career night. He raised his batting averaged 21 points last night, and is now slashing .279/.327/.731 with five homers and 17 RBI.
Quick Hits: Part I
Four Astros pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter against the Tigers Monday … starting pitcher Brad Peacock struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings … Chris Devenski earned the win with 2 2/3 innings pitched and two K’s … Will Harris and Ken Giles both punched out two in their single innings of action … Giles notched his 12th save of the season - tied for second in the league with Craig Kimbrel and Cody Allen.
Hoffman silences Phillies
Second-year pitcher Jeff Hoffman has been sensational in two starts for the Rockies. He stifled the Phillies to the tune of seven strikeouts and no earned runs over seven innings. Hoffman was 0-4 in six starts last year, but has been serving opponents with an 11.20 K/9 in 13 2/3 innings pitched this season. Hoffman’s early production give reason to believe he could be a good fantasy starter. He is owned in 3.5 percent of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues.
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After tallying 17 quality starts in 2016, Josh Tomlin has endured an atrocious 2017. Tomlin is 2-6 with a 1.43 WHIP and 6.70 ERA. Surprisingly, there may be cause for optimism: Tomlin’s 3.64 xFIP means he could be on track to rebound to some degree. That said, he’s had a disturbing HR/FB ratio north of 14.0-percent over the past three seasons.
Mejia to the minors
After earning his first major league victory on May 21, Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia has been sent back to the minors after his latest cup of coffee. Mejia allowed three runs in his only quality start of the season during the short stint. The 23-year-old lefty Mejia will play for the Rochester Red Wings for the time being. Mejia has shown starter potential in his Triple-A action. He struck out 68 over 67 innings as he split time for the Giants and Twins last year.
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Quick Hits: Part II
The Twins and Orioles combined for 21 runs in a 14-7 barnburner Monday night … four Twins had at least two RBI including four from outfielder Max Kepler … a huge six-run sixth inning for Minnesota broke a 6-6 tie … the run was sparked by Joe Mauer whose double knocked in the game-winning run … Ubaldo Jimenez was pasted for six earned over four innings.