What hamstring injury? Trea Turner hit the second cycle of 2017 in Washington’s 15-12 win over the Rockies. Turner isn’t showing any ill effects from the strained hammy that led to a DL stint and rehab assignment. Turner’s four hits raised his average 70 points and he knocked in seven RBI bringing his season total to nine. Slashing .289/.308/.526 with two multi-hit games in his last four, Turner has regrouped to live up to his lofty average draft position price tag.
Runs galore at Coors
In addition to Turner’s huge night, Coors Field lived up to its reputation … The Rockies and Nationals combined for 27 runs, 29 hits, five homers, and the starting pitchers allowed a total of 15 earned runs … Seven players had more than one hit … Charlie Blackmon stayed hot with three hits and three more RBI … Bryce Harper is still hitting .400 after two more hits … Daniel Murphy was responsible for five of the team’s 15 runs … Nationals reliever Enny Romero earned the win after pitching a scoreless 1 1/3 … Romero had blown a save the previous night that would’ve given Washington their seventh straight win.
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Kinsler, Tigers go off for 19
Like the Nationals, the Tigers exploded last night to the tune of 19 runs … Six players had multiple RBI including Ian Kinsler’s banner night … Kinsler had four hits and two RBI … After an offensive lull which dropped his average to .200, Kinsler has seven hits in his last three games … Owned in just 2.7 percent of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues, Alex Avila has played very well in … Avila is hitting .407 in 27 at-bats with four dingers … Avila may be best utilized in a daily setting as he is boasting a strong .440 batting average against righties.
Hendricks stifles Pirates
Kyle Hendricks shutout the Pirates over six innings. Hendricks hasn’t been quite as sharp this season with a 4.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP compared to last season’s 2.13 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The long ball came back to bite Kendricks this April – he’s surrendered four taters to opposing batters compared to the one hit against him April 2016. On the bright side his ground ball percentage is almost identical to last year at 48.5%.
Kershaw still king
Kershaw has been automatic for seven plus innings and less than three runs allowed this year (and every year, really). Kershaw fanned seven in the Dodgers 2-1 win over the Giants earning his fourth win of the season. Kershaw is one of the few pitchers this year who’s been able to pick up quality start wins in nearly every outing this season. Also, good luck if you’re a hitter with two strikes against him. Batters are hitting just .141 when the count reaches two strikes.
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Put Keuchel in that rare Kershaw category of starters who can nab you quality start wins on a regular basis. Keuchel is 4-0 with an astounding five straight quality starts in 2017. When hitters are actually able to get a hold of one of Keuchel’s pitches, he’s been able to limit the damage. Before last night, the two homers Keuchel surrendered didn’t result in more than one earned run.
Goldschmidt back on track
Paul Goldschmidt is looking more and more like the player who averaged 26 homers over each of the last five seasons. With nine hits and two homers in his last six games Goldschmidt has raised his batting up to .297 after briefly slouching to .236. He’s also boasting a healthy .441 on-base percentage and crushing righties with a .372 average.
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Cincinnati, didn’t we talk about this? For the second night in a row and eighth time this season, Thames belted a home run against the Reds. Thames continues to show patience at the plate, doing damage when he gets the chance and is taking advantage of hitter’s parks. His walk rate is 16.5 percent up from 5.2 percent in 2012 - his last season before playing in Korea. Ten of his 11 homers have come in Milwaukee and Cincinnati. It will be interesting to see how Thames fairs with less than ideal conditions.