Byron Buxton was perfect at the plate! The Twins outfielder went 3-for-3 marking the first time in his career he’s managed a hit in each of his at-bats. Could Buxton finally be reaching a turning point? He’s registered five hits in his last three games and is over the Mendoza Line.
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Mancinci earning his keep
As his role with the Orioles grows, Trey Mancini continues to capitalize. He went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Baltimore’s 10-6 win over the White Sox. The effort capped off a stellar five games in which he tallied eight hits, four RBI, four runs scored and one dinger. Mancini is also hitting a healthy .471 with runners in scoring position.
Has anyone seen Mike Leake? I’m starting to become concerned. Leake began the season with nine straight quality starts, but he’s 0-4 in his last four starts. After surrendering just one homer in his first six starts, the long ball has come back to bite him of late – he’s been tagged for eight homers over his last seven outings. It’s possible that some regression is taking hold as his 3.72 xFIP is a bit higher than his 3.14 ERA.
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Roark thumped by Braves
Tanner Roark is another pitcher who has struggled of late after getting off to a strong start. Roark was blitzed for seven runs and nine hits in Washington’s 13-2 loss to the Braves Wednesday. Unlike Leake, his troubles are not linked to home runs. Opposing hitters have a .354 OBP with runners in scoring position. That is no way to minimize the damage and one of the big reasons his WHIP has ballooned to 1.36.
Sanchez strong after injury
Since Gary Sanchez returned from his bicep injury on May 5, he’s clobbered the ball with a .303/.388/.582 batting line, 10 taters and 29 RBI. There’s not a lot to dislike about Sanchez’s offensive game as he has managed to avoid any semblance of a sophomore slump. He’s also engineered a .406 career wOBA over 391 plate appearances.
Quick Hits: Rookie check-in
Ben Gamel leads all rookies with a .341 batting average over 167 at-bats … he’s just slightly ahead of Mitch Haniger who owns a .340 average in 97 at-bats … no one in the league has more homers than Yankees goliath Aaron Judge (22) … Brewers catcher Manny Pina has been solid in platoon action … he’s hitting .300 and .340 against lefties … Andrew Benintendi leads all rookies in steals (8) … Antonio Senzatela (8-2, 3.84 ERA) has been the league’s best rookie pitcher … Koda Glover is the only rookie with more than one save (8).
Walker returns to action
Taijuan Walker struck out six and won his first start since May 19 in a 2-1 victory over the Tigers. Though he didn’t nab the quality start, it was a promising effort in his return from injury. Most encouraging is his K/9 is up to 8.21 from 7.97 in 2016 and he’s cut down big time on his home runs allowed with a 7.4 percent home run to fly ball ratio down from 17.6 last year.
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Quick Hits: Who's hot?
Let’s check out who’s been hot over the last two weeks … Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips has been on fire with 20 hits and a .361 OBP over that span … Ryon Healy has six dingers and 16 RBI over his last 52 at-bats … he and Matt Adams are tied with the most homers over the last 14 days … Seattle catcher Mike Zunino has the most RBI of anyone over the last two weeks (19) … look out for Dansby Swanson who’s engineered a .411 OBP of late.