James Paxton was dealt his first loss of the season after he was tagged for eight hits and four earned runs with just three strikeouts over four innings. Paxton allowed a two-run jack to Josh Donaldson which was just his second dinger surrendered on the season.
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Donaldson enjoying the road
Finally recovered from his injury woes, Josh Donaldson had a stellar six-game road trip. He went 9-for-21 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI. Donaldson is slashing .317/.417/.683 over 82 at-bats on the season and finally looks to be living up to his billing as a top-flight fantasy player.
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Thames back to Earth
Eric Thames 2.0 is playing more like the Beta version of Eric Thames recently. He was hitting over .300 for much of the season, but back-to-back dreadful outings in Arizona has dropped his average down to .256. Thames went 0-for-4 Sunday for the second straight game and capped off a miserable three-gamer in Arizona in which he tallied just a single hit. It wasn’t likely that Thames would maintain his early-season onslaught, but Thames has plummeted back to earth in dramatic fashion.
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David Peralta feasted on Milwaukee pitching this weekend with six hits, a double, three RBI and a dinger. Over 29 at-bats against the Brewers this season, Peralta has posted a .345 batting average and .862 OPS with seven runs scored, two doubles and four RBI. Peralta is a key cog in the dynamic D-backs offense. He is one of their two qualified batters with an average above .300.
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Spring(er) has sprung
George Springer continued his incredible season with a two-run bomb in Houston’s 12-6 loss to the Angels. Springer has hits in 14 of his last 15 games with eight taters 16 RBI over that stretch. Two things stick out when comparing his stats year-over-year: His walk rate has dipped from 11.8 to 8.3 percent, while his slugging percentage has soared from .457 to .536. Most of the other numbers are similar his career figures.
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Quick Hits: Part I
Robbie Ray continues to level opposing lineups … Ray punched out 12 in Arizona’s 11-1 victory over the Brewers … Ray is fourth in the league with 104 strikeouts and has posted double-digit K’s in three straight starts … Aaron Judge collected 11 total bases in New York’s 14-3 win over the Orioles … Judge belted his league-leading 21st homer of the season … he owns an incredible .344/.450/.718 batting line over 58 games this season.
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Smith making impression
Mallex Smith went 3-for-3 with a double and RBI, leading Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over the A’s Sunday. Smith has played sparingly this season for the Rays, but he’s produced when given the chance. Smith is slashing .378/.452/.514 over 42 plate appearances. The speedy outfielder also offers big potential on the base paths with seven stolen bases in 13 major league games this season.
Quick Hits: Part II
Austin Bibens-Dirkx unexpectedly muzzled the Nationals over seven innings and allowed just one earned run in Texas’ 5-1 win over the Nationals … the win came in Bibens-Dirkx second start of the season … J.A. Happ earned his first win of the season after he notched eight strikeouts over six innings of scoreless work against the Mariners … Corey Seager blasted a game-winning grand slam for the Dodgers in their 9-7 win over the Dodgers on Sunday … the bomb was his ninth of the season.