The oft-injured back is working his way back from an offseason elbow injury when he supposedly slipped on wet cement. The Cowboys spent their fourth overall pick on running back Ezekiel Elliott, and he's the favorite to garner the bulk of the carries when the season rolls around. McFadden and Alfred Morris will compete for the change-of-pace gig, although some will argue that Elliott will be worked in slowly and either Alf or McFadden will be the feature back in the first few weeks of the season. McFadden had a healthier 2015 season than offseason, suiting up for all 16 games and running for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns on 239 carries.
Cooper was carted off the practice field with the injury. It's not known how severe the injury is, but this would be a big blow to the Patriot's offensive line. He's dealt with injuries throughout his career, breaking his leg in the preseason of his rookie season and trying to get back to the top of his game ever since. We'll wait for the Patriots to update his status further, and hopefully he won't miss the start of the season.
In an interesting turn of events, Freese was ejected between the top and bottom of the fifth inning by home plate umpire Marty Foster. John Jaso has taken over at first base. Freese was 0-3 with two strikeouts before being tossed.
Today’s blown save was Chapman’s first in a Cubs uniform as he came in with runners on first and third and proceeded to allow them both to score on a Leonys Martin double. Martin went on to score on a wild pitch and after it was all said and done the Cubs had allowed three earned runs to cross the plate in the eighth. Prior to tonight’s game Chapman hadn’t allowed a hit and struck out four batters in his previous two appearances with the Cubs, so there shouldn’t be any cause for concern if you own him in your fantasy league. He should continue to be one of the elite closing options for the rest of 2016 as he should get plenty of save opportunities on a playoff-bound Cubs team.
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta pitched serviceably but was charged with a loss against the Mariners on Saturday, allowing two earned runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts over seven innings of work.
On almost any other day tonight’s effort would have been enough to record a win but the Mariners bats came alive late in the game and were able to score four runs off of the Cubs revamped bullpen. The 30-year-old has really struggled over his past seven starts as he’s recorded four losses and has allowed 23 earned runs over his last 47 and a third innings pitched. His strikeout numbers have also been down as of late but he has a perfect opportunity to turn things around in his next start against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday as he’s taking on a light-hitting team in a pitcher friendly ballpark.
Martin’s eighth-inning double off of Aroldis Chapman provided the Mariners with two key runs and it swung the momentum in Seattle’s side after they hadn’t scored a run off of Jake Arrieta. Martin also later came around to score, which gave the Mariners a nice two-run cushion heading into the ninth inning and they eventually added another run in the ninth to win by three. Tonight’s game is one of the lone bright spots this month for Martin who had been hitting just .218 with two home runs and four runs batted in during the month of July, prior to today. Martin continues to hit the ball well on the road as he’s hitting .277 on the road, which is .61 higher than his batting average at home. He’ll face off against Cubs starter Brian Matusz who has allowed left-handed hitters to hit just .208 against him in his eight-year career.
Cishek came on in the ninth inning to close out the game and he was able strikeout three batters while allowing just one hit en route to his 25th save of the year. The 30-year-old has now converted on 25-out-of-30 save opportunities for the Mariners this season and has not allowed an earned run in his last five appearances. He should continue to get the lion’s share of the save opportunities for a mediocre Mariners team and will have plenty of fantasy value the rest of the way.
If I would have told you earlier today that Wade Miley, of all people, would hold the Cubs to just one hit during today’s game you would have called me crazy, but tonight’s starts ended up being just one of those things about baseball that you just cannot predict. Miley was outstanding today as he allowed just two batters to reach base and didn’t allow a single extra-base hit in his seven innings pitched. What makes this stat line even more astounding is the fact that Miley had been charged with a loss in each of his last six starts prior to today. Today’s effort is a total fluke, to put it mildly, and you shouldn’t expect Miley to replicate numbers like this anytime in the near future. Miley’s name has been floated out in trade talks and it wouldn’t be surprising if he was moved prior to the deadline on the back of today’s wonderful effort. If he isn’t traded his next start with the Mariners will come against the Red Sox at Safeco Field on Friday and I certainly wouldn’t trust Miley going up against his former team who have had one of the best hitting offenses in all of Major League Baseball this season.
Walker's name has been bandied about in trade rumors despite being on the DL with tendinitis in his right foot. Nearly 24 years old, Walker would command a king's ransom in return, having posted a 3.66 ERA, 8.37 K/9, and 1.88 BB/9 before his foot took him out of commission. He's still a rehab start or two away from returning to the Mariners however, so his owners will be forced to continue to get by without him for a little longer.
That's certainly one of the most vague yet menacing phrases when it comes to pitching injuries. He'll surely be sent off to get an MRI, and the Marlins will be eagerly awaiting the results. Rea was just acquired from San Diego in the deal that also sent Andrew Cashner to the Fish. While he was certainly a lesser piece of the deal, the Marlins were counting on him to be their fifth starter and have to be bummed with this turn of events. He had thrown three and a third innings of one-hit ball before he was removed from the game.