Update: Yoenis Cespedes left Saturday's game due to tight quad and wet field conditions.
Cespedes left the game after five innings. He was gingerly running to first base on a ground out and the Mets pulled him for "precautionary reasons." Cespedes has been dealing with a minor right quadricep injury that also left him scratched from Thursday's game. The Mets have lost 4 straight games and need Cespedes's bat in the lineup if they want to make a run for the postseason.
Matt Marksberry is dealing with an inflamed rotator cuff.
Marksberry was called up as recently as Thursday after the Braves needed to replace the recently traded Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez. After appearing in 28 games in AAA Gwinnett Marksberry posting a 4-2 record with a 2.65 ERA in 34 innings of work.
Twins shorstsop Eduardo Escobar went 3-for-5 and finished a triple short of the cycle and drove in three runs against the White Sox on Saturday.
Escobar crossed the plate twice for Minnesota and clubbed his fourth home run of the season, but it was not enough as the Twins fell to the White Sox in extra innings. Escobar’s three-run home run looked like it was going to win the game for the Twins but Brandon Kintzler’s blown save ensured that things didn’t go down that way. With Eduardo Nunez being traded this week Escobar will surely see an uptick in playing time and he’s been making the most out of it so far by hitting 6-for-14 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs in his last three games. He’s worth monitoring in most fantasy formats but shouldn’t be added quite yet until we see that he can hit like this on a consistent basis. He’ll be hitting from the right side of the plate on Sunday when the Twins square off against left-hander Carlos Rodon. Escobar could be a nice option for daily fantasy purposes as right-handed batters have hit .309 and slugged .502 against Rodon in 2016.
Minnesota Brandon Kintzler came in for the bottom of the ninth inning and blew a save against the White Sox on Saturday.
The Twins were able to rally from three runs down in the bottom of the eighth inning to go ahead by one but when they turned the game over to Kintzler he allowed a double to Tim Anderson and an RBI single to Melky Cabrera which tied the game at five apiece. Tonight’s blown save was Kintzler’s first in his nine opportunities since taking over the closer role for the Twins. The 31-year-old has allowed just eight earned runs in 33 and two-thirds innings so tonight’s slip-up should be no cause for concern.
Joel De La Cruz will start Sunday against the Phillies.
The 27-year-old righty has an 0-3 record with a 4.66 ERA in 9 appearances this season. He pitched as recently as Thursday night recording 2 outs in relief. He previously pitched against Philadelphia in one of two career starts giving up 4 runs and 9 hits in 6 innings of work on July 4th.
White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in against the Twins on Saturday.
Morneau was able to provide plenty of offense for the White Sox today as he had two extra-base hits off of Twins starter Tommy Milone. Morneau didn’t register a hit after the fifth inning of tonight’s game but still finished with a very productive day. The 35-year-old has now played in 10 games for the White Sox this season and is hitting .263 with two home runs, six runs batted in, and an OPS of .807. It remains to be seen if he can keep this pace up the rest of the way but he has given the White Sox lineup a much-needed boost over the last couple of weeks. He’ll face off against Ervin Santana tomorrow and could be a sneaky DFS play if he’s in the lineup as he’s taken Santana deep four times in his career and has driven in 10 runs in his 29 at-bats against him since 2005.
White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in against the Twins on Saturday.
Cabrera was a key cog in the White Sox offense tonight as he gave the White Sox an early two-run lead with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Cabrera wasn’t finished there as he was able to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single off of Twins closer Brandon Kintzler and the White Sox went on to win the game in extra innings. The 31-year-old has hit safely in 14 out of his last 15 games and has been fantastic over the past two months at the plate, hitting .337 with five homers and 24 runs batted in. He’s slugging .467 for Chicago this season largely in part to his 24 doubles and four triples. Cabrera will face off against Ervin Santana tomorrow, a pitcher that he’s faced 29 times in his career. Cabrera has a .758 OPS with one home run and three runs batted in against Santana over the course of his 12-year career.
White Sox closer David Robertson picked up his 25th save of the season in the White Sox 6-5 win over the Twins.
Robertson came into the game in the bottom of the tenth inning and was able to set the Twins down in order which gave the White Sox their 51st win of the season. The 31-year-old didn’t strike out any batters but was able to pitch an inning without giving up a hit or a walk. He has now converted on 25-out-of-29 save opportunities this season for Chicago and has not allowed an earned run in any of his last three appearances. Robertson has been shaky at times this season as he rarely puts together a string of six or more games without an earned run allowed. With that being said he still has fantasy value as he’s an established closer on a White Sox team that should win a decent amount of games the rest of the way.
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