NFL Draft Recap: Reactions and Analysis
Dom Murtha
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Brandon Drury went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI in Arizona’s 6-3 loss on Sunday to Colorado.

Drury logged his second three hit game of the season on Sunday and his first since the extra innings affair on the 24th of April. He also launched his fifth homer of the season and raised his average to .315 from .294 before the game. Drury is expected to get more playing time coming up as he gets time at third, left, and right. Four of his five homers have come in the last seven games along with a .346 AVG and .885 SLG, six RBI, and seven runs scored. Tuesday’s series opener against Justin Nicolino and the Marlins looms next and though he has never faced the Miami starter he is hitting .276 (8-for-29) off southpaws this season.
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Shelby Miller pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing three runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts, taking his third loss in 6-3 decision against Colorado.

Miller has been an abject disaster in Arizona to this point and it didn’t get any better on Sunday as he lasted just 3 2/3. There has been a lot wrong so far between his 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 19:19 K:BB ratio, or that he has pitched just 23 1/3 innings over six starts. With his start to the season there is no reason that he should be started until he proves that he has turned it around significantly.
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Jake McGee earned his sixth save of the season pitching the ninth inning allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout on Sunday against Arizona.

He earned his sixth save of the season in his seventh chance so far. However that doesn’t mean that his numbers are terribly great. One bad early season outing can skew numbers heavily, and that’s what’s going on here with his 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over the 8 2/3 he’s pitched. Jake McGee was brought in to be the closer and he is in no danger of losing the job right now but another five-run, 2/3 IP outing could change that in a hurry. For right now though he can still be played regularly.
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Chad Bettis pitched six innings allowing three runs (three earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts earning the win in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.

For the fourth straight game Bettis couldn’t get out of the seventh inning. He also gave up the most hits he has all season but those failed to turn in to runs for the most part. On the year he is carrying a 3.89 ERA and 1.14 WHIP with a very solid 26:8 K:BB ratio. Two of his three starts against San Francisco last season were quality starts but he did get lit up somewhat in the last outing. He will face them on Friday cersus Madison Bumgarner.
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Gerardo Parra went 1-for-4 with a home run, one run scored, and an RBI in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Arizona.

Parra managed to extend his hit streak to seven games with the homer on Sunday also marking his third round-tripper of the season. He has been solid so far this year as he contributes a bit in all five categories of standard leagues. During his hitting streak Parra is smoking the ball for a .371/.389/.657 slash line with two homers, 10 RBI, four runs scored, and two steals in those seven games. He will face James Shields next on Monday and he has gone 0-for-3 against him.
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Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Arizona.

Arenado has been on fire with four multi-hit games in the last five and four homers in that same span. The 25-year-old third baseman had a heck of an opening salvo with 10 homers in April and now got off to the same start in May. He is hitting it at a .357/.438/.821 with four homers, eight RBI, and eight runs scored in his last seven games. Arenado’s hot streak should continue on Monday as he and the Rockies face James Shields, who he has hit .522 in 23 at bats with four homers, and six RBI against.
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A.J. Ellis went 1-for-1 with two walks and one run scored in Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Padres.

Ellis was one of only three Dodgers to record a hit on Sunday and scored the run following a base hit from Clayton Kershaw. He was on base all three times he came to the plate but took his fifth and sixth walks of the season in the other at bats. He got the starts early in the season but is now transitioning back to the second catcher role, now that Grandal is back from the DL, but has been productive in his last seven games hitting .333 with one homer, four runs, and three RBI.
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Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout allowing three hits with 14 strikeouts earning his third win in a 1-0 victory over San Diego on Sunday.

Simply brilliant is the only way to describe is start on Sunday as he completely overpowered the Padres to the tune his most Ks since last September 2nd. Kershaw has been his typical dominating-self with a 1.96 ERA and 0.72 WHIP with a ridiculous 54:3 K:BB ratio. Due to the two off days this week for the Dodgers, his next start won’t be until next Sunday against Toronto. It will be a showdown against one of the best offenses in the league but his pitching talent should still make him a clear starter.
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Drew Pomeranz pitched seven innings allowing one run (one earned) on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts, taking his third loss of the year in a 1-0 defeat to the Dodgers Sunday.

Pomeranz has been on fire to start the season and Sunday’s start was no different despite taking the loss. He was coming off a rough outing his last time out lasting only 4 1/3 but went nearly pitch for pitch against Kershaw this time. In five starts this season he now owns a 2-3 record despite a 2.48 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP and a nearly 3:1 K:BB ratio. His next start will come on Friday against the Mets and Noah Syndergaard as he will look to keep his hot start going.
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Matt Kemp went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

Kemp extended his modest four game hit streak on Sunday, which was impressive given that Clayton Kershaw only gave up three hits total. He had a good start to the year in April hitting seven homers and driving in 19 in the opening month, which is what the Padres were hoping to see from him. Kemp has now hit safely in seven of the last eight games he’s played, hitting .345/.367/.724 with two homers and six RBI in that span with six runs scored. Next up is a series opener at home against Jon Gray and the Rockies on Monday. Kemp is hitting 70 points worse against RHP this season but has four of his seven dingers against them.
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