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It is a rare feat for a closer to win two games in one day but David Robertson did it in a very odd way. First, he was on the mound during Saturday’s rain delay and took the mound for the completion of the suspended game on Sunday. He had a scoreless appearance and won when the White Sox rallied in the ninth inning. Then he was called upon to preserve a 4 - 1 lead for Jose Quintana in Sunday’s game but gave up three solo home runs to blow the lead. Chicago once again rallied in the ninth and Robertson won his second game of the day and his season. But he now has a 12.63 ERA in July with eight runs allowed in 5.2 innings pitched. His 23 saves are nice but his recent struggles have him potentially on the trade block and his owners should handcuff him with Nate Jones just in case.
Although Jose Abreu had another productive day at the plate, he has not homered in his last 24 games for the White Sox. He has reached base safely in 41 of his last 44 games, and raised his average in the process but this is not what his fantasy owners drafted him for. Abreu drove in his 55th run on Sunday and is now hitting .273/.331/.427 on the year. He does have two hits in five at-bats against Jake Arrieta who he will face on Monday but his homerless streak may reach 25 in the process.
In a deal which could be mutually beneficial, the Yankees and Cubs are closing in on a trade of Aroldis Chapman. Prospect Gleyber Torres was scratched from his game in High-A Myrtle Beach on Sunday and it points to a potential deal. Torres was the 28th best prospect according to MLB.com at the onset of the season. He is hitting .275 with nine home runs and 23 doubles while playing against much older competition. Although the Cubs have a logjam in the infield, Torres is a much better prospect than the Yankees gave up to acquire Chapman for this winter. Chapman has 20 saves for New York this year despite missing a month due to a suspension. He has a 2.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched this season. If the deal becomes official on Monday, look for Andrew Miller to return to the closer role for the Yankees and fantasy owners will have to await to see how John Maddon handles Chapman and incumbent Hector Rondon moving forward.
With Zack Greinke still on the disabled list and Shelby Miller in the minors, Arizona will promote prospect Braden Shipley to pitch on Monday at Milwaukee. Shipley is 8 - 5 at Triple-A with 77:22 K:BB over 119.1 innings with a 3.70 ERA in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. This will be his major league debut.
Not only did Adam Eaton drive in the winning run in the ninth inning of the suspended game, but he scored the winning run in the originally scheduled game on Sunday as well. Eaton finished the series against Detroit going 6-for-13 with a double, home run and four RBI. His bat seems to warming up in the second half but Eaton faces a tough match-up on Monday against Jake Arrieta of the Cubs against whom he is hitless in six prior at bats. For the season, Eaton now has 47 runs with six home runs, 34 RBI and 11 stolen bases over 98 games.
To say Jose Quintana deserved a better fate is an understatement. Quintana pitched 6.2 innings of shutout baseball and limited the Tigers to three hits with four strikeouts. It would have been his fourth consecutive win but David Robertson gave up three solo home runs in the ninth inning to blow the save opportunity. Quintana lowered his ERA to 2.97 this year and has a 116:32 K:BB over his 130.1 innings pitched. He will make his next start in Minnesota later this week.
Each home run from here on out will be a new career high for Nick Castellanos. His emergence this year has been a boon to the owners who took him late in drafts. Through 95 games, Castellanos is slashing .297/.336/.525 with 18 home runs and 55 RBI. This was his first extra-base hit in seven games and may point to a hot streak to come this week. When Castellanos hit his home run, he was then followed by pinch-hit blasts by both Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to tie the game in the ninth. Castellanos will face southpaw Drew Pomeranz on Monday and has mashed left-handed pitching throughout his career.
Part-time player Andrew Romine hit his first home run of the year off of Nate Jones in the eighth inning to plate Detroit’s first run. He was later lifted for a pinch-hitter. Romine has 69 at-bats this year in 63 games which points to his small fantasy value. While his home run was a benefit to the Tigers, it probably was not cashed in by many in the fantasy community.
With his time in the rotation waning, Anibal Sanchez did not help his case to remain a starter for the Tigers. Sanchez gave up 10 hits and four runs in a no-decision after an implosion in the ninth inning by David Robertson. Sanchez has only turned in one quality start since rejoining the rotation and with Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann due back soon, his days may be numbered before returning to the bullpen. If he does start later this week, it will be against the Astros. Bet the over.