While the seven strikeouts are respectable, Freeland's issuing of five free passes put him in a tough spot to come away with a victory. His ERA now sits at 3.71 to go with a 1.38 WHIP across just over 130 innings -- impressive numbers for a rookie starting pitcher who calls Coors Field home. Freeland lines up to face the Braves on the road in his next start Saturday.
Anderson was making his first start since June 28 after being sidelined with an oblique injury, and did well to hold the potent Rockies lineup in check. He now owns a solid 2.83 ERA and will look for another strong outing in his next start Friday against the Dodgers.
Moore was sent back to the Rainiers on Aug. 12 after a rocky relief appearance with the Mariners and has been solid over his two outings since return. The 23-year-old right-hander also went four innings last Wednesday against Salt Lake City, an appearance in which he allowed two earned runs on six hits. As per William Boor of MLB.com, he was much more effective Sunday, striking out the side in the second and retiring nine in a row during one stretch. Moore could conceivably see another big-league opportunity before the 2017 campaign concludes.
Osuna had not one but two hitters reach base after swinging and missing at strike three. He also gave up a single, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter before a second single off the bat of Alex Avila put him out of his misery by plating the tying and winning runs. The closer has now blown four of his past 10 save opportunities, so job security could soon become a concern.
The outfielder was sent down to Triple-A Memphis back on Aug. 7 to work on his swing, and he's promptly gone 10-for-32 with three doubles, four home runs, seven RB and six walks over his time with the Redbirds. Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has taken note of Piscotty's efforts since his demotion, so much so that the team is contemplating keeping him on the roster when they begin a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Tuesday against the Padres. Even if he does return, Piscotty isn't guaranteed to get his starting job back, considering the trio of Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler are all producing to varying degrees.
Gonzalez still maintains strong numbers, but he's hit the skids of late, going 4-for-22 (.182) over the previous six games. His .779 OPS for the month of August is the first month he's been below .800. He's overcome down stretches all year, so there's no reason to believe his breakout season is coming to end, but the notion that Gonzalez's success may not last is certainly something to consider.
Avila entered this contest as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth, but his heroics didn't come until the next inning. The catcher's walk-off single with one out and the bases loaded was the final nail in the coffin against closer Roberto Osuna, who was victimized by a pair of runners reaching base after striking out.
Rosario now sports a 10-game hitting streak with three homers, 10 RBI and nine runs, and he entered Sunday's game with a 1.092 OPS in August and a .999 mark in the second half. The 25-year-old outfielder is having his best stretch of the season, and he's locked into the heart of the Minnesota lineup. Rosario is in position to continue providing solid fantasy numbers through the end of the season.
The long fly was Flowers' third of the month, and the veteran backstop now sports a .292/.384/.468 slash line with 11 homers, 43 RBI and 39 runs for the campaign. He's locked into a platoon with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, but Flowers' numbers are moving the needle in deeper fantasy settings, and he's also proven to be a profitable option in daily contests when facing a favorable pitching matchup.
It will be the first appearance for Bundy since Aug. 12 after the Orioles deliberately held him out of action over the past week in an effort to control his innings. Bundy's long-term importance to the organization as well as his troubling injury history will likely prompt the Orioles to monitor his workload carefully and build in as many days of rest in between starts as possible over the final few weeks of the season. Despite the somewhat unpredictable pitching schedule, Bundy still shapes up as a strong play right now in most formats, as the extra time off seems to have done him wonders in recent outings. After delivering a 6.99 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across nine starts in June and July, Bundy has rebounded with victories in each of his first three turns in August while compiling a 2.14 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 25 strikeouts across 21 innings.
Almora's big hit in the third inning provided all of Chicago's offense until a three-run outburst in the bottom of the 10th turned a 5-3 deficit into a walkoff extra-inning win. The center fielder was lifted for pinch-hitter Ian Happ in the ninth inning, and often plays only parts of games due to his inability to hit right-handed pitching.
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