UPDATES & NEWS
The Chicago Bears announced today they re-signed DT Jay Ratliff to a two-year contract; Two-year, $4 million contract with $600K guaranteed.
Ratliff started four games for the Bears last season, and he'll be back with the Bears for the next two years. Jay is 32 years old and has a total of 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks over his last 11 games. Not much to see here.ANALYST: Ray Flowers
David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Mariners on Monday.
While the home run is obviously nice, Freese is just 2-for-14 over his last four games and his overall average is sitting at a woeful .220 right now. He does have five home runs and 19 RBI so you are getting some production out of him and he’s been a little more helpful with this start than he’s been in recent years. Just be wary of the fact that he may not keep this type of power going throughout the season. There is the possibility that he comes close to that 20-home run level he once sat at, but you can’t rely on that to actually happen just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Matt Shoemaker allowed three runs on four hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Monday.
Shoemaker has had his struggles this season, and while he allowed three home runs during this outing, there was still a lot to like about the effort. Obviously, the 10 strikeouts were huge and a season-high for him, but what was even more noticeable was how deep he went into the game and how few pitches he needed to get there. He was incredibly efficient with his offerings and needed just 90 pitches (59 strikes) to get him into the eighth inning. If he can continue to pitch at this level, he’ll prove to be as valuable a starter as he was last season. With a match-up against a strikeout-prone Houston team next, he certainly has the potential to keep it up. Analysis: Howard Bender