UPDATES & NEWS
Falcons have officially released tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Gonzalez continues to insist he will remain retired haven taken a television job with CBS. The interesting part of this release though is that the Falcons could of held on Gonzalez's rights at no cost, but now Gonzalez COULD, if he chose to return, sign with whichever team he would like. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Brad Brach picked up the save after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings with one strikeout against the Rays on Saturday.
Brach came in during the eighth with men on base and after cleaning that up, was allowed to pitch the ninth with the Orioles up 4-0 and get credit for the save. Don’t look into it too much though as Zach Britton is still the closer. This was just a rare moment. He’s a great reliever to own if your league scores holds or you’re just looking to stream in a few middle relievers to help with your ratios. He started the season off a little rough, but he’s allowed just one run in his last eight innings (six appearances) and is sporting a rock-solid 11.12 K/9 over a total of 11 1/3 innings this season. Analysis: Howard Bender
Dee Gordon went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases against the Phillies on Saturday.
Gordon reached base all five times he stepped to the plate Saturday and along with boosting his insane (and sorry, unsustainable) .423 average, he pushed his stolen base total to 11, good for second in the majors. While many will remain excited about Gordon’s successful follow-up this season, you might want to keep an eye on his current swing rates. So long as he’s sporting a .477 BABIP, his numbers are going to look and stay strong, but that number is going to come down and when it does, the fact that he’s swinging at more pitches both in and out of the zone this season could catch up to him and drive that average back down. We’d also feel a little more comfortable if he could raise that walk rate to even remotely closer to league average, but for now, we’ll just be happy with what he’s giving. Analysis: Howard Bender
Cole Hamels was tagged for six runs on 10 hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six innings against the Marlins on Saturday.
It wasn’t a good match-up from the start as the Marlins are hitting lefties especially hard this year. They jumped all over Hamels right from the start and scored at least one run in three of the first four innings. The southpaw pitched to a good amount of contact and the Marlins took him deep into counts as well, forcing him into 105 pitches (68 strikes) by the end of the sixth inning. Hamels has now made six starts this season and been beaten up three times. He’s throwing a lot of pitches once again and with the likelihood that the Phillies are going to trade him, they’re just going to keep letting him throw without concern. He’ll face the Mets next week, a team he owns a 3.69 ERA against over his last 14 starts. Analysis: Howard Bender
Corey Kluber gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
It’s not so easy living up to the hype of being an AL Cy Young award winner and Kluber is struggling mightily with it right now. He’s now allowed a total of 14 earned runs over his last 17 1/3 innings (three starts) and his 14:5 K:BB in that span is equally disappointing. There is nothing outlandish in his numbers to indicate a reason for the disappointing performance, so credit the hitters for taking him down over these last few starts. Kluber did struggle early on last year as well so perhaps it’s just cyclical for him. We’ll learn a little more maybe after his next outing which comes against the Royals who thumped him for four runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings just two starts ago. Analysis: Howard Bender