Tim Lincecum gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts over just 4.2 innings against the Indians on Saturday.
The Tribe really worked Lincecum well early on and forced him from the game after having thrown 98 pitches (58 strikes) before even getting through a full five innings. He did induce nine ground ball outs so the contact the Indians were making wasn't all that strong. This is the third time in five starts that he failed to go more than five innings and while the strikeouts can be a nice bonus, his inability to go deep into games diminishes his value. He'll square off against the Braves next week.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Chris Carter went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Astros 6-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Carter has a six game hitting streak going which has helped raise his batting average from .157 to .185. Carter owners have to understand the type of player he is and know that while he has outstanding power there will be plenty of strikeouts and a low batting average. Those hoping for a repeat performance of 2014 should be reminded that he had 13 home runs and a .184 batting average heading into July before mashing 24 home runs over the final three months of the season. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba