Anibal Sanchez gave up two runs on five hits and no walks while fanning five over seven innings in Friday's defeat of the Rangers.
Although Sanchez has not been as dominant in the strikeout department as in season's past (8.23 K/9), he has pitched very well this season now sitting 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.11 WHIP through seven starts. The biggest reason for his success has been the fact he has yet to allow a home run to his opposition, which is a trend he started last season when he gave up just nine long balls. All signs point to continued success as long as he can keep his walks down (14 BB in 35.0 IP). He will be on the hunt for win No. 3 when he takes on the Athletics on Wednesday.ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Addison Russell was 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday.
Top prospect Addison Russell had his timetable to the majors sped up this season with the Cubs and has responded admirably. Russell has played 87 games with 33 runs, seven home runs, 27 RBI and two stolen bases with a .237 average. Signs point to a better year in 2016 but for this year, Russell will put up stats but is a batting average risk. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Adam Morgan tossed five innings in Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves, surrendering four runs on seven hits and three walks while recording just one strikeout.
After holding the struggling Braves scoreless over the first four frames of Sundays outing, Morgan ran into big trouble in the fifth. The young lefty did finish out the inning, but not before being tagged for four runs. Morgans first two starts in the bigs, which came on June 21st and July 3rd respectively, were impressive and left some fantasy players feeling that he could become a deep-league option for the second half, especially in N.L.-only formats. However, over his last five turns in the Phillies rotation Morgan has provided a mixed bag of results. ultimately pitching to a 5.61 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 3.5 K/9 across 25 2/3 innings. He is expected to be back on the bump Saturday night in San Diego. Analysis: Nate Miller