UPDATES & NEWS
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season against the Reds on Sunday.
Chapman has been amazing since returning from a head injury sustained in spring training, having converted nine of his first 10 save opportunities while striking out 24 batters over 13.0 innings of work. He has now been sued in back-to-back games, so expect the Reds to turn to Jonathan Broxton if a save situation was to arise on Monday when the Reds open up a series against the Dodgers. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Wandy Rodriguez allowed just one run on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Friday.
Sigh. He’s like that bad penny you just can’t get rid of, no matter how hard you try. Just when you think Major League teams have had enough of him and his boring mediocrity, someone goes and brings good ol’ Wandy back from the dead. It’s difficult to imagine that he’ll last long with the Rangers, especially with the number of home runs he normally allows, but consider this the warning to stay away. This start may not look bad on the surface, but it’s just setting you up for something downright horrible in the future. He’ll get another start next week against the Mariners, but we cannot, in good conscience, recommend using him. Analysis: Howard Bender