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Despite giving up one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the ninth inning, Neil Ramirez notched his second save of the season as the Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 on Friday.
Ramirez, who was given the save opportunity for the second time in a row, didn't look good in this appearance as he almost let the Phillies get the better of him in the end. How much of an impact that will have on the team's decision to keep giving him save chances is up in the air, but it seems to be very telling that Hector Rondon, who hasn't pitched since his June 6 meltdown wasn't afforded the opportunity. Manager Rick Renteria hasn't said anything about a closer-by-committee situation yet, but his actions certainly indicate that there is a change here. Perhaps there's more to Rondon's situation than just a meltdown so look for a team update soon enough. In the meantime, Ramirez should probably be owned if you're one of the unlucky who is chasing saves this year.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Adam Eaton was 2-for-4 with a run scored, a triple and an RBI on Saturday against the Twins.
Adam Eaton has been a bit of a disappointment for fantasy purposes so far this year but he has been scoring runs for the White Sox. But hitting .236 on the season with a .281 BABIP is not close to his career .324 number and Eaton needs to be on base more to spark this offense. He has scored twenty runs but has only stolen one base in three attempts and has yet to be the player that many thought was capable after being acquired from Arizona. If the White Sox are going to score more runs, Eaton has to improve not only his batting average, but his steal conversions as well. Until then he is better left on mixed league benches unless you are desperate for runs. Analysis: Greg Jewett