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
Martin Perez allowed one run and two hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings against San Francisco on Sunday.
Perez was removed from the game with one out in the ninth after allowing a double to Angel Pagan. That was only the second hit allowed by Perez, and he had thrown just 80 pitchers, so it was a questionable decision for Jeff Bannister to remove him from the game. What’s crazy is that despite throwing right-plus scoreless innings Sunday, Perez’s ERA for the year sits at 6.64 despite the fact that he’s only thrown 20 1/3 innings. His xFIP sits at 4.22, and he’s not much of a strikeout pitcher, so his fantasy value is limited despite what Sunday’s start might indicate. He’ll go again Saturday in Seattle. Analysis: Brett Talley
Mike Leake allowed two runs and eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings against Texas on Sunday.
Leake getting traded to San Francisco was an exciting thing for his fantasy value as his new home ball park is much more pitcher-friendly than Cincinnati is. But Leake’s first start with the Giants came in a hitter-friendly park in Texas, and he delivered a solid outing nonetheless. His next start will be in another hitter’s park as he’ll go in Wrigley on Friday. But the week following he’ll get a chance to take advantage of his new digs against Washington. But don’t overlook him in that start against the Cubs as they continue to strikeout a ton against right-handed pitching. Analysis: Brett Talley