Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning allowing one hit while striking out one batter to earn his 15th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Chapman has now nailed down the ninth inning in back-to-back games for the Reds, improving to 15-for-16 in save opportunities in 2014. There was much question as to whether or not he would be able to continue his dominance after taking a line drive off the head this past spring training, but I think his 2.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 18.00 K/9 have silenced any of his critics. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Mo Williams (knee) will play Friday against the Wizards.
As he has been playing through this knee issue, Williams' shooting percentage has been dreadfully low (23-percent). Considering this, do exactly what the Hornets are doing: play him with caution. Williams is a tealented guard, but be reasonable with your expectations, as he has struggled with his shot while dealing with the injury. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Brad Miller not in the Mariners lineup Friday because of an illness.
Considering Miller committed an atrocious 18 errors in a mere 107 games last season, one would be led to believe that he has the plate presence of Tony Gwynn in order to hold down the Mariners starting shortstop position, however that is not at all the case, as Miller hit a lowly .221, with 10 homers, 36 RBI, and boasted an inexcuseable .288 OBP in 2014. Stay away from him in drafts. Analysis: Dom Murtha