Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs on five hits, including a home run, and a walk with three strikeouts over seven innings of the no-decision against the Rays Monday.
Like his counterpart Jason Hammel, who came over in the trade with the Cubs, Samardzija has had his struggles, albeit not as rough as Hammel, but definitely not to the overly liking of A's fans nor his fantasy owners. Monday's outing was not horrible, but considering he only struck out three batters and had allowed three-plus runs in three of his first five starts with his new club coming into Monday's outing he is surely meeting very few peoples' early expectations since the trade. Luckily for him, his next start on Saturday is a very favorable one at home against the Twins.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in the Royals 9-4 win over the Indians on Monday.
It’s more than likely that outside of AL Only leagues Kendrys Morales was not even drafted this year as he was signed in the offseason to replace Billy Butler who had departed for Oakland. Those who did draft Morales or were able to snag him off the waiver wire have been rewarded with one of the biggest surprises of the season as he finds himself among the league leaders with 68 RBI to go with 43 runs, 12 home runs and a .287 batting average. Prior to his devastating ankle injury which nearly costed him his career back in 2010 Kendrys was one of the best up young first basemen in the game and while now at 32 he has proven that he can still be a very productive middle of the lineup bat. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Matt Wieters went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the Orioles 2-1 extra innings win over the Braves on Monday.
Wieters collected three hits on Monday but it was his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning that made the biggest impact. It has a been a tough season for Wieters as he started the year on the DL as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery and has now recently dealt with some back issues which has the Orioles looking for alternative ways to keep his bat in the lineup while limiting how many games he catches. There were some reports that Wieters was fielding ground balls at first base so it’s possible that could be an option later in the year. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba