Dillon Gee allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six batters over 5.2 innings in Monday's loss to the Mets.
Gee settled for a no-decision on Monday afternoon, after his bullpen couldn't hold onto a one-run lead late in the game. He is now 4-4 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.12 WHIP through 13 starts while owning a rather sub-par 59:24 K:BB rate over 82.0 innings. His biggest problem this season has been with the long ball, having now allowed 1 home runs up to this point, including five homers over his last four starts, so until he finds away to keep the ball in the park he remains a risky investment moving forward. He will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies this weekend. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run on Thursday night.
Ramirez finished his day by going 2-for-4 with a double and his 11th home run of the season. After starting out the season red hot, Ramirez has cooled down considerably, so his home run on Thursday was a great step in the right direction, as it was his first home run since April. Hanley is a professional hitter, so there is no reason to believe that this is not a sign of more good things to come. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Nick Martinez went seven innings, allowed two runs, and struck out five on Thursday night.
Martinez pitched very well on Thursday night, as per usual, as his seven innings, two runs, and five strikeouts identically matched his last outing against the Yankees on May 23rd. So far this season, Martinez has been a player to own, as he maintains a 4-1 record and a 2.03 ERA across 10 starts. Considering his consistency across these 10 starts, there is no reason to expect that anything will change from Martinez going forward, so pick him up while you still can. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Eduardo Rodriguez went 7 2/3 innings, walked two, and struck out seven on Thursday night.
Rodriguez was very impressive in his 2015 debut as he lasted nearly eight innings and allowed no runs, on three hits and seven strikeouts. This outing was supposed to be a spot start, but it ended up being the best a Red Sox pitcher has pitched all season long. It’s tough to tell what this means for his value going forward, but considering the Red Sox luck with starters this season, they might be smart to keep him around. Manager John Farrell did mention in his post game comments that Rodriguez definitely earned himself another start, and has a chance to become a mainstay in the rotation going forward if he can continue this kind of success. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell said that rookie David Johnson will be a "big piece of the puzzle" this season.
Mitchell gushed over Johnson while doing a radio interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 and couldn't say enough good things about the former Northern Iowa running back who totaled 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2014. "He's a guy who has a lot of confidence in his ability to play," Mitchell said. "He's coachable. He's a smart young man, he's physical. He's going to make Andre (Ellington) pick up his game when given the opportunity. He has excellent hands and he's a bigger target to throw the ball to. He's going to be a big piece of the puzzle before this season is said and done." look for the Cardinals to work out Johnson hard this summer and it looks like you keeper league folk can cut Stepfan Taylor loose. Analysis: Howard Bender
Erick Aybar left Thursday's game with hamstring tightness.
Aybar dropped down a safety squeeze bunt in the sixth inning and was sprinting to beat the throw to first when he grabbed his hamstring. He headed to the clubhouse almost immediately after and finished the day 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored. He was replaced in the field by Taylor Featherston. Consider him day to day for now and look for an update from the Angels on Friday. Analysis: Howard Bender