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Jonathan Papelbon gave up a hit but struck out two Mariners and earned his 30th save of the season for the Phillies on Wednesday.
Papelbon continues his resurgent season. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.58, the second-lowest of his career -- he posted a 0.92 ERA in 2006, amazingly. He's no longer a dominant strikeout artist, and his peripherals suggest his skills aren't any different than they have been the last two seasons. This late in the game we can't anticipate a series of blow-ups, but don't be surprised if his ERA is back to the 2.50-3.00 range in 2015. ANALYST:
Marc Krauss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday in Toronto.
Krauss is hitting only .150 with a .350 slugging percentage after launching his first home run of the season. It was just his seventh game of the season, but there’s no doubt he’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts if he’s ever going to be able to showcase the decent pop he has. The left-handed hitter was called up from AAA to try and infuse some offense in Anaheim and was slugging .639 over his past 10 games. With Matt Joyce really struggling, expect Krauss to steal some of his at-bats over the next few weeks. Analysis: Kevin Luchansky