Glen Perkins picked up his 32nd save of the season after throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout against the Indians on Thursday.
In what has become a lost season for the Twins, Perkins has been a standout, having now converted 32 of his 36 save chances while sitting on a 2.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through 54.1 innings. To add to his dominance, he owns a 64:9 K:BB rate while allowing just two home runs. He has now pitched two of the last three days, but has thrown just 29 pitches over through two innings so expect him to be available if a save situation was to arise on Friday. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Perkins has blown just one save since the All-Star break and continues to be an elite closer. He has struck out more than a batter per inning and has a stellar ERA and WHIP. He'll continue to be a top option the rest of the way.ANALYST: David Kerr
Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday night against the Astros.
Pujols has reached his coveted 30 home run mark and it is still only July. In his 15 major league seasons he has now hit 30 home runs in 13 of them, giving him a jaw-dropping total of 550 throughout his career. His resurgence has been a breath of fresh air for all baseball fans, but especially great for those who took him in the middle rounds of their fantasy drafts. Right now, Pujols gives us no reason to assume that his bat will slow down any time soon, so his pace of 49 home runs this season shouldn’t be ruled out by any stretch of the imagination. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Lucas Duda went 3-for-3 with three home runs on Wednesday night against the Padres.
Duda provided a perfect fantasy night on Wednesday, as he went 3-for-3 with three home runs. Unfortunately for Mets fans, his three round trippers were the entire New York offense, as they lost to the Padres by the score of 7-3. The streaky Duda’s bat has come alive of late, as he has pounded six home runs in his last four games (16 at-bats), bringing him to the grand total of 18 on the season. After looking like he was going to be a huge disappointment this year, following up his 30 home run 2014, Duda has turned it on, inching him closer to matching that number as the second half of the season is well underway. Analysis: Dom Murtha