UPDATES & NEWS
Craig Kimbrel allowed a hit and a walk but was able to get out of the inning to pick up his 39th save of the year for the Braves against the Mets on Wednesday.
It wasn't the prettiest of appearances, but Kimbrel was able to convert his 39th save in 43 tries on Wednesday against the Mets. He is now the proud owner of a 1.73 ERA and 0.94 WHIP while maintaining a 84:24 K:BB rate over 52.0 innings. Although he has struggled to match last year's dominance, Kimbrel remains an elite ninth inning option the rest of the way. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Russell Martin went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Rays on Saturday.
Martin has been struggling mightily with the batting average this season but has actually hit safely in six of his last seven games. Unfortunately, this latest run has lifted his average to an insufferable .167 mark for the season. He does have three home runs with seven RBI and five walks in that span which at least makes the average a bit more palatable, but he’s going to need a nice run to pick it all up and bring his numbers some added respectability. Analysis: Howard Bender
Daniel Norris allowed one run on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings against the Rays on Saturday.
At last! This was the Daniel Norris everyone expected to see this season. Forget all the feelgood stories about some salt-of-the-Earth guy living in a van in a Wal-Mart parking lot and forget the Chris Farley “van down by the river” jokes. This kid has immense talent and has done a great job of putting three less-than-spectacular outings behind him and seems ready to move forward and prove that he is the pitcher we thought he was after such a dominant spring. He’s got a great low-90s fastball with solid command of another three offerings and should continue to develop with more confidence and experience. He’ll look to carry this momentum into his next start which comes against the Indians Analysis: Howard Bender
Desmond Jennings left Saturday's game with knee soreness.
While five stolen bases has been nice, it's been another disappointing start to the season for Jennings as he's batting just .222 with no home runs, two RBI and seven runs scored. Now add in yet another minor injury that will likely hold him out for a game or two and you've got the same old Jennings you were hoping to avoid this year. Consider him day-to-day for now but you also might want to make sure you have an alternative for Sunday. Analysis: Howard Bender
Severino Gonzalez will be the starter for the Phillies on Tuesday.
Gonzalez will grab a spot-start here after posting a 3.57 ERA with a 9:2 K:BB over 17 2/3 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. He showed good strikeout potential in the lower levels of the minors but has seen his K-rate drop steadily with each move up to a new level. He is not on the 40-man roster so expect the Phillies to shuffle up the roster Tuesday morning. Analysis: Howard Bender