Forsythe got a hold of his fourth home run of the season and it came off of J.A. Happ in the seventh inning. Forsythe has been excellent this season as he has gotten on base at a .426 clip to start the year. He has also flashed power and speed, giving him production in all five categories. He will look to continue his great start tomorrow against right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman, and he has a .295 average against right-handed pitching in 61 at-bats this season.
Pillar finally recorded his first home run of the season and it came off Enny Romero in the seventh inning. Pillar was a hot name who was projected to contribute in all categories heading into the 2016 season but that has yet to come to fruition to this point. He does have a hit in six of his past seven games, and in those seven games he has raised his average from .239 to .272. His owners will hope he continues to kick his production into gear and his next shot will come tomorrow against Jake Odorizzi.
Longoria cranked his fourth home of the season in the sixth inning against J.A. Happ. He had not recorded a home run, RBI, or run since April 24th so this was much needed production for him. He will look to build on this performance tomorrow as the Rays will square off against right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman, but Longoria has hit just .200 in 65 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season.
Bautista blasted a two-run home run off Chris Archer in the third inning, though that was his only hit of the game. It was his fifth home run of the season. Bautista has done basically what was expected of him this season as he is on pace for 32 home runs with excellent counting stats. For those in OBP leagues, he carries even more value as he currently has a .393 OBP. He and the Blue Jays will square off against Jake Odorizzi tomorrow, though Bautista has just one hit off of him in 15 career at-bats.
Archer posted his second straight quality start after struggling mightily in some of his early starts this season. However, he is still fighting his command as he has walked 15 batters in 32.1 innings on the season and added four to that total tonight. Still, these past two starts have to be viewed as positive and the window to buy low on him may be slamming shut. He will look to improve his 5.01 season ERA in his next start on Friday at Anaheim.
With the Padres struggling to find consistency in their rotation, a strong outing by a young southpaw has earned him another start. Cesar Vargas did not figure in the decision on Friday night but he pitched 5.1 innings with six strikeouts in Los Angeles. Through two starts this year, he has allowed one earned run in 10.1 innings pitched. Vargas will need to improve his 9:6 K:BB rate in order to work longer into games. His next start will be at home against the Rockies.
Happ was tagged by two home runs in his start but was solid other than that. He has now recorded a quality start in each of his five starts for the Blue Jays this season. He doesn’t strike out a lot of batters, he only has 20 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched this season, but he doesn’t surrender many walks and doesn’t beat himself. He will look to continue his strong season in his next start on Thursday against Texas.
After suffering an injury earlier this month, a Padre reliever is working his way back. Matt Thornton had an Achilles injury and has progressed to getting out of his walking boot. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and hopes to begin conditioning. Since it was not an injury to his throwing arm or shoulder, it is a matter of getting into shape and cleared for lower body workouts. There is no time frame at the moment but Thornton is on track in his recovery.
It is difficult to pay for a closer in a trade and another example is in Houston. Ken Giles was acquired by Houston this winter as the centerpiece of a five player trade with Philadelphia. As of now, the risk has outweighed the reward. Giles throws 97 MPH but his fastball has been straight this year and he has struggled with Houston. His career ERA is 2.15 with a 1.11 WHIP but this year both numbers are very inflated. Due to his slow start, the Astros will allow Giles to work in low leverage situations until he works out his mechanics and finds a consistent release point. For now, Giles should be on fantasy benches until he improves.
In news not related to baseball, the Cardinals permitted their starting pitcher to leave the team on Saturday to address a personal matter. Reports suggest Carlos Martinez is being sued by a woman over sexually transmitted diseases. This is not covered under any of baseball's policies and will not affect his time with St. Louis. Martinez has arguably been the Cardinals best pitcher in April with four wins, a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Martinez is scheduled to make his start on Sunday in Arizona.