Herrera also did say his hamstring injury was feeling better. He has missed two games thus far, and it sounds like he will miss Thursday's game. The Phillies demoted Nick Pivetta on Wednesday in order to add another hitter to their roster which may be an indication the team thinks Herrera can avoid the disabled list.
Wil Myers stole the show with three stolen bases -- including a steal of home -- but Margot got in on the action as well, notching his 12th stolen base of the season. The rookie hasn't been as aggresive on the basepaths as he showed in the minors when he tallied at least 30 steals in three consecutive seasons. However, the 22-year-old has impressed in the power department, smacking 12 home runs in 86 games after never surpassing that total in any of his minor-league campaigns. All things considered, Margot has had a successful debut with the Padres and could develop into quite the fantasy asset as he progresses towards his prime.
Story played a key role in Colorado's 17-2 thrashing of the Braves, as he produced more than a third of the runs while recording his first multi-homer game of the season. He also struck out for the 19th straight game, leaving his strikeout rate at an ugly 35.9, though his 31.3 percent strikeout rate last season ultimately didn't stop him from posting a .909 OPS with 27 homers. Story will look to keep things rolling, as he now has three bombs in his last two games -- and 18 on the season -- after having just one in his previous 14 contests.
The platooned third baseman has been out of the starting lineup more often than not recently (including two straight games) with the Angels facing a heavy dose of left-handed starters. Valbuena's last two starts have come over a span of six games, but he has homered in each contest. The 31-year-old now has 13 long balls on the year, matching his total from 2016 in 11 fewer games. Valbuena should see an uptick in playing time with the Halos scheduled to face four righties in their next six contests.
After an ugly 0-for-9 performance (six strikeouts) in Sunday's doubleheader against the Nats, Parker was given the day off Monday and then surprisingly promoted to the most-prominent spot in the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday. The 28-year-old responded with three hits (all singles) in that two-game span. Parker is slashing just .250/.282/.397 in 71 plate appearances this season, but he stands to see a slight boost in value if he can stick in the three-hole for the Giants.
Delmonico continues to swing a hot bat for the White Sox; he's now riding an 11-game hit streak and has notched a hit in 12 of his 13 starts for the big club. He's also batting .396 with a ridiculous 1.088 OPS through 48 at-bats. It wouldn't be wise to think Delmonico can sustain this success however, given his extremely high BABIP (.471) and the fact that he owns a career .257 average across six minor-league seasons.
Osich has strung together five scoreless appearances after going through an ugly stretch at the end of July. While he didn't pick up a hold Wednesday, the 28-year-old had successfully converted three in his previous five outings. Osich's 5.25 ERA holds him back from even having value in holds leagues, but he should continue to see late-inning opportunities against lefty-heavy portions of the lineup as the only southpaw in the Giants' bullpen.
It's been a rough start to August for Petricka, who has allowed eight runs through 5.1 innings (seven appearances) so far, raising his ERA to an unsightly 9.00 through 19 innings on the season. While the White Sox remain in a ninth-inning limbo following the trade of Tyler Clippard, it seems Petricka may have taken himself out of the discussion for the time being. In the meantime, Juan Minaya, who appears to be the best option to serve as closer, completed another scoreless outing.
It was another tough-luck outcome for Rodon, who left his bullpen with a lead they were unable to hold onto. He has now tossed four straight quality starts, a stretch over which he has zero wins but owns a shiny 2.10 ERA and 28:9 K:BB across 29.2 innings. More impressively, all four outings have come against first place teams (Dodgers, Indians, Astros and Red Sox). Rodon will look to keep lowering his 4.00 ERA as he toes the rubber against the Twins in his next appearance.
Nelson Agholor is the front-runner to step up and start in the slot, but should he disappoint again, Burton and rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins have been discussed as options. Carson Wentz praised Burton on Tuesday, saying he thought he could really trust the fourth-year TE. With that kind of endorsement from one's QB, Burton could be poised for a larger role in the Eagles' offense this season no matter what specific role he fills.
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