After posting an excellent 2.34 ERA while allowing four runs or less in each of his previous nine starts, Verlander just simply came apart in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game. In that frame alone, the Indians drove four baseballs out of the yard, plating six total runs. Given how good Verlander has been over the past several weeks, this meltdown should be chalked up to just an inning that totally got away from him. The six-time All-Star had only surrendered four homers in a game, much less an inning, one time in his career prior to this outing. He will look to rebound in Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Well, the last couple of weeks would have been completely forgettable from Martinez if it were not for a three-homer game back on June 16th and Sunday’s two-homer performance. The switch-hitting veteran has gone just 11-for-43 (.256) with five RBI over the last 11 games, but it is incredibly difficult to complain from a fantasy standpoint due to the five home runs. Martinez is having an outstanding season overall, as evidenced by his .896 OPS and 14 roundtrippers through 73 games.
Although Ian Kennedy had a strong start on Sunday, both Edinson Volquez and Chris Young were knocked around this weekend. Medlen reached 4.2 innings in his last rehab start but needs more time prior to returning to the majors. When Medlen does, he is on the same pitching day as Chris Young and could take his spot in the second half.
When fantasy owners of D.J. LeMahieu read about him leaving the Rockies game on Sunday, they had to be nervous. But it appears the news regarding his knee injury is positive as it is listed as a contusion. It may cost LeMahieu a game or two but once the swelling subsides he should return to the field.