MLB Podcast - Bullpens, Injuries, and Call-Ups
Greg Jewett and Matt Selz talk the latest injury news along with Greg's thoughts on bullpen situations around the league and Matt giving you the next call-ups to stash.
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Dylan Moore hit his third homer and walked Friday against the Rangers.
It looked like Moore might be coming out of his slump when he went 4-for-11 with a homer and five RBI in the series against the Angels last weekend, but he followed that up by going 0-for-9 with four strikeouts versus the Orioles. Because of his speed and power, it's worth sticking with him in mixed leagues for as long as the Mariners choose to. He needs to get it going, though.
Added 12:27 am (EST)
Nate Lowe hit his seventh homer Friday in the loss to the Mariners.
That the Rangers have faced a whole lot of left-handed pitching has brought Lowe's numbers down, but he's lit up righties since day one this year, batting .313 with six homers and 11 walks in 67 at-bats. Unfortunately, the one time he faced a lefty tonight, he hit into a big double play with the Rangers down one in the eighth.
Added 12:23 am (EST)
O. Herrera - CF
Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 and delivered a three-run blast for his first homer of the year Friday as the Phillies crushed the Braves 12-2.
Herrera didn't have any extra-base hits or RBI in 31 plate appearances coming into this one. Even after tonight, he's still batting just .176/.222/.265, and he hasn't looked very good in center field. The Phillies might not have any better options at the moment, but they need to look into getting one.
Added 12:21 am (EST)
Zach Eflin pitched 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball and struck out eight Friday in a win over the Braves.
Eflin cruised tonight after getting six runs of support in the bottom of the first. He matched his season high with eight strikeouts, though he did give up his first homer in four starts and his first walk in five starts. He's currently 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA, and he probably should be a little better than that, given that he seems to have been unlucky in the hit department (he's allowed 48 in 45 1/3 innings).
Added 12:18 am (EST)
Charlie Morton gave up six runs -- all of them unearned -- and recorded just two outs Friday in his start against the Phillies.
It's pretty ridiculous that one can pitch as badly as Morton did tonight and not give up any earned runs, but that's what happened, as a passed ball from William Contreras allowed Rhys Hoskins to reach on a strikeout, opening the floodgates for arguably a career-worst outing for Morton. He was finally pulled after walking opposing start Zach Eflin, bringing the leadoff man up for the second time in the first. In spite of the disaster, Morton's ERA dropped from 5.08 to 4.98. Still, as ugly as this was, we wouldn't give up on him in mixed leagues right now.
Added 12:14 am (EST)
R. Hill - SP
Rich Hill struck out four batters with two hits and two walks allowed over six scoreless innings in a no-decision against the A's on Friday.
Hill had his best start of the season on Friday, needing only 79 pitches to get through six scoreless innings against the A's. He tossed 55 pitches for strikes and generated five whiffs. The biggest threat came in the second inning when Hill walked Matt Chapman and allowed a base hit by Jed Lowrie to put two runners on. Hill got the next three batters out to escape the jam. The 41-year-old southpaw is in line for a matchup against the Yankees in New York next week.
Added 12:14 am (EST)
Sean Manaea allowed one run on two hits and one walk with ten strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.
Manaea was excellent in this one, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning before Mike Brousseau led the inning off with a double. Mike Zunino followed with a base hit to score Brosseau. Manaea threw 57-of-81 pitches for strikes and generated ten whiffs to finish with an outstanding 42 percent CSW rate (called strike plus whiffs). The 29-year-old left-hander takes a 3.07 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts over 41 innings into his next start against the Red Sox in Boston next week.
Added 12:11 am (EST)
Jean Segura (quad) went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in his return from the IL against the Braves on Friday.
Welcome back, Jean. He was lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth inning tonight, but that appeared to be because the game was a rout. Segura is batting .369/.391/.477 in 18 games this season. Once he shows he's healthy here, the Phillies need to think about having him switch lineup spots with leadoff man Andrew McCutchen.
Added 12:11 am (EST)