MLB Hot Corner: Rivalry Renewed & Hitters to Target (Video)
After looking at a lot of pitching last week, Jen Piacenti takes a look at some hitters we should look to target on waivers and through trades & talks rivalries!
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Yuli Gurriel went 4-for-4 with a homer, four RBI, and two runs scored in Friday's lopsided win over the Blue Jays.
His four hits tied a career-high. Gurriel slugged a two-run homer in the fifth -- his fifth homer of the season -- before knocking in a run with a single in the seventh and adding another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Coming off a disappointing 2020, Gurriel is off to an amazing start this year with a .342/.420/.553 batting over 31 games. He's already driven in 24 runs, topping his total of 22 RBI over 57 games last year.
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Jose Urquidy went seven innings and allowed two runs in a 10-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Urquidy gave up a solo homer to Bo Bichette in the opening inning and another solo shot to Danny Jansen in the third inning, but otherwise he was able to keep the Blue Jays' offense off the board. While he only notched two strikeouts, he threw 61 out of his 84 pitches for strikes while walking only one batter. Urquidy's 2020 campaign didn't exactly go according to plan, as he was limited to five regular season starts, but he's been a perfectly respectable mixed league starter so far this year with a 3.51 ERA through his first seven outings.
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R. Stripling - SP
Ross Stripling surrendered three runs over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Astros on Friday.
Stripling gave up a three-spot in the third inning, including a two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Correa. The veteran right-hander hasn't completed five innings since coming off the injured list and now holds a disappointing 6.61 ERA for the year. He's been an interesting fantasy starter in the past, but he doesn't look anything like that pitcher right now.
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Carlos Correa went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer against the Blue Jays on Friday.
Correa was 0-for-19 to begin the month of May before he connected for a 397-foot blast against Ross Stripling in the second inning. Hopefully this will get him going again. In his walk year, Correa is slashing .254/.303/.434 with five home runs and 16 RBI through 31 games. He's cut down on his strikeout rate so far while lofting the ball more often and making plenty of hard contact, so there's reason to believe better production should be on the way.
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B. Dalbec - 1B
Bobby Dalbec went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk Friday as the Red Sox bested the Orioles 6-2.
Dalbec was hitless in seven straight games, so he badly needed this. The homer off Matt Harvey was just his second of the regular season after he hit seven in Grapefruit League action. There's still little doubt that the power numbers will come, assuming that the Red Sox leave him alone at first base. Whether he'll be adequate in the batting average department is yet to be determined.
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Eduardo Rodriguez moved to 5-0 after holding the Orioles to one run in five innings on Friday.
Rodriguez's stuff isn't what it was two years ago, but he's handing in there anyway. It wasn't easy tonight, as he gave up seven hits and walked three batters, with the walks matching his total from his first five starts combined. Rodriguez's streak of consecutive starts of at least five innings is up to 37 now, though he's pitched exactly five innings in four of his six turns this year. He'll get the A's next.
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Brandon Lowe went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the A's on Friday.
Lowe got the night off on Thursday against a left-hander but was in for the contest against another southpaw in Sean Manaea. He struck out twice and is now 1-for-36 with 16 strikeouts against left-handers. The 26-year-old second baseman is now slashing just .186/.287/.354 with five home runs over 129 plate appearances.
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M. Harvey - SP
Matt Harvey gave up four unearned runs over four innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.
Harvey's own error led to a four-run fourth inning, and since the long frame pushed his pitch count up to 86, the Orioles saw no reason to bring him back out for the fifth. Although Harvey took his second loss, his ERA dropped to 3.60 tonight. It's really quite remarkable that he's given up just three homers in 35 innings.
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