MLB Closing Bell: July 21
Justin Vreeland recaps today's games, looks at who is having a strong July, and more on tonight's Closing Bell.
Early Game Recaps
The Blue Jays beat the Orioles 4-1: Marcus Stroman was lights out; he held Baltimore to just one run across seven innings and struck out seven. He has given up five earned across his last 19 innings pitched and appears to be regaining the form that had him finish eighth in last season’s Cy Young voting. There weren’t any notable offensive performances in this one as the teams combined for only 11 hits and three extra base hits (all doubles). Ryan Tepera nailed down the save and he will likely be the team’s closer until Roberto Osuna returns.
The Yankees held on to beat the Mets 7-6 despite a ninth inning scare: The Mets scored three in the ninth inning with no outs against Aroldis Chapman but came up short in their comeback attempt. Sonny Gray started for the Yankees and he pitched well, holding the Mets to two runs across 5.1 innings while striking out six. Aaron Judge was a stand-out performer for the Yanks as he finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double. Over on the Mets side, Michael Conforto smacked a solo home run and Amed Rosario collected three hits and a stolen base.
The Cubs defeated the Cardinals 7-2: Tyler Chatwood continued to have control issues, but managed to work around six walks in 5.1 innings to pick up his fourth win. He gave up just one hit and one run despite all the free passes. Remarkably, his ERA is now a reasonable 4.84 despite having 79 walks in 89.1 innings pitched this season. Javier Báez had another great day at the office as he finished 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. He now has 19 home runs and 19 steals and has a shot at the 30-30 club this season. The other notables from the Cubs side include Ben Zobrist who finished 4-for-4 and Tommy La Stella who collected two hits and a pair of RBI. For the Cardinals, Matt Carpenter continues to go nuts; he smacked another dinger today and now has 17 since June 9 and seven in the last five games. It was his fifth straight game with a home run.
Braves @ Nationals – PPD
Padres @ Phillies – PPD
Red Sox @ Tigers – Light rain in the forecast towards the end of the game, but the game should get played in full. If you used players from this game, you shouldn’t have to worry.
Pirates @ Reds – This game is in serious danger, it is a good one to avoid for DFS.
Cardinals @ Cubs Game 2 – Some rain in the forecast at the end of the game, but nothing to worry about.
|Francisco Lindor - 19||Matt Carpenter - 9||Xander Bogaerts - 20||Starling Marte - 7|
|Matt Carpenter - 17||José Ramírez - 6||Brian Dozier - 18||Billy Hamilton - 7|
|Charlie Blackmon - 16||Wil Myers - 6||José Ramírez - 18||Javier Báez - 6|
|Mookie Betts - 15||Jesus Aguilar - 6||Jesus Aguilar - 17||José Ramírez - 6|
|Alex Bregman - 15||Kole Calhoun - 6||Matt Carpenter - 16||Francisco Lindor - 5|
|Carlos González - 15||Francisco Lindor - 16||Cameron Maybin - 5|
|Max Muncy - 15|
Will Clayton Kershaw shutdown the Brewer offense?
How will Justin Verlander bounce back from giving up five home runs his last time out?
Will Zack Godley capture his twelfth win of the year despite currently holding a 4.61 ERA?
How will the Athletics offense perform against Madison Bumgarner ?