Dallas Keuchel has five earned runs so far this season, four of them were solo home runs.
Mark Trumbo hit his only home run of the season on opening day. He is hitting .203 and his hard contact rate is down 16.2 percent from last year. His exit velocity averaged 95 mph last season and now he reaches 95 mph only 32 percent of the time.
Julio Urias will be called up to start tomorrow (Thu) for the Dodgers, and it looks like the Dodgers plan to keep him up.
We can now get Julio here, and he can be with us for the durationManager Dave Roberts
Jurickson Profar just lost the majority of the left field spot. Ryan Rua will get the start most days. Profar is hitting .135 with one hit in his last 18 at-bats.
We have given Profar a long enough look, now we are going to give Rua an opportunity. He is moving over from a platoon and we’re giving him bulk at-bats together. We are trying to get a guy and see if he can spark. It wasn’t happening on the other end. Where our offense is, we need to find as much offense as we can. Our offense hasn’t been operating on all cylinders. We need to get this going in the right direction.Manager Jeff Banister
Eric Thames just tied Willie Stargell for the most home runs against one team in April in major-league history and was promptly testes for PEDs after the game for the third time since spring.
Jason Heyward just gave a pitch a Heyride
Dallas Keuchel has a 70 percent ground ball rate, which is significantly higher than it has ever been, including 2015, when he won the Cy Young award.
Dansby Swanson is hitting .139/.162/.194 over 18 games and 74 plate appearances. Last year he hit .302/.361/.442 in 38 games and 145 plate appearances.
In Swanson’s defense, his BABIP is a miserable .173 after it was .383 last season. He has the same ratio of line drives as he did last season, and is hitting the ball hard when he makes contact. In fact, he is hitting the ball harder than he did in 2016.
Swanson has gone 5-for-10 on the balls he has put in play an exit velocity that is greater than or equal to 100 mph. His exit velocity has been greater than 100 mph ten times this season, and only five of them counted as hits.
Miguel Gonzalez has only allowed six hits through two starts this season, and five of those hits never made it past the infield. He owns a 2.53 ERA over his last 17 starts since July 2016.
Ryon Healy is 11 for 21, with four runs, six RBIs, four doubles and a homer to get his slash line to a more competitive .279/.319/.500.
Koda Glover will be their long term closer, but worry he is a bit too inexperienced to take on the role right now, so he will share saves with Shawn Kelley, according to Jim Bowden. Bowden also says that the Nats have inquired about David Robertson and Alex Colome but are nowhere near a deal with either team. I love how the entire web leaves that key part out…
The Nationals have also touched base with several teams about their closers, but aren’t even in the same ballpark in the talks they’ve had with the White Sox about David Robertson or the Rays on Alex Colome. Jim Bowden
It might be time to call up Cory Spangenberg, who is batting .348 down at Triple-A while Ryan Schimpf is hitting .102 with 29 strikeouts in 59 at bats.
- Leads the league in home runs — 10
- The first Brewer in club history to hit 10 home runs in the first 21 games
- Tied with Paul Molitor and Rickie Weeks Jr. for the most runs scored by a Brewer in April –23
- Tied Carlos Lee for Brewer with the most home runs in April — 10
- has hit seven of his 10 homers off the Reds.
And April still has five more days…
Matt Davidson leads the White Sox with four home runs and 14 RBI in 38 at-bats so far.
Pablo Sandoval is on the disabled list with a sprained knee. It was fun while it lasted.
Shelby Miller is going to get a second opinion on Archie Bradley is the most likely candidate to take Miller’s spot in the rotation, even though he has been pitching great out of the bullpen.
David Price threw 15 pitches three times in yesterday’s bullpen session. He is getting ready to face real live batters next. Stay Tuned
Josh Donaldson was eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, so where is he? YooHoo …
Aaron Nola had lower back soreness during his start Thursday, and then again on Sunday. He is now on the 10-day disabled list, eligible to return May 1. Nick Pivetta will likely be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Wednesday.
Ivan Nova walked his first batter of the season last night. In 84.2 innings pitched since joining the Pirates, Nova has only walked four batters.
Daniel Murphy was booed at City Field last night, even before he hit a grand slam in the first inning. He was a triple shy of a cycle on Saturday and he is hitting .386 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 22 games against the Mets since joining the Nationals in 2016.
Mets fans aren’t booing Murphy, they are booing the Mets management for not re-signing him..Poor Mets fans.
I don’t understand the booing. He took them to the World Series. That part I don’t understand. Plus, Murph didn’t do anything to cause it, didn’t say anything adverse about the Mets organization that I know of, or any of the players. He’s a gentlemanly-type warrior. I’m glad we have him.Dusty Baker
A gentlemanly-type warrior? Leave it to Dusty
Brandon Phillips is batting second now, which will hopefully lead to more RBI for Freddie Freeman, who has already hit seven home runs with only nine RBI.
Gary Sheffield is the only player since 1920 to have fewer than nine RBI and seven homers. who had eight with the Marlins in 1996.
Andrew Benintendi is the first Red Sox player to go five for five in a game since Babe Ruth.
Indians starting pitchers went 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA after five games of their six game road trip. Then Danny Salazar
threw 35 pitches and allowed three runs n the first inning last night, and the streak was over.
Danny Salazar’s first four starts have reaped uneven results. He leads the team in strikeouts (36) and walks (11) and is tied for first with Corey Kluber with 23 hits allowed.
Kenta Maeda is not inducing ground balls like he did last year because batters are figuring him out. He gave up four home runs to the Diamondbacks on Saturday and six earned runs overall in five innings. His velocity is up on all his pitches, suggesting he is healthy. Manager Dave Roberts has hinted that he may push Maeda’s next start back.
I think the difference from Kenta, for me, is that the ball is up. I think that the idea of being stubborn down in the zone, and we are talking about the hollow of the knee, not above the knee — major league down is the hollow of the knee. If you look at the damage he’s given up, it’s above the knee. And also, missing out over the plate.Dave Roberts
I think the lefties are hitting off me more than the righties, and I think I have to change my plan. Since the results aren’t there, maybe I am rushing a little and trying to be more result-oriented rather than process-oriented.Maeda
He is half right, because while lefties are owning him, righties are too.
Maeda should be benched in all Fantasy Baseball formats for the time being. If you can’t bench him, replace him.
The Red Sox and Orioles are pissed off at each other after Manny Machado slid feet first into Dustin Pedroia at second base on Friday night. Pedroia limped off the field, and wasn’t in the lineup yesterday and today
In Machado’s defense, He did reach out to Pedroia after the game to apologize via text message. Also, why would Machado try to catch Pedroia if he intended to plow into him?
Reporter: Can you tell me what you said in response to Manny’s Text?
Pedroia: Do you want me to add you to the text? This isn’t a group chat, man. I just said thanks for reaching out. That’s it. I don’t have an issue with anything. My job is to play baseball and win. This isn’t seventh grade, man. I just play baseball. That’s it. I care about our guys. I don’t care about anybody else. We just play the game.
The bad blood between the two clubs continued on into today..
The Mariners designated Leonys Martin for assignment today since he has no more options left and his batting stats look like:
Bryce Harper vs. left-handed pitchers
Jerad Eickhoff is getting the worst run support in Phillies history. In 42 starts since August 2015, Eickhoff has allowed more than three runs only six times.
Trey Mancini has hit eight homers in his first 17 major league games, which ties him with Trevor Story and Carlos Delgado for the major league record.