Baseball CHatter August 6

Baseball CHatter August 6

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  • Went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position
  • JD Martinez has eight hits as a Diamondback and six are homers
    • Entering Saturday, he had 52 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks.
    • Of them, 14 have come against pitchers he had never before faced. He was 0 for 12 with two walks in those situations.
    • Paul Goldschmidt has been hitting fourth in the lineup with Martinez behind him in the fifth spot. Over the past 11 games entering Saturday, Goldschmidt was 18 for 37 (.486) with three doubles, a triple and four home runs.


  • Adam Jones has hit at least 20 homers seven straight seasons, marking the third-longest streak of 20-homer seasons in club history.
  • Chris Tillman could be available out of the bullpen as early as Sunday, and won’t be included in the rotation as the club shrinks down from six starters to five this week.
    • This decision came after Tillman allowed seven runs (five earned) in two-plus innings Thursday to raise his ERA to 8.10 in 15 starts this season.
Red Sox
  • Drew Pomeranz has lost just once in 15 starts.
    • He held Chicago to seven hits and a walk while striking out eight and lowering his ERA to 3.36.
  • Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 26th save as the AL East-leading Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine games.
White Sox
  • Avisail Garcia took batting practice for a second consecutive day and said he’s very close to being ready to return, although he still has ‘‘a very little bit of inflammation.’’
  • Wilson Contreras entered the game Saturday against the Nationals with a .337/.409/.663 slash line since July 1, so manager Joe Maddon decided to start him in left field for the third time this season.
    • Contreras has been all over the diamond this season, playing 13 innings at first base, two at third, 26 in left and six in right.
  • Alex Avila made his second start for the Cubs behind the plate.
  • Entering Saturday, Reds pitchers had not allowed a home run in their last four games. That is the Reds’ longest such streak since June 6-10, 2015 (four games).
  • The Reds entered Saturday leading the National League with 26 outfield assists.
  • The Reds have used 25 pitchers this season. The team record is 32, set last season.
  • Danny Salazar allowed one run in seven innings and struck out a career-high 12 batters in his third start since rejoining the starting rotation after missing more than a month with a sore right shoulder and mechanical difficulties.
    • Salazar’s only mistake came in the first inning when he allowed a run. After that he limited the Yankees to two hits and two walks.
    • In his last three starts, Salazar is 1-0 with a 1.30 ERA. He’s struck out 28, walked five and allowed three runs.
  • When the Rockies’ rotation finally settles in September, it will probably include Marquez and as many as three other rookies:
  • Colorado has won three straight and it has a chance to sweep the Phillies on Sunday afternoon.
    • The Rockies, who improved to 35-20 at home, now own the top wild-card spot in the National League by a half-game after Arizona lost to San Francisco Saturday night.
    • Colorado maintained a 5 ½-game lead over Milwaukee for the NL’s second wild-card spot.
    • The Rockies have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
  • Jon Gray improved to 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA at Coors Field this season
  • Nolan Arenado went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, one game shy of tying his season-high hitting streak.
    • Arenado is batting .379 (11-for-29) with four runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBIs over the streak.


  • Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
    • The outfielder is batting .458 (27-for-59) with 11 runs, eight doubles, two home runs, 16 RBIs and five walks over that span.
  • In a column, written by Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden in Friday’s Daily News, an unnamed scout was quoted as saying about Smith, “he’s fat and he’s lazy.”
    • The scout went on to say that Smith “doesn’t hustle and he doesn’t seem to want to work on all the things he needs to do in the field.” Those are some pretty harsh words.
  • Jacob deGrom, whose workload, which has reached 144 ²/₃ innings, will be monitored the rest of the way, “to make sure he is not overused,” in general manager Sandy Alderson’s words Friday.
  • Solid pitching by Jordan Montgomery and three shutout innings by a rested bullpen combined with Chase Headley’s eighth-inning homer brought the Yankees to within three outs of halting a four-game losing streak.
    • Montgomery, who could be demoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or put in long relief when the Yankees move from a six-man rotation to five starters next week, retired the final nine Indians and fanned five.
    • In five innings the rookie lefty allowed a run, three hits, didn’t issue a walk and whiffed seven.
  • The Phillies fell to 0-5 on their current eight-game road trip.
  • Daniel Nava went 3-for-4 and fell a double short of the cycle.
  • Mark Leiter Jr. pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two hits with no walks and a career-high nine strikeouts.
    • Leiter’s nine strikeouts — by a relief pitcher — are tied for fifth-most in Phillies history and are the most by a Phillies reliever since Lowell Palmer struck out 10 in 1970.
    • Leiter became the sixth relief pitcher in major-league history to notch nine strikeouts without allowing a run or walk.
    • The last to do it was Colorado’s Bruce Ruffin on Sept. 14, 1993 vs, the Astros at Mile High Stadium.
  • Justin Upton has a 1.1 OPS since the All-Star break
    • crushed an 0-2 slider 411 feet, deep into the seats in left field.
    • It was his 21st homer of the season
    • He’s homered in three straight games, something he hadn’t done since 2014, and it was his fifth in the last seven.
  • With nine players on the disabled list, the Astros are relying on a less experienced and less familiar group now.
    • Of the 25 men on the roster, nine are rookies or in their second major league season.
    • They looked off, like a cast mixed with understudies. Clutch hits eluded them. Fielding miscues cost them a lead. A depleted bullpen lost them the game 4-3 to the Blue Jays.
  • Charlie Morton finished after 92 pitches. He struck five of seven batters with his curveball, which he said he has used more lately.
    • Before Saturday, Morton’s curve led the AL with a 47.2 percent swing-and-miss rate and .120 opposing BA.
  • Chris Devenski has not shown the elite effectiveness that had earned him an All-Star selection.
    • He has given up seven runs in his last 9 2/3 innings.
  • J.D. Davis finished his debut 1-for-4 with three strikeouts A fifth-round draft pick of the Astros in 2014, Davis, 24, had 21 homers in 351 at-bats over 87 games in Class AA Corpus Christi to begin the season before his recent promotion to Fresno.
    • He batted .295 with five homers in his 16 games for Fresno.
  • Salvador Perez’ MRI revealed he has a strained intercostal muscle on the right side of his chest.
    • Royals manager Ned Yost breathed a little sigh of relief, because he feared an oblique injury.


  • Andrew Heaney is scheduled to make his second consecutive rehabilitation start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.
    • The left-hander is expected to throw 80 pitches in what could be his final start before returning to the major leagues after undergoing Tommy John surgery on July 1, 2016, a procedure originally expected to cost him the entire 2017 season.
    • Heaney pitched five innings on Tuesday for Salt Lake and gave up three runs on five hits following three rehab appearances with the Angels’ rookie-league Arizona club.
  • The win was the Dodgers’ 43rd in their past 50 games – one better than that run in 2013 and the best 50-game run since the New York Giants also went 43-7 over a stretch of the 1912 season.
  • At 78-32, the Dodgers have the best record in the National League through 110 games since the St. Louis Cardinals went 82-28 in 1944.
  • Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal left the game after his eighth-inning at-bat Saturday because of back spasms. Grandal said he has been dealing with a knot in his back for a couple weeks now but it was “more intense than normal” from his first at-bat on Saturday.

“It’s nothing that should put me on the DL or anything,” Grandal said. “I’m just working to get as much mobility as possible on a daily basis.”

  • Their five Saturday ran their total to a major-league-leading 96 since June 7 when this 50-game surge to the best record in baseball began. With 160 home runs this season, the Dodgers are a good bet to break the franchise record of 211 in a season (set in the suspect days of 2000).
  • Giancarlo Stanton belted his major-league leading 36th home run and third in two nights to give the Marlins a brief lead, which vanished in the same sixth inning as it did on Friday night as Miami fell to Atlanta 7-2 on Saturday night at SunTrust Park.


  • Milwaukee’s pitching staff has put up 22 consecutive scoreless innings.
    • On the strength of that, the Brewers have posted consecutive shutouts for the first time since July 19-21 2013, when they shut out the Marlins in a three-game series at Miller Park
  • Chase Anderson will make his first minor-league rehab start on Tuesday, Counsell confirmed.
    • While the affiliate is yet to be determined, Class A Wisconsin wraps up a short home stand that day, and the then Brewers open a seven-game home stand at Miller Park.
  • Orlando Arcia‘s eighth-inning home run on Friday moved the Milwaukee Brewers closer to accomplishing a franchise first.
    • The homer was the 10th of the season for Arcia, giving the Brewers eight players in double digits.
    • Five other times the team has accomplished the feat, including last season.
  • Paul Blackburn pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in front of 39,180 at Angel Stadium.
    • Blackburn (3-1) generated 10 groundouts, issued no walks for the first time in his brief major-league career, conceded five hits and recorded one strikeout while throwing a season-high 112 pitches.
    • The right-hander retired nine successive Angels between the third and sixth innings, and 15 of the final 18 he faced.
  • Hunter Pence delivered the most welcome blast of the night.
    • His two-run shot over the left-field fence was his first home run at AT&T all season and brought the Giants within a run in a game they once trailed 4-0.
  • The Giants placed Brandon Belt on the seven-day disabled list Saturday but expect their veteran first baseman to return this season when he completes major league baseball’s concussion protocols.
  • The Giants put rookie Ryder Jones at first base on Saturday night, but Bochy said other options include Buster Posey and even Pablo Sandoval, who was brought up from Triple-A Sacramento.
  • The Pirates sent 21 batters to the plate against Dinelson Lamet.
    • Only two of them hit a ball out of the infield. The lone hit off him was Josh Bell‘s ground-ball single with two outs in the fourth inning.
    • Lamet (6-4) beat the Pirates for the second time in an eight-day span.
    • He’s allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his 12 starts in the majors.
    • Lament carried a one-hitter into the sixth inning
  • The Cardinals stand a fair chance of not having a 20-home run hitter and a real chance of no one knocking 80 runs this year
  • It was the second time in nine days they were no-hit into the sixth, shut down similarly by Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on July 28 and finishing with two hits in a 6-1 loss.
  • All-Star Chris Archer, who is 8-6, 3.89 with a team-most 14 quality starts, ranking second in the league in innings (148) and strikeouts (182).
  • Austin Pruitt, who is 6-2, 5.65 overall, mostly as a reliever, with one kind of bad start in New York and one really good one in his hometown of Houston since being called back up from Triple A.
  • Jake Odorizzi, who is 6-4, 4.47 and will be coming off the disabled list to start Wednesday. Odorizzi is confident that the two-week break healed the back issues he felt prevented him from throwing the ball where he wanted to, leading to the uncharacteristic inconsistency and only seven quality starts in his 18.
  • Jacob Faria, who is still an impressive 5-2, 2.81 with nine quality starts among his 11. He provided some reassurance with a strong outing Friday after a rough three-start stretch where he had a 5.51 ERA.
  • Alex Cobb, who wasn’t crisp on Saturday but,
  • as usual, battled and still gave his club six solid innings, allowing one run in lowering his ERA to 3.80 with a 9-8 record.
    • Cobb is in his first full season coming off May 2015 Tommy John elbow surgery, and though there hasn’t been talk of any innings limit — as he is a free agent after the season — Cash acknowledged before the game Cobb was “somewhat in uncharted territory” with his workload, now at 147 innings. His career high is 1711/3 in 2014.

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