Garrett Richards allowed one run over six innings on Tuesday in a win over the Dodgers.
Richards recorded only three strikeouts, but managed to limit a struggling Dodgers’ lineup to just six hits and a pair of walks in this one. The 32-year-old righty has allowed 10 runs runs on 20 hits with a 19:7 K:BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He’s worthy of a roster spot in standard mixed leagues and is a solid fantasy option when he takes on the Diamondbacks in his next start on Sunday.
Ross Stripling was charged with a season-high six runs -- two earned -- over 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.
Stripling was in control early on before completely unraveling in the third inning. A pair of costly throwing errors, followed by a Manny Machado grand slam, ultimately led to four unearned runs crossing the plate. He finished with four strikeouts and also walked two batters. The 30-year-old righty has recorded a 3.97 ERA with a 20:6 K:BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings across four starts to open the 2020 campaign. He’ll aim for better results when he squares off against the Angels on the road in his next start on Sunday.
Austin Hays went 2-for-5 and hit his first homer of the season in the 10th inning Tuesday to lead the Orioles to a wild 10-9 win over the Phillies.
The struggling Hays didn't have an extra-base hit in 62 plate appearances this year until taking Deolis Guerra deep for a two-run blast in the 10th tonight. The Phillies came back with one in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn't enough. The Orioles were down 3-0 after five tonight, up 5-3 after seven, down 6-5 after eight and tied 8-8 after nine. Alex Cobb and Zach Wheeler had similarly unremarkable starts, but then the bullpens combined to allow 13 runs in nine innings of work. In other words, it was a pretty typical game for the Phillies.
Making his first start at second base this year, Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI on Tuesday, but also had a miscue that helped lead to a six-run inning for the Rays.
Chavis hadn't played anywhere other than first base in a few weeks, so it's not surprising that he had some rust at second. It's still good to see him there, and the Red Sox should strongly consider playing him at second regularly, probably even if they trade Mitch Moreland. There is a chance Chavis will hit enough to be a useful first baseman in the majors, but he's quite a bit more likely to be an asset if he can play an adequate second base
Nick Anderson finished off the Red Sox by striking out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning of an 8-2 game on Tuesday.
It wasn't a save situation, obviously, but the way the Rays had set things up tonight suggested that Anderson still probably would have gotten the ball in the ninth had the offense not exploded for six runs to blow the game open in the seventh. Anderson, who earned saves in two of his previous three appearances, still hasn't allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings this year.
Mike Brosseau collected his third homer and third double Tuesday as the Rays topped the Red Sox 8-2.
Brosseau looked like a real player after breaking through at age 25 last year, but he was still a non-factor down the stretch because the Rays had so many options, and it didn't look like things were going to get any better this year after the team brought in Yoshi Tsutsugo as another third base option and Jose Martinez to factor in at DH. Brosseau, though, has forced the the team to use him by hitting .375 and slugging .875 in 24 at-bats. He's too strikeout-prone to keep hitting for a strong average, but he'll continue showing ample power when he plays.
Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with a homer and a triple Tuesday against the Orioles.
Bruce was often a surprising source of triples earlier in his career. That's not really the case any longer, but he does have two this year, putting him at 32 for his career. He's batting .273/.333/.628 in 38 plate appearances as the Phillies' DH against righties.
Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk against the Phillies on Tuesday.
Nunez could be a trade candidate this month, though since he's only eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, the Orioles will want a significant return in order to move him. He's following up his 31-homer (though otherwise mediocre) 2019 season by hitting .305/.388/.645 in 66 plate appearances to open 2020.
Hector Neris took his first blown save after giving up three runs in the ninth Tuesday against the Orioles.
The blown save was Neris's fault, but he should have been out of the inning having allowed just one run to the Orioles. Unfortunately for Nerus, Pedro Severino's infield popup with the bases loaded and two outs was allowed to drop in for a hit, scoring two additional runners. The runs tonight were the first Neris has given up in four appearances this year.
Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk to propel the Angels to a 6-0 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday.
Rendon opened the scoring with a line-drive solo shot to left field off Athletics starter Mike Fiers in the fourth inning. The Halos belted four homers, with all six of their runs scoring via the long ball in this one. The 30-year-old marquee free agent acquisition has begun to heat up after a frosty start to his Angels career, collecting four hits, three walks and a pair of home runs over his last two games. He’s going to be just fine.
Matt Olson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Athletics’ shutout loss to the Angels on Tuesday.
Olson is currently mired in an abysmal 9-for-62 (.145) slump at the plate and has struck out 19 times across 78 plate appearances. He’s managed to slug five home runs and walk 16 times, but the 26-year-old first baseman has been in an extended tailspin since the abbreviated 2020 campaign kicked off last month. The underlying metrics and plate skills suggest that he should be just fine, but it’s difficult for fantasy managers to ignore the ugly surface stats right now.
Cole Sulser took his second blown save after giving up two runs in the ninth Tuesday against the Phillies.
He wound up win a win anyway, since the Orioles were able to score twice in the 10th. Travis Lakins Sr. got a one-out save for recording the final out of the game. We're still not exactly sure why the Orioles decided to make a closer out of Susler, who was picked up on a waiver claim from the Rays in October, but he's been effective four times and struggled twice in his late-game role. Mychel Givens, who pitched a scoreless seventh tonight, has been the Orioles' best reliever to date.
Mike Fiers was blasted for five runs over 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Angels.
Fiers surrendered a whopping seven hits, including three home runs in this one. He managed to keep the Halos off the scoreboard until he completely melted down in the fourth inning, serving up three homers in the disastrous frame. The 35-year-old veteran righty has coughed up 15 runs on 25 hits (six home runs) with an uninspiring 7:5 K:BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings of work across four starts this season. He’s a serviceable innings-eater for the Athletics, but Fiers can be safely ignored in all fantasy formats moving forward.
Kris Bubic gave up five runs in five innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Reds.
The Royals offense let Bubic off the hook tonight, but that was only fair, since he pitched better than this his first two times out and took losses on both occasions. Bubic has a 5.40 ERA after three turns. With Brad Keller and Jakob Junis back, it's possible Bubic could be returned to the Alternate Site at some point.
Luis Castillo yielded three runs -- one earned -- in six innings Tuesday against the Royals.
Castillo had to deal with three errors behind him, and he was fortunate to limit the damage to just one run after miscues on consecutive plays from Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto in the third. Castillo is still winless on the season, even though he has a decent 3.91 ERA and he's allowed just one homer in four starts. He's allowed 12 runs -- 10 earned -- in 23 innings. The Reds bullpen, in the games that he's pitched, has given up 19 runs in 12 innings.
Joey Votto delivered a walkoff double in the bottom of the 10th to give the Reds a 6-5 win over the Royals on Tuesday.
Votto knocked in automatic baserunner Nick Senzel to end the game. He also had a single tonight. He entered the game in an 0-for-16 slump that had dropped his average from .273 to .196.
While his teammates combined to score nine runs, Scott Kingery went 0-for-5 against the Orioles on Tuesday.
It's perfectly understandable that Kingery is struggling after his bout with COVID-19, but it doesn't seem like the Phillies can afford to keep plugging him in and hoping for the best. He's currently 4-for-40 with no extra-base hits, one RBI and two runs scored in 11 games. Plus, Phil Gosselin has done nothing but hit since the summer. The Phillies would take a hit defensively by making the switch, but they ought to plug Gosselin in at the start of games anyway.
Alex Gordon was lifted for a pinch-hitter after going 0-for-2 with a walk against the Reds on Tuesday.
That pinch-hitter, Ryan McBroom, went on to hit a two-run homer. Gordon is batting .179/.258/.270 in 62 plate appearances. The Royals might be better off reducing his role in the team's outfield now that Hunter Dozier is back, but any urgency to do so is reduced with Franchy Cordero, Bubba Starling and Nick Heath all on the injured list.
Nick Solak went 3-for-4 with three RBI to power the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Solak kicked off the scoring with a two-run single back up the middle off Mariners starter Marco Gonzales with two outs in the opening frame. He tacked on an RBI single in the third and also singled in the fifth to close out his first three-hit effort of the abbreviated 2020 campaign. The 25-year-old utility specialist has carved out an everyday role in the Rangers lineup and appears poised to become a relevant fantasy second baseman for years to come. He owns a robust .288/.373/.346 triple-slash line with six runs scored, seven RBI and three stolen bases across 59 plate appearances. He’s worthy of a roster spot in deeper mixed leagues moving forward.
Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 in the Mariners’ loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
Seager was arguably the lone bright spot for the Mariners in this one, accounting for exactly half of their four hits in the low-scoring affair. The 32-year-old veteran third baseman has recorded seven multi-hit performances in 19 games and owns a solid .309/.385/.529 triple-slash line with 11 runs scored, three home runs, 18 RBI across 78 plate appearances. He’s even chipped in a pair of stolen bases for good measure. He isn’t a fantasy superstar, especially given the tremendous depth at the hot corner, but he’s shown enough to warrant consideration in deeper mixed leagues over the final six-plus weeks of the season.