Mike Minor tossed four scoreless innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Mariners.
Minor, who was expected to be limited to roughly 75 pitches in this one, was predictably lifted from the contest after throwing 76 pitches over four shutout frames. He gave up one hit, walked three batters and finished with four strikeouts in the condensed outing. The 32-year-old southpaw owns a lackluster 5.49 ERA with a 19:8 K:BB ratio over 19 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He’ll face the upstart Padres at home in his next start on Monday.
Marco Gonzales surrendered four runs on seven hits over five innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Rangers.
Gonzales failed to escape a bases-loaded jam in the opening frame, surrendering a two-run single to Nick Solak with two outs, but managed to keep things from snowballing any further. He also gave up a pair of RBI singles in the third inning. The 28-year-old lefty has allowed 13 runs -- 10 earned -- on 18 hits with a 17:3 K:BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings across four starts to open the 2020 season. His persistent struggles to keep the ball in the yard and pedestrian strikeout rate limit his fantasy appeal to deeper mixed leagues. He’s not a recommended fantasy option, outside of AL-only formats, despite a decent matchup against a slumping Dodgers’ lineup in his next start on Tuesday.
Jesse Winker had another nice game Tuesday, goes 2-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk against the Royals.
Winker is 11-for-19 with two homers over his last seven games. He also has two walks and two HBPs during that span, giving him a .652 OBP.
Adam Eaton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Mets.
Eaton homered off Gerrit Cole in his first at-bat of 2020, but it's been all downhill since then; he's batting just .204 and he has an uncharacteristic 15/3 K/BB ratio over 52 plate appearances. Eaton has been a fixture as a No. 1 or No. 2 hitter for much of his career, but if his struggles linger, the Nationals will need to consider moving him down for a spell.
Christian Walker went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a pair of walks on Tuesday in the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Rockies.
Walker belted his first long ball of the year, a tape-measure shot to left field, off Rockies starter Kyle Freeland in the fourth inning. He also walked twice in the contest. The 29-year-old first baseman is hitting .290/.343/.468 with eight doubles, nine runs scored and 11 RBI in 67 plate appearances. Given the abysmal state of the cold corner from a fantasy perspective, Walker is a viable starting option in deeper mixed leagues moving forward.
Nolan Arenado launched a two-run homer in the Rockies’ lopsided win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
Arenado crushed a go-ahead two-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen in the fourth inning. It was his fourth round-tripper of the shortened campaign. The 29-year-old fantasy stalwart isn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball, hitting .246/.314/.459 across 70 plate appearances. Yet, he’s showcased fantastic plate skills and plenty of over-the-fence pop so far. It feels like only a matter of time before he goes on an extended hot streak.
Edwin Diaz was sharp again in a non-save situation Tuesday, striking out two in a scoreless ninth against the Nationals.
Diaz hasn't had any save chances since the second game of the season, but he has been pitching in close games; he earned a hold last time out against the Marlins and he came in with the Mets down by one run tonight. While he did struggle in his second and third appearances last month, he's still given up just two runs over 7 1/3 innings on the season and he's fanned 15 of the 31 batters he's faced. He's done enough to earn another look in the closer's role.
Daniel Bard struck out the lone batter he faced on Tuesday to record a one-out save against the Diamondbacks.
Bard was summoned to extinguish a massive fire in the ninth inning as the Rockies bullpen nearly frittered away a six-run lead. The hard-throwing journeyman was called upon to protect a one-run lead with the tying run at third base with two outs in the final frame. He managed to freeze veteran backstop Stephen Vogt on a backdoor slider to slam the door on the Diamondbacks comeback effort. The 35-year-old righty has allowed three runs with an 11:0 K:BB ratio across nine innings this season. With both Wade Davis and Scott Oberg sidelined, there’s a chance that Bard could see additional save opportunities moving forward. He’s worthy of a speculative pickup in standard mixed leagues.
Kyle Freeland allowed two runs over seven innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks.
Freeland continues to work deep into outings, completing at least six frames for the fourth consecutive start to open the condensed 2020 campaign. He recorded two strikeouts and only issued one walk as a pair of solo homers accounted for the only damage against him in this one. The 27-year-old southpaw owns an impressive 2.45 ERA with a 13:7 K:BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings across four starts this season. He doesn’t miss enough bats to warrant a roster spot in shallow mixed leagues, but Freeland has shown enough to merit consideration as a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper formats. He’s worthy of a dice roll in deep mixers when he takes on the Rangers at home in his next start on Sunday.
Zac Gallen recorded seven strikeouts over seven innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Rockies.
Gallen yielded two runs on seven hits and didn’t hand out a free pass in this one. A two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the fourth inning accounted for all of the damage against him. The 25-year-old righty owns a 2.74 ERA with an impressive 28:7 K:BB ratio over 23 innings across four starts to open the abbreviated 2020 campaign. He’s slated to face the Athletics at home in his next start on Monday.
Daniel Hudson pitched a perfect ninth in a one-run game for a save Tuesday against the Mets.
While Sean Doolittle got most of the blame, Hudson was just as bad in the Nationals' bullpen meltdown against the Orioles on Saturday (he gave up three runs while getting two outs). He rebounded nicely tonight, turning in his fifth scoreless appearance in six outings this season, and his status as the Nationals' closer remains secure.
Max Scherzer fanned seven while pitching six innings of one-run ball Tuesday in a victory over the Mets.
Javy Guerra, Tanner Rainer and Daniel Hudson finished up the 2-1 win. Scherzer, who left his last start with hamstring soreness, was allowed to throw 105 pitches tonight, so the Nationals weren't babying him at all. Certainly, though, they were glad for the presence of the DH so that they didn't have to send him up to bat with the tender hammy.
Touki Toussaint was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- in four innings by the Yankees on Tuesday.
Toussaint was effective in his previous two starts, but the Yankees jumped on him out of the gate tonight, with Luke Voit hitting a three-run homer as the fourth guy up in the bottom of the first. He's due to face the Nationals next time out, but since the Braves are off Thursday, they could move him up and have him face the Marlins on Sunday. That matchup would make him a spot-starting option in mixed leagues.
Jordan Montgomery improved to 2-1 after allowing three runs over six innings Tuesday in the Yankees' 9-6 defeat of the Braves.
Montgomery allowed just one hit through 5 1/3 innings before giving up two straight singles followed by a three-run homer from Marcell Ozuna. He recovered to finish the inning at just 78 pitches for the night, but the Yankees saw no reason to push him any further in this one. He'll face the Red Sox for the second time this season in his next start. He beat them by allowing one run over 5 2/3 innings on July 31.
Jon Lester pitched six innings of one-run ball for a win over the Indians on Tuesday.
The Cubs were a bit concerned during summer camp whether Lester would be up to speed at for the start of the season after he spent the shutdown doing more lifting than throwing. It seems like Lester had the right idea, though; he's sporting a 1.06 ERA after three starts. He'll get the Brewers next time out.
Jason Heyward finished 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBI in the Cubs' 7-1 takedown of the Indians on Tuesday.
The homer off Phil Maton was the second of the season for Heyward, who came into the night batting .189/.231/.270. He still doesn't have an extra-base hit besides the homers, but at least his OPS is up to .669 now.
Marcell Ozuna had a three-run homer and a double in a losing cause Tuesday against the Yankees.
Ozuna has already struck out 23 times, which is a little disturbing, but he's still batting .273 with four homers, five doubles and 11 RBI in 78 plate appearances. Batting behind Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies (when he's not on the IL) and Freddie Freeman should allow Ozuna to rank among the NL leaders in RBI this season.
Brett Gardner's average fell to .184 after he went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against the Braves on Tuesday.
Gardner has three homers in 13 games, but that's really the extent of his offensive contribution this year; he has just four other hits and he's struck out 14 times in 42 plate appearances. He'll probably get somewhat better as the year goes along, but it still looks like Mike Tauchman is the better player. Clint Frazier might be an upgrade, too. One wonders if the Yankees will begin gradually reducing Gardner's role.
Aaron Judge was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth Tuesday after hitting his ninth homer and walking against the Braves.
Manager Aaron Boone said afterwards that he was just trying to sneak Judge some extra rest in a game the Yankees were leading 8-3. "Coming off of four days on the turf and with a little bit of leverage there, just trying to be smart with these guys," Boone said. "Judge hasn't really had that day down. I gave him the DH day (on Aug. 5) and I just want to make sure we're being smart with everyone."
Manny Pina crushed a pair of home runs on Tuesday to propel the Brewers to a 6-4 comeback victory over the Twins.
Pina jump-started the Brewers three-run rally with the first multi-homer effort of his big-league career. He walloped a solo shot off Twins reliever Matt Wisler in the fifth inning and also launched a game-tying two-run homer off righty Trevor May in the sixth. The 33-year-old backstop is hitting .368/.478/.737 across 23 plate appearances this season. He offers some fantasy value in two-catcher formats, but can be safely ignored in single-catcher leagues moving forward.