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Wrap-Up: Kris Bryant goes deep in Cincy
Kris Bryant is always a power threat and the combination of his power and the home run friendly Great American Ballpark was always going to lead to something fun. Well last night it really did as he victimized the Reds pitching. For a half slate of game last night had a ton of plot lines with aces struggling, a young pitcher returning from injury, another keeping a strong start going and then we also had some fun from the hitters as well.
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Strasburg to the DL.
This always looked inevitable after Stephen Strasburg missed his second scheduled start Sunday. The move has been backdated to the 16th of June so Strasburg may actually end up just missing one more turn in the rotation. My concern is we saw how poor he was early last season pitching injured and I would rather see him take until the all-star break to get fully healthy and then come back and put together a great second half of the season.
Steven Matz diagnosed with bone spurs.
Now there is no actual transaction here as the Mets have yet to decide what they are doing with Matz. It looks likely he will try and pitch through it but if he struggles then we could see him shut down until at least September and potentially all season if the Mets drop out of contention before he is ready to return.
Trea Turner taking reps in center field.
Yesterday it was announced that Trea Turner would try out at center field for the Nationals triple A affiliate. The center field combination for the Nationals has been awful this season and Turner could see a call-up as offensive cover for that position or even as a straight replacement for Taylor and Revere.
1. Liriano does it again
Not even an early four run lead could save Francisco Liriano this time as he managed to walk five whilst giving up four hits in a four earned outing against the Dodgers. I am so close to cutting bait with Liriano who has fallen off a cliff with his control this season. I am going to hold on for the all-star break and hope Ray Searage can work his magic during those couple of days off.
2. Syndergaard gets roughed up
As if the Steven Matz news wasn’t a bad enough day for the Mets they then had to watch Noah Syndergaard give up five earned in just three innings while walking three and allowing seven hits. Syndergaard has had his own injury doubts in the last week so this is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the next week or so.
3. Bryant goes deep! Thrice!
Kris Bryant took full advantage of being in Cincinnati by taking the ball deep three times in a game where he had six RBI, four runs and five hits. It truly was a career game for the very impressive Bryant whose stock continues to be on the rise. Bryant is doing enough this season to distance himself from Todd Frazier and bring himself into range with Nolan Arenado, Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado next season.
4. Arrieta finds it tough
Jake Arrieta is so determined to prove he can do everything Clayton Kershaw can that he even attempts to beat Kershaw’s bad outings! Arrieta gave up five earned runs in five innings last night while walking five and giving up four hits.
5. Nick Franklin’s five RBI game
Nick Franklin burst onto the scene in the majors last night with a nice game against Boston. His three hits jumped his average up to 0.300 on the season (it was 0.000 before last night!) and anytime you have a five RBI game you deserve some credit. Franklin needs to get consistent playing time and then be able to hit consistently to be considered a major league option going forward but consider this notice served on his potential to do that.
6. Two home run club
Edwin Encarnacion continued his good run with a two homer outing last night. Edwin is doing what Edwin does but at a slightly lower average. As always the power is legit and if he could now just make contact more regularly he would cement his place as a top 1B option for next season.
7. Bad night for Wainwright
Just when I was starting to believe it looks to be unraveling again for Adam Wainwright. After a three earned run outing at the Cubs he surrendered six last night in KC and suddenly his right back as a fringey pitching option for me going forward.
8. Velasquez’s successful return
Just before he went on the DL it looked as if the Vince Velasquez bubble had burst but he returned last night with an impressive seven strikeout performance in five innings pitched against Arizona. This doesn’t straight away mean he is a must start but it does give me hope that the bad performances were injury related and the pitcher we saw early in the season is something we could see again.
9. Mengden’s strong outing
Daniel Mengden continued a decent start to his major league career with a 7.2 innings, five strikeout and two earned run performance last night against the Giants. Mengden has been decent this season but has surrendered nine walks in four outings which is something that could come back to haunt him and fantasy owners down the line.