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Wrap-Up: Junior Guerra shuts out Dodgers
Clearly it was shutout night in the MLB with three shut out performances. The headline goes to Junior Guerra who was the least household name of the three but it could equally have gone to Matt Moore who impressively shut out the Boston Red Sox. The third name was Danny Salazar who made the Atlanta Braves offence look just how a good pitcher should make it look! Elsewhere we had good outings from three young pitchers and two blown saves in an eventful night for the pitchers.
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1. Moore shuts out BoSox
It’s been a tough season for Matt Moore following his promising start but he threw his second shut out in the last four starts yesterday. He pitched seven innings with six strikeouts on just two walks and three hits. The issue with Moore is that twice in his last five he has had shut outs and then another two of those times he has surrendered five earned runs making him virtually impossible to predict start to start.
2. Sanchez’s good outing
The only thing that stopped this eight innings one earned run performance from Aaron Sanchez being great was that he only struck out three batters. Sanchez has had a really nice season and has fast made himself a must own pitcher going forward.
3. Dyson & Rangers blow it
Leading by four in the bottom of the ninth and the Rangers somehow managed to bungle their game against the Yankees. The rot started with Matt Bush giving up two runs and then the Rangers turned to their closer to shut it down. However, Sam Dyson proceeded to give up four earned runs as the Rangers waved goodbye to this game in the Bronx. I don’t think this harms Dyson short term in terms of saves but it is a major blot on the copy book and destroys your ERA in weekly leagues.
4. Salazar’s shutout
Danny Salazar took his start against the Braves and did exactly what I hoped he could by locking it down and not surrendering a single run across seven innings. He had eight strikeouts to no walks and five hits before he turned the ball over to the bullpen to complete the shut out. Salazar is having an extremely impressive season and the young right hander has all the makings of being a third top-20 pitcher for the Indians next season.
5. Guerra pitches a shutout
Junior Guerra dominated the Dodgers last night going eight innings with seven strikeouts on just two walks and two hits as he shut down this Dodgers offence. With a 7-0 lead he could easily have completed the shutout but at 109 pitches the Brewers decided to save him for another day. Guerra has become a fringey starting option especially away from Milwaukee and should be owned in all deeper leagues.
6. The story of two blown saves
The Kansas City Royals usually have such a reliable bullpen but it took them three attempts to shut down their game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Firstly Wade Davis blew an opportunity in the 9th and then Joakim Soria replicated it in the 10th to allow the Cardinals to get back on level terms. In the end they got the win as Chein-Ming Wang pitched two innings and took the win in the 12th. This isn’t going to affect Davis’ place as the closer because he has been lights out when needed this season.
7. Manaea impressive on return
Sean Manaea returned from his DL stint last night and pitched an impressive 5.2 shut out innings. He struck out four and walked just one but may have been a tad lucky to not give up a run when he gave up six hits. Manaea has struggled since being called up but he pitches in a friendly park for pitchers and should be able to have some really nice performances this season.
8. Taillon bounces back
What do you need after two four innings, four run outings? While a shut out would have been nice, solid six innings with one earned run performance in which you strikeout six and walk none in a pretty solid second option. Jameson Taillon has been given the first shot of the two Pittsburgh prospects and has managed to have a couple of impressive outings and keep himself in the bigs for the foreseeable future.