Jayson WerthLF/RF WSH 7 minutes ago
Werth went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, solo homer and two runs in Friday's 8-5 victory over the Rockies.
The veteran slugger got the scoring started on the night with a 407-foot solo shot in the first and then added a run-scoring two-bagger in the seventh that plated Trea Turner. Werth now has homers in consecutive games and six round-trippers overall in August, his highest monthly total in that category this season.
Nick HundleyC COL 12 minutes ago
Hundley went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and three-run homer in Friday's 8-5 loss to the Nationals.
The veteran backstop's RBI double in the fourth plated Ryan Raburn to forge a 2-2 tie, while his 410-foot three-run blast in the ninth brought home Carlos Gonzalez and David Dahl to make the final score a tad more respectable. Hundley has hit safely in five of his last six games, with three doubles, two homers and five RBI over that span.
Javier Baez2B/SS/3B CHC 14 minutes ago
Baez is in Saturday's lineup against the Dodgers.
After finding himself on the bench Friday, he will get the start at second base in Los Angeles. Baez will face Julio Urias, against whom he went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in an earlier matchup.
Angel PaganLF/CF SF 15 minutes ago
Pagan went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 7-0 win over the Braves.
Pagan saw his 19-game hitting streak come to an end Wednesday, but it doesn't seem like he is ready to cool off quite yet. His two-run home run off of Joel De La Cruz was a no-doubter that went over Levi's Landing in right field. It bears repeating that Pagan has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball this month, collecting 29 hits in 85 August at-bats. More importantly, he is also hitting the ball with authority, posting a .929 OPS in August to go along with the usual high batting average. Owners who picked him when his bat started to show signs of life back in July should continue enjoy the ride. For those who still see Pagan's name on the waiver wire: what are you waiting for?
Kris Bryant3B/LF/RF CHC 48 minutes ago
Bryant went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, three runs scored and a walk in Friday's victory over the Dodgers in extra innings.
Bryant was the hero Friday, as he crushed a solo shot to center in the 8th inning to begin the Cubs comeback, and capped things off with a two-run blast in the 10th that ultimately decided the game. Bryant was excellent as a rookie last season, but he has taken it to another level in his second year and is a front-runner for the National League MVP award with 35 home runs, 89 RBI, 107 runs scored and eight stolen bases to go along with a .982 OPS.
Mike MontgomeryP CHC 53 minutes ago
Montgomery allowed three runs on six hits and four walks Friday versus the Dodgers. He struck out five and did not factor into the decision.
Montgomery curiously did not give up a run on a hit Friday, as he put men on base in the third, fourth and fifth innings and was scored upon each time via RBI groundout. Montgomery was making a spot start in this one, and he will return to the bullpen, where he has been quite effective, moving forward.
Aroldis ChapmanRP CHC 57 minutes ago
Chapman worked around a hit with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless inning to earn his 30th save of the season Friday versus the Dodgers.
Chapman allowed a weak single to lead off his inning of work, but he was his usual dominant self after and threw 13 of 19 pitches for strikes. He blew a save last Friday in Colorado, but he has rattled off three straight conversions and is now the owner of a 1.80 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.
Bud NorrisP LAD 1 hour ago
Norris allowed two runs with six strikeouts and four walks across five innings in Friday's start versus the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Norris lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start, which led to him being used in the bullpen earlier this week, but he rebounded to hold a potent offense in check Friday. Although he left with a shot at a victory, the bullpen collapsed, ruining his chances, and ultimately lost the game for the club. After Friday's promising outing, Norris will remain in the rotation and will face a more favorable matchup Friday versus the Padres.
Jordy MercerSS PIT 1 hour ago
Mercer went 1-for-4 with his first career grand slam Friday against the Brewers.
The shortstop is still only hitting .176/.256/.365 in 74 August at-bats, but he's already totaled four homers, a monthly best. Mercer ranks second among NL shortstops with a .986 fielding percentage behind the Phillies' Freddy Galvis (.988). He'll face Jimmy Nelson, against whom he has two hits in 12 career at-bats, on his 30th birthday Saturday.
Dioner NavarroC/DH TOR 1 hour ago
Navarro is expected to join the Blue Jays on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet reports.
Navarro was dealt to the Blue Jays on Friday, coming over from the White Sox in exchange for Colton Turner. Upon joining the big league club, Navarro is expected to serve as the top backup to Russell Martin, likely seeing most of his time against left-handers.