Adam Wainwright SP STL 3 Hrs
Wainwright allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits, walking three and striking out two over six innings of a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night.
Another sub-par performance for Wainwright (15-8, 2.52 ERA) who has scuffled (for him) over his past seven starts - he was 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA over his six starts prior to this one. There was some indication things might be clicking later in this start so a turnaround could be in the cards when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next week.
Nolan Arenado 3B COL 4 Hrs
Arenado went 4-for-4 on Friday facing the Marlins, with one run scored.
Although Arenado jumped up his batting average to .306 on the year, it was a pretty empty night considering the amount of hits he tallied. Even so, Arenado is putting the ball in play and currently has 12 hits in his last 20 at-bats.
Justin Morneau 1B/DH COL 4 Hrs
Morneau went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI, while driving out his 14th homer of the season on Friday against the Marlins.
The 33-year old first baseman has kept his batting average around the .300 mark since the middle of June. Morneau's slash line (.319/.362/.504) is evident that as long as he can keep himself healthy he'll be a top-tier contributor at first base.
Franklin Morales P COL 4 Hrs
Morales (5-7) saw his ERA jump up to 5.32 on the season after he took the loss on Friday against the Marlins, pitching four innings while giving up six runs on eight hits.
It was an ugly night for Morales who had previously strung together some decent outings as a starter and reliever before Friday's doozie of a game. Morales is currently scheduled to pitch in San Francisco next Wednesday, but the Rockies may want to shuffle their rotation up at this point with nothing to play for in 2014.
Austin Jackson CF SEA 4 Hrs
Jackson was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in Seattle's win over Boston on Friday night.
The Mariners loaded the bases with two outs in ninth, trailing 3-0, and Jackson lined a double off of the Green Monster to ignite a rally that would culminate in five runs and a Seattle victory. Now in the midst of a playoff run, this is the type of performance that can fire up both a player and all of his teammates.
Marcell Ozuna OF MIA 4 Hrs
Ozuna had a monster night against the Rockies on Friday, as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI while blasting his 19th homer (428 feet) of the year.
Over his last five games, Ozuna has gone 10-for-20 with eight runs scored and 10 RBI while hitting his third homer in row. However, the 23-year old outfielder does have 139 strikeouts on the year, but as long as he keeps going yard the strikeouts won't get fantasy owners too down in the dumps.
Fernando Rodney RP SEA 4 Hrs
Rodney logged a scoreless ninth inning to record his 37th save in the Mariners' 5-3 win over Boston on Friday night.
He worked around a walk but finished off an improbable come-from-behind win after his mates put up five runs in the top of the ninth to erase a 3-0 Boston lead. He can still create some trepidation with his command, but he has been pretty reliable all year.
Felix Hernandez SP SEA 4 Hrs
Hernandez allowed three runs on five hits, walking two while striking out seven over 5.2 innings, coming away with a no-decision in Seattle's come-from-behind win over Boston on Friday night.
All the damage came on one swing as Yoenis Cespedes tagged him for a three-run home run - just the third home run he has allowed all season with men on base. He'll try to get back on course against the Rangers in Seattle next time out.
Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA 5 Hrs
Stanton had a fantastic night on Friday against the Rockies, as he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI.
The Marlins young outfielder is on pace to destroy his previous career bests, now sitting at 32 homers, 85 runs and 95 RBI to this point with a little over a month yet to go. Stanton (.299/.405/.565), who can't be stopped, has an excellent shot at a 40-homer season for the first time in his career.
Yoenis Cespedes LF/CF.. BOS 5 Hrs
Cespedes was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in a losing effort against Seattle on Friday night.
After leaving Thursday's game due to a family medical emergency, Cespedes returned to the lineup Friday, and contributed his 21st home run while running his RBI total to 83 on the year. With a stroke well-suited to his new home park, there is a chance he could enjoy a strong stretch run despite the Red Sox falling out of contention.