Rubby De La Rosa SP ARI 9 hours ago
De La Rosa was shelled for six runs on eight hits and a walk in Sunday's start against the Rockies, dropping to 6-4 on the season.
The righty has struggled with allowing home runs all season and this outing was no different, as five of the six Runs he allowed came via the long ball. De La Rosa had allowed two runs or fewer in his four previous starts and will look to get back on track against the Mets next Sunday.
John Axford RP COL 9 hours ago
Axford worked around a pair of hits to throw a scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks, earning his 14th save of the season.
After returning from a personal absence Saturday, the 32-year-old was called right back into action and was able to come through. Axford, now firmly entrenched as the Rockies' closer, has blown just one save on the season and has a 2.28 ERA.
Jorge De La Rosa SP COL 9 hours ago
De La Rosa won his sixth game of the season Sunday against the Diamondbacks, allowing just two runs while striking out six and walking two in six innings.
After his ERA ballooned to 9.56 in early May, the lefty has cut that figure down to 4.46 by allowing three earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts. De La Rosa will look to continue his resurgence in his next start Saturday against the Braves.
Mat Latos SP MIA 9 hours ago
Latos was a tough-luck loser against the Cubs on Sunday, allowing just one run on a hit and two walks across seven innings. He struck out seven in falling to 3-6.
The righty shut down the Chicago offense on the day and actually allowed his only run on a wild pitch, but received no run support and took the loss as a result. Latos has now thrown back-to-back quality starts and will carry a 4.90 ERA into a Saturday home matchup with his former team, the Cincinnati Reds.
Jason Motte RP CHC 9 hours ago
Motte struck out one during a clean ninth inning Sunday against the Marlins to earn his fourth save of the season.
The hard-throwing righty is one of several late-inning options in the Cubs' bullpen but has now earned two saves in his last three appearances. Motte will continue to serve as part of a closer by committee for the time being, but his 2.82 ERA and 1.06 WHIP make him a worthy candidate whenever a save situation does arise.
Kyle Hendricks SP CHC 9 hours ago
Hendricks was excellent Sunday against the Marlins, striking out six and walking just one over 7.1 shutout innings to earn his fourth win of the season.
The 25-year-old shut down a Marlins offense that is looking increasingly feeble without Giancarlo Stanton and lowered his season ERA to 3.82. Hendricks is also in the midst of a 15.1 inning shutout streak and will next face the White Sox at home Friday.
Jung-Ho Kang SS/3B PIT 9 hours ago
Kang made his second start in July on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
He's had a tough time finding the field lately, but could start the next couple games (or more) if Starling Marte (oblique) is forced to miss time. Kang has no homers or RBI in his last 43 at-bats since June 18.
J. D. Martinez LF/RF DET 9 hours ago
Martinez hit his 10th homer in his last 12 games in Sunday's loss to Toronto. It was his 23rd of the season and ties his career mark set last season.
He hit out of the four hole and will continue to do so for the next six weeks or so while Miguel Cabrera does his time on the disabled list. His average is creeping up (.285) and his OPS topped .900 (.903) for the first time since mid-April. Last season was no fluke and hitting clean up could take take Martinez to powerful heights.
Justin Verlander SP DET 10 hours ago
Verlander allowed seven runs Sunday and saw his ERA balloon to 6.75 in a 10-5 loss to the Blue Jays. He is winless in four starts this season and allowed seven hits, including two home runs, and two walks in five innings. He struck out five.
He was actually cruising along through four innings, but the wheels fell off in the fifth inning. His stuff was solid, but he couldn't repeat his delivery and the powerhouse Jays teed off on him. He needs more time to regain a consistent approach, so keep him on the pine. He's too much of a risk right now.
Eric Surkamp RP LAD 10 hours ago
Surkamp will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did not say if the lefty will start Monday's game against the Phillies, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports.
After Carlos Frias (back) was placed on the disabled list, Surkamp was scratched from Sunday's start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. All signs point to Surkamp starting in place of Frias on Monday, but it's possible Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has something else in mind. The 27-year-old Surkamp isn't a highly regarded prospect, and he owns a 4.50 ERA and 6.9 K/9 for Oklahoma City.