Matt AndrieseP TB 9 hours ago
Andriese allowed three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out eight over six innings, but didn't factor in the decision in the Rays 4-3 extra-inning win over the Red Sox.
The right-hander had failed to make it out of the sixth inning in his previous four outings since rejoining the Rays' rotation after the trade deadline, posting a 6.84 ERA and 6.02 FIP over that span. Andriese appeared to return back into the pitcher we watched in May and early June when he started the season 6-0. He'll look to get another crack at the Red Sox on the road on Monday.
Gerrit ColeSP PIT 9 hours ago
Cole (7-9) allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked one in a loss to the Astros on Wednesday.
The right-hander just hasn't been himself lately, as he's lost three straight decisions. Over his last 16 innings, Cole has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 31 hits. Prior to Wednesday, he actually yielded 12 hits in two straight appearances. His triceps injury obviously hurt, but Cole hasn't really been right all year. Lefties are hitting .320 against him, and his swinging-strike rate is down nearly 2.0 percent from last year, resulting in fewer strikeouts. Cole will try to get right in his next appearance Monday against the Cubs.
Rick PorcelloSP BOS 9 hours ago
Porcello surrendered three runs on nine hits while striking out eight over 7.2 innings, but didn't factor in the decision in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to Tampa Bay.
The 27-year-old worked his way through the Rays lineup with efficiency -- he didn't walk a single batter and even retired the side in order for two straight frames -- but the righty's shot at grabbing sole possession of a MLB-leading 18th win was derailed in the eighth inning on an untimely Evan Longoria solo home run to tie the game. Porcello threw a career-high 123 pitches against a Rays team he will see again on Monday at home.
Jett BandyC LAA 9 hours ago
Bandy went 4-for-5 with a double, a steal, and a run scored Wednesday.
The four hits in a game are a season-high for Bandy, who has seen just 147 at-bats on the season. With the big night at the dish, Bandy raised his batting line to .279/.325/.490. The steal was Bandy's first in his major league career, so don't expect many more going forward.
Marco EstradaSP TOR 10 hours ago
Estrada (7-6) surrendered six runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings Wednesday, striking out four and taking the loss.
Five of the six runs Estrada allowed came in the first couple innings, beginning with back-to-back home runs from two of the game's best power hitters, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. While he settled down somewhat and made it through five innings, the six earned runs mark a season-high for Estrada. The poor outing also comes on the heels of what was his worst outing of the season before Wednesday, where he allowed three home runs and five earned runs over just four innings. In these past two starts, Estrada's ERA has risen from 2.92 to 3.47. Estrada will look to turn things around Monday in a big game against the division-rival Orioles.
Mike TroutCF LAA 10 hours ago
Trout went 3-for-5 with a walk, double, a solo home run, and a pair of runs scored in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.
The home run was Trout's 24th of the season, coming in the top of the first to set the tone for the Angels, who scored five runs over the first two innings. While Trout's success has come often this season, hitting .312 and stealing 21 bases in addition to the 20+ home runs, the Angels have struggled as a team, going 53-73. Despite their struggles, Trout has still managed to score 92 runs, fourth most in the MLB this season. Even on a bad team, Trout remains arguably the most consistent fantasy performer in the MLB.
David OrtizDH BOS 10 hours ago
Ortiz finished 2-for-5, including his 30th home run of the season, in Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
The veteran slugger started things off right away for the Red Sox, sending a two-run shot to right in the first inning, collecting his 100th RBI of the season and extending his hit streak to 11 games. He now sports a stout .322/.412/.637 line, alongside a 171 wRC+.
Albert Pujols1B/DH LAA 10 hours ago
Pujols went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI in the Angels' 8-2 win in Toronto.
Pujols exploded out of an 11-for-58 slump Wednesday with his first four-hit game of the season. Pujols has hit for impressive power in 2016, the home run his 24th and the three RBI bringing his total to 99. The 99 RBI is fourth most in the MLB, and his 1797 career RBI are the most among players currently on an MLB roster. While his batting average is down at .257, his 62 strikeouts aren't exactly indicative of selling out for power.
Erik GoeddelRP NYM 10 hours ago
Goeddel will be optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Goeddel's recent results haven't been encouraging, having allowed seven runs over three innings in his last four appearances (two runs over 1.2 innings Wednesday). Another unspectacular pitcher (Sean Gilmartin) will replace him in the bullpen for the time being, but Goeddel could rejoin the big league club when rosters expand in September.
Matt ShoemakerSP LAA 10 hours ago
Shoemaker (8-13) allowed just three hits, a walk, and no runs over six innings against the powerful Blue Jays, striking out three and earning the win.
Shoemaker lowered his ERA to 3.98 with the stellar outing, doing so against a Toronto team that is second in the MLB in home runs. Shoemaker's win snapped an 11-game road losing streak for the Angels, who are a disappointing 53-73 despite another big year from phenom Mike Trout. Shoemaker's poor record can largely be chalked up to run support, although he received an ample eight runs Wednesday. Shoemaker entered the start with just 3.08 runs of support per game, the lowest of any AL starting pitcher. He'll hope to get a similar effort from the Angels' offense on Monday against the Reds.