Matt Kemp OF LAD 12 Hrs
Kemp slugged his 16th home run of the year, while going 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Kemp has a hit in four straight games, but he is otherwise struggling, as he is 8-for-33 in his last 10 games. He still carries a respectable .276/.341/.465 slash line in 434 at-bats this year.
Roberto Hernandez P LAD 12 Hrs
Hernandez pitched six innings Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three en route to his eighth win of the year.
Hernandez has been pitching fairly well for the Dodgers. In four starts with the club, he has allowed 10 runs (nine earned) in 23 innings pitched. Obviously, pitching for the Dodgers has increased his value a bit, as he will get more chances for wins. His next start is set for Monday at home against the Nationals.
Jorge De La Rosa SP COL 12 Hrs
De La Rosa pitched just five innings (due to a thumb contusion) Tuesday against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out five batters in the loss.
We'll see how his thumb effects him for his next start, but his inconsistent season continues, as he now sports a 4.19 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 114:54 K:BB ratio in 154.2 innings pitched. If he can make his next start, it will come Sunday on the road against the Diamondbacks.
Rubby De La Rosa P BOS 12 Hrs
De La Rosa went 4.2 innings Tuesday against the Jays, giving up three runs on seven hits while walking two and not striking anyone out in a no-decision.
This was the first time all year (14 starts) that the righty posted a goose egg in the strikeout column, which contributed to his blowing an early 3-0 lead that the BoSox bats provided him in the first. De La Rosa's ERA now sits at 3.81 to go with a 1.45 WHIP and 31:58 BB:K this season. He's slated to face the Rays in his next start Monday.
R. A. Dickey SP TOR 12 Hrs
Dickey gave up three runs -- one of them earned -- on five hits over six innings while striking out six and walking two in a no-decision against the visiting Red Sox.
The 39-year-old knuckleballer was let off the hook on what would have been his 13th loss of the season by Jose Bautista, who went yard in the seventh to tie the game 4-4. It will be interesting to see how Dickey performs in the season's final month -- especially if the Jays play themselves out of the playoff hunt completely -- and if he can finish above .500 for the fifth time in his 12-year career. For now, his ERA sits at 4.00 to go with a 1.31 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 175.2 innings (28 starts) this season.
Rick Porcello SP DET 12 Hrs
Porcello improved to 15-8 on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of nine-hit, two-run ball while not issuing a walk and striking out two against the Yankees.
Strangely enough, both runs came on a pair of solo homers from Jacoby Ellsbury. The sixth-year big leaguer has been great this season, posting a 3.06 ERA and 1.12 WHIP -- both of which are well below his career numbers of 4.28 and 1.35 -- while providing rock solid dependability at the back end of a star-studded rotation that features Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander. Porcello will look to build upon his career-high 15 wins in his next start Sunday against the White Sox.
Brandon McCarthy SP NYY 12 Hrs
McCarthy lost for the third time in four starts Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking two in 6.1 innings against the Tigers.
The five earned runs were the most he's allowed as a Yankee since coming over from Arizona on July 6. Still, McCarthy has lasted six innings or more in all but one of his nine starts with New York while posting a 9:56 BB:K in that span, making him quite a valuable arm for the boys in pinstripes and a potentially sneaky acquisition in many fantasy formats.
Lance Lynn SP STL 12 Hrs
Lynn went six innings Tuesday, giving up two runs on six hits while walking three and fanning three in a no-decision against the Pirates.
Lynn showed tremendous control, getting ahead of batters frequently with 22-of-28 first-pitch strikes. Despite missing out on the win, he's 14-8 on the season with a 2.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 147 K's in 164.2 innings, making him a solid second fiddle behind ace Adam Wainwright in the Cards' rotation.
Gerrit Cole SP PIT 12 Hrs
Cole gave up two runs on three hits in six innings while walking one and fanning nine in Tuesday's no-decision against the visiting Cardinals.
The nine whiffs were just one shy of his season-high of 10 from way back on April 10 in his second start of the season. Cole also kept the ball in the ballpark for the sixth start in a row, and has given up just a stingy eight homers in 98.2 innings this season. The sophomore will bring his 3.65 ERA and 34:93 BB:K into St. Louis for his next start Monday.
Cole Hamels SP PHI 12 Hrs
Hamels lasted seven innings Tuesday, allowing three runs on eight hits while fanning five and walking one in a no-decision against the visiting Nationals.
Hamels got after hitters in this one to the tune of 20-of-29 first-pitch strikes, a display of command that helped him shut out the Nats until the seventh inning when four singles and a walk, plus a solo homer in the eighth, tied the game 3-3. The lefty's ERA now sits at 2.59 on the year -- below his career average of 3.30 -- while his WHIP (1.16) is remarkably close to his average of 1.14 over nearly a decade in the majors. Hamels will look to improve to 8-6 when he next tosses Sunday at Atlanta.