Aaron Nola SP PHI 3 hours ago
Nola (5-5) gave up two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out nine over seven innings in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.
He set a new season high in strikeouts, which helped mitigate the damage from the four free passes. Nola finishes the month of June with a 35:11 in 33:1 innings, and he's completed at least six innings in four of his last five starts. The 24-year-old seems to have turned the page on the back issue that put him on the DL earlier in the season.
James Paxton SP SEA 4 hours ago
Paxton (5-3) gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out nine over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.
The lefty looked more like himself in this one, especially in the early going, as he struck out six over his first three innings while sitting comfortably in the upper 90s with his fastball. He wasn't quite as sharp later in the game, and Maikel Franco's homer in the seventh ultimately sent Paxton to his third straight loss, but he matched a season high with the nine strikeouts. Paxton has been adamant in recent weeks that he is fine physically, but he felt his mechanics were off.
Joc Pederson CF LAD 4 hours ago
Pederson went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
The long ball, a sixth-inning shot off Jose Alvarez, was his first home run off a lefty this season. Pederson had just one home run against a southpaw all of last year, and he came into Tuesday batting .219/.200/.419 against left-handed pitching for the season. The 25-year-old is now up to five homers since his return from the DL on June 13.
Jesse Chávez P LAA 4 hours ago
Chavez (5-8) gave up two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
Chavez blanked the Dodgers over the first five innings, and both runs charged to him came around to score after he was pulled from the game. The 33-year-old only threw 54 of his 100 pitches for strikes, but he induced nine swinging strikes and kept the ball in the yard, breaking a streak of 13 consecutive appearances with at least one home run allowed. It was a nice bounce-back effort against a good lineup, but Chavez's propensity for giving up the long ball and declining strikeout rate make him a dicey streaming option in mixed leagues.
Danny Valencia 1B/3B/RF SEA 4 hours ago
Valencia (wrist) went 2-for-4 with a double and a single in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.
Valencia missed a couple of games over the weekend with a sore wrist, but he was back in action for Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies following Monday's scheduled day off. The 32-year-old now has nine hits over his last three starts, and is batting .325 (27-for-83) with a .937 OPS in 23 games this month.
Ben Gamel LF/RF SEA 5 hours ago
Gamel (groin) went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.
Gamel missed Sunday's series finale against the Astros due to a lymph node issue, but he was good to go for after the Mariners' day off Monday. The 25-year-old is now hitless in his last two games after putting together a 15-game hitting streak, but he's still hitting .381 (37-for-97) with a .934 OPS in 24 games this month.
Marwin González IF/LF HOU 5 hours ago
Gonzalez (oblique) went 1-for-4 against the Athletics on Tuesday.
Gonzalez returned to the lineup after missing a pair of games over the weekend with oblique tightness. The 28-year-old knocked a single in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to four games; he's now slashing .318/.407/.591 with 13 homers in 59 games this season.
Kenta Maeda SP LAD 5 hours ago
Maeda (6-3) scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings in Tuesday's win over the Angels. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
The right-hander faced an Angels lineup that was without Albert Pujols and Cameron Maybin in addition to Mike Trout (thumb), but that doesn't mean this performance was just a flash in the pan. Maeda has been on a roll for weeks, shaving a full run off his ERA over his last four appearances (two earned runs over 17 innings in that span) while jumping between the bullpen and rotation. He has given up three home runs over the past two months after serving up seven in April. If he keeps going like this, Maeda should continue to see regular starts even after Brandon McCarthy (knee) returns.
J.D. Martínez RF DET 5 hours ago
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Royals.
He's hitting .322 (28-for-87) in June and now has 13 homers in 42 games on the year, a pace that has Martinez targeting his first 40-HR campaign despite missing the first six weeks of the season with a foot injury.
Justin Wilson RP DET 5 hours ago
Wilson struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his seventh save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Royals.
After going most of the month of June without sniffing a save chance, Wilson has now converted two in consecutive appearances. The left-hander's 43:12 K:BB in 29.1 innings is excellent, but he'll need the Tigers to start stringing together more wins if his strong performance this season is going to translate into more saves in the second half.