David Shovein

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Daily Dose: Making a Bid

Saturday, August 12, 2017


 

Carlos Carrasco currently lives within 30 minutes of Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, so Friday’s start against the Rays was a bit of a homecoming of sorts for him.

 

In fact, he had 40 family members and friends on hand to watch him pitch. He didn’t disappoint the audience.

 

The 30-year-old right-hander made a serious bid for the organization’s first no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981. That was until Logan Morrison’s two-out single in to right field in the seventh inning ended the dream.

 

He still finished with a very dominant performance, striking out 10 batters over eight shutout innings. Carrasco allowed just two singles and two walks in the ballgame. He earned his first victory in six starts since the All-Star break, improving to 11-5 in the process.

 

It’s the third time in Carrasco’s career that he has gone at least eight innings while allowing zero runs and three or fewer hits.

 

He now boasts a 3.83 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 152/38 K/BB ratio across 138 2/3 innings in 23 starts on the season.

 

When he’s going right, he can be as dominant as any hurler in the American League. The Indians hope that he’s catching his stride over the final six weeks of the regular season and will provide a dangerous one-two punch with Corey Kluber heading into October.

 

With Friday’s win, the Indians now hold a 3 ½ game advantage over the Twins in the battle for the top spot in the American League Central Division. The Twins are charging fast though, defeating the Tigers in Motown on Friday to earn their sixth consecutive victory.

 

Carrasco’s next start will come against those Twins in Minnesota on Wednesday. Despite being a regular season game in mid-August, the two clubs only play six games against each other the remainder of the season so every battle could be critical in the battle for the division crown.

 

 

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Power for Days


Giancarlo Stanton has long been considered among the premiere power hitters in all of baseball.

 

The 27-year-old slugger has managed to stay healthy this season and in turn is putting up perhaps the finest offensive season of his young career.

 

On Friday, Stanton tagged Rockies’ starter Jon Gray for his 40th home run of the season. Even in this era of increased long balls, he became the first player in the big leagues to reach the 40-homer plateau and is five bombs clear of the next closest player, Aaron Judge.

 

Stanton now trails the franchise’s single-season home run record by just two. Gary Sheffield hit 42 homers as a member of the Marlins back in 1996. Barring injury, he’ll obliterate that number.

 

Stanton humbly acknowledged the milestone after Friday’s game, saying "It's definitely pretty cool… I’ve got a ways to go, though”

 

Stanton has been hitting home runs at an epic pace recently, blasting 19 in his last 31 contests.

 

For the season, Stanton is hitting .277/.369/.621 with 40 homers, 86 RBI and one stolen base.

 

 

Oh Willson….


The Cubs officially placed hard-hitting backstop Willson Contreras on the disabled list on Friday with a right hamstring strain.

 

He’s expected to be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks, putting his return at some point in the middle of September. The Cubs fully expect him to return before the end of the regular season.

 

It’s a tough blow to their offense, as Contreras had settled into the cleanup spot in the lineup and was slashing a robust .311/.380/.700 with 11 homers and 36 RBI since the All-Star break.

 

Luckily for them, the Cubs acquired Alex Avila from the Tigers in a deadline deal to provide depth behind the plate. Avila will assume the everyday catcher’s job in Contreras’ absence. He responded by clubbing a mammoth home run, his 13th of the season, in Friday’s victory over the Diamondbacks.

 

The Cubs also recalled Victor Caratini from Triple-A. He’ll serve as the backup to Avila and won’t hold any fantasy value.

 

  

American League Quick Hits: Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia indicated he’ll take a step back from Bud Norris in the ninth inning after another ugly blown save on Thursday… The Athletics called up Boog Powell from Triple-A, but he was scratched from the starting lineup on Sunday due to illness… Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Ian Kinsler was claimed off waivers by an unidentified club. Heyman notes that the club has tried to discuss a trade with the Tigers but the two sides have made little progress thus far… Michael Fulmer (elbow) made it through a bullpen session without issue and is expected to return to the Tigers’ rotation on Monday… Jake Odorizzi (foot) will return to the Rays’ rotation on Monday… Dustin Pedroia may be heading back to the disabled list with renewed swelling in his knee… The Mariners placed James Paxton on the disabled list with a strained left pectoral muscle. He’s expected to miss the next three weeks… Mitch Haniger (face) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend… Hisashi Iwakuma struggled with his mechanics during a simulated game on Friday… The Mariners’ bolstered their organizational rotation depth by acquiring Andrew Albers from the Braves for cash considerations… Russell Martin was removed from Friday’s game against the Pirates with a left oblique strain and could be heading to the disabled list… Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 and scored a run in his first start with the Indians… Reynaldo Lopez picked up a victory in his White Sox’ debut on Friday, striking out six over six innings of two-run ball against the Royals… Mike Moustakas clubbed his 33rd and 34th home runs in a losing effort there… Eduardo Rodriguez punched out seven over six shutout innings but was forced to settle for a no-decision against the Yankees after his bullpen failed him… Aaron Hicks belted his 11th home run of the season, sparking a five-run rally in the eighth inning that the Yankees used to beat the Red Sox… Cole Hamels fired seven shutout innings, striking out five in a victory over the Astros… George Springer clubbed his 28th homer of the season in a losing effort there… Nelson Cruz clobbered his 28th home run in a loss to the Angels… Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario belted home runs off of Anibal Sanchez, leading the Twins to a victory over the Tigers and their sixth consecutive victory.

 


National League Quick Hits: Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Blue Jays with left knee discomfort… Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Brandon Phillips has cleared waivers and is now able to be traded to any club prior to the trade deadline at the end of the month… Dominic Smith went 1-for-3 with a single in his major league debut against the Phillies on Friday… Mark Melancon is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday but will not immediately regain his closer’s role… The Phillies placed Vince Velasquez on the 10-day DL with a right middle finger injury. With a 5.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, fantasy owners have been giving Velasquez the middle finger all season… Anthony Banda will make another start for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday against the Astros… Nolan Arenado belted his 26th home run of the season as the Rockies fell to the Marlins. He’s the first hitter in the big leagues this season to 100 RBI… Michael Conforto blasted his 25th home run as the Mets topped the Phillies… Mets’ rookie shortstop Amed Rosario played the role of hero on Friday, swatting a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning that propelled the Mets to victory over the Phillies… Paul DeJong went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Cardinals routed the Braves… Jimmy Nelson was saddled for 10 runs (nine earned) over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds… Eric Thames belted a three-run homer, his 26th of the season, in a loss to the Reds… Zack Cozart homered, drove in two runs and scored three times as the Reds topped the Brewers… Billy Hamilton swiped three bases in that victory, giving him a total of 48 thefts on the season… Manuel Margot launched a pair of home runs as the Padres rallied to beat the Dodgers… Rich Hill was drilled in the throat by a fastball from the opposing pitcher on Friday but remained in the game, racking up nine strikeouts over six innings of two-run baseball… Cody Bellinger had three hits and a pair of RBI in a losing effort… Paul Goldschmidt crushed his 27th home run as the Diamondbacks fell to the Cubs.



Dave Shovein is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveShovein.
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