Tyler Anderson allowed six earned runs, seven hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Anderson was wild again, throwing just 54 of his 94 pitches for strikes. The offense bailed him out by getting to Arizona closer Fernando Rodney for three in the ninth inning or Anderson would have slipped to 1-4 on the season. As it stands he has a dismal 7.71 ERA and 1.58 WHIP and he hasn't recorded a victory since his initial outing of the 2017 campaign back on April 4 in Milwaukee.
Mark Reynolds finished 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Saturday in Arizona.
Reynolds raised his average to .311 with his 10th multi-hit game in the month of April. He isn't doing it cheaply, either, as he has belted four homers while piling up 11 RBI over the past eight contests.
Brandon Drury finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-6 loss against the Rockies.
Drury has hit safely in five straight outings and eight of his past nine appearances. He appears to be over the jammed right knee which sent him to the bench in the middle of the week. Drury is considered a below-average defender but if he keeps hitting he will remain a fixture in the Arizona lineup.
Zack Greinke allowed three earned runs while scattering seven hits and two walks over six innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Rockies.
Greinke was in line for the victory, but closer Fernando Rodney turned a two-run lead into a one-run loss in the bottom of the ninth inning. At least the veteran Greinke was able to recorded nine strikeouts, but it was a bit alarming that he was tagged for three solo homers. It hasn't been a recurring theme, as he had allowed just two long balls over his first 30 2/3 innings, so don't be terribly concerned.
Fernando Rodney allowed three earned runs, two hits and two walks in a shaky ninth inning Saturday against the Rockies, blowing his second save.
Rodney has blown back-to-back save chances, allowing eight runs and eight hits while recording just five outs. Velocity isn't an issue, as he topped out at 98 mph with his fastball in Saturday's outing, but he was not exactly pinpoint with his location. If you own stock in Rodney it's time to buy insurance in the form of JJ Hoover, as he is likely next in line for saves if the veteran loses his job.
Martin Maldonado struck out in all three of his at-bats Saturday against the Rangers.
Maldonado's average dipped to .237 and he has now struck out 20 times over 59 at-bats. The Halos might be having some buyer's remorse after dealing Jett Bandy to Milwaukee back in December for Maldonado and minor-league pitcher Drew Gagnon. Bandy has been tearing the ball off the cover in Cream City while Maldonado...not so much.
Danny Espinosa was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts Saturday against the Rangers.
Espinosa has collected just two hits and one RBI over his past 28 at-bats, as his season average has dipped from .232 to .179. He continues to be a fantasy liability, unless of course you're starting the opposing pitcher. Espinosa has walked just five times with 34 strikeouts over 84 at-bats.
Jesse Chavez allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a loss Saturday at Texas.
Chavez threw just 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had recorded two straight quality starts entering play but he struggled with his location in this outing. He'll look to bounce back next Friday against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros.