Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Pujols notched a third-inning RBI single against Scott Feldman. The Angels would not score another run in the game. The veteran's triple-slash of .244/.317/.412 leaves much to be desired, but Pujols does have a respectable 14 homers and 49 RBI despite his other offensive shortcomings.
Jun 29 - 1:46 AM

Scott Feldman did a nice job in Tuesday's win over the Angels, allowing one unearned run on three hits over five innings.

Feldman earned the start in place of Lance McCullers (blister). He struck out two without walking a batter. Depending on whether McCullers is able to recover in time for his next start, Feldman could see at least one more spot outing. The veteran right-hander has been used, for the most part, as a bullpen arm and holds a 2.76 ERA with a 34/13 K/BB ratio across 49 frames.
Jun 29 - 1:40 AM

Tim Lincecum struck out seven and yielded five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.

Lincecum surrendered a three-run homer to Carlos Correa in the first inning, but mostly settled in after that bomb. After striking out just two in each of his first two starts, Lincecum's seven strikeouts on Tuesday stand as his season-high. His off-speed stuff, in particular, looked sharp. The veteran right-hander also walked four and exited the proceedings having thrown 101 pitches (55 strikes). After limiting the A's to one run over six innings in his mid-June season-debut, Lincecum has surrendered nine runs in his last two outings (7 1/3 innings). He will look to keep the fireworks to a minimum in a July 4 road date with the Rays next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:38 AM

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.

Cruz crushed a two-run shot off Pirates starter Jonathon Niese in the fifth inning. The dinger was his 20th of the season. In addition to that lofty mark, the veteran slugger is slashing a stupendous .284/.367/.537 and has driven in 53 runs. On the micro level, he has homered in back-to-back contests.
Jun 29 - 1:37 AM

Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Marte's RBI triple in the seventh came as part of a little two-run rally, but the Mariners held a 5-0 lead at the time, a lead which was never seriously in jeopardy. The star outfielder is hitting .325/.364/.489 with 19 doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 steals over 274 at-bats.
Jun 29 - 1:33 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well in Tuesday's win over the Pirates, yielding two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Nice rebound outing for Iwakuma, who surrendered five runs in his last start. He found much smoother sailing on Tuesday. For the season, the veteran right-hander owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off with the Orioles in a home start next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:23 AM

Jon Niese failed to impress in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners, yielding five runs (four earned) on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Niese surrendered a pair of solitary runs in the third and fourth innings before coughing up a three-spot in the fifth. He struck out just two (against two walks) on the evening. The 29-year-old southpaw will carry a difficult 5.07 ERA and 1.53 WHIP into a road showdown with the Cardinals next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 1:18 AM

Julio Urias earned his first major league win Tuesday, limiting the Brewers to two runs over six innings as the Dodgers held on to win 6-5.

Urias gave up just two hits but walked six while striking out six as well. The 19-year-old has gotten progressively better over his seven starts, having allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last five outings. He's now got a 4.09 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 41/15 K/BB ratio over 33 innings in the bigs. He'll try to make it a winning streak Sunday against the Rockies.
Jun 29 - 12:49 AM
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