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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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

Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Lucroy hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to pull the Brewers within two runs, but the comeback wasn't to be. Despite the team's lack of success, the 30-year-old is having a fine offensive season. Lucroy now has 38 RBI and 38 runs scored to go with a .302/.360/.504 line through 71 games.
Jun 29 - 12:48 AM

Kenley Jansen struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Brewers to earn his 23rd save.

Jansen required just 10 pitches to finish the deed. The save was his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run, lowering his ERA to 1.38 for the year. The right-hander has a 0.67 WHIP and 39/5 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings this season.
Jun 29 - 12:45 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Curtis Granderson is dealing with a "small" calf strain.

Granderson was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Nationals after he had issues getting loose following a rain delay. This calf strain also kept him out of action on Sunday, but doesn't sound like a potential long-term injury. Unless the Mets indicate otherwise, Granderson should be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Jun 29 - 12:29 AM

Lucas Giolito had to leave his major league debut early after a rain delay but held the Mets scoreless over four innings Tuesday in a 5-0 victory.

It's a shame, as Giolito had allowed just one hit (a bloop single) and had been efficient through four frames, throwing only 45 pitches. He issued two walks and recorded one strikeout, sitting around 95 mph while featuring a hammer curveball. The Nationals didn't promise Giolito anything beyond tonight's outing, but he's surely going to get the ball this weekend again against the Reds.
Jun 29 - 12:28 AM

Matt Harvey was stuck with a loss after allowing one run over 3 2/3 frames against the Nationals.

Harvey wasn't pitching particularly well, as he had given up four hits and walked three. However, he surely had a lot more in him but was pulled following a rain delay of nearly an hour and a half. It was Harvey's 10th loss of the season, which leads the National League. He'll face the Cubs on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 12:24 AM

Bryce Harper doubled and ripped a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Harper lined a Jerry Blevins offering into the right-field bullpen with one out in the fifth inning. It was his 16th longball of the season but just his third in June. The reigning National League MVP is sporting a disappointing .258 average but has made up for it and then some with a .403 on-base percentage.
Jun 29 - 12:21 AM

Jon Lester had to settle for a no-decision but was excellent Tuesday, holding the Reds to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 extra-innings victory.

Lester held the Reds off the scoreboard until Billy Hamilton slugged a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. He recorded only four strikeouts but wound up allowing just three hits and one walk on the night. Lester lost out on a win when Hector Rondon blew a save, but it was another stellar outing in what has been an excellent season. He'll bring a 2.03 ERA into New York against the Mets on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 12:14 AM
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