Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Mets on Friday.
Reynolds gave the Rockies some insurance in the eighth with a rocket to left off Erik Goeddel. He’s now up to 11 homers on the year. The veteran slugger has surprised with a .274/.350/.445 batting line through 94 games this season, though he has unsurprisingly done most of his damage at Coors Field.
James Loney was 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.
His solo blast off Tyler Chatwood in the second inning was the only offense the Mets could muster on Friday. As disappointing as New York’s offense has been this season, you can’t blame Loney. The 32-year-old is batting .288/.340/.451 with six homers and 21 RBI through 50 games.
Yoenis Cespedes (quad) went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Cespedes was held out of Thursday’s lineup due to renewed soreness in his quad, but he felt well enough to give it a go on Friday. It’s a lingering issue, but the struggling Mets need his bat in the worst way right now.
Vincent Velasquez pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six frames.
The hard-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out five. With scouts and talent evaluators from many clubs on hand, Velasquez didn't do anything to hurt his trade stock. He sits at 8-3 on the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 108/36 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 innings. Should he remain with the Phillies, his next start will come on Thursday against the Giants.
Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Rangers and Phillies are "pretty deep" in trade talks involving right-hander Vincent Velasquez.
Salisbury notes that the Rangers have also expressed interest in Jeremy Hellickson, though he appears to be a fallback option if they can't obtain Velasquez. The Rangers had several scouts on hand Friday, watching Velasquez pitch well in a loss to the Braves.
Tyler Collins homered, tripled and drove home three runs on Friday as the Tigers routed the Astros 14-6 in the opening game of a three-game weekend set in Detroit.
Collins clubbed a three-run homer that capped off a seven-run second inning to put the Tigers ahead 9-2. He then tripled and scored a run in the fifth inning. Even with his two-hit attack, Collins is hitting just .204/.235/.449 with three homers and nine RBI on the season, and he's likely headed for a trip back to Triple-A Toledo once J.D. Martinez completes his rehab assignment.
Matt Boyd wasn't as sharp as he had been his last two starts, but still wound up victorious despite allowing three runs on four hits over five frames against the Astros.
Boyd punched out six Astros on the night while issuing only one free pass. The young left-hander allowed a two-run homer to Jose Altuve in the first inning, but settled in very nicely afterwards and kept the Astros at bay the remainder of his night save for a solo homer from Jake Marisnick in the third inning. With Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris on the fast track toward a return to the Tigers rotation, it's unclear if Boyd will have a chance to take the mound again on Thursday against the White Sox.
Jake Marisnick had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored.
Marisnick's solo shot came off of Tigers starer Matt Boyd in the third inning, but the game was already out of hand at that point as the Tigers led 9-3. He also flashed his defensive prowess in this one, making a terrific running catch just before crashing into the center field wall. With the two-hit attack, Marisnick is now hitting .221/.269/.329 with a pair of long balls and nine RBI.