Jeremy Hellickson surrendered only two runs (one earned) in six innings to help the Phillies beat the Giants 3-2 on Saturday.
He gave up five hits and one walk while punching out three hitters. The strong start improved his ERA to 4.23 with a 1.23 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts and 24 walks in 93 2/3 innings spread across 16 starts. His next game will be an interleague start versus the Royals on Friday.
Madison Bumgarner turned in a quality start but lost to the Phillies on Saturday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings.
He allowed only five hits but a two-run homer by Cameron Rupp proved his undoing. Bumgarner fanned seven and walked only one. He has a magnificent 1.99 ERA and 122/29 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. He is in the running for a Cy Young award and is a lock to make the All Star team. He will take his 8-4 record into a rivalry matchup with Oakland on Thursday.
Jeanmar Gomez slammed the door on the Giants with a perfect ninth inning to notch his 20th save of the season on Saturday.
Gomez does not post elite stats but he has gotten the job done all season. Only five closers have more saves than Gomez this year. He has a 3.09 ERA with 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 35 innings.
Cameron Rupp launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run blast that lead the Phillies to victory over the Giants on Saturday.
Given the poor state of the catching landscape, Rupp's numbers make him borderline usable in fantasy starting lineups. He has a .270 batting average with a .789 OPS. His counting stats (16 runs and 18 RBI) are poor but at least he doesn't kill your team's batting average like many catchers do.
Joe Panik was the only Giants batter with multiple hits on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Panik raised his batting average to .259 with the two singles. He has scored 45 runs to provide his owners with good value in that category, but he doesn't do enough in the other categories to make himself worthy of starting for a good fantasy team.
A.J. Griffin gave up two runs on four hits and made it through only 4 1/3 innings for a no-decision on Saturday, striking out six and walking one in the Rangers' 10-3 victory over the Red Sox.
Griffin came off the disabled list today after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. That is part of the reason he was lifted early in this game, although he had already thrown 91 pitches. He has been very effective through seven starts. Now with a 3.08 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38 innings, Griffin will square off with the Yankees on Thursday.
Steven Wright got smacked around for eight runs (only three were earned) on seven hits during his 4 2/3 innings of work in a loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Wright didn't pitch as badly as it seems. The Red Sox' defense let him down multiple times. The home run Wright gave up to Ian Desmond today was only the fifth one the knuckleballer has allowed this season, which is a huge reason why he has a league-leading 2.18 ERA after 15 starts. Now 8-5, Wright draws a favorable matchup with the Angels on Friday.
Ian Desmond connected for his 13th homer on Saturday as his resurgent season rolls on.
Desmond added a single to finish 2-for-5 on the night. Now sporting a .322/.371/.527 slash line with 53 runs, 49 RBI and 13 stolen bases, Desmond is on pace to set career highs in every category across the board. Following last year's terrible results, he is perhaps the biggest draft day steal of the season thus far.