Second-Half Save Candidates

Second-Half Save Candidates
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Will Harris pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to earn his seventh save as the Astros topped the Angels 4-2 on Monday.

The ninth started with a strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Johnny Giavotella to reach. Back-to-back singles followed, loading the bases with no outs. Fortunately, Harris had the bottom of the Angels' order to deal with at that point and no pinch-hitters in sight. He struck out Jett Bandy and then induced a comebacker from Andrelton Simmons that turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
Jun 28 - 2:00 AM

Matt Shoemaker was denied a win after throwing six scoreless innings Monday against the Astros.

Par for the course for Shoemaker of late. He left with a 2-0 lead, but Mike Morin and Deolis Guerra combined to blow that in the seventh. Shoemaker finishes June 0-3 despite a 2.14 ERA and a 45/5 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over six starts.
Jun 28 - 1:58 AM

A.J. Reed's early struggles continued Monday, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against the Angels.

Reed is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks through three games. One wonders if the Astros might give him a little breather on Tuesday in order to regroup.
Jun 28 - 1:54 AM

Mike Trout homered and doubled twice in a losing cause Monday against the Astros.

Trout had all three of the Angels' extra-base hits. He's 6-for-9 with two homers in two games after being moved up to the second spot in the lineup on Sunday and 13-for-22 with three homers in his last five games.
Jun 28 - 1:52 AM

Daniel Mengden surrendered two runs in 7 2/3 innings Monday to beat the Giants for his first career victory.

Mengden lost each of his first three starts, though given his 3.00 ERA, it was hardly deserved. He was threatening a shutout tonight because the Giants got to him for a run in the eighth. The A's decided to take no chances afterwards and lifted him from an 8-1 game. An inherited runner came around to score off Fernando Rodriguez.
Jun 28 - 1:18 AM

Jeff Samardzija was tagged for six runs in six innings by the A's on Monday.

Samardzija has allowed six runs three times in June after never doing so in April or May. He's given up nine homers this month after allowing a total of three in the first two months. Hopefully, Dave Righetti and company can quickly figure out what's caused this and get him turned around.
Jun 28 - 1:17 AM

Marcus Semien delivered a three-run homer and an RBI double against the Giants on Monday.

Semien is up to 15 homers this year. Unfortunately, he hasn't been overly helpful elsewhere, and even with the homers, he has a modest 33 runs scored and 39 RBI while often hitting low in the order. If he can bring his average up some and convince the A's to hit him second or third, he'd have quite a bit more fantasy value.
Jun 28 - 1:14 AM

Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count.
Jun 28 - 1:10 AM
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