Wide Receiver Notebook

Wide Receiver Notebook
Rich Hribar takes a look at outlier wide receiver performances and splits in 2015 and how they could help shape 2016 production.
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Sam Dyson turned a four run lead into a two run loss by allowing a pair of home runs in the ninth inning to the Yankees.

Matt Bush started the ninth inning and allowed the first two batters to reach. On came Dyson, who promptly allowed both inherited runners to score on a single by Brett Gardner. Brian McCann followed with a two-run home run to tie the game. After a walk to Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius hit a walkoff home run. Dyson now has a 2.79 ERA. He has been excellent this year but his low strikeout rate means he probably will not be a reliable closer for a long time.
Jun 29 - 11:14 PM

Updating a previous item, Steve Clevenger was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Pirates after fracturing the third metacarpal in his right hand.

The third metacarpal is part of the middle finger. Clevenger fractured the bone after taking a foul tip off the bat of Gregory Polanco in the third inning and was immediately replaced by Chris Iannetta behind the plate. Expect the Mariners to call up a catcher to aid their depth. Mike Zunino and Steve Baron are both potential options.
Jun 29 - 11:11 PM

Nomar Mazara made his lone base hit count, netting three RBI on a bases-clearing double on Wednesday.

One of the youngest players in the majors, Mazara is now hitting .289 with 11 homers, 35 runs and 35 RBI. The rookie has cooled off a bit from the blistering start to his career. Mazara has been very young at every level he has played but that has never stopped him from being one of the best players in each league. He makes for a great trade target in dynasty leagues.
Jun 29 - 11:05 PM

Updating a previous item, Yasiel Puig was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a minor knee contusion.

Puig was pulled from the contest after limping out a grounder in the eighth inning. While he previously dealt with a hamstring injury, it appears he has dodged a re-aggravation of that ailment. Following the loss, manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Puig to be in the lineup on Thursday.
Jun 29 - 10:59 PM

Max Scherzer tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings at the Mets on Wednesday, striking out ten batters, walking one and allowing only two base his.

Scherzer was dominant against the Mets' weak offense, lowering his ERA to 3.30 and his WHIP to 0.96 on the season. He leads the majors with 148 strikeouts in 114 2/3 innings. Now 9-5, Scherzer will next face the Brewers and Mets in a two start week beginning on Independence Day at 11:05 AM. Set your lineups early.
Jun 29 - 10:56 PM

Steve Clevenger was pulled early in Wednesday's game against the Pirates after taking a foul-tip off his right hand.

Clevenger suffered the foul-tip during an at-bat by Gregory Polanco to lead off the third inning. He left with the trainer after suffering the setback, with Chris Iannetta taking over at catcher in his absence. The Mariners should pass along official word as to the nature of Clevenger's injury as the game progresses.
Jun 29 - 10:53 PM

Logan Verrett gave up two runs in five innings, walking four and fanning one against the Nationals on Wednesday evening.

Verrett is a reliever who was tasked with making a spot start so the Mets could give Steven Matz an extra day of rest due to elbow trouble. Verrett allowed only four hits, one of them being a solo homer by former Met Daniel Murphy. He has a 4.08 ERA with a scary 32/22 K/BB in 46 1/3 innings. He is likely not a starter long term but could get more starts in the near term as the Mets nurse the tender elbows of Matz and Noah Syndergaard.
Jun 29 - 10:53 PM

Shawn Kelley converted his fourth save of the year even though he gave up a two-run bomb to light-hitting James Loney on Wednesday.

Kelley entered with two outs and two runners on in the eighth inning with a four run lead. He struck out Alejandro De Aza to end that threat. In the ninth he gave up a single to Yoenis Cespedes prior to the Loney home run, then gave up a double to Chris Johnson before fanning Brandon Nimmo to close out the Mets. All four batters Kelley retired were via the strikeout. It was a rare shaky outing for Kelly, who should continue to save games for the Nationals until Jonathan Papelbon returns to action.
Jun 29 - 10:51 PM
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