Roundtable: First-Half MVPs

Roundtable: First-Half MVPs
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Gerrit Cole yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Pirates needed 14 innings to pull out a 5-4 victory against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Cole allowed run-scoring doubles in each of the fifth and seventh innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking none and striking out six. He was once again denied his 12th win, but still maintains a terrific 2.20 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 108/25 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Cole will take on the Indians at home in his next outing.
Jul 1 - 1:09 AM

Justin Verlander gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 14-inning loss against the Pirates.

Verlander had his previous start skipped due to mid-back stiffness. He wasn't terribly effective, but the Pirates didn't capitalize nearly often enough. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out only three. Control usually isn't an issue with Verlander, so one has to wonder if his back was a contributing factor on Tuesday. He'll have to work through a tough Blue Jays lineup at home in his next start.
Jul 1 - 1:07 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run, but the Tigers couldn't overcome the Pirates in 14 innings on Tuesday.

Martinez belted a two-run home run to left-center off of Tony Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning, knotting the game up at four apiece. It's his fourth home run in his last five games and his seventh in his last seven. He has 20 round-trippers on the year with 48 RBI and a .275/.330/.535 triple-slash line.
Jul 1 - 1:04 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, helping the Pirates outlast the Tigers on Tuesday.

Walker finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the night. His RBI double helped salvage a scoring opportunity that appeared to have been squandered when Gorkys Hernandez made an awful base running blunder during the previous at-bat. Walker has yet to find his power, batting a meager .259/.331/.380 with four home runs and 24 RBI on the year.
Jul 1 - 12:59 AM

Huston Street vanquished the Yankees to convert his 23rd save as the Angels eked out a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Street struck out Brett Gardner and Chris Young in succession before getting Alex Rodriguez to hit a 5-3 ground out to end the game. The veteran closer moves to 23-for-26 in save opportunities with a 2.14 ERA and a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 12:56 AM

Ivan Nova allowed two solo home runs, proving to be his undoing over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

They both came in the sixth inning, back-to-back shots from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar. Nova struck out David Freese, but then allowed a double to Matt Joyce to end his evening. He gave up eight hits and two walks overall while striking out seven. The right-hander has been solid in two starts since being activated, as he pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball against the Phillies in his previous start. Nova will face the Athletics at home next.
Jul 1 - 12:54 AM

Mark Teixeira provided the Yankees their only run in Tuesday's loss against the Angels.

It was a solo home run to left-center off of Andrew Heaney, one of only two Yankee hits on the evening. He finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Teixeira hadn't homered since June 15, but has 19 on the season with 54 RBI and a .246/.359/.536 triple-slash line.
Jul 1 - 12:51 AM
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