The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap

The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap
Raymond Summerlin dives into the numbers to see if tight ends really have an elevated chance of breaking out their second season.
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Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the Dodgers edged the Padres 1-0.

Gonzalez doubled off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth and came around to score on A.J. Ellis's sac fly to give Kenley Jansen his first win of the year.
Jul 13 - 1:17 AM

Filling in for Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm held the Padres scoreless for six innings on Saturday.

Maholm entered with a 5.18 ERA and he hadn't pitched more than 2 1/3 innings in an outing in two months, so of course he combined on a shutout of the Padres. He allowed just two hits, walked none and struck out four while throwing 65 pitches in his six innings. It's the first time since April 14, 2013 that he's escaped a start without allowing a run.
Jul 13 - 1:14 AM

Ian Kennedy went unrewarded after blanking the Dodgers for eight innings on Saturday.

Kennedy has nine starts this season in which he's allowed one or no runs, but he has just seven wins total (six coming in those games, plus one more in which the Padres offense flexed its muscles in a 3-2 victory). The Padres have scored a total of 15 runs in his nine losses.
Jul 13 - 1:10 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma just missed out on a shutout Saturday, allowing two runs over 8 2/3 innings in a win over the A's.

Brandon Moss homered with two outs in the ninth to knock Iwakuma out of the game, denying him not only his first shutout, but actually his first career complete game. After struggling at the end of June, Iwakuma has allowed just three runs over 21 2/3 innings in winning his first three starts of July. He's struck out 25 and walked none during that span. Overall, he has an 80/8 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings.
Jul 13 - 1:01 AM

Jesse Chavez yielded three runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday.

Chavez will head into the All-Star break with just one quality start in his last four tries, and he's rapidly approaching his career high for innings. We expect that the A's will sent him to the bullpen at some point, though it doesn't figure to happen immediately after the break.
Jul 13 - 12:59 AM

Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Saturday against the A's.

Cano has 11 hits in his last four games, pushing his average up to .334 for the year. The power numbers haven't been what anyone expected, but he's been one of the AL's best players anyway. He currently trails only Jose Altuve (.339) and Adrian Beltre (.338) in average.
Jul 13 - 12:58 AM

An MRI taken Saturday morning on the right arm of Jordan Zimmermann showed a biceps strain.

The good news is Zimmermann has no structural damage and might be able to avoid a disabled list stint (with the help of the All-Star break). The right-hander left his start Friday night against the Phillies with what was initially labeled a biceps cramp. He wraps up the first half of the season with a 3.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Jul 12 - 11:47 PM

Drew Pomeranz (hand) allowed one run over four innings Saturday in his rehab debut at Triple-A Sacramento.

He struck out seven, walked none, and yielded just one hit -- a solo home run. The left-hander is expected to remain at Sacramento when he's deemed healthy as an emergency option for the Oakland rotation. He's been out since June 17 with a broken right hand.
Jul 12 - 11:40 PM
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