Bronson Arroyo turned in a quality start in Friday’s victory over the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits over his six innings.
Arroyo walked two while striking out a pair in the game. The Cubs jumped on him for three runs in the second inning, including a two-run homer by Scott Feldman, but he battled back nicely and shut their offense down for the remainder of his night. While the strikeout rate will never be impressive, the veteran right-hander has proven to be an asset in mixed leagues, going 5-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through his first 66 1/3 innings. He’ll look to keep things rolling when he takes on the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Chris Tillman yielded three runs in five innings Friday in a win over the Blue Jays.
Tillman lived dangerously, as he allowed a season-high 10 hits and a pair of homers, but he was able to avoid disaster. He walked none and matched a season-high with seven strikeouts. Tillman has allowed 10 home runs in 58 2/3 innings this season, but still owns a fine 3.68 ERA on the year. He'll square off against the Nationals next week.
Luis Valbuena had a decent night at the dish in Friday’s loss to the Reds, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI.
Valbuena hasn’t been great, but has done enough to lock up the everyday job as the Cubs third baseman for the time being. Through his first 38 games, he’s hitting .257/.361/.442 with five homers and 15 RBI. He could be worth a look as an injury replacement in deeper mixed leagues, especially playing half his games at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.
Sean Nolin really struggled in his major league debut Friday, giving up six runs in just 1 1/3 innings against the Orioles.
Nolin yielded seven hits, including a three-run homer to J.J. Hardy and a three-run homer to Nick Markakis. The young southpaw walked one and struck out none before being pulled in favor of Ramon Ortiz in the second inning. It's not clear if Nolin will get another start with the Jays, but it appears that he might not be ready for primetime.
Scott Feldman turned in his worst outing of the season in Friday’s loss to the Reds, allowing five runs on seven hits over his 5 1/3 innings.
Feldman walked one and punched out five on the night. All of the damage against him came in the fourth inning and stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard. Joey Votto opened the scoring with a solo home run, and Ryan Hanigan tacked on a three-run shot. He did his part on offense at least, launching a two-run homer in the second inning. Despite the poor outing, Feldman still sports a tidy 2.80 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/19 K/BB ratio on the season. He’ll attempt to get back on track when he takes on the White Sox at home on Wednesday.
Chris Davis went 3-for-4 with his major league-leading 16th homer in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
The home run was a solo shot. Davis cooled down a bit after his ridiculous start to the season, but now he's red-hot once again. The 27-year-old slugger has gone deep in three straight games and five out of his last seven. Meanwhile, his batting line sits at a ridiculous .337/.426/.723 through 47 games. We could be witness a true breakout here.
Melky Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer Friday against the Orioles.
It was Cabrera's second home run of the season. The 28-year-old outfielder has been playing through some leg issues this month, but it hasn't affected his performance at the plate. He's hitting .360 over his last 19 games.
David Phelps has been diagnosed with a right forearm contusion after X-rays came back negative on Friday.
Phelps was removed from his start against the Rays in the eight inning on Friday after being drilled on the forearm by a line drive. It sounds like Phelps should be alright to make his next scheduled start against the Mets at home on Wednesday. Should he be unable to go however, Ivan Nova could be a candidate to make a spot start.