Jake Odorizzi struck out nine batters and allowed three runs over six innings in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Despite a stellar outing, Odorizzi was unable to come away with the win, as Masahiro Tanaka completely dominated Odorizzi's offensive teammates. A Brian McCann RBI triple(!) in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie. Despite the ultimate team loss, Odorizzi is off to one of the best starts in the majors. His ERA sits at a sterling 1.75 and he's allowed just nine hits over 20 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old has struck out 19 over that same stretch. Odorizzi might be well on his way to a huge season. He'll try to continue his high-strikeout ways against the Blue Jays.
Rays purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham.
Grant Balfour, owed $7 million, was removed from the 40-man roster on Saturday night after getting rocked by the Yankees. Gomes will take that spot and pitch in a middle relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander showed good promise this spring in the Grapefruit League.
Masahiro Tanaka tossed seven shutout innings while striking out eight in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Rays.
For the first time this season, Tanaka looked like his old self. He gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter, throwing just 85 pitches in seven innings before letting the Yankee bullpen finish off the win. As has been well-documented and thoroughly, thoroughly discussed in the New York media, Tanaka is trying to pitch with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. While Saturday's was by far the most encouraging start we've seen from the ace, it's still not clear what Tanaka's numbers will look like over the course of a long season. In this case, the cliche "one game at a time" might actually be apt. At the very least, his beautifully efficient outing against the Rays is a sign that not every start will be of the four-run, five-inning variety. He'll face the Tigers in his next outing.
Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Mets.
The catcher finished the game 1-for-4 with the home run and solitary RBI. It was his second homer of the season and his ninth RBI. D'Arnaud is slashing .289/.317/.526 to this point. Last season, he hit 13 home runs in 421 at-bats, a number that certainly looks obtainable as he moves through his age-26 season.
Dee Gordon hit a double and four singles in Saturday's loss to the Mets.
Despite a late comeback attempt, Gordon and his teammates were unable to secure the win. He's been one of the lone bright spots for the Marlins and is now hitting .400/.415/.520. Gordon's also been caught stealing four times in just 12 games, though he runs so often that this isn't a huge surprise. He was thrown out 19 times last season, against 64 swipes. Gordon won't supply much power, but he'll give you the speed and runs in spades, plus a nice average.
Jacob deGrom continued his strong start to the season when he held the Marlins scoreless over seven innings in Saturday's 5-4 win.
DeGrom followed up an April 13 shutout of the Phillies with another gem, this time against the Marlins. He allowed six hits and struck out eight without a walk in his seven innings of work. The 27-year-old has been rock solid in the early going in helping the Mets out to an 9-3 start, 6-0 at home. After winning the NL Rookie of the Year in 2014 based on his 2.69 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 140 1/3 innings (with 144 strikeouts), he's a likely Top-30 fantasy starter given that he should see more innings in 2015. DeGrom will look to continue to slay the notion of the sophomore slump when he takes his act on the subway against the Yankees next weekend.
Mat Latos was saddled with the loss on Saturday after allowing two runs over five innings to the Mets.
This was Latos' most routine start of the year. In his first outing, the Braves rocked him for seven runs in the first inning, and in his second outing, Mother Nature handed him a 40-minute rain delay after four frames, from which Latos did not return. On Saturday, he finally managed to make it past the fourth inning. Latos struck out five, walked one and scattered six hits against the Mets. Other than a Juan Lagares RBI single in the second inning and a Travis d'Arnaurd solo home run in the third, Latos pitched cleanly. This was definitely a step in the right direction for the pitcher, who spoke of mechanical issues in the spring. Until he's able to show some kind of consistency, though, it might be best to avoid him in mixed leagues. He'll look to continue on the uptrend when he faces the Nationals in his next start.
Alex Gordon hit a double and a single in Saturday's loss to the A's.
Gordon finished the game 2-for-4. In the early going, he's one of just a few Royal offensive players who are struggling, slashing .222/.400/.259. Almost every other regular batter on the team is hitting over .300. Gordon's not in danger of losing his starting job, but he might see a few days off here and there until the bat starts heating up.