Return of the Closers

Return of the Closers
With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it's time to do some good old fashioned closer talk.
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Jesse Chavez got back in the win column by allowing two earned runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 9-7 victory over the Astros.

He struck out seven and walked two. Chavez has issued at least two free passes in six straight starts. The excess base runners have been an issue, but Chavez has done a good job in recent starts minimizing damage. He entered this game with a 4.32 July ERA despite a 1.80 WHIP in those three outings. Now 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA, Chavez has a rematch with Brad Peacock scheduled for Monday.
Jul 24 - 1:51 AM

Brad Peacock surrendered seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Astros got whipped in Oakland on Wednesday.

It was ugly, and this time, manager Bo Porter made Peacock work through the carnage, unlike his last start, when Peacock was yanked five batters in. Tonight, Peacock walked five and gave up seven hits, including three homers, on which six runs scored. Over his last two starts -- which lasted four innings total -- he's seen his ERA spike from 4.30 to 4.93. Peacock's spot in the rotation is in jeopardy. If he sticks around, a rematch against the A's on Monday would kick off a two-start week.
Jul 24 - 1:43 AM

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in five runs before leaving Wednesday's game against the Astros with an apparent left thumb injury.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 before exiting in the seventh inning after jamming his hand while spinning to the ground on a violent swing. He's now riding a five-game hitting streak, and a three-game extra base hit streak. It's nice to see him break out of a funk, as he looked lost at the plate earlier this month. Cespedes came into this game batting .145 in July. Hopefully his hand bones are all intact after his nasty spill.
Jul 24 - 1:24 AM

Tommy Medica went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Padres' 8-3 defeat of the Cubs on Wednesday.

It's just the sixth time this year the Padres have scored as many as eight runs. Medica's big game came in his first start since July 8, as he's been limited to pinch-hitting duties of late by a groin injury. He hadn't driven in a run since June 28, and he was just 2-for-25 this month.
Jul 24 - 1:20 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada took a loss Wednesday after giving up five runs in four innings versus the Padres.

The Padres had scored six runs in six games coming into this one, making Wada's performance even more discouraging. He's certainly not going to miss enough bats to afford the four walks he issued tonight. If he's not better next time out against the Rockies, he could be looking at a quick hook from the Cubs rotation.
Jul 24 - 1:17 AM

Huston Street picked up his first save as an Angel -- and his 25th save of the season -- in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

The Angels came back to win once again, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to hand Street his first American League save opportunity since he was a member of the A's in 2008. Los Angeles acquired one of the game's best relievers from the Padres for prospects 2B Taylor Lindsey, SS Jose Rondon and RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris last week. Street boasts a 1.03 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 35 innings.
Jul 24 - 1:14 AM

Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk as the Padres' right fielder in his debut Wednesday.

Francoeur has a history of getting off to hot starts with his new teams, though that never materialized in his last major league stint with the Giants last year. We'll see what happens this time around. He's worth owning in NL-only leagues with Cameron Maybin out.
Jul 24 - 1:14 AM

Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a win against the Orioles on Wednesday.

The veteran first baseman got back on the board after going hitless over his past two games. He'd been plenty hot before that, however, entering tonight batting .313 with four homers in July. Pujols is hitting .274 overall with 20 homers and 66 RBI.
Jul 24 - 1:11 AM
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