Chris Archer allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Archer was effectively wild, allowing just one hit over his six innings but walking four. The other problem is that the one hit left the yard, as Jose Bautista's two-run homer accounted for both runs against Archer. The right-hander struck out four as well. That's two good starts in a row for Archer after a miserable beginning to the year. He'll continue to work on that 5.01 ERA when he faces the Angels on Saturday.
Carlos Martinez was given permission to leave the team Friday to deal with a civil lawsuit he's facing in South Florida.
The issue was brought to the Cardinals' attention on Thursday and Martinez was given permission to leave shortly after. Martinez is already back with the club but based on the allegations made, this could be something that falls under the league's new domestic violence policy. As of now, the league has not contacted the Cardinals about any pending disciplinary action. Martinez will start as planned Sunday against the Nationals.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he plans to "ease the burden of the 8th inning" off Ken Giles.
Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Astros sold the farm for Giles this offseason, expecting him to be their star closer. Not only did Giles lose the ninth-inning gig to Luke Gregersen, but now it looks like Hinch is going to give the setup role to someone else. "I'm out of whack," said Giles. "I'm not me right now." Will Harris and Pat Neshek could see more high-leverage chances while Giles works through his struggles.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has not considered shaking up the starting rotation.
Aging starters Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61) have both struggled this year but Bochy doesn't see any big changes coming. "I have too much confidence in these two guys," said Bochy. "I don't think there are options that are going to make this staff better." The Giants, who have won every even-year World Series this decade, are off to a disappointing 12-13 start and rank 22nd in the league in starter ERA (4.64).
Daniel Nava (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment early next week.
It's good timing for the Angels with Craig Gentry battling back stiffness. Nava has sat out the last two weeks with left knee tendinitis but has been working out in Arizona and should begin a rehab assignment any day now. He was hitting .286 before the injury.
Will Smith (knee) will ramp up his activity next week.
It's been six weeks since he tore his right LCL. Smith will meet with doctors soon to decide if he'll require surgery, which would sideline him for the rest of the year. He was expected to compete with Jeremy Jeffress for closer duties this season but now Jeffress has the gig all to himself.
Hunter Pence plated three runs Saturday in the Giants’ 6-5 loss to the Mets.
Two of those runs came in the third inning on a single to right field. Pence just missed his second grand slam of the season on an eighth-inning sac fly. The 33-year-old enjoyed an excellent first month, hitting .284 with a team-high 19 RBI. He’s tied for ninth in the NL with 16 walks this season.
Matt Cain got knocked around in Saturday’s loss to the Mets, allowing seven hits and six runs over six innings.
He finished with five strikeouts and one walk. Cain couldn’t solve Michael Conforto (3-for-4 with three RBI) and served up a home run to light-hitting Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning. He tried to back the Mets off the plate after a rocky first inning but ended up hitting two batters and allowing two more runs in the second. Not much has gone right for Cain this season. The 31-year-old is now winless in five starts with a brutal 7.00 ERA. He won’t be a fantasy option next time out against the Rockies.