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Gleyber Clobbers
Brad Johnson covers the latest home run news including a ridiculous week from Gleyber Torres and a spotlight on a resurgent Yasiel Puig.
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Lance McCullers allowed seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Indians.

McCullers gave up six hits, three of which left the yard and accounted for six of the seven runs against him. They were three more homers than he'd given up in his last six starts combined. He just didn't have it on this night. The right-hander has a 3.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 68/25 K/BB ratio across 11 starts. Things don't get easier for McCullers on Thursday when the Red Sox come to town.
May 27 - 12:03 AM

Carlos Carrasco allowed five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Saturday.

Carrasco wasn't super sharp, serving up a pair of homers among his seven hits allowed, but he did strike out eight to limit the damage. He'd rattled off three straight quality starts, including a complete game -- and was 1-2 in those starts, go figure -- before Saturday's relative clunker, so it was more of an outlier than the norm. In 11 starts, he's got a 3.98 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 71/16 K/BB ratio over 72 1/3 innings. The right-hander will look to get back on track Thursday against the Twins.
May 27 - 12:02 AM

Mike Trout went 5-for-5 with a two-run home run, three doubles, four total RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 11-4 win over the Yankees.

Just a monster all-around game for Trout, who stepped up to collect a career-best five hits in what was an impressive win by the road squad. He got his night started with an RBI double off Sonny Gray in the first inning, later knocking out Gray via a two-run home run in the fourth inning and cleaning up with one more RBI two-bagger in a four-run sixth inning. The All-Star outfielder has now homered in three consecutive games. Through his first 179 at-bats this season, Trout is slashing .313/.461/.687 with 17 home runs, 34 RBI, 45 runs scored and 12 steals. Simply remarkable work to date from the perennial MVP candidate, who's still somehow finding ways to top himself.
May 26 - 11:16 PM

Jose Briceno went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Briceno had never taken a major league at-bat prior to Saturday's contest. Not only did he pick up his first MLB hit in the win, he also got to check off the box for his first career home run. That came off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning, a two-run shot which extended the Angels' lead to 11-4. They went on to win by that final score. While this was quite the memorable debut performance, Briceno is only up due to the absence of Rene Rivera, who is currently out recovering from knee surgery. There's no fantasy intrigue, here.
May 26 - 11:14 PM

Austin Romine went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Romine mashed a two-run home run off Jaime Barria in the second inning to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-1, but the Angels would outscore the Yanks 10-0 the rest of the way in what devolved into something of a cringe-worthy pitching performance (for most involved) as the game progressed. The veteran backstop has been more than serviceable when asked to spell Gary Sanchez behind the plate this season, hitting a spicy .353/.421/.608 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 18 games played. We're only talking 51 at-bats, here, but there's not much more you can ask of from your backup catcher than what Romine's provided this season. He's now homered in three of his last four games and has collected eight RBI in that space.
May 26 - 11:06 PM

Hunter Renfroe (elbow) was hitting .242/.286/.455 through eight rehab games at Triple-A El Paso.

He's approaching full health, but the pedestrian line and the promotion of minor league slugger Franmil Reyes has given the Padres pause about activating Renfroe too soon. "Health is a big part of it, making sure he feels good enough day in, day out," said Padres manager Andy Green. "Then you also want to find him in a rhythm as well. You want to bring somebody back here that's in a rhythm and swinging the bat well." The Padres have the benefit of a wealth of outfield options even without Renfroe, so he'll need to hit to earn his place in the lineup, and seemingly in the majors altogether. For now, they seem content to letting him keep making rehab starts.
May 26 - 10:59 PM

Aaron Judge went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, a stolen base and two walks in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

After Brett Gardner went yard to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Judge followed suit with a solo homer of his own to give the Bombers back-to-back taters. Alas for the home team, Sonny Gray was unable to hold onto the lead once the Yankees gave him a few runs to work with. For the campaign as a whole, Judge is batting.287/.420/.580 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 49 games. He's homered in three of his last five games to snap out of a little cold streak.
May 26 - 10:57 PM

Jaime Barria surrendered four runs on six hits over five innings in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Barria, 21, was recalled from Triple-A for Saturday's outing. It was his sixth start in the big leagues to date. It began rather poorly. Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge took him deep back-to-back in the bottom of the first inning, while Austin Romine burned him for an off-the-foul-pole two-run shot in the second inning. That would be it in terms of the run-scoring action on Barria's line, though, and he settled in nicely for his final three frames of work. The young right-hander wrapped the evening having struck out four and walked one. In 30 1/3 innings with the big league club this year, Barria has pitched to a very respectable 2.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB ratio. It remains to be seen whether he'll start again next time through the rotation, but he's been sturdy enough when called upon this year.
May 26 - 10:51 PM
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