Daily Dose: Bolstering the Pen

Daily Dose: Bolstering the Pen
Dave Shovein breaks down the Nationals' acquisition of Kelvin Herrera and Brandon Nimmo's big homecoming in Tuesday's Daily Dose.
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Mike Trout went 2-for-3 with two walks in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Here's a fun stat, presented by ESPN's Jon Sciambi. There have been 12 games this year where Trout has reached four-or-more times in 2018. There have been 11 games this year where Trout has gone hitless. His on-base percentage rises to .464, and he's slugging a ridiculous .688 on the season. He's ridiculous.
Jun 19 - 1:47 AM

Nick Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in a win over the Angels on Monday.

Ahmed also walked and scored another run in the victory. The homer was a solo blast that went off of Mike Trout's glove, and it gives the 28-year-old 10 on the season. The strong game ups Ahmed's line on the year to .227/.289/.431 over 67 games.
Jun 19 - 1:43 AM

Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, but hit a two-run homer to help the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 victory over the Angels on Monday.

Goldschmidt also drew his 40th walk of the season. The homer was a two-run shot off of Jaime Barria, and it gives the first baseman 15 on the campaign. After a terrible start to the year, the walk and homer have his OPS up to .895 on the season. You can't take back the struggles, but you can appreciate just how good the perennial MVP candidate has been to get his numbers back to this level.
Jun 19 - 1:37 AM

Archie Bradley pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels while picking up his third save of the season on Friday.

Bradley came in with the scored 7-4 in the bottom of the eighth and got Ian Kinsler, and he stayed in to retire the side in order to pick up the save. The former first-round pick lowers his ERA on the year to 2.29, and his WHIP drops down to 0.99 over 35 innings in 2018.
Jun 19 - 1:33 AM

Jaime Barria allowed six runs over four innings while taking a loss against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Barria has been solid this year for the Angels, but he didn't have his normally crisp stuff in the loss to Arizona on Monday. The one positive was that he was able to strike out five while walking one, but he gave up two homers and was mostly ineffective. That'll happen for rookie starters; baseball is hard. Barria still has a solid 3.57 ERA, and he'll look to lower that in his next start on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Jun 19 - 1:32 AM

Zack Greinke allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a victory over the Angels on Monday.

Greinke did allow seven hits, but the damage was limited to two solo homers. He walked two and struck out five in the victory. Greinke will take a 6-5 record over 15 starts and 3.90 ERA along with an impressive 95/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio into his next scheduled start against the Pirates on Sunday.
Jun 19 - 1:32 AM

Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer in a loss to the Marlins on Monday.

Sandoval took Caleb Smith deep in the second inning, and the homer gives him six on the season. He continues a strong reclamation season for the Giants, and he's now slashing .271/.340/.457 in his 58 games with San Francisco in 2018.
Jun 19 - 1:14 AM

Lewis Brinson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in a victory over the Giants on Monday.

He also walked. Brinson came up clutch for the Marlins on Monday, lining an opposite-field single in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4 off of Hunter Strickland. The rookie outfielder still has an ugly .183/.226/.326 line on the 2018 season, but there's been just enough games like this over his MLB career to suggest he just might be a regular and live up to his prospect hype.
Jun 19 - 1:11 AM
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