Betts Busts Loose

Betts Busts Loose
Brad Johnson reviews the past week of home runs and takes a look ahead at some juicy matchups.
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Yu Darvish allowed one hit through his first four innings before proceeding to allow five runs in the fifth, exiting after 4 2/3 in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

The contrast doesn't get much more stark than owning a one-hitter one minute then giving up five runs -- all with two outs, no less -- in less than an inning of work. It happened that quickly for Darvish, though, and it was his command -- he walked two, including Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, to get the rally started -- that betrayed him as much as anything. The high-profile marriage hasn't been great for Darvish and the Cubs in the early going, as the 31-year-old now owns a 6.86 ERA and 1.63 WHIP through his first four starts in Chicago. He'll try to get on track Friday against the division-rival Brewers.
Apr 21 - 11:20 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed two first-inning runs but no more, completing six innings in a win Saturday.

A couple of singles to lead off the game preceded a two-out, two-run double by Willson Castillo that threatened to derail the train early for Anderson, but he stabilized to get out of the inning with no more damage and then put up zeroes the rest of the way. The southpaw struck out six while allowing six hits and walking two over his six innings. The win was the first decision, win or loss, for Anderson this year, improving him to 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in five starts. He'll look to make it a winning streak when the Rockies travel to take on the lowly Marlins on Friday.
Apr 21 - 11:19 PM

Travis Shaw went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, three walks and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Strong overall showing by Shaw, who connected for a solo home run off Jose Urena in the second inning and went on to show a selective eye throughout the contest. The third baseman is up to speed after a slow start, slashing .296/.387/.531 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games. He has now homered in each of his last two games and has drawn eight walks over the past four contests.
Apr 21 - 11:17 PM

Lewis Brinson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Brinson burned Brent Suter for a three-run home run in the second inning. He struck out in his other three at-bats on the evening, however. The 23-year-old outfielder has largely struggled this season and owns a .157/.203/.286 triple-slash in 19 games played. If you're searching for a small bright spot in this dim open to the campaign, three of Brinson's four home runs on the year have come over his last three games.
Apr 21 - 11:10 PM

Derek Dietrich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Dietrich went yard against Brent Suter in the first inning, but was unable to find a hit the rest of the way through the contest. As we near April's end, the outfielder is slashing .261/.316/.364 with two home runs and six RBI across 20 games played.
Apr 21 - 11:05 PM

Brent Suter surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Suter had issues keeping the ball in the park on Saturday, especially early on, as he coughed up a solo home run to Derek Dietrich in the first inning and a three-run home run to Lewis Brinson in the second inning. The Marlins would add one more in the fifth inning before Suter called it a night. Through five starts this season, the 28-year-old southpaw has now pitched to a cringe-inducing 5.68 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He'll try to inch those numbers down in a road date with the Cubs next time he takes to the rubber.
Apr 21 - 11:02 PM

Jose Urena surrendered four runs on four hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Urena struck out three and walked two on the evening. Travis Shaw burned him for a solo home run in the second inning, while two more runs crossed the plate in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth inning. The hard-throwing right-hander has now allowed at least four runs in three of five starts this season. He'll carry a bloated 5.88 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into a home showdown with the Rockies next time out.
Apr 21 - 10:55 PM

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-5 with a game-winning RBI drag bunt and a stolen base against the Mets on Saturday.

Inciarte played inconsistently for most of the game, picking up steal No. 7 on the year, while also committing a fielding error and once being caught stealing. All is forgiven, though, as he came through against Jeurys Familia via a drag bunt up the first base line to score Johan Camargo from third with the contest tied at 3-3 in the ninth inning. Game over, man. Consider it a mixed-bag performance with a happy ending. Enciarte has the speed for 20-plus steals this season, though he offers little in the way of power.
Apr 21 - 10:49 PM
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