Week That Was: Oh Hey Jose

Week That Was: Oh Hey Jose
Jose Fernandez made his triumphant return for Miami. Nick Nelson reviews his start and other big stories from the past week.
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Steven Matz pitched brilliantly in his second career start, hurling six innings of shutout ball while striking out eight in an 8-0 win over the Dodgers.

In addition to the eight strikeouts, Matz walked two and allowed just two hits over his six innings of work. Over his first two major league starts (covering 13 2/3 innings), he's allowed just seven hits and two runs and has posted a 14/5 K/BB ratio. If you're looking for a wider scale on which to judge him, he posted a 2.19 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 94/31 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas prior to earning the promotion at the end of June. If he's still available on the waiver wire, he should be given strong consideration as a pick-up. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a home start next Sunday afternoon.
Jul 5 - 7:15 PM

Mike Bolsinger tossed an unimpressive start in a loss to the Mets on Sunday, surrendering four runs on nine hits over five innings.

We'll be nice to Bolsinger, who left his last start due to food poisoning. Three of the four runs against him scored in the fourth inning, but outside of that frame, he mostly limited the damage. When not being attacked by food, Bolsinger's pitched well this season and currently holds a 3.09 ERA and 1.28. A home start against the Brewers is upcoming on the schedule before he heads into the All-Star Break.
Jul 5 - 7:13 PM

Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save of the season in Sunday's win over the A's, despite allowing a hit and a walk in the scoreless ninth.

If nothing else, Rodney certainly knows how to offer an entertaining ninth inning. Holding a 2-1 lead over the A's on Sunday, he recorded the first two outs in routine fashion. Then, the Fernando Rodney Save Experience swung into full effect, as he allowed an infield single to Josh Reddick and a walk to Ike Davis. He managed to retire Mark Canha on a grounder to end the game, but still. This is why the Mariners can't have nice things. Rodney is working to regain his role as closer, but it's clear to anybody watching that Fernando Rodney is who he is and will continue to pitch like Fernando Rodney. Loops of logic aside, he currently holds a 5.18 ERA and a 27/17 K/BB ratio over 33 innings while going 16-for-19 in save chances.
Jul 5 - 7:12 PM

Sam Fuld went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

The homer was Fuld's first of the season. In 176 at-bats this season, he's hitting a dismal .212/.294/.324. The best we can of that batting line is that the OBP is relatively impressive given that there is no reason, whatsoever, for pitchers to pitch cautiously to him.
Jul 5 - 7:03 PM

Mike Montgomery continued to pitch well in Sunday's win over the A's, surrendering one run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Montgomery had posted back-to-back complete game shutouts entering Sunday. While he didn't pitch to that level against the A's, he held his own, striking out two, walking one and allowing just a solo home run to Sam Fuld in the third inning. He has been fantastic over his first seven starts, pitching to a 1.62 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 31/13 K/BB ratio in 50 innings. Next up on the schedule, a home start against the Angels.
Jul 5 - 6:59 PM

Chris Bassitt allowed two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Bassitt was starting in the place of ace Sonny Gray, who is currently dealing with an illness and will pitch on Tuesday. In the spot start, Bassitt struck out three and walked one. Both runs against him came in on a sixth-inning RBI single by Seth Smith. He'll likely be heading back to Triple-A Nashville following the start, but the A's should be encouraged with how he's thrown the ball in spot duty and he should see further major league chances down the road when needed.
Jul 5 - 6:57 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch admitted Sunday that Luis Valbuena has been bothered by an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

Valbuena has been able to play through the injury, but has apparently done so in some degree of pain. The 29-year-old has slugged 19 home runs and driven in 36 runs on the season, despite hitting .203/.286/.438.
Jul 5 - 6:06 PM

Adrian Gonzalez was diagnosed with a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Mets.

Gonzalez appears to have avoided any significant injuries after being drilled by Steven Matz on Sunday. He should be considered day-to-day.
Jul 5 - 6:03 PM
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