Wilmer Flores posted his third straight game with three-plus hits in Sunday's 8-0 win over the Dodgers, finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
The way he's going, Flores is probably dreading the All-Star Break. He hit an RBI single in the first inning against Mets starter Mike Bolsinger, then followed it up with a run-scoring infield single in the fourth and an RBI double in the eighth. Flores is 11 for his last 16 and has recorded three or more hits in each of his last three games. Overall, he's hitting .258/.289/.412 with 10 homers, 38 RBI and 31 runs scored.
Yasiel Puig went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's loss to the Mets.
The Dodgers managed just three hits as a team, with Puig managing zero of them. He has played in just 36 games this season while dealing with various injuries and his lack of consistency is understandable. Should he find a way to stay on the field for an extended amount of time, we like him to improve on his current .278/.368/.444 triple-slash. It should at least be noted, though, that after a world-beating debut in 2013, his slash numbers dropped in 2014 and have further dipped over the first half of his 2015 campaign. We'll see if he can reverse that trend in the second half of the season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.