Jorge Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday, dropping his average to .243.
Polanco got off to a nice start offensively, but he hasn't kept it up the last couple of weeks and he's now sporting just a .661 OPS. Since he lacks range at shortstop, he has to hit in order to help the Twins. Still, the team won't be quick to bench him, even if it seems Eduardo Escobar might be the superior option.
Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 and homered Friday against the Twins.
Perez seems to have lost something defensively, at least when it comes to throwing out basestealers, but he's off to a solid start offensively, with six homer already this season. However, because the Royals offense has been so pathetic, Perez has scored just seven runs and driven in 11.
Lance Lynn pitched six innings of one-run ball to beat the Reds on Friday night.
Lynn lowered his ERA to 2.45 and upped his record to 3-1. He's right back to where he was before blowing out his elbow ligament. Unfortunately, the Cardinals aren't quite as good offensively or defensively as they were when Lynn won 60 games from 2012-15.
Freddie Freeman powered the Braves to a 10-8 victory over the Brewers on Friday with a two-run homer off Neftali Feliz in the top of the ninth.
The Braves were down 8-4 after six innings before staging a comeback against the Brewers’ bullpen. Freeman was 0-for-4 before his go-ahead blast in the ninth. The 27-year-old already has eight home runs this season, though he has just 12 RBI to show for it. He’s batting .368/.478/.776 with just as many walks (16) as strikeouts (16) so far.
Tim Adleman surrendered six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.
Adleman will battle, but the stuff isn't there for him to be an asset as a major league starting pitcher. He gave up two homers, a double and five singles in his 5 1/3 innings tonight.
Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his fourth save of the season.
Johnson threw 15 pitches in the frame and struck out a pair. It was nice to see coming off a pair of shaky appearances. The veteran right-hander is 4-for-6 in save chances to go along with a 4.66 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
Bartolo Colon gave up six runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.
Colon gave up 10 hits, including homers to Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun. The 43-year-old has had a couple of good starts mixed in with some shaky ones. While he’s sporting a typical solid 23/7 K/BB ratio over 29 innings, he owns a 5.59 ERA through five starts. He’s too unpredictable to trust in mixed fantasy leagues.
Chase Anderson took a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings Friday against the Braves.
The Braves scored all four runs in the third inning, including a bases-clearing double from Matt Kemp. Prior to the third inning, Anderson had allowed just three earned runs through his first four starts. The 29-year-old still owns a stingy 2.10 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, but we’re not expecting that to continue. He’ll get the Cardinals in St. Louis in his next outing.