Daily Dose: Mookie Mania

Daily Dose: Mookie Mania
Ryan Boyer talks about Mookie Betts' big night, Jurickson Profar's future and much more in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Hector Santiago ranged all over the map in taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 11-9 win over the Tigers, striking out nine while allowing six runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Strange, strange start. The nine strikeouts represented Santiago's second-best effort through 11 outings. The six runs tied the most he has allowed in a start this season. Five of those six runs came on the strength of home runs surrendered to Miguel Cabrera, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez. The three homers allowed also tied a season-high for Santiago. He will look to move past this weirdness when he takes his 4.96 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 52/23 K/BB ratio (61 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Yankees next time out.
Jun 1 - 1:38 AM

Anibal Sanchez proved ineffective in earning a no-decision against the Angels on Tuesday, surrendering six runs on eight hits over three innings.

Yikes. Sanchez coughed up a two-run home run to C.J. Cron in the bottom of the first to set the tone, then proceeded to top himself by allowing a three-run homer to Mike Trout in the second. One more solo home run in the third -- this one courtesy of Jefry Marte -- would cap off the evening's unpleasantness. With at least four runs allowed in five of his last six starts, the veteran right-hander makes for an unappealing fantasy option even in deeper AL-only formats. He will try to jump-start his season in a home date with the White Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 1 - 1:36 AM

Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Valencia swatted a two-run home run off Twins starter Tyler Duffey in the third inning and came through again with an RBI double in the fifth. The 31-year-old third baseman has been racking up the hits of late -- he has nine of them in his last 14 at-bats. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing a simply stupendous .333/.370/.555 with eight homers and 19 RBI in 35 games.
Jun 1 - 1:35 AM

Robbie Grossman went 3-for-4 with three doubles in Tuesday's loss to the A's.

Grossman now has six doubles on the season. Since the Twins called him up on May 18, he is hitting a stellar .361/.452/.694 with two homers and nine RBI across 36 at-bats. That triple-slash is buoyed by the small sample size, of course, but he has done enough to make him worth a speculative pick-up in deeper AL-only formats. Just keep in mind that Grossman does not have a good track record when given extended playing time in the past. The Astros handed him a career-high 360 at-bats in 2014 and he responded with a .233/.337/.333 batting line.
Jun 1 - 1:34 AM

Max Kepler is rejoining the Twins, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Miguel Sano is seemingly headed to the disabled list in a corresponding roster move after suffering a strained hamstring on Tuesday night against the A's. Kepler has hit .283/.371/.453 in 124 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level, but that's come with just one homer and one steal. He doesn't do enough in the counting stats department to warrant a pickup in fantasy leagues. The 23-year-old outfielder is 3-for-19 (.158) in the majors over the last two seasons.
Jun 1 - 1:31 AM

Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' seven home runs, driving in four in a 17-4 beatdown of the Reds on Tuesday.

Arenado finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored as he and his teammates pounded out 19 hits, 14 going for extra bases. The home runs gave Arenado 16 on the year, tops in the National League, and his 43 RBI are also a league best. The 25-year-old is hitting .287/.358/.590 through 195 at-bats.
Jun 1 - 1:27 AM

Eric Surkamp did not pitch long enough to qualify for the win in Tuesday's showdown with the Twins, allowing three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

This was Surkamp's first start since May 11. The A's sent him to the minors for several weeks before calling him back up against the Twins. He struck out just two in his return. Tuesday's outing wasn't a disaster, but with a 6.41 ERA and 1.95 WHIP through six starts, there is little to suggest a fantasy light at the end of this tunnel.
Jun 1 - 1:25 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.

The Rockies thumped the Reds in the game, but Bruce had a shot at a memorable night if only he could have found a single. He'll surely take three extra-base hits as a consolation, including his 10th home run. The 29-year-old is hitting .272/.323/.549 with 33 RBI and 28 runs scored through 47 games.
Jun 1 - 1:23 AM
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