Joe Ross pitched a nice game against the Mets on Saturday, yielding two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Ross struck out six and walked one, with both runs scoring on solo home runs by Lucas Duda in the fourth and seventh innings. He's now allowed three or fewer runs in each of his first six starts to open his career in the bigs. Not too shabby. Ross'll take a 3.00 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 40/4 K/BB ratio (over 39 innings) into his next start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.
Craig Kimbrel notched his 31st save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Saturday.
Kimbrel took the mound with the Padres holding onto a 5-3 lead. He retired all three batters he faced and ended the game with a strikeout of J.T. Realmuto. At various times over the last week, the all-world closer was attached to multiple trade rumors. None of them came to fruition, though, and Kimbrel should close out the season in San Diego. He holds a 2.76 ERA and 58/15 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings while going 31-for-33 in save chances.
The wheels fell off for Anibal Sanchez Saturday in a 6-2 loss to Baltimore.
The O's torched Sanchez for six runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two home runs, raising his season total to 24. Among AL starters, only Phil Hughes has surrendered more long balls than Sanchez. The right-hander's 4.77 ERA is his highest since 2008.
Kevin Gausman evened his record at 2-2 Saturday in a win over the Tigers.
He limited Detroit to four hits and two runs over seven solid innings. Gausman struck out six without allowing a walk. The 24-year-old hadn't won a decision since April 7. He'll look for win No. 3 next time out against the Angels.
Dee Gordon went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Saturday's loss to the Padres.
Gordon drew the Marlins to within 5-2 with an RBI single off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne in the fifth inning, but the fish would only score once more as they fell to 20 games under .500. Said horrible record isn't Gordon's fault, as the second baseman is hitting .330/.352/.406 with 23 RBI and 48 runs scored. He's also stolen 34 bases in 47 attempts.
Manny Machado homered for the second game in a row Saturday in a win over the Tigers.
He's hit .381 with four RBI over his five-game hitting streak. Among big league third basemen, Machado is fourth in slugging percentage (.525) and second in OPS (.890). The 23-year-old has emerged as a legitimate MVP candidate and is a big reason why the Orioles are only a half game behind Minnesota in the AL Wild Card Race.
Odrisamer Despaigne supplied a quality start in Saturday's win over the Marlins, allowing three runs on five hits over six-plus innings.
Despaigne allowed two runs in the fifth inning on a pair of RBI singles, with an additional run scoring against him in the seventh to finish off his line. On the evening, he struck out five and walked one. While this start was fine, Despaigne's had his issues with consistency throughout the season and currently holds a 4.75 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. A road start against the Brewers is up next on the schedule as the Padres try to remain a relevant baseball team.
Jose Urena struggled in Saturday's loss to the Padres, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over five innings.
Urena is getting a chance in the rotation thanks to trades that sent starters Mat Latos and Dan Haren to points elsewhere. It was tough sledding on Saturday. The Padres scored a run in the first inning, then pounced on Urena for three more in the third. Prior to the start, he held a 4.04 ERA across 42 1/3 major league innings. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a 21/17 K/BB ratio and shouldn't be trusted for fantasy purposes at this juncture. A road date with the Braves is up next as he tries to acclimate to the regular starting gig.