Daily Dose: Nats On The Mark

Daily Dose: Nats On The Mark
Nate Grimm discusses two big trades made Saturday, one involving Mark Melancon and another including Jonathan Lucroy, in Sunday's Daily Dose.
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Braden Shipley shut out the Dodgers for six innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

He fanned four batters, walked one and allowed five hits. He was making his second career start and this one went much better than the first. He improved his ERA from 10.13 to 4.76 tonight. Shipley is filling in for injured starter Zack Greinke. He didn't strike out many batters in the minor leagues and is probably not going to be a reliable fantasy starter this year even if he does remain in the Diamondbacks' rotation. The former 1st round pick is more enticing in dynasty leagues as he does have the potential to become a mid-range starter eventually.
Jul 31 - 1:50 AM

Scott Kazmir was charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings despite fanning seven batters in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He gave up eight hits but didn't walk anyone. He falls to 9-4 with a 4.41 ERA. He has an excellent 124/39 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings so perhaps his ERA will improve over the last two months.
Jul 31 - 1:40 AM

Jake Barrett gave up a home run in the ninth inning but closed out the Dodgers for his third save of the season.

He was called upon with two runners aboard with two outs in the eighth inning and successfully stranded them to protect a three run lead. He gave up a harmless homer to Joc Pederson in the ninth. Barrett might see more save chances due to the struggles of Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson. Barrett has a 2.79 ERA on the season as a rookie.
Jul 31 - 1:35 AM

Jean Segura hit a solo home run in the first inning and added an RBI double in the second on Saturday.

In his first season as a Diamondback, Segura is having a nice bounce-back campaign after being one of the league's worst hitters the last two years in Milwaukee. He is batting .313 with nine home runs, 62 runs, 42 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Jul 31 - 1:21 AM

Joc Pederson swatted a long home run in the ninth inning on Saturday, but it was too little, too late as the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks.

Pederson has an .802 OPS but it comes with an unpleasant .239 batting average. He has 15 home runs in 84 games. He is best known for his mammoth power, but he hit for high averages in the minor leagues. At 24 years old he still has the potential to develop into an all-around fantasy producer.
Jul 31 - 1:11 AM

Hector Santiago led the Angels to a 5-2 win over the Red Sox by tossing five innings of two run baseball on Saturday.

He struggled badly with his control, walking six batters, but limited Boston to four hits. He fanned six. The two runs he allowed came in the first inning but he settled down after that. Santiago now sports a 10-4 record with a 4.25 ERA.
Jul 31 - 1:02 AM

The Indians have agreed to trade C Francisco Mejia, SS Yu-Cheng Chang and OF Greg Allen to the Brewers in exchange for C Jonathan Lucroy.

The addition of Lucroy makes the Indians a legitimate World Series contender but Mejia is a pretty decent consolation prize. The 20-year-old has ripped the Carolina League to shreds since his promotion at the end of June, hitting .329 with two homers and 16 RBI over 18 appearances. Mejia extended his hitting streak to 42 games with another hit Saturday night. He'll likely report to High-A Brevard County if the trade goes through.
Jul 31 - 12:56 AM

Drew Pomeranz was smacked around for five runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Angels on Saturday.

He surrendered six hits and walked two while fanning four. His record falls under the .500 mark at 8-9. It was the second time he has been bombed in his three starts since being traded to the Red Sox. He has 130 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings with a 3.09 ERA. He remains a strong fantasy option moving forward.
Jul 31 - 12:55 AM
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