Michael Pineda was dominant in a win against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, tossing eight shutout innings.
On 101 pitches, Pineda scattered five hits and a walk while striking out six batters. Three of the hits were doubles, but all came with two outs and Pineda easily saw his way out of danger. The right-hander now has a 2.97 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a stellar 38/3 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. Pineda's next opponent, the Orioles, will be loath to face him in a matinee in the Bronx.
Michael Lorenzen pitched six effective innings to pick up his first major league win as the Reds defeated the Pirates 7-1 on Tuesday.
Lorenzen allowed his only run in the second inning, when Starling Marte belted a solo home run to right field. Other than that, he kept the Pirates' bats silent, giving up only three hits and three walks while striking out four. Despite the strong outing, we're not recommending Lorenzen for fantasy purposes until he proves he can consistently deliver strong results. He'll try to do just that when he returns to the mound to face the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.
Jeff Locke got the loss on Tuesday, allowing the Reds to score four times in seven innings.
Locke gave up a pair of home runs in the process: a solo shot to Todd Frazier in the second inning, and a two-run blast to Marlon Byrd in the third. Overall, he yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out five. After posting strong results in his first two starts, Locke has been mediocre in his last three and now has a 4.85 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and a 25/9 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings. He'll find an even tougher match-up in his next scheduled start as he takes on the Cardinals at home on Sunday.
Starling Marte gave the Pirates their only run in Tuesday's loss to the Reds with a second-inning solo home run.
Marte reduced his team's deficit to 2-1 with the round-tripper off of Michael Lorenzen. He's now up to seven on the season along with 18 RBI, four stolen bases, and a .264/.320/.527 triple-slash line. Marte is more than halfway to matching his career-high mark in home runs at 13, set last season.
Todd Frazier hit is National League-leading ninth home run on Tuesday as the Reds earned a win over the Pirates.
Frazier belted a solo home run to the opposite field off of Jeff Locke in the first inning to start the scoring. He finished 2-for-5 on the night. He has started to find his power strike as he has homered in four out of his last six ballgames. Along with his NL-best nine homers, he's batting .224/.313/.541 with 18 RBI and three stolen bases.
Marlon Byrd helped the Reds defeat the Pirates on Tuesday, doubling and homering to knock in four runs.
Byrd pushed the Reds' lead to 4-1 in the third inning with a two-run home run off of Jeff Locke. He provided insurance in the ninth inning with a two-run double, making it a 7-1 ballgame. Byrd got off to an abysmal start, carrying a .441 OPS as recently as April 29, but has started to pick things up lately. He's now batting .193/.226/.364 with four home runs and 13 RBI.
Koji Uehara retired the Rays in order to pick up his fifth save, closing out a 2-0 win versus the Rays on Tuesday.
Protecting a two-run lead, Uehara kept David DeJesus, Logan Forsythe, and Asdrubal Cabrera in the infield for a 1-2-3, 13-pitch ninth inning. He's 5-for-6 in save situations now with a 2.45 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 11/0 K/BB ratio in 7 1/3 innings.
Drew Smyly pitched well in six innings, giving up only one run, but took a tough-luck loss against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Smyly was hanging tough with Rick Porcello until Mookie Betts broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. He gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out six on the evening. The lefty got a late start to the season due to tendinitis in his left shoulder, but has looked good in three starts thus far. He carries a 2.70 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP and a 21/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. Smyly will take on the Rangers at home in his next outing.