Roundtable: First-Half MVPs

Roundtable: First-Half MVPs
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Chris Bassitt, making a spot start, limited the Rockies to one run in five innings, but suffered a tough luck loss on Tuesday.

Sonny Gray was scratched due to an illness, so Bassitt was called up from Triple-A Nashville. The right-hander scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out three in the effort. As Gray will presumably be over his illness soon, Bassitt is likely headed back to Triple-A.
Jul 1 - 1:16 AM

Jorge De La Rosa kept the Athletics off the board over seven innings en route to a win on Tuesday.

De La Rosa worked his way around four hits and four walks to keep the A's scoreless. Aside from one poor start against the Brewers, the lefty had a great June, ending the month with a 3.16 ERA across six starts. On the season, he has a 4.59 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP and a 60/35 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. De La Rosa will start on the road against the Diamondbacks next.
Jul 1 - 1:13 AM

Gerrit Cole yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Pirates needed 14 innings to pull out a 5-4 victory against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Cole allowed run-scoring doubles in each of the fifth and seventh innings. He gave up nine hits overall while walking none and striking out six. He was once again denied his 12th win, but still maintains a terrific 2.20 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 108/25 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Cole will take on the Indians at home in his next outing.
Jul 1 - 1:09 AM

Justin Verlander gave up three runs (two earned) in six innings, taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 14-inning loss against the Pirates.

Verlander had his previous start skipped due to mid-back stiffness. He wasn't terribly effective, but the Pirates didn't capitalize nearly often enough. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked five, and struck out only three. Control usually isn't an issue with Verlander, so one has to wonder if his back was a contributing factor on Tuesday. He'll have to work through a tough Blue Jays lineup at home in his next start.
Jul 1 - 1:07 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-6 with a two-run home run, but the Tigers couldn't overcome the Pirates in 14 innings on Tuesday.

Martinez belted a two-run home run to left-center off of Tony Watson in the bottom of the eighth inning, knotting the game up at four apiece. It's his fourth home run in his last five games and his seventh in his last seven. He has 20 round-trippers on the year with 48 RBI and a .275/.330/.535 triple-slash line.
Jul 1 - 1:04 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-5 with three walks and an RBI in Tuesday's 14-inning win against the Tigers.

McCutchen knocked in what turned out to be a very important run with a single in the eighth inning. The Tigers would knot the game up in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run. McCutchen is again putting up All-Star numbers, batting .296/.389/.485 with nine home runs and 45 RBI.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, helping the Pirates outlast the Tigers on Tuesday.

Walker finished 2-for-6 with two walks on the night. His RBI double helped salvage a scoring opportunity that appeared to have been squandered when Gorkys Hernandez made an awful base running blunder during the previous at-bat. Walker has yet to find his power, batting a meager .259/.331/.380 with four home runs and 24 RBI on the year.
Jul 1 - 12:59 AM

Huston Street vanquished the Yankees to convert his 23rd save as the Angels eked out a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Street struck out Brett Gardner and Chris Young in succession before getting Alex Rodriguez to hit a 5-3 ground out to end the game. The veteran closer moves to 23-for-26 in save opportunities with a 2.14 ERA and a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings.
Jul 1 - 12:56 AM
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