Hector Santiago blanked the Rangers for seven innings, allowing just three hits, as the Angels rolled to a 13-0 win on Saturday.
It was an easy win for Santiago, but it's still impressive that he was able to thrive despite some long waits. He's allowed a total of two runs in his last three starts, and his ERA is all of the way down to 2.40. It might well earn him a spot on the All-Star team.
Wandy Rodriguez gave up five runs in five innings Saturday in a loss to the Angels.
Rodriguez managed to survive the Orioles earlier in the week, but he's given up 28 hits and eight walks over 14 innings in his last three starts. The Rangers will stick with him, but AL-only leaguers don't have as much reason to do so.
C.J. Cron went 3-for-6 with a three-run homer and six RBI in the rout the Rangers on Saturday.
The outburst was appreciated, but Cron needs to come up big in games the Angels aren't winning 13-0. He entered the night with a .198/.228/.281 line and a 30/2 K/BB ratio in 121 at-bats. The Angels are starved for offense, though, so this might earn him some extra playing time.
Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk against the Rangers on Saturday.
Calhoun also doubled twice and drove in four runs Friday. The Angels badly need for him to get going, especially in the power department. His fantasy owners would appreciate it, too.
Elvis Andrus went hitless in a fourth straight game Saturday, dropping his average to .237.
Andrus seemed to be heating up last week, but it proved to be a mirage. It'd be one thing if he were still the excellent defensive shortstop he was a couple of years ago, but since he's not, he's a definite problem for the Rangers right now.
Adam Lind went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Reds.
Lind connected for his 13th homer when he took Reds starter Josh Smith deep in the fourth inning. He also added a single and walked twice to finish the day 2-for-3. Toiling away for a bad Brewers team, Lind is quietly posting a .295/.370/.507 triple-slash line with 13 homers and 48 RBI. After some lean years with the Blue Jays, his bat has come back in style over the last two-going-on-three seasons.
Todd Frazier went 4-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Frazier's two doubles gave him 24 for the season, a fantastic indication of just how well he's been hitting. For comparison's sake, Frazier's career-high for doubles was 29 in 2013. That number should be bypassed soon enough. From the wider angle, he's currently hitting .289/.348/.610 with 25 home runs, 54 RBI and eight steals.
Jimmy Nelson tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball in Saturday's win over the Reds.
Nelson struck out five and walked one, with the home run ball serving as his nemesis. Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. took him deep for solo shots in the second and fifth innings, respectively, with the third run on his line coming across on a Byrd RBI single in the sixth inning. With the start under his belt, Nelson's worked his numbers to a completely average 4.50 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, plus an 83/36 K/BB ratio over 102 innings. Up next on the docket, a road start against the Dodgers.