Marco Estrada was charged with four runs in seven innings in a loss to the Mariners on Friday.
It was his longest outing of the season. Estrada gave up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz, but the big blow was a three-run inning in the fourth. He walked three and struck out five in the loss and now owns a 3.90 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 32 1/3 innings over four starts and six relief appearances this season. He lines up for a start against the
Fernando Rodney worked around trouble to convert his 11th save of the season Friday against the Blue Jays.
Rodney entered the ninth with a three-run lead, but gave up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello to cut things close. However, he was able to retire the final two batters he faced to finish off the victory. Rodney has only blown one save this season, but he has been scored upon in four straight appearances and has an ugly 6.61 ERA and 1.71 WHIP on the year. He's on shaky ground.
Alfredo Simon was brilliant in Friday's victory over the Astros, allowing three unearned runs on four hits over seven innings of work.
The Big Pasta racked up five strikeouts on the evening and walked one. The Astros scratched out three early runs against him in the second inning with the help of an Ian Kinsler error, but Simon didn't lose his composure and kept the Astros at bay the remainder of the night. He'll head into Wednesday's start against the A's in Oakland with a terrific 2.67 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 frames.
Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with his major league-leading 17th home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
It was a solo shot off Marco Estrada in the sixth inning. Cruz has multi-hit games in three out of the last four and currently leads the AL with a .354 batting average. Kendrys Morales pulled ahead in RBI with a big night Friday against the Cardinals, but Cruz isn't too far off the pace there either. He has 34 RBI for the year.
Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a loss against the Mariners on Friday.
Encarnacion has now gone deep in back-to-back games. While the 32-year-old is hitting just .238 on the year, he's tied for third in the AL with 11 homers and also has 29 RBI.
Chris Colabello was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Friday against the Mariners.
His ninth-inning blast off Fernando Rodney made things interesting, but Toronto's rally ultimately fell short. Colabello has been great since coming up from the minors earlier this month, batting .381 with two home runs, five doubles, and a .990 OPS over 17 games. Of course, he had a big start with the Twins last year before inevitably coming back down to Earth, so we wouldn't get too carried away in fantasy leagues.
George Springer went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Astros fell to the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.
Springer's run-scoring double capped a three-run rally in the third inning to give the Astros an early lead, but that would be the entirety of their offense on the night. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .214/.344/.420 with six homers, 17 RBI and 10 stolen bases on the year.
Collin McHugh logged a quality start in a losing effort against the Tigers on Friday, allowing three runs on nine hits over seven innings of work.
McHugh struck out a pair on the night while walking one. All of the damage against him came on one swing of the bat, as J.D. Martinez launched a two-out three-run home run in the third inning. He'll carry a 3.43 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 47/11 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Orioles in Baltimore.