Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up

Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up
Nick Nelson reflects on the week's biggest MLB news, including Castillo's debut, Gennett's demotion and Whitley's surgery.
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Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next start.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

Jon Niese allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.

Niese struck out six, but also walked four and allowed seven hits in the unimpressive start. The Pirates scored on an RBI single by Jordy Mercer in the fourth, then tacked on three more in the fifth thanks to a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen and an RBI single by Francisco Cervelli. Niese's numbers have been moving in the wrong direction over his last three starts, all of which have seen him allow more than four runs. He now holds a 4.08 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. He'll try to rage against that bloated WHIP number in an afternoon home jaunt against the Marlins in his next scheduled start.
May 24 - 4:26 PM

Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's win over the Orioles.

Both of Ozuna's RBI came in on a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. With the three hits, he bumped his average to .281. Ozuna smacked 23 homers a year ago, but has not found the power zone as of yet in 2015, with just three homers hit to this point.
May 24 - 4:24 PM

Trevor Bauer limited the Reds to one run over 7 2/3 innings in a sterling performance en route to a win on Sunday.

Bauer allowed only five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His only mistake came in the seventh inning, resulting in a solo home run to Marlon Byrd. It's his third start in a row he's pitched into the eighth inning while allowing exactly one run. Bauer has certainly lived up to his prospect hype through nine starts this season, owning a 3.02 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Mariners at Safeco Field next.
May 24 - 4:23 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Sunday that he doesn't expect Sonny Gray (ankle) to miss his next scheduled start.

Gray was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Rays with an ankle injury, though X-rays came back negative. It looks like he should be good to go for Friday's matchup against the Yankees.
May 24 - 4:22 PM

Carlos Beltran is not in the Yankees starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Rangers.

He'll take a seat in favor of Garrett Jones against opposing right-hander Yovani Gallardo. The veteran outfielder is hiting a disappointing .236/.268/.400 with three long balls and 18 RBI on the year.
May 24 - 4:19 PM

Manny Machado went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Machado scored in the sixth and eighth innings. They would be the only runs that the Orioles scored in the 5-4 loss. He also smacked a double, his 11th of the year. Machado is now hitting .286/.347/.474 with six homers, 19 RBI and 25 runs scored. He's starting to come through on some of his potential and upside.
May 24 - 4:18 PM

Jordan Lyles could miss his next start due to a sprained big toe on his left foot.

He is scheduled to work on Friday against the Phillies in Philadelphia, but he'll have to improve significantly from where he is now and throw a successful side session during the week before he's cleared to make that start. More should be known on his status later in the week, but he probably isn't worth the gamble in weekly leagues.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 4:15 PM
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