A.J. Ramos struck out a pair as he locked down his ninth save of the year in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Ramos doesn't always pound the strike zone, but has struck out 16 batters in just 11 1/3 innings this year. He has nine saves in nine chances and a sparkling 0.79 ERA. His slider is devastating, and his strikeout rate has only increased in each of the past three seasons, as he's featured it more and more often. The command pushes him out of the top class of closers; however, the right-hander is beginning to push for consideration nonetheless.
J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 with a double on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and occupied the lead-off spot for the second-consecutive night.
Realmuto has rare athleticism for a catcher. He once stole 18 bases in a single year while in the minors and swiped eight bags a year ago, so it would be incorrect to view him as a stereotypical plodding catcher. After his three base hits on Wednesday, the 25-year-old now holds a .329/.341/.482 slash line and could be the Marlins' new lead-off man with Dee Gordon on suspension. That would certainly raise his fantasy value.
David Peralta blasted a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.
Peralta tracked a changeup from Jose Fernandez very well and laced it over the right-center fence for his third homer of the year. He's only 5-for-27 (.185 AVG) in his last eight games, so it was nice to see the 28-year-old get the monkey off his back. He's hitting .255/.311/.455 on the season and should continue to be a fruitful source of RBI batting clean-up with regularity.
After being hit on the right elbow by a pitch in Wednesday's win over the Orioles, Brett Gardner's X-rays came back negative.
Gardner was plunked on the elbow in the top of the eighth inning. It actually resulted in an RBI for the run-hungry Yankees, as the bases were loaded at the time. He would stay in the game before being lifted for defensive replacement Dustin Ackley in the ninth. After the win, manager Joe Girardi said that the speedy outfielder was "pretty sore." Consider him day-to-day moving forward unless the Yankees indicate otherwise.
Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 with double, a two-run homer, and a walk in Wednesday's victory over the Diamondbacks.
Stanton is killing the baseball these days. He has six homers in his last nine games and, overall, is hitting .258/.374/.596 in 107 plate appearances. The strikeouts will prevent him from competing for a hitting title, but at 6-foot-6 and with 80-grade power, that's not what he's programmed to do. The 26-year-old is meant to crush homers to all parts of the field. He has an outside shot at hitting 50 this year, if he remains healthy.
Rubby De La Rosa couldn’t escape the sixth inning in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins, serving up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
De La Rosa missed middle-middle on a 94 mph fastball to Giancarlo Stanton, something that rarely results in anything other than pain. His two-run blast capped the Marlins’ three-run third inning and ultimately ensured that the right-hander wouldn’t have a chance to pick up his fourth win of the season. De La Rosa continues to have a massive home-run problem -- he has his whole career -- and unless that’s somehow magically solved, the 27-year-old will always have issues with run prevention. He owns a 4.60 ERA in 29 1/3 innings this year.
Jose Fernandez only lasted five innings and gave up three runs on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but he still managed to earn his third win.
Fernandez hasn't been able to find his groove this year. He needed 60 to get through his first three innings, and that was without surrendering a single run. Those three came in the fourth and fifth frames. The 23-year-old righty has a 4.28 BB/9 and even with the some of the best stuff in the majors, he's discovering that he needs refine his command and his approach on the mound if he's going to find consistent success against big-league lineups. His ERA increased to 4.28 in 33 2/3 innings. He'll look to post gaudy numbers against a vulnerable Brewers lineup next Monday.
Russell Martin looped a walk-off single over the head of Nomar Mazara in right field to secure a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Martin took reliever Tony Barnette to deep right field with the bases loaded to plate the winning run. It's been a difficult season for the 33-year-old catcher, as he's dealt with neck stiffness that has kept him from playing everyday and has hindered his abilities at the plate. He's hitting .169/.241/.183 and has just one extra-base hit all year, though his walk-off single would've been a double in any other situation.