Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 on Friday in his first game with the Nationals.
No shame in that for Cabrera, as most of his new teammates weren't doing much better in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Cabrera started at second base and batted seventh. With the Indians, he hit to the tune of .246/.305/.386.
Rajai Davis led the Tigers offensive attack in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.
Davis got the scoring started in the fifth inning with a two-run single off opposing hurler Franklin Morales and came around to score on an Ian Kinsler double. He also singled in the seventh inning and scored a valuable insurance run when Victor Martinez knocked him in. Set to see increased playing time after the departure of Austin Jackson, the speedy outfielder should be owned and started in all formats.
Joe Nathan was able to navigate the ninth inning without surrendering a run on Friday, despite allowing a hit and a walk in the frame.
The veteran right-hander has pitched better of late, but still has been forced to dance on raindrops and pitch out of danger in far too many situations. He sports an unsightly 5.45 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 45/17 K/BB ratio on the season, but with Joakim Soria struggling with his new club Nathan's security in the ninth inning is actually growing.
Justin Verlander hurled eight strong innings in Friday’s victory over the Rockies, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out five.
All of the damage against him on the night came in the seventh inning, where Wilin Rosario delivered an RBI single and Josh Rutledge plated another with a fielder’s choice. Perhaps the acquisition of David Price has motivated Verlander to step his game up, as he owns a disappointing 4.66 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 110/52 K/BB ratio over 150 2/3 frames on the season. He’ll look to keep things rolling when he does battle against the Yankees in New York on Wednesday.
Wilin Rosario had a pair of hits and an RBI as the Rockies dropped the opener of a three-game series against the Tigers in Detroit on Friday.
Rosario's RBI single off Justin Verlander got the Rockies on the board in the seventh inning. The hard-hitting backstop has been a bit of a disappointment in fantasy leagues this season, slashing just .244/.279/.399 with nine long balls and 37 RBI.
Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Phillies.
Desmond's second inning RBI single was the only offense that the Nationals could muster, as Roberto Hernandez held the lineup to five hits in eight innings. Desmond's only hitting .250, but he now has 65 RBI, a great number from the shortstop position. On the season he has a slash line of .250/.302/.429.
Nolan Arenado had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-4 with a double.
He also hit what would've been a solo home run in his first at-bat, but J.D. Martinez was there to rob the ball from traveling over the wall. He's had a nice sophomore season, hitting .289/.318/.479 with nine homers and 40 RBI in his first 284 at-bats.
Franklin Morales posted a quality start in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing three runs on six hits over his six frames.
The hard-throwing southpaw also issued four walks on the evening and struck out a pair. He made it through the first four innings unscathed, but the Tigers broke through for three runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Rajai Davis. Morales will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cubs at home on Thursday.