Betts Busts Loose

Betts Busts Loose
Brad Johnson reviews the past week of home runs and takes a look ahead at some juicy matchups.
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Blake Snell surrendered one run on five hits over seven innings innings Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

Snell struck out six without issuing a walk in the crisp win. He finished his early evening's work having thrown an even 100 pitches, 68 of those for strikes. A Miguel Sano sacrifice fly in the first inning served as the lone damage to the scoreboard on his watch, though he did have a touch-and-go moment late in his outing, as he had to work around a leadoff double from Robbie Grossman in the seventh inning. The Rays were holding a 2-1 lead at the time. He survived, and will now carry a 2.54 ERA, 0.99 and 32/10 K/BB ratio (28 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Orioles next time out. Had Snell not been roughed up for the Yankees for five runs in his second start of the season, those numbers would be even better. He has allowed zero or one run in all four of his other outings on the year.
Apr 21 - 9:10 PM

Kyle Gibson pitched well before scuffling late in Saturday's loss to the Rays, striking out seven while allowing four runs across 6 1/3 innings.

Gibson entered Saturday's contest rolling on an unbeaten streak of 12 consecutive starts. That fell by the wayside against the Rays, but he pitched better than his final line would indicate. The Rays had managed just a two-run home run from C.J. Cron in the third inning prior to tripping him up with a pair of runs after he came out to start the seventh inning. Had he stayed in the dugout, we'd be talking about an admirable enough effort. He did not stay in the dugout, though, and Gibson is now working to a 4.29 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 20/11 K/BB ratio through his first four starts of the season. His lack of control can be downright terrifying at times -- he already has outings issuing four and five walks this year, though to be fair, just one free pass was handed out on Saturday. The right-hander will next head to the Bronx for a showdown with the Yankees.
Apr 21 - 9:07 PM

Buster Posey was scratched from Saturday's game against the Angels with back tightness.

Posey's thumb has given him problems in recent days, so in that sense it's a positive that the thumb isn't the issue this time. The bad news is that he's now got a back issue to contend with. Pablo Sandoval is serving as the designated hitter Saturday in Posey's stead.
Apr 21 - 8:39 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will rejoin the Red Sox during their next homestand and is likely to throw live batting practice.

Despite the progress, he's still got some steps before possibly being reinstated. Thoracic outlet syndrome, the surgery for which Thornburg had last June, has proven difficult for pitchers to return from, so even if Thornburg does make it back, he may never make it all the way back to where he used to be. He'll be arbitration-eligible again before the 2019 season before becoming a free agent after 2019.
Apr 21 - 8:30 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Josh Lucas to Triple-A Nashville.

Lucas made three scoreless appearances for the A's, so it's not as though he did anything to deserve the demotion, but the return of Yusmeiro Petit precipitated his exit. Lucas should be back with the club at some point.
Apr 21 - 8:23 PM

Yoan Moncada's removal from Saturday's game against the Astros was described as a manager's decision.

The Astros were torching Lucas Giolito and the Sox, and apparently White Sox manager Rick Renteria didn't like something he saw from Moncada. The good news is that it isn't injury-related, so assuming the discipline doesn't extend beyond Saturday, the 22-year-old should be back in there Sunday.
Apr 21 - 8:20 PM

Athletics reinstated RHP Yusmeiro Petit from the family medical emergency list.

Petit traveled to Venezuela to visit his very ill mother. Josh Lucas was sent out to make room for Petit. The right-hander has a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 12 innings of work this year.
Apr 21 - 8:17 PM

Yoan Moncada was removed from Saturday's game against the Astros with a possible injury.

Leury Garcia replaced Moncada at second base in the third inning. Little more was immediately known. The White Sox should provide an update soon.
Apr 21 - 8:13 PM
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