Week That Was: The Kid Arrives

Week That Was: The Kid Arrives
The Week That Was reflects on Kris Bryant's arrival, Rusney Castillo's injury and Colorado's closer change.
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Rubby De La Rosa yielded four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Giants.

De La Rosa probably pitched better tonight that he did in either of his two wins to open the season, but the run support wasn't as much in abundance. He's given up four homers through 18 innings, and until he stops doing serving up the long ball, he's not going to be an option in NL-only leagues.
Apr 19 - 1:07 AM

Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer off the Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa on Saturday.

Crawford is still batting just .163, which is why he's found himself hitting eighth of late. However, he has three homers and seven RBI anyway.
Apr 19 - 1:05 AM

David Peralta hit his second homer Saturday for the Diamondbacks' lone run against the Giants.

For as long as Ender Inciarte is hitting, Peralta is the Diamondbacks' fourth-best outfielder; he's weak defensively and he doesn't offer Mark Trumbo's power. Still, he's off to a perfectly fine start himself, with a .267 average, two homers and six RBI in 30 at-bats. Maybe none of the Diamondbacks' four outfielders deserve to play everyday, but certainly none of them deserve to lose at-bats to Yasmany Tomas.
Apr 19 - 1:04 AM

Mike Trout went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

This a day after Trout pounded two home runs and knocked in five. The fickle nature of baseball in action. In Saturday's case, Dallas Keuchel was able to handle the reigning MVP. Even with the quiet game, Trout's still hitting .400/.457/.675 and is as good as today's game gets.
Apr 18 - 11:53 PM

Chris Carter did not record a hit in two at-bats in Saturday's win over the Angels.

Carter walked twice and fanned twice in the contest. He's managed just three hits in his first 36 at-bats. We've been through this dance a million times with Carter. When he's hot, his bat can almost single-handedly carry a fantasy team. And when he's not, he's almost worthless. We understand that some owners might want to jettison early on him, but we'd advise against that. The power will come eventually. Exercise patience.
Apr 18 - 11:47 PM

Dallas Keuchel pitched six innings of shutout ball in Saturday's win over the Angels.

Keuchel has been nothing short of phenomenal to start the 2015 season. After holding down the Angels, he now boasts a microscopic ERA of 0.90. He struck out seven, walked three and allowed just two hits in his six innings. If we're going to nitpick, he could be slightly more efficient, as he had already thrown 105 pitches through six frames. Still. After a stellar 2014 campaign in which he finished with a 2.93 ERA and a 146/48 K/BB ratio over 200 innings, Keuchel's come out firing. He'll try to keep up the stellar start on his road date with the A's.
Apr 18 - 11:42 PM

C.J. Wilson posted a strong start against the Astros on Saturday, allowing two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Up, down, up. That's how Wilson's season has started. He did not allow a run to the Mariners in his first start, then allowed six earned runs against the Royals, then pitched very well against the Astros. In the contest, he struck out eight and allowed just three hits, though he did walk four. The only direct damage on his line came on a solo homer by George Springer in the sixth. The veteran lefty is more liable to allow big innings than he was in his prime, but he still has enough talent left in the arm that starts like Saturday's are not complete aberrations. Wilson will try to break his pattern of good and bad starts when he returns home to pitch against the A's.
Apr 18 - 11:38 PM

Desmond Jennings went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Jennings was far from the only one scuffling in the contest, as the Rays as a team collected just three hits. He's off to a slow start in 2015 and is currently hitting just .195/.306/.195. In 41 at-bats, he has just eight hits, none for extra bases. Jennings isn't as bad a hitter as the early season numbers say, but the once-heralded prospect has yet to put together the kind of power-speed season that scouts envisioned for him. To this point, his season-best for home runs was 14 in 2013 and his season best for steals was 31 in 2012. His steal totals have dropped each of the last three seasons.
Apr 18 - 11:32 PM
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