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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Cubs prospect Corey Black held his own Saturday for Double-A Tennessee, matching Montgomery left-hander Blake Snell in a classic pitcher's duel.

He gave up just one hit in five solid innings. Black fanned six hitters without allowing a walk. Though he hasn't won since his first outing of the season, Black owns an impressive 3.24 ERA across eight starts. He's been especially hard on lefties, limiting them to a .130 average in 16 2/3 innings. Out of 165 batters faced, only one has homered off Black this season.
Source: MILB.com
May 24 - 4:29 PM

Raisel Iglesias needed 84 pitches to get through three innings, allowing two runs in a loss to the Indians on Sunday.

Iglesias didn't pitch particularly poorly, but he was unable to finish at-bats which explains the high pitch count. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out six. Both runs scored in a long third inning, forcing his ouster. The Reds were hoping Iglesias would pitch well enough to give them a no-brainer decision to start him again. As of now, it's up in the air if he'll take his next scheduled turn over the weekend against the Nationals at home. Igleasias has a 4.26 ERA with a 17/9 K/BB ratio in three starts and one relief appearance spanning 19 innings.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

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 outing.
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
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