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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Willson Contreras hit a two-run double in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

Things were looking up for the Cubs after Contreras lifted one to left-center field that was a few inches from being a three-run homer, but they were the last runs the club would score against Tyler Anderson and company. Contreras finished 1-for-4 in the game. He's still searching for that first homer, but the 25-year-old is still producing, batting .275/.351/.406 through 16 games this year.
Apr 21 - 11:27 PM

Gerardo Parra went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Parra contributed a two-run single in the Rockies' five-run fifth inning against Yu Darvish and company. Shortly after the hit, he stole second base, his second steal of the season. Parra has gotten some extra playing time lately with Carlos Gonzalez sidelined and some other hitters struggling, but he hasn't been a revelation, either, slashing .217/.280/.290 in 69 at-bats. He'll ideally slide back into a fourth outfielder role as players' health improves and abilities even out.
Apr 21 - 11:22 PM

Yu Darvish allowed one hit through his first four innings before proceeding to allow five runs in the fifth, exiting after 4 2/3 in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

The contrast doesn't get much more stark than owning a one-hitter one minute then giving up five runs -- all with two outs, no less -- in less than an inning of work. It happened that quickly for Darvish, though, and it was his command -- he walked two, including Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, to get the rally started -- that betrayed him as much as anything. The high-profile marriage hasn't been great for Darvish and the Cubs in the early going, as the 31-year-old now owns a 6.86 ERA and 1.63 WHIP through his first four starts in Chicago. He'll try to get on track Friday against the division-rival Brewers.
Apr 21 - 11:20 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed two first-inning runs but no more, completing six innings in a win Saturday.

A couple of singles to lead off the game preceded a two-out, two-run double by Willson Castillo that threatened to derail the train early for Anderson, but he stabilized to get out of the inning with no more damage and then put up zeroes the rest of the way. The southpaw struck out six while allowing six hits and walking two over his six innings. The win was the first decision, win or loss, for Anderson this year, improving him to 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in five starts. He'll look to make it a winning streak when the Rockies travel to take on the lowly Marlins on Friday.
Apr 21 - 11:19 PM

Travis Shaw went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, three walks and three runs scored in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Strong overall showing by Shaw, who connected for a solo home run off Jose Urena in the second inning and went on to show a selective eye throughout the contest. The third baseman is up to speed after a slow start, slashing .296/.387/.531 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 22 games. He has now homered in each of his last two games and has drawn eight walks over the past four contests.
Apr 21 - 11:17 PM

Lewis Brinson went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Brinson burned Brent Suter for a three-run home run in the second inning. He struck out in his other three at-bats on the evening, however. The 23-year-old outfielder has largely struggled this season and owns a .157/.203/.286 triple-slash in 19 games played. If you're searching for a small bright spot in this dim open to the campaign, three of Brinson's four home runs on the year have come over his last three games.
Apr 21 - 11:10 PM

Derek Dietrich went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

Dietrich went yard against Brent Suter in the first inning, but was unable to find a hit the rest of the way through the contest. As we near April's end, the outfielder is slashing .261/.316/.364 with two home runs and six RBI across 20 games played.
Apr 21 - 11:05 PM

Brent Suter surrendered five runs on eight hits over five innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Suter had issues keeping the ball in the park on Saturday, especially early on, as he coughed up a solo home run to Derek Dietrich in the first inning and a three-run home run to Lewis Brinson in the second inning. The Marlins would add one more in the fifth inning before Suter called it a night. Through five starts this season, the 28-year-old southpaw has now pitched to a cringe-inducing 5.68 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He'll try to inch those numbers down in a road date with the Cubs next time he takes to the rubber.
Apr 21 - 11:02 PM
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