Dose: Home On The Rangers?

Dose: Home On The Rangers?
Nate Grimm talks a reunion between Josh Hamilton and the Rangers and injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Christian Yelich in Saturday's Daily Dose.
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Brandon Belt hit an RBI double and finished a perfect 3-for-3 in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

The run-scoring double off of Eddie Butler in the fifth inning was Belt's first of the season. Belt, who hit 12 home runs last season, is still searching for a home run in 2015. After a horrible start to April, he's begun to find his groove. His current five-game hitting streak has moved his average from .077 to a slightly more respectable .238. We like Belt as a player, but he'll need to keep this hot streak going before he can be deployed with confidence in mixed leagues.
Apr 25 - 3:05 AM

Eddie Butler improved to 2-1 on Friday, though he did allow four runs on nine hits over six innings.

It wasn't a great outing for the 24-year-old Butler, but Chris Heston was slightly worse and the Rockies managed to come away with a 6-4 win. Butler struck out three and walked two in the contest. The Giants scored runs on a two-run homer by Justin Maxwell in the second, an RBI single by Angel Pagan in the third and an RBI double by Brandon Belt in the fifth. Butler currently holds a 3.27 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP across 22 innings. If you're willing to dance on the edge of a WHIP knife, the pitcher does have some upside. He'll take on the Diamondbacks in a road outing next time he toes the rubber.
Apr 25 - 2:56 AM

Chris Heston was knocked around over 5 1/3 innings on Friday, allowing six runs on 11 hits to the Rockies.

Heston fell to 2-2 with the tough outing. The Rockies put up two runs in the second inning, another run in the third, then finished Heston off with a three run sixth. Coming into the game, Heston--who is filling in for the injured Matt Cain--had an ERA of just 0.87. The poor outing bumped it to 2.77. He's is still usable in NL-only leagues, though owners should watch him closely to see if the bloom has begun to wear off the rose. The 27-year-old right-hander is set to face the Dodgers in his next start.
Apr 25 - 2:44 AM

Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run and went 3-for-4 in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Peralta launched the solo home run off of Matt Garza in the sixth inning. The big game jumped his batting line up to .317/.344/.500. All was not roses for the shortstop, as he did commit an error in the field. Such things do not lead to runs when you're playing the Brewers, though, and the Cardinals still came away with a 3-0 win.
Apr 25 - 2:35 AM

Jason Heyward hit his second home run of the season in Friday's win over the Brewers.

The third inning home run off of Matt Garza would be Heyward's only hit, as he finished 1-for-5. Heyward has struggled with his new team, but he's shown signs of life over the last three games, recording hits in each of them. He'll have to continue the recent trend if he wants to continue hitting second. Outside of a 27-homer campaign in 2012, Heyward has never hit more than 18 home runs in a season.
Apr 25 - 2:28 AM

Ryan Braun went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Braun also struck out twice. The former MVP has yet to hit anything other than a single. With 58 at-bats in the books, the small sample size is growing larger day-by-day. Braun's slashing just .241/.279/.293. The extra-base knocks should come eventually, but his days as a middle-of-the-lineup star could be fading.
Apr 25 - 2:20 AM

Jean Segura went 2-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

Segura had two singles in the game and is now slashing .302/.333/.398. The Brewers, as a team, managed just five hits. While Segura's putting up decent stats, there's only so much that a relatively light-hitting shortstop can do when everybody around him is struggling. To whit, Segura and Adam Lind are the only two regulars currently hitting over .246.
Apr 25 - 2:12 AM

Robbie Grossman delivered a two-run single in the top of the 11th to help the Astros beat the A's 5-4 on Friday.

This one was completely scoreless for nine innings before the Astros and A's both came through with two runs in the 10th. Grossman's single through the left side of the infield in the 11th made him the hero when he could have easily been a goat; he was swinging at a 3-0 pitch from a pitcher in Eric O'Flaherty who had walked the first two guys he faced and whose only out came on a sac bunt. Plus, Jose Altuve was on deck. Grossman, though, found the hole and knocked in both runners, raising his average from .148 to .179. Fortunately, the Astros went on to add one more run from there, because the A's again came back with two runs, leaving them just a bit short.
Apr 25 - 2:09 AM
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