Wil Myers went 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Friday night.
The home run was his 17th. He has a .289 batting average to go with 49 runs, 50 RBI and 10 stolen bases. After three injury-plagued seasons, the 25-year-old Myers is finally turning into the fantasy stud we all expected when he was a prospect. He may surpass his career high of 335 at-bats before the All Star break.
Jeremy Jeffress worked around some trouble against the Nationals on Friday for his 20th save of the season.
Asked to hold a two-run lead, Jeffress hit Ben Revere with a pitch to begin the inning and gave up a two-out single to Daniel Murphy, but he struck out Wilson Ramos swinging to end it. The 28-year-old was unavailable earlier this week due to an eye infection, but he’s feeling better now. Jeffress is 20-for-21 in save chances this season while posting a 2.76 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings.
Zach Davies yielded three runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Nationals.
All three runs scored in the third inning. Still, it was another solid start for Davies, who tied a season-high with nine strikeouts and walked just one batter. It’s getting harder and harder to ignore him in mixed fantasy leagues. He’ll bring a 3.74 ERA into a start against the Dodgers next week.
Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters Friday against the Brewers, but he took the loss after giving up five runs over six innings.
The Nationals grabbed the lead in the third inning, but Scherzer’s issue with the home run ball reared its ugly head yet again, as he gave up a solo homer to Keon Broxton to tie the game in the fifth inning before Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a go-ahead two-run blast in the sixth. Scherzer has reached double-digits in strikeouts in four out of the last five games and ranks second in the majors with 138 strikeouts overall, but he also leads the majors with 20 homers allowed. He’ll bring a 3.52 ERA into a start against the second-place Mets next week.
Anthony Rendon went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
It looked like Rendon was finally getting on track earlier this month, but he’s hitting just .170 (9-for-53) with 20 strikeouts over his last 15 games. His batting line sits at a disappointing .248/.330/.393 for the year.