Braden Shipley shut out the Dodgers for six innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 4-2 victory on Saturday.
He fanned four batters, walked one and allowed five hits. He was making his second career start and this one went much better than the first. He improved his ERA from 10.13 to 4.76 tonight. Shipley is filling in for injured starter Zack Greinke. He didn't strike out many batters in the minor leagues and is probably not going to be a reliable fantasy starter this year even if he does remain in the Diamondbacks' rotation. The former 1st round pick is more enticing in dynasty leagues as he does have the potential to become a mid-range starter eventually.
Scott Kazmir was charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings despite fanning seven batters in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
He gave up eight hits but didn't walk anyone. He falls to 9-4 with a 4.41 ERA. He has an excellent 124/39 K/BB ratio in 116 1/3 innings so perhaps his ERA will improve over the last two months.
Jake Barrett gave up a home run in the ninth inning but closed out the Dodgers for his third save of the season.
He was called upon with two runners aboard with two outs in the eighth inning and successfully stranded them to protect a three run lead. He gave up a harmless homer to Joc Pederson in the ninth. Barrett might see more save chances due to the struggles of Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson. Barrett has a 2.79 ERA on the season as a rookie.
Jean Segura hit a solo home run in the first inning and added an RBI double in the second on Saturday.
In his first season as a Diamondback, Segura is having a nice bounce-back campaign after being one of the league's worst hitters the last two years in Milwaukee. He is batting .313 with nine home runs, 62 runs, 42 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Joc Pederson swatted a long home run in the ninth inning on Saturday, but it was too little, too late as the Dodgers lost to the Diamondbacks.
Pederson has an .802 OPS but it comes with an unpleasant .239 batting average. He has 15 home runs in 84 games. He is best known for his mammoth power, but he hit for high averages in the minor leagues. At 24 years old he still has the potential to develop into an all-around fantasy producer.