Wade LeBlanc hurled 5 1/3 shutout innings against the A's in Tuesday's 2-0 win.
This was the second consecutive game that LeBlanc fired 5 1/3 scoreless innings (he also did so in a no-decision against the Mariners on Thursday). It's doubtful that any fantasy player has benefited from it, but the 30-year-old has yielded only one run across 17 frames (0.53 ERA) this month, including five relief appearances and two starts. It's possible that this was LeBlanc's last start of the season. The Angels could also elect to rest C.J. Wilson for the playoffs and give LeBlanc his scheduled start against the Mariners in the regular season finale Sunday. Either way, your money is generally on the wrong side when you bet on LeBlanc.
Sonny Gray allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits over seven innings Tuesday in a loss against the Angels.
Gray struck out 12 in the sharp outing, which featured a run in the second inning on a clever bit of baserunning by Erick Aybar (who had reached third on a throwing error, accounting for the unearned run) and a solo Gordon Beckham homer. Gray is now 0-3 in his last six starts and 1-7 in his last 11. Now 13-10 with a 3.21 ERA, he is scheduled to take the ball in Texas on Sunday, though that could change if Oakland's postseason destiny is decided in advance.
Justin Turner cracked a pair of homers in Tuesday's defeat of the Giants.
He led off the bottom of the first inning with a round-tripper to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead that it never relinquished. Even still, Turner's solo job in the eighth provided an insurance run that Kenley Jansen surely appreciated in the ninth inning with a runner on second and Hunter Pence at the plate (he popped out to right). The Dodgers have clinched at least a tie for the NL West. With Clayton Kershaw on the bump for Los Angeles on Wednesday, it would appear prudent to start chilling the champagne immediately. Turner has been a serious NL-only contributor this year, batting .333 with seven homers. The Mets, who curiously non-tendered the infielder over the winter, would like him back.
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the first inning to help the Dodgers knock off the Giants 4-2 on Tuesday.
Kemp finished 1-for-3. The veteran outfielder now has five homers in his last 10 games, and 17 RBI in his last 11. Kemp's sluggish start is a distant memory. He boasts a .284/.344/.498 slash line with 24 homers and eight steals over 147 games.
Zack Greinke pitched eight innings of two-run ball Tuesday as the Dodgers topped the Giants 4-2.
Greinke struck out five, walked none, and allowed six hits. One of those hits was a two-run Madison Bumgarner homer in the third. Fortunately for Greinke, Bumgarner gave up four runs across the way to drop the decision. Greinke has essentially been the difference in this division race, improving to 6-0 against the Giants this season. He boasts a 2.74 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 201/42 K/BB ratio. Greinke is scheduled to host Colorado on Sunday, but those plans could change.