Michael Cuddyer clobbered a grand slam and drove home a career-high seven runs as the Rockies routed the Diamondbacks 15-3 in Colorado on Friday.
Cuddyer did all of his damage in the second half of the ballgame, smashing his grand slam in the sixth inning, then delivering a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded his next time up in the eighth. There's no doubting his production when he's been on the field, but unfortunately for fantasy owners that hasn't been often enough this season.
Rafael Ynoa had a memorable night at the plate in Friday's thrashing of the Diamondbacks, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Ynoa also drove home three runs. He delivered a run-scoring double off opposing starter Chase Anderson in the fourth inning, then tacked on a two-run triple the following frame. While he profiles best as a utility infielder at the big league level, he's now hitting an impressive .417/.417/.528 in his limited action with the Rockies.
Jordan Lyles picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs on nine hits over his six innings of work.
Lyles struck out just one opposing hitter and didn't issue a walk on the night. While he was far from dominant, he was able to keep the D'Backs hitters off-balance and prevent them from mounting any serious scoring threats. He will carry a 4.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP into his season finale against the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday.
Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in a losing effort against the Rockies on Friday.
His triple an subsequent run scored came in the ninth inning with the game already well out reach. Even with the two-hit effort, he's hitting just .209/.282/.351 on the season.
John Lackey returned to form Friday by allowing just 7 2/3 innings as part of a 2-1 victory over the Reds.
Lackey's last turn in the rotation was skipped after he complained of a dead arm, but he bounced back nicely Friday by holding the Reds to six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 25 of the 28 batters he faced. The Reds' offense isn't scaring anyone these days, but it was an encouraging performance. He'll look to keep it going next week against the Cubs.
David Holmberg allowed two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Cardinals.
Holmberg was done in by back-to-back homers to Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday in the first inning. All told, he gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three. The 23-year-old southpaw has a 5.25 ERA and 16/15 K/BB ratio in 24 innings over four starts and two relief appearances this season. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Cody Ross went 2-for-3 and drove home his 15th run of the season in Friday's loss to the Rockies.
Ross doubled home a run in the sixth inning to pull the Diamondbacks to within 6-2, but that would be as close as they would get. It has been another disappointing and injury-raved season for the veteran outfielder, who is hitting .254/.302/.325 in his first 80 games.
Trevor Rosenthal was pulled from a save chance Friday against the Reds.
After inheriting a 2-1 lead, Rosenthal walked Todd Frazier to begin the top of the ninth before getting Devin Mesoraco to strikeout swinging. He then gave up a single to Brandon Phillips before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled him in favor of Randy Choate, who struck out Jay Bruce swinging. Matheny then brought in Seth Maness to get Ryan Ludwick to fly out to lock down the victory. Rosenthal figures to get the next save opportunity, but the Matheny clearly isn't afraid to go in another direction depending on the situation.