Daily Dose: Skipping Greinke

Daily Dose: Skipping Greinke
Nate Grimm discusses Zack Greinke's outlook, the closer situation in San Diego and a big international signing in Saturday's Daily Dose.
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Colin Rea improved to 5-3 after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in six innings Friday against the Yankees.

Rea struck out five and walked one. The lone earned run came on a Brian McCann homer in the sixth. Rea has a 5.29 ERA in six starts since rejoining the Padres' rotation on June 2 and a 4.79 ERA overall. He's a little better than that, but not enough so as to be of use in fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 2:07 AM

Brandon Maurer, anointed the Padres' closer before the game, picked up a save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Yankees.

It was 7-3 going into the ninth, so Matt Thornton opened the inning. Thornton, though, gave up a walk, a HBP and a single before being yanked. Maurer came on and allowed a couple of doubles, but he induced three groundouts to end the game at 7-6.
Jul 2 - 2:05 AM

Nathan Eovaldi was lit up for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Padres on Friday.

So much for Eovaldi's breakthrough hopes. His ERA is all of the way up to 5.54 now, and his rotation spot has to be in serious danger. He's given up 19 homers in 91 innings after allowing just 10 in 154 1/3 innings last season.
Jul 2 - 2:03 AM

Ryan Schimpf hit his first major league homer off the Yankees' Nathan Eovaldi on Friday.

Schimpf was hitting .103/.289/.272 in 29 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 14. He'll continue to serve in a utlity role until the Padres get Cory Spangenberg back.
Jul 2 - 2:01 AM

Brett Gardner went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in the loss to the Padres on Friday.

Gardner had the tying run on third when he batted in the top of the ninth, but he grounded out to end the game. Gardner is hitting .215 with just one extra-base hit (a double) in his last 16 games, dropping his OPS from .761 to .699. The Yankees will wait out the slump, of course.
Jul 2 - 1:59 AM

Making his Dodgers debut, Bud Norris held the Rockies to two hits over six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win Friday.

Norris struck out eight and walked one. Four relievers went on to combine for the three-hit shutout. Norris has a 1.78 ERA and a 37/9 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings in six starts since the Braves returned him to their rotation. He hasn't allowed a homer since April 27. It's a scary thought, given the way he pitches when he goes bad, but he's an option in mixed leagues right now.
Jul 2 - 1:55 AM

Jorge De La Rosa took a tough loss after allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Dodgers.

De La Rosa had won all three of his starts since being moved back into the rotation (he also earned a win in his final relief appearance). He could have won tonight, too, but the Rockies just didn't get anything going against Bud Norris.
Jul 2 - 1:53 AM

Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs Friday against the Rockies.

It's Gonzalez's first two-RBI game since June 11. He had an .800 OPS and 15 RBI in April, a .790 OPS and 12 RBI in May and then a .615 OPS and eight RBI in June. He'll surely pick it up some, but both he and his teammates need to be quite a bit better if he's going to reemerge as a top-10 fantasy first baseman.
Jul 2 - 1:51 AM
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