by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Aaron Judge launched his first career grand slam, finishing the day going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R. Adam Duvall had his own big day, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R (putting him at .274 with 13 HR and 43 RBI on the season). Lance McCullers continued his impressive start, allowing 3 R (2 earned) on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Orioles.
How about the surprisingly bad matchup between Jon Lester (3.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K) and Clayton Kershaw (4.1 IP, 4 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 6 K)?! Who saw that one coming? What else happened on the field that we need to know about? Let’s take a look:
1) J.T. Riddle enjoys a day atop the Marlins’ order…
It was his first game hitting leadoff, as all but one of his AB in the Majors have come hitting in the bottom third of the order, but it may not be his last. He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R yesterday, helping to lead the charge against Matt Shoemaker (4.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K) and the Angels. Riddle is now hitting .258 with 3 HR and 13 RBI over 66 AB, and it’s possible that he’s earning regular AB even once Adeiny Hechevarria returns from the DL. He’s added 6 doubles, so the power is there, but his plate zone discipline hasn’t been very good (11.1% SwStr%, 37.3% O-Swing%) and is a concern (though he has just 5 K over 32 AB in his past seven games). There’s definitely some appeal if you are in need of a shortstop. Read more