10 Important Stories From 05/20/17 Box Scores: Wood Impresses, Quintanta Posts Strong Start & More

by Simon Jones

Friday marked a nice change where there were a number of great pitching performances for a change. Stand out performances from the likes of Alex Wood, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and more, actually made it difficult to choose who to include from Friday, instead of the usual power bursts. Friday also say the Rangers closing in on a club record.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Another scoreless outing for Alex Wood….
Alex Wood’s amazing Los Angeles renaissance continued yesterday as he blanked the Marlins across 7 1/3 innings. He didn’t quite match the crazy strikeout totals of his previous few starts, but this did mark the first time this season that he’s been able to go more than six innings. In the process he’s lowered his ERA to 1.88 in the process with peripherals to match. If it wasn’t for the injury history, then Wood would be climbing into the higher tiers of starting pitching.

2) deGrom dominates before blister issue…
What is it with 2017 and blistered fingers? It’s almost as if people looked at Rich Hill’s success last year and have tried to mimic every aspect! Jacob deGrom cruised through six innings against the Angels before the encountering an issue with the blister. He did escape the seventh after loading the bases, and there shouldn’t be an ongoing issue, but it’s always best to keep note of these things. Remarkably, given the perceived strength of the Mets starters pre-season, this is the first time a Mets starter has lasted seven innings since the end of April.

3) Rangers extend winning streak to 10….
It was only a couple of weeks ago that the Rangers season seemed to be falling apart. They had slipped to a dreadful 13-20 start, and their hopes of retaining the AL West division seemed to be fading fast. It’s amazing what a matchup with the Padres and Jered Weaver will do, and from that point the Rangers haven’t looked back. Last night, they were helped by home runs from Mike Napoli and Joey Gallo, backup up Nick Martinez’s first win since 2015 – he had gone 0-5 over his previous eleven starts. Martinez allowed one unearned run across five innings as the Rangers topped the Tigers 5-3.

4) Sale fans 10 to match his own MLB record….
There seems to be no stopping Chris Sale this season, as he struck out double digit batters for the eighth consecutive game, tying the record he already held from 2015 and also with Pedro Martinez. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, this even this wasn’t enough to win the game as they lost 3-2 to the A’s in extra innings. Sale struck out ten across seven innings giving up two earned runs. His ERA now stands at an outstanding 2.19, although it is noting that he hasn’t gone scoreless since April 20th and his May ERA is now 3.54.

5) Karns lifted early with forearm stiffness….
Nate Karns was pulled from his start against the Twins on Friday after only 72 pitches. Karns was having another strong night giving up only one run over five innings when he was removed from the game. The good news is that the Royals have described this as “precautionary”. As always though, monitor this situation closely for any further news. Karns wouldn’t be the first starter this season to have left a game as a precautionary measure and then end up hitting the DL.

6) Castillo comes up big against the Blue Jays….
Wellington Castillo’s resurgence since his DL stint continued on Friday against Toronto. The Orioles backstop clubbed two home runs, including a walk-off homer in the 10th to give Baltimore a 5-3 victory. Castillo is now 9-15 since returning from the DL, and could soon work his way into the upper tiers of catchers, when so many of the pre-season choices are underperforming (apart from Buster Posey).

7) Quintana dominant in Seattle….
It’s been a mixed season for Jose Quintana – he’s mixed in some great performances with some rather mediocre appearances too. Friday reminded   owners why they drafted him, with eight strong innings against the Mariners, allowing one run, striking out seven against only a single walk. In the process he lowered his ERA beneath 4 again to 3.92, although it is worth noting that his ERA over the last 6 starts is sat at 2.70. He is still hampered by pitching for the White Sox, and even last night was a no-decision, and he only has two wins on the season.

8) Padres routed by Diamondbacks and Lamb in particular….
Jered Weaver was torched by Arizona last night, getting lit up for seven runs without even making it out of the first inning. Jake Lamb had a big night with two home runs bringing him up to eleven on the season to go with an impressive .939 OPS. There were also homers for Brandon Drury and David Peralta.

9) Delgado lands bizarre save….
Randall Delgado was credited with his first save of the season after pitching three innings of one run ball against the Padres. This is noteworthy in two ways, firstly highlighting the strange quirk of scoring that can see a pitcher enter a game with a 10-0 lead and record nine outs for the save. The other slightly peculiar point is that Delgado had pitched his previous eleven innings without giving up a run, becoming a useful bullpen arm, so it was a bit baffling to see him go three innings in a blow out.

10) Bellinger hits another homer….
We’ll close this round-up with another page in Cody Bellinger’s outstanding early season form. Friday’s homer was his eighth in only 23 games, and he’s also scored 19 runs and 23 RBIs during that time. The pace has slowed slightly over the last week, but the 21-year-old still has an outstanding 1.016 OPS

Make sure to check out all of our updated rankings:

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  1. Scott steelers says:

    Wieters or Castillo? Hate to drop Wieters but I like castillo alot

    • Simon Jones says:

      I prefer Castillo myself. It depends a lot on your league and roster depth but I’d be inclined to grab Castillo and shop Wieters for a day or so, as he might represent an upgrade for some owners out there.

  2. Rodney says:

    Thoughts on Mark Canha? Big night at the plate and for some reason my gut is telling me to pick him up, despite Yahoo’s warning that he’s a poor bet in mixed leagues.

    • Simon Jones says:

      I’d only be interested in AL-only or really deep mixed leagues. In a more standard mixed league, I’d be amazed if there weren’t more enticing options in the FA pool. I’d need a load more evidence before I’d roster him. Of course I’d have said the same thing about Yonder Alonso a couple of weeks into the season too….

  3. Carlito says:

    Would you say Bellinger and Thames are top ten 1st basemen going into next year?

    • Simon Jones says:

      Hard to call at the moment. I was chatting to Nick Hutcherson on this topic earlier, and where we rank guys like Bellinger, Thames and Alonso – rest of season in particular, when there is so little information to go on. I’d say they are all borderline at the moment with probably Thames the highest. People’s valuations will vary wildly though, which makes them good trade candidates.

  4. Chris says:

    Start Tanaka tonight at TB? I’m scared after his first outing there in April.


    • Simon Jones says:

      Depends on your situation. I have a few shares in Tanaka myself, and I never have a clue what he’ll do from one week to the next. I thought he had it sorted at the end of April, but he has slumped since and last time out was a horror show. I will probably be starting him, but I can certainly understand if you bench him tonight.

  5. Bennies Express says:


    I currently have Contreras as my catcher, he was ome of my keepers from last year. Wellington Castillo was drafted but dropped, I’m curious if you think I should pick up Castillo, he would also be eligible to be a keeper for me next year in round 19 if I pick him up, do you think I should scoop him up since I could possibly keep him and bc Contreras hasnt been doing too great? I would not drop Contreras but I would probably have to drop either Dyson or Maybin, I just pickef both up this week bc sbs is the only category I’m at the bottom in, thanks in advance for any advice.

    • Simon Jones says:

      For sure.

      A lot of people see the bench as only for the here and now, but unless you have a ridiculously short bench, then I often use it for “wait and see” guys too. It’s way too early to be dropping Contreras but he’s hurting fantasy teams right now. Chances are within a few weeks he’s doing fine again, but if he’s not hitting in 3 or 4 weeks time, then his value has disappeared. I like Castillo more than the other guys you mention long term.

  6. Ryan says:

    What’s the deal with Carlos Rodon? I have Zack Cozart available in a league and want to pick him up. I think he’s going to finish in the Top 100 this year. I currently have Aledmys @ SS. I have Matz & Bum on the DL. I have Wood, Stras, Cole & Ray as my starters with who I think I can get through with. I’m just not sure if it’s worth holding on to Rodon. What do you think?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      For me, I’d hold Rodon (though I’m probably higher on him than most are). There is so much upside there, he should make a bigger difference than Cozart once he’s healthy

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