The Rockies finally placed OF Carlos Gonzalez on the DL with left knee tendonitis and a sprained ankle. He was forced to leave Friday’s game after his third strike out. He had missed several games with the injury last week and was trying to play through the ankle injury. Gonzalez already missed five weeks with a swollen finger and has only played 70 games this season. The Rockies recalled 1B Ben Paulson from Triple-A to take CarGo’s place on the roster. Paulson batted .407 over an eight game stint in July after batting .285 with 15 HRs in Triple-A this season.
The Dodgers placed SS Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a strained oblique. Ramirez has been banged up at several points this season but has played through due to this being a walk year for him. He was limited to just 89 games last season and has a long history of injury issues. The Dodgers promoted IF Darwin Barney to take Ramirez’ roster spot. Barney could see some time at shortstop but the Dodgers will likely turn to Miguel Rojas to take the majority of the innings there. Ramirez is expected to return when he’s eligible to come off the DL in about 10 days.
The Yankees placed C Brian McCann on the 7-day DL with concussion symptoms. He was struck on the face mask by a foul ball during Friday night’s game. Francisco Cervelli will be McCann’s primary replacement but the Yankees called up C Austin Romine to serve as a backup.
The Twins are expected to activate C/1B Joe Mauer today after a little more than a month on the DL with an oblique strain. Mauer batted .400 (6 for 15) during his four game rehab stint, which culminated in a 2 for 4 game on Saturday in which he played all nine innings in the field for the second consecutive game. The Twins haven’t announced their corresponding roster move for when Mauer is activated because they’re awaiting word on whether Oswaldo Arcia will need to go on the DL. Arcia was unable to take batting practice on Sunday because of pain and stiffness in his lower back, an injury that has bothered the slugger for several days.
The Tigers placed Anibal Sanchez on the DL with a right pectoral strain on Sunday. Sanchez is expected to miss at least 3-4 weeks depending on when he becomes “asymptomatic,” according to GM Dave Dombrowski. Detroit also lost reliever Joakim Soria to the disabled list with an oblique injury. His timetable for return is a bit more difficult to assess given the tendency for oblique injuries to linger. Robbie Ray will take Sanchez’ next start but the team hasn’t announced whether he will stay in the rotation beyond that one start.
The Indians lost a pair of veteran outfielders to injury on Sunday when David Murphy (abdominal strain) and Nick Swisher (sore knee) were placed on the 15-day DL. Murphy, who is batting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs in 109 games this season, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Swisher (batting .208 in 97 games) will have an MRI on his knee this week. Manager Terry Francona did not believe Swisher’s knee injury would end his season. The Tribe called up infield prospect Zach Walters and outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to fill the two roster spots. Walters, who was recently acquired in the Asdrubal Cabrera trade, has a .310/.361/.619 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs in 67 Triple-A games this season. He hit .387 with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in the seven games he’s played for Triple-A Columbus since coming to the Indians organization. Holt has a .306/.419/.384 line with two homers, 29 RBIs, 31 stolen bases and 73 runs scored in 97 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
You can rack up another pitcher for Tommy John surgery this season, as the Angels announced that Tyler Skaggs will undergo the procedure rather than try to rehab the partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Skaggs, who will likely miss all of the 2015 season, finishes the season with a 5-5 record and a 4.30 ERA in 113 innings. Oddly enough, he looked the best he’s looked all season in his last outing when he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Khris Davis has been a fairly consistent producer this season in terms of his overall hitting. He’s maintained his batting average right around .253 for a good chunk of the season. He tends to be a little streaky with the home runs, but his power hitting on the overall has been very consistent. He has 98 hits in 106 games, with 28 doubles, two triples and 19 home runs for a total of 49 extra base hits. So, a full 50 percent of his hits are for extra bases, which is well above the 32 percent MLB average. Davis has 58 RBIs this season, somewhat low for a power hitter of his ilk but still not bad considering he drives in a run every 6.7 at bats, which is far better than the 8.7 ABs/RBI league average.
After a home run drought in which he had just one round tripper in 28 games, David Peralta has two dingers in his last seven starts. However, he’s been a consistently good hitter since his arrival in the majors on June 1, slashing .313/.347/.486 in 225 plate appearances with five homers and 29 RBIs in 57 games. The Diamondbacks moved him into the three-hole in the lineup four games ago and he’s responded with five hits in his last 18 PA including a home run, a triple and two doubles.
Yan Gomes is on an incredible tear since the All Star break. He’s hit safely in 19 of the 22 games he’s played in (19 starts) over that time with a triple slash of .378/.410/.662, four HRs, 16 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Gomes lead’s all MLB hitters in slugging percentage over the last 30 days with a .671 mark.
Jay Bruce still has a long way to go to salvage what’s been a terrible season, but if his recent efforts are any indication there is still some hope he may do so. Bruce has hit safely in eight of the 10 August games he’s played thus far, with a .279/.326/.419 line, two home runs, four RBIs and eight runs scored. He’s hit 20 or more HRs in six consecutive seasons since his 2008 debut, but with just 12 taters to date and only 44 games left to play, Bruce will have difficulty reaching that plateau this season. Assuming four at bats per game, he has approximately 176 trips to the dish remaining. He would need one HR every 22 at bats to reach 20 HRs for the season. Over his career he’s averaged one HR for every 19.3 at bats, but this season his rate has been one HR per 29.5 at bats.
Ian Kennedy has 30 strikeouts over his last 30 innings pitched spanning five starts. However, he also has 20 walks in that time frame, the most of any starting pitcher in the last 30 days. Oddly enough, his ERA is 2.70 during the five starts he made over the last month.
Jordan Zimmermann has issued just one walk over his last five starts. He walked one batter in his start against the Marlins on July 28. You have to go all the way back to July 6 to find another walk in his record. He hasn’t issued more than two free passes in any of his 23 starts this season, and he hasn’t struck out less than five batters in any game since June 3. Over his 12 starts since June 3, Zimmermann is 4-3 with a 2.29 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a 76:8 K:BB ratio with a .228 BAA.
Jake Ciely, one of RotoExperts’ Fantasy Sports analysts, came up with a great stat to measure the effectiveness of pitchers. He calls it SOBB, which stands for Strikeout percentage minus walk percentage (K%-BB%), and it now appears on the pages of Fangraphs.com for all the world to see. It’s not really a predictive stat, but it can be very illuminating when looking to see whether a pitcher is trending in a positive way. So, just because we can, here is the Top 5 SOBB among qualified pitchers over the past month:
Corey Kluber – 28.5 percent
Chris Sale – 27.3 percent
Jordan Zimmermann – 24 percent
Felix Hernandez – 23.6 percent
Yu Darvish – 23.4 percent
And here is the Bottom 5 over the past 30 days:
Scott Feldman – 0.7 percent
Rubby de la Rosa – 0.8 percent
Alfredo Simon – 2.5 percent
Tyler Matzek – 3.2 percent
Aaron Harang – 3.6 percent
Tonight in MLB
Chris Capuano takes the hill for the fourth time in a Yankees uniform since joining the team on July 26. He’s been solid for NY in his three starts to date, with a record of 0-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 17:5 K:BB ratio. Capuano was only used in relief as a member of the Red Sox earlier this season, so he’s only accrued 50 innings this season to date. Tonight’s start against the Orioles will be his first road start for the Yankees.
Kevin Correia makes his Dodgers debut tonight after the team acquired him from the Twins over the weekend. Correia draws a tough assignment tonight against the Braves, who’ve been on a roll of late. One would think that moving back to the NL would help Correia, but over his 10 years in the NL, he has a record of 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with a strikeout rate of just 6.0 K/9. Unfortunately, his low strikeout rate and poor track record make him impossible to recommend for Fantasy, even in deep NL-only leagues.
Tommy Milone makes his debut for the Twins, who acquired him at the trade deadline from the A’s. You may recall that Milone was unhappy when the A’s acquired Jeff Samardzia and Jason Hammel, which bumped him back to the minor leagues. So we’ll see how he does for his new employer tonight. In the minors, Milone was anything but good, as his 5.14 ERA in 28 innings pitched makes quite obvious. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of believing, as he does, that the change of scenery will suddenly make him into the second coming of Bob Gibson.