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The Cubs own the best record in the National League. There are other serious MVP candidates and we still have almost two months left in the season, but Baez is a legitimate threat here. Thursday, I spotlighted how good the starting rotation has been for the Rockies , and it was on display again Friday night in Milwaukee. Rockies starter German Marquez worked seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits against the team with the second-best record in the NL.
Marquez struck out nine, too. Of course, the other part of the equation here is how bad the bullpen has been. The Rockies — after a really hot stretch — how now lost four of their last five games. Enough with the negative, though. Eric Thames of the Brewers hit the walk-off, three-run shot, and it was a pretty cool scene in Miller Park.
The biggest name to be traded on July 31 was probably starting pitcher Chris Archer , who the Rays dealt to the Pirates. Archer made his Pirates debut on Friday night and was greeted the way — well, the way Matt Carpenter greets a lot of pitchers. It could have been worse, too, as he was able to leave the bases loaded in the second inning. Mets starter Jacob deGrom had another very good outing and, once again, came up empty. Still, he worked eight strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine and walking one.
And he lost due to only one run of support. Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani had nine home runs on the season entering Friday, but all nine had come at home in Angels Stadium. That all changed with two blasts in Cleveland on Friday night. Ohtani now has 11 homers on the season. He becomes the first player since Babe Ruth to win at least four games in a season while also hitting double digits in home runs. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez came into the game as a hot hand.
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Angels' manager Mike Scioscia announced that Shohei Ohtani tweaked his ankle while sliding into second base during Sunday's game. Tyler Skaggs will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Angels' starting rotation on Tuesday against the Athletics in Oakland. Angels' manager Mike Scioscia admitted that he's not optimistic about the chances of David Fletcher hamstring returning this season.
Kyle Schwarber back will not travel with the Cubs' for their trip to Arizona. Brian Dozier remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Sunday. Daniel Palka was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Orioles after injuring his right knee and left side while attempting to catch a line drive. Red Sox' manager Alex Cora said after Sunday's game that Mookie Betts side was fine and that he expects to return to action on Tuesday. Jose Urena was pulled from Sunday's start against the Phillies with a right hand cramp.
Chance Sisco left Sunday's game against the White Sox after taking a foul tip to the mask. Nelson Cruz was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Sunday due to illness. Seunghwan Oh hamstring is close to being available out of the Rockies' bullpen. Cubs Tommy La Stella-3B. Tommy La Stella was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Sunday due to lower back soreness.
Tommy Pham is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday. Trevor Cahill back played catch Sunday. Avisail Garcia knee is not in the White Sox' lineup Sunday. Willson Contreras is absent from the Cubs' lineup Sunday. Mejia"s slam lifts Padres to win over Rangers. Astros Prediction Two of the top pitchers in baseball over the last many years will oppose each other today when Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Justin Braves Prediction The Washington Nationals and host Atlanta Braves have each won a game in their three-game series heading into today's finale.
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