I'm back at it after taking off from writing on Friday night, so let's take a look at the games on Saturday and see who the top performers were.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was cruising through 5 innings yesteray, giving up just one hit and striking out 9, but the wheels fell off in the 6th and 7th and he ended up giving up 6 runs on 6 hits. 2 walks and a HR to Joey Votto. He is 6-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 111 WHIP with a 96-26 K/BB rate in 85+ innings.
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford went 4-7 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a SB on Saturday afternoon. This was his third 4 hit game in the last 10, and he is 16-40 with 2 HRs, 12 RBIs but just one SB. His triple slash line now sits at .246-.278-.375 with 4 HRs, 26 RBIs, 28 runs and 8 SBs for the season.
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Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson won his 7th game of the season, going 7+ innings giving up just one run on 4 base runners and 4 strikeouts. For the season, he is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and a 50-28 K/BB rate. He has giving up 2 or less runs in 5 of his last 6 starts, lowering his ERA from 4.31 to 2.64.
You knew as soon as I wrote that article on Albert Pujols on Friday that he would have a monster game soon after, right? I know I did. Pujols went 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs on Saturday, and has now homered 3 times in his last two games. For the season, he is now hitting .275-.348-.459 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs.
The Giants placed Brandon Belt on the DL with a fractured wrist and he could be out up to a month. Belt was my pre-season favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year award, but that appears to be a long shot at this point.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin held the Giants to one run on 4 hits, 3 walks but only 2 strikeouts on Saturday. He is now 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 65-29 K/BB rate. Coming into this start, he was in the top 20 amongst all starters in the majors with a 3.21 xFIP.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 2-4 with a run scored and is hitting .269-.328-.406 with 5 HRs and 27 RBIs on the season. I think he is slowly beginning to reach his potential, and manager Buck Showalter usually gets the best out of young players. We have to remember he is only 25 years old.
Rangers starter Derek Holland threw a complete game shutout of the Indians last night, as he gave up just 5 hits, one walk and struck out 5. He is now 5-1 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 60-28 K/BB rate in 74+ innings pitched.
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz must like the warm weather, as he has raised his BA from .202 to .241 over his last 8 games, where he has gone 13-34 with 4 HRs, 8 RBIs and a SB.
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen went 3-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored on Saturday night, and is now hitting .272-.365-.465 with 9 HR, 31 RBIs and 11 SBs this year. He is on pace for a 26-88-31 season. Coming into this season, I was thinking we could see him go 20-40, but he is on pace to hit for more power than I thought. One reason for the jump in power is he has increased his fly ball rate from 38% in 2010 to 45% this year.
The legend of Charlie Morton continues, as he beat the Phillies on Saturday night for his 6th win of the season. He gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, giving up 8 base runners and striking out 5. He is now 6-2 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. In his 11 starts this season, he has given up 2 runs or less in 8 of them, and has induced double digit ground ball outs in all but one start this season. He has induced 12 or more ground ball outs in 9 of his 11 starts as well.
Twins outfielder Ben Revere is looking to stay up with the Twins after being called up recently. In the 3 games since his callup, he is 5-12 with a SB. For the season, he is hitting .289-.319-.311 with 3 SBs in 45 at bats.