- Dylan Bundy was great in a win over the Royals. Bundy went 8 innings allowing 1 unearned run while striking out 5. It was the longest outing of his career. Bundy has had an up and down season but this start was certainly a big positive. The Orioles starter now has a 10-8 record with a 4.24 ERA.
- Didi Gregorius was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI in a Yankees loss to the Tigers. Gregorius hit a 2-run HR in the game which was his 17th homer of the season. Despite missing most of April, he is now just 3 HR shy of his career best of 20 homers that he set last season. Shane Greene earned his 1st save as the new closer for Detroit. Greene went 1.2 innings walking 2 batters with 1 strikeout. Greene should continue to see save chances when the Tigers have them. The fact he was deployed for a 5-out save has to speak to the level of confidence (or lack of other options) the Tigers have.
- The Reds continued their winning ways against the Pirates. Cincinnati is now 7-1 on the year against Pittsburgh. In this one, Jameson Taillon was roughed up for 11 hits and 8 runs in just 3.2 innings of work. Taillon has now allowed 17 earned runs over his past 6.2 IP. For the Reds, Billy Hamilton was 2 for 4 with a 3-run HR. Hamilton would also triple and finish with 2 runs scored. He is hitting .254 on the year with 3 HR 8 triples and leading the majors with 44 SB.
- In easily the game of the day, the Red Sox beat the Indians 12-10 in walk-off fashion. Cleveland would put up 5 runs against Chris Sale in the first 2 innings. Sale would allowed 7 runs over 5 innings of work in what can be considered an off day for Boston’s ace. The Red Sox knocked out Carlos Carrasco in the 2nd inning! Carrasco managed just 5 outs before being pulled. He gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and walked 3 batters in his 1.2 IP. Craig Kimbrel blew a save giving up a solo HR to Francisco Lindor to start the 9th. Lindor would finished 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base as well. Kimbrel would then allow another run to score before finishing the inning. He would end up with the win though as the Red Sox Christian Vazquez hit a walk-off 3-run HR against Cody Allen. Allen falls to 0-6 on the year as a result. THIS GAME!
- Kenta Maeda went 7 shutout innings in a win over the Braves. Maeda allowed just 2 hits while getting 6 Ks. He has bounced around between the starting rotation and the bullpen this year. He has gone beyond 5 innings in just 3 of his 16 starts this year so the 7 inning effort is a welcoming sight for his owners. With a couple of starters set to return from the DL and the acquisition of Yu Darvish, Maeda’s future in the Dodgers rotation is a big question mark. This type of performance certainly doesn’t make removing Maeda any easier.
Dylan Bundy, Kenta Maeda, Jameson Taillon, more!
A look at the fantasy performances from August 1, 2017