MLB Closing Bell: June 23
Justin Vreeland recaps today's games, looks at who is hot and who is not, and more on tonight's Closing Bell.
Early Game Recaps
The Athletics defeated the White Sox 7-6: Despite only getting two innings from their starting pitcher Daniel Mengden , the A’s managed to complete a comeback win. Mengden gave up five runs in two innings of work and was pulled with a right foot sprain. Matt Olson smacked his seventeenth home run of the year. Stephen Piscotty had a nice game as well, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored. Blake Trienen picked up his seventeenth save of the year by tossing 1.2 shutout innings to lower his ERA to a minuscule 0.98. The bright spot for the White Sox was Tim Anderson who stuffed the stat sheet today going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, two runs, and a stolen base. He now has 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases.
The Rangers took down the Twins 9-6: Adrián Béltre smacked his fourth home run of the year and Robinson Chrinos clubbed his ninth. Jurickson Profar drew the start at third base (Beltre was the DH) and swiped his fifth bag of the year and scored a run. Profar continues to play multiple positions and will gain added position flexibility in fantasy. Elvis Andrus finished 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and is now just 2-for-21 with two singles and six strikeouts since returning from the DL. Keone Kela converted his eighteenth save of the year and lowered his ERA down to 3.67. On the Twins side of things, Eddie Rosario and Logan Morrison were the lone bright spots and drove in all six of the Twins runs. Rosario smacked his seventeenth homer of the year and drove in four. LoMo hit a two-run dinger, his eighth home run of the season.
The Marlins score five in the seventh inning to beat the Rockies 6-2: Trevor Richards delivered a strong outing for the Fish as he tossed six innings of one-run ball and struck out eight. J.T. Realmuto supplied the majority of the offense by swatting a grand slam in the seventh. It was his tenth home run of the year and he is arguably the best catcher in baseball right now. For the Rockies, all of their offense came on a solo home run and a sac fly, both by Gerardo Parra . Parra is 24-for-63 in June (.381) and has rose his batting average from .275 to .305.
That Just Happened
Yadier Molina belted two home runs and drove in three to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Brewers. He now has eleven home runs in what has been a late career power-surge for Molina. Miles Mikolas hurled 6.2 innings of two-run ball and struck out five.
After giving up two runs in the first inning, Aaron Nola righted the ship and finished the game with six innings and those lone two runs against. He struck out five and is line for his ninth win of the year with the Phillies currently leading over the Nationals 5-3 in the eighth inning.
Zack Greinke is looking good for the Diamondbacks today; he is through five innings with no runs against and six strikeouts. They are currently leading over the Pirates 5-0 in the top of the sixth inning. David Peralta is 2-for-3 with a triple, double, and three RBI.
Tommy La Stella did not do much out of the leadoff spot for the Cubs, but he did make this catch:
Hot and Cold
Hot, Hot, Hot: Odubel Herrera is 17-for-36 with six home runs over his last eight games, Nolan Arenado is 10-for-17 with four home runs over his last four games, Nelson Cruz is 9-for-19 with four home runs over his last five games, Billy Hamilton is 9-for-20 with a home run and three steals over his last five games, Michael A. Taylor is 9-for-17 with five steals over his last six games, and Nomar Mazara is 12-for-25 over his last six games.
Ice Cold: Mike Zunino is 1-for-16 over his last five games, Johnny Field is 0-for-18 over his last five games, Brandon Crawford is 0-for-18 over his last five games, and Guillermo Heredia is 0-for-18 over his last six games.
Clayton Kershaw vs. Jacob deGrom ; who comes out on top? Kershaw is making his return from a second DL stint. deGrom has pitched seven or more innings and given up two or fewer earned runs in seven consecutive starts.
The Red Sox scored five runs against Mike Leake in his last start, will today be a different story? The Red Sox lead MLB in both runs scored and in runs scored against right-handed pitching.
Marcus Stroman makes his first start since May 8; can he improve on his 0-5 record and/or 7.71 ERA?