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E. Díaz - C
Elias Diaz went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer on Saturday in the Rockies’ win over the Diamondbacks.
Diaz put the Rockies ahead with a two-run shot to left-center field off Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver in the fourth inning. It was his second long ball on the season. The 29-year-old catcher has held his own offensively, but doesn’t project as the Rockies’ long-term answer behind the plate. He's a solid backup catcher.
Added 11:35 pm (EST)
R. Tapia - LF
Raimel Tapia went 3-for-5 with an RBI and also scored a pair of runs on Saturday in the Rockies’ win over the Diamondbacks.
Tapia plated a run with an RBI single to left field off Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver in the fifth inning. It’s taken a few years, but the 26-year-old outfielder has finally evolved into the contact-oriented leadoff specialist that many evaluators envisioned during his minor-league career. He’s posted 16 multi-hit efforts, including six three-hit performances, in 50 games this season. He doesn’t offer much over-the-fence power, but he could legitimately contend for a batting title some day if he remains in the high-octane offensive environment of Coors Field. He’s hitting .317/.367/.389 with 25 runs scored, one home run, 17 RBI and eight stolen bases across 202 plate appearances.
Added 11:35 pm (EST)
D. Varsho - CF
Daulton Varsho went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Saturday in the Diamondbacks’ blowout loss to the Rockies.
Varsho scorched a leadoff double versus Rockies starter German Marquez, and eventually came around to score on a fielder’s choice in the opening frame. He also singled in the seventh inning to cap off the multi-hit effort, and struck out twice. The 24-year-old rookie backstop possesses enough stolen base potential, posting 40 stolen bases over his last two minor-league seasons, to warrant a mixed-league roster spot next season. If he gains catcher-eligibility quickly next spring, he could be a valuable late-round selection for fantasy managers.
Added 11:34 pm (EST)
Trevor Story tripled and also recorded his National League-leading 15th stolen base on Saturday, leading the Rockies to a lopsided 10-3 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Story registered his 19th multi-hit effort in 58 games. The 27-year-old fantasy superstar is one of only six hitters to record double-digit home runs and stolen bases this season. He’s recorded a robust .291/.358/.517 triple-slash line with 40 runs scored, 11 home runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases across 254 plate appearances. He’s a surefire top-10 (possibly even top-five) overall selection in all fantasy drafts next spring.
Added 11:33 pm (EST)
Jon Lester was lit up for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings on Saturday in a loss to the White Sox.
Lester coughed up a solo homer to James McCann and an RBI single to Nomar Mazara in the second inning, before coming apart in the ensuing frame. He gave up an RBI infield single to Nick Madrigal, issued a bases-loaded walk to Yoan Moncada, and was charged with three additional runs after reliever Ryan Tepera served up a three-run double to Jose Abreu later in the frame. He finished with three strikeouts and also walked three batters. The 36-year-old veteran left-hander concluded the condensed 2020 campaign with an underwhelming 5.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 42/17 K/BB ratio across 61 innings (12 starts). The Cubs haven’t announced their postseason rotation yet, but Lester appears lined up to start a potential Game 3 of their first-round series.
Added 11:03 pm (EST)
Dane Dunning was charged with a season-high five runs over three innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Cubs.
Dunning gave up only three hits, but one of them was a grand slam to Kris Bryant in the third inning. He was also charged with an unearned run after second baseman Nick Madrigal uncorked an errant throw on a potential inning-ending double-play in the second inning. He finished with two strikeouts and also walked three batters in his shortest outing of the year. The 25-year-old righty put together an impressive rookie campaign, allowing three earned runs or fewer in five of his seven starts. He closes out the truncated 2020 campaign with a 3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio across 31 innings (six starts). The White Sox haven’t announced their postseason rotation yet, but Dunning figures to be part of it.
Added 11:02 pm (EST)
G. Crochet - RP
Garrett Crochet struck out three batters over two scoreless innings in a relief appearance against the Cubs on Saturday.
Crochet scattered a pair of hits and generated an absurd seven swinging strikes on just 23 pitches. The 21-year-old flamethrowing rookie sensation hasn’t allowed a run over six innings this season. He’s racked up eight strikeouts and only surrendered three baserunners total. It'll be fascinating to see where he winds up being selected in fantasy drafts next spring, especially if he continues to light up radar guns, and dominate opposing hitters, in the postseason.
Added 11:01 pm (EST)
Luis Robert scored a pair of runs and also stole a base on Saturday in the White Sox’ win over the Cubs.
Robert, who has been mired in an extended slump offensively, scalded a 107.6 mph line-drive single, swiped second base -- his ninth stolen base of the season -- and came around to score on Nomar Mazara’s two-out RBI single in the second inning. The 23-year-old rookie sensation has a chance to become just the seventh hitter to record double-digit home runs and stolen bases this season. He’s hitting .223/.295/.431 with 32 runs scored, 11 home runs, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases across 222 plate appearances. Despite his late-season struggles, he’ll be a popular early-round selection in fantasy drafts next spring.
Added 11:00 pm (EST)
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