If you don’t believe in Lucas Giolito now, what will it take? The White Sox right-hander was dominant again throwing 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing five hits, no walks and struck out nine in a 2-0 win over the Indians Sunday. He had 18 swinging strikes and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. Giolito has a 2.54 ERA, 0.95 WHIP with a 78:20 K:BB ratio. Alex Colome closed it out for his 12th save.
It didn’t look good for Nick Pivetta in his first game back from the minors on earlier in the week as he allowed two home runs and three runs in the first inning. He settled down and went five innings and got a win over the Cardinals. He faced a tough test against the Dodgers Sunday, and the Phillies pitcher threw six scoreless innings with three hits, no walks and struck out nine.
David Price has a history of pitching poorly against the Yankees. The Red Sox left-hander got the job done Sunday night to help the Red Sox avoid the sweep. Price allowed two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings for the win. He has a 2.83 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 59:12 K:BB ratio. Brandon Workman pitched the ninth for the save and has a 2.05 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 38:18 K:BB ratio in 26.1 innings as the Red Sox go with a closer-by-committee.
One of the best power hitters in baseball has hit the IL. Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo was placed on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. It’s a significant loss considering Gallo has exceeded expectations with a .276 average after batting in the low .200s the last few seasons with a .421 on-base percentage. Gallo has 41 runs, 17 home runs, 41 RBIs and a 1.074 OPS. Danny Santana will get more playing time for the Rangers, and outfielder Delino DeShields was called up.
It’s not often you walk seven batters and don’t allow a run. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright did it Sunday and went eight innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight. He threw 70 of his 126 pitches for strikes. He has a 4.34 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was dominant on Sunday, striking out 15 over eight innings and allowing three hits, one run, and one walk. Scherzer is 3-5 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and a 117:18 K:BB ratio in 85.1 innings.
Brewers pitcher Zach Davies continues to pitch well despite underwhelming peripherals. Davies pitched eight innings and allowed eight hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three. He is 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
Brewers reliever Corbin Burnes was presented a rare save opportunity on Sunday and got the final two outs for his first save of the season.
The Brewers placed pitchers Gio Gonzalez (arm) and Jhoulys Chacin (back) on the injured list over the weekend. Jimmy Nelson will be called up to start Wednesday against the Marlins. Nelson has been erratic in his rehab starts with a 3.75 ERA and a 29:12 K:BB ratio in 24 innings. He’s worth adding in most formats. Freddy Peralta is expected to take the other spot in the rotation.
John Gant got the final two outs for the Cardinals on Sunday in a 2-1 win for his third save of the season. Jordan Hicks started the ninth but allowed a hit, one walk and a run and was pulled. Gant has a 1.15 ERA in 31.1 innings and could see some saves if Hicks continues to struggle.
Cubs shortstop Javier Baez returned to the lineup Sunday after missing Saturday with a heel injury he suffered last week and went 0-for-4. He has eight hits in his previous 43 at-bats with 20 strikeouts.
There are two starting pitchers in baseball with an ERA of under two and Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi is one of them. He pitched six scoreless innings and allowed three hits, one walk and struck out nine. He has a 1.96 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with a 70:21 K:BB ratio in 64.1 innings.
Indians pitcher Zach Plesac made his second major league start Sunday and was good again, with seven strikeouts over seven innings and allowed one run and one walk.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado hit his 16th homer Sunday.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in a 2-0 win over the Indians Sunday. Anderson is hitting .330/.362/.508 with 32 runs, nine home runs, 28 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.
The Phillies acquired first baseman/outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mariners for infielder Jake Scheiner and cash considerations. The Mariners will receive $18 million to cover the $21.6 million that is owed Bruce until the end of 2020. Bruce is expected to see time in left field against right-handed pitching.
Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas sat on Sunday after he was hit on the hand Saturday and has a fractured right finger.
Astros outfielder Myles Straw went 3-for-4 with three runs and three stolen bases Sunday.
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow played catch from 75 feet on Sunday. He said he felt good and is expected to be back after the All-Star break.
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon will not be activated from the IL when first eligible on Tuesday. He will likely need a rehab assignment before returning.
Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is now 20th all-time in strikeouts. He struck out eight over eight innings and allowed one run Saturday. He has 2,809 career strikeouts and is four behind Mike Mussina.
Rangers pitcher Adrian Sampson struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings and allowed eight hits, no walks, and one run. He has a 4.14 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.
Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales was shelled for nine runs and ten hits over 4.2 innings against the Angels and allowed six runs in four innings the start before to raise his ERA from 3.41 to 4.89.
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine in a win over the Phillies. He has a 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 46:9 K:BB ratio in 40 innings.
Twins pitcher Taylor Rogers struck out the side for his fifth save Sunday. He’s sharing save chances with Blake Parker.
Mets outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith has been getting more playing time and producing, but he was scratched from the lineup Sunday with a sore right thumb.
Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly struck out a career-high ten over 7.2 innings and allowed six hits, no walks and one run in a win over the Mets. He has a 4.41 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Eduardo Escobar helped with the offensive support going 2-for-4 with a homer and is batting .288 with 38 runs, 15 home runs, and 48 RBIs. Ketel Marte his 14th homer.
Braves outfielder Austin Riley hit his eighth homer Saturday. He is batting .328 in 67 at-bats.
The Twins activated catcher Mitch Garver from the IL, and he was in the lineup Sunday.
Tommy Pham missed three games over the weekend with a right leg cramp and teammate Avisail Garcia missed the weekend with a hamstring injury. Both could be ready Tuesday.
Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia hit a pair of two-run homers Saturday, including one in the 13th inning. He has eight home runs.
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich hit his 22nd homer and stole two bases, giving him 12, on Saturday.
Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta could be activated from the IL on Monday.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner missed his fourth straight game with a right hamstring strain, and he’s expected to return to the lineup Monday.
Red manager David Bell said second baseman Scooter Gennett is probably two or three weeks away from starting a rehab assignment. He has resumed baseball activities.
Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will begin his rehab assignment Monday.
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The Rockies called up infielder Garrett Hampson. There’s no clear, consistent playing time for now.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge took swings in a batting cage Sunday without any issues. He is going to Tampa Bay to ramp up his activity. There’s no timetable for his return.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won’t need surgery on his injured thumb. He has a slight tear in the ligament between the thumb and index finger. There’s no timeline for his return. Matt Wieters will fill in, and he’s hit well, making him an option in deeper leagues with two starting catchers.
Twins DH Nelson Cruz began a rehab assignment on Saturday.
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom left his start Saturday with a hip cramp, and it was precautionary. He went 6.2 innings, allowed one run and struck out seven.
Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney has made two good starts since coming off the IL. He struck out ten and allowed three earned runs in six innings Saturday.
Orioles DH Renato Nunez hit his 15th homer Saturday and has eight home runs in his last 13 games.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could be back with the Yankees this weekend. Add him if he’s available.
Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier missed three straight games with a pulled chest muscle.
Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts will hit leadoff the remainder of the season.
Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (quad) could be activated off the IL Tuesday.
The Mariners will skip Yusei Kikuchi‘s next start.