Francisco Lindor finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts versus the Blue Jays on Friday.
Lindor has gone hitless in three straight games, and his current .703 OPS is his lowest mark since early April. Power hasn't been an issue, as he has 10 homers and 40 RBI through 58 games. However, his .216 average and .289 OBP aren't impressive at all. Considering that he has the worst OBP in the Mets lineup, batting him lower than second might be a good idea.
Justin Verlander was handed a loss after allowing one run in six innings Friday against the Blue Jays.
Verlander was outdueled by Chris Bassitt, a member of the Mets rotation last year. Still, it was a nice effort from the 40-year-old; his eight strikeouts were a season high and he allowed exactly one run for the third time in six starts since returning from the IL. He's 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA.
Chris Bassitt fanned eight in 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Blue Jays bested the Mets 3-0 on Friday.
This had to feel good for Bassitt, who didn't draw much interest from the Mets as a free agent after winning 15 games for the team last season. He improved to 6-4 with a 3.41 ERA. He's tied for third in the majors with nine quality starts, one behind Marcus Stroman and Framber Valdez. Bassitt left the Jays after the game to attend the birth of his child, so he'll likely be placed on the paternity leave list for a few days.
Daulton Varsho hit a two-run homer Friday against the Mets.
Varsho's homer gave the Blue Jays a cushion in the ninth, increasing the team's lead from one run to three. His .275 OBP is a problem, but with nine in 57 games, he is on pace to hit 25 homers this season.
Felix Bautista worked a scoreless ninth with three strikeouts on Friday to earn the save against the Giants.
Bautista was summoned to close out the game in the ninth with a one-run lead. He struck out the first two batters before a double put the tying run in scoring position. Bautista got Michael Conforto to strike out swinging to end the threat and record his 15th save.
LaMonte Wade Jr. went 1-for-4 with a solo homer on Friday against the Orioles.
Wade Jr. wasted no time putting the Giants on the board with a first-pitch homer off of Dean Kremer in the first inning that sent the ball into the water over the right-field wall in San Francisco. It was the first of only two runs the Giants could muster against Kremer and the Orioles on Friday. The 29-year-old is having a solid season at the dish, hitting .271/.407/.459 with eight homers and a pair of steals across 211 plate appearances.
Gunnar Henderson went 1-for-4 with a solo homer on Friday in a 3-2 win over the Giants.
Henderson's shot off Logan Webb in the seventh inning would break the 2-2 tie and end up as the game-winning run. The 21-year-old infielder has struggled in his first full season, hitting .203/.330/.386 with six homers, 29 runs scored, 15 RBI, and a pair of steals across 188 plate appearances.
Michael Wacha allowed two runs with eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings on Friday in a loss against the Cubs.
Wacha kept the Padres in the game, but was inefficient on the day, walking five batters as he failed to get through the fifth. A pair of singles would bring a run in for the Cubs in the third before Dansby Swanson swatted a solo homer in the fifth. Despite the wild command, Wacha struck out eight batters. The 31-year-old right-hander will carry a 3.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts across 62 innings into a matchup against the Mariners in San Diego on Wednesday.
Zach Neto (foot) is officially considered day-to-day after X-rays on his injured left foot came back negative for any fractures on Friday night.
Neto was removed from Friday's game against the Astros as a precautionary measure after he was drilled on the foot by a pitch thrown by Framber Valdez. It appears as though he was able to avoid any sort of significant injury though and he should be ready to rejoin the Angels' lineup in a day or two.
Mark Leiter Jr. struck out the side on Friday against the Padres to record the save.
Leiter Jr. was tasked with closing out the game against the Padres in the ninth with a one-run lead. He shut the door in impressive fashion, generating four whiffs on 13 pitches to strike out the side. The 32-year-old right-hander is up to three saves with a 2.74 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts across 23 innings.
Luis Severino was tagged for seven runs over four innings on Friday in a loss against the Dodgers.
It was an outing to forget for Severino as the Dodgers were all over him from the start. Los Angeles would bat around the order in the first inning, putting up six runs in the frame. Severino would allow one more run over three more innings before his day was done. The 29-year-old right-hander will look to put this one behind him when he takes a 5.28 eRA, 1.24 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts across 15 1/3 innings into a start against the White Sox in New York on Thursday.
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI on Friday against the Dodgers.
Donaldson made his first start in two months on Friday against the Dodgers, batting fifth and playing third base. He put the Yankees on the board with a solo homer in the second inning, then launched a two-run blast in the ninth. The 37-year-old third baseman is 4-for-20 on the year with three homers as he looks to get going after his stint on the injury list.
Logan Webb allowed three runs with six strikeouts over seven innings on Friday in a loss against the Orioles.
Webb allowed two runs to come in on a double and two singles in the second inning. He'd settle in, putting four zeros on the board before Gunnar Henderson took him deep to lead off the seventh. Webb collected six strikeouts to one walk in this one. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched to an excellent 2.85 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 82 strikeouts over 79 innings. He'll take on the Rockies in Colorado on Thursday.
Aaron Civale delivered a strong performance in his return from the injured list on Friday night, firing five scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Twins.
The right-hander allowed just four hits and two walks on the evening while striking out four. Civale got eight swings and misses on 83 pitches in the game, registering a solid CSW of 33 percent. The biggest threat against him came in the opening inning, as the Twins loaded the bases with two outs, but Civale rallied to strike out Ryan Jeffers to end the threat. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy managers, the Guardians were unable to provide any run support for him and he had to settle for a no-decision. He'll carry a brilliant 2.04 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Thursday's tilt against the Red Sox.
Will Brennan went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and a stolen base as the Guardians were shut out by the Twins on Friday night in Minnesota.
Brennan was hit by a pitch to start the third inning and swiped second base, but the Guardians were unable to cash him in. He then singled in the fifth, and again in the seventh -- but never advanced past second base. The Guardians totaled eight hits in the ballgame -- seven of them singles -- but failed to score against Bailey Ober and company. With his two-hit night, Brennan is now hitting .250/.287/.344 to go with two homers, 12 RBI and five stolen bases in 136 plate appearances.
Jhoan Duran slammed the door on the Guardians on Friday night, recording the final five outs to preserve a one-run lead.
Duran was summoned with the tying run on second base with one out in the eighth inning and the heart of the Guardians' lineup coming up. He struck out Jose Ramirez, walked Josh Naylor intentionally and then punched out Andres Gimenez to end the threat. Duran then returned for the ninth where he allowed a two-out single to Myles Straw but nothing more. The right-hander got six swings and misses on 26 pitches on the night -- three of those on his fastball which averaged 101.2 mph. He now holds an outstanding 1.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a 32/10 K/BB ratio across 23 innings on the season.
Kyle Farmer singled, walked and scored the Twins' lone run as they eked out a victory over the Guardians on Friday night.
Farmer drew a one-out walk off of Nick Sandlin in the seventh inning, then ultimately raced around to score on a two-out RBI double by Jorge Polanco -- giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. That would be the extent of the scoring for either team in the game. The 32-year-old infielder is now slashing .267/.328/.371 with three long balls, 14 RBI and one stolen base on the season.
Jorge Polanco delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Twins to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Guardians.
Polanco finally snapped a scoreless tie with his two-out run-scoring double off of Nick Sandlin in the seventh inning that plated Kyle Farmer from second base. It was his only hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. The 29-year-old has been terrific when in the Twins' lineup this season -- hitting .279/.318/.481 with four homers, 15 RBI and one stolen base through his first 25 games.
Geraldo Perdomo went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Friday in a 3-2 victory over the Braves.
Perdomo got the start at second base and hit leadoff on Friday. He knocked a base hit off Charlie Morton to lead off the first inning for Diamondbacks before scoring on a double by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He'd add another base hit in the third, but was caught stealing second. The 23-year-old infielder is hitting .285/.380/.447 with five homers and five steals across 154 plate appearances.
Charlie Morton gave up three runs with nine strikeouts over seven innings on Friday in a loss against the Diamondbacks.
Morton got off to a shaky start, giving up two runs on three hits in the first inning. He gave up one more in the third, then settled in for four more scoreless frames in what turned out to be a quality outing. Morton struck out nine batters on 11 whiffs. The 39-year-old right-hander will take a 3.62 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts across 64 2/3 innings into a matchup against the Mets in Atlanta next week.
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