trong>Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees - lasted 4.1 innings in his return from the DL and allowed three earned runs while striking out five batters. He continued his extremely homer prone season allowing a homer in this outing and his HR/9 sits just barely under two at 1.99. Tanaka continues to miss a ton of bats though as he owns a 24.8% K% and a 14% whiff rate, and he struck out five batters and generated 14 swings and misses in this outing. His ability to miss bats should keep him owned right now and while a 20% HR/FB rate is ridiculously high, this is the second season in a row he's posted a HR/FB that high so he's turning into just a homer-prone pitcher.
Alex Bregman, Houston Astros - continued his absurd month and a half with two more homers on Tuesday, giving him 19 on the season. After a slow start to the season Bregman is now slashing .282/.384/.531 for the year with a 156 wRC+. Bregman is seeing the ball as well as anybody right now as he's sporting a 40% hard hit ate with only one more strikeout than walk for the season. Since June 1st, Bregman is hitting .309/.386/.662 with a .353 ISO.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians dominated the Reds on Tuesday shutting them out of eight innings, and man-oh-man do I feel sorry if you play in wins leagues as Cody Allen came out and allowed six runs in the 9th inning to give Bauer a no-decision. Bauer struck out 12 batters in the game which upped his K/9 to 11.69 and he continued his incredible swing and miss numbers for this year generating 21 whiffs on 111 pitches. The curveball was once again his main weapon, allowing only two balls in play on 28 offerings with nine whiffs. Bauer has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year and might be the best pitcher in his own rotation right now with Corey Kluber looking semi-mortal.
Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays - was what Stroman strives to be Tuesday generating a 75% groundball rate while allowing just one run over seven innings. He struck out five batters in the game and while he didn't have swing and miss stuff working with just nine whiffs, he had 18 of his 93 pitches as called strikes. Stroman is definitely due for some good luck on his side as is FIP is currently over a run and a half lower than his ERA and he has a brutal 60% strand rate (even after stranding 85% in this start). He has three good starts and one bad since coming off the DL and looks much better than before he got shut down.
Greg Bird, New York Yankees - launched his 6th homer of the season in a 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday. Bird isn't really doing much this year besides hitting homers, but at least he's staying healthy for the time being. He's currently sporting a low BABIP, but with a 44% FB rate and 53% pull rate I don't see that as normalizing as that's not a profile for balls to fall in. It does, however, play really well with the short porch in right in Yankee Stadium.
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