Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians - Carrasco was dominant on Tuesday striking out 11 batters over 7.2 shutout innings, improving his season record to 16-7. This was an excellent rebound start from his 3.2 inning, 5 ER outing last time out and he now has tossed a quality start in seven of his last eight starts. Over the last month, Carrasco has been one of the best pitchers in baseball posting a 2.15 ERA with a 30.9% K%, 3% BB%, and a .240 BAA.
Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox - Kimbrel blew the save opportunity he had Tuesday but picked up the win after the Red Sox walked off the Marlins after a throwing error. Kimbrel walked two batters in the inning and his continues to be an issue this year as he's hovering around a 12% BB% after sitting at 5.5% last season. His ERA is still at a great 2.55, but there's an argument that it should be much higher as he's managing a 90% strand rate. The last season he had the elevated BB% he had a 70% strand rate which is low for an arm like Kimbrel even if he is letting people on, but his ERA this year should be definitely in the threes.
Randal Grichuk, Toronto Blue Jays - Grichuk went 4-for-5 at the plate Tuesday with his 19th homer of the season. Grichuk is having a remarkably efficient homerun season for the third straight season with 19 homers in 362 plate appearances after hitting 22 homers in 442 plate appearances last year and 24 homers in 478 plate appearances in 2016. For his career he's running a 17.2% HR/FB rate, which is an incredible percentage that feels like it is regression bound but when it spans across for seasons there's less to be skeptical about.
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians - Lindor went 4-for-5 Tuesday while scoring his 107th and 108th runs of the season. Lindor has turned into a fantasy superstar over the last two seasons as he's going to eclipse the 30 homer mark for the second straight year and he's going to swipe 20 bags for the first time in his career as well. His 141 wRC+ is his career high by a fairly significant margin.
Craig Gentry, Baltimore Orioles - Gentry went 3-for-5 Tuesday while hitting his first homer of the season. Since being activated from the DL on 8/17 he's been getting fairly consistent playing time and is hitting .292 over that span but has yet to walk and is only slugging .375. He has swiped two bags though and has 12 stolen bases for the season when he's only reached base 50 times this year.
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