Julio Rodriguez- OF- SEA- Hot- Rodriguez may finally be shaking off his sophomore slump. He went 2-for-5 with a homer, run, and RBI. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 7 games and has multiple hits in all but one of them. His slash line has gone from .204/.280/.376 to .242/.307/.436. Rodriguez has 9 homers and 9 steals on the season. His EV and HardHit% are both higher than 2022. Regression has been Rodriguez's friend. Before this streak his BABIP was .256. It now stands at .302. Patience on the part of Rodriguez owners is being rewarded.
Josh Jung- 3B- TEX- Hot- Jung continued his campaign for Rookie of the Year by extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He went 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday and is 17-for-41 with 3 homers, 10 runs, and 10 RBI in the streak. Jung has a 91.9 EV and 49.2% HardHit% this season, both major improvements on the numbers he posted in limited MLB PAs in 2022. Jung is slashing .282/329/.508 overall with 11 homers in 210 PAs. Some regression may hit his average as he is currently enjoying a .358 BABIP. The power looks real. Jung is living up to his prospect hype.
Yennier Cano- RP- BAL- Stats- Even after blowing a save yesterday by giving up a run on 3 hits, Cano still owns an ERA below 1 (0.98.) He also is the only Oriole with a save other than Jose Bautista and has 4 of them to go along with 10 holds. Cano's control has been nothing short of masterful, walking only 1 batter in 27.2 IP and recording 30 Ks. His FIP of 1.33 and xFIP of 1.97 show that this hasn't been a mirage. When Cano is not striking batters out he is inducing ground balls, with a GB% of 68.4% and LA of -7.4. With the way the Orioles are playing he has value in leagues that count holds and will increase in overall value in case of injury to Bautista.
Alex Cobb- P- SF- Cold- Cobb had his worst outing of the year yesterday. He was charged with 7 runs in just 4 IP. He allowed 7 hits and was uncharacteristically wild, walking 4. Cobb only threw 57 of his 95 pitches for strikes but did strike out 5. There was no talk about an injury. Cobb does typically throw one or two clunkers in a season, so this is probably just one of those. His ERA rose from 2.17 to 3.04 and his xFIP is 3.39, so there might be a little regression in there but still solid production.
MacKenzie Gore- P- WAS- Hot- Gore tossed an impressive quality start. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 7 IP. Gore struck out a career-high 11 batters and threw 75 of 106 pitches for strikes. He ended up with a no decision as Chad Kuhl couldn't hold the lead. Gore owns a 3.57 ERA and 3.48 xFIP. He has hit double digits twice in his 11 starts, which is also how many times he has walked fewer than 2 batters. Yesterday's gem was against the Royals, but Gore has been fairly consistent. He has only allowed more than 3 runs, you guessed it, twice. The 24-year-old looks like his development is progressing.
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