Chris Tillman (BAL) throws a no-hitter
Tillman had been off to a rough start this season, but some of that can be attributed to the fact that he was instructed to work on his fastball and cut-fastball much more than any other pitches. Last night he was able to let his arsenal loose a little and the results, as you might assume by the title, were fantastic. Six strikeouts and one walk in nine no-hit innings.
This makes the battle between Tillman and Arrieta a bit tighter as to who gets the next call to Baltimore.
Jeremy Hellickson (TB) good again, but so is the Rays rotation
It wasn’t his best outing, but Jeremy Hellickson struck out five, walked two and allowed two earned runs in 6 innings Wednesday. He now has 27 strikeouts and seven walks in 28 innings. At this point the Rays don’t need any rotation help, but Hellickson is an injury away from getting the call.
Aroldis Chapman (CIN) gets taken deep for the first time
Chapman went a season high six innings, walked two and struck out four. For the first time in his professional career he was touched up for a home run. He ended up surrendering his second in this game as well.
We are still getting a mixed bag with Chapman. He has 22 strikeouts in 21 innings, but also 12 walks. He has only allowed 14 hits on the season in those 21 innings. The sooner the control comes around the sooner we’ll see him in Cincinnati.
Carlos Peguero: The elder Mike Stanton?
There is no question that Peguero has some serious power-He hit 31 home runs in 491 at-bats last season-but strikeouts and a lack of plate discipline have always been an issue. So far this season Peguero has struck out 16 times to eight walks. That’s a strikeout rate of 24 percent, a decent rate for a slugger and under the 30 percent mark that has plagued Peguero in his career. His eight walks are also a good sign, putting his walk rate over 10 percent. Could he be making some plate discipline adjustments as we’ve seen Mike Stanton make? Time will tell, but Peguero’s three home runs last night puts his total up to nine in 74 at-bats.
Tony Sanchez (PIT) staying hot
3 for 5 last night and his line now sits at .367/.487/.600 with eight doubles and two home runs. He should be looking at a promotion to double-A by mid-season.
Mike Trout strikes again
3 for 5 yesterday with a double, triple and stolen base. He’s now 11 for 12 in steal attempts.