Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz

Height: 6-2
Weight: 230 lbs
Age: 40
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TheRotoFeedA Pearson Of Much Importance On Your Mother/Tucker s Day

var _bp = _bp []; _bp.push({ "div": "Brid_4095188_1", "obj": {"id":"10951","stats":{"wp":1 ,"title":"RZBL%202021%20WAIVER%20WIRE%20WEEK%206","autoplay":true,"video":"778014","width":"640","height":"360" ); Happy Mother's Day to all the baby's mamas, mamas, mamas, baby mamas, mamas. Much respect to the mothers. Without my emergence from my mother s vagina, I wouldn t be able to bestow on you my fantasy baseball pertness. We are one people and everyone has popped out of a mother s vagina at one point, unless you re an alien I m looking at you, Andrelton! and with our emergence from our mother s vagina or that Cesarean stuff that I don t fully understand I say we should all live together, loving each other, and never speaking of Luis Castillo again, cause he sucks. Yesterday, the Jays called up Nate Pearson (2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 hits, 5 walks) and he couldn't find the plate, obviously. There was one inning there where it felt like I aged ten years, and I was still younger than Nelson Cruz. Nate Pearson shouldn't be judged on one start. His stuff is as electric as any I've seen recently. Won't mean it's without some ups and downs, but a potential 10+ K/9 plays everywhere. He will need to rein in his control to be effective for the shallowest leagues. Far from an easy matchup against the Astros, though one of the easier outs Kyle Tucker (2-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .188) was the bulk of the damage. I hope that Mother Tucker's happy. Anyway, here's what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

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Monday, May 10, 2021

The ScoreMLB Roundtable: Biggest early-season questions

theScore's MLB editors Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb, Bryan Mcwilliam, Tom Ruminski, and Jason Wilson answer some of the biggest questions six weeks into the 2021 season: Which team has been the most surprising? Matthew Stockman / Getty Images Sport / GettySan Francisco Giants: Somehow, it's the Giants - not the powerful Dodgers or Padres - who are sitting atop the NL West after a month-plus. Gabe Kapler's team has done it despite a boatload of injuries, and thanks to some great pitching. Kevin Gausman has continued last year's resurgence, while newcomers Anthony DeSclafani and Aaron Sanchez have been pleasant surprises. Offensively, it's been veterans Buster Posey and Evan Longoria leading the way with renaissance seasons. On the other side, they've had a relatively easy schedule thus far outside of a few series against San Diego, and it'll stay that way until they face the Dodgers for the first time later this month. So that begs the question: Will it last? And the truth is, it's hard to say right now. - Sharkey-GotliebBoston Red Sox: The Red Sox are tied for the most wins in the majors and sit atop the AL East. This comes after many predicted the club to finish fourth behind the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Rays. Boston's offense, thanks to a big bounce back from J.D. Martinez, leads all of baseball with a 20.4 offensive rating, according to FanGraphs. The team's pitching, which was supposed to be a weakness, owns the second-best fWAR (5.4). The Red Sox should also get a boost when Chris Sale rejoins the team at some point this season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. - RuminskiOakland Athletics: Oakland looked poised to take a step back after losing Liam Hendriks and Marcus Semien to free agency and watching closer Trevor Rosenthal go down with an injury before the season started. The A's gave doubters further credence by opening the campaign 1-7. Since then, they've won 19 of 26 and sit atop the AL West. Matt Olson, Ramon Laureano, and Jed Lowrie have led the charge on offense, while Chris Bassitt, Cole Irvin, and Sean Manaea have done yeoman's work in the rotation. The lesson? Write the A's off at your own risk. - WilsonWhich offseason acquisition has been most disappointing? Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / GettyFrancisco Lindor: To say the four-time All-Star has been a disappointment with the Mets would be a colossal understatement. Lindor is slashing .175/.302/.247 with two home runs and zero stolen bases over 27 games. This isn't the type of production expected from a player on a $341-million contract. The star's struggles, along with several other key members of the offense, resulted in hitting coach Chili Davis getting fired. - RuminskiGeorge Springer: This isn't an indictment of Springer's skills or a suggestion that the Blue Jays made a mistake when they signed the outfielder to a six-year, $150-million contract this winter. Nor is it casting blame on him for what amounts to a couple of freak injuries. But, seeing the 32-year-old limited to just four games and 18 plate appearances can only be characterized as massively disappointing. - WilsonJosh Bell: The Nationals attempted to address their lack of homers in 2020 by trading for Bell during the offseason, but the early results are hugely underwhelming. Bell has just three homers and 10 RBIs, while his .319 slugging percentage ranks 202nd out of 251 hitters with at least 70 plate appearances. - McwilliamWhich offseason acquisition has been most impressive? Dylan Buell / Getty Images Sport / GettyTyler Naquin: It's hard to imagine the Reds thought they would get elite production from Naquin when he signed a minor-league deal. The 30-year-old has been a revelation with six homers, 19 RBIs, and a .864 OPS in 26 games. Sustainability will be a question moving forward. However, Cincinnati may have found a diamond in the rough. - RuminskiAnthony DeSclafani: The Giants' one-year deal with DeSclafani has been a terrific under-the-radar signing. The 31-year-old already surpassed his innings total from last season and owns career-best marks in WHIP (0.94) and FIP (3.32). His 2.40 ERA ranks 12th in the NL - far better than the 7.22 mark he posted in 2020. - McwilliamJoe Musgrove: It seemed like Musgrove would mostly serve as the Padres' fifth starter when they acquired him with the team already adding Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to the rotation. The San Diego native has exceeded expectations, especially since tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history. He's also shown that his inflated strikeout numbers from 2020 may not have been a fluke as he's punched out 47 batters in 34 innings. - WilsonWhich team's slow start is most concerning? Steph Chambers / Getty Images Sport / GettyLos Angeles Angels: Another year, another wasted effort from Mike Trout in the making. Once again, Trout sits near the top of most offensive categories, and the Angels are playing sub-.500 ball. While they were among the teams vying for Gerrit Cole before he signed with the Yankees a couple of offseasons ago, the fact is the Angels haven't successfully added a frontline starter to help bolster the club's chances. Only the Tigers have a worse team ERA in the AL. This organization hasn't won a playoff game since 2009. - WilsonMinnesota Twins: The Twins entered 2021 with high expectations and aren't living up to the hype. Minnesota sits 12-19 despite outstanding production from Byron Buxton, Nelson Cruz, and Luis Arraez. The trio has scored 37% of the Twins' runs this season, which is part of the problem. Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, and Ryan Jeffers have combined for a minus-0.2 fWAR, while Josh Donaldson has two homers. Kenta Maeda and Matt Shoemaker haven't done much to help the cause, either. The right-handers have combined to allow 69 hits and 40 runs in 56 2/3 innings. - McwilliamWhich struggling player are you most worried about? Todd Kirkland / Getty Images Sport / GettyMarcell Ozuna: Ozuna's looked nothing like the guy who slugged his way into a $65-million contract. He owns a .626 OPS and recorded just seven extra-base hits through his first 138 plate appearances. It's tempting to point to the NL not having a universal DH this year as the reason for Ozuna's struggles, but he's a career National Leaguer who knows the grind of playing the outfield every day. The worry here is that Atlanta paid for the mirage of a 60-game season. Ozuna was absolutely brilliant during that two-month run last summer, producing his best all-around campaign. Right now, though, he looks poised to turn in a season more akin to his two average and disappointing years in St. Louis. - Sharkey-GotliebKeston Hiura: Hiura looked like a superstar in the making two seasons ago. He mashed 19 home runs while hitting .303 in 84 games as a rookie. Unfortunately, he struggled in 2020 other than maintaining his power with 13 homers, and things have only gotten worse this year. Through 26 games, he's hitting .152/.247/.266 with one home run while striking out in 36% of his at-bats. Hiura was benched before being demoted to Triple-A this past week. - WilsonEugenio Suarez: Since 2015, no player has hit more home runs or recorded more RBIs on the Reds than Suarez, but things seem to be going in the wrong direction. Suarez's 98 OPS+ from last season has dropped to 40 this year, while his 49 wRC+ is one of the worst among qualified hitters. He's also leads MLB in strikeout percentage, and his .306 slugging percentage is a career worst. If Suarez can't figure things out, the remainder of his contract - owed $33 million through 2024 - could be a disaster for Cincinnati. - McwilliamWho has been the most under-appreciated player this season? Rob Tringali / Major League Baseball / GettyCedric Mullins: Perhaps it's because he plays for a team lacking star power, but Mullins has been one of baseball's best players that few are talking about. Baltimore's leadoff man owns a .317 average and ranks third in the majors in hits and second in doubles. The 26-year-old owns a .293/.346/.462 slash line with eight homers in his last 80 games. He's also scored 33 runs, drawn 21 walks, and swiped 10 bags. His 1.5 fWAR in 2021 ranks seventh in the majors. - McwilliamJared Walsh: The young Angels first baseman has been so good that he basically ended Albert Pujols' tenure in Los Angeles. Everybody talks about Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani, allowing Walsh to go under the radar despite a .318/.393/.542 slash line with six homers and 22 RBIs this season. The 27-year-old slugger possesses a .953 OPS in 62 games since 2020. Only seven players have a better fWAR than Walsh among first basemen over that span. - RuminskiMadison Bumgarner: Everyone seemed to think MadBum was cooked after his rough first season with the D-Backs in 2020 (6.48 ERA over 41 2/3 innings). That sentiment continued into the early portions of 2021 when he allowed 17 runs over his first three starts. However, since then, he's earned three straight wins, thrown a pseudo-no-hitter, and allowed two runs on six hits in 17 innings while striking out 18. He may not be the ace he once was, but Bumgarner might not be out of gas just yet, either. - WilsonWho will be the first star player traded? Daniel Shirey / Getty Images Sport / GettyTrevor Story: At least the Rockies won't have Jeff Bridich running point on a deal for Story. Colorado will look to a different general manager to maximize a solid return for the impending free agent after Bridich fumbled the Nolan Arenado trade. Story, a two-time All-Star, owns a career .878 OPS with 138 round-trippers and 84 stolen bases over six years in the majors. The 28-year-old is one of the best all-around shortstops and could instantly turn a contender into a World Series threat. - RuminskiKris Bryant: The Cubs should trade Bryant sooner rather than later if they want to get the most value back for him. The 29-year-old is performing like the 2016 MVP version of himself. He ranks first in OPS+ and second in fWAR and homers among NL hitters. Chicago is also playing .500 baseball, shifting toward a rebuild, and has been a part of several trade discussions involving Bryant over the past few years. The writing is on the wall. - McwilliamJoey Gallo: The Rangers aren't contending, and Gallo's name has occasionally popped up as a potential trade chip ahead of the deadline. Several teams would benefit from adding a left-handed bat (Blue Jays, Cardinals) or an extra outfielder. Specifically, the injury-riddled White Sox have a desperate need to fill the void left by Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez's lengthy absences. Gallo is hitting .218 with a sterling .381 OBP in 33 games. The power hasn't come around as he's hit just four homers, but he went deep a combined 81 times across 2017 and 2018 and posted a .598 slugging percentage in 2019 over 70 games before losing most of the season to injury. - WilsonCopyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

CBS SportsMLB Star Power Index: Lucas Sims, Nelson Cruz and Kent Emanuel stick it to the man

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Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021

The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: A's are on fire, but what's wrong with the Twins?

Welcome to the third edition of theScore's MLB Power Rankings for the 2021 season. Our rankings come out biweekly, so there's been plenty of changes early on: 1. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-7 5-5 +32 1 (-) So far, so good for a Dodgers team that's lived up to just about every expectation as a juggernaut. The defending champions own MLB's best record and run differential. Five of their seven losses came in the last eight days, including four to the rival Padres, but that's hardly a cause for concern. These Dodgers are phenomenal.2. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 13-11 4-6 +9 2 (-) San Diego has gone toe-to-toe with the Dodgers thus far, taking three of a four-game set at Dodger Stadium and losing a couple of close contests at Petco Park. The Padres also weathered an early storm when Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a shoulder injury, although Dinelson Lamet's continued arm issues could come back to hurt them. Still, the Padres have shown why they may be the one team that could legitimately challenge L.A.3. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 14-8 9-1 -2 22 (+19) "Moneyball" nearly had its sequel 19 years after the A's won 20 straight games, but the Orioles stopped Oakland s win streak at 13 on Sunday. The A's outscored opponents 83-36 during the streak, which was the longest in the majors since 2017. It came after Oakland began the season losing seven of its first eight games.4. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 12-9 7-3 +21 6 (+2) The White Sox field the AL's second-highest scoring offense, but that might not be the most exciting development early on. Michael Kopech has been incredible during his return from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander struck out 10 over five innings Sunday, and he now owns a 1.72 ERA and 0.70 WHIP to go with 27 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.5. Boston Red Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 14-9 5-5 +20 12 (+7) The Red Sox have been one of the early-season surprises, though the AL East leaders have stumbled a bit following a hot start. Boston's pitching ranks 20th in WHIP and 23rd in ERA over the last week. Walks have especially been a problem, with the staff issuing the second-most free passes in the AL. Denis Poroy / Getty Images Sport / Getty6. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 13-8 7-3 +18 17 (+11) Pitching has propelled the Brewers to an early NL Central lead, with Corbin Burnes leading the way while emerging as an ace. In addition to a sparkling 0.37 ERA and 0.33 WHIP, Burnes has yet to walk a batter in four starts. The trio of Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta has allowed just 12 earned runs and three homers in April.7. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 14-8 6-4 +10 20 (+13) The Giants are surprisingly holding on to second place in the NL West. Their 2.94 staff ERA through 21 games is certainly helping as the team's offense struggles (88 wRC+). Although the club's plus-10 run differential suggests things will even out, two of the Giants' next three series are against the struggling Rockies, so they could keep this going for a little longer. We may not get to truly judge this team until it faces the Dodgers in a few weeks.8. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-11 5-5 +11 9 (+1) Despite myriad concerns about the team's pitching staff entering the season and multiple injuries, the Jays have authored the AL's best ERA, and they only trail the Padres, Dodgers, and Giants in the majors. Offseason acquisition Steven Matz has been instrumental in that while posting a sterling 2.31 ERA and 3.29 FIP over his first four starts. The success of Matz and the rest of the staff might not be sustainable, but the Blue Jays' pitchers are performing well so far.9. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-8 5-5 -11 5 (-4) The Mets' pitching has been worth an MLB-best 4.0 fWAR this season, yet New York is only a game over .500. Poor run creation (3.3 runs per game) and lackluster defense (minus-7 DRS) were big contributors to New York's series loss to the Cubs, when the Mets were outscored by 15 runs while committing six errors.10. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-12 5-5 -12 4 (-6) The Braves' season isn't going to plan early, but no team is running away with the NL East yet. Atlanta's offense fell flat during a doubleheader Sunday, mustering one hit across the 14 innings. However, Ronald Acuna Jr. has been unbelievable, Freddie Freeman looks great, and the club's front office may have found something in Guillermo Heredia. On the pitching side, the team's 4.00 FIP ranks 20th in the majors with Max Fried sidelined. Charlie Morton has been impressive, but he wasn't expected to be this team's ace, and Ian Anderson has yet to take his game to the next level. Julio Aguilar / Getty Images Sport / Getty11. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 11-11 6-4 -5 14 (+3) Injuries have decimated the Rays' pitching staff, and the team ranks in the bottom third in the league in ERA and opponent's batting average. However, those injuries have opened the door for a pair of youngsters. Josh Fleming owns a 1.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP through 14 2/3 innings, and top pitching prospect Luis Patino tossed 2 2/3 shutout innings in his debut with the team Sunday.12. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 13-7 7-3 +3 19 (+7) The AL-leading Royals have become one of the most exciting teams through the first month. But there are tons of reasons why that doesn't seem sustainable. Entering Sunday, their offense has been middle-of-the-pack, and the only regulars with a wRC+ greater than 120 are Carlos Santana and Salvador Perez. The same can be said of the Royals' pitching, which has been the definition of average, though Brady Singer continues to look like a potential ace. Don't write Kansas City off, but don't buy in fully just yet.13. Houston Astros Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-11 4-6 +18 3 (-10) The Astros have come back down to Earth following a strong start when they thumped the opposition. Their offense remains predictably elite, ranking third in the league behind the Red Sox and White Sox in wRC+. But pitching has let them down. Zack Greinke has looked decent and Cristian Javier has been legit over a small sample, but almost everyone else is disappointing. Jake Odorizzi has run into home run trouble, surrendering three over eight innings with a 10.13 ERA.14. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-12 4-6 -8 7 (-7) The Yankees are tied for last in their division, and while they shouldn't be expected to stay there, New York may be experiencing some problems. The team's pitching has been surprisingly decent while leading the AL in WAR. What's really troubling is how terrible the Yankees have been at hitting and defense. Everyone not named Aaron Judge has looked unrecognizable at the plate. Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks have all posted sub-.300 OBPs. Even DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez are slugging around the .350 mark. It's just not good enough.15. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 11-10 5-5 +4 15 (-) Yadier Molina joined an elite club early this season, becoming just the fifth player to catch 2,000 career games. That's a lot of mileage, but it's not stopping the 38-year-old from leading the Cardinals' offense with five homers and a 1.044 OPS. The Cardinals made a big splash with their trade for Nolan Arenado, but Yadi is keeping them afloat in the early going. Dilip Vishwanat / Getty Images Sport / Getty16. Cincinnati Reds Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-12 2-8 +11 13 (-3) The last-place Reds have lost seven straight. They're also missing Mike Moustakas because of an injury, while key pieces Eugenio Suarez, Luis Castillo, and Amir Garrett have struggled. Despite all that, David Bell's club owns a respectable plus-11 run differential because of its potent offense that's hit 32 home runs. It's far too early to write this team off.17. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-11 4-6 -15 10 (-7) This is the Bryce Harper the Phillies paid $330 million for in 2019. The 2015 NL MVP is leading the Phillies' offense with a 1.132 OPS while drawing as many walks as strikeouts. He's the main reason why the Phillies are treading water with Andrew McCutchen slumping, Jean Segura on the injured list, and multiple players and coaches away due to COVID-19.18. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 7-13 2-8 -9 8 (-10) Where the heck is the offense? Minnesota ranks 23rd in the majors in home runs, with Byron Buxton and Nelson Cruz accounting for 13 of the team's 21 long balls. It's really been difficult for the Twins to manufacture runs, and they've scored two or fewer times in seven of their last 10 games. Max Kapler has yet to go deep in 47 at-bats, while Miguel Sano is slugging just .244.19. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 13-9 6-4 +4 23 (+4) Are the Mariners for real? Seattle sits one game behind the A's for first place in the AL West thanks to a .636 road-winning percentage, and Kendall Graveman leading a surprisingly good bullpen. Opponents are hitting .038 against the Mariners right-hander, and he's allowed one hit and zero runs to go along with 10 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.20. Los Angeles Angels Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-10 3-7 -17 11 (-9) It's hard not to connect Mike Trout's absence to the Astros walloping the Angels. Los Angeles dropped three of four over the weekend, getting outscored 31-12 with their superstar outfielder sidelined. However, while losing Trout would be an issue for any team, pitching is holding the Angels back, as their 5.22 ERA is the league's worst. The saving grace, though, is that their 3.75 FIP is respectable, and Andrew Heaney, Alex Cobb, Dylan Bundy, and others should eventually get better results. Quinn Harris / Getty Images Sport / Getty21. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-11 5-5 -2 21 (-) In the five days since Joc Pederson sounded off on the sorry state of his team's offense, the Cubs' bats have come alive to the tune of a 141 wRC+. That breakout was sorely needed, as Chicago had owned the league's second-worst offense. The Cubs still need more over a longer period, and Pederson himself could step up after returning from the IL. But it must be comforting for manager David Ross to see even a bit of life at the plate.22. Cleveland Indians Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-11 3-7 0 16 (-6) Without elite pitching, the Indians aren't an especially fearsome team. And their pitching hasn't been elite so far this year. Shane Bieber is still otherworldly, and Aaron Civale may be taking a step forward, though his FIP indicates regression. But no one else has shown an ability to fill Mike Clevinger's spot. Young stud Triston McKenzie is coming off a stinker against the Yankees, and he now owns a 4.32 ERA and 5.97 FIP.23. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 11-11 7-3 +8 25 (+2) Entering Sunday, the Diamondbacks were the only team with a pitching staff worth negative WAR. So, what did Zac Gallen and Madison Bumgarner do? Allow one hit over 14 total innings of a doubleheader against the Braves. When healthy, Gallen has been a great starter, but Bumgarner has looked downright pedestrian prior to his most recent outing. If Bumgarner can be the horse Arizona thought he was when they signed him, then maybe - just maybe - this team can stay in the wild-card mix.24. Washington Nationals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 8-11 5-5 -24 18 (-6) The Nationals' offense is in a funk. Washington has been shut out five times while scoring just 3.3 runs per game. Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber have combined for two homers, and Trea Turner is striking out in 26% of his at-bats. The return of Juan Soto, who could be back in the lineup before the end of the month, can t come soon enough. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images Sport / Getty25. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-12 4-6 +1 24 (-1) Rookie second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. is breaking out as an all-around threat. In addition to his stellar defense, the 23-year-old owns a .904 OPS with four homers and four steals, and he's tied for the second-highest WAR at his position. The Marlins may have found their much-needed offensive spark plug.26. Baltimore Orioles Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-12 4-6 -6 27 (+1) The Orioles are tied for last place in the division, but it hasn't been all bad news in Baltimore. John Means shut down the A's on Sunday, ending their 13-game winning streak in the process. The left-hander owns a 1.50 ERA - the fourth-best mark in the majors - and a 0.87 WHIP across five starts. He's Baltimore's only starter with an ERA under 4.50.27. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 8-13 5-5 +6 26 (-1) The Rockies' offense ranks 19th in WAR, which is quite the feat for a team playing its home games at a high altitude. Charlie Blackmon, who briefly flirted with .400 last year, is hitting .153 with a 45 OPS+. Trevor Story has slugged only two home runs. German Marquez can defy the altitude and pitch like an ace, but if the Rockies aren't hitting, their season might get even uglier than most prognosticators expected.28. Pittsburgh Pirates Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 11-11 6-4 -10 30 (+2) It took Pittsburgh 10 fewer games to collect their 10th win in 2021 compared to last season, so it's already been an encouraging start. Part of that success is due to JT Brubaker. The right-hander has posted a 2.01 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.29. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 9-13 4-6 -18 29 (-) Texas has actually faired pretty well considering 16 of its 22 games have come against teams with a .500 or better record. Adolis Garcia, acquired from the Cardinals in 2019, has been a nice surprise. He leads the team with a .927 OPS and five home runs. Joey Gallo boasts one of the weirder stat lines in MLB. He's recorded just one extra-base hit and 30 strikeouts over 66 at-bats, but Gallo leads the majors with 21 walks.30. Detroit Tigers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 7-15 1-9 -37 28 (-2) The Tigers dropped their fourth straight game Sunday and have notched just two series wins. However, Matthew Boyd hasn't been part of Detroit s inferiority. Opposing hitters are batting just .189 against the left-hander, who ranks fourth in the AL in ERA. This is coming after Boyd tied for the major-league lead in homers allowed last season. Maybe the Tigers can get some value for him if they decide to make a trade.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Apr 26, 2021