With his team trailing by two, Perez stepped to the plate with two men on in the top of the ninth inning. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Perez belted a 91 mph fastball out to left for the go-ahead blast. The Royals hung on to win the game, making Perez the hero.
Perez finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI.Analysis:
Flowers is in the middle of a major slump, and may have resorted to glasses as a possible solution. Flowers is hitting .219/.278/.302 over 242 at-bats.Analysis:
The exact nature of the injury is still not known, as Castro remains day to day moving forward.Analysis:
It's Vazquez's defensive skills that likely earned him the promotion, but he does show some promise with the bat. He has demonstrated an ability to make contact and draw walks, though those skills hadn't translated all that well to Triple-A Pawtucket. Vazquez will be hard pressed to replicate his .279 batting average from Pawtucket in the majors, and with little power or speed, he will need to at least come close to have value even in deeper Fantasy formats.
If you need a replacement for, say, Joe Mauer or Pierzynski in an AL-only league, Vazquez will probably be your best waiver option, just on the promise of frequent playing time alone. In mixed league formats, though, you can almost certainly find several more promising options. Owners in dynasty leagues should keep in mind Vazquez's long-term potential as an on-base threat, even if he struggles in his initial exposure to major league pitching.Analysis:
Pierzynski has struggled since signing a one year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox last offseason. Through 72 games, he is hitting just .254/.286/.348 , with four home runs. The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to trade, release or outright Pierzynski to the minors.Analysis:
Kratz is taking the roster spot vacated by Cole Gillespie, who was placed on the disabled list. Kratz is hitting .221/.254/.382 in 30 games with the Blue Jays this season.Analysis:
The move was expected, as the team designated catcher John Buck for assignment after Monday's game. Sucre has hit .274/.293/.360 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 175 at-bats. He could be in line to fill the No. 2 catcher role for the remainder of the season.Analysis:
"It's his opinion," he told NJ.com. "That's all that I can say. It's his opinion."
McCann added that he loves the city and that Pendleton was wrong that he was overwhelmed at living up to a five-year, $85 million contract.
He has certainly performed better recently. McCann has seven hits in his last four games.Analysis:
Zunino gave his team an early lead with his second-inning blast, and Monday starter Hisashi Iwakuma did the rest, with a little help from the bullpen. The catcher has racked up six home runs in his last 12 games. He's hit .217/.271/.435 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 253 at-bats.Analysis: