Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Spins six shutout innings in Mets' win
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
4/29/2016
News: Matz tossed six shutout innings, allowing seven hits, and walking three, while striking out four as the Mets decimated the Giants 13-1 Friday night.

After being shelled in his first start, Matz (3-1) has now held opponents to just a pair of runs over his last 19.1 innings. He needed 110 pitches (71 for strikes) to make it through six innings in this one, and the seven hits and three walks stand out, but with a huge lead, throwing strikes can make a pitcher somewhat more hittable. He'll try to keep things rolling with a favorable match-up against the Braves at home next time out.

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Jake Peavy
Giants' Jake Peavy: Battered as Mets crush San Francisco
Jake Peavy, SP, SF
4/29/2016
News: Peavy was blasted for six runs on four hits, walking five and striking out three over two-plus innings of a 13-1 loss to the Mets on Friday night.

Peavy (1-2) logged a couple of scoreless innings before the dam burst in the third. He faced six hitters in the inning - all of which reached and eventually scored - before departing. He then watched as the bullpen coughed up six more scores in a 12-run inning. Peavy was coming off his best start of the season, but this debacle drove his ERA back up to an obscene 8.61 on the year. He'll try to get things back on track against the light-hitting Reds in Cincinnati next time out.

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Mike Leake
Cardinals' Mike Leake: Allows five runs Friday
Mike Leake, SP, STL
4/29/2016
News: Leake (0-3) allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two over seven innings, but took the loss Friday against the Nationals.

After jumping out to a one-run lead after the first inning, a four-run fourth inning ultimately led to Leake losing his third straight decision. He's struggled mightily this season, as opponents have scored at least four runs against him in each of his five starts, and his ERA currently sits at 5.83 to go along with a 1.40 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg: Earns fourth win Friday
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
4/29/2016
News: Strasburg (4-0) allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven innings to earn the win Friday at the Cardinals.

After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Strasburg settled down and didn't allow a run in his final six innings of work. He's now allowed two or fewer runs in four of his five starts, and he boasts a 2.25 ERA to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Royals.

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Adam Morgan
Phillies' Adam Morgan: Makes 2016 Phillies debut
Adam Morgan, SP, PHI
4/29/2016
News: Morgan allowed three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out seven, but lasted just five innings while coming away with a no-decision against the Indians on Friday night.

Recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list, Morgan needed 97 pitches (63 for strikes) to cover five innings. Luckily, the bullpen then shut down the Indians for six innings allowing just one hit and striking out 11 in the Phillies' 4-3 win. He'll strive to be more efficient when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out.

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Juan Nicasio
Pirates' Juan Nicasio: Dominant in win over Reds
Juan Nicasio, SP, PIT
4/29/2016
News: Nicasio spun seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out eight in a 4-1 victory against the Reds on Friday night.

Nicasio (3-2) was clearly on his game throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes as he cruised through seven innings. After creating a lot of buzz with an eye-popping spring, he has been somewhat inconsistent in the regular season. It's all about throwing strikes as he has walked nine over eight innings in two sub-par outings while issuing just three free passes over 19 innings in three quality starts.

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Jon Lester
Cubs' Jon Lester: Posts another strong outing in no-decision
Jon Lester, SP, CHC
4/29/2016
News: Lester was excellent again Friday afternoon as he allowed just one run on seven hits, walking two and striking out 10 over seven innings, but came away with a no-decision against the Braves.

Lester tossed 71 of 106 pitches for strikes, and made just one mistake - a fourth inning solo home run by Freddie Freeman - against the hapless Braves. Unfortunately, his mates didn't show much offense before posting a five-run eighth inning to win going away 6-1. Lester will carry a snappy 1.83 ERA into his next start on the road in Pittsburgh.

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Aaron Blair
Braves' Aaron Blair: Pitches well in no-decision
Aaron Blair, SP, ATL
4/29/2016
News: Blair allowed just one run on two hits, walking three and striking out three over six innings, but was left with a no-decision against the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

He pitched well enough to win, albeit without being especially efficient with his pitches. He tossed 85 pitches - just 48 for strikes - in covering the six innings before his bullpen was lit up in what would become a 6-1 loss for the 5-18 Braves. He'll try again on the road against the Mets next time out.

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Jon Moscot
Reds' Jon Moscot: Not expected to miss time, per Price
Jon Moscot, SP, CIN
4/29/2016
News: Manager Bryan Price said Friday that he does not expect Moscot (shoulder) to miss any time, C.Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Moscot reported that he was feeling shoulder soreness after his most recent outing Wednesday, but fortunately the ailment is in his non-pitching shoulder. As Price told reporters, Moscot isn't expected to miss any additional time due to his sore shoulder, so he should be back on the mound to make his next scheduled start Tuesday against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants.

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Clayton Blackburn
Giants' Clayton Blackburn: Shelled for six runs in Thursday's start
Clayton Blackburn, SP, SF
4/29/2016
News: Blackburn struggled mightily in his start Thursday, allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over 3.0 innings of work.

Blackburn has had an inconsistent beginning to the season. He allowed just one run over 8.1 innings April 22, but sandwiched that start with two rough outings in which he couldn't make it to the fifth inning. Blackburn had a great 2015 at Triple-A, going 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA. Expect him to get back to that level going forward and fight for a promotion.

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