MLB In Full Bloom - Jake Arrieta Almost Untouchable - 7/1/2014


After silencing the Boston Red Sox and their fans for 7 2/3 innings Monday night, Jake Arrieta received the ultimate compliment at sold-out Fenway Park after falling short in his bid for a no-hitter - a standing ovation. Arrieta came within four outs in his latest no-hit bid before Steven Drew hit Arrieta's career-high 120th and final pitch for a clean single to right field. Since coming off the disabled list on May 3rd, Arrieta is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in 11 starts. More impressive, he posted a 4-0 record and 0.92 ERA in six starts in June and has struck out 39 in his last 28 2/3 innings. Monday's performance was Arrieta's first since he threw six perfect innings before allowing two runs on three hits in the seventh in a 7-3 win over the Reds on June 24. Injuries have been and will continue to be a concern until he can consistently prove he's healthy, but while he's pitching like this Arrieta needs to be owned in any mixed leagues where he's still available.


  • Dan Haren threw seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit and one walk in a 1-0 win Monday against the Indians. Haren struck out five and came out after 103 dominant pitches. He entered Monday's game with a 2-0 record in his last four starts despite posting a 4.98 ERA in those outings. This time, he didn't need much offensive help. Haren began the season by working at least six innings in 11 of 12 outings, but he failed to do so in three of his last four coming into tonight. Haren will take the mound in Colorado on Saturday for a date with the Rockies.
  • Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with one RBI with a run scored and one walk Monday against the Rockies. Harper was able to put together a productive night in his first game back from the disabled list and fantasy owners who have patiently been waiting for his return should make sure he is back in their lineups.
  • Taijuan Walker earned the victory in his 2014 debut after allowing three runs in six innings against the Astros. George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez took him deep early in the game, but Walker avoided any other damage and received plenty of help from the Mariners offense. He threw 94 pitches, 58 of them for strikes. Next up for him is a start against the White Sox in Chicago.
  • Jose Bautista (hamstring) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup as the designated hitter for Tuesday's game against the Brewers. Bautista appeared as a pinch-hitter on Sunday, but this will be his first start since June 22 due to a mild left hamstring strain.
  • Oscar Taveras will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis and join the Cardinals on Tuesday. Taveras homered in his first big league game during a previous stint with the Cardinals this season, but went on to hit just .189 over 37 at-bats. Over his last 10 games in the minors, Taveras has hit .333 with three doubles and six RBI, which brings his season average for Triple-A Memphis up to .318 over 62 games. The Cardinals are hoping he will provide a much needed spark to a struggling Cardinals offense. Fantasy owners can expect to see Taveras playing everyday. Allen Craig has had every opportunity to turn things around this year and has been unable to do so to this point. Matt Adams will play first base and Taveras will be in right field.
  • For the second time this season - and in June, the San Diego Padres won a game with just one hit in the contest. The Padres became the first team to win two games with one hit in a single season since 1965, when the Dodgers did so. As Padres manager, Bud Black, said after the game, "There's a lot of ways to win a ballgame and that is one of them."June was a horrendous month for the Padres, who finished it with a 10-17 record. They team also compiled the lowest single-month batting average (.171) in any month since the 192os.
  • Jose Altuve stole two bags on Sunday in a Astros victory over the Detroit Tigers at Minute Maid Park. The two stolen bases raised his American League-leading total to 36 just over halfway through the season. With multiple steals in four straight games, Altuve has the franchise record and leads the league with nine such games this season. He is only the third player in modern Major League history with multiple steals in four straight games, the last being Cleveland's Ray Chapman in 1917. On Monday night, Altuve stole just one base ending the streak of multiple stolen bases in consecutive games.