Fernando Tatis Jr. clubbed his 16th homer of the year Friday in the second game of the doubleheader versus the Giants.
Tatis spent much of the year first or second in the majors in home runs, but tonight's was his first in 20 days. He's currently in a six-way tie for sixth with his 16 homers, five behind MLB-leader Luke Voit. On the other hand, he's still only one behind Marcell Ozuna for the NL lead.
Jeff Samardzija surrendered three runs in three innings Friday against the Padres in his return from the injured list.
It was Samardzija's first appearance since Aug. 7, when he gave up five earned runs to fall to 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA. He's doing his best with diminished stuff, but he'd seem to be a poor use of a roster spot if the Giants advance to the postseason.
Sam Coonrod took a blown save and a loss after giving up a three-run homer in the seventh against the Padres in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.
The Giants were hoping Coonrod could close out a two-run lead, but he retired just one of the four batters he faced before giving up a walkoff homer to Trent Grisham. He's allowed 16 runs in 14 2/3 innings this season.
Kyle Lewis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Athletics on Friday.
Lewis's swoon isn't quite as severe as Luis Robert's, but he is hitting just .162 in September. At least he does have three homers and 12 walks in 81 plate appearances. He seems like the clear AL Rookie of the Year at this point, though Willi Castro is trying to make things interesting after getting off to a late start.
Yusei Kikuchi blanked the A's for six innings in a no-decision Friday.
Kikuchi saved his best performances for Oakland this year, throwing 12 scoreless innings against the A's. He gave up 27 runs in 35 innings against everyone else. Kikuchi ends the year with a 5.17 ERA in nine starts. He struck out a batter an inning and allowed just three homers thanks to a velocity spike that put him in the mid-90s regularly. It's just baffling that he was such a mediocre pitcher anyway.
Chris Bassitt shut out the Mariners for seven innings and struck out six Friday.
Bassitt deserves some Cy Young love for finishing 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 11 starts. At the moment, he's the only AL West pitcher with a sub-3.00 ERA, so he should be very much in the mix for one of the spots behind Shane Bieber on the ballot.
Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday’s lopsided victory over the White Sox.
Schwarber got the Cubs on the board first by taking Dylan Cease deep in the first inning. The Cubs would go on to homer five times on the night. Schwarber entered play Friday hitting just .118 with a .441 OPS over 23 games this month, so hopefully this is the start of a big final weekend.
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and a double Friday against the White Sox.
Baez had a brief stretch earlier this month where it looked like he was finally finding himself at the plate, but he entered Friday’s action in a 2-for-24 slump. He just hasn’t been able to find any level of consistency this year, batting just .201/.238/.364 over 57 games on the year.
Dylan Cease surrendered a season-high five runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.
Cease only gave up five hits on the night, but the problem is that three of them were home runs. The big blow was a three-run blast in the third inning. He walked two and struck out five in the loss and will finish the regular season with a 4.01 ERA and 44/34 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. Odds are his regression would have been even more harsh if the season carried on longer.
Freddy Galvis went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI versus the Twins on Friday.
Jose Garcia didn't hit at all after getting some run as a starting shortstop, so it's Galvis's job again now. He's batting .221/.307/.412, which is pretty typical for him, and he remains a very reliable defender. For now, at least, he's clearly the Reds' best option at short.
Jose Berrios yielded four runs in five innings Friday in a loss to the Reds.
Berrios ends on a bit of a sour note after posting a 2.14 ERA in his previous six starts. He finishes 5-4 with a 4.00 ERA for the regular season, but while that might not seem much worse than his previous seasons, it definitely is once one accounts for the easy schedule he got to face. He's slated to start the second game of the postseason for the Twins.
Luis Rengifo was removed from Friday's game against the Dodgers in the seventh inning due to an apparent injury.
Rengifo singled to center field to start the seventh inning, but injured himself either on the swing or while running to first. Look for Angels' skipper Joe Maddon to provide an update on his status in the postgame.
Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless eighth for a hold Friday in the 7-2 win over the Twins.
Iglesias has earned holds in his last two appearances after never receiving one previously this season, but in both cases, it was just the Reds being more aggressive in their usage of him. He might have been a candidate for a two-inning save tonight, but that it took him 24 pitches to finish the eighth made that less likely. It turned moot anyway, as the Reds scored three times in the top of the ninth to increase their lead from two runs to five. At that point, they let Wade Miley finish it out.
Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk and three run scored in Friday’s extra-inning win over the Red Sox.
Acuna led off the bottom of the first inning with a 495-foot blast to left-center field off Chris Mazza, the longest home run so far this season. The 22-year-old has hit safely in six straight games and has mashed nine homers in just 22 games this month.
Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 with two walks and two RBI on Friday against the Red Sox.
No home runs this time, but Ozuna continues to swing a hot bat. He’s hitting .393 over his last 26 games. His season batting average has hopped from .281 to .335 over that time. With two more RBI, he now ranks second in the majors with 55 of them for the year. Only Jose Abreu has more in the majors.
Byron Buxton has been diagnosed with a head contusion after being hit in the helmet by a pitch during Friday's game against the Reds.
Buxton is considered day-to-day and will be re-evaluated on Saturday. If he checks out well then, he could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday, though the Twins may simply decide to give him the day off as a precautionary measure.
Chris Mazza allowed just one run over five innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Friday.
This matched his longest outing of the season. Mazza gave up a long leadoff homer to Ronald Acuna Jr. in the first inning, but he did a respectable job after that. All told, he limited the Braves to four hits while walking two and striking out six. The 30-year-old holds a 4.80 ERA in 30 innings through six starts and three relief appearances and has been much too erratic to trust in fantasy leagues.
Kyle Wright yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
Another encouraging step for Wright. He gave up just two hits on the night — including a solo homer to Jackie Bradley Jr. — while walking three and striking out four. Wright had a 2.37 ERA and 14/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings over his final three starts, shining a light on his potential if he can continue to progress with his control.
Tyler Mahle yielded one run in 2 1/3 innings Friday before being lifted from his start against the Twins.
With a postseason berth on the line, the Reds treated this one like a playoff game and lifted Mahle at the first sign of trouble. It's unfortunate for Mahle, who has been pretty good in amassing a 3.59 ERA in 10 starts. Still, it worked out for the team, and now Mahle will get to experience the postseason for the first time. He'll likely work in middle relief.
Wil Myers was removed from the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Giants in the fourth inning with a possible injury.
No word yet on what may have occurred, but Jurickson Profar replaced Myers defensively in the fourth inning. Myers appeared to look a bit slow while running up the line during his final at-bat. Look for the Padres to provide an update on his status shortly.