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  • CHC Starting Pitcher #72
    Javier Assad threw six shutout innings in Tuesday’s win over the Rockies with five strikeouts and just one walk.
    Assad allowed just four hits on the evening and only one of them went for extra bases. The right-hander showed off a six-pitch arsenal on Tuesday, but this feels a little bit like taking advantage of a poor offense. Assad had just a 14 percent whiff rate and 27 percent CSW on the evening. He did showcase a new slider that was 1.5 mph slower than last year and with more vertical movement but that and his 92 mph fastball were the only two pitches that flashed during the performance. On the plus side, he didn’t allow a lot of hard contact, but he’s not a recommended start against the Padres next week.
  • PHI Left Fielder #12
    Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and two walks to power the Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Pirates.
    Schwarber had his best day of the young season at the plate. He got the scoring started early with a leadoff homer off Marco Gonzales in the first inning. After knocking a base hit in the second, he drew walks in the fourth and seventh innings before reaching for a fifth time with a base hit in the ninth. The 31-year-old slugger is batting .259/.358/.414 with three homers, 11 runs scored, and six RBI across 67 plate appearances.
  • PIT Shortstop #15
    Oneil Cruz went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer on Satuday against the Phillies.
    Cruz drove in two of the Pirates’ three runs with a two-run blast off Spencer Turnbull in the fifth inning for his only hit of the day. The 25-year-old shortstop is up to three homers with eight runs scored, six RBI, and a steal while slashing .267/.302/.433 across 63 plate appearances. He’s up to a 34.9 percent strikeout rate. Though, the Pirates have faced left-handed starters in seven of their 15 games.
  • PHI Relief Pitcher #23
    Jeff Hoffman tossed a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to fall in line for the win against the Pirates on Saturday.
    For the third consecutive outing, Hoffman was used in the ninth inning for the Phillies. Jose Alvarado pitched the eighth inning in a tie game, facing the middle of the Pirates order against two left-handed hitters. Hoffman got the ninth, striking out one in a clean frame. He fell in line for the win after the Phillies walked it off in the bottom of the inning. The 31-year-old right-hander is up to two wins and a save and should continue to be featured in high-leverage spots with a chance to earn occasional saves alongside Alvarado.
  • PHI Starting Pitcher #22
    Spencer Turnbull allowed three runs with four strikeouts over four innings on Saturday in a no-decision against the Pirates.
    Turnbull put a runner on with a walk in the first inning, then gave up a double to Ke’Bryan Hayes to bring home a run for the Pirates. He tossed three more scoreless innings before starting the fourth. A single put a runner on the bases for Oneil Cruz, who took Turnbull deep for a two-run shot to put the Pirates ahead. Turnbull walked one more batter before he was replaced on the mound by Matt Strahm. The 31-year-old right-hander will take a 1.80 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a 16/5 K/BB ratio across 15 innings into a great matchup against the White Sox in Philadelphia on Friday.
  • PIT Starting Pitcher #27
    Marco Gonzales allowed two runs with five strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday.
    Gonzales ran into trouble right away, giving up a leadoff homer to Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. A double and a base hit would bring home one more run in the opening frame. Gonzales would have no problem after the opening frame, going five more scoreless innings for a quality start, striking out five batters. The 32-year-old left-hander ends the day with a 2.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and an 11/5 K/BB ratio across 17 innings. He’ll draw a start against the Red Sox in Pittsburgh on Friday.
  • BAL Third Baseman #11
    Jordan Westburg went 3-for-5 with a homer in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
  • BAL Catcher #35
    Adley Rutschman hit a solo homer while going 2-for-5 in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.
  • MIL First Baseman #12
    Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a homer in a victory for the Brewers over the Orioles on Saturday.
  • MIL Left Fielder #9
    Jake Bauers hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs Saturday in a victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
  • MIL Starting Pitcher #37
    DL Hall didn’t factor into the decision Saturday against the Orioles after giving up five runs and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.