Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) - Arrieta piched June 11 against the Braves in Atlanta. After a shaky start with an error that allowed Ender Inciarte to get to first, Arrieta quickly recovered. In 7 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 4 hits. He struck out 3 and walked 2. He also had a good day at bat, with a reach on a bunt single to first in the top of the 3rd. He got to second on a wild pitch, but he didn't make it home before the end of the inning. He singled to right in the top of the 6th and then scored when Dexter Fowler hit a double to deep center. The Cubs won 8-2.
Jake Arrieta avoids losing back-to-back starts as Cubs defeat Braves, 8-2. pic.twitter.com/bJCRYhH8FD— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 11, 2016
Arrieta also tweeted a decent photoshop attempt to TCU Baseball after their big win against A&M.
Of course, he got called out for his Cubs pants in the photo. Don't take it personally, Jake; Twitter is never happy.
He also wants in on the homerun derby, which pitchers currently aren't allowed to participate in.
His ERA is currently 1.86 with a .95 WHIP. You can see more stats from his 2016 season here.
Jason Coats (LF/Chicago White Sox) - Coats played as a designated hitter on June 11 against the Royals in Chicago. He walked in the bottom of the 2nd, but didn't get any further than first base before the inning ended. The White Sox lost the game 4-1.
On June 13, Coats was a designated hitter again. Unfortunately, he struck out twice in a what ended up being a close home game against the Tigers. The White Sox squeaked out a win 10-9.
Coats' AVG is still .000, but it's still early in the season. You can see more of his MLB stats here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) - The Cardinals began a 3-game series in Cincinnati on June 7. He got to first in the top of the 8th on an error by Brandon Phillips at second base. He made it home on a double to deep left by Stephen Piscotty. Then in the top of the 9th, he hit a double to deep left field, but got out stretching at third. Overall, Carpenter had 1 hit, 1 run, and 2 RBIs in 5 at-bats. The Reds managed to win 7-6.
On June 8, Carpenter walked in the first inning. He made it home on a 3-run homer by Matt Adams. Carpenter doubled to deep right in the top of the 2nd, bringing in Yadier Molina; and he walked again in the top of the 4th and top of the 8th. In 3 at-bats, he had 1 run, 1 hit, and an RBI to add to his totals for the season. The Cardinals won with a convincing 12-7 final score.
June 9 was the final game against the Reds. Carpenter walked in the top of the 6th, and got to second on a balk by Finnegan. Diaz singled to right center, allowing Carpenter to score. Then in the top of the 8th, Carpenter doubled to deep right and got to third on Diaz's sacrifice to fielder's choice to first. Piscotty grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, and Carpenter was called out at home. During that last at-bat, Carpenter jammed his finger bad enough that Greg Garcia was brought in to play second base for him in the bottom of the 8th. The Cardinals still won 3-2.
Carpenter played on June 10 in the first of a 3-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. It was 2-0 Pittsburgh going into the top of the 8th. Carpenter smacked a 3-run homer to right field, bringing in Eric Fryer and Greg Garcia, and putting the Cardinals up 3-2. The Pirates tied it in the bottom of the 9th to go into extra innings. Fast forward to the top of the 12th, when Carpenter walked to get on base with 2 outs. Diaz was intentionally walked, putting runners on first and second. Adam Wainwright hit a double to deep center, bringing in both Carpenter and Diaz to put the Cardinals up 5-3. That started a hitting spree that ended with the Cardinals scoring 6 runs in the 12th. The Pirates couldn't match it, and the Cardinals got the W.
Matt Carpenter gives the Cardinals the lead with a 3 run bomb!! https://t.co/C2KRK0f8BX— Cards Nation (@CardsNation13) June 11, 2016
Since the start of 2013, NL players with a higher WAR than Matt Carpenter: Kershaw— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) June 13, 2016
Carpenter sat out on June 11 and 12, possibly due to the jammed finger from the June 9 game. He was listed as day-to-day (spoiler alert: he played on June 14, but you'll have to read about that next week).
Oh, and he had fighting words for Arrieta and the Cubs, too.
We wish Carpenter a very Happy First Father's Day this weekend! He sent a message to his own dad with the help of Academy Sports:
Carpenter's AVG is .284, and he has a total of 10 homeruns and 42 RBIs. For more stats from Carpenter's 2016 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/San Diego Padres) - Cashner started for the Padres against the Rockies in Colorado on June 10. He struck out Blackmon in the bottom of the 1st and then left the game with upper back and neck stiffness. He's been placed on the 15-day DL, and we wish him a speedy recovery. The Padres went on to win that game 7-5.
Cashner's ERA is 4.75 with a WHIP of 1.45. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) - Finnegan pitched against the Cardinals on June 9. He pitched a good game, allowing just 1 run in the top of the second when Molina scored on Moss' single to center. Then in the top of the 6th, Finnegan walked Carpenter, and then he balked, allowing Carpenter to advance to second. Next, Diaz singled to right center field, allowing Carpenter to get home. He left the game with the score tied 2-2 going into the top of the 8th. Unfortunately, Ross Ohlendorf came in and allowed a run to score in the top of the 8th, and Cincinnati lost 3-2. Overall, Finnegan allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in the 7 innings he pitched. He struck out 7 and walked 1.
P.S. He's super proud of TCU Baseball, too.
3 years straight!!! Gotta love beating the Aggies to go to Omaha! @TCU_Baseball— Brandon Finnegan (@bfinny29) June 13, 2016
His ERA dropped to 3.77 with a 1.32 WHIP. For more on Finnegan's season, you can go here.
Bryan Holaday (C/Texas Rangers) - Holaday and the Rangers were home against the Astros on June 9. Holaday hit a single in the bottom of the 3rd and then scored on Nomar Mazara's single to left field. The Rangers won 5-3.
Then on June 13, the Rangers were away against the Athletics. There were some fun tweets during this game, wondering where the Rangers would play Holaday. He did a very short stint pitching last season in Triple A (like, less than an inning, but it still counts, right?).
Of note potentially now that it's 14-2 is that catcher Bryan Holaday pitched two-thirds of an inning last year for Triple A Toledo.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 14, 2016
Holaday ended up playing left field starting in the bottom of the 6th, and he flied out to left field in the top of the 7th. He grounded out to the third in top of the 9th to be the last out of the game in an ugly 14-5 Rangers loss.
Bryan Holaday with his first career putout in left field, which officially makes him a better outfielder than Mike Napoli.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 14, 2016
Holaday's AVG is .250. He has 2 homeruns and 13 RBIs for the season. You can find his stats here.
On June 7, Purke and the White Sox were home against the Washington Nationals. It was 10-5 at the top of the 7th. Purke pitched the last 3 innings and allowed no runs on 3 hits. He also struck out 4. But the White Sox couldn't catch the Nationals, and they lost 10-5.
Cool to see one-time #Nats prospect Matt Purke pitching in the big leagues at last. And he's facing fellow 2011 draft pick Anthony Rendon.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) June 8, 2016
Then on June 11, Purke pitched to 1 batter in the top of the 9th: Eric Hosmer of the Royals. Hosmer grounded out to second. It was 4-0 Kansas City, and the White Sox only managed to score 1 run in the bottom of the 9th, ending the game with a 4-1 loss.
His ERA is currently 3.60, with a 1.30 WHIP. You can check out more of his stats here.