Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – Jake hasn’t pitched since we covered him last weekend. He was originally scheduled to pitch yesterday but will now face Milwaukee today in Chicago. Arrieta currently has a 5.44 ERA, with a 1.46 WHIP. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) – Carpenter had a quiet week. On May 16, he and the Cardinals were home against Boston for a 2-game series. He hit a sac-fly in the top of the 3rd to bring in Dexter Fowler and put the Cardinals up 3-2. The Red Sox would come back later and snatch the win away. The Cardinals lost 6-3.
On May 17, Carpenter didn’t have much luck at the plate. The Cardinals took a tough 5-4 loss, and Boston went home with the series.
On May 19, the Cardinals’ struggles continued when they faced San Francisco. In addition to a line out and groundout, Carpenter walked in the 1st inning but never made it around the diamond. The Cardinals lost 6-5.
On May 20, the second game against San Francisco was full of drama. The game was tied at 0 through 9 innings when Carpenter hit a double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 9th. He tried to stretch it into a triple and got beat.
Joe Davis and Matt Carpenter's "Cardinal sin" pic.twitter.com/S5Jn9ndmsb— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) May 21, 2017
Twitter went a little crazy.
There is absolutely no excuse for Matt Carpenter to have done what he just did. He'd be the first to acknowledge he let his team down.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) May 21, 2017
Cardinals fans across the country watching Matt Carpenter being thrown out at third base. pic.twitter.com/sqtYrHvss3— Baseball Season (@CardinalTales) May 21, 2017
Giants player of the game has to be Matt Carpenter, thanks for getting greedy ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Sean Bialaszek (@MissedCutoffMan) May 21, 2017
Then there was a rain delay.
A rain delay is the baseball gods’ way of telling Matt Carpenter to carefully rethink his baserunning choices.— #dennis (@gr33nazn) May 21, 2017
41 minutes later, the game was back on. In the top of the 13th, the Giants scored 3. The Cardinals managed a single run before taking the tough 3-1 loss.
Carpenter currently has 30 hits, 21 runs, and 25 RBIs, including 8 home runs. He has a .236 AVG. They’ll play San Francisco again today. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – Cashner faced the Phillies in Arlington on May 17. He pitched a strong 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs (earned) on 9 hits. Those 2 runs came on a home run by Michael Saunders in the top of the 7th. Cashner also walked 1 while striking out 2. The Rangers won 9-3. This was his first career win in the state of Texas, and I couldn’t be happier to see him succeeding right now!
#Rangers Andrew Cashner has held opponents to a .103 batting average with men on this season. Best in baseball among starting pitchers.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) May 20, 2017
Cashner currently has an ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 1.34. He’s scheduled to pitch Tuesday in Boston. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
He pitched that night against the Tigers in Detroit. He pitched a groundout-fly out-line out in the bottom of the 6th, then allowed a groundout and fly out in the bottom of the 7th before an error put a runner on for Detroit. Crichton was relieved with zeros all around--no runs, no hits, no walks, no strikeouts. The Tigers were already ahead, and Baltimore couldn’t catch up. They took a 5-4 loss.
Crichton hasn’t been sent back to Norfolk yet. Shhhhhh....nobody tell the Orioles. Maybe he’ll get to sleep in the same place for more than a week.
You can follow Crichton this season here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan was placed on the 60-day DL while he continues to heal from a strained left trapezius. We’re wishing him the best as he continues to recover.
To make room for O'Brien on the 40-man roster, LHP Brandon Finnegan (left shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day DL. #Reds— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 16, 2017
Finnegan currently has a 2.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.
For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.