Jake Arrieta (P/Chicago Cubs) – On June 27, the Cubs were faced the Nationals. Arrieta pitched 4 innings and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits (5 earned). He walked 6 ad struck out 4. The Cubs lost the game 6-1. After the game, Catcher Miguel Montero called out Jake for allowing too many stolen bases in the loss. For his efforts, Montero got designated for assignment.
Miguel Montero ripped pitcher Jake Arrieta after the Nationals stole seven bases on the Cubs. Today, Montero was designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/5L8nCrZsD6— SI MLB (@si_mlb) June 28, 2017
Then, he got traded. Yes, traded.
SUMMARY: DON’T MESS WITH JAKE.
After the rocky game against the Nationals, Arrieta seemed to bounce back against the Reds on July 2. The Cubs were in Cincinnati against the Reds. Arrieta pitched 7 innings and allowed just 1 hit with 0 runs. He walked 2 while striking out 6. The Cubs won 6-2.
Earlier: Jake Arrieta Had a Very, Very Good Day – And He’s Actually Had a Good Run for a While https://t.co/tL64x8vHyz— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) July 4, 2017
Also, there’s still time to get in on the auction for the basket of Jake’s favorite stuff. Check out the latest items to be added:
Jake currently has a 4.33 ERA, with a 1.30 WHIP. He’ll pitch on Saturday in Chicago against the Pirates. To follow Jake Arrieta this season, click here.
Matt Carpenter (3B/St. Louis Cardinals) –
On July 5, Matt, teammate Trevor Rosenthal, and their wives visisted Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, where they visited with kids and handed out baseball gloves. After seeing the Horned Frogs make their annual visit to the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, it was nice to see a Pro Frog do the same. The Homers for Health program is similar to Mash for Micah, in that people can pledge money to the hospital for every home run hit by the Cardinals this season. If you’re interested in pledging, you can get all the details here.
You can see more of their visit here:
I’m not crying. You’re crying. (The kid catching the orange squishy balloon did me in.)
On June 27, the Cardinals were in Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. Carpenter walked in th 1st and was driven in by Jedd Gyorko. In the top of the 7th, he sacrificed to Arizona Catcher Iannetta and was safe on Iannetta’s throwing error. The teams were tied at 5 after 9 innings, and the Diamondbacks got the win in the bottom of the 10th. The final score was 6-5.
On June 28, Game 2 had Carpenter walking in the top of the 4th. He came in on a bases-loaded walk for Gyorko. Carpenter hit a ground rule double in the 8th and got to third on a wild pitch. He was driven in by Gyorko’s double to deep center. The Cardinals won the game 4-3.
In Game 3, Carpenter was intentionally walked in the 7th. Grichuk followed with a 3-run homer to clear the bases. The Cardinals won 10-4.
On June 30, the Cardinals returned home to face the Nationals. Carpenter hit a double in the bottom of the 4th and was brought in once again by Gyorko on a ground rule double of his own. The Cardinals won 8-1.
On July 1, Carpenter came in the top of the 9th to try to hold the Cardinals’ lead over the Nationals. He played 1B and the Cardinals were able to keep their 2-1 lead for the win.
Game 3 came on July 2, and Carpenter was back in the starting lineup. He singled to right field in the bottom of the 8th and was brought in by Pham’s 2-run homer. Unfortunately, the Cardinals lost 7-2.
On July 3, the Cards began a 4-game series at home against Miami. In the bottom of the 1st, Carpenter singled to center. He was driven in on Tommy Pham’s triple. Then in the bottom of the 3rd, Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Paul DeJong. The Cardinals whomped Miami 14-6.
On July 4, Carpenter hit two singles to get on base, but the Cardinals struggled at the plate overall. They lost 5-2.
On July 5, Carpenter hit a sac-fly to center to bring in DeJong. But it wasn’t quite enough, and the Cardinals lost 9-6.
Also, Carlos Martinez impersonating Carpenter’s stance is hilarious.
On July 6, Carpenter walked twice. After being walked in the 3rd, he was driven in on a double to deep right by Luke Voit. The Cardinals won 4-3 to tie the series.
Carpenter currently has 64 hits, 48 runs, and 42 RBIs, including 14 home runs. He has a .231 AVG. The Cardinals will be home against the Mets tonight. For all the stats during Carpenter's 2017 season, click here.
Andrew Cashner (P/Texas Rangers) – Cashner had quite the week. On June 29 he pitched against the Indians in Cleveland. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3. But in the bottom of the 5th, his pitching arm was hit by a broken bat that came flying back to the mound when Edwin Encarnacion hit a single to right field. It’s tough to watch.
Scary moment for Andrew Cashner, but he did stay in the game pic.twitter.com/mkyNqIeL3j— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 29, 2017
He stayed in to face Jose Ramirez, who followed up with a double. Cashner left the game after that. The Rangers lost 5-1.
July 5 rolled around, the Rangers were home against the Red Sox. It was TCU Night, and Cashner fittingly took the mound. He had a no-hitter going through a full 5 innings. In the top of the 6th, there were 2 outs when Pedroia ended up being safe at first on an error by Kozma. That extended the inning long enough for Xander Bogaerts to hit a home run, driving in 2 runs. Moreland followed with a single and then Ramirez flied out to left to end the inning. Cashner ended up allowing 2 runs on 3 hits through 7 innings pitched. He struck out 4 and walked 3.
Cashner currently has an ERA of 3.54 and a WHIP of 1.43. For more of Cashner's stats, click here.
You can follow Crichton this season here.
Taylor Featherston (SS/Tampa Bay Rays) - Featherston played on June 30 against Baltimore. It was 3-3 after 9 innings, and Featherston pinch hit in the 10th for Tim Beckham. He flied out to center field, but the Rays still ended up with the 6-4 win.
On July 1, Featherston was in the lineup. After a couple strikeouts, he walked in the top of the 6th. Mallex Smith doubled to shallow right field and Featherston scored on a throwing error Baltimore’s Craig Gentry. The Rays won 10-3.
July 2 brought Game 3. Featherston remained in the lineup but he and the rest of the Rays had a tough time at the plate. The Rays lost 7-1.
On July 6, Featherston was in the lineup at home against the Red Sox. While it wasn’t a strong day for Featherston, the Rays managed to pull off the 4-1 win.
Featherston has 7 hits, 6 runs, 2 home runs, and 5 RBIs. His AVG is .189. The Rays will be home against the Red Sox tonight. You can see all of his stats here.
Brandon Finnegan (P/Cincinnati Reds) – Finnegan was placed on the 60-day DL for a left shoulder injury.
Finnegan currently has a 4.15 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in the MLB. We wish him a speedy recovery.
For more on Finnegan's 2017 season, you can go here.
Huffman’s AVG is .286. He has 4 hits, 3 runs, and no home runs or RBIs yet. We look forward to seeing him return to the MLB later this season. You can follow his season and see all of his stats here.