Jake Arrieta (P/Philadelphia Phillies) -
Arrieta finished off the month of July with games against the Dodgers and Red Sox. On July 25, he was home to face the Dodgers. He pitched through 6 innings, allowing just 3 runs (2 earned, 1 home run) on 5 hits. He also walked 2 and struck out 6. The Phillies won 7-3.
On July 31, the Phillies were in Boston to play the Red Sox. He pitched 7 innings—his third time pitching 7 in the month of July. he allowed 1 run on 6 hits, while striking out 7 and not walking a batter. This was a great outing for Arrieta, and the Phillies won 3-1. They currently sit in 1st place in the NL East, with the Atlanta Braves 1⁄2 a game behind them.
Is this a bad time to bring up that exiled #Cubs ace Jake Arrieta posted a 2.80 ERA in six July starts while Yu Darvish has thrown, what, three bullpen sessions in that time?— steve rosenbloom (@steverosenbloom) August 1, 2018
OK, forget that I mentioned it.
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Two-thirds into the season, Phillies are in first place despite Jake Arrieta not yet going on a sustained run.— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) August 1, 2018
Very impressive these last 2 starts, though, against 2 of the best offenses in MLB. Held the Dodgers and Red Sox to 3 earned runs in 13 innings with 14 K's, 2 walks.
Arrieta has an ERA of 3.32 with a WHIP of 1.24. You can see Arrieta’s full stats here. He’ll pitch in Arizona on Monday.
Matt Carpenter (1B/St. Louis Cardinals) -
The Cardinals finished their series against the Reds on July 25. He lead off with a single in the 1st, but the Cardinals couldn’t get him home. They lost 7-3.
Upon returning home, Carpenter’s salsa continued to be a hit with players and fans.
The Cardinals faced the Cubs in a tough 3-game series starting July 27. Carpenter walked and then was caught stealing in the bottom of the 6th. Fortunately, the Cards got ahead and early and were able to pull out a 5-2 win.
On July 28, Carpenter reached on a bunt single to third in the bottom of the 1st and scored a run on a bases loaded walk. The Cardinals won 6-2.
I’m consuming unhealthy amounts of salsa at this point.. but whatever it takes for wins!!!! #ItsGottaBeTheSalsa— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) July 29, 2018
The following day, the Cardinals struggled. Carpenter hit a single to right field in the bottom of the 8th, but the Cardinals couldn’t make anything of it. They lost the game 5-2 but still took the series.
A home series against the Rockies began July 30, and Carpenter’s salsa must’ve had quite the magic in it. Carpenter went 3 for 4, with a single in the bottom of the 1st, a single in the bottom of the 6th, and a single in the bottom of the 7th that brought in 2 RBI. The Rockies wisely walked him in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at 4 to avoid any further damage. The Cardinals won 5-4 in 10 innings.
Recipe For Being Clutch— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 31, 2018
One Large Beard
No Batting Gloves Needed
Two Scoops Of Salsa
On July 31, Carpenter hit a lead-off home run to put the Cards up 1-0. He hit a sac fly in the bottom of the 8th to send in Tyler O’Neill. Unfortunately, the Cardinals lost the game 6-3.
August 31 brought game 3 between the teams. Carpenter walked three times and struck out once in a 6-3 Cardinals win. Game 4 against the Rockies is happening as I write this.
You can order a Salsa Shirt online and join Carpenter in raising money for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, an organization that Carpenter raises money for every year. Get yours here.
Carpenter currently has a .276 ERA, with 70 runs and 102 hits. He has 26 home runs and 57 RBI. You can see his full stats here.
Andrew Cashner (P/Baltimore Orioles) -
On July 27, Cashner had a great game against Tampa Bay, lasting 6 innings and allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 2. The Orioles’ offense showed up to the game, and actually won 15-5! They’re still in last place, but hey, Cashner finally got a win on his record, so we’ll take it. He’s currently got a 3-9 record for the season.
Cashner lowered his ERA to 4.33, with a 1.50 WHIP. He’ll face the Rangers tonight in Arlington.
You can see his full stats here.
Bryan Holaday (C/Miami Marlins) -
Holaday is no longer the starting catcher, since Realmuto has returned to the position. The Marlins have continued to give Holaday experience. He’s definitely had a strong performer behind the plate, but his offense performance needs some more work.
On July 28, Holaday went 0 for 4 against the Nationals. The Marlins won the game 2-1 at home. Holaday currently has 5 runs and 19 hits, with 12 RBIs and 1 home run. You can see his full stats here. Miami is in Philadelphia tonight.