The last no-hitter we saw in the majors came courtesy of Reid Detmers on May 10. Detmers was on the mound against the Dodgers on Wednesday, but he had nothing in his bag of tricks. Rather, this time, it was his opposite number, Tyler Anderson, who was toying around with history. Anderson entered the ninth inning having walked two without surrendering a hit. He opened the frame striking out Mike Trout, amping up the atmosphere to 11 in the process, but Shohei Ohtani would proceed to silence the home crowd with a triple, ending the night's drama.
Just how Anderson performed coming off this stellar showing is something to monitor. We need not look further than Detmers, himself, to see that pitchers can sometimes lose themselves in starts like this. Detmers surrendered eight total runs in his first two starts after no-hitting the Rays last month.
Hitters with an EDGE
Amed Rosario – 3-for-5, HR, 3B, 4 R, SB
Marvelous overall game for Rosario, who has been touching home plate with reckless abandon in recent days. Rosario has scored nine runs over his last four games (18 at-bats).
Manny Machado – 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB
The Padres absolutely obliterated the poor Cubs on Wednesday, racking up 19 runs on 21 hits. Machado’s four runs batted in during the lopsided win represented a season-best for the star third baseman.
Luke Voit – 3-for-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Sure, Voit waited until the Padres held a double-digit lead to homer, but stats are stats, folks. The former Yankee has been tattooing the ball for power over the last week, having homered in back-to-back games and three of his last four contests.
Alex Verdugo – 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI
Verdugo collected his first two RBI on a ground out and a single. His next two would come home in considerably more explosive form, as he belted a two-run homer in the sixth. He had gone 1-for-11 over his prior three games before busting out in style on Wednesday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R
Guerrero Jr. is currently in one of those stretches where he sees the ball like he’s in the Matrix. He has homered in three of his last four games and has posted 13 total hits over his last six contests, good for a .481 average in that space.
Austin Riley – 3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Riley connected for two-run homers in both the seventh and eighth innings to help the Braves pull away for their 14th consecutive win. This was Riley’s first multi-homer effort of the 2022 campaign. He is already up to 18 homers on the season and certainly looks like he’ll have a shot at topping the career-best 33 long balls he posted in 2021, assuming he can maintain his health as the summer deepens.
Yoan Moncada – 5-for-6, HR, 2B, 5 RBI
Whoa now. Moncada was hitting just .141/.198/.222 in 99 at-bats prior to Wednesday. He took out a little frustration against the Tigers in Chicago’s 13-0 laugher, though obviously one game does not a season make. Still plenty of work to do, here.
Pitchers with an EDGE
Tyler Anderson – W (8-0), 8 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 8 K, 2 BB
We touched on Anderson’s near-no-hitter in the open, but it’s a performance worth admiring once more. Over his last five starts, Anderson has three shutout showings and one almost no-no.
Spencer Strider – W (3-2), 5 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 11 K, 2 BB
Strider came up one out short of qualifying for a quality start, but let’s toss aside the technicalities, because this was most definitely a quality start for the 23-year-old right-hander. Strider has struck out 19 batters over his last two starts (11 1/3 innings) while working to a 2.45 ERA and 68/21 K/BB ratio (15 appearances; four starts; 44 IP) for the campaign as a whole.
Luis Castillo – ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 6 K, 2 BB
Castillo has steadily begun to get it in gear after injury delayed his start to the 2022 campaign, having now lasted at least six innings in five of his last six starts. His seven innings in Wednesday’s loss to the D-Backs represented a season-best mark for length.
Zac Gallen – ND, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 K, 0 BB
Like Castillo above, Gallen provided his outfit with plenty of length but failed to come away with a decision. This outing against the Reds was a strong, strong rebound performance by Gallen, who was licked for six runs (four earned) in just 1 2/3 innings against the Phillies last time out.
Kyle Gibson – ND, 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 6 K, 0 BB
Gibson was on the hook for the loss despite eight strong innings before Garrett Stubbs walked it off with a three-run tater in the bottom of the ninth to save his win-loss column. This was Gibson’s longest start of the campaign in 13 trips to the mound.
EDGE Priority Pickup – Brendan Donovan, 2B, Cardinals – Available in 65 percent of Yahoo leagues
In 44 games (129 at-bats this season), Donovan is slashing .341/.448/.465 with one homer, 20 RBI and two steals. There’s almost certainly some regression coming with the lofty numbers on that triple-slash, but at least for now, the rookie infielder is crushing it, going 13-for-21 over his last five games. He has posted at least three hits in three of his last four games. In standard Yahoo leagues, Donovan currently ranks as the No. 103 player and is readily available on many a-waiver. Fantasy managers should add him now, while there is still wave to ride.
Emmanuel Clase – SV (13), IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB
Clase closed out a 7-5 win over the Rockies. He improved to 13-of-15 in save opportunities with Wednesday’s (relatively) clean showing and has not given up a run in 11 consecutive appearances.
David Bednar – SV (11), 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB
This was Bednar’s fourth save of at least two innings. After wobbling for three combined runs in a couple of late May appearances, the closer has tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in June with a 7/2 K/BB ratio.
Clay Holmes – SV (11), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K
Holmes locked down a 4-3 victory for the ever-winning Yankees. He has now gone 28 straight appearances without allowing a run. Aaron Boone claims that Holmes will be returning to a set-up role when Aroldis Chapman comes back. We'll see. He has essentially been perfect this season.
Scott Barlow – SV (7), 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB
Barlow coming in with one of his more crisp performances of the month on Wednesday. He improved to 7-of-8 in save chances in 24 appearances this season.
Thursday’s Matchup of the Day
The lone matchup between teams over .500 on Thursday. Don’t blink if you want to catch Beeks and his 1.38 ERA, as he’ll be working as an opener in this one and doesn’t figure to last more than an inning or two. Severino, meanwhile, will be trying for a third consecutive start of double-digit strikeouts. He has faced the Cubs and Tigers the last two times out, so this will be a nice step up in competition.
AL Quick Hits: Rafael Devers homered for the fourth straight game. … Kyle Higashioka cracked a three-run homer, conjuring ghosts of spring trainings past. … Aaron Judge hit his 25th homer of the season. … Matt Chapman crushed a two-run homer. … Ryan Mountcastle homered twice. … Kevin Kiermaier left action against the Yankees due to left Achilles inflammation. … Anthony Rendon (wrist) could be facing a trip to the injured list. … Sonny Gray tossed five scoreless innings against the Mariners. … Yankees released Ender Inciarte. … Hyun Jin Ryu will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. … Casey Mize underwent successful TJ surgery.
NL Quick Hits: Coming back from injury, Jack Flaherty allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings against the Pirates to open his 2022 season. … Will Smith smashed a three-run homer, his eighth of the season. … Orlando Arcia went 4-for-4 with a homer. … Starling Marte was forced out injured after getting hit on the wrist by a pitch. … Ketel Marte exited against the Reds with a hamstring issue. … Andrew Heaney (shoulder) looks to be in line for a possible weekend return to the rotation. … Brandon Belt hit a solo home run. … Marcus Stroman (shoulder) has not yet resumed throwing. … Juan Soto continues to deal with a minor knee injury.