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The Skies are Always Sonny (gray)

AL West Three Up Three Down

 

The skies are always sunny when the A’s newest ace is pitching; the stellar season continues for the Sonny Gray. Jered Weaver is staying healthy and giving the Angels exactly what they need.

 

Every week Three Up Three Down examines each division and offers an in-depth look at the highs and lows with insight for fantasy owners and baseball fans alike.

 

Three Up

Sonny Gray, SP Oakland Athletics

Gray was solid in his last start against the Seattle Mariners, as he threw 7.2 innings and allowed one unearned run on just six hit hits, while striking out five batters. This was the third consecutive start he went at least seven innings and surrendered one run or less. In 125.2 innings pitched Gray has a 2.79 ERA with 108 strikeouts and seven home runs allowed.

Jered Weaver, SP Los Angeles Angels

Weaver threw the ball well his last time on the mound against the Texas Rangers. He gave up only two runs in seven innings and struck three batters. This start was definitely a positive sign after he went two innings in his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays because of tightness in his lower back. Los Angeles will need Weaver healthy in the rotation for the second-half of the season to continue their playoff push.

Chris Young, SP Seattle Mariners

Young had another impressive start, as he limited the Athletics to just three runs on five hits through six innings. This was the sixth consecutive start he allowed three runs or fewer, and the fifth time he threw at least six innings during that time frame.

 

Three Down

Scott Baker, SP Texas Rangers

Baker once again struggled on the mound in his last start against the Angels. He gave up five runs on nine hits in only four innings. This was the fourth time this season he has allowed at least five runs in a start. The opposition has a .275 batting average, and right-handed batters are hitting .290 against him. He also has issues with runners in scoring position, as teams have a .354 average in this situation. He has a 6.24 ERA through 53.1 innings pitched in 15 games (four starts).

Fantasy Advice: R.A. Dickey has a 3.82 ERA in 125 innings pitched through 20 starts. He is limiting teams to a .239 average, and right-handed batters are hitting .241 against him.

 Brad Peacock, SP Houston Astros

Peacock barely had a chance to do anything in his last start against the Boston Red Sox, as he was taken out of the game after facing just five batters. It was a surprise that his manager didn’t give him a chance to at least finish the first inning. Peacock has a 4.39 ERA in 84 innings pitched with 43 walks and 10 home runs allowed.

Fantasy Advice: Jake Odorizzi in 101 innings pitched has a 4.01 ERA through 19 starts. He has walked 39 batters and allowed nine home runs. He has allowed eight runs in his last four starts.

 Justin Smoak, 1B Seattle Mariners

Smoak has a .202 batting average with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 223 at-bats. He has a low OPS of .624, while striking out 61 times. He has a tough time figuring out right-handed pitchers, as indicated by his .184 average against them.

Fantasy Advice: James Loney is hitting .275 with five home runs and 44 RBI in 360 at-bats with 20 doubles. He has an OPS of .706, and has a .292 average against right-handed pitchers.

 

News/Notes

The Angels and the No. 15 overall pick LHP Sean Newcomb agree to a $2.5 million deal, as Friday was the signing deadline for draft picks.

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