Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom entered the game last night with a 1-5 record, but pitched much better than that stat represents. Eleven strikeouts and no earned runs through seven innings of work was more than enough for the rookie to grab the win, while NL All-Star Julio Teheran took the loss, allowing five runs on three-and-a-third innings pitched.
When Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy went down for the season in spring training, eyes were on Mike Minor to perform as well as he had last season. A 2-5 record with a 4.54 ERA, Minor has obviously underwhelmed to start the year after suffering a shoulder injury in spring training, but a positive start on Monday was hopefully the sign of him turning things around.
With the Braves' season-long bench struggles, could 28-year-old Luis Valbuena of the Chicago Cubs potentially solve some problems? Talking Chop's own Scott Coleman certainly thinks so.
With Boston's season going downhill fast, there have been reports that the Red Sox may be planning to trade away veteran pitcher Jake Peavy, and the St. Louis Cardinals could be first in line to acquire him. Peavy is 1-7 on the year with a 4.64 ERA, but the 33-year-old righty has a solid track record of success in both leagues.
25-year-old rookie and AL All-Star Masahiro Tanaka has been lights out all year, but suffered a rough defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, giving up five runs. The talented Tanaka seems to be hitting his first rough patch all year in his past few outings.
The annual Home Run Derby is always a spectacle to watch, and this year will be no different. Phenom Yasiel Puig will be bat-flipping his way through the contest, while defending champ Yoenis Cespedes will look to bring home another trophy.