Devers had been struggling offensively and defensively so far in 2020, but he looked sharp in all elements of the game on Sunday, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored while making a couple of dazzling plays at third base. In one night, his OPS jumped from .532 to .645. Expect more positive regression moving forward.
Renato Nunez cranked a long home run off of Chirinos in the third inning, but that's all the O's were able to muster off of the right-hander. They did put a good amount of traffic on the bases, though, as Chirinos allowed five hits, two walks and a hit by pitch while fanning just three batters. Chirinos has yielded just two runs -- one earned -- in two starts this season but hasn't pitched long enough to qualify for a win. He will face the Yankees next.
The Diamondbacks momentarily had Urias on the ropes in the opening frame, but he managed to settle down, striking out a pair of batters to escape with just a single run crossing the plate. The Dodgers offense provided plenty of support, plating eight runs in the middle innings, enabling him to cruise to an easy win. He finished with five strikeouts and only handed out one free pass in this one. The 23-year-old left-hander has allowed three runs on 10 hits with a 8:4 K:BB ratio over 11 innings across two starts to open the truncated 2020 campaign. He’s slated to face the Giants at home in his next start on Friday.
Merrifield also did commit an error, and was caught stealing for the first time in 2020. Still, an impressive contest from one of the most underrated players in baseball; and his two-run shot briefly brought Kansas City back into the game to make it 7-3 in the sixth. The 31-year-old infielder/outfielder now has nine RBI on the season, and he's slashing .342/.375/.649 over these first nine contests.
While Rodriguez is expected to make a full recovery from myocarditis, the club doesn't believe that he'll have enough time to recover before the end of the 2020 season. The good news, however, is that his heart is functioning normally. He's expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2021 season. While not completely unexpected, it's another blow to a Red Sox' rotation that is in shambles at the moment.
Fisher left Thursday's game with left quad tightness and is still nursing the injury during the Jays' weekend off. The downtime will surely help the ailment, but he might still be limited when the team returns to play Tuesday against the Braves. With Randal Grichuk expected back and Teoscar Hernandez mashing, Fisher might find himself on the bench in the near term anyway.
Blackmon connected for a two-run homer off Garrett Richards in the first inning before trying to fuel the Rockies’ comeback with an RBI single in the ninth inning. The 34-year-old missed time in Rockies’ camp due to a positive COVID-19 test, but he appears to be rounding into form. He’s delivered three straight multi-hit games.
Yarbrough ended up on the wrong end of a pitching duel in this one, limiting the Braves to just two hits and three walks while striking out six over his 6 1/3 innings. The outing came on the heels of 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays in his first time out, yet despite his 1.54 ERA and 0.86 WHIP he's now 0-1 on the year. The Red Sox aren't the nightmare they once were for pitchers, and the 28-year-old will try to get his first win when the two sides meet Wednesday.
Fisher didn't suffer any obvious injury, but he was removed after the third inning. It's not clear whether it's an ailment that might require a stint on the injured list.
Jackie Bradley and Mitch Moreland are also sitting versus the Mets and left-hander Steven Matz. Devers has already hit four doubles this season but is batting just .200/.231/.360 overall.