After last week’s hiatus due to Memorial Day, we’re back for the weekly recap of how former ND baseballers fared this past week.
A.J. Pollock - OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Week Nine Stats: N/A
2017 Stats: .299 (BA)/.337 (OBP)/.455 (SLG), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 11 SB, 26 R, 9 BB, 29 K
Pollock has been on the shelf since Mother’s Day, but Arizona is hopeful he’ll be back in the next couple of weeks. On Sunday DBacks’ general manager Dan Hazen told MLB Network Radio that they hope Pollock will return in the next few weeks. Pollock, who is recovering from a groin injury, has still not been cleared to run. Arizona is worried about rushing Pollock back and risk the chance he aggravates the injury occurs again.
Jeff Samardzija - SP, San Francisco Giants
Week Nine Stats: 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, W-L: 0-1
2017 Stats: 1-7, 4.63 ERA, 72.0 IP, 74 H, 37 ER, 11 BB, 84 K, .267 BAA
Samardzija endured his shortest outing of the season on last week in a loss to the Washington Nationals. He labored through four innings, throwing 100 pitches. Despite this Samardzija only surrendered three earned runs on nine hits. He also struck out five, while walking none. Samardzija is now just 1-7 on the year, but he has thrown much better than the record indicates. He’ll next start Monday night on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.
David Phelps - RP, Miami Marlins
Week Nine Stats: 3 G, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3 HD, W-L: 0-0
2017 Stats: 2-2, 2.79 ERA, 29.0 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 31 K, 7 HD
Phelps has been lights out, out of the Miami bullpen for the last month and a half. In fact, he hasn’t let up a run since April 21st. With the way Phelps is throwing and the lack of success Miami has had this season, he could be a valuable trade piece come July 31st.
Trey Mancini - 3B/1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
Week Nine Stats: .347 (8/23), 3 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 2b, 1 BB, 4 K
2017 Stats: .294/.338/.507, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 13 R, 8 2b, 9 BB, 39 K
Mancini continues to have a great rookie season has he’s top five among A.L. rookies in RBIs, batting average and homers. His at bats are becoming a little more frequent, and he’s making the most of them. In May, he batted .342 with 2 homers and 12 RBIs in 73 at bats. If it wasn’t for Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, Mancini’s name would be one that would be in the conversation for A.L. Rookie of the Year.
John Axford - RP, Oakland Athletics
Week Nine Stats: 2 G, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HD, W-L: 0-0
2017 Stats: 0-0, 9.53 ERA, 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HD, W-L: 0-0
Axford has struggled mightily since coming off the DL two weeks ago. His ERA is ballooned all the way up to 9.53 and hitters are hitting .357 off him in just 5.2 IP. His struggles are symbolic of Oakland’s, who sit in last place in the A.L. West.
Craig Counsell - Mgr., Milwaukee Brewers
Week Nine Stats: 3-4
2017 Stats: 30-27
Despite the 3-4 record last week, Counsell’s Brewers are still in first place by a game over the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers will take on the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks this week.