Karablog: Paul Goldschmidt returns to form

jets_131Just as nobody enjoys getting injured, nobody really wants to talk about injuries either, and this past weekend was a rough one for several big-name pitchers and prospects. Rough, rough weekend. However, instead of starting a new week dissecting myriad negatives, let us focus on a positive! Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, a consensus top-10 fantasy option that began the week as arguably the biggest disappointment in the game, had a terrific week, easily topping the Player Rater for that span.

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It’s ironic that Royals shifts have been so effective because, just last week, manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star, I don’t know they would ever do it but if they came to me and say would you like to outlaw the shifts, I would say yes.

Odubel Herrera, who was the catalyst of the Philadelphia offense through his first 45 games of the season, has cooled off in recent weeks. The center fielder has just 10 hits in his last 68 at-bats (.147 average) and has 19 strikeouts and three walks during that span. Herrera’s OPS, which was .989 on May 17, has dropped to .786.

I think he’s going through a rough time. It’s been a significant drop in his numbers, his statistics, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters Sunday. We’re all seeing that. We’re seeing his rhythm and timing. He’s a rhythm and timing hitter … so when that timing is disturbed and disrupted, you just don’t see as clean swings. We know that rhythm and that timing has to come back.

Nola (7-2, 2.35 ERA) doesn’t typically need much run support when he’s on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander will be making his 14th start of the season Tuesday, and Nola has yet to pitch less than five innings or give up more than four runs in a 2018 outing.

Nola allowed three runs and four hits in six innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start but tied a season high with four walks.

Tuesday’s start will be the second of Nola’s career against the Rockies. He gave up two runs in seven innings at Coors Field on Aug. 6, 2017.

Gray (6-6, 5.66 ERA), meanwhile, was the starter in the Rockies’ most recent win. He pitched five innings against the Cincinnati Reds last Wednesday, giving up three runs and seven hits.

Gray is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 1.254 WHIP in three career starts against the Phillies.

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