MLB 2023 | Luis Robert went deep twice for 21 homers, Iglesias saves #12, Yandy multi-hits again
Major League Baseball (MLB) and other Cuban Players News for the 2023 season. A compendium from several sources
Luis Robert Jr. went 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBI in the White Sox's 4-1 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
Robert took Kutter Crawford deep in the fourth and sixth innings to push the White Sox to the win. Over his last 13 games, Robert has four multi-hit efforts and seven of his 21 homers for the season. The star outfielder is slashing .269/.326/.559 with 42 RBI, 51 runs scored, 20 doubles and four stolen bases through 76 contests as a potent power bat in the heart of Chicago's order. It doesn't seem like Robert is being talked up as an All-Star, but he has 21 homers and an .885 OPS that's 15th in the majors and essentially a match for Randy Arozarena's mark. He's the only player in baseball with at least 18 homers and 18 doubles and he has 20 of both.
Luis Robert's homer #20
Luis Robert's homer #21
Braves' Raisel Iglesias: Works around traffic again. Iglesias allowed two hits and struck out one without walking a batter in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Reds. Iglesias has allowed multiple hits in five of his last seven appearances, but he's emerged with three saves in four chances and one win in that span. It's a little more of a high-wire act than Atlanta fans and fantasy managers want to see, but he remains entrenched as the closer. Iglesias now has a 4.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 28:6 K:BB over 21.2 innings this season with 12 saves in 14 chances.
Yandy Díaz went 4-for-4 to lead the Rays to a 3-1 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Díaz had more hits today than his teammates (three) and as many as the Royals lineup. At .316, he's barely behind Bo Bichette (.318) and Austin Hays (.318) for the AL lead in batting average.
José Abreu: Homer, two RBI in win. Abreu went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, a run and a strikeout in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in 11 innings. Abreu hit his home run in the fourth inning to give the Astros a 4-1 lead. He added a single in the top of the eleventh inning. The veteran first baseman now has five homers on the season, including four in his last 15 games. He's gone 7-for-28 (.250) with three RBI in his last seven contests. After a very slow start in Houston, Abreu is now slashing .232/.283/.326 with 22 runs scored and 36 RBI through 311 plate appearances on the campaign.
Johan Oviedo pitched seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in a loss to the Marlins.
No help for Oviedo, who is 0-4 in June despite turning in four quality starts in five tries. He has a 2.96 in his last nine starts, though his peripherals aren't particularly strong.
Dairon Blanco: Hitless on Sunday against the Rays. Blanco went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Rays. Blanco started his five game of the team's last six, and he went 4-for-17 in that span.
Jorge Soler is not in the Marlins' starting lineup for Sunday's contest against the Pirates.
It appears to be a regularly scheduled day of rest for the 31-year-old slugger. Soler has been outstanding this season, hitting .248/.346/.526 with 21 homers and 45 RBI across 312 plate appearances. Jesús Sánchez will start in right field and bat cleanup in his absence.
Miguel Vargas was not in the Dodgers' starting lineup for Sunday's finale against the Astros.
Vargas started Sunday's game on the bench as Mookie Betts started at second base. Vargas started the previous eight games and received a day to regroup after he went 1-for-29 during that stretch. The talented 23-year-old has been on the struggle bus all year and is hitting .202/.303/.378 with seven homers and three stolen bases across 273 plate appearances. He came in the game as a pinch hitter and struck out.