Bits: Beachy, McDonald come up big
Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy tossed a five-hit shutout against the Miami Marlins Thursday, issuing zero walks and fanning six hitters. Beachy was leading the majors in ERA before the game as well. A top strikeout option per inning last year, Beachy is far more successful now as he pitches later into games. Some regression is coming, but trade for Beachy with confidence.
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander James McDonald retired the first 13 Washington Nationals Thursday, nine on strikeouts, and won his third game. McDonald finished with 11 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings and a 2.68 ERA, 1.01 WHIP. He's still available in a third of ESPN standard leagues, and with his strikeout potential, that's too many.
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