Madison Bumgarner – SP – San Francisco Giants
Although his last start earned him a loss, the one prior to that garners some attention. On July 10th against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, allowing a Jake Lamb single with 1 out. Aside from that lone hit, MadBum was absolutely dominant. He faced only 1 batter over the minimum, and tied a career high with 14 punch-outs. Bumgarner is having a career year, and his Giants have a great shot at making another long run in the playoffs.
Chris Tillman – SP – Baltimore Orioles
Sporting a 13-2 record on the year, the Orioles Chris Tillman is having a fine season. In 2 starts last week spanning 14 innings, he allowed only 7 hits and 2 earned runs, while striking out 8 batters. The rest of the Orioles rotation has struggled this year, with a combined ERA well over 5.00. Tillman is the clear ace of the Orioles pitching staff, and he will need to stay hot for the first place O’s, otherwise they will have no chance of holding on to their tenuous lead over the red-hot Red Sox.
Matt Shoemaker – SP – Anaheim Angels
In a rare bright spot during an up and down season, the Angels Matt Shoemaker tossed a complete game 6 hit shutout over the Chicago White Sox in Anaheim. He didn’t walk a batter, and his first career complete game yielded a career high 13 strikeouts, including the final 2 outs with men on first and third. Shoemaker occasionally dominates opponents, but since the 2014 season when he had a 16-4 record with a 3.04 ERA, his production has tapered off each season.
Howie Kendrick – OF – Los Angeles Dodgers
In a short week due to the All Start Game, Howie Kendrick made the most of his 14 at bats. Howie stroked 10 hits in 3 games this week, compiling a .714 BA for the 2nd place Dodgers. He is currently on a 9 game hitting streak, and he hopes to continue that against division opponent, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chris Taylor – SS – Los Angeles Dodgers
Playing in only one game this week, the Dodgers Chris Taylor had a full week’s worth of production. Coming up a single shy of hitting for the cycle, Taylor went 3 for 5, scoring 3 times, and driving in 6 runs,. Taylor’s 6th inning grand slam was the first home run of his career, and his 6 RBI’s led all of baseball last week.