By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your MLB highlights for week of April 1-7, 2019:

At the plate

  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit a blistering .550 (11-for-20) last week, with 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, one stolen base and a .615 on-base percentage. His .343 batting average ranks #10 in the American League.
  • RF Ryan Braun (Brewers) hit .263 (5-for-19) with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 8 RBIs. His 12 RBIs rank #4 in the National League.
  • 2B Ian Kinsler (Padres) hit .158 (3-for-19) with a stolen base and a .273 on-base percentage.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) hit .190 (4-for-21) with a home run, an RBI, and a .320 OBP.
  • CF Kevin Pillar, who was traded early in the week to the San Francisco Giants, hit .125 (2-for-16) with an RBI and a stolen base.
  • After hitting .467 with 3 HRs during Opening Week of the 2019 season, LF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) cooled down to nearly absolute zero, going hitless in 13 at-bats, walking once, and driving in one run on a sacrifice fly.

On the mound

  • Max Fried (Braves) pitched 6 innings of nearly perfect ball in an April 4 start, yielding just one hit and no walks while striking out 5 to earn a win.
  • Richard Bleier (Orioles) — the only MLB pitcher to record sub-2.00 ERAs in each of the past 3 seasons — calmed down a bit after a rough start on March 30. On April 1, he earned a save despite giving up 2 hits and an earned run over one inning of play. He was perfect on April 3, yielding no walks or pitches over 1.2 innings while striking out one. For the week, he was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a save.
  • It was a mixed bag for Robert Stock (Padres). After striking out the side in his lone inning of relief on April 1, the right-hander blew a save opportunity on April 5 and yielded 2 runs over 1.1 innings on April 6. For the week, he was 1-0 with an 8.10 ERA, one blown save, 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.

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