Bama in the Big Leagues: All-Star Break Approaching
As Americans wrap up their Independence Day work week, the Major League Baseball season enters the second half of the season and is preparing for the final weekend before the All-Star break.
For Alabama alums in the big leagues, it was an up and down week. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson followed up his best start of the season last week at Cincinnati by striking out eight batters in his victory over Baltimore.
Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Hunter each had solid relief outings for Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
Off the field, the Chicago White Sox placed David Robertson on the paternity list as he joined his wife Erin for the birth of their second child, Violet Grace, Monday evening. Thursday evening, the White Sox reinstated Robertson prior to their series against the Colorado Rockies.
Find out how Alabama’s six former players on active MLB rosters have been doing this week.
Alex Avila - Catcher (Detroit Tigers)
61 games, .301 avg. 11 HR, 29 RBI, 26 runs, 11 doubles, 37 BB, 63 K, 1 error, .425 OBP
Monday: Off Day
Tuesday vs. San Francisco: 1-4, K
Wednesday vs. San Francisco: 0-2, K
Thursday vs. San Francisco: 0-2, 2 BB
July 7-9 at Cleveland
Tommy Hunter - RHP (Tampa Bay Rays)
28 games, 0-2, 1 save, 2.16 ERA, 25 IP, 20 hits, 7 runs (6 earned), 7 BB, 28 K, 1 error, 2 HR allowed
Monday: Off Day
Tuesday at Chicago Cubs: 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 BB, 2 K
Wednesday at Chicago Cubs: Did not play
Thursday vs. Boston:
July 7-9 vs. Boston
Wade LeBlanc - LHP (Pittsburgh Pirates)
32 games, 3-2, 1 save, 4.27 ERA, 46.1 IP, 45 hits, 22 runs (22 earned), 9 BB, 36 K, .250 avg.
Monday at Philadelphia: 2 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 BB, 2 K
Tuesday at Philadelphia: Did not play
Wednesday at Philadelphia: Did not play
Thursday at Philadelphia:
July 7-9 at Chicago Cubs
Jimmy Nelson - RHP (Milwaukee Brewers)
17 games (17 starts), 7-4, 3.20 ERA, 104 IP, 102 hits, 41 runs (37 earned), 25 BB, 112 K, 1 error, 10 HR allowed
Monday vs. Baltimore: Did not play
Tuesday vs. Baltimore: Win, 7 IP, 6 hits, 1 run (0 earned), 0 BB, 8 K
Wednesday vs. Baltimore: Did not play
Thursday at Chicago Cubs: Did not play
July 7-9 at New York Yankees
David Robertson - RHP (Chicago White Sox)
27 games, 4-2, 12 saves, 3.00 ERA, 30 IP, 20 hits, 10 runs (10 earned), 10 BB, 44 K, 4 HR allowed
Monday at Oakland: Did not play
Tuesday at Oakland: Did not play
Wednesday at Oakland: Did not play
Thursday: Off Day
July 7-9 at Colorado
Josh Rutledge - Third Base (Boston Red Sox)
10-Day Disabled List (Concussion)
37 games, .224 avg. 0 HR, 9 RBI, 10 runs, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 9 BB, 31 K, 1 error, .297 OBP
July 3 at Texas: Did not play
July 4 at Texas: Did not play
July 5 at Texas: Did not play
July 6 at Texas: Did not play
July 7-9 at Tampa Bay