Alcantara (1-2) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Rangers. He struck out six.
Elvis Andrus was the source of all of Alcantara's problems Saturday, with the veteran shortstop tagging him for a pair of two-run homers in the second and sixth innings. He's now given up at least one round-tripper in each of his first four appearances, but the six innings represented his longest stint on the mound to date. Alcantara will look to finish the season on a high note against the Mariners next Friday.
Darvish (6-5) fired seven innings of scoreless, two-hit ball in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the A's. He walked one and struck out nine.
Darvish looked like a completely different pitcher than the one the A's had battered for seven runs on seven hits and four walks last Saturday. He displayed impeccable control, getting 67 of his 99 pitches into the strike zone and inducing a whopping 18 swinging strikes. The 30-year-old has quality starts in two of his last three trips to the mound and will try to finish the regular season in winning form against the Rays next Friday.
Matz (shoulder) will pitch out of the bullpen if he pitches at all again this season, ESPN.com reports. "Right now, if he's able to throw -- able to pitch -- maybe we'll put him in the 'pen and see if we can get him an inning here or an inning there to see how he reacts to it," manager Terry Collins said Saturday.
Renewed pain in the lefty's shoulder following a bullpen session earlier this week forced the Mets to scratch Matz from his scheduled start Friday. He has not been shut down -- in fact, Matz played catch prior to Saturday's game -- but he no longer has enough time to build up for a start during the regular season. Matz has never made a relief appearance in the major leagues.
Trouba doesn't intend to join training camp until he's guaranteed a larger role on the team, and if that's not awarded, he's requested a trade away from Winnipeg, Frank Seravalli of TSN Sports reports.
Trouba's agent, Kurt Overhardt, has made it publicly known that this holdout isn't because Trouba desires more money. Rather, he's hoping for more playing time on the right side of the ice but admits that Winnipeg is already set at that position. Negotiations have stalled between the two parties, but obviously Trouba's decision to hold out should garner Winnipeg's attention to make a move.
Reyes (4-1) gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks over five innings in Saturday's 10-4 walloping of the Cubs. He struck out six.
The 22-year-old continued his string of impressive performances, although the three earned runs he gave up Saturday were the most he'd yielded in a start to date. Staked to a 4-0 lead entering the home half of the first, Reyes allowed a two-RBI triple to Ben Zobrist that cut his advantage in half. Dexter Fowler blasted a run-scoring double in the second for the third run against Reyes, but he settled in after that point to make it through five full frames. The rookie fired a career-high 115 pitches overall in the process of winning his third consecutive decision. Reyes will look to finish off the season on a winning note against the Reds next Thursday.