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A.J. Puk Oakland Athletics

Yesterday's Debut (per B-R)

P A.J. Puk (OAK)

Born: April 25, 1995 (Age: 24-118d)

Baseball America Prospect Rank: #18 in 2019

Drafted: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from Washington HS (Cedar Rapids, IA) and the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round (6th) of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).

Debut: 0.1 ip, 0 er, 0 k, 1 bb

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Giovanny Urshela New York Yankees

MLB OPS Leaders, Last 30 Days (from Baseball-Reference):

OPS
Gio Urshela 1.240
J.D. Martinez 1.165
Kyle Seager 1.150
J.D. Davis 1.113
Jose Ramirez 1.107
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Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

He pitched his way right back into the Cy Young conversation, against the Twins no less.

Yesterday's top Game Scores:

Lucas Giolito* (CHW): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 12 K, 0 BB, 93 GmSc

Justin Verlander* (HOU): 9.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 11 K, 0 BB, 86 GmSc

Patrick Corbin (WSN): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 K, 2 BB, 78 GmSc

Walker Buehler (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 0 BB, 75 GmSc

Julio Teheran (ATL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 9 K, 3 BB, 73 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

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Renato Nunez Baltimore Orioles

Is it possible? The consecutive-day streak of at least two homers by someone or, far more often, many someones has ended?

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Nicholas Castellanos* (CHC): 4-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Robinson Chirinos* (HOU): 4-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Kevin Kiermaier* (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Mike Yastrzemski (SFG): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Carlos Santana (CLE): 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Evan Longoria (SFG): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Mike Ford (NYY): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Yan Gomes (WSN): 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R

Mike Moustakas (MIL): 1-1, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Renato Nunez (BAL): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

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Joe Kelly Los Angeles Dodgers

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today:
1. Edwin Diaz — Seth Lugo went two innings on Thursday.
2. Rowan Wick — Craig Kimbrel has gone in three of four since his return.
3. Joe Kelly — Kenley Jansen will see his workload heavily limited down the stretch to an average of one appearance per series.
4. Blake Treinen — Liam Hendriks went 1.2 innings Wednesday, his second straight day of work.

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Junior Guerra Milwaukee Brewers

A cloud burst is going to bring somebody a Yoohoo bath.

Milwaukee Brewers — By closing out the last batter in the seventh, Junior Guerra put himself in position to earn a rare rain-shortened save.

Hierarchy remains: Hader | Albers | Peralta.

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Matt Magill Minnesota Twins

Phew.

Seattle Mariners — A month after he was acquired from Minnesota for cash considerations, the clock finally struck midnight for Matt Magill. Emilio Pagan blew the save for the Rays in the top of the ninth, but Magill gave it right back in the bottom of the inning. It’ll probably take another bad outing before he loses his slot at the top of the Seattle committee, though.

Hierarchy remains: *Magill | Bass | Tuivailala. 
* = closer-by-committee

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Brad Hand Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians – Despite Brad Hand’s third straight blown save on Wednesday — the latest disappointment of a subpar two-month period (7.32 ERA, 2.03 WHIP) — Terry Francona is not considering a change in the ninth inning. “We can’t run from Brad.” Apparently Brad can’t run to first either. Hand’s velocity looks fine, but his location has been questionable; with the Indians still in the heart of the wild card race, Francona’s confidence in his most talented reliever is almost certainly the right play.

Hierarchy remains: Hand | Wittgren | Goody.

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Yesterday was a "rich get richer" day ...


Howard Lynch LynchMob

Led by the much sought-after Bryce Harper (at the traded deadline), the Oracles have surged to within half a point of not being in the cellar in the PCL.

Yo, Broad Street Bullies: you better step up your game.

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Marcus Stroman New York Mets

Fixed.

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Octavio Dotel Detroit Tigers

Back page of the Post: MEET THE METHS

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Robinson Chirinos Houston Astros

And as mentioned in the game recap, the Vegas line on the game made the loss the biggest MLB upset since 2005...

https://www.actionnetwork.com/mlb/tigers-vs-astros-odds-betting-preview-verlander-biggest-favorite-trend-august-21-2019


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Marcus Stroman New York Mets

Why is Stroman still showing Toronto as his team in the comments?

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Jake Fraley Seattle Mariners

Made his debut.  He's old compared to many rookies these days.  But, he had a very nice Rotisserie-type season in AA and AAA, putting up numbers across the 5 categories. I don't know how he fits in long-term in Seattle, but if they are really rebuilding, he should be in their plans.

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Marcus Stroman New York Mets

The rudderless ship won its fourth in a row with another heart-stopping rally, this one in the tenth.

Stroman left after four with a hammy problem that's not thought to be serious. 

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Robinson Chirinos Houston Astros

He must have really wanted the cycle.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/tigers-vs-astros/2019/08/21/565666#,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=565666

Not even close and it cost them the game.

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David Bote Chicago Cubs

Talk about brutal ... you're putting up a 1.7 WAR season ... you're a useful utility player at 2B and 3B, even filling in a game at SS ... and you're sent down to AAA.

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Pavin Smith Arizona Diamondbacks

Seems to be a poster boy for needing a launch angle adjustment.

At AA this year ...
plate discipline ... check (55 K/54 BB in 408 AB)
Size ... check (6-2, 210 lbs) (fortunately not 19892 lbs)  
Pop ... check (42 extra base hits in 408 AB)
HR power ... nope (10 HR in 408 AB)

Jackson has a .85 park factor for HRs ... and 7 of Smith's 10 HR have come on the road.

Next year, he presumably gets to play in Reno, and in the PCL.  With the AAA baseball.  He's going to hit 20 HR even without a launch angle adjustment.  If he could make the adjustment ... perhaps there's a breakout power season coming next year.





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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

A tale of 2 seasons ...
Pre June 12 - 58 games, .219/.250/.357  6 HR, 6 SB
Post June 12 - 60 games, .309/.339/.549 12 HR, 4 SB

Like 2 completely different players.  With his hot second half, he's certainly rewarding any patience his owners showed him!

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