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Pat Corbin Washington Nationals

The couple extra days rest (thanks to a couple Washington rainy nights) seems to have served Corbin well, as following a 1st inning HR to Scott Kingery he breezed through the next 6 with only a dollop of trouble (a beautiful play by Parra in CF saved a run when he scooped a grounder up the middle with his hand and fired a strike to 3rd to throw out Harper going 1st to 3rd).

They got him out after 7 today, with 101 pitches.  Perhaps they are learning.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Robert Gsellman New York Mets

That's a "fire the manager" situation.  That's how stupid Callaway's explanation was.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Cal Abrams Chicago White Sox

Nice pro debut for the #6 pick in the 2019 draft by the Padres ... 4-for-4 with an HR out of the leadoff spot for CJ Abrams! (video)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals

Three knocks, two over the fence, good for six ribbies last night against the Mariners.

Joins the club.

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Robert Gsellman New York Mets

New York Mets — Mickey Callaway found a new way to sound like a crazy person on Tuesday, explaining that he went to Robert Gsellman in garbage time to (a) save Jacob deGrom’s ERA somehow, and (b) ensure the team didn’t blow the lead. The Mets bullpen was without Jeurys Familia, who returned to the IL with a recurrent bone spur in his shoulder, but we’d expect even Robinson Cano could have earned two outs before the Braves scored eight.

Hierarchy remains: Diaz | Lugo | Gsellman.

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Amir Garrett Cincinnati Reds

I you thought there was something else deja-vuish in the game that the Monkey describes (just posted here), you were right. Pitching in front of Iglesias and Lorenzen for the second day in a row, David Hernandez picked up his 11th hold and Garrett his 12th. Garrettt gave up two runs while getting only two outs, but a hold is a hold is a hold, if you play in a league that counts holds.

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Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds — Well, it happened again. Raisel Iglesias entered a one-run game with one on and one out in the eighth, and struck out two in the heart of the order. With his spot coming up third in the ninth, he was never going to finish the game, so it was Michael Lorenzen with his second save in as many days. In his postgame news conference, manager David Bell said that the eighth inning “was the game” and the team couldn’t afford to save Iglesias for the ninth. Although Bell denied any permanent change in the pecking order, this kind of matchup-based fireman-style swap is enough to get Iglesias the asterisk of uncertainty. Those in desperate need of relief might try the speculative Lorenzen add anyway, in hopes that Iglesias gets traded.

Updated hierarchy: *Iglesias | Lorenzen | Garrett.
* = closer-by-committee

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Max Kepler Minnesota Twins

Singled to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the 8th, homered to tie the game in the 13th, singled in the 17th with the bases loaded and one out to finally end it. And he wasn't even in the starting lineup.

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J.D. Martinez Boston Red Sox

0-for-8 with five strikeouts. An epic bad day in an epic Tough Loss for the Red Sox. His worst AB came in the 17th when, with a runner on third and no outs, he swung through two cutters from Little, then watched a third -- same speed, same location as the first two -- go by for strike three.

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Jordan Yamamoto Miami Marlins
Logan Allen San Diego Padres
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Casey Mize Detroit Tigers

MLB Pipeline did its own reshuffle.

Just like KRS-ONE, Wander Franco is still number 1, but Mize is #2, followed by Royce Lewis, MacKenzie Gore, Forrest Whitley, Brendan Rodgers, Bo Bichette, Alex Kiriloff, Kyle Tucker, and Jo Adell. Riley is #30.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves

I suspect you could win a lot of bar bets by asking who has more career HRs ... Carlos Gonzalez or Brian McCann.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Archie Bradley Arizona Diamondbacks

Slated to make his second start on Friday ... guess we can take him off the Vultures list?

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Casey Mize Detroit Tigers

I know he hasn't seen AAA yet and is injured in AA, but as of now, I'd put him as the #1 pitching prospect, ahead of Whitley, who has been hurt a lot, a non-performance drug suspension, and has had an awful season this year, and Luzardo.  I don't know much about Gore, so maybe Mize is #2.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dustin May Los Angeles Dodgers

Dustin May, RHP, Dodgers. May allowed three earned runs across seven innings for Double-A Tulsa. The righthander worked around seven hits without allowing a walk and struck out five. The Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect went seven innings for the first time this season, and has gone at least six innings in three of his last four outings.

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Will Smith Los Angeles Dodgers

Will Smith, C, Dodgers. Smith doubled and homered for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Smith has now homered in five straight games, and has a six game hit streak as well. The Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect is now batting .292/.400/.602 with 25 extra-base hits in 171 at-bats.

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Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees

The first shutout by a Yankee since 2013 in the House That Gatsby Built.

I think I heard that after the game last night. It's been a while, at any rate. In three starts against the second best team in the division, he's pitched 22 innings, allowed one earned run, and it's fair to guess the Yankees have won all three (he's 2-0). You could say he's the biggest single reason the Rays, who now trail by 1 1/2, are the second best team

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Brian McCann Atlanta Braves

3-for-3 with a homer and two walks against the Mets to raise his slash stats to .303/.368/.516. With two more homers he gets 300 for his career.

Belongs in the Hall of the Very Good.

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Derek Law San Francisco Giants

The opener thing doesn't always work. Law set down La Stella, Trout and Ohtani on 17 pitches, 11 for strikes, two for strikeouts. Then Edwin Jackson came in to pitch the second. After one pitch the score was 1-1. After three it was 2-1. When he departed eight batters later the score was 7-1. Still in the second.

The opener worked great for the Angels and Felix Pena, who came into the game with a six-run lead, gave up six hits, three walks, two homers but only four runs over the next six innings and collected the W.

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