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Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox

Another good Rotoman projection (Vald Jr. being the other). By the end of the season Eloy will seem to have earned more than $15 and $14. Then, in the adjusted formulas, he will come back down to $15 and $14.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

No kidding!

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Aaron Barrett Washington Nationals

He's back! ... well done, sir!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 8
Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers

Highest % of outs on hard contact in 2019

Of 168 hitters with 100+ hard-hit balls
1) Lorenzo Cain (MIL): 61.0%
2) Brandon Belt (SF): 57.5%
3) Alex Gordon (KC): 56.1%
4) Rougned Odor (TEX): 55.0%
5) Marcell Ozuna (STL): 54.8%

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 8
Daniel Palka Chicago White Sox

Lowest BA for a position player in a season with 50+ AB Modern era (since 1900)

Daniel Palka, 2019 (CWS): .019 (1-for-54) [ongoing]
Lyn Lary, 1940 (SLB): .056 (3-for-54)
Tom Nieto, 1988 (MIN): .067 (4-for-60)
Ron Karkovice, 1987 (CWS): .071 (6-for-85)
Jim Bolger, 1959 (CLE/PHI): .073 (4-for-55)
Mel Ott, 1946 (NYG): .074 (5-for-68)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 8
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays

pretty good projection, self.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Sep 8
Jimmie Sherfy Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks — With Archie Bradley and Kevin Ginkel getting the night off, Arizona played matchups in the ninth inning.  Lefty Andrew Chafin started the inning and then gave way to Jimmie Sherfy.  Sherfy struck out both batters that he faced for his first save of the season.  Sherfy got called back up in September after being up for a couple of weeks in May, and we will see if the Diamondbacks turn to him more in the later innings down the stretch.  

Hierarchy remains: Bradley | Ginkel | Lopez.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Jandel Gustave Houston Astros

San Francisco Giants — Closer Will Smith was unavailable yesterday after his back tightened up and set-up man Tony Watson is day-to-day with a wrist injury.  Even without their two best relievers, the Giants bullpen combined for 4 scoreless innings to close out a 1-0 shutout win.  Jandel Gustave got the ninth inning and now has two holds and a save in his last three appearances.  Gustave didn’t have very good numbers in the minors and doesn’t strike out many batters, but he got the job done yesterday and could get more chances if Smith and Watson miss time.

Updated hierarchy: Smith | Watson | Gustave.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Alex Young Arizona Diamondbacks

Yesterday's top five Game Scores:

Alex Young* (ARI): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 12 K, 1 BB, 89 GmSc

J.A. Happ* (NYY): 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 7 K, 1 BB, 75 GmSc

Drew Smyly (PHI): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 73 GmSc

Luis Castillo (CIN): 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 10 K, 3 BB, 72 GmSc

Joey Lucchesi (SDP): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 8 K, 5 BB, 71 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Mitch Garver Minnesota Twins

Yesterday's 2-homer club:

Christian Yelich* (MIL): 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 3 SB

Mitch Garver* (MIN): 2-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

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

Mitch Garver is slugging .634.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Will Harris Houston Astros

Houston Astros — The Astros gave closer Roberto Osuna the day off after pitching on Thursday and Friday.  Will Harris pitched a scoreless 9th for his second save of the season.

Hierarchy remains: Osuna | Harris | Rondon.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Oliver Drake Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays — Oliver Drake struck out the side for his second save of the season yesterday.  Emilio Pagan got the day off after pitching in two straight and four of the previous five games.  Nick Anderson ended up with the win after pitching the eighth inning of a tie game and that left Drake for the save after the Rays took the lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Updated hierarchy: Pagan | Anderson | Drake.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Didi Gregorius New York Yankees

Ken Davidson in the Post, gloating over yet another nail being driven into the Red Sox coffin:

https://nypost.com/2019/09/07/yankees-sweet-domination-started-with-red-sox-offseason/

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Yu Darvish Chicago Cubs

According to the ESPN play-by-play, he threw six different pitches  -- 4-seamer, cutter, curve, slider, spitter,  and knuckle curve -- just in the first inning yesterday.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Ryan McBroom Kansas City Royals

As I posted elsewhere: 

He is up. Playing. Now with KC. Was a Yankee. Has some future. Analysis by Fangraphs was that McBroom would not make New York 40-man and would be gone in next year's rule 5, so he was traded to KC.

From Fangraphs Sept. 4: Having cleaned up his mental approach and put together a surprisingly stellar Triple-A season, McBroom has beaten the odds and made it to the big leagues. Not only that, he’s picked up where he left off. McBroom debuted last night and promptly stroked a single his first time up. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk as Kansas City squeaked past Detroit by a count of 6-5.

Very small sample size, but i'll bet KC will give a full shot.


David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Sep 8
Josh Hader Milwaukee Brewers

Perhaps it's 13 strikeouts and two walks, but it's still pretty good.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8

Josh Hader (P) MIL - Sep. 07

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=730502
Hader (3-5) had four strikeouts and gave up zero hits or walks in two scoreless innings Saturday to earn the win against the Cubs.
ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Haded entered with the bases loaded and nobody out during the eighth inning and surrendered the lead with a walk, but he then escaped, delivered a scoreless ninth inning and grabbed the victory as the Brewers rallied for the walkoff. The 25-year-old had his share of struggles in mid-August, but he's now delivered six straight scoreless outings (8.2 innings) with 13 strikeouts and one walk.
 

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 8
Pat Corbin Washington Nationals

2nd in the NL in pitchers WAR.

An awful lot of people thought this signing would be a bust.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Sep 8
Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers

I guess somebody wanted to be in the 30-30 club :-)

Or, better yet, the 40-30 club!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Sep 8
Ryan McBroom Kansas City Royals

Here he is. Nice line, albeit in in a very small sample size.

mike fenger mike
Sep 8

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