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Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies
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Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Eight ribbies one day, 13 Ks the next.

He must be tired.

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Jose Miranda Minnesota Twins

Agreed.  It's the ball.  

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A.J. Puk Oakland Athletics

We Puk owners would be happier if it seemed the A's would ever win any ballgames.

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Matt Davidson Oakland Athletics

06.21: Athletics designated INF Matt Davidson for assignment. (Davidson went 4-for-24 (.167) during his two-week stay on Oakland's major league roster.)

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Max Scherzer New York Mets

Max Scherzer had a 65-pitch rehab start in Binghamton.

Max Scherzer had a 65-pitch rehab start in Binghamton.
Gordon Donovan

Max Scherzer

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Nestor Cortes New York Yankees

After last night, his ERA stands at 2.31.

Lindsey Adler at The Athletic with video help from the New York Post:

The Rays were clearly hunting the cutter and were tired of getting beat inside by Cortes, who had shut them down for one run over eight innings in late May and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings against them at Yankee Stadium last week.

“I think the game plan they had was pretty good — obviously facing them three times in a month probably gave them a little bit of an advantage,” Cortes said. “If (those cutters) were better located, I think I could have done the job.”

Nestor Cortes is taken out of the game during the fifth inning of the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the Rays.

Nestor Cortes is taken out of the game during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Rays.
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Cortes’ cutter has been the second-best cut fastball in the majors this year, second in negative run value to Brewers starter Corbin Burnes’ cutter. Entering Tuesday night, opposing batters were hitting .154 against Cortes’ cutter, with a .308 slugging percentage. Hitters were swinging-and-missing on 25.7 percent of cutters he threw in his first 12 starts of the season.

... Cortes’ endurance will be a major question for the Yankees in the coming weeks, as he’s thrown a maximum of 93 innings in a major-league season prior to this year. After Tuesday’s outing, he’s thrown 74 innings over 13 starts with more than three months left in the season.

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Tanner Rainey Washington Nationals

Closed out a 3-0 win over the Orioles for his eighth save in eleven chances.

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Carl Edwards Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals – Since he vultured a save on June 6, Steve Cishek has just one hold, and that came on June 10. Carl Edwards Jr., meanwhile, hasn’t allowed a hit over his last four appearances, picking up a pair of holds in the process. That includes a scoreless eighth inning in Tuesday’s 3-0 win.

Updated hierarchy: Rainey | Finnegan | Edwards Jr.

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Dan Mengden Kansas City Royals

Raise your hand if...

Closer Monkey:

Kansas City Royals – Scott Barlow allowed a game-tying three-run homer to Shohei Ohtani in the ninth, which paved the way for Daniel Mengden to earn the save in the 12th, his first save since 2019.

Updated hierarchy: Barlow | Staumont | Clarke.

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Dominic Leone San Francisco Giants

A wild game in Atlanta -- multiple lead changes, five runs scored by both sides in the ninth, ten relievers manning the barricades from the fourth inning on -- and there's no doubt somebody besides the Monkey noticed Leone's contribution in the middle of all this: anyone who had him active in a holds league.

Closer Monkey

San Francisco Giants — Dominic Leone earned his fifth hold of June (and ninth overall) with a scoreless eighth inning on Tuesday night, while Tyler Rogers earned the win last night after entering in the fifth inning.

Updated hierarchy: Doval | McGee | Leone.

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Ken Giles Seattle Mariners

Closer Monkey:

Seattle Mariners — For the first time since Sept. 15, 2020, Ken Giles pitched in an MLB game. Giles, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery and all of this season thanks to a tendon strain in his middle finger, tossed a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday in an 8-2 win. Scott Servais doesn’t plan to immediately use Giles in high-leverage situations, so we’ll keep Giles off this hierarchy for now.

Hierarchy remains: *Sewald | Castillo | Muñoz.
* = closer-by-committee

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A.J. Puk Oakland Athletics

Closer Monkey:

June 22, 2022

Oakland A’s – The A’s placed Dany Jimenez on the IL yesterday with a shoulder injury, though an MRI showed no structural damage. Manager Mark Kotsay mentioned A.J. Puk and Zach Jackson as options to fill in for Jimenez.

Updated hierarchy: *Puk | Jackson | Acevedo.
* = closer-by-committee

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Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Shohei Ohtani (LAA)

Pitcher: Scott Barlow (KCR)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 2-2 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  KCR 10, LAA 7

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
3 runs scored on the play, and LAA's win probability increased 48% points, to 58%
KCR went on to win the game, 12-11

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Stathead Spotlight

Last night Shohei Ohtani became just the fifth NL/AL player since 1901 with 8 RBI in a game that his team lost. In this time frame, players with 8+ RBI in a game were on the winning side 96.8% of the time (153/158). 

PlayerRBIDateTeamOppResult
Shohei Ohtani82022‑06‑21LAAKCR11‑12
Jason Bay82003‑09‑19PITCHC9‑10
Mike Epstein81970‑06‑19WSABAL10‑12
Lee Thomas81961‑09‑05LAAKCA12‑13
Lou Gehrig81932‑09‑09NYYDET13‑14

See the list on Stathead.com

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Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox

Wednesday, June 22
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Isaac ParedesShohei OhtaniNolan GormanDylan CeaseErick Fedde
Isaac ParedesShohei OhtaniNolan GormanDylan CeaseErick Fedde

Jun 21, 2022 Top Performers

Pitchers:

Dylan Cease (CHW): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 79 GmSc

Erick Fedde (WSN): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 71 GmSc

Jose Urquidy (HOU): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 64 GmSc

Martin Perez (TEX): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 63 GmSc

Zac Gallen (ARI): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 62 GmSc

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

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Austin Wynns Baltimore Orioles


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Isaac ParedesShohei OhtaniNolan GormanDylan CeaseErick Fedde
Isaac ParedesShohei OhtaniNolan GormanDylan CeaseErick Fedde

Jun 21, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Isaac Paredes (TBR): 3-3, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Shohei Ohtani (LAA): 3-4, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 R

Nolan Gorman (STL): 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Bobby Witt (KCR): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Carlos Santana (KCR): 4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Matt Olson (ATL): 2-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Freddie Freeman (LAD): 3-4, 5 RBI, 1 R

Jared Walsh (LAA): 3-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Austin Wynns (SFG): 3-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Ryan McMahon (COL): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

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

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Isaac Paredes Detroit Tigers

Isaac Paredes hits one of his three home runs during the fifth inning of the Yankees' loss to the Rays.

Isaac Paredes hits one of his three home runs during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ loss to the Rays.
USA TODAY Sports
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Aaron Judge New York Yankees

21,000 in Tropicana Field gasp -- half with dread, half with delight -- as the ball leaves Judge's bat with two outs in the ninth and the Yankees down a run; climbs, climbs into the domed night; and comes down on the warning track.

It's the new baseball, guys. Even Judge can't put it into the seats, not when he breaks his bat.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/yankees-vs-rays/2022/06/21/661890#game_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=661890

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Jose Miranda Minnesota Twins

22,000 in Target Field gasp -- most with delight, a few with dread -- as the ball leaves Miranda's bat with two out in the 11th, Twins down a run, the phantom runner on, and begins its climb.

It's the new baseball, guys, and the ball comes down on the warning track. The Guardians move ahead of the Twins by percentage points.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/guardians-vs-twins/2022/06/21/661677#game_state=final,game_tab=videos,game=661677

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Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

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