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Ty France San Diego Padres

BA confirms ... he's HOT!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers

Wow ... as LVW says ... his home/road split so far is ... ... shocking!

.417.5401.27
 - at home

.270.325.324

- on the road

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mike Zunino Tampa Bay Rays

He hasn't hit any HR in his new home.  Perhaps his performance is due to personal challenges.  Turns out he's been on the paternity list this weekend.  Homes stress can affect how you perform at work.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Junior Guerra Milwaukee Brewers

VULTURE SAVE WATCH
Today

1. Brandon Workman/Heath Hembree – Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes have gone three straight.

Tomorrow
1. Scott Oberg – If Wade Davis goes tonight, it’ll be back to back and four of five.
2. Ty Buttrey – If Cody Allen goes tonight, it’ll be back to back and four of five. 
3. Alex Wilson/Junior Guerra – If Josh Hader goes tonight, it’ll be back to back and three of four. 

Alex Patton Alex
Taylor Rogers Minnesota Twins

In the ADL the BB Guns collected three saves this week, all from the Twins. On the year they have six saves, all from the Twins. The only Twins pitcher on their active roster who doesn't have a save is Trevor May, who they paid $11 for at the draft.

Minnesota Twins – With Blake Parker under the weather, Taylor Rogers pitched a clean 9th inning for his 3rd save of the season. Parker remains the preferred choice for saves here, but Rogers may continue to get an opportunity now and again. 

Hierarchy remains: *Parker | Rogers | Hildenberger.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Luis Urias San Diego Padres

Sent back to AAA ... he's just not right at the plate ... hoping some AAA reps can/will help ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Khris Davis Oakland Athletics

Pretty funny headline at fangraphs today ... Khris Davis Agrees to Hit .247 in Oakland Through 2021

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Hansel Robles Los Angeles Angels

As good a place as any to kick off today's Closer Chronicles...

Los Angeles Angels – The Angels joined the “opener” trend, starting Hansel Robles on Sunday against Seattle, but the main news was another bad outing by Cody Allen, who allowed a home run and a walk to the two hitters he faced before being yanked for Luis Garcia, who picked up the save. After five scoreless outings to open the season, Allen has now given up runs in four consecutive outings. Brad Ausmus might not be worried, but we are.

Hierarchy remains: Allen | Buttrey | Robles.

Alex Patton Alex
Kirby Yates San Diego Padres

Ten saves already. He's doing it with a four-seam fastball that is a tick below the MLB average. The exit velocity on these pitches is almost ten miles per hour slower.

Alex Patton Alex
Matt Shoemaker Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Patton Alex
Jonathan Villar Baltimore Orioles

Three knocks and two SB yesterday. The first three hitters in the O's lineup are really not bad. Reason right there to use an opener.

Alex Patton Alex
Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals

Tossed a beauty against... the Fish.

But stats are stats. 8 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 11 SO, O R. Will be in the black after today's feed.

Alex Patton Alex
Albert Almora Chicago Cubs

Rotowire seemed to be recommending in March. This morning nt so much.

Albert Almora (OF) CHI-N - Apr. 21

Almora is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Almora has appeared in 18 of the Cubs' 19 games this season, but this is his first start since Tuesday as he appears to have fallen into more of a reserve role. The 25-year-old is slashing .213/.288/.213.

Alex Patton Alex
Daniel Norris Detroit Tigers

Having lost Estrada temporarily and Shoemaker for the season, I decided to roll the dice with this former top prospect.  Plus, Brett Anderson turned his ankle, so i was down to no starters before activating Danny Duffy.  Peter gave Norris positive value in his 5x5 calculations.  I had him negative before the season.  If he has a 4.50 ERA for me I think I'll be happy.  I need the innings.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Tyler Chatwood Chicago Cubs

6 IP of shutout ball vs D-backs caught my eye today ... only 2 walks!  Just sayin' ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Tonight's FAAB results ...

Garry Oaks: rel EGonzalez Pit, prr JPirela SD 8
Garry Oaks: rel PErvin Cin, prr CAnderson Mil 6
Broad Street Bullies: rel JRiddle Mia, prr BReynolds Pit 11
Broad Street Bullies: rel JShuck Pit, prr IGalloway Mia 7
Power Hungry Redux: rel JFamilia NYM, prr PGosselin Phi 2
Lords of Flatbush: rel AVizcaino Atl, prr RStephenson Cin 3
Lynch Mob: rel HPotts SD, prr MKelly Ari 9
Lynch Mob: rel JBarnes Mil, prr TChatwood ChC 1
Gashouse Gang: rel AMunoz SD, prr RHelsley StL 1
Brubaker's Yeasts: rel ADuvall Atl, prr AGarrett Cin 3
Brubaker's Yeasts: rel RStock SD, prr NBurdi Pit 3
Original Oracles: rel CJoe SF, prr AAltherr Phi 5
Original Oracles: rel RErlin SD, prr JBrebbia StL 1
Broad Street Bullies: rel VArano Phi, prr JSherfy Ari 1
Gashouse Gang: rel TRosenthal Was, prr AMorgan Phi 1

Howard Lynch LynchMob
German Marquez Colorado Rockies

What is his upside value? No way a .249 BABIP continues.  Sell high?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Brett Anderson Oakland Athletics

I jinxed him in the Matt Shoemaker thread.  Departed with a twisted ankle.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dwight Smith Jr. Baltimore Orioles

Hopefully they will be after tomorrow's update.

Alex Patton Alex
Ryan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles appear to have moved him over to 1B permanently.  It's interesting b/c the Orioles don't really have a 3B of the future in the majors and they have been unwilling to sit Chris Davis. Once Hays and Diaz are ready it makes little sense to keep Mancini in LF. He should be at 1B, unless he's the DH.  It remains to be seen how the O's configure the defense in 2020, much less late 2019.

That said, Moutcastle seems to be hitting just fine at AAA so far.  The bat should play anywhere.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

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