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Alex Cobb Los Angeles Angels


09.16: In his return from the IL, Alex Cobb blanked the White Sox for fiveinnings in the Angels' 9-3 victory Thursday. (Cobb might have been one of this year's biggest surprises if he could have stayed healthy. His 3.59 ERA actually understates how well he's pitched; with an 89/28 K/BB ratio and just three homers allowed in 82 2/3 innings, his FIP is right around 2.50. He's 8-3 in his 16 starts, and the Angels are 11-5 when he's pitched.)

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Clay Holmes New York Yankees

BALTIMORE — One of these losses is bound to be one too many.

The Yankees, a strike away from a fourth straight win that would have moved them back into the AL wild-card lead over the idle Red Sox and Blue Jays, instead added to their list of ugly endings with a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the lowly Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

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Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers

I don't like how fWAR is based on what the outcomes should have been based on expectations instead of what they were. I think WAR should measure actual outcomes not the sum of the components.  Fangraphs WAR only does this for pitchers.

That said, I didn't realize bWAR used DRS as a factor in its adjustment for pitchers. Now, I believe they are both bad.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Excellent explainer on pitcher WAR. Click here.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
Another one today and he's up to 45 homers on the season. That leaves him with 14 more than the next best catcher, Mike Zunino. His 112 RBI leaves him 41 ahead of second place Will Smith. An incredible season. 
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Kyle Hendricks Chicago Cubs

I tied my wagon to Hendricks and Davies, owning them in 3 of my 5 leagues. Surprise! I'm not in the money in any of those leagues. One of my worst fantasy baseball seasons in a while.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Gleyber Torres New York Yankees

If Gleyber hits at 2B next year and you get him to qualify at SS, that's even better. He couldn't hit at SS two years in a row after crushing at 2B.  Was his internal dialog about his defense that much of a distraction?  We will soon find out.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Another boot last night.  They're playing Urshela and Lemahieu out of position for this?  For .252/.324/.350?

Time is short.  Wade's my SS the next two weeks and Gio and DJ go back where they are defensive assets.

Gleyber---that's a 2022 problem.

Mike Landau ML-
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Let's hope this doesn't turn into the second half of Griffey Jr.'s career.  Guy turns thirty and hardly returns to the field for more than 100 games again.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jesus Sanchez Miami Marlins

Five homers in his last seven games.

Jesus SanchezAustin HaysAndrew BenintendiRobbie RayNestor Cortes Jr.

Yesterday's Top Performers


Jesus Sanchez* (MIA): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Austin Hays* (BAL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Andrew Benintendi* (KCR): 5-5, 4 RBI, 1 R

Paul Goldschmidt (STL): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Kyle Tucker (HOU): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Bo Bichette (TOR): 2-3, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

J.T. Realmuto (PHI): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Matt Duffy (CHC): 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Franmil Reyes (CLE): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Elvis Andrus (OAK): 4-5, 2 RBI, 2 R

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Robbie Ray* (TOR): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 13 K, 78 GmSc

Nestor Cortes Jr.* (NYY): 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 72 GmSc

Josh Rogers (WSN): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 70 GmSc

Jose Urquidy (HOU): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 69 GmSc

Matt Manning (DET): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

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* - pictured above

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Carlos Hernandez Kansas City Royals

Was scheduled to pitch today but for some reason was moved up.


09.16: Carlos Hernandez allowed seven runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts over four innings in a loss against the A's on Wednesday. (Hernandez
struggled on Wednesday against the A's, giving up seven runs in just
four innings. Elvis Andrus brought two runs home with a base hit in the
second. Another run would score on a single in the third before Matt
Olson blasted a two-run homer in the fourth. Hernandez allowed the first
two runners to reach in the fifth before he was relieved. Both runners
would come in to score later in the frame. The 24-year-old right-hander
has a 3.90 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 73 strikeouts over 80 2/3 innings. He's
set for a road matchup against Cleveland his next time out.)

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Andrew Chafin Oakland Athletics

I am chafed that I didn't claim him after the trade.

Closer Monkey:

September 16, 2021

Oakland A’s — Oakland tried its best to blow a seven-run lead over the last three innings Wednesday night, but Andrew Chafin ultimately put the Royals away with a four-out save. Sergio Romo has struggled in his last two outings, and we expect Chafin to be Oakland’s top save option over the last few weeks of the season.

Updated hierarchy: *Chafin | Romo | Diekman.
* = closer-by-committee

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Willy Adames Milwaukee Brewers

Willy Adames (SS) MIL - Sep. 15

Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that Adames (quadriceps) could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list during the Brewers' home series with the Cardinals that begins Sept. 20, Adam McCalvy of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The Brewers plan to put Adames through more workouts this weekend to gauge the health of his strained left quad, but if all goes well, the 26-year-old looks like he'll be ready to take back duties at shortstop for the final two weeks of the regular season.

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Jo Adell Los Angeles Angels

Jo Adell (OF) ANA - Sep. 15

Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday he doesn't anticipate Adell (abdomen) returning from the injured list before the end of the season, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 22-year-old landed on the shelf earlier in the day with the left abdominal strain he suffered in a collision with the outfield wall Saturday, and he's apparently experiencing issues rotating and swinging a bat.

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Huascar Ynoa Atlanta Braves

All the stringers or whoever controls the boxscores trying to screw Ynoa owners.

This is how the inning played out



fly out runner to 3rd 1 out

sac bunt batter reaches on error(would be Out #2), runner scores, runner to 2nd

walk, runners to 2nd and 3rd

strike out 2 out(would be 3rd Out making all subsequent Runs unearned)

walk, runner that reached on error scores(unearned), runner to 3rd runner to 2nd

strike out inning over.

that's 2 runs 1 ER yet all boxscores showing 2 Runs 2 ER

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Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals

And then O'Neill came up to lead off the 10th, with Goldschmidt on 2B, and struck out ... dropping the Cards win probability from 66% to 55%.

Nonetheless, a great season.  Have him at $6 going into his contract season next spring ... will be a tough debate between $11 and $16 for his extension, given his K rate.  Healthy all 2022, I could see him earning $30+ ... or I could see him earning $10.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Luis Medina New York Yankees

Luis Medina, RHP, Double-A Somerset (Yankees)—The hard-throwing righthander struggled through August, with a 5.71 ERA in 17.1 innings, but he's looked like a different pitcher in September. He struck out six and walked three in five innings of one-run ball on Tuesday, and has struck out 21 and walked five in 16.2 innings of three-run ball in three starts this month.

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Brennen Davis Chicago Cubs
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Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Tyler O'Neill (STL)

Pitcher: Jeurys Familia (NYM)

Situation: Top 8th, 1 out, 0-0 count, Runner On 1st

Score:  NYM 3, STL 2

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
2 runs scored on the play, and STL's win probability increased 48% points, to 73%
STL went on to win the game, 7-6

View the full game Boxscore at

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Gavin Sheets Chicago White Sox
Ryan JeffersGavin SheetsAdolis GarcíaJordan LylesFreddy Peralta

Yesterday's Top Performers


Ryan Jeffers* (MIN): 3-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Gavin Sheets* (CHW): 3-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Adolis García* (TEX): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Isbel (KCR): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Lewin Diaz (MIA): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Max Muncy (LAD): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Trea Turner (LAD): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Luis Robert (CHW): 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Javier Baez (NYM): 2-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Salvador Perez (KCR): 2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

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* - pictured above

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