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Ryan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles

Ryan Mountcastle, LF, Orioles: Mountcastle hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the first inning. It’s been a slow start for Mountcastle as he’s hitting .179/.233/.321.

Alex Patton Alex
Dylan Carlson St. Louis Cardinals

His BABIB before we get today's stat feed is .000.

BA's daily prospect report...

Dylan Carlson, CF, Cardinals: It’s been an unusual start to the season for Carlson. He’s hitting only .182 with a .269 on-base percentage, but he’s also been one of the Cardinals’ best hitters thanks to three home runs and (on Thursday) his first double of the season. He’s slugging .636.

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Yermin Mercedes Chicago White Sox

The second longest by a White Sox in Statcast history. Gracious.

Now do you believe?

Alex Patton Alex
Nick Neidert Miami Marlins

Baseball America Prospect Report: April 9

Miami Marlins

—Thrust into a starting role without a whole lot of advanced warning because of the Marlins’ multiple injuries to members of the starting rotation, Nick Neidert’s first MLB start went better than may have been expected. He was pulled after 4.1 innings thanks to some control troubles, but he left with the lead, having allowed only one run on three hits and five walks. He struck out three. Neidert generally sat 92-93 mph, a tick above where he sat last year and he touched 95.

Alex Patton Alex
Jordan Romano Toronto Blue Jays

On the early evidence, the opposing scout in Athlon's mag sized up the Jays' pen correctly.

Which is not to say I threw the right dart (Dolis) last Saturday.

In the Monkey's --

1. Steve Cishek (LAA) — Raisel Iglesias has pitched in three of five and Mike Mayers has gone in three of four.
2. Jordan Romano (TOR) — Julian Merryweather threw 31 pitches across two innings Thursday and might get some rest Friday to keep him fresh.

Alex Patton Alex
Craig Kimbrel Chicago Cubs

Good call by Phil Hertz (one of the writers for the Guide who contributed picks and pans for the Rotoman Special).

And a tip of the hat from the Monkey:

Chicago Cubs – Craig Kimbrel looked dominant Thursday, striking out three across 1.2 IP to pick up his second save and the 350th of his Hall of Fame career. Aside from any time he was injured — or those few months in 2019 he spent waiting for a free agent contract — Kimbrel has appeared on a hierarchy for the entirety of Closer Monkey’s existence. 

Hierarchy remains: Kimbrel | Chafin | Workman.

Alex Patton Alex
Alex Reyes St. Louis Cardinals

Bad news for K/P in the XFL (we have Hicks) but, apart from that, it's really nice to see Alex Reyes succeed after all of his struggles.

And it's a long season.

From the Monkey:

St. Louis Cardinals – Alex Reyes now has all three Cardinals saves this year after slamming the door shut Thursday. He hasn’t allowed a run yet this season and appears to firmly have a grasp on the job. Let’s kick that asterisk.

Hierarchy remains: Reyes | Gallegos | Hicks.

Alex Patton Alex
Kevin Pillar New York Mets

Nope, and even so the doubts persist.

Scanning down the rosters in my Doubt Wars league... no Kevin Pillar.

What I'm seeing is the Mob at the top and the Tanks at the bottom. I expect we'll see a screen shot soon.

Alex Patton Alex
Michael Conforto New York Mets

The worst of it is there was one out. If the right call had been made there would have been two outs and the game likely would have gone on.

Why not a simple rule that any game-ending play can be challenged?

Alex Patton Alex
Mike Soroka Atlanta Braves

Shut down for 2 weeks based on shoulder inflammation while on his way back from tearing his Achilles last year.  Those of us hoping for useful production this year may be sorely disappointed.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Kevin Pillar New York Mets

Ended up with Pillar in 3 out of 4 auctions. Twice in the reserve round and paid $3 in PCL.  He always puts up numbers.  Is there any reason to think he won’t do so this year?

joel schreier jschri
Michael Conforto New York Mets

When my older friends rail against the degradation of the records I don't mention this one, but it is one of many that have to be contextualized. We grew up in an environment of lies. I'm glad to be over that.

BTW Plenty to complain about the call.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

On the other side, in 1968 Don Drysdale was nearing the record for consecutive scoreless innings. With the bases loaded in a game against the Giants, Drysdale plunked Dick Dietz. However the ump said Dietz hadn't tried to avoid the pitch and refused to allow him to reach. As a 13-year-old Giants fan I shared the outrage of the broadcasters, but to no avail; Drysdale ended up with the record (which I think Orel Hershiser bested).

mike fenger mike

What a joke! Just terrible.

Kent Ostby Seadogs

Turns out I have a major pet peeve ... with guys getting HBP'd who aren't getting out of the way ... or worse, are either leaning in, or checking a swing ... and those who get hit on the body armor ...

This is the most embarrassing / maddening call I think I've ever seen!

The story sez: umpires are human, resulting in 23 plays since 2008 in which batters were awarded first base on balls that hit them in the strike zone -- an average of about one or two per season.


The good news, in today's case, is this ... “The guy was hit by the pitch in the strike zone,” Kulpa (the home plate ump) told a pool reporter after the game. “I should have called him out.”

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Yermin Mercedes Chicago White Sox
Howard Lynch LynchMob
George Springer Toronto Blue Jays

Strains quad while rehabbing oblique. Back by the end of the month? If all goes well.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Trevor Rosenthal Oakland Athletics

In the update that went up today we noted that with surgery, which Rosenthal had today, he could miss 12 weeks. That's half the season, but reports today after the surgery, suggest that may be possible, also say that he may need much or all of the season to recover. For a couple bucks in the endgame he's worth a shot, but don't bet on him being back at the ASB.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Connor Brogdon Philadelphia Phillies

And don't forget Dom Nunez!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Madison Bumgarner Arizona Diamondbacks

And here's who's NOT HOT ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

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