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Lourdes Gurriel Toronto Blue Jays
Three more hits Monday
September 14, 2021
Gurriel went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's 8-1 win over the Rays.
ANALYSIS
All three hits were singles, but it was still a very productive night for Gurriel. The 27-year-old has multi-hit efforts in four of his last five games as part of a seven-game hitting streak, and he's slashing an eye-popping .435/.509/.913 through 13 contests in September with five homers, 15 runs and an absurd 26 RBI.
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Breyvic Valera Toronto Blue Jays
On base four times Monday
September 14, 2021
Valera went 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBI in Monday's 8-1 win over the Rays.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old utility player joined in on the fun of a 17-hit attack by the Jays and drove in three runs for the second straight game. Valera is slashing an improbable .391/.444/.652 through 27 plate appearances in September with a homer and 10 RBI, but that figure seems less surprising in light of Toronto's ridiculous team OPS of 1.044 on the month. While the Jays' offense can do no wrong, Valera becomes a very intriguing DFP option when he does get a start.
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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Rotowire:

On base three times Monday
September 14, 2021
Lindor went 1-for-2 with two walks in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
The Mets are finally seeing the player they thought they traded for in the offseason, although Lindor's turnaround might have come too late to salvage their playoff hopes. Over 13 games in September, the shortstop is slashing .283/.404/.717 with six homers, 14 RBI and 14 runs.
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Evan Longoria San Francisco Giants

Rotoworld:

09.14... Evan Longoria homered, drove in four runs and went 2-for-4 in a blowout victory over the Padres on Monday.
Spin: Longoria hit one of the four homers for the Giants on the night against an ineffective Yu Darvish. His was a three-run shot, and it gives him a dozen on the year. He singled home an insurance run in the eighth to bring his RBI total to 44. Longoria missed a good amount of time with injuries in 2021, but when healthy, he's been as good as he's ever been as seen in a .293/.391/.540 slash. 

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Lucas Sims Cincinnati Reds

And there was a period when Hembree was hot as a closer. I don't think you're looking at baseball-reference.com.  Givens in Sept has an ERA in Game-Level situations of over 6.00.  He's never been a proven closer, or teams would be using him. COLORADO let him go. Think about that. Teams wouldn't use him in clutch situations. The moves the Reds made were not those of a management focused on a World Series crown or even a win in the wild card game, if they even make it.

Gary Pekoe drpuck
Yu Darvish San Diego Padres

Defeated the Angels handily last week, and then last night against the Giants: three walks,  a single, a triple and four homers in four innings. In his last four starts he has an 8.68 ERA.

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A reminder that not every pitcher who has TJS returns the same or better.  Billingsley was just 28 when he went under the knife after those two 2013 starts.

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Lucas Sims Cincinnati Reds

Givens is 7 for 8 in Save opps...his only blown save he came in with the bases loaded and no one out in the 7th Inning allowing 2 Sac Flies. 

van wilhoite LVW

Kimbrel is not the issue.  The issue is Sims is not a good RP, and the Reds' management did nothing to make them playoff contenders.  The pen continues to blow games. They still passed on 5 decent closers, other decent set up pitchers, for 2 guys contenders (NYY) didn't want, and a guy who hasn't closed a game all season who they hope is now their go to guy. Hope doesn't win playoff games.

Gary Pekoe drpuck

Kimbrel has had ONE good HALF season since 2019. 0-5 6.00 ERA in 2019 and 20 combined.

van wilhoite LVW

With three weeks to go, the AL has a 20-game lead on the NL, 150-130. 

Is it luck? Pythagoras says it is. NL has outscored the AL 1289-1277.

I don't think it's luck.

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Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

Takes over the top on Baseball America's revised Top 100 Prospects. AL has the first five and eight of the first ten.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/rankings/2021-top-100-prospects/

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Sean Nolin Washington Nationals

Should be on the Nationals.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Notes
09.10... Sean Nolin was issued a five-game suspension on Friday and fined an undisclosed amount after intentionally hitting Freddie Freeman with a pitch during Wednesday's game.
Spin: It certainly appeared to be intentional when Freeman was drilled in the ribs after Juan Soto had been plunked the day prior -- especially after Nolin threw behind Freeman with his first offering. It's unclear if he'll appeal or immediately begin serving his time.
Howard Lynch LynchMob
MacKenzie Gore San Diego Padres

I'm expecting (hoping) him to get a few starts in AAA ... whose season runs longer this year ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Last night's FAABs ...

Choes Balin: rel TJankowski Phi, prr SBeer Ari 1
Dirk Bags: rel DSmyly Atl, prr JWoodford StL 4
Dirk Bags: rel SAkiyama Cin, prr ASampson ChC 1
Lynch Mob: rel ZEflin Phi, prr JArrieta SD 3
Lynch Mob: rel EPagan SD, prr JQuintana SF 3
Dirk Bags: rel ASlater SF, prr DPeters Pit 1

... somebody needs IPs ... desparate times :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob
MacKenzie Gore San Diego Padres

With minor league seasons about to end, will teams be making call-ups? Or will they worry about starting the clock?

I guess we know the answer.

Baseball America today:

In Case You Missed It

On Saturday, Double-A Somerset RHP Hayden Wesneski (Yankees) struck out 14 in seven innings, allowing only one hit and one run on a solo home run. He walked no one . . . Triple-A Durham RHP Shane Baz (Rays) struck out 10 and walked one in six innings . . . High-A Lake County RHP Daniel Espino (Indians) fanned 10 hitters in 5.2 innings while allowing one hit (a solo home run) . . . Double-A San Antonio LHP MacKenzie Gore (Padres) pitched five solid innings for one of his best outings of a very disappointing season. He was left out there to start the sixth and walked three straight batters before being pulled, dinging his final line (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO) . . . Amarillo 3B Buddy Kennedy (D-Backs) homered twice and doubled as part of a 5-for-5 day . . . Toledo CF Daz Cameron(Tigers) homered twice. He’s now hitting .302/.364/.517 for Toledo . . . Low-A Carolina 1B Alex Binelas(Brewers) continued his excellent pro debut with a 4-for-5 day with two home runs. He’s now hitting .348/.413/.652.

On Friday, Triple-A Durham RHP Tommy Romero (Rays) shut out Norfolk for 7.2 innings allowing two hits and one walk while striking out 13 . . . Double-A Mississippi RHP Freddy Tarnok (Braves) allowed one hit and one walk in 6.1 scoreless innings. He struck out eight. Double-A Arkansas OF Julio Rodriguez (Mariners) went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a walk . . . High-A Cedar Rapids 1B Aaron Sabato (Twins) odd season continued to be odd. He homered twice, giving him 16 between Cedar Rapids and Low-A Fort Myers. The bad news is he’s hitting .195 overall . . . Cedar Rapids C Alex Isola(Twins) had his first two home run game of the season, giving him 17 home runs overall.

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Lance Lynn Chicago White Sox

His last win was in July.

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Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Max Scherzer* (LAD): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 89 GmSc

Lance Lynn* (CHW): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 72 GmSc

Sonny Gray (CIN): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 68 GmSc

J.A. Happ (STL): 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 67 GmSc

Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 67 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Not sure about that buying opportunity.

Francisco LindorLourdes Gurriel Jr.Garrett HampsonMax ScherzerLance Lynn

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Francisco Lindor* (NYM): 3-4, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Lourdes Gurriel Jr.* (TOR): 2-3, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R

Garrett Hampson* (COL): 3-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Teoscar Hernandez (TOR): 2-3, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R

Kolten Wong (MIL): 3-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Wilmer Flores (SFG): 3-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Danny Jansen (TOR): 4-6, 4 RBI, 2 R

Avisail Garcia (MIL): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Jesus Sanchez (MIA): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Jeimer Candelario (DET): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

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

* - pictured above

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Brett Gardner New York Yankees

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