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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson (P) ATL - Jun. 16
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=785694

Anderson gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings against the Red Sox on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Anderson has had a rough time of late, allowing exactly four runs and failing to make it through five innings in three of his past four starts. He didn't serve up any homers Wednesday, but four of the seven hits against him went for doubles, including one to opposing pitcher Garret Richards that drove in Boston's fourth run. Anderson's recent rough stretch has pushed his season ERA to 3.58 -- it sat at 2.82 through his first nine starts.

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Keegan Akin Baltimore Orioles

Keegan Akin (P) BAL - Jun. 16
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=785683

Akin (0-2) allowed eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out seven across 5.2 innings to take the loss Wednesday against Cleveland.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Akin suffered through a five-run third inning, when he allowed six baserunners -- five of which reached on hits. He managed to minimize the damage from there, though Matt Harvey allowed two inherited runners to score, further bloating Akin's line. More positively, Akin did strike out seven, a performance backed by 16 swinging strikes on 96 total pitches. After beginning the season in the bullpen, Akin has now taken four consecutive turns through the rotation and allowed 12 earned runs across 19.1 innings while also racking up 17 strikeouts.

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Yasmani Grandal Chicago White Sox

When your AL only team has two starting pitchers in the game, you don't want epic.

Plus, I have Grandal in that league (4x4, BA) and despite his incredible number of walks he's a Roto sinkhole. One RBI doesn't catch him up.

Ps. I think I forgot how great OBP gods are in OBP leagues, but maybe not so much in BA leagues. #mistakes

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Beau Burrows Detroit Tigers
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Ryan Burr Chicago White Sox

Gets the win today, keeping the Rays off the board in the top of the tenth. Hasn't allowed a hit, much less a run, in four games. 

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Yasmani Grandal Chicago White Sox

Epic battle between the two best teams in the AL is settled when Grandal hits a long single to right with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

White Sox led 4-0, then 4-2, then 7-2, then 7-3, then 7-5, before the Rays pulled into a 7-7 tie in top of the 8th.

Grandal's the hero, knocking in the runner on third.

The runner moves to third when Abreu grounds to second as the first batter in the bottom of the 10th.

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Ryan Helsley St. Louis Cardinals

Rotowire:

Earns fourth win
June 16, 2021
Helsley (4-4) struck out a batter in 1.1 perfect innings of relief, qualifying for the win in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
Though his ERA, now 5.86, remains unimpressive, Helsley has now logged four consecutive scoreless relief appearances after yielding two runs in four of his previous six games. The Cardinals have stuck with the righty as a late-inning option through his struggles and he's beginning to reward them with this string of effective performances. Interestingly, strikeouts have almost been a non-factor in Helsley's recent work, as he's fanned just two hitters in his last seven games.
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Dillon Maples Chicago Cubs

Rotowire:

Heads to IL
June 16, 2021
Maples was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right triceps strain, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
ANALYSIS
The righty must have suffered the injury during his scoreless inning of relief Monday against the Mets, in which he struck out one and allowed no baserunners. Maples has been one of the Cubs' more dependable bullpen options this season, posting a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. It's unclear exactly how long he'll be sidelined with the triceps injury.
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Kyle Tucker Houston Astros

Rotowire:

Moves to COVID IL
June 16, 2021
Tucker is feeling under the weather Wednesday and was placed on the COVID-19 injured list, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
ANALYSIS
Tucker sat out Tuesday due to the ailment and remained unavailable Wednesday, and he's now sidelined due to the league's health and safety protocols. The 24-year-old hasn't necessarily tested positive for the virus, and it's unclear when he's expected to rejoin the active roster. Abraham Toro was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land in a corresponding move.
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Brady Singer Kansas City Royals

Rotowire:

Shoulder issue downplayed
June 16, 2021
Manager Mike Matheny said Singer had shoulder tightness surface after his previous outing Friday, and the right-hander was removed from Tuesday's start after three innings because he reached his pitch count, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
ANALYSIS
Matheny indicated the team was happy with the 24-year-old three scoreless frames Wednesday, so it appears he didn't have any significant issues with his shoulder. Kansas City has scheduled off days Thursday and Monday, so Singer should receive some extra rest before potentially making his next turn through the rotation.
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Tyler Glasnow Tampa Bay Rays

Rotowire:

MRI reveals partial UCL tear
June 15, 2021
Glasnow was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday after an MRI revealed a partial UCL tear as well as a flexor strain in his right elbow, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
UCL tears frequently lead to Tommy John surgery, though the plan for now is for Glasnow to rest rather than undergo a surgical procedure. The timing of the injury makes that a sensible plan for the Rays, as undergoing the surgery now would already have a fairly high chance of ruling their ace out for all of next year, so the team can afford to wait a few months to see how rest and rehab goes without costing him any more games. The injury is a huge blow to Tampa Bay and to those with Glasnow on their fantasy teams, as the righty owns a dominant 2.66 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 36.2 percent strikeout rate through 14 starts.
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Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians

Rotoworld:

06.14... Indians placed RHP Shane Bieber on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.
Spin:
Well, that would help explain Bieber's dip in velocity and struggles
against the Mariners on Sunday. He will be shut down from throwing for
two weeks before being re-evaluated. Obviously, it's a massive blow to
the Indians and to Bieber's fantasy managers, although it's still not
clear how long he might be sidelined. Kyle Nelson has replaced Bieber on
the roster.

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Max Scherzer Washington Nationals

Rotowire yesterday:

IL stint expected to be minimal
June 15, 2021
Manager Davey Martinez indicated Tuesday that Scherzer's placement on the injured list was primarily a precautionary decision and that the right-hander is not expected to be on the IL long past the minimum 10 days, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Scherzer was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier Tuesday due to a groin injury suffered in his start against the Giants on Friday. The ace right-hander said he'll be ready to pitch again within a matter of "days, not weeks," but the club decided to play it safe by moving him to the IL. Martinez said the injury is "getting better" and that the club doesn't want to make the issue worse by putting him back on the mound too quickly. Scherzer is eligible to be reinstated June 22, so assuming no setbacks, he figures to rejoin the rotation sometime soon after.
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Chris Flexen Seattle Mariners
Wednesday, June 16Read in Browser.
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Ryan McMahonRafael DeversTy FranceBrett AndersonChris Flexen

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Ryan McMahon* (COL): 3-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Rafael Devers* (BOS): 3-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Ty France* (SEA): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Brandon Belt (SFG): 3-3, 3 R

Trea Turner (WSN): 4-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Bo Bichette (TOR): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

J.P. Crawford (SEA): 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Yan Gomes (WSN): 1-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Mookie Betts (LAD): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Alex Verdugo (BOS): 2-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

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

Pitchers:

Brett Anderson* (MIL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 83 GmSc

Chris Flexen* (SEA): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 82 GmSc

Luis Castillo (CIN): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 75 GmSc

Dallas Keuchel (CHW): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 73 GmSc

Taijuan Walker (NYM): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 71 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

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Negro Leagues Spotlight

Josh Gibson C/OF/1B | 1930 - 1946 | MRS, PC, HG
 Hall of Fame   2x Triple Crown   12x All-Star   2x World Series   3x Batting Title 
Josh Gibson
WAR: 38.4
Better than 9.1% of HOFers
Black Ink: 144
Better than 98.8% of HOFers
Gray Ink: 305
Better than 90.9% of HOFers
HOF Monitor: 176.0
Better than 67.5% of HOFers
JAWS: 32.77
Better than 18.8% of HOFers at C

When people discuss the greatest players left out of the White major leagues, Josh Gibson is usually among the first names brought up. Even if he didn't quite reach the 800 home run mark referenced in his Hall of Fame plaque (a number likely derived from the many barnstorming and other non-league competitions he participated in), he was still dominant in the major league stats we do have recorded. In terms of black ink, meaning how often he led league leaderboards, Gibson is 3rd all-time, only trailing Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. He achieved the Triple Crown (leading his league in BA, HR and RBI) twice, something only Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams can also claim among major leaguers.

See player page on Baseball-Reference.com

See Glossary of terms.

Reading recommendation: Gibson Family Reflections on the Publication of Baseball Reference’s Negro Leagues Statistics by Sean Gibson, Josh's great-grandson

You can read our full announcement on the expansion of Negro Leagues coverage here

Stathead Spotlight: Josh Gibson

Highest on base plus slugging, min. 2500 PA

PlayerOPSPAFromToTm
Josh Gibson1.177251119301946MRS‑PC‑HG
Babe Ruth1.1641062619141935BOS‑NYY‑BSN
Ted Williams1.116979219391960BOS
Lou Gehrig1.080966519231939NYY
Oscar Charleston1.064391919201941ABC‑SLG‑HBG‑HIL‑HG‑PC‑TC2‑TC‑PS
Barry Bonds1.0511260619862007PIT‑SFG
Buck Leonard1.040254119351948HG
Jimmie Foxx1.038967719251945PHA‑BOS‑CHC‑PHI

See the full list at Stathead.com's Player Season Finder

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Mike Yastrzemski San Francisco Giants

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Mike Yastrzemski (SFG)

Pitcher: Humberto Castellanos (ARI)

Situation: Bottom 8th, 2 out, 1-2 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  ARI 8, SFG 5

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line)
4 runs scored on the play, and SFG's win probability increased 72% points, to 85%
SFG went on to win the game, 9-8

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Stathead Spotlight: Mike Yastrzemski

Most recent grand slams when down by 3 runs in the 8th inning or later

DateBatterTmOppScoreInn
2021‑06‑15Mike YastrzemskiSFG ARIdown 8‑5b8
2020‑09‑04Kevin PillarCOL@LADdown 5‑2t8
2019‑09‑18Randal GrichukTOR@BALdown 9‑6t9
2019‑07‑22Tyler SaladinoMIL CINdown 4‑1b8
2018‑08‑31Justin SmoakTOR@MIAdown 5‑2t9
2018‑08‑12David Bote*CHC WSNdown 3‑0b9
2018‑05‑19Chad PinderOAK@TORdown 4‑1t8

* - walkoff

See the full list at Stathead.com's Batting Event Finder

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Yesterday's Biggest Play

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Mike Yastrzemski (SFG)

Pitcher: Humberto Castellanos (ARI)

Situation: Bottom 8th, 2 out, 1-2 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  ARI 8, SFG 5

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF Line)
4 runs scored on the play, and SFG's win probability increased 72% points, to 85%
SFG went on to win the game, 9-8

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Stathead Spotlight: Mike Yastrzemski

Most recent grand slams when down by 3 runs in the 8th inning or later

DateBatterTmOppScoreInn
2021‑06‑15Mike YastrzemskiSFG ARIdown 8‑5b8
2020‑09‑04Kevin PillarCOL@LADdown 5‑2t8
2019‑09‑18Randal GrichukTOR@BALdown 9‑6t9
2019‑07‑22Tyler SaladinoMIL CINdown 4‑1b8
2018‑08‑31Justin SmoakTOR@MIAdown 5‑2t9
2018‑08‑12David Bote*CHC WSNdown 3‑0b9
2018‑05‑19Chad PinderOAK@TORdown 4‑1t8

* - walkoff

See the full list at Stathead.com's Batting Event Finder

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Matt Boyd Detroit Tigers

Matthew Boyd (P) DET - Jun. 15
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=785265

Boyd was placed on the 10-day injured list with left arm discomfort Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The southpaw will be further evaluated in the next 24 hours, so it's still possible he'll be given a more detailed diagnosis and return timeline in the near future. For the time being, he'll miss at least his next turn through the rotation. He'll be eligible to come off the IL on June 25.

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Corey Dickerson Miami Marlins

Corey Dickerson (OF) MIA - Jun. 15
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=785272

Dickerson (foot) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Dickerson has been out since injuring his foot by landing awkwardly on first base Sunday. His exact return timeline is unclear, but his absence could wind up being a long one, as manager Don Mattingly described the outfielder's MRI results as "not very promising."

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Johan Oviedo St. Louis Cardinals

Rotowire:

Shines in no-decision
June 16, 2021
Oviedo struck out four and allowed six hits in seven shutout innings, not factoring into the decision of Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Marlins.
ANALYSIS
Wednesday was by far the righty's best start of the season to date. Not only did Oviedo yield fewer than two runs for the first time since his April 11 season debut, he also recorded more than 15 outs for the first time in 2021. The 23-year-old was incredibly efficient as well, walking nobody and requiring just 87 pitches to get through the seven frames. Oviedo is expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Tigers.
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