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Josh Reddick Houston Astros

The overshift allows Reddick to tie the game in the ninth with a groundball to shortstop. 

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Mitch Garver Minnesota Twins

Or not quite as worthless, as the baggies have pointed out.

As usual, trashing one of your players helps. Garver hit a home run today.

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Cole Sulser Baltimore Orioles

The O's sweep the Rays! The O's sweep the Rays!

Led by a player the Rays, the Rays, seem to have made a mistake on.

A strange season indeed.

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Jason Castro Los Angeles Angels

I watched this on MLB.TV. It didn't feel like the Astros had a 12 percent chance.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: George Springer (HOU)

Pitcher: Hansel Robles (LAA)

Situation: Top 9th, 2 out, 2-1 count, Runner On 2nd

Score:  LAA 3, HOU 2

Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF)
2 runs scored on the play, and HOU's win probability increased 68% points, to 80%

Yesterday's 2nd-Biggest Play

Batter: Jason Castro (LAA)

Pitcher: Cy Sneed (HOU)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 3-2 count, Runner On 2nd

Score:  LAA 3, HOU 4

Double (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
1 run scored on the play, and LAA's win probability increased 41% points, to 70%
LAA went on to win the game, 5-4

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

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Mitch Garver Minnesota Twins

I picked Astudillo in the draft last Sunday as my second catcher behind Garver. It wasn't the plan that the following Sunday, working out at the alternate training site, Astudillio would be more valuable.

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Tyler Chatwood Chicago Cubs

Has earned $5/$4 in two starts. Keeping in mind the earnings shown here need to be multiplied by 2.7.

 
 
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Luis RobertEloy JimenezMiguel SanoTyler ChatwoodKenta Maeda

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Tyler Chatwood* (CHC): 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 77 GmSc

Kenta Maeda* (MIN): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 75 GmSc

Yusei Kikuchi (SEA): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 74 GmSc

Kyle Freeland (COL): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 71 GmSc

Griffin Canning (LAA): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 59 GmSc

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


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Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox

Still a little too soon to say for sure, but my comment on Feb 25 looks like a mistake.

 


 
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Luis RobertEloy JimenezMiguel SanoTyler ChatwoodKenta Maeda

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Luis Robert* (CHW): 4-6, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Eloy Jimenez* (CHW): 4-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Miguel Sano* (MIN): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Josh Reddick (HOU): 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

George Springer (HOU): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Gio Urshela (NYY): 1-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Mike Tauchman (NYY): 3-4, 1 R, 2 SB

Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Leury Garcia (CHW): 4-5, 1 RBI, 1 R

Evan Longoria (SFG): 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

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


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Matt Kemp Colorado Rockies

Thumps a homer 457 feet to right center in Coors, batting behind Arenado as the DH.

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Kyle Freeland Colorado Rockies

Goes to 2-0 with six shutout innings. In Coors. Against the Padres, who drop to 6-3. Rocks move to 5-2.

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Julio Urias Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers had an 8-2 lead after five but Urias tossed another frame to earn a Quality Start. Not that that's a category, just as an indication that he was still feeling strong. Set down the side in order while adding two more Ks. In all he threw 90 pitches, 57 for strikes. Fourteen called strikes, 12 swinging strikes, 14 foul balls, 16 in-play strikes, which adds up to 56 but who's counting? 

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James Hoyt Miami Marlins

The answer to Eugene's question ("Who puts themselves into that situation voluntarily when there's an out?"), just dealt to the Marlins.  It could well be the last chance to accrue service time, and with a little luck, a career.  He has the K rate to be successful, and there are bound to be save chances in Miami.  Probably.  Maybe.  Okay, at least one or two?

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Touki Toussaint Atlanta Braves

Four scoreless by Touki last night. Left the game up 5-zip. Luke Jackson was given the first shot at the win but he couldn't make it through the fifth. Tomlin came in and retired seven in a row to earn the win.

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Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox

After a little more than a week it does seem the ball has been de-juiced, at least a little. Bogaerts hit two balls to right in Yankee Stadium last night that seemed to be headed for the seats and didn't make it.

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Fernando Rodney Houston Astros

The Monkey is already punch drub with closer chaos.

Houston Astros  IT’S HAPPENINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!! Also, Andre Scrubb picked up a vulture save while the top arms got the night off, and Ryan Pressly could pitch as early as today. But don’t lose focus: it’s almost Rodney time, baby!

Hierarchy remains: Rodney | Rodney | Rodney | Rodney | Rodney.

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Taylor Williams Seattle Mariners

Another one who slipped through our grasp last Sunday in the ADL.

Seattle Mariners — As we expected, Taylor Williams got the save chance on Friday (inasmuch as anyone ever expects a Mariners win this year). Another conversion and Williams probably seizes the top spot in the committee. 

Hierarchy remains: *Altavilla | Williams | Misiewicz.
* = closer-by-committee

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Cole Sulser Baltimore Orioles

He wasn't on our screen last Sunday in the ADL zoomfest but he is now.

From the Monkey:

Baltimore Orioles — It was curious, in a tight game against the Rays, to see Richard Bleier held out of action. After Baltimore picked up the win, news broke that Bleier had been traded to the Marlins, as bullpen support in the event that they play another game this year. Meanwhile, Cole Sulser picked up his second save; although his split-finger fastball makes him a valuable weapon against lefties, leaving Brandon Hyde unlikely to limit him to the ninth inning, Sulser clearly leads this committee. 

Updated hierarchy: *Sulser | Givens | Castro.
* = closer-by-committee

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Drew Pomeranz San Diego Padres

The Money's take on the wild game in Colorado.

August 1, 2020

San Diego Padres — Kirby Yates is on the hot seat after a wild ninth inning that saw him nearly give back a three-run lead the Padres had been gifted by Wade Davis. Drew Pomeranz stepped in to save the night, and is knocking on the door of the ninth inning, as Yates just looks like a totally different pitcher this season. Alarmingly, he’s given up half of the earned runs he allowed last season, in only 4% of the innings.

Hierarchy remains: Yates | Pomeranz | Pagan.

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Christian Walker Arizona Diamondbacks

The big hit.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/dodgers-vs-d-backs/2020/07/31/630201#,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=630201

Betts had a great game but he just misses this one. Did he get a great jump? The answer's in Statcast's vault. 

Or do I mean Fantrax? It's somewhere. The answer to everything is somewhere.

Alex Patton Alex

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Christian Walker (ARI)

Pitcher: Blake Treinen (LAD)

Situation: Bottom 8th, 2 out, 0-0 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  LAD 3, ARI 1

Double to CF (Line Drive to Deep CF-RF)
3 runs scored on the play, and ARI's win probability increased 62% points, to 85%
ARI went on to win the game, 5-3

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

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Brian Goodwin Los Angeles Angels

No one's hotter.

Brian GoodwinHanser AlbertoCharlie BlackmonTaijuan WalkerYu Darvish

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Brian Goodwin* (LAA): 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Hanser Alberto* (BAL): 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Charlie Blackmon* (COL): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Anthony Santander (BAL): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Kyle Tucker (HOU): 3-5, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

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

Tommy Pham (SDP): 2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Robinson Cano (NYM): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Travis d'Arnaud (ATL): 3-4, 5 RBI, 1 SB

David Fletcher (LAA): 2-3, 1 RBI, 3 R

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

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