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Ryan Weathers San Diego Padres

Here's how it happened, according to Joe Lemire in the Times.

A 20-year-old left-hander, Weathers was standing next to the club’s general manager, A.J. Preller, in the team’s hotel while waiting to grab a swab for the team’s daily Covid-19 tests when Preller posed a question: Which test was for the minor leaguers and which was for the big leaguers? Weathers said he didn’t know there was a difference, to which Preller replied, “Grab one from the big-league side today because you’re on the roster” for the playoffs.

Now, before you read Joe's story, name the four other players who made their major league debut in the postseason (two of them this year).

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/14/sports/baseball/mlb-postseason-rookies.html

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 15
Kyle Wright Atlanta Braves
Mark Melancon Atlanta Braves

I had Melancon in 2019 ... that 1.40 WHIP with the Giants with only 1 save was a major disappointment ... to the point where I simply did not believe the 1.14 WHIP he had with the Braves, rather I was focused on the 3.86 ERA!  So I traded him ... felt like I had found a sucker to pay for a guy who would produce little, if not negative, value in 2020 ... well ... that didn't pan out ... good for Melancon and good for the winner of PCL :-)

Interesting that in yesterday's Save, he threw 7 pitches ... all for strikes!  I like that ...

205 Saves with 2.78 ERA and 1.12 WIP is a good career!

And ... he's pretty good at catching HRsUber-casual ... and ... end-zone tap-dance! :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 14
A.J. Pollock Los Angeles Dodgers

It was a heart-stopping rally.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: AJ Pollock (LAD)

Pitcher: Mark Melancon (ATL)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 2 out, 0-1 count, Runner On 3rd

Score:  ATL 8, LAD 7

Groundout: 3B-1B (SS-3B Hole)
ATL went from a 82% win probability to a game-ending out, and a 8-7 victory.

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com


https://www.espn.com/mlb/video?gameId=401246381

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 14
Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants

Brandon Belt (1B) SF - Oct. 13

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=761089

Belt underwent surgery to have a bone spur removed from his right heel, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 32-year-old battled an injury in a similar spot during summer camp, but it's now been rectified heading into the 2021 campaign. The injury wasn't overly impactful on Belt's performance during the shortened season, as he had a career-best .309/.425/.591 slash line with nine homers in 51 games. The team didn't offer a recovery timeline, but the veteran first baseman will have nearly four months to get back to full strength before the start of spring training. 

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 14
John Curtiss Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' D wins this one.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 14
Tyler Matzek Atlanta Braves

Uh-oh. Dodgers are in trouble.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 14
Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds

A fine assessment by Rob Mains at BP.

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/62515/admire-joe-morgan/

The only way Joe Morgan gets into the Hall of Fame if he plays his whole career in Houston is with a concerted campaign by the sabermetricians he loathes.

I hadn't realized racial prejudice was the reason for the trade.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
John Curtiss Tampa Bay Rays

We should get his 2020 stats tomorrow. Fangraphs has them now.

Tyler Kepner tells us a little more about John Pickens Curtiss.

Friday’s middle relievers, Anderson and Fairbanks, arrived in trades in July 2019, neither with a full year in the majors. Sunday’s duo, John Curtiss and Ryan Thompson, were even more obscure.

Curtiss had a 10.95 E.R.A. for the Class AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs when the Philadelphia Phillies released him last summer; the Rays signed him in February. Thompson was recovering from Tommy John surgery in the Astros’ farm system when the Rays chose him in the Rule 5 draft in 2018. He had pitched just a handful of games above Class AA.

“These guys, they come in here and they step up and they stand out,” said Snell, a former Cy Young Award winner. “They’re very talented and very good at what they do — and it’s a lot of them.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/12/sports/baseball/alcs-rays-astros.html

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
Mike Brosseau Tampa Bay Rays
Lance McCullers Houston Astros

The four starters last night gave up three homers and three earned runs.


Ozzie AlbiesManuel MargotMike ZuninoLance McCullers Jr.Max Fried

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Ozzie Albies* (ATL): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Manuel Margot* (TBR): 1-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Mike Zunino* (TBR): 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Freddie Freeman (ATL): 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Enrique Hernandez (LAD): 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Carlos Correa (HOU): 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Pitchers:

Lance McCullers Jr.* (HOU): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 11 K, 70 GmSc

Max Fried* (ATL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 67 GmSc

Charlie Morton (TBR): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 61 GmSc

Walker Buehler (LAD): 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 7 K, 59 GmSc

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
Ozzie Albies Atlanta Braves

The nightcap saw six runs scored as well, all but one on homers. Albies' came with a runner on.

The totals for both games: 12 runs, seven homers, 26 hits, 11 walks, 44 strikeouts.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

Another homer last night. Six runs were scored in the game, five on three swings of the bat.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

Based on what I was hearing ESPN announcers saying while listening to a few minutes of the ALDS, this guy sounds like the real deal ... 

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Oct 13
Manuel Margot Tampa Bay Rays

Star of the game for sure. The Rays like him.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 13
Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds

And the annus horribilis continues.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 12
Yulieski Gurriel Houston Astros

The defense was set perfectly for this.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Yuli Gurriel (HOU)

Pitcher: Diego Castillo (TBR)

Situation: Top 8th, 1 out, 0-0 count, Bases Loaded

Score:  TBR 2, HOU 1

Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B (SS-2B)
HOU's win probability decreased -35% points, to 13%
TBR went on to win the game, 2-1

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 12
Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

He looked bad in a previous AB but not in this one.

And even so, it's another home run that would be a double, maybe a triple, with the old baseball.

Jose AltuveRandy ArozarenaKevin KiermaierFramber ValdezBlake Snell

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Jose Altuve* (HOU): 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Randy Arozarena* (TBR): 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Kevin Kiermaier* (TBR): 2-4

Yandy Díaz (TBR): 1-2

Michael Brantley (HOU): 1-3, 1 SB

Alex Bregman (HOU): 2-4

Pitchers:

Framber Valdez* (HOU): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 60 GmSc

Blake Snell* (TBR): 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 51 GmSc

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 12
Mike Zunino Tampa Bay Rays

The least likely player hitter on the field to hit a single gets one to bring home the deciding run. Rays hit three other singles the entire game and fan 13 times.

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 12

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