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Jorge Soler Kansas City Royals

With two last night he's closing in on Trout.

Alex Patton Alex
Marcus Semien Oakland Athletics

Three knocks, including his 28th homer, as the A's stick it to the Astros again in Minute Maid.

It seems like more than the usual number of injuries among the players who had earned $6 by the end of April.

Alex Patton Alex
Chris Martin Atlanta Braves

Closer Monkey: " It was nine pitches, nine strikes for Chris Martin, the seventh immaculate inning of 2019 and 99th in history. "

Follow that second link and it shows the first 98 in chronological order by league. Isn't it weird though that in each league there are only four before the 1950s?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

That works, thanks again!

So ... hittrackeronline.com is gone?  Ouch ... so I can't figure out how to get the data about this HR ... "StatCast" doesn't seem friendly ... or at least I haven't found an easy way to find the data about this HR on StatCast :-(

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nick Anderson Miami Marlins

These 15 IP have been a big help in my 4x4 home league, where I am in 1st but in ERA and WHIP battles.  Kudos to andypro for this.

Mike Landau ML-
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Thank-you for that link ... that truly is ... MUST SEE!!!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners

Yesterday's Debut

RF Kyle Lewis (SEA)

Born: July 13, 1995 (Age: 24-059d)

Baseball America Prospect Rank: #67 in 2018

Drafted: Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (11th) of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft from Mercer University (Macon, GA).

Debut: 1-3, 1 hr, 1 rbi, 1 r

Others

  • Donnie Walton (SEA), SS, 25-108d
Alex Patton Alex
Johnny Cueto San Francisco Giants

In his first day back from TJS: 5 IP, one hit, one walk, four strikeouts, no runs. 69 pitches, 43 for strikes. First-pitch strikes to 12 of 17.

One of his sons held up a sign.

"Dia De Cueto." 

Alex Patton Alex
Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays

Keith Law's prospect of the year:

Prospect of the Year: Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

There were three strong candidates for the Prospect of the Year title this season, but Franco's year stands above the next two players' performances. Franco turned 18 on March 1, hit .318/.390/.506 in the low-A Midwest League for half the season, then hit .339/.408/.464 in the high-A Florida State League for the rest of the season. He was the youngest player at both levels and one of just two teenagers in the FSL; if he'd been a first-round pick this past June, he would have been the fourth-youngest player taken there.

Most impressive about Franco's year is that he walked more often than he struck out at both levels, finishing the year with 56 walks and just 35 strikeouts (a 7.1% strikeout rate); only one player, 22-year-old Nick Madrigal, had a lower strikeout rate among players in full-season leagues. And Franco did all of this as a shortstop.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Dan Plesac Philadelphia Phillies

Yesterday's top five Game Scores:

Pitchers:

Zach Plesac* (CLE): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 2 BB, 82 GmSc

Walker Buehler* (LAD): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 11 K, 0 BB, 80 GmSc

Jose Berrios (MIN): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 76 GmSc

Lance Lynn (TEX): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 3 BB, 69 GmSc

Johnny Cueto (SFG): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 68 GmSc

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

* - pictured above

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Martin Maldonado Chicago Cubs

This more like it. Yesterday's two-homer club:

Yesterday's Top Performers

Sean Murphy* (OAK): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Jason Heyward* (CHC): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Matt Olson* (OAK): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Kris Bryant (CHC): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Corey Seager (LAD): 2-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

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

Corey Dickerson (PHI): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Martin Maldonado (HOU): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Brett Gardner (NYY): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Didi Gregorius (NYY): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

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

Alex Patton Alex
Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros
Wade Miley Houston Astros

with 14 hits and walks in that 1/3 of an inning to go along with the 12 earned runs.  And not even a strikeout!  The question remains:  has any pitcher ever had worse consecutive starts?  They compute to a 324.00 ERA and a 42.00 WHIP if I'm not mistaken.

Thomas Rosenthal TommyR
Domingo German New York Yankees

Ken Davidson in the Post:

"The closer we get to these playoffs, the more it appears the Yankees’ best path to overcoming the Astros, a club relying on a powerful starting rotation, will be a strain of bullpenning. They’ll launch a test run of sorts on Wednesday when they start CC Sabathia and relieve him with German, whose past 22 appearances have been starts."

https://nypost.com/2019/09/10/atypical-pitching-plan-is-yankees-best-world-series-hope/

Alex Patton Alex
Nick Anderson Miami Marlins

Another impressive performance by Nick Anderson last night, striking out the side in the 8th inning on 13 pitches.

In 15 appearances for the Rays, he's been scored on once. Has struck out 30. Hasn't given up a walk. It seems, given the right amount of rest (he's pitched on consecutive days once), he can come in and throw his mid-90s 4-seamer right at the center of the plate and it has enough movement that it strays to the edges and batters can't hit it.

A nice weapon. He didn't get a save, a win or even a hold yesterday but the Rays won in the 11th.

Alex Patton Alex
Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers

Well, at least he outearned the hell out of his projections before going Tonya Harding on himself.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Gavin Lux Los Angeles Dodgers

Gavin Lux (SS) LA - Sep. 10

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=731073

Lux went 3-for-4 with a double and solo home run Tuesday against the Orioles.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Lux had a strong day at the plate after having gone hitless in each of his last four appearances. The big shot came in the fifth inning, when he launched a home run to center field for his first career long ball. Currently slotted atop the depth chart at second base, Lux should continue to get regular at-bats as he adjusts to his first taste of big-league pitching. Through just seven games, he's managed a .250/.333/.458 line while working three free passes as opposed to only five strikeouts. 

Alex Patton Alex
Anthony Bass Seattle Mariners

Anthony Bass (P) SEA - Sep. 10

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=731111

Bass pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against Cincinnati on Tuesday.
ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bass needed only nine pitches to set the Reds down in order and pick up his first save since Aug. 7. The right-hander has recently yielded primary closer duties to Matt Magill, though Tuesday's opportunity to close out the one-run game suggests that Seattle's ninth-inning situation is fluid. Nonetheless, relying on Bass is a shaky proposition as he has blown five of eight save chances this season while posting a 3.67 ERA and 37:16 K:BB in 41.2 innings.


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