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Junior Guerra Milwaukee Brewers

A cloud burst is going to earn somebody a pennant.

Milwaukee Brewers — By closing out the last batter in the seventh, Junior Guerra put himself in position to earn a rare rain-shortened save.

Hierarchy remains: Hader | Albers | Peralta.

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Matt Magill Minnesota Twins

Phew.

Seattle Mariners — A month after he was acquired from Minnesota for cash considerations, the clock finally struck midnight for Matt Magill. Emilio Pagan blew the save for the Rays in the top of the ninth, but Magill gave it right back in the bottom of the inning. It’ll probably take another bad outing before he loses his slot at the top of the Seattle committee, though.

Hierarchy remains: *Magill | Bass | Tuivailala. 
* = closer-by-committee

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Brad Hand Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians – Despite Brad Hand’s third straight blown save on Wednesday — the latest disappointment of a subpar two-month period (7.32 ERA, 2.03 WHIP) — Terry Francona is not considering a change in the ninth inning. “We can’t run from Brad.” Apparently Brad can’t run to first either. Hand’s velocity looks fine, but his location has been questionable; with the Indians still in the heart of the wild card race, Francona’s confidence in his most talented reliever is almost certainly the right play.

Hierarchy remains: Hand | Wittgren | Goody.

Alex Patton Alex

Yesterday was a "rich get richer" day ...


Howard Lynch LynchMob

Led by the much sought-after Bryce Harper (at the traded deadline), the Oracles have surged to within half a point of not being in the cellar in the PCL.

Yo, Broad Street Bullies: you better step up your game.

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Marcus Stroman New York Mets

Fixed.

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Octavio Dotel Detroit Tigers

Back page of the Post: MEET THE METHS

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Robinson Chirinos Houston Astros

And as mentioned in the game recap, the Vegas line on the game made the loss the biggest MLB upset since 2005...

https://www.actionnetwork.com/mlb/tigers-vs-astros-odds-betting-preview-verlander-biggest-favorite-trend-august-21-2019


Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Marcus Stroman New York Mets

Why is Stroman still showing Toronto as his team in the comments?

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jake Fraley Seattle Mariners

Made his debut.  He's old compared to many rookies these days.  But, he had a very nice Rotisserie-type season in AA and AAA, putting up numbers across the 5 categories. I don't know how he fits in long-term in Seattle, but if they are really rebuilding, he should be in their plans.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Marcus Stroman New York Mets

The rudderless ship won its fourth in a row with another heart-stopping rally, this one in the tenth.

Stroman left after four with a hammy problem that's not thought to be serious. 

Alex Patton Alex
Robinson Chirinos Houston Astros

He must have really wanted the cycle.

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/tigers-vs-astros/2019/08/21/565666#,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=565666

Not even close and it cost them the game.

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David Bote Chicago Cubs

Talk about brutal ... you're putting up a 1.7 WAR season ... you're a useful utility player at 2B and 3B, even filling in a game at SS ... and you're sent down to AAA.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Pavin Smith Arizona Diamondbacks

Seems to be a poster boy for needing a launch angle adjustment.

At AA this year ...
plate discipline ... check (55 K/54 BB in 408 AB)
Size ... check (6-2, 210 lbs) (fortunately not 19892 lbs)  
Pop ... check (42 extra base hits in 408 AB)
HR power ... nope (10 HR in 408 AB)

Jackson has a .85 park factor for HRs ... and 7 of Smith's 10 HR have come on the road.

Next year, he presumably gets to play in Reno, and in the PCL.  With the AAA baseball.  He's going to hit 20 HR even without a launch angle adjustment.  If he could make the adjustment ... perhaps there's a breakout power season coming next year.





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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

A tale of 2 seasons ...
Pre June 12 - 58 games, .219/.250/.357  6 HR, 6 SB
Post June 12 - 60 games, .309/.339/.549 12 HR, 4 SB

Like 2 completely different players.  With his hot second half, he's certainly rewarding any patience his owners showed him!

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Matt Magill Minnesota Twins

Dang. (See  Corban Joseph)

Seattle Mariners – Matt Magill earned his second save in as many chances on Tuesday night thanks to a 1-2-3 inning. Magill has now put together six straight scoreless outings (6.0 IP). Meanwhile, Anthony Bass pitched the eighth inning last night. We’ll swap Magill and Bass in the hierarchy accordingly.

Updated hierarchy: *Magill | Bass | Tuivailala. 

* = closer-by-committee
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Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves

First NL hitter to the pass 100 ribbies with four driven in last night. He was just one of many boppers for Peter and me in the XFL. Between them they scored 14 runs, drove in 17, hit seven homers, and OBPed .426. On the year, we -- our players, I mean -- have touched them all 276 times, which puts us fourth in homers. Doug Dennis's team is at the top with 323, nine more than the next team. It's not like he has a surplus.

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Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros

Four true outcomes, all of them walks.

That's respect.

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Octavio Dotel Detroit Tigers

Do they know Esteban Loiaza?

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

https://nypost.com/2019/08/20/ex-mets-octavio-dotel-luis-castillo-arrested-as-part-of-drug-trafficking-network/amp/

Phil Ponebshek Texpope

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