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Felipe Rivero Pittsburgh Pirates

As a Brewers fan I am dismayed, but as Rivero owner, thrilled.  It is a confusing mix of feelings.

Brian Edholm Burninators
Tyler Clippard Chicago White Sox

A weird last-minute irrational hunch about Aussie reliever Warwick Saupold (a Top Ten name) prevented me from claiming Clippard last Monday on Waivers. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Felipe Rivero Pittsburgh Pirates

And after today's outing, closing out a sweep of the 1st place Brewers, his ERA and WHIP sit tied now at 0.70.

Keith Cromer Slyke
Tyler Clippard Chicago White Sox

I waived him on Sunday. Who could foresee him being demoted from 7th inning duties one moment and closing the next?

jeff merk jeffamerk
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

Below posted by a contributor on  Alex, it gives us hope with Giolito.

Giolito has 47 2/3 IP both home and road, so the comparison is easy.  

Home 47 H, 54 Ks, 23 BB, 10 HRA

Road 45 H, 49 Ks, 22 BB, 5 HRA

Home: 161 AB. .323 / .406 / .534, 24BB:51K, 9 HR (6 SB)
Away: 148 AB. .236 / .345 / .351, 25BB:51K, 3 HR (11 SB)

Won’t the real Yoan Moncada please stand up, please stand up?

I took a little grief earlier this season for posting about the home/road splits of Moncada, Delmonico, and other Knights hitters – as well as the pitchers (Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer & Lucas Giolito each give up +/- 1 more run per game at home compared to on the road; Fulmer has allowed 10 HR in 55 innings at home versus 2 HR in 33 innings on the road, etc.). Someone asked, fairly, about the sample size.

But here we are at >300AB for Moncada with similar BB:K ratios but very different results in the "simple" hitting stats. Charlotte has played very hitter-friendly, with balls you would think as "hard outs" carrying to the wall or over it.

Yoan Moncada looks like the best athlete on the field every night, and we have LOVED having him here and enjoyed this experience. But I’d temper my "results" expectations right now with a giant grain of Charlotte salt. I believe Charlotte was the most favorable overall hitters’ park in the International League over the last several years, and has played even more hitter-friendly in 2017.

I believe he’ll be good or great but not "130 wRC+ in the minors great" because I can’t believe that the real/current park factors in Charlotte match whatever is in the formula.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Alex Bregman Houston Astros
McTaggart did say this in a follow-up tweet...that the plan is for Gonzalez to play multiple positions. I'd guess that he mostly plays first and third (for Moran and Gurriel) though.
Mike Gianella MikeG

Boo!  I want Marwin to qualify at 4 positions going into the season next year.  He has a long way to go at SS (10 so far).  He only needs 4 games at 3B.  1B and OF hurdles are crossed.  He's got 9 at 2B as well, but it would be a terrible thing if he qualified at 2B.

Former top prospect Colin Moran was called up too.  He is a third baseman, so it's possible Moran will play 3B and Marwin will continue to be a super-utility player.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Alex Meyer Los Angeles Angels

We have him (as noted below), and bemoaned (yesterday morning) that we had no (non-injured) pitching subs to skip his start.

So, we got it.

Mike Dean TMU2009

"Our reports," said Dusty, ""were he didn't have very good command, but he did tonight."

One hit in seven IP, one walk, seven SO.

Strangely, he threw first pitch strikes to only six of 23 batters.

Alex Patton Alex
Alex Bregman Houston Astros
Brian McTaggart of says that Bregman will play shortstop in the Astros' upcoming series against Baltimore.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs

Been stuck at 9 games at 2B for some time now. The ESPN threshold in-season is 10 games.

I doubt Maddon is trolling fantasy owners, but if any MLB manager would...

Mike Gianella MikeG
Sam Dyson San Francisco Giants

I could have kept him in LABR AL. But you can't reserve active players in LABR AL and I didn't want to run the risk of the Rangers running him out there in mop up duty and destroying my ratios even more. So I cut him.

I don't really regret it (the odds of any reliever coming back from such a lousy performance to close with another team after he has been DFA'd are slim) but those saves sure would have been nice.

I did pick him up in CBS NL.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

Enough already with the singles. After four of them in his first three games back, has homered in the last two.

Alex Patton Alex
Enrique Hernandez Los Angeles Dodgers

Latest member of the 10-homer club with two last night against the White Sox.

NL is having a bit of a rally against the AL. With two wins in three games yesterday, the record is now 90-95.

Alex Patton Alex
Sam Dyson San Francisco Giants

It was a battle (a single, a hit batter, a walk, protecting a one-run lead) but when it was all over Sam had his fifth save in five chances for the Giants.

Why am I calling him Sam? I traded Moncada for this wretch before the season and, as we see, he cost me $9 beyond the $15 that was his freeze price.

Fifteen. Didn't that seem like a good price (4x4)? For a phenom who had a K percent somewhere around 90 in his cup of coffee?

Sam stunk up the joint in the AL and now, in the NL, he's even getting saves against AL teams. Cleveland last night. The Tigers on July 5.

Shouldn't I out least get those saves after he's traded out of the league?

I appeal to the Nabobs.

Alex Patton Alex
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins

Given that nearly all of his injuries are not chronic, I wouldn't even be surprised by that.

Mike Gianella MikeG

The only one of Stanton's stats that should surprise anyone is Games Played.
Now has 9 HRs in his last 40 at-bats. If he keeps up his games played pace, with the way he's going now, he's got a shot at 60.

Keith Prosseda andypro
Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies

In 3 consecutive innings on the HRs. Bill James did introduce a stat called Victory Important RBIs early in the SABR revolution.  Opposition runs plus 1 divided by team runs scored in the games that team wins.

van wilhoite LVW
Rodney Rutherford Oakland Athletics

The interesting thing, to no one but Alex and me, is that we trashed the first few rounds of the March reserve draft in 2018, to add Carpenter and Hanley and Carrasco, when our regs got hurt, but we still are pretty stocked. If Mike does a fair job in the November auction (no pressure) we should be in the hunt.

The problem is that Steve Moyer has built a pretty stiff machine. I thought we had a good chance to catch him even after we lost Freeman and Trout for long stretches, but we need to have all our ace starting pitching perform. Cueto, Carrasco after we dealt for him, Syndergaard is hurt, have all cost us beaucoup points. Jason Vargas kept us in the game, but his last two starts have equalized that.

Moyer will still be powerful next year. Kudos to him. (But more kudos to Don Drooker and Jeff Winick, who have dominated this league. And Jeff is in the top group this year, too, again.)

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies

In a fun afternoon in Coors for the hosts, Arenado hits three homers, two singles, scores four times and drives in seven. Just like that, he's got a big lead in the RBI race.

I'm so retro. I think RBIs are important.

Alex Patton Alex

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