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Cedric Mullins II Baltimore Orioles

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Cedric Mullins (BAL)

Pitcher: Brandon Hughes (CHC)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 1-0 count, Runners On 1st and 2nd

Score:  CHC 3, BAL 2

Double Play: Lineout: 2B
CHC went from a 67% win probability to a game-ending out, and a 3-2 victory.

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JT Brubaker Pittsburgh Pirates
Alex BregmanBryan ReynoldsAndrew McCutchenZac GallenJT Brubaker
Alex BregmanBryan ReynoldsAndrew McCutchenZac GallenJT Brubaker

Aug 18, 2022 Top Performers


Zac Gallen (ARI): 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 82 GmSc

JT Brubaker (PIT): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 80 GmSc

Adam Wainwright (STL): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 78 GmSc

Yu Darvish (SDP): 8.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

Max Fried (ATL): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 67 GmSc

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Alex Bregman Houston Astros
Alex BregmanBryan ReynoldsAndrew McCutchenZac GallenJT Brubaker
Alex BregmanBryan ReynoldsAndrew McCutchenZac GallenJT Brubaker

Aug 18, 2022 Top Performers


Alex Bregman (HOU): 4-6, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 1 SB

Bryan Reynolds (PIT): 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

Andrew McCutchen (MIL): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

Chas McCormick (HOU): 3-6, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

Willson Contreras (CHC): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Hunter Renfroe (MIL): 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Lars Nootbaar (STL): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

George Springer (TOR): 5-5, 1 RBI, 2 R

Albert Pujols (STL): 2-3, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

Yandy Díaz (TBR): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

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Lars Nootbaar St. Louis Cardinals
Ignites offense
August 19, 2022
Nootbaar went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, two walks and an additional run scored in Thursday's victory over the Rockies.
Nootbaar led off the Cardinals three-run first with an infield single and added a two-run homer in the sixth to extend St. Louis' lead to 12-0. Over his last 31 games (83 plate appearances), the second-year outfield has slashed .313/.434/.566 while walking (19) more times than he's struck out (18).
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Chas McCormick Houston Astros

Hit No. 3 came off a 59 mph fastball from Josh Harrison, plating run No. 21.

Slugs 12th homer
August 19, 2022
McCormick went 3-for-6 with a home run, five RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.
McCormick has shifted into a timeshare with Mauricio Dubon in center field, and he's started only four of the team's last eight games. Even prior to Thursday's outburst, he has hit well of late by collecting at least one hit in four of his last five games. He also has eight RBI and three runs scored in that span. For the season, McCormick now has a .238/.323/.426 line across 300 plate appearances.
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Alek Thomas Arizona Diamondbacks


Dropped in the order
August 19, 2022
Thomas batted seventh and went 0-for-4 in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Giants.
Thomas had settled in near the top of the order from mid-June to mid-August but has batted in the lower half the last six games. He has just two hits over 19 at-bats (.105) since the drop, which followed a 16-game stretch with a .193/.246/.281 line.
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Mark Mathias Texas Rangers


Makes first start as Ranger
August 19, 2022
Mathias started at designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Thursday's 10-3 win over the Athletics.
Mathias, who was acquired from the Brewers at the trade deadline, was called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, a transaction that got lost among the organizational changes of the past week, which featured the sacking of a manager and general manager. He appeared as a pinch hitter Wednesday, doubling in his lone plate appearance, then made his first start for the Rangers on Thursday. It's unclear how he'll be used going forward, as the Rangers tend to rotate several players at DH. He could serve as a right-handed complement with Brad Miller at DH or spot in as a utility player capable of playing second base, third base and left field.
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Trey Mancini Baltimore Orioles

Slugs 14th homer
August 19, 2022
Mancini went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the White Sox.
Mancini took Lucas Giolito yard in the second inning to tally his 14th home run of the season. Since joining the Astros on Aug. 2, Mancini has four homers, 10 RBI and six runs scored across 43 plate appearances. After originally being in the lineup inconsistently, Mancini has started five of Houston's last six games.
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Zach Logue Oakland Athletics


08.18: Zach Logue surrendered seven runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Rangers. (Logue has given up 13 runs in two starts since rejoining the A's rotation last week, so this might be a short stint for him. He wasn't any good in
Triple-A this year, either, but the A's were hoping he'd come up and
help make the Matt Chapman deal look like less of a bust.)

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Michael Massey Kansas City Royals


08.18: Michael Massey slugged his first career home run on Thursday in the Royals' blowout loss to the Rays. (Massey took Rays reliever Shawn Armstrong deep to right field in the eighth inning for his first big-league round-tripper. The 24-year-old rookie
infielder is hitting .321/.356/.482 with one homer, six RBI and one
steal in 60 plate appearances this season.)

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Luis Patino Tampa Bay Rays

08.18: Luis Patiño fired 5 2/3 scoreless innings on Thursday in a win over the Royals. (Patiño scattered four hits and worked into the sixth inning in his first start
for the Rays since July 23. He finished with four strikeouts and only
issued two walks. The 22-year-old righty has been limited to just three
starts this season at the major-league level due to injuries. It's
unclear whether he'll receive another turn in the Rays' starting
rotation, but he's lined up to face the Angels on Tuesday in his next outing.)

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Tommy Pham Boston Red Sox


08.18: Tommy Pham hit an RBI single on Thursday in the Red Sox' blowout loss to the Pirates. (Pham broke up a potential shutout with an RBI infield single in eighth
inning off Pirates reliever Zach Thompson. It was a forgettable evening
for the Red Sox' lineup, which managed just two hits in the first seven
frames of the one-sided affair. It's not what you want.)

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J.D. Davis San Francisco Giants

The homers are split evenly. The AB not so much.


08.18: J.D. Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. (Davis connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, boosting the Giants to a 2-1 lead in the process. The Diamondbacks would
push ahead (for good) on a two-run single by Jake McCarthy in the
eighth inning. For his part this season, Davis is slashing
.257/.343/.421 with eight homers and 26 RBI across 214 at-bats split
between the Mets and Giants.)

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Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals


08.18: Adam Wainwright tallied seven strikeouts across seven scoreless innings in a win Thursday versus the Rockies. (Wainwright
gave up only three hits and issued no walks against a Rockies team that
didn't seem to have much interest in being at Busch Stadium for the
afternoon tilt. He probably could have gone the distance, but manager
Oli Marmol pulled him at 89 pitches with the Cardinals leading 13-0.)

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Dansby Swanson Atlanta Braves

New York Post:

ATLANTA — This wasn’t the time for the Mets to end their impressive streak of series won or tied against division foes, but maybe they were just fortunate they weren’t swept.

Whatever the case, the Braves seem determined to stick around. Thursday night the Mets squandered a chance for an acceptable series split, watching as two grounders turned into the sequence that buried them in a 3-2 loss at Truist Park.

After winning or tying their first 16 series against the NL East this season, the Mets left town with three losses in four games against the defending World Series champions. The Mets lead the Braves by 3 ½ games in the NL East. The teams still have three games remaining against each other, beginning Sept. 30 in Atlanta.

Jacob deGrom pitches on Thursday during the Mets' loss to the Braves.
Jacob deGrom pitches on Thursday during the Mets’ loss to the Braves. 
Dansby Swanson, left, celebrates with Matt Olson after scoring in the third inning.
Dansby Swanson, left, celebrates with Matt Olson after scoring in the third inning. 

“We won four [of five] when we were back at our place and they won three when we were here,” Brandon Nimmo said. “I am not that disappointed. I am just more disappointed in that I feel like there were some things in this game we could have done a little slightly better and maybe we pull away with this one, but that’s baseball. When good baseball happens it’s usually one or two things.”

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Frankie Montas New York Yankees

New York Post:

Yes, it’s very early for the new guy in town, who was making his third start as a Yankee and his first in The Bronx. But his timing here was terrible. One night after the most dramatic victory of the season, made possible by Josh Donaldson’s grand slam in the 10th, Montas killed off whatever feel-good momentum might’ve carried over. He spiked the notion that the reeling Yanks had finally righted themselves and were fixing to go on another tear. 

Montas allowed Toronto six runs and eight hits over six innings, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s three-run shot, failing to give his team a reasonable chance to win in what would be a 9-2 defeat. In 14 innings as a Yankee, Montas has surrendered 14 runs and 18 hits. 

Frankie Montas reacts during the Yankees' loss to the Blue Jays.
Frankie Montas reacts during the Yankees’ loss to the Blue Jays. 
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Josh Hader San Diego Padres

He's not the same guy this year ... simple as that ... Brewers obviously knew that ... Padres decided to risk it (they've got a pitching coach that seems good) ...

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Marcell Ozuna Atlanta Braves

Might be the end in Atlanta.

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Josh Hader San Diego Padres

LynchMob and SeaDogs.  Explain.

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Dellin Betances New York Yankees

In the five years from 2014-thru-2018 he averaged 69.8 appearances. Am I surprised at the eventual outcome? Not one bit. That's a lot of getting up, warming up, sitting down, warming up. He truly was gifted with an immense talent and was one of the best relievers of the past ten years. All that's left is for Randy Levine to take a victory lap. 

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