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- Just six teams had a day off Thursday with CHW, OAK, SEA, WAS, CIN, and COL giving their bullpens some added rest going into the season’s final weekend of games.
- Tampa Bay Rays activated Matt Wisler from the 10-day injured list.
- Houston Astros activated Kendall Graveman from the paternity list.
- San Diego Padres optioned Ryan Weathers to AAA El Paso, recalled Shaun Anderson, and activated Craig Stammen from the 10-day injured list.
- The Yankees’ bullpen combined for 4.1 scoreless innings on Friday, with Michael King stealing the win after relieving starter Corey Kluber in the fifth inning. Luis Severino and Chad Green walked away with holds, while Aroldis Chapman was denied his save opportunity after New York scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth, extending their lead to four. The Yankees are looking likely to host the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday and may end up giving Chapman some extra rest through the weekend while providing Jonathan Loaisiga some extra reps to get him loosened up after returning from his recent IL stint.
- Michael Fulmer picked up his 13th save of the season, throwing 22 pitches in his scoreless ninth inning of relief on Thursday. That’s two straight saves for Fulmer, though his last opportunity had come this past Saturday. Still, expect Fulmer to be the arm the Tigers turn to through the final weekend worth of games if opportunities present themselves.
- Tyler Rogers closed out the final two innings for the Giants on Thursday and walked away with his seventh win of the season thanks to a walk-off single by LaMonte Wade Jr. Rogers scattered two hits and struck out one while throwing 26 pitches through his two scoreless innings. Expect Camilo Doval back on the hill for the final inning on Friday as he was one of the few bullpen pieces spared on Thursday, with the Giants turning to six different relievers after starter Scott Kazmir could only muster a single out to start the game.
- Boston’s Matt Barnes pitched a scoreless ninth inning with Adam Ottavino playing set up man with a scoreless eighth inning of his own in their losing effort Thursday in Baltimore. With Barnes not having pitched since last Friday and Ottavino’s last outing being this past Sunday, it isn’t too surprising to see them out there in a losing effort. With Garrett Richards also making an appearance Thursday and assisting with the loss by allowing three runs (two earned) to score, It’s possible to see Barnes back in the closer chair over the weekend.
- Kendall Graveman returned from the paternity list and celebrated with a perfect inning of relief Thursday, striking out one and collecting his 11th hold of the year. His 1-2-3 eighth inning perfectly set up Ryan Pressly to punch his 26th save of the season as the pair combined with Ryan Stanek for three scoreless innings of relief to ensure Houston’s one-run victory over Tampa Bay. The Astros won’t have a playoff game until Thursday of next week, so one shouldn’t worry about any extra rest being forced upon Pressly through the weekend.
- Will Smith recorded his 37th save of the season as Atlanta clinched their fourth straight NL East title on Thursday. Smith needed just eight pitches to get through this outing, a far cry from the 29 he threw on Tuesday and 31 he needed on Sunday. Atlanta isn’t scheduled to start their NLDS until Friday, so Smith will get plenty of rest after the weekend is over and should be ready to go as he attempts to supplant Mark Melancon at the top of the MLB saves leaderboard.
- Luis García recorded his second save of the year by recording the final two outs of the Cardinals’ one-run victory over the Brewers Thursday. With their fate sealed in the form of a scheduled Wild card game on Wednesday, St. Louis may be pacing their high leverage bullpen arms through the weekend.
- Joe Barlow picked up his 11th save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth inning in the Rangers’ win over the Angels on Thursday afternoon. That marks Barlow’s fourth save in the past seven days.