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- Thursday saw days off for ten teams, including BOS, KCR, MIN, OAK, TEX, MIA, PHI, WSN, PIT, and LAD. All of their bullpens should have had time to reset and should be rested up for the weekend.
- The Mets are set to play eight games in the next six days, including doubleheaders on Saturday and Monday.
- Baltimore and Houston do not have another scheduled off day in the month of June.
Injury and Transaction Notes
- Tampa Bay activated Collin McHugh from the 10-day injured list.
- Chicago White Sox recalled Zack Burdi.
- Colorado placed Mychal Givens on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain, retroactive to June 16.
- St. Louis signed free agent Wade LeBlanc.
- Toronto placed Rafael Dolis on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger strain.
- Oakland sent J.B. Wendelken on a rehab assignment.
- With the Yankees extending their lead in the top of the ninth inning, putting the save opportunity out of reach, Zack Britton came in to close out the bottom of the inning for New York and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 outing. Aroldis Chapman has been used in back-to-back games previously where he collected back-to-back saves, and should be back in at the end of Friday’s game if the save opportunity were to present itself.
- The Blue Jays used six members of their bullpen as starter T.J. Zeuch only went three innings Friday. With Jordan Romano fully rested he should be the assumed arm to be used late in Friday’s match-up.
- Craig Kimbrel struck out two on his way to collecting his 19th save of the season, which is now tied with Mark Melancon for the MLB lead (more on him later).
- Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Braves in a non-save situation. Though he needed just 11 pitches to get through the outing, Smith has now pitched in back-to-back games and the Braves should be expected to rest their closer Friday unless they become desperate.
- Mark Melancon took his third blown save of the season, allowing four earned runs off four hits, including a Jonathan India two-run home run. Unfortunately for those who roster Melancon he was pulled in favor of Pierce Johnson before he could finish the inning, and it was Johnson who was credited with the win after the San Diego line up put up a four spot of their own in the bottom of the inning, walking off Cinncinatti’s Amir Garrett by way a no doubt Victor Carantini two run home run. Garrett, who did not collect an out in this outing, relieved Ryan Hendrix, who allowed a two-run home run of this own earlier in the inning. Garrett was credited with the loss and Hendrix the blown save. Lucas Sims was unavailable after pitching back-to-back in the previous two days, and three of the last four.
- Daniel Bard pitched around one hit in his scoreless inning of work Thursday, as he solidified the Rockies’ four-run victory over the Brewers. It was Bard’s third outing in the past four days, but with the lack of solid options in the Colorado bullpen, I would still expect Bard on the mound Friday if a save opportunity were to present itself.
- Hunter Strickland made his Milwaukee debut, collecting the final five outs for the Brewers on Thursday. The outing marked Strickland’s third team this season, and seventh team in the past four years. That makes for quite the jersey collection, but Stickland can be ignored at this point for fantasy purposes as he’s expected to work mostly in a mop-up duty role.
- Raisel Iglesias picked up his 12th save of the season on Thursday as he collected the final six outs for the Angels while allowing one earned run off two hits and a walk. Iglesias needed thirty pitches to get through his two innings of work so may be given a day of rest Friday, even after not pitching previously since Saturday. Look for Steve Cishek or Mike Mayers to be on the mound late in the game with the score close.
- The Mariners ended up throwing a full-on bullpen game Thursday after starter Justin Dunn left the contest early with shoulder discomfort. The Seattle bullpen used five different arms, including former high-leverage option Rafael Montero, who pitched a forgetful fifth inning, further removing himself from late-inning considerations. Héctor Santiago pitched a perfect top of the ninth with his team down one run, striking out all three batters he faced and picking up his first win of the season as Kyle Seager was able to walk off Tampa Bay’s Pete Fairbanks in the bottom of the inning. It was Fairbanks’ first blown save of the season.