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- The following teams had a scheduled day off yesterday: BOS, NYY, TOR, TB, CWS, DET, KC, LAA, SEA, MIA, PHI, WAS, PIT, STL, COL, SFG. As a result, they should all have completely fresh bullpens for today’s slate.
- The best bet to vulture a win today comes from the Tampa Bay Rays. Andrew Kittredge will be working as the opener in this home game against the Red Sox and a struggling Eduardo Rodriguez, which will set up Ryan Yarbrough very nicely to try and pick up a win.
- Another interesting opportunity to vulture a win today could come from the lone day game on the slate, with the Minnesota Twins taking on the Cincinnati Reds after an exciting extra innings affair last night. Bailey Ober will draw the start for the Twins, and he has been very solid of late. He has limited his opponents to a combined three runs in his last three starts, with the only caveat being that he has failed to get through five innings in three of his four starts this season. As a result, the first reliever to follow him could have a decent shot at a win for a hot Twins team that has won five in a row. Look for someone like Jorge Alcala to potentially receive this opportunity.
- The Giants activated John Brebbia off the 60-day IL. Brebbia hasn’t pitched since last June after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
- The Athletics optioned Jesús Luzardo to Triple-A Las Vegas. Between struggling as a starting, going on the IL after breaking his finger while playing a video game, and then struggling upon his return as a reliever, it has been a tough season for the talented 23-year-old.
- The Orioles placed César Valdez on the 10-day IL with a lower back strain. Valdez lost his job as the team’s closer about a month ago and has struggled to a 5.74 ERA on the season.
- The Mets placed Jeurys Familia on the 10-day IL with a right hip impingement. The team also placed Robert Gsellman on the 10-day IL with a right lat strain.
- The Mets took the first game of their double-header with the Braves, thanks in large part to five shutout innings from Jacob deGrom. Seth Lugo served up a two-run homer to Ozzie Albies in the sixth that cut New York’s lead in half, but Edwin Díaz slammed the door on Atlanta in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his 15th save of the year. It was a strong bounce-back appearance for the Mets closer, who gave up a run and took the loss against the Nationals his last time out. Díaz has given up just two runs since May 16th, as his ERA now sits at 2.89 for the season.
- The Braves bounced back in the second half of the double-header, shutting down the Mets offense for a tidy 1-0 victory. After a strong 5.1 innings from Ian Anderson, A.J. Minter got two quick outs to finish off the sixth. Will Smith made Braves fans sweat in the seventh by loading the bases with one out, but he got a lineout and a popout to escape the jam and walk away with his 14th save of the season. Despite a less than stellar 3.94 season ERA, Smith has now made five straight scoreless appearances, with this one being his first baserunners allowed since June 9th.
- The Astros combined to throw a two-hitter in their 10-2 drubbing of the Orioles. After five no-hit innings from Jake Odorizzi, Cristian Javier added in two perfect innings of his own. The no-hitter ended in the eighth, when Brandon Bielak gave up a two-run bomb to Maikel Franco. The homer came after a rain delay though, so we’ll cut him some slack on this one.
- Matt Shoemaker walked away with a win last night after an exciting 12-inning game finally ended on a Miguel Sanó walkoff two-run homer. Shoemaker pitched two scoreless innings, escaping both innings without allowing the opening runner on second base to score either time. Shoemaker had been absolutely dreadful prior to this strong relief outing, blowing up in four straight appearances, two as a starter and two as a reliever. Last night’s two innings of shutout ball lowered his season ERA to 7.31.
- While Shoemaker ended up with the win, Heath Hembree was saddled with the loss in this one, giving up the walkoff moon shot to Miguel Sanó. Hembree has now pitched on three consecutive days, blowing up and taking the loss in two of them. His ERA has risen to 5.96 as a result.
- The Diamondbacks finally won a game! After jumping out to an early 5-1 lead, Noé Ramírez and Joakim Soria held down the fort in the eighth and ninth inning to preserve the lead and end a 17-game losing streak. Ramírez has now pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in three appearances since joining the Diamondbacks, while Soria has now tossed a shutout inning in four of his last five.