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- Eight teams had a scheduled day off Monday: TB, TOR, OAK, SEA, TEX, ATL, MIA, SD. Additionally, the game between the Twins and White Sox got postponed. As a result, these ten teams should all have completely fresh bullpens for today’s slate.
- In an attempt to vulture a win today, the Yankees offer an outside chance with Jameson Taillon taking the mound. Taillon has made it through five or more innings in just four of his last eight starts, so it is a solid possibility that he is pulled fairly early. As our own Eric Dadmun predicted yesterday, Jonathan Loaisiga could be the first to enter the game in relief, having not pitched since the 25th.
- No important transactions to note today, just some regular comings and goings to and from AAA.
- Daniel Bard worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to protect a 2-0 lead and earn his 11th save of the season. It was a strong bounce-back performance for the veteran, who gave up two runs his last time out on Friday. Bard has been a bit shaky at times with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP, but his job remains safe as Colorado’s closer.
- Entering the ninth with a 5-3 lead over the Yankees, Raisel Iglesias struck out the side, all swinging, in a dominant final frame of the ballgame. The save was his 14th of the year, and second in as many days, as Iglesias has lowered his ERA to 3.74. He has now gone 4.1 perfect innings in his last three appearances, striking out ten batters in the process. To say he’s feeling good lately would be a huge understatement.
- After the Mets scored three runs on two homers in the top of the eighth to make it a 5-4 game, Brad Hand was summoned to complete a five-out save. He did exactly that without allowing a baserunner, striking out two in the strong outing. Hand appears to be finding his groove, having now gone ten straight appearances without giving up a run. His season ERA now sits at 2.41 with 17 saves on the season (14 since May 16th).
- Protecting a one-run lead, Matt Barnes worked a 1-2-3 inning to preserve a 6-5 victory over the Royals. It was just his second time in 29 appearances this season in which he pitched a full inning and didn’t record a strikeout, but he nonetheless was able to lower his ERA to 2.73 with a 0.85 WHIP while picking up his 17th save of the year. Hirokazu Sawamura picked up the win in relief of Garrett Richards, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings to get the Red Sox through the end of the seventh.
- The Brew Crew exploded for a ten-run eighth inning last night, breaking up a 4-4 tie and turning the game into a late blowout. Ryan Tepera took the loss, giving up the first four runs of the inning, while Trevor Megill, who was just recalled from Triple-A Iowa yesterday, gave up six runs without recording an out. It was an inning to forget for the Cubs, who have now lost four in a row.
- With the game tied at 4 going into the ninth, Brandon Bielak gave up five earned runs to the Orioles, giving up five hits, a walk, and a homer, on the way to his third loss of the season. His ERA jumped to 6.21, as he has now given up 14 runs (ten earned) in his last seven appearances.
- After pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Paul Fry returned for the ninth, now with a five-run lead, only to give up three quick runs of his own. He was then pulled from the game, allowing Adam Plutko to earn his first save of the season by recording the final two outs of the ballgame. Given the circumstances of how he entered the game, Plutko should not be expected to see more save opportunities in the future.
- After a scoreless fifth and sixth inning, Alex Young imploded in the seventh, giving up six runs to the Cardinals on six hits and a homer. He was saddled with the loss in his second appearance in a row, having allowed five runs in three innings his last time out against the Dodgers. His ERA has jumped from 3.86 to 5.82 in that time.
- Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save of the season in a 3-2 victory over the Giants. The veteran closer has now made 10 scoreless appearances in a row, dropping his ERA to 1.42 on the year. Jansen now has 14 saves since May 11th, as the Dodgers continue to provide ample save opportunities for one of the most dominant closers in the game.