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- Every team in the MLB took the field yesterday, and included was a double-header by the Mets and Pirates. Additionally, we did get one game(Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers) that went into extra innings but was quickly ended in the 11th. Also, there was a fair amount of starting pitchers that went seven-plus innings pitched(Yankees, Mariners, Rockies, and Angels). Furthermore, today is the last day before the much-needed break for a lot of bullpens; so expect most arms to be available in any high-leverage situations.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- New York Yankees placed RHP Jonathan Loáisiga on the 10-day IL, recalling RHP Albert Abreu from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A East).
- Detroit Tigers optioned RHP Matt Manning to Toledo (Triple-A East). Reinstated RHP Derek Holland from the 10-day IL.
- Los Angeles Dodgers traded RHP Hugo Beltran to Baltimore Orioles for cash. Recalled OF Zach Reks from Oklahoma City (Triple-A West). Placed RHP Edwin Uceta on the 10-day IL.
- Miami Marlins selected the contract of RHP Preston Guilmet from Jacksonville (Triple-A East). Designated LHP Shawn Morimando for assignment.
- New York Mets recalled RHP Geoff Hartlieb from Syracuse (Triple-A East), and he will serve as the 27th man.
- Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of RHP JD Hammer from Lehigh Valley (Triple-A East).
- Washington Nationals designated LHP Kyle Lobstein for assignment.
- Peter Fairbanks was all things impressive as he struck out three batters in 1.1 innings pitched, picking up his ninth hold this season. Perhaps he was a little amped up as the fastball touched 98.1 mph, and he finished with a 42% CSW. Also, closing down the game for his 13th save was Diego Castillo, who was a bit erratic as only half of his pitches went for strikes, and he allowed one batter a free pass. Either way, the duo should be available, if needed, for any opportunities on Sunday.
- Liam Hendricks needed only 18 pitches to record his 23rd save of the season. As we have been accustomed to seeing, Tony La Russa used Hendricks for the final out of the eighth inning and then locked down the ninth. The Orioles were a bit over-matched against Hendricks as his fastball, and pair of breakers generated eight whiffs while allowing only one batted ball in play.
- The Oakland Athletics had to deploy five relievers before pulling out the victory in the 11th inning of last night’s game. J.B. Wendelken is credited with the win but blew the save in the 10th inning before getting bailed out by his offensive mates. A majority of the A’s bullpen getting work leaves Sergio Romo as a likely candidate for extra work for Sunday’s game. Although, with the break ahead, consider nearly all bullpen options in play.
- In the second game of a double-header, the Mets declared victory with a 4-2 score. Included in that win was an overwhelmingly dominant performance from closer Edwin Diaz. On his six sliders thrown, the CSW was a perfect 100%(three whiffs and three called strikes), and the fastball even hit triple-digits on the radar gun. Tally another save for Diaz, as gives him 19 on the season and moves him into a three-person tie at 7th in the MLB.
- The hottest name in the bullpen world is Heath Hembree. The Reds’ newly-appointed closer collected his six save on the season and third in four days. While it wasn’t the cleanest of appearances, Hembree has added some extremely valuable back-end innings to a bullpen in a free-fall to begin the season. Due to a high volume of pitches over the past few days, the expectation should be to look elsewhere if another save opportunity should arise.
- Paul Seward and Drew Steckenrider did everything in their powers to preserve the masterful start by Chris Flexen. The pair of relief arms combined for two innings pitched and four Ks(three by Steckenrider, one by Seward) to shut down the red-hot Angels bats. While this was Seward’s second save of the season, Kendall Graveman is still the closer and took at night off after pitching back-t0-back nights. Consider all options open for business for Sunday’s game, except for Steckenrider.
- The only slamming in San Diego was by Daniel Bard as he locked down his 13th save, preserving a gem of an outing by Germán Márquez. The Rockies closer threw straight gas and only needed seven pitches to put out the Padres’ hopes of a comeback win. This was a most impressive feat as every pitch thrown found the zone, and the heart of the lineup sat down in order(Tatis Jr., Cronenworth, and then Machado).