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- Eight teams had a scheduled day off yesterday and are therefore completely fresh going into tonight’s action: BAL, NYY, TOR, HOU, OAK, SEA, ARI, COL
- The Rays vs Indians matchup for tonight has already been postponed due to Tropical Storm Elsa, leaving 14 games on today’s slate.
- The best opportunity to vulture a win today looks like it’ll come from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tony Gonsolin will draw the road start against the Marlins in a very favorable matchup. And with him being brought along slowly as he works up to full strength, Gonsolin has yet to make it past four innings in any of his five appearances (four starts) thus far. If he is pulled from the game before five innings, there is a strong chance that whoever first enters the game in relief could end up with a cheap win. Despite pitching two innings on Independence Day, David Price could be a leading candidate here.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- The Dodgers activated Scott Alexander from the 60-day IL. He missed two months with left shoulder inflammation.
- The Orioles activated César Valdez from the 10-day IL. He was out since June 21st with a lower back strain.
- Entering the bottom of the ninth with a 5-1 lead, Alex Reyes gave up two earned runs before finishing off the Giants for a 5-3 win. It was the second straight appearance in which Reyes has allowed a run, seeing his ERA jump from 0.91 to 1.52. Both appearances came in non-save situations however, and we all know what happens to closers when they aren’t in a save situation. Reyes should be just fine moving forward.
- Protecting a one-run lead, Anthony Bender collected the first save of his career in a 5-4 win over the Dodgers. He worked around a throwing error at the start of the inning to get the job done, lowering his season ERA to a sparkling 0.68 to go with a 0.72 WHIP. Yimi García was unavailable in this one after pitching back-to-back days, including a 38-pitch, four-run implosion, but it is still noteworthy that Bender was called upon. The 26-year-old rookie has now struck out 11 batters in his last five innings of work, and he seems to be the best arm in Miami’s bullpen by a wide margin. It’ll be very interesting to see if he receives more opportunities in the near future.
- Hansel Robles worked around a hit and a walk to protect an 8-5 lead and earn his eighth save of the season. Though both will likely see save opportunities in the future, Robles appears to be firmly entrenched as the leading candidate for saves in Minnesota over Taylor Rogers, despite not pitching as well as the southpaw. Rogers once again looked sharp in a setup role, striking out four in his 1.2 innings of work, with only one batter reaching base on an error.
- Edwin Díaz worked out of a ninth inning jam to escape with a 4-2 win over the Brewers. He allowed one run, but after starting off the inning with two hits and a walk, the damage could have been much worse. The save was his 18th of the year, as his ERA jumped to 3.03 on the season.
- Trying to protect an 8-7 lead over the Rays in the bottom of the ninth, Emmanuel Clase was unable to get the job done, as he gave up three hits and an intentional walk on his way to blowing the save and picking up the loss. He failed to record an out in the appearance, in what was possibly his worst appearance of the year. Even after this miserable outing however, Clase still holds a strong 1.51 ERA on the year, and the intentional walk was his first free pass given up since June 8th.
- With Matt Barnes getting the day off after pitching in five of the past seven days, Adam Ottavino was able to pick up his seventh save of the season, despite allowing one earned run in the effort. It was clear the Red Sox didn’t care about the runner, and fielders indifference played a key role in the run scoring, but it did raise his season ERA to 2.75. If the Red Sox keep winning this many tight contests, there will be plenty of saves available for Ottavino, even as a clear second option behind first-time all-star Barnes.
- Pitching on a second straight day, Brad Hand worked a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his 19th save of the season in a 7-5 victory over the Padres. The outing lowered his season ERA to 2.43, as he has now allowed just one run in his last 14.1 innings pitched. Not many relievers have been better than Hand in the last month.