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- Only Kansas City, Minnesota, Houston, and Miami will had the day off yesterday, giving them a more rested bullpen going into the weekend. The White Sox and Yankees will get a rare Friday off-day as they recover from their exploits in Iowa on Thursday.
- Ten teams have a scheduled day off on Monday, proving built in rest of their bullpen and giving them more ability to use their high leverage arms in more situations as they arise over the weekend: ARI, STL, MIL, WAS, PHI, TEX, SEA, DET, TOR, BOS
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Milwaukee Brewers activated Josh Hader from the 10-day IL and optioned Hoby Milner to AAA Nashville to make room.
- New York Mets recalled Trevor Williams from AAA Syracuse.
- Seattle Mariners placed Paul Sewald on the paternity list and recalled Yohan Ramirez from AAA Tacoma to take his place in their bullpen.
- Tampa Bay Rays sent Nick Anderson on a rehab assignment to AAA Durham
- Los Angeles Angels activated Steve Cishek from the bereavement list and optioned Aaron Slegers to AAA Salt Lake to make room.
- The White Sox showed off the depth of their bullpen in the Iowa cornfields on Thursday, with Michael Kopech, Aaron Bummer, and Craig Kimbrel each recording a hold and combining for three scoreless innings as they bridged the gap between starter Lance Lynn and closer Liam Hendriks. Hendriks himself would not fair too well, giving up four runs off a walk and three hits, including two home runs that found their way into the corn. Hendriks would finally get out of the inning, recording all three outs by way of the strikeout, and ultimately be bailed out by a Tim Anderson walk-off, two-run shot into the corn of his own, providing Zach Britton with the loss and backing Hendrik’s into his seventh recorded win of the season. The White Sox (and Yankees) have a day off Friday, so the fact Hendriks threw 27 pitches on Thursday and Kimbrel has gone in back-to-back days shouldn’t keep them off the mound Saturday.
- Raisel Iglesias got the final five outs for the Angels on Thursday, his only blemish a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. home run in the ninth inning. Though Iglesias couldn’t walk away with a save, he did collect two strikeouts along the way. So that’s nice.
- The bulk of the Padres’ middle reliever core got a workout in Thursday, with Matt Strahm, Nabil Crismatt, Austin Adams, Craig Stammen, and Tim Hill combining for 5 1/3 innings and 130 pitches. Ultimately they did their job treading water, allowing the remainder of the bullpen to get some rest and be ready for action through the weekend. One may expect the San Diego late-inning options to get plenty of looks in the next couple of days.
- Edwin Diaz picked up his 25th save of the season, pitching a scoreless seventh inning in game one of the Mets’ doubleheader with the Nationals Thursday.
- With Diaz seemingly unavailable for game two, the Mets turned to Trevor May to close out the second game. May could not make his way out of the inning and was removed after loading the bases. Luckily, for those fantasy managers with saves and holds as a category, May left after collecting a strikeout and not seeing the score change, so he did walk away with his tenth hold on the season (holds are a weird stat huh?). Jeurys Familia followed in relief and promptly allowed all three of May’s runners to score, tying the game and blowing the save opportunity. May and Familia would be bailed out in the bottom of the inning by a Pete Alonso walk-off solo shot, providing Kyle Finnegan with his fourth loss on the season after he was called upon for the first time since this past Saturday.
- Alex Reyes continues to make things interesting at the back end of Cardinals’ games. Reyes allowed two runs (one earned) off a Bryan Reynolds‘ home run in the ninth, but luckily for Reyes, the Cardinals scored an insurance run off the Pirates’ David Bednar earlier in the inning, giving Reyes enough cushion to get through the inning and collect his 27th save of the year. Bednar threw the final two innings for Pittsburg, needing 31 pitches to collect his six outs, and would seemingly be unavailable Friday due to the long outing. Expect Chris Stratton to get the ball late for the Pirates if a save opportunity were to arise.
- Needing work, Kenley Jansen was asked to pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Dodgers. Jansen had not pitched since Saturday and threw just 13 pitches on Thursday to give Los Angeles a shot to come back in the final frame. Unfortunately for them, Ian Kennedy pitched around two walks in his scoreless outing, recording his 19th save of the season. Archie Bradley bridged the majority of the gap leading up to Kennedy, collecting the previous six outs and being rewarded with his seventh win of the season.
- Despite the blowup nature of the Brewers’ win over the Cubs on Thursday, Josh Hader still found a way onto the mound after missing the past week on the Covid IL. Hader recorded all three outs by way of strikeout as he pitched a scoreless eighth inning that was nothing more than an opportunity to get his arm warmed up after missing so much time as of recent.
- Michael Fulmer recorded his first save since June 20th, finishing off the final two innings for the Tigers on their way to ensuring their 6-4 victory over the Orioles on Thursday. With both Gregory Soto and José Cisnero pitching in the previous two games, it wasn’t too much a surprise to see Fulmer finish off the opportunity. Soto should be ready to go Friday if another opportunity presents itself.