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- After this weekend’s full slate of games, 18 teams will have Monday off. That’s more than usual, so rather than viewing this through the lens of which teams could afford to be aggressive today and tomorrow, it’s better to look at which teams might not:
- 3 more games until rest: NYY*, OAK, SEA, ATL
- 4 more games until rest: HOU, CHC, COL
- 8 more games until rest: CHW, KC, PIT
- 11 more games until rest: TOR, ARI
- Both the Yankees (vs. Twins) and Red Sox (vs. Rangers) could have games canceled due to Hurricane Henri starting tomorrow, which could allow all four of those teams to be more aggressive in using their bullpens today.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Seattle Mariners placed RHP Diego Castillo on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 20.
- Tampa Bay Rays optioned RHP Chris Mazza to Durham (Triple-A East). Selected the contract of RHP David Hess from Durham and agreed to terms on a major league contract.
- Lou Trivino blew his third save of the season by giving up a two-run moonshot to LaMonte Wade Jr., which was quickly followed by Jake McGee‘s 1-2-3 inning that helped solidify his 27th save. However, this was Trivino’s third night in a row of pitching, and he likely won’t be available, should Oakland need him.
- The Brewers tried to give Josh Hader a night off, but Miguel Sánchez gave up two earned runs while failing to record an out. Fortunately for Milwaukee, they were able to get Hader in there to strike out a pair of batters and preserve the victory. Additionally, Hader will be fresh if needed tonight.
- Scott Barlow looked regal as he only needed eight pitches to put the Chicago Cubs to sleep. Since Monday, Barlow has picked up two saves and a win, which is terrific for fantasy managers. However, his high usage is likely going to give him the night off. If you’re streaming saves, consider Jake Brentz for tonight.
- The Rays are anything but conventional when it comes to bullpens. This isn’t bad news, as Collin McHugh finished off the final 1.2 innings to collect his first save in eight years. McHugh has been nothing short of spectacular as he showcases a 1.30 ERA over 48.1 IP with 66 Ks. However, it’s been eight years, so I wouldn’t expect many more saves from him.
- Mychal Givens has been on everyone’s radar as a closer to pick up. However, his outing was spoiled by a pair of walks and allowing two runs to cross home plate. This prompted a moved from the Reds to turn things over to Michael Lorenzen. After a bumpy conclusion to the eighth inning, Lorenzon set the Marlins down to pick up his second save of the year.
- Outside of a leadoff single, Jordan Romano looked dominant as he struck out the side to pick up his team-leading 11th of the season. But Romano has now pitched back-to-back nights, and Toronto doesn’t get another day off until September 2nd. So consider Romano not available for tonight, and look at Adam Cimber or Brad Hand for a speculative save.
- Kenley Jansen collected his fourth save of the week. He did so by only using 12 pitches, and the sinker looked nastier than ever. The pitch had a 71% CSW and was too much for Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil to handle, as both players struck out. Jansen has been used a lot this week and may need a breather. Look for Blake Treinen or Corey Knebel to get a shot if needed tonight.
- The Pirates’ relievers don’t get many chances to close down a game. Although, last night David Bednar was able to pick up his first save of the season. The Cardinals made him work for it, but Bednar got the best of Goldschmidt, Arenado, and O’Neill in the end.
- He may not be flashy, but Atlanta’s Will Smith gets the job done. Outside of a towering solo HR from Anthony Santander, the Orioles quickly sat down in order, and Smith collected his 27th save. While the strikeouts have been there all season, the walks have started to pile up lately, and a few too many earned runs. He remains Atlanta’s closer until further notice, but I wouldn’t mind stashing Richard Rodríguez if I had space.
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