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- Only six teams had the day off Thursday (TB, DET, HOU, ATL, CHC, and COL), giving their bullpens an added day of rest heading into the weekend.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Detroit Tigers sent RHP Drew Hutchison to AAA.
- Seattle Mariners claimed Sean Doolittle off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds and designated Keynan Middleton for assignment.
- Philadelphia Phillies activated Jose Alvarado from the 10-day injured list and designated Chase Anderson for assignment.
- Kansas City Royals placed Josh Staumont on the 10-day injured list and recalled Scott Blewett from AAA.
- Matt Barnes was given the opportunity to “get himself right” on Thursday, pitching the final inning for the Red Sox with a comfortable 10-run lead. Barnes needed 26 pitches in his outing, allowing one walk but striking out two through his scoreless outing.
- Chris Stratton once again pitched the eighth, collecting three strikeouts as he set up David Bednar in Pittsburg. Bednar threw just eight pitches as he pitches a perfect ninth inning of his own, securing the Pirates’ four-run victory over the Cardinals.
- It sure didn’t seem like there was going to be a save opportunity in Philadelphia on Thursday, but low and behold the Diamondbacks found a way to make things interesting after nearly blowing a six-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Brett de Geus allowed five different base runners off just one hit and a walk, thanks to some spotty fielding on the part of his defense, who committed two fielding errors during his time on the mound. Noe Ramirez relieved de Geus and was credited with the save, his first of the season, but not before allowing his two inherited runners to score bringing the score within one run. Ultimately, there’s not too much to take away from this situation beyond the messiness of it all.
- After Jake McGee threw 24 pitches on Wednesday, the Giants decided to give him a breather and presented Tyler Rogers with the save opportunity on Thursday. Rogers converted the save, his twelfth of the season and first since July 21st, on just eight pitches thrown. Expect Mcgee back out in the ninth as needed through the weekend, especially with this outing marking back-to-back appearances for Rogers.
- Emmanuel Clase looked dominant again on Thursday, albeit in a non-save situation for Cleveland, striking out two en route to a perfect final frame, marking his second straight outing and setting up a rest day on Friday, opening up the possibility of a James Karinchak sighting in the ninth inning of needed.
- After collecting the win on Wednesday, Dylan Floro walked away with the save for the Marlins on Thursday after recording the final out in Miami’s victory over Washington on Thursday. Anthony Bass asked to close out what was a four-run lead and went on to allow two base runners to reach off a hit and a walk before being pulled for lefty Richard Bleier. Bleier allowed both inherited runners to score before finally being pulled for Floro who induced a fly ball out after five pitches to end the threat. Even with the back-to-back outings, Floro has combined for just 20 pitches between Wednesday and Thursday and very well could be used on Friday, especially with Anthony Bender throwing 32 pitches of his own in the past two days, though Miami’s save opportunities have been far and few between.
- Aroldis Chapman bounced back from his shaky outing Tuesday, pitching around a Starling Marte single and stolen base, and collecting a strikeout on his way to his to record his 24th save of the year on Thursday, throwing just 13 pitches in the outing, half the amount he needed on Tuesday.
- Scott Barlow recorded his ninth save of the season on Thursday, pitching a perfect final inning in Kansas City’s two-run victory over the Mariners Thursday night. Barlow only needed eight pitches in this one, which was a welcome difference from his 31 pitches thrown on Wednesday. With Josh Staumont hitting the IL, Barlow has even less competition for closing duties in Kansas City, though with his back-to-back games we may see Wade Davis or Domingo Tapia fill in Friday if another save opportunity presents itself for the Royals.
- Both Michael Lorenzen and Mychel Givens pitched a scoreless inning for the Reds, albeit neither of them was in a save situation with the Reds up by four runs. Lorenzen was asked to pitch the eighth, starting things off against the Brewers’ 2-3-4 hitters, while Givens closed things out in the ninth against the bottom of the Milwaukee lineup. Neither reliever threw more than 18 pitches, though Lorenzen has been used on four of the last six days so if anyone would be rested on Friday it may be him.
- Liam Hendriks may have needed extra rest after throwing 39 pitches on Tuesday, clearing the way for Craig Kimbrel to pick up his first save in a White Sox uniform and 24th on the season. It only took Kimbrel 11 outings to net his first save for the south siders, and I wouldn’t get too used to it as long as Hendriks is fully rested.