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- Eight teams have the day off Monday (CLE, KC, CWS, OAK, NYM, MIA, PIT, CHC), so they may push their bullpen a little more this weekend.
- The Padres are going with a bullpen game against the Angels today, and I could see someone like Pierce Johnson being in line for a win in this game.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Tampa Bay Rays activated Pete Fairbanks from the 10-day injured list.
- Toronto Blue Jays placed Brad Hand on the bereavement list.
- Minnesota Twins activated Jorge Alcala from the 10-day injured list.
- Kansas City Royals activated Josh Staumont from the 10-day injured list.
- With Matt Barnes getting some time off from the closer role, it was Adam Ottavino who was called on to work the ninth inning of a one-run game last night for Boston. After allowing a lead-off walk and a stolen base, Ottavino struck out the next two hitters before getting a ground out to end the game. Overall it was a quality outing for Ottavino, but I’d expect Barnes to get his job back sooner than later.
- Carlos Estévez recorded his third save of the season yesterday, and it didn’t come because Daniel Bard had the night off. Instead, the Rockies flipped their two late-inning relievers, with Bard working a scoreless eighth for his first hold of the season. It’s never fun speculating on Colorado closers, but if this switch becomes permanent, Estevez could be a sneaky source of saves down the stretch.
- Ian Kennedy’s struggles in Philadelphia continued last night as he allowed a two-run home run to Christian Walker for his second blown save of the season. Kennedy now has an ERA of seven over nine innings with his new team, allowing four home runs in that stretch. Also, just a reminder that Héctor Neris has been awesome over his last 23+ innings (1.54 ERA, .90 WHIP, 34.1% K rate).
- Following Kennedy’s blown save, we also had Tyler Clippard allowing a two-run home run to Brad Miller to blow a save of his own. Clippard doesn’t have much competition for that role in Arizona, so I wouldn’t expect this outing to have any impact on him.
- Kyle Finnegan worked around a lead-off walk to pick up his sixth save of the season last night. Of his eleven pitches on the night, only one was actually in the strike zone, but the Mets hitters did their best to bail him out. Finnegan’s six saves over the past month are tied for the third-most in all of baseball despite also having three losses and a blown save during that stretch.
- Alex Colomé also has had six saves over the past month, but he too is also very hard to trust right now. That being said, Colomé did have one of his best performances of the season last night, working a perfect ninth inning while adding two strikeouts for his eighth save of the season.
- After allowing a lead-off single, Alex Reyes slammed the door on the Pirates for his 29th save of the season yesterday. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s an outing he and the Cardinals will certainly take after his previous four. On a positive note, Reyes hasn’t walked a batter in nine innings since his four-walk debacle back in early August but he still has a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 20 innings since the start of July.
- Gregory Soto has also had an up and down month but was able to pitch a clean ninth against the lefty mashing Blue Jays last night for his 16th save of the season. That’s now back-to-back perfect outings for Soto, who had allowed six walks and five earned runs over his previous 4.2 innings.
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