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- Six teams had the day off Thursday, including BAL, TB, OAK, MIL, LAD, and SD, and find their bullpens that much more rested than the rest heading into the weekend.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- Arizona Diamondbacks optioned J.B. Bukauskas to Triple-A Reno.
- New York Yankees activated Wandy Peralta from the 10-day injured list.
- With Brad Hand‘s recent struggles and Jordan Romano throwing 27 pitches on Wednesday, Toronto called upon Adam Cimber to close out Thursday’s three-run victory over Cleveland. Tim Mayza and Trevor Richards each picked up a hold after pitching hitless innings of their own to set up Cimber, who recorded his second career save after a perfect inning of work. Though it was nice to see Cimber succeed, one shouldn’t be reading this as a changing of the guard and more so an opportunity for typical late-inning options to get some rest.
- Kyle Finnegan was credited with the loss and his second blown save of the season after allowing four runs to score off three hits and a walk on Thursday. All four runs were credited as unearned thanks to a Carter Kieboom throwing error early in the inning, which was followed by two outs by the next two batters. Interestingly, Mason Thompson was called upon to collect the final two outs of the eighth inning, while Ryne Harper collected the previous three outs. Both Harper and Thompson recorded their second hold of the season.
- On the other side of the ball, Archie Bradley recorded his second save of the season for the Phillies, allowing one run on two hits, but ultimately taking advantage of the Kyle Finnegan meltdown and solidifying the Philadelphia win. Newcomer Ian Kennedy has yet to record a save for his new squad despite being named the closer upon his arrival, but that should be chalked up to circumstance and timing more so than a role change. Expect Kennedy to get the shot in the ninth on Friday if the opportunity arises.
- Tyler Clippard blew the save opportunity provided to him by the Diamondbacks, allowing a run to score off two hits. The game ultimately went into extra innings, where the Giants’ two-headed monster of Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee did their job through the ninth and tenth innings respectively. Rogers walked away with his third win of the season and McGee with his 24th save. Neither San Francisco late-inning option needed more than 14 pitches to get their respective perfect inning, making them both available Friday if needed.
- Daniel Bard recorded his 17th save of the season for the Rockies, needing just 11 pitches to get through his perfect inning of relief. Though he threw just 12 pitches the day prior, that does make back-to-back appearances for the Colorado closer, who may see some rest on Friday.
- Raisel Iglesias recorded the final out for the Angels to secure their five-run victory over the Rangers. Technically that does make for back-to-back outings for the Angels’ closer, though he totaled just 18 pitches between the two and should be available on Friday if needed.
- After Dylan Floro picked up back-to-back saves for the Marlins on Monday and Tuesday, it was Anthony Bender pitching the final inning in Miami on Thursday. Bender made things interesting giving up an unearned run off a hit and a walk on his way to recording his second save of the season. Bender did need 26 pitches to get through the inning and one should expect Floro to be back out in the ninth inning as needed heading into their series in Colorado over the weekend.
- Another day, another closer option for Cincinnati. This time, Mychal Givens was given the ball in the ninth and concerted his first save for his new team. With Heath Hembree throwing 34 pitches in his blown save chance on Tuesday and Michael Lorenzen throwing 27 to collect the save on Wednesday, Givens needed just 11 pitches to coast through his perfect outing on Thursday. Givens has the stuff to run with the job, but the Reds have not been a situation to trust to just one pitcher all season and it’ll take more than one good outing to change that now.
- Jake Brentz picked up his first save of his career on Thursday, pitching a perfect ninth inning to close out the Royals’ one-run victory over the White Sox. Scott Barlow, Greg Holland, and Josh Staumont each collected a hold on the day as they set up the previous three innings for Brentz. It should be noted that though Barlow was called upon in the eighth inning, he was tasked with putting down the top of the White Sox order.
- Aroldis Chapman collected his 23rd save of the season, pitching around a walk and a hit in his scoreless outing Thursday. Though this was Chapman’s first outing since Sunday, he did need 30 pitches to get through the outing and may see some rest Friday to avoid the extra workload in a short period.
- Seattle’s Paul Sewald pitched a forgettable eighth inning, giving up three runs off three hits, including Joey Gallo’s first home run in a Yankees’ uniform. The outing perhaps further establishes Diego Castillo at the top of the pecking order in the Seattle bullpen.
- After Giovanny Gallegos started the eighth inning and collecting the first two outs from the first two batters, the Atlanta bats caught up with him with three straight hits, forcing Mike Schildt to call upon his closer early. For the vast majority of the season, Alex Reyes has gotten away with a walk rate of just under 20%. That finally caught up to him in a big way Thursday as he was tagged for three earned runs without giving up a hit or recording an out. Reyes hit the first batter he faced and then proceeded to walk the next four batters before finally being lifted for Justin Miller. Miller himself walked the next batter before finally ending the inning on a Freddie Freeman line out. Keep an eye on Alex Reyes’ next outing. If he can come back from this outing he’ll be better for it, but if this is the type of outing that sticks in his head it could prevent him from seeing many more save opportunities the rest of the way.
- Both Will Smith and Richard Rodriguez closed out the eventual Atlanta win, with Rodriguez striking out one in a perfect eighth inning and Smith pitching around one walk in his scoreless ninth inning appearance. With Atlanta up by four runs, neither pitcher walked away with a hold or save, but it was nice to see the tandem work efficiently. The appearance marks back-to-back outings for each of them, giving Chris Martin a chance to make up for his recent blown save if an opportunity arises on Friday.
- Alex Colomé collected his fourth save of the season as he was tasked with recording the final out after Danny Coulombe allowed a two-run shot off the bat of Yordan Alvarez, cutting the Minnesota lead down to two. After then walking Kyle Tucker, Rocco Baldelli called upon Colomé to finish it off, providing him with the rare one out save opportunity. After seven pitches, Colomé got Martin Maldonado to line out and end the threat. This marks Colomé’s second save in the past three days and is as strong a candidate as any to continue getting save for the Twins while Taylor Rogers remains out.
Curious to hear your thoughts on Chapman. Watched last night’s performance and was disturbed by total lack of FB control….. As an offhand observation: Chapman was sweating so profusely, it was almost bizarre. I wondered why, but also wondered if he was losing a grip due to it….