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- Only ten teams play on Monday (CIN, CLE, MIL, CHC, CHW, MIN, NYY, KCR, MIA, SDP), so with that day off, we could see extended usage from the other twenty teams high leverage relievers.
- SF and MIL went into extra innings and used a lengthy amount of relief pitchers, leading to exciting usage on Sunday.
- BOS and TOR played a double-header on Saturday, and the second game went into extra innings.
Transaction and Injury Notes
- New York Yankees placed LHP Aroldis Chapman on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 6.
- Tampa Bay Rays reinstated RHP Collin McHugh from the 10-day IL.
- Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Tejay Antone to Louisville (Triple-A East) on a rehab assignment.
- San Francisco Giants recalled RHP Zack Littell from Sacramento (Triple-A West).
- Toronto Blue Jays placed LHP Tim Mayza on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 6. Optioned LHP Ryan Borucki to Buffalo
- Jonathan Loáisiga notched his fourth save with Aroldis Chapman on the shelf. New York’s setup man could provide fantasy managers that added boost in many categories as he starts to pile up saves to go along with the eight wins on the season.
- Kenley Jansen kept base paths clean in the ninth to collect his 23rd save on the season. While he hasn’t been as dominant of a closer that we know him to be, he continues to do enough to keep the rest of the Dodgers’ bullpen at bay, and he should remain the closer until further notice.
- Gregory Soto was given the ball to close out Cleveland. He started by allowing a 431-foot HR to former teammate Wilson Ramos and then allowing a single to Owen Miller before shutting down the game with a pair of strikeouts. The save was his 13th on the season, and Soto looks like the go-to closer as we advance.
- Ian Kennedy was not supposed to come into the game, but Mauricio Llovera allowed three consecutive HRs to Mets players, which summoned the newly acquired closer. After strikeouts to Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis, Kennedy notched his second save in as many nights to bring his total up to 18 on the year.
- Will Smith allowed a walk, double, and then three-run shot off the bat of Riley Adams. The disastrous outing marked only the third blown save of the season. While his WHIP has started to climb as the season progresses, he still touts a 3.63 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. He will remain the closer, even with Rich-Rod looming in the wings.
- After the blow-up by Smith, the Nationals used Kyle Finnegan to end the game. Finnegan needed only 12 pitches, with eight being strikes to finish off Atlanta. Moving forward, Finnegan should try to establish more early strikes like in this game because the knock on him is he allows too many walks(22 BB, 47 IP in 45 IP).
- Brent Suter couldn’t hold it down in the ninth, and the Giants took the game into extra innings. After a barrage of scoring in the 10th and 11th inning, Jake McGee collected his fourth win on the season. Due to high usage, Devin Williams may not have been available but should be considered the closer in Josh Hader’s absence.
- Daniel Bard grabbed his 18th save on the season. It wouldn’t be a typical Bard outing if there weren’t base runners allowed or walks issues. However, even with an ERA north of 4.00 and 1.51 WHIP, Bard has managed to keep adding to fantasy managers save total, which is valuable in today’s RP landscape.
- The double-header between BOS/TOR was a terrific mini-series. Matt Barnes was charged with a loss in the first game after allowing a walk-off HR to Marcus Semien. On the flip side, Toronto’s closer Jordan Romano picked up the win as he pitched a clean seventh inning before Barnes.
- In the second game, Matt Barnes collected the win in extra innings. Adam Ottavino stepped into the closer spot to finish off Toronto, which gives him eight on the season. Both RPs are likely out of gas for tonight’s game, and we could see an interesting name called if a save chance should arise.