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Transaction and Schedule Notes
- With only seven games on Monday, more than half the league was off. The teams able to give their bullpens a rest on Monday were: NYY, TB, BAL, MIN, CHW, KC, DET, OAK, SEA, MIA, ATL, WSH, PIT, CHC, CIN, and SD.
- Boston placed Kutter Crawford on the Covid 19 restricted list as the Red Sox travel to Toronto. Expect him back once Boston comes back from their trip up north.
- Matt Wisler is scheduled to open for the Rays on Tuesday, giving way to Josh Fleming to receive the bulk of the innings. Regardless of his recent output (three earned runs in each of his last two appearances), Fleming a good target to vulture a win here and collect a few strikeouts as Tampa hosts the Logan Gilbert and the Mariners.
- Adam Cimber relieved José Berríos in the eighth inning and promptly allowed both inherited baserunners to score, tying the game at two runs a piece. After then scoring four additional runs in the bottom half of the inning, the Blue Jays called upon Julian Merryweather to close things out in a non-save situation and he was able to do so with relative ease. Cimber collected his fourth win on the young season thanks to his blown save opportunity earlier.
- Matt Bush, who closed out Texas’ win on Saturday, was called into the game in the eighth inning on Monday to face off against Houston’s lefty-heavy 5-6-7 hitters. Bush ultimately recorded his second hold of the season, pitching a scoreless inning, throwing just 15 pitches against five total batters. Joe Barlow closed things out again after not appearing in a game since Thursday, putting down the top three of Houston’s batting order with just 10 pitches thrown. By the time Barlow came in, Texas had scored three additional runs, putting the save opportunity out of reach. Expect Barlow back out there at the end of a close game Tuesday.
- Every Angels’ pitcher received a decision on Monday, with Michael Lorenzen collecting his second win, Mike Mayers and Ryan Tepera each pitching perfect innings to record a hold on the day, and Raisel Iglesias punching his third save of the year, punching out one along the way. Not too many surprises here, especially with Aaron Loup getting a day off after two straight outings, giving way to Mayers tom collect his first hold.
- Jake McGee was credited with his blown save of the season Monday, allowing a game tying home run to Willy Adames in the eighth inning. McGee would be bailed out for the Giant’s offense that would go on to score two runs in the top of the ninth, ultimately setting up Camilo Doval to pitch a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save on the year. That’s two straight Giants’ saves for Doval, who has thrown 31 pitches through his last two outings across three days. With McGee a bit more rested, don’t be surprised to see him out there Tuesday, especially if there’s an expected lefty coming up in the final frame. Even if McGee finds his way back into the ninth inning on Tuesday, those rostering Doval should feel confident in his role moving forward.
- Seranthony Dominguez collected his third hold, recording just one out as he was asked to close out the sixth inning after Kyle Gibson ended his evening walking his final batter faced. It may not seem like much, but it says a lot about Joe Girardi’s confidence in Dominguez to put him out in a tight spot in a close game and those in hold leagues should take note.
- After last being seen pointing to the sky at what would end up being a game-tying Daulton Varsho home run on Friday, Edwin Diaz returned to the final frame to collect his second save of the season, pitching around one walk and striking out two in the process.
- Diaz was only given the opportunity thanks to a shellacking of St. Louis’ Giovanny Gallegos by New York’s bats. Gallegos faced six batters, four of which found their way on base off four hits, before finally being lifted in favor of T.J. McFarland, who promptly game up a Brandon Nimmo home run, scoring Gallegos’ remaining base runner, and giving him four earned runs on the evening. After 21 pitches thrown in his two-thirds of an inning, Gallegos may get Tuesday off to collect himself and learn from this outing, but don’t expect this one outing to have much effect on his usage moving forward.
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