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Breyvic Valera Toronto Blue Jays

Clearly Rotoworld doesn't play in an AL-only.

09.04: Breyvic Valera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the A's. (Valera notched his two-run home run against Paul Blackburn with one out in the fourth inning. The homer was his first of the season and just the
second of his big league career. Nice real-life moment for the
29-year-old infielder, but there is no fantasy spark with this one.)

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 5
Andrew Albers Minnesota Twins

I hope you didn't put your money where your heart is, Mike.

Andrew Albers (P) MIN - Sep. 04
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=804332

Albers (1-1) allowed nine runs on 10 hits and one walk with two strikeouts through three innings, taking the loss in Saturday's 11-4 defeat to the Rays.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: After shutting out the Brewers over 5.1 innings on Aug. 27 in his first start in MLB since 2017, Albers took a giant step in the wrong direction Saturday. He was shelled over his three innings of work, allowing home runs to Yandy Diaz, Jordan Luplow, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena. 

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 5
Ranger Suarez Philadelphia Phillies

This guy can really pitch.  He doesn't throw hard, has one of the lowest spin rates in the majors, and throws a 2-seam sinker in about 50% of his pitches.   Add in pinpoint control and you have an unusual receipe for success.

And then that name,  Ranger.  No, he's not from Texas - but rather from Venezuela.  According to Wikipedia, Suárez is the first player in MLB to be named "Ranger". Suárez has two brothers named Raymer and Rosmer and a sister named Rangerlin. He told reporters that it is a family tradition to give every child a name beginning with the letter "R"

Those of us who FAABed him hoping for a closer are sure happy with the results.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Sep 5
Andrew Kittredge Tampa Bay Rays

With a win here, a save there, and outstanding qualitatives, he's earned $25 and $19 so far. The nerds in the Rays' front office imagine it and it happens.

September 4, 2021

Tampa Bay Rays — Andrew Kittredge struck out a pair in a perfect 9th inning to pick up his sixth save of the season.  Kittredge has now recorded the last three saves for the Rays and four of the last five, with the only save he didn’t get being a three-inning save by Chris Mazza.  For any other team, this would probably be enough to remove the asterisk, but we wouldn’t even dare suggest that for the Rays would we…

Hierarchy remains: *Kittredge | McHugh | Fairbanks.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Rowan Wick Chicago Cubs

Good call by the Monkey in July.

Chicago Cubs – Rowan Wick struck out the side in a perfect 9th inning to earn his second save of the season.  Wick has been used in the 9th for a save situation in his last three appearances, though he blew the save on Thursday.  If this usage continues, Wick could establish himself as the primary closer for the Cubs to finish the season.

Hierarchy remains: *Wick | Heuer | Morgan.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Riley Adams Washington Nationals

Riley has been en fuego on the Nats. Brad Hand is no longer a Blue Jay.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Riley Adams (WSN)

Pitcher: Edwin Diaz (NYM)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 1 out, 0-2 count, Runner On 1st

Score:  NYM 2, WSN 1

Double to RF (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF)
1 run scored on the play, and WSN's win probability increased 62% points, to 83%
NYM went on to win the game, 6-2

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals

Hoby Milner was the victim.

Slugs grand slam
September 4, 2021
Molina went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and an additional run in a 15-4 rout of Milwaukee on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Molina put the icing on a blowout win with a ninth-inning grand slam. It was the fifth career grand slam for the veteran catcher and his ninth overall long ball this season. Molina's big blast also broke a personal 39-game homerless drought.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Jose Iglesias Los Angeles Angels

He was hitting okay and, I thought, based on the games I watched, fielding more than okay. But his dWAR this year is -1.4.

Rotowire:

Cut by Angels
September 3, 2021
Iglesias was released by the Angels on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Iglesias lost out on playing time to Jack Mayfield recently, and he'll now be let go by the Halos. The 31-year-old appeared in 114 games in 2021 and slashed .259/.295/.375 with eight homers, 57 runs, 41 RBI and five stolen bases. Mayfield will continue to serve as the primary shortstop, while Iglesias will seek out other opportunities to close out the regular season.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Lourdes Gurriel Toronto Blue Jays

Rotowire:

Launches grand slam Friday
September 4, 2021
Gurriel went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Friday's 11-10 win over the A's.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old supplied the biggest hit in the Jays' shocking six-run rally in the eighth inning that tied the game, setting the stage for Marcus Semien's walkoff blast in the ninth. Gurriel hadn't gone yard since Aug. 12, snapping a 16-game homerless drought, and on the season he has 15 home runs and 60 RBI through 117 games in addition to a .273/.311/.437 slash line.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Tyler O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals

Rotowire:

Launches 22nd long ball
September 4, 2021
O'Neill went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and an additional run scored in Friday's 15-4 blowout of the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
The Cardinals hit six homers in the contest, with O'Neill's seventh-inning two-run shot traveling the farthest at 409 feet. He also struck out three times in the contest, continuing a recent trend that has seen the slugger whiff 10 times across his past 23 at-bats.
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Anthony Alford Pittsburgh Pirates

Rotoworld:

09.03... Anthony Alford clobbered a pair of home runs and drove in three on Friday afternoon, but it wasn't enough to power the Pirates past the Cubs.
Spin: Alford got the Pirates on the board with a mammoth 469-foot blast off of Alec Mills in the fifth inning to trim their deficit to 5-1. He then smashed a 435-foot shot to center field in the following inning to tie the game at 5-5. That would be the extent of their scoring though. Even with the two-hit attack, he's hitting just .186/.250/.400 with four homers and seven RBI in his limited big league action this season.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Jeimer Candelario Detroit Tigers

With contributions from lots of players and big contributions from no one, the Tigers have been scoring runs in the second half. They plated 15 last night.


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Jeimer CandelarioAnthony AlfordNolan ArenadoAnthony DeSclafaniRich Hill

Yesterday's Top Performers

Batters:

Jeimer Candelario* (DET): 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 R

Anthony Alford* (PIT): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Nolan Arenado* (STL): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Dustin Garneau (DET): 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Jonathan Schoop (DET): 4-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

Michael Hermosillo (CHC): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Jesus Sanchez (MIA): 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Mitch Haniger (SEA): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Harrison Bader (STL): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Jose Ramirez (CLE): 3-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Nestor Cortes New York Yankees

Just looking at the respective stat lines, I wonder if Games Scores need to be tweaked a bit? Nestor had a fine outing last night, but Shohei's surely was better.


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Jeimer CandelarioAnthony AlfordNolan ArenadoAnthony DeSclafaniRich Hill

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Anthony DeSclafani* (SFG): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 70 GmSc

Rich Hill* (NYM): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 68 GmSc

Sean Manaea (OAK): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 9 K, 68 GmSc

Michael Wacha (TBR): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 65 GmSc

Nestor Cortes Jr. (NYY): 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 62 GmSc

Shohei Ohtani (LAA): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 61 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

 

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Trevor Megill Chicago Cubs

Trevor Megill (P) CHI-N - Sep. 03
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=804067

Megill (1-0) earned the win Friday over Pittsburgh with 1.1 perfect innings. He struck out three.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 27-year-old hasn't enjoyed many clean outings this year, but he was able to get the final out of the sixth inning in relief of Alec Mills. Megill stayed in and got through the seventh without trouble, contributing part of 3.1 perfect innings from the Cubs' bullpen. The right-hander owns a 9.60 ERA, 1.87 WHIP and 22:6 K:BB across 14.2 innings this year while allowing runs in seven of his 19 appearances.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Junior Fernandez St. Louis Cardinals

Junior Fernandez (P) STL - Sep. 03
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=804105

Fernandez (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 campaign, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Fernandez landed on the 10-day injured list Friday after he exited Wednesday's nightcap with his shoulder injury, and manager Mike Shildt revealed that the right-hander won't return in 2021. The Cardinals are optimistic that Fernandez won't require surgery, although it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for the start of spring training in 2022.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Kyle Gibson Philadelphia Phillies

09.03: Kyle Gibson was pounded for eight runs in 5 1/3 innings by the Marlins on Friday. (Gibson has had an exceptional season, but he relies more than most on his
defense and Philly's just isn't any good. He's now 4-3 with a 4.46 ERA
for his new team and 10-6 with a 3.30 ERA overall.)

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Carlos Hernandez Kansas City Royals

Rotoworld:

09.04: Carlos Hernandez allowed two runs on five hits over six innings in Friday's win over the White Sox. (Hernandez
was forced to wait out Mother Nature for two hours and change before
finally getting a chance on Friday. He shook off the weather delay to
turn in a serviceable showing, keeping the White Sox off the scoreboard
up until the sixth inning, when the road team managed to scuttle
together a couple of runs. Hernandez will carry a 3.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
and 69/31 K/BB ratio (70 2/3 innings) into a road date with the Orioles
when he next toes the rubber.)

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
David Price Los Angeles Dodgers

Rotoworld:

9.04: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said late Friday that the plan is forDavid Price (arm) to avoid a trip to the injured list. (Roberts added that Price was feeling better on Friday night and would've pitched in the 13th inning if the Dodgers extra-inning marathon reached that point. It seems like the veteran southpaw will remain active and avoid the injured list, but it's unclear when his next appearance will take place.)Hide
09.03: David Price was scratched from his scheduled start against the Giantson Friday. (Initially, Price was scheduled to start in the game, then he was going to work after Corey Knebel opened for him, now it'll be a straight bullpen game for the Dodgers. Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Price is dealing "with some arm stuff" and may land on the injured list.)
Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4
Joel Peralta Seattle Mariners
Tyler Rogers San Francisco Giants

Hold No. 25.

I winder what the record is?

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 4

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