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Eric Haase Detroit Tigers

And then they proceed to score 14 runs with Haase going 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI. Greene goes 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs. Torkelson even managed a couple of hits. Robbie Grossman hits his first home run of the season. Javier Baez hits his 4'th homer. An offensive juggernaut has been born! 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 18

Well, his 557 OPS *is* better than those of the 5-9 hitters....

Wait. I guess Torkelson is technically at 560.  The walks and such.

Mike Landau ML-
Jun 18

How desperate are the Tigers? We're looking at today's cleanup hitter.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Kyle Wright Atlanta Braves

Manoah has only lost three games in his first 32 starts. Pretty amazing. I wouldn't bet the farm on #4 today, but with the way the Yankees are swinging the sticks, he'll have his hands full. At least he doesn't have to worry about Stanton, who is enjoying a day of R&R. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 18

How's this for a betting strategy? Whenever a pitcher has won his last three starts, bet against him?

The Braves have to be heavy favorites in Wrigley today. The opposing pitcher, Justin Steele, is winless in his last three starts and is 1-5 on the season, but in his last three starts he has a 2.37 ERA. Isn't he kind of owed a win here? Isn't Wright due for a loss?

Following this logic, you would bet against Alek Manoah in Toronto. He's also 3-0 in his last three starts.

Encouraging you do that is the opponent: the Yankees.

So I'll put my imaginary money on Steele and Taillon today, but in the second game I'm not betting on the underdog. Definitely not.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Riley Greene Detroit Tigers

Called up today. Hopefully he gets out of the gate a bit better than Spencer Torkelson. Either way, he should be up to stay and hopefully injects some life into a Detroit offense that just yesterday made Jon Gray look like a Cy Young candidate. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 18
Matt Olson Atlanta Braves

Rotoworld:

06.18: Matt Olson has been dropped to the sixth spot in the Braves' lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs. (Olson
has been bumped down with Marcell Ozuna and William Contreras shifting
up in Atlanta's order to face Cubs' lefty Justin Steele on Saturday
afternoon.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Alfonso Rivas III Chicago Cubs

Rotoworld:

06.18: Cubs recalled 1B/OF Alfonso Rivas from Triple-A Iowa. (Rivas has been summoned to replace an injured Frank Schwindel (back) on the
Cubs' active roster.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Jonah Heim Texas Rangers

06.17: Jonah Heim homered, doubled and drove in three runs on Friday night, leading the Rangers to a 7-0 victory over the Tigers. (Heim
smacked a two-run double off of Tigers southpaw Tarik Skubal in the
opening inning to extend the Rangers early lead to 3-0. He then crushed a
solo homer off of him in the fifth to make it a 5-0 ballgame. Heim
finished the day 2-for-4 and is now hitting .250/.306/.462 with eight
long balls and 25 RBI on the season.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Kutter Crawford Boston Red Sox

In the ADL, I get zero points if I finish last in wins. So...

06.18: Kutter Crawford will start on Saturday against the Cardinals. (Crawford will take the ball for the suddenly injury-depleted Red Sox' starting
rotation, which is missing both Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Whitlock. The
26-year-old righty fired five scoreless innings last weekend in a spot
start against the Mariners, but this is a tougher matchup, which makes
him a risky streaming option for fantasy managers.)

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Buddy Kennedy Arizona Diamondbacks

Buddy Kennedy up from the depths. Looks like he figured out how to hit the bottom of the baseball in Double-A.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Brickyard Kennedy Pittsburgh Pirates

Can we dig up Buddy Kennedy from the depths, Alex? The DBacks called him up yesterday. A little pop, good speed (especially at 3B), and knows his way around the strike zone. He's an intriguing option in deeper Mixed and NL-only formats this weekend. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 18
Francisco Lindor New York Mets

Meanwhile over in Queens...

Francisco Lindor was pulled out of the Mets’ clubhouse before Friday’s game for what turned out to be a joyous surprise. 

His wife, Katia, had arranged for Lindor’s mother to fly to New York to watch him play at Citi Field for the Mets for the first time. After they were reunited in the team’s press conference room just before 6 p.m. Field, the $341 million shortstop belted a three-run home run in his first at-bat to send the Mets on their way to a 10-4 win over the Marlins. 

“I was very, very surprised,” Lindor said after the Mets’ 10-4 win over the Marlins. “After my team meeting, I saw my wife and she was very emotional and she said she was going to give me one of the greatest, happiest Father’s Day gifts. 

“It fills my heart. I play the game for my mom and my family. … Just to see her here is a dream and a victory for my whole entire family.” 

Francisco Lindor crushes a three-run homer in the first inning.
Francisco Lindor crushes a three-run homer in the first inning. 
Robert Sabo for the NY POST
Francisco Lindor was emotional after this three-run homer.
Francisco Lindor was emotional after this three-run homer. 
Michelle Farsi/New York Post

Lindor’s mother, Maria Serrano. is confined to a wheelchair due to recent health problems stemming from a 2020 head injury. She flew to New York from Florida with one of Lindor’s sisters and her family. Another sister and her family also attended the game after arriving from Puerto Rico. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Anthony Rizzo New York Yankees

Aaron Boone refuses to gloat. He leaves that to the New York Post.

TORONTO — It might be time to start figuring out the Yankees’ magic number. 

The Yankees used four homers and an eight-run fifth inning — highlighted by a grand slam from Anthony Rizzo — to win their eighth straight game, this one a 12-3 rout of the Blue Jays on Friday night in front of a near-sellout crowd of 44,688 at Rogers Centre. 

With the win — also their 15th in their past 16 games — the Yankees improved to an MLB-best 48-16 and opened up an 11-game lead on second-place Toronto. They followed up a sweep of the Rays with a convincing victory against the team many considered the favorites in the AL East before the season began. 

The Rays also lost their fourth in a row on Friday, sliding 13 games behind the Yankees, leaving manager Aaron Boone’s team seemingly poised to run away with the division. 

“I know what it is, so I guess I do look at it,’’ Boone said of the team’s lead in the division. “But you don’t want to get too caught up in it in the middle of June. You just want to keep stacking up as many victories as you can.” 

Anthony Rizzo crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning.
Anthony Rizzo crushes a grand slam in the fifth inning. 
USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Rizzo drops his bat and looks at the Yankees dugout after his grand slam.
Anthony Rizzo drops his bat and looks at the Yankees dugout after his grand slam. 
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Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Alex Kirilloff Minnesota Twins

Struck out pinch-hitting for Celestino.

Alex Kirilloff (1B) MIN - Jun. 17
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=14247

Kirilloff was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul on Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 24-year-old has been in the minors for more than a month and has a 1.415 OPS with nine homers and 25 RBI in his past 17 games, and he'll rejoin the big-league club Friday with Jorge Polanco (back) headed to the injured list. Luis Arraez is likely to see more playing time at the keystone, which should open up opportunities for Kirilloff at first base.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers

Mookie Betts (OF) LA - Jun. 17
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=12925

Betts was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against Cleveland due to a right rib contusion, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: It's unclear when Betts suffered the injury, though it could potentially be related to his 2-for-30 slump over his last seven games.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Jesus Aguilar Miami Marlins

Actually, it's not clear. Have they tested positive?

Jesus Aguilar (1B) MIA - Jun. 17
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=12327

Aguilar is headed to the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Aguilar and Jesus Sanchez are dealing with "medical issues" that manager Don Mattingly "can't talk about", so the situation is pretty clear. Miami will announce the roster replacements closer to first pitch Friday.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays

Shane Baz (P) TB - Jun. 17
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=14774

Baz yielded two hits over six scoreless frames in Friday's loss to Baltimore. He struck out seven and did not factor in the decision.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Baz looked much better in his second start of the season, allowing just three baserunners in the clean outing. He threw 48 of 76 pitches for strikes, including 14 whiffs, and struck out the side in his final frame. He's sporting a 5.40 ERA through 8.1 frames after missing the start of the season due to an elbow injury. Baz <gulp> is projected to face the Yankees at home next week.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 18
Joe Musgrove San Diego Padres

June 17: RHP Joe Musgrove placed on COVID-19 IL

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jun 18
Alexis Diaz Cincinnati Reds

I know who I would try first.

June 17, 2022

Cincinnati Reds — Tony Santillan was placed on the injured list with a back issue. In his absence, the Reds’ closer committee will comprise Hunter Strickland, Alexis Diaz, and Joel Kuhnel — each of whom has a save this week. In other news, former closer Lucas Sims was placed on the 60-day IL.

Updated hierarchy: *Strickland | Diaz | Kuhnel.
* = closer-by-committee

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 17

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