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Mickey Moniak Philadelphia Phillies

BA today...

Philadelphia Phillies

Mickey Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, made his big league debut as a pinch-runner in the Phillies’ late-inning loss to the Mets. He did not get a plate appearance.

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Andres Gimenez New York Mets

BA today...

New York Mets

Infielder Andres Gimenez came up clutch against the Phillies when he smacked the go-ahead single off of Hector Neris. Gimenez is now 29 for his first 102 with a pair of home runs, 11 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

<video of him going with a pitch down and away>

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Brady Singer Kansas City Royals

From BA...

Kansas City Royals

Brady Singer turned in his second consecutive outstanding outing, striking out eight batters in six scoreless innings while allowing two hits and a walk. The 24-year-old righthander relied on his four-seamer and slider for all 81 pitches, inducing 13 swings and misses. Singer moved to 3-4, 4.14 with 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 54.1 innings.

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Keegan Akin Baltimore Orioles

BA's prospect report today...

Baltimore Orioles

Keegan Akin put together a stellar start against the Braves to earn his first big league win. Baltimore’s No. 11 prospect struck out nine Atlanta hitters over five innings, marking a career best in whiffs. All told, he’s struck out 25 in 18.2 innings in his debut season.

<video of the K's, majority on pitches that weren't strikes>

—Righty Hunter Harvey threw a scoreless seventh inning, working around a hit. He threw 13 pitches, nine of which were strikes.

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Jose Garcia Cincinnati Reds

In BA's prospect report...

Cincinnati Reds

Jose Garcia collected a hit in three at-bats and scored once in the team’s shutout win over the Pirates. The 22-year-old shortstop has collected a hit in four of the last five games to raise his average to .211 in 57 at-bats.

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Travis Bergen Arizona Diamondbacks

Whatever happened to Kevin Ginkel?

1. Travis Bergen – Both Stefan Chrichton and Junior Guerra have pitched back to back days.
2. Andre Scrubb – Ryan Pressly has pitched back to back, including 22 pitches last night.
3. Jeurys Familia / Justin Wilson – both Edwin Diaz and Justin Wilson have pitched back to back.
4. Brad Boxberger – with a doubleheader today, Boxberger could find a save chance if Brandon Kintzler pitches in the first game, as it would be back to back for him.

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Rafael Dolis Toronto Blue Jays

Tim, when he's not scrutinizing boxscores in the KBO, is giving the Monkey a run for his money as a purveyor of closer chaos in North America.

Closer chaos. Tim's too polite to share his thoughts about the country to the south of his.

With that, let's go to the Monkey.

Toronto Blue Jays —  Ken Giles is almost certainly done for the year as Toronto placed him back on the IL with a flexor strain. Giles has had a forgettable season marred by injuries and will likely be focusing on 2021. We will slot A.J. Cole into his spot on the hierarchy. 

Updated hierarchy: *Dolis | Bass | Cole.
* = closer-by-committee

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Pedro Baez Los Angeles Dodgers

Seems to me the Dodgers clinched a playoff berth in the second week of the season. Be that as it may...

Los Angeles Dodgers — As predicted in the Vulture Save Watch, Kenley Jansen and Blake Treinen got the night off which meant Pedro Baez got the last two outs of a 2 run game to pick up his second save of the year. This win clinched a playoff berth for the Dodgers, so they may start giving their top arms a bit more rest, which will be easier with Joe Kelly just being activated from the IL. We will wait to see how Kelly is used, but he could see some high leverage innings down the stretch.

Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Treinen | Baez.

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Kyle McGowin Los Angeles Angels

Fangraphs has his stats. So does MLB, but Fangraphs adds the interesting detail that 75 percent of McGowin's pitches have been sliders.

The Monkey describes his latest heroics.

Washington Nationals – After Daniel Hudson couldn’t hold a 1 run lead in the 9th, the save chance in extra innings fell to Kyle McGowin. McGowin converted the save in style, striking out the side on 17 pitches. McGowin has yet to give up a run over 5 appearances this year, but Washington had already used their whole hierarchy by the time McGowin got into the game, so we will keep things as they are for now.

Hierarchy remains: Hudson | Harris | Suero.

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Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals

Seven-inning complete game for Waino. Time of game: 2:01. 

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Freddy Peralta Milwaukee Brewers

Two perfect innings for the win as the Brewers split their  double-header with the Cardinals. Time of both games: 4:02.

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Gerrit Cole New York Yankees

Higashioka has been penciled in as the catchers for Cole's last three starts. So does that mean he's Cole's personal catcher now?

Cole's answer: “I think at this point, the way he is swinging I might be his personal pitcher.’’

The two were teammates when they were teenagers on the Southern California summer circuit.

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Kyle Higashioka New York Yankees
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Ken Giles Toronto Blue Jays

Wed, Sep 16

Blue Jays placed RHP Ken Giles on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow injury.

It's the same injury that Giles
just returned from less than a week ago. He's undergone another MRI and
is still awaiting the results. Giles has dealt with elbow/forearm
problems off-and-on dating back to last June and this latest setback
will almost surely end his season. He will have lots of uncertainty
surrounding him as he enters free agency. Rafael Dolis and Anthony Bass
should share save chances down the stretch for the Jays. (

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Mitch Garver Minnesota Twins

Wed, Sep 16

Mitch Garver's (intercostal) return will be delayed after he "took one off
the cup"
while catching at the Twins' alternate training site, per
manager Rocco Baldelli.

It's not clear at this point how big of a setback it is. Garver had
been inching toward a return from his right intercostal strain, but now
obviously this clouds things.  Aaron Gleeman on Twitter (

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James Paxton New York Yankees

Wed, Sep 16 - Yankees transferred LHP James Paxton to the 45-day injured list.

Paxton is now officially done for the season following a setback with
his left flexor earlier this month. The left-hander will be a free agent
this winter.  (

Frank Smith Pancho

Based upon my previous Doubt Wars experience, this race is long over ...

20 points with only 2 weeks to go?

2020 is odd ... but not that odd ...

What's odd is looking at DW winning teams ... they always seem VERY unspectacular ...

Doubt Wars has become my favorite form of Rotisserie Baseball :-)

And so ... my vision for the future ... something DoubtWars-like that's "daily" ... ie. each day, you (re)set your player valuations ... and a robo-auctioneer conducts an auction ... and the "season winner" is the owner who does the best cumulative during the course of the season ... there's something there that gets to the heart of roto ... without all the rules and dumping and trading bs ... imo ... ymmv ...

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Jared Walsh Los Angeles Angels

Does this compensate for Jo Adell?

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Stefan Crichton Arizona Diamondbacks

A seven-year-old leads the D-Backs pen in 2020!