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Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs

Daily Fantasy Sports gamblers care even more than fans or fantasy owners.  Suspect the syndicates will pressure the comissioner to tighten this up.

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Activated/communicated today at 4PM after my lineup was set.  If baseball wants to enact rule changes that the fans want to grow the game, they could be more forthcoming about this sort of thing.  Some of us REALLY need to know whether our catcher will be active! : )

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Bryce Elder Atlanta Braves
Rob RefsnyderCedric MullinsAnthony SantanderBryce ElderKevin Gausman
Rob RefsnyderCedric MullinsAnthony SantanderBryce ElderKevin Gausman

Sep 26, 2022 Top Performers

Pitchers:

Bryce Elder (ATL): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 80 GmSc

Kevin Gausman (TOR): 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 59 GmSc

Chase Anderson (CIN): 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 55 GmSc

Roansy Contreras (PIT): 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 52 GmSc

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

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Rob Refsnyder Boston Red Sox
Rob RefsnyderCedric MullinsAnthony SantanderBryce ElderKevin Gausman
Rob RefsnyderCedric MullinsAnthony SantanderBryce ElderKevin Gausman

Sep 26, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Rob Refsnyder (BOS): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Cedric Mullins (BAL): 2-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Anthony Santander (BAL): 2-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Gunnar Henderson (BAL): 1-2, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Marcell Ozuna (ATL): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Stowers (BAL): 3-5, 2 RBI, 1 R

Matt Olson (ATL): 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Austin Hays (BAL): 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

J.D. Martinez (BOS): 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Jack Suwinski (PIT): 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

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

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Kyle Muller Atlanta Braves

Rotoworld:

09.27: Braves recalled LHP Kyle Muller from Triple-A Gwinnett. (Muller will take the ball on Tuesday evening against the Nationals for his
first appearance in the majors since making a spot start back on August
13 against the Marlins. The 24-year-old southpaw has posted a strong
3.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 159/40 K/BB ratio across 134 2/3 innings (23
starts) this season for Triple-A Gwinnett. He has a chance to make the
Braves' postseason roster in a long relief role.)

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Connor Seabold Boston Red Sox

Rotoworld:

09.27: Connor Seabold gave up five runs -- four earned -- in two innings Monday in a loss to the Orioles. (Seabold's
start was shortened by a long rain delay, but he wasn't likely long for
the mound anyway. The 26-year-old gave up a run in the first, and then
labored through a four-run second in his final frame; pushing his ERA to
11.29. Seabold is scheduled to go again on Saturday against the Blue
Jays.)

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Kyle Stowers Baltimore Orioles

Rotoworld:

09.27: Kyle Stowers went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in a blowout win over the Red Sox on Monday. (Stowers tripled home Austin Hays in the third, and singled in Gunnar Henderson three innings later. The 24-year-old also singled twice to see his
average improve to .268 with a .724 OPS. )

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Johan Oviedo Pittsburgh Pirates

Bought at $1 in August as a next year lottery ticket. Sitting on my bench right now, of course.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

With regard to the Angels, a rebuild is tough because they have Trout and it just resets the possibility to get him into the playoffs. I think the Blue Jays offer you described is interesting b/c Moreno and Tiedemann are both ready for the Majors next year. They should probably throw in Nate Pearson too as a lottery ticket if he's healthy. Martinez has major contact problems at the upper levels.  I think he's going to fall on prospect lists for next season, despite his age.  Zuleta might be interesting as well instead of Martinez. He's closer to the majors and the Angels have no history of success developing pitchers, so getting 3 from the Blue Jays might be their best hope. Robberse might be a good option too.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

I think he's getting negative dWAR because of the weighting against DHs in the WAR defense formula.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs

If he's finished, remarkable consistency year over year.  And high marks for Rotoman!

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Seems like Ohtani should also be listed under "AL Pitchers" instead of Verlander

5.5 > 5.3

Howard Lynch LynchMob

last night's FAABs ...

Brubaker's Yeasts: rel JBrubaker Pit, prr JBae Pit 4
Dirk Bags: rel WCrowe Pit, prr AVesia LAD 4
Fisher Catamounts: rel TRogers Mia, prr LOrtiz Pit 5
Fisher Catamounts: rel NCruz Was, prr MLeiter ChC 3
Choes Balin: rel DPeralta TB, prr ETovar Col 12
Choes Balin: rel BHand Phi, prr DJameson Ari 2

Howard Lynch LynchMob

FAAB fights this morning in the ADL.

Nabobs the Swattie.

Money for the other 11 teams ranged from 22 to nada.

About the only message from this week's SWAT is that if the Palukas want somebody, their $22 bid guarantees that they get him. 
Remember, there is a Waiver set of claims next Monday because the season doesn't end until Thursday. Here are the claims and the losing cash bids:
 

Jerry's Kids: rel JJimenez Det, pur GOtto Tex 0
Palukas: res JHarrison CWS, pur JKelenic Sea 22 (Losing Bids: Moose $4, BBs $1)
Palukas: res DPhelps Tor, pur JLyles Bal 22 (Losing Bid: Kids $1)
Palukas: res NSyndergaard Phi, pur BBello Bos 22
Random Hackers: dis TAnderson CWS, pur MMastrobuoni TB 6
Veecks: res YKikuchi Tor, pur SArmstrong TB 0
Stolen Bags: res KPilkington Cle, pur JHeasley KC 0
Nattering Nabobs: res MFord LAA, pur CCapel Oak 16 (Losing Bid: Moose $2)
Bad Kreuznachs: rel KAkin Bal, pur ESwanson Sea 0
BB Guns: res MBrash Sea, pur MBaumann Bal 0
Fine Tooners: res MFulmer Min, pur GJax Min 11
Moose Factory: res DGerman NYY, pur RStanek Hou 0
Moose Factory: res CMorris Cle, pur GCleavinger TB 0
Moose Factory: res KStowers Bal, pur JSmith Tex 0
Moose Factory: res AVaughn CWS, pur WBrennan Cle 7 (Losing Bids: Fine Tooners $6, Bad K $3)
Nova: res MStrahm Bos, pur PMaton Hou 0
Moose Factory: mov JSmith Tex OF

Also, the Nabobs drop Cal Stevenson to comply with the Rule of Seven

Alex Patton Alex
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

No one else has had four. Only seven have had any.

Milestone Watch

On Friday night, Albert Pujols became the fourth player in history to hit 700 home runs in the major leagues, joining Babe Ruth, Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds. He did it with his fourth multi-homer game of the season. No one else has had four multi-homer games at age 42 or older:

RkPlayerFromToCount
1Albert Pujols202220224
2Barry Bonds200620073
3Carlton Fisk199119912
4Julio Franco200520051
5Dave Winfield199419941
6Darrell Evans198919891
7Enos Slaughter195919591

See the full list on Stathead.com

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Ryan O'Hearn Kansas City Royals

A stinging loss for the Mariners, who dropped a half game behind the Rays for the second wild card.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Ryan O'Hearn (KCR)

Pitcher: Erik Swanson (SEA)

Situation: Bottom 6th, 2 out, 1-1 count, Runners On 1st and 3rd

Score:  SEA 11, KCR 10

Double to RF (Line Drive to Deep RF Line)
2 runs scored on the play, and KCR's win probability increased 34% points, to 73%
KCR went on to win the game, 13-12

View the full game Boxscore at Baseball-Reference.com

Alex Patton Alex
Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

The breakdown for Ohtani: oWAR 3.8, dWAR -1.4, pWAR 5.5.

For Judge: oWAR 9.9, dWAR -0.2.

Surprising Judge comes out negative in the outfield. Unless Ohtani is a really bad fielding pitcher (I suspect he's not), his dWAR is completely unwarranted.

Be that as it may, with ten days to go in the season...

WAR Leaders

NL Position Players

N. Arenado (STL)7.7
P. Goldschmidt (STL)7.6
M. Machado (SDP)6.6

NL Pitchers

S. Alcantara (MIA)7.4
M. Fried (ATL)6.1
A. Nola (PHI)5.5

AL Position Players

A. Judge (NYY)9.9
S. Ohtani (LAA)9.2
A. Gimenez (CLE)6.9

AL Pitchers

D. Cease (CHW)6.5
A. Manoah (TOR)5.7
J. Verlander (HOU)5.3

 

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Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees

Closer Monkey:

Yankees considering DFA for Aroldis Chapman

September 26, 2022

New York Yankees – With rumors that the Yankees might be willing to DFA Aroldis Chapman, we figure they’re pretty unlikely to put him out there in a high-leverage spot if any other options are available. We’ll push Jonathan Loaisiga up into his place.

Updated hierarchy: *Holmes | Effross | Loaisiga.
* = closer-by-committee

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Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox

He'd be the Cy Young favorite if that 39-year-old pitching for Houston had called it a career.

Pete AlonsoSteven KwanGeorge SpringerCristian JavierNestor Cortes
Pete AlonsoSteven KwanGeorge SpringerCristian JavierNestor Cortes

Sep 25, 2022 Top Performers

Pitchers:

Cristian Javier (HOU): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 78 GmSc

Nestor Cortes (NYY): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 73 GmSc

Dylan Cease (CHW): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 66 GmSc

Max Scherzer (NYM): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 66 GmSc

Nick Lodolo (CIN): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 65 GmSc

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

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Steven Kwan Cleveland Guardians

You ask me, he should be mentioned in today's prospect report from Baseball America.

Pete AlonsoSteven KwanGeorge SpringerCristian JavierNestor Cortes
Pete AlonsoSteven KwanGeorge SpringerCristian JavierNestor Cortes

Sep 25, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Pete Alonso (NYM): 4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R

Steven Kwan (CLE): 3-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

George Springer (TOR): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Schwarber (PHI): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Mike Trout (LAA): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

J.D. Davis (SFG): 4-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Brandon Drury (SDP): 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

Wil Myers (SDP): 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

CJ Abrams (WSN): 3-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB

Michael Massey (KCR): 2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

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

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